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    U.S. and Russia Compete for Brazil’s Future Air Force

    As a rising international power, Brazil under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva outlined a comprehensive national defense plan aimed at controlling and defending national territory, extending its maritime reach, and developing cutting-edge defense technology. The plan calls for reorganization of the army, air and space capabilities to cover Brazil’s … More

    Brazil’s New President: U.S. Ally or Rival?

    On October 31, 2010, Brazilian voters elected that country’s first female president: Dilma Rouseff. Ms. Rouseff of the leftist Workers’ Party defeated her Center-Right rival Jose Serra by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent of the votes cast. A former leftist guerilla turned technocrat, Ms. Rouseff was chief … More

    Is Brazil’s Leadership Helping Our Security?

    Last week the Obama Administration released its National Security Strategy for 2010.  The document waxed fulsome in praise of Brazil as an “emerging center of influence.”  It welcomed “Brazil’s leadership” which promises “to move beyond dated North-South divisions to pursue progress on bilateral, hemispheric, and global issues.” Brazil’s decision, along … More

    Iran’s "New Deal" on its Nuclear Stockpile: A Real Turkey

    Iran announced today that it had reached an agreement with Turkey and Brazil to exchange some of its stockpile of low enriched uranium for more highly enriched uranium that can be used to fuel its research reactor in Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the controversial deal in a three … More

    Brazil’s Lula Runs Interference for Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

    Brazil’s President Ignacio Lula da Silva will visit Tehran on May 15. International attention will focus on the visit because Iran has said it agrees “in principle” with working through Brazil and Turkey to broker a nuclear fuels exchange deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Despite this diplomatic … More

    Iran Looms Large at Lula-Clinton Meeting

    On the fourth leg of her Latin American trip, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Brazil’s President Lula da Silva   He presides over a Brazil that is rising in confidence, economic power, and global influence but myopic in its treatment of Iran. The Secretary will have to make a … More

    Three Presidents’ Day in Honduras

    On November 29 the people of Honduras decided on the man – Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo – to lead their nation for the next four years. Hondurans voted for a break from the past and an escape from the turmoil that has enmeshed their country since June 28 when Manuel Zelaya … More

    Heritage in Honduras: Voters Speak Loud and Clear

    Heritage’s Izzy Ortega issues his final report on yesterday’s election from Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. More than 60% of all eligible voters made their voices heard loud and clear in electing former congressman Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo. A Bolivian member of parliament was also observing the election and nicely summed things … More

    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 … More

    "I Love This Guy"

    Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, March 27, 2009: This is a crisis that was caused by white people with blue eyes. And before the crisis, they looked as if they knew everything about economics. Associate Press, April 2, 2009: During a lunch at the Group of 20 summit … More