"In spite of a Byzantine tax system and other impediments, Brazil’s economy is booming. Its hugely successful agro-sector will be boosted further in 2012 by the completion of the Transoceanic highway across the continent. This behemoth, construction of which is blasting a corridor through rainforests and Inca highlands, will deliver iron and food from Brazil’s interior to Peru’s ports and then on to China. Brazil’s politics, long a cesspool of vote-buying and football club-like transfers of politicians between parties, is also showing signs of recovery."