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Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva

Embracing Embrapa

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, has created the greatest change in agriculture since the Green Revolution.

Who Will Allow Brazil to Reach Its Economic Potential?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

The biggest economic question facing Brazil, as for most developing countries, is when it will achieve its potential economic growth. For Brazil, the...

Medieval Morality in Abu Dhabi: Brazilian Teenager Gets Six Months In Prison for Having Sex

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris McGowan

The sentencing of a 14-year-old girl to half a year in prison for having had sex is beyond the pale in 2010. President Lula should contact the UAE and bring the Brazilian teenager home immediately.

When Adultery Means Death

Shirin Ebadi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Ebadi

Stoning is an abhorrent punishment, meted out inconsistently and secretively. Will Brazil's Lula shame Iran into ending it?

Brazil Offers Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani Safe Haven, Asks Iran To Allow It

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SAO PAULO — Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva offered on Saturday to provide refuge to a woman who has been sentenced to death in Ir...

Brazil's Opportunity to Close the Nuclear Proliferation Loophole

Bernard Aronson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Aronson

Rather than serve as Iran's enabler or seek the lowest common diplomatic denominator, like China, Brazil should vault itself into a position of leadership by helping close the loophole in the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty.

South of the Border: New York Times Does Oliver Stone

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nikolas Kozloff

On Friday, the New York Times published not one but two critical articles about the director's latest documentary, South of the Border.

Stone's Border Shows Fall of South America's Berlin Wall

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman


The BRIC Bossa Nova

Pepe Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pepe Escobar

The name of the game is evolution -- not revolution. The BRICs are on their way to becoming the de facto, global, rival superpower to the US. By playing bossa nova, not heavy metal.

The BRIC Countries Come Into Their Own as Global Players

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Today, the BRICs have become essential players in international decision-making. We are acutely aware of our potential as change agents in making global governance more transparent and democratic.

Dear President Lula of Brazil: Please Ask, in My Name, for My Right to Travel

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In theory, I meet all the existing requirements to temporarily leave Cuba, but I am still emitting critical opinions and this turns me into a special kind of criminal. I have been denied permission to travel six times in two years.

James Cameron in the Amazon: Avatar Meets Real Life

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is not International Rivers or Amazon Watch which have just denounced large dams as "an ecological disaster." It is the director of the Avatar movie, James Cameron himself.

Brazil, Turkey Defy Washington on Iran Sanctions

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

All the pundits in Washington can hold their breath until they turn blue, but Brazil and Turkey have gotten too big and too independent, especially given Washington's waning power, for the U.S. to push around.

Why Brazil Will Win the World Cup

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Eric Farnsworth

Brazil will win the World Cup is because it is the top rated soccer team with the largest improvement in year-on-year global economic competitiveness rankings.

Dispatch from South of the Border

Fernando Sulichin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fernando Sulichin

South of the Borderseeks to shine light on the media's amazing misrepresentations of South America, the damage done by the IMF, and the common goals of South American independence and regional integration.

The Race Begins

Christopher DeSa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher DeSa

The two front-runners in the race to succeed Brazilian President da Silva, one of the world's most popular leaders, resigned from their current political posts yesterday, kicking off what is bound to be a competitive election.

President Obama Should Be Honest About the Iran-Turkey-Brazil Nuclear Deal

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

Obama isn't telling the truth when he says the Brazil-Turkey deal doesn't meet standards that the US has defined for an acceptable arrangement on refueling the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR).

Dispatch From Caracas

Oliver Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Oliver Stone

Is Hugo Chávez really the anti-American pariah we've read about for years? Is he really all that different from the other democratic, left-of-center leaders who now govern most of the region? I don't believe so.

Regime Change Redux? Reading Tom Friedman in Sao Paulo

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

In a recent Op-Ed, Friedman claims that Iran refuses to put its (low-enriched) uranium stockpile under IAEA inspection, but this assertion is verifiably false -- and the New York Times should publish a correction.

Lula Shouldn't Buckle to U.S. Pressure on Iran

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

It was predictable that Lula would take heat for standing up to the U.S.; once Washington begins a campaign against a demonized government, a majority of the international press jumps on the bandwagon.

A "New World Order" is Possible -- And Needed

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Brazil and Turkey's efforts to find a solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, which generated a negotiated agreement with Iran last week, must be seen in the context of a growing challenge to the international political order.

U.S. Media Censors U.S. Support of Iran Fuel Swap

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If you get your information from major U.S. media, here's what you missed about the latest nuclear agreement: Brazil and Turkey understood that they had the backing of the Obama administration beforehand.

Peanuts Diplomacy

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Iran's latest subterfuge masks the fact that it still openly refuses to stop its uninspected nuclear enrichment program -- the central issue on the table before the UN Security Council.

It's "Gollllllll!" for Lula Against Western Push for Iran Sanctions

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Iran has agreed to ship most of its enriched uranium to Turkey, in a nuclear fuel swap deal reached in talks with Brazil and Turkey that could "deflate a U.S.-led push" for new sanctions against Iran.

Da Silva, Brazilian President, Visits Yasser Arafat's Grave

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Brazil's president placed a wreath on the tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Wednesday and sharply criti...