O livro Pobre nação: as guerras do Líbano no século XX, do jornalista britânico Robert Fisk, oferece um importante referencial àqueles que se interessam pela história recente do Oriente Médio e, especificamente, pela do Líbano. Por si sós, estes seriam bons motivos para a publicação do livro, não fosse também a particularidade brasileira: o Brasil possui uma importante comunidade de origem libanesa.
Tagged: International Relations
The current search for new trading partners in unexpected geographic areas demonstrates the extent to which Brazil has changed its foreign policy the last few years. With an agenda that has focused primarily on global business performance, the Middle East has emerged as a key area for Brazilians who want to expand the consumer market of their companies.
The twenty-first century has brought important changes to the balance of power which had been in place until then, with obvious ramifications for the international economy and politics. In this context, Brazil has come to dispute its influence in recent years in two regions which were formerly dominated by the central countries: the Middle East and Africa.
The history of Lebanese emigration to Brazil is long. It is said that Lebanese Christians began to emigrate to Brazil in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, while Lebanon was still part of the Ottoman Empire. The economic crisis that Brazil suffered in the 1980s and 1990s directly affected these families, dependent on the income from trade. Many chose to return to Lebanon and rebuild their lives in the old fatherland.