☀ Domingo Brief — IDB reunion, Brazil’s major exports, & 1 Year of the Brief
Each Sunday, take two minutes to catch key stories and opportunities shaping Latin America.
Welcome back to the Domingo Brief! This week, we’re following international politics, IDB summits in the US, Brazilian exports, and more!
On that note: Happy anniversary to the Domingo Brief! We rolled out our first edition one year ago tomorrow, on November 6, 2022. In the year since, we’ve covered issues from around the region, trying to shed light on some stories you might have missed. Thank you for your support!
Trivia of the Week
Just over 6 out of 10 of you were correct in saying that the incoming First Lady of Ecuador, Lavinia Valbonesi, is a lifestyle influencer. Valbonesi, a fitness guru with nearly a half-million Instagram followers, will be the youngest First Lady in the country’s history—she’s only 25 years old.
Each week, tune back in for the answer to the previous week’s trivia question. No cheating!
🇧🇴 Bolivia has severed diplomatic relations with the State of Israel in the midst of a deepening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Bolivian President Luis Arce has accused the Middle Eastern country of war crimes. Bolivia and Israel first established diplomatic ties in 1950, but relations had been previously suspended in 2009 (before being reestablished a decade later in 2019).
Latinometrics: Latin America’s leaders have gotten quite engaged in the latest flare-up of conflict between Israel and Hamas, which began on October 7th. Brazil, which currently chairs the United Nations Security Council, has been active in calls for peace talks and de-escalation; meanwhile, Chile has recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv as a protest for Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip. Colombian President Gustavo Petro, meanwhile, has likened the Israeli government to Nazis and condemned the country’s military operations as genocidal.
The bigger picture: While Latin America may be quite far from the Middle East, the ongoing conflict is near and dear to many citizens (and their governments). Roughly 1500 Israelis and 10,000 Palestinians have been killed in the last month.
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