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  • Latin America’s Gang of Two

    When “good” President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and the “bad” President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez came to New York, both wooed the media. Newsweek declared Lula to be “the most popular politician on earth.” Chavez didn’t call Obama “the devil” and went mano a mano with Larry King.

    Lula’s Brazil is a continent of a country on the rise with a multi-party democracy; Chavez’s Venezuela sits on ocean of oil that fuels his one-party democracy. Both leaders aim for more clout on the global stage

    In the UN General Assembly, it was often hard to tell Lula and Hugo apart.

    Lula demanded the return of populist Manuel Zelaya to the presidency in Honduras, ignoring the undiplomatic use of Brazil’s embassy to intervene in Honduran internal affairs. Chavez urged President Obama to free himself from the shackles of the Pentagon and restore Zelaya.

    Both hammered away at U.S. economic restrictions on communist Cuba.

    Chavez blasted the U.S. for its relations with Colombia and once more dignified the narco-terrorist of the FARC with being belligerents in a “civil war.” Lula covered Chavez’s back. When asked to explain why Venezuela belongs in the MERCOSUL trading bloc, a group of democratic states which Brazil leads, Lula answered, “Give me one example of how Venezuela is undemocratic.”

    Chavez supports Iran’s right to a nuclear program, so does Lula. Neither saw anything amiss with recent elections in Iran. “What rights do I have,” said Lula, “to question the election results in Iran?” Lula previously compared the crushing of street protests in Tehran by police and militia groups to a fight between fans of rival Rio de Janeiro soccer clubs Flamengo and Vasco da Gama. “Whoever wins celebrates, and who loses cries,” he told reporters June 15 in Geneva.

    Neither found time to mention such global problems as terrorism, Islamic extremism, drug trafficking, or nuclear proliferation.

    The Obama administration hopes to embrace the constructive Lula as the “good” Latin American and wants a “special relationship” with Brazil. Rightfully, it remains wary of the more mercurial, stridently anti-American Chavez.

    Yet, however you slice it, Lula and Chavez often operate on a common agenda. Lula is a trade unionist turned visionary statesman; Chavez an unruly soldier turned populist autocrat. Their styles are different; their commitments to democracy distinct. Nonetheless, they squarely see themselves on the cutting edge of a new socialist world order based on increased state regulation and control of markets and the superiority of the state over the individual. And they will go the extra-mile with enemies of the U.S. in order to reduce American global power, influence, and security in the name of a more multi-polar world.

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    2. Gher Meatrizino Palm says:

      It is amazing, in the states, if you don't think like they (the government) do, you are put in a class or group. The american people have been lied to all their lives. This so called president you have now is no differ. Not even being a citizen of the US and top it all off, being a half breed and calling himself black. Which half decides what you are anyway? The US has always tried to control the world because they were the #1 country, as far as ratings. Now that the US has fallen, and is still on the downward motion is trying to point finger at any one that doesn't agree with them. The government is like a child pointing the finger getting the attention off of them. That is bout like the oil spill being a cover-up for something much bigger. Stop and think about it, one minute Obama says Lula is great, the next minute he put him in the same group as Hugo Chavez. The american people have always believed the media, and let's face it, the media is controlled by the government. Let's go back in time, the 50's, radio. The people from Mars are taking over. People killed them selves, fearing the little green men were going to get them…. Rodney King, what a joke. OJ, a bigger joke. Talking about being brain washed. The US has become a bigger joke now, than ever. Why is it that the US is in such bad shape and still sending billions of dollars out to assist other countries, and the homeless and unemployment there is off the scales. Oh, that's right, the media says it is better now. You have to ask yourselves, why is it that people go outside the US to get medical treatments sometimes? Well, could it be that the states doesn't want cures. Look at the billions of dollars that would be lost from the research, medical fields, and etc. Not only that, it is a way to control population, Why go fight a war that you have no intentions of winning. It is called a form of controlling population. With all the brain washing that goes on in the states, what is the differ that Hugo is doing?

      I lived in the US, the states, for 46 years and in 2000 I moved to Brazil. I have never been more proud to live and to be a citizen of a country before now. President Lula is the most popular politician of today's time in the world. Reasons are, what he says, he does. He went out and turned Brazil around. Not like the ones in the US, tell you what they think you want to hear, then when in office, they have forgotten everything they promised. The US has tried for so long to rid the middle class people, now they are about to. For all the american people that still thing that Brazil is a third world country, you are becoming just that. Brazil is the best country, and President Lula made it that way.

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