The City of Broad Shoulders is looking to the south. South of 119th street. South of Springfield. South of Mexico. Way south.
They’re looking to Brazil where GDP is 6th worldwide and growing. And consumer confidence? Up. Infrastructure investment? On the rise. Interest rates? Decreasing. Unemployment? Only 5.6%.
And Brazil encourages business growth: An open-door trade policy. Aggressively lower tariffs. Lower taxes. Their complex regulatory environment is getting easier to navigate. Not surprisingly, international investment is moving to Brazil.
This is the 2nd International Forum of IERG — The Intenational Executives Resouces Group—a one-of-a-kind organization—a not-for-profit group made up of volunteers—senior business executives from around the world whose careers have been enriched by broad experience in the global arena. And no economic mumbo jumbo at this conference. Everything’s solid. Everybody comes away with a better understanding of what it takes to do business in Brazil
Brazil is the world’s 5th largest economy and Illinois’ fifth-largest export market. In 2011, they bought more than $2.55 billion of our goods and we could do a lot more. Even our politicians are taking junkets there.
Think of it as Chicago’s new SOUTH South Side.
- The honorable Paulo Camargo, Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago
- Ernesto Ramon, former CEO, Dow Chemical in Brazil
- Michael Ross, VP & General Manager, Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Dr. Yara deAndrade
- Roland Dietz, Chicago Chairperson, IERG
MODERATOR: Bruce Montgomery, Executive Producer, IERG
LOCATION: The Chicago offices of Baker & McKenzie
This summary is adapted from an article by Brazil Club with permission of IERG. For the full text, go to – http://brazilclubusa.com/blog/chicagos-business-with-brazil-forum-a-success.html
Brazil Club – http://brazilclubusa.com/index.php
IERG – http://iergonline.org/
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Rectify is the story of a man who was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, and spent 19 years on death row before getting out. Much like in my own real life case, the local politicians refuse to admit he’s innocent even after DNA testing points towards someone else. In fact, there was so much about this show that mirrored my own life I began to wonder how much of my story had crept into the script.
Rectify is the story of a man who was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, and spent 19 years on death row before getting out. Much like in my own real life case, the local politicians refuse to admit he’s innocent even after DNA testing points towards someone else. In fact, there was so much about this show that mirrored my own life I began to wonder how much of my story had crept into the script
The main character is a man named Daniel. When you look at his eyes, you’re looking into the eyes of a man who has seen Hell. There are moments when he looks like he’s about to begin screaming at any second, and never stop. The first time you see this is in episode one, when he’s about to leave the prison. The guard is treating him like a human being, and it’s evident this hasn’t happened in an extremely long time. You see the confusion on his face as he wrestles with suddenly being treated decently by the same people who have treated him like an animal for years. He can’t quite process it. I know that look well. As he’s about to leave the prison, the guard helps him tie his necktie, as he can no longer remember how to do it himself.
This appears to be a reference to the Damien Echols case. It’s probably not a response to the article.
The writer of the show, Ray McKinnon, was somewhat familiar with my case. His late wife, Lisa Blount was a friend of mine. She and I exchanged letters while I was on death row in Arkansas, and she even sang at a concert in Arkansas, along with Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith, and Johnny Depp, to help raise awareness about my plight.I heard that McKinnon also did research into the cases of other men who had been on death row and had been released or exonerated. It paid off. I can tell you from first hand experience that Rectify is a very realistic show
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