Category Archives: Brazil

Headlines From The World Press

Each week we offer headlines that appeared in the world press along with our commentary.

Norway, Aftenposten: “Albino Moose In Danger”
There are reports the albino moose are fooling around with brown colored moose.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Where There Is Smoke”
There is smoke.

Saudi Arabia, Saudi Gazette: “Half Moon Hot Rodders To Be Jailed”
They will be released at the full moon.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Call For Garbage Ambassador”
Something smells about this story.

Sweden, The Local: “Right of Swedish Girls To Take Clothes Off”
That right is strongly supported by Swedish men.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Danger of Homosexuality”
For homosexuals or non-homosexuals?

Kuwait, Kuwait Times: “German Delighted With Double Arm Transplant”
Let’s give this a round of applause.

Israel, Haaretz: “Iranians Launch Women Only Car”
However, the cars were made by men and their fingerprints are on them.

Norway, Aftenposten: “Save Christmas Campaign Quits”
It will be replaced by a Save Hannukah campaign.

UK, The Independent: “Prostitutes Offered Whore Miles”
They can be used for ridging you know what.

Finland, Sanomat: “Dumb And Mean”
McCain and Palin.

Qatar, Arab Times: “Can Elephants Revive Tourist Trade?”
I’ll have to dig into my memory to see if that can happen.

Sweden, The Local: “Doctor Mistakes Ovary For Appendix”
Well, they both were inside the body.

Brazilian Rainforest Will Be Gone Says Gone Minister

Marina Silva, Minister of Evnironment in the Brazilian government, has finally decided she is unable to succeed in her battle to save the rainforest and will depart her position. In a letter to President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, Ms. Silva said her efforts to protect the rainforest were being thwarted by powerful business lobbies. “Your Excelency was a witness to the growing resistance found by our team in important sectors of the government and society” she wrote the president. Her departure makes clear that Lula has drifted away from his promises to make a vigorous effort to save the rainforest from destruction by business interests.

The worldwise boom in agricultural coomodities has created an ongoing thirst for land and energy in Brazil and the result will undoubtedly prove catastropic for the rainforest. The president has been under pressure from business interests to proceed with plans for agricultural expansion since there are billions of dollars at stake in using rainforest land.

Marclo Furtado, campaign director for Greenpeace Brazil, says “Although Lula has adppted the environment talk, the practice is development at whatever cost.” The government is already prepared to construct a massive hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River despite opposition for environment groups. Money talks and the environment walks.

Brazil Knocking On Door Of OPEC

Brazilian President Luis Ignacio Lula de Silva believes it is time for OPEC to recognize the emerging oil impact of his nation and make it a member of the oil producing nations’ club. In 2007, a uage oil reserve was disccovered off the coast of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro area. The find could well catapult Brazil’s oil reserve by about 40% which should make Brazil an emerging economic powerhourse. Lula wants to combine the enormous work his nation has done in ethanol production with the new oil reserves to prove Brazil is no longer a third world nation, but an important figure in modern oil production. His goal is that by 2025, ethanol will handle all internal needs of the nation for oil which leaves the newly discovered oil to be sold abroad.

Lula, in an interview with Der Spiegel, argues Europe should not get involved in ethanol production but leave that aspect of energy to Latin American and Africa. “Our production costs are unbeatable,” he argues, and it is time for Europe and American to accept the role Brazil can play in the energy crisis facing the world.

Brazil brings to oil the presence of a stable government run on democratic princples and willing to cooperate with the world.

Hugo Chavez Upsets XVII Ibero-American Summit Mteeting

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez created a turmoil at the Ibero-American summit meeting in Chile by proposing drastic changes in Latin American borders. “Bolivia has a right to the sea. You know my position, and we all know the history. Bolivia had access to the sea, and that was just and legitimate.” Bolivia lost the territory in a war with Chile. Chavez also blasted the Summit because of its theme of “social cohesion” claiming that idea was a “very conservative, static concept.” He preferred that the Summit adopt at its theme, “social transformation.”Chilean officials were furious at their guest’s comments pointing out Chile had gotten rid of the dictator, Pinochet, and was in the process of creating a modern democratic society which was also addressing issues of poverty. Chavez was supported by Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua who went further in suggesting the Organization of American States should be replaced with a new organization of Latin American nations that would exclude the United States.

There were several raucous incidents during the meetings. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zaptero was delivering a speech when Chavez interrupted him and began denounced the Spanish leader for taking part in a coup that attempted to overthrow the Venezuelan government. After the fourth interruption, the King of
Spain, Juan Carlos lost his temper and told exclaimed to Chavez, “Why don’t you just shut up?” Midway through a speech by Daniel Ortega, the pro-Chavez supporter, the King stormed out of the meeting. During quieter moments of the meeting, President Bachelet of Chile met with Bolivian leader Evo Morales and she offered to discuss possibilities of finding ways for his nation to get access to the sea.

Chavez is quite testy when it comes to denouncing US imperialism, but appears much quieter when discussion shifts to his efforts to stifle free speech in Venezuela and to allow himself to be president forever.