U.S.'s Pompeo discusses Venezuela with Brazil's new right-wing government

Reuters | January 02, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Venezuela with the foreign minister of Brazil’s new right-wing government on Wednesday, in the context of what he termed a joint front against authoritarian regimes in Latin America. Speaking to reporters after meeting with Brazil’s new Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, Pompeo named Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua as countries that do not have shared democratic values. “We have an opportunity to work alongside each other against authoritarian regimes,” he said of the United States and Brazil, a day after the inauguration of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Between FY 2004 and FY 2006, MassDevelopment financed or managed 589 projects representing an investment of more than $4 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are supporting the creation of 5,505 housing units and more than 23,000 jobs of which 12,381 are permanent and 10,679 are construction-related.

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Between FY 2004 and FY 2006, MassDevelopment financed or managed 589 projects representing an investment of more than $4 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are supporting the creation of 5,505 housing units and more than 23,000 jobs of which 12,381 are permanent and 10,679 are construction-related.

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FedDev Ontario | August 10, 2022

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