For more than a decade Brazil has opened itself to the global economy. Yet still the richest ten per cent of its people take half the nation's income while the poorest 40 per cent live on less than two dollars a day. The measures Brazil has taken to save its currency - steps that have thus far satisfied fast-moving global markets - are hurting the poor and the lower middle class. What's happening in Brazil graphically poses the question of whether global economic pressures exact too high a cost in societies that are already among the most unequal in the world...