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BRICs and more tar

By Philip Whitfield CAIRO: Talking shops or photo ops? Verdant oases of green shoots? Or overblown blooming nuisances? Downtrodden by history’s rapacious greed, the wooed nations are the benighted forlorn — ugly ducks turned swans. Their allure? Growth. Though not in the top tier, Egypt is on the cusp says Jim O’Neill, the Goldman Sachs economist …

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The cracks in the BRICS

By Brahma Chellaney NEW DELHI: As it prepares to hold its latest annual summit in New Delhi on March 28-29, the BRICS grouping — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — remains a concept in search of a common identity and institutionalized cooperation. That is hardly surprising, given that these countries have very different political …

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Thick as BRICS

By Jorge G. Castañeda MEXICO CITY: When the United Nations voted for what was known as partition and created the State of Israel 64 years ago, subsequently granting it full membership, several Latin American countries — Brazil, El Salvador, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Honduras — abstained, or, in the case of Cuba, voted against the relevant resolutions. …

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