1. Brazil has become a net creditor nation for the first time in its history.
2. About 15% of the Congress is under formal investigation for crimes, ranging from attempted homicide to money laundering.
3. Since 2005 more than 20 million people have entered "the middle class," defined as a monthly income of $635. The percentage of middle-class Brazilians has grown from 34% to 46%.
Those facts are all from "Brazil Joins Front Rank of New Economic Powers," in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal.