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Tuesday, October 31, 2006


SAO PAULO -- Days before his landslide reelection victory on Sunday, there was widespread speculation that left-of-center President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would seek closer ties with the United States in his second term. But judging from Lula's first postelection statements, it doesn't look that way. Read the full column to find out why, and let us know whether YOU think Lula will look north or south.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those who critices Lula, are obsessioned with USA and Europe. But, we have to open the view of the world because they prefer to build walls instead bridges.

With China, India, Russia and the Southeast Asian countries we have a lot of opportunities. In those markets we can sell products with more added value.

Marco Aurelio talks about "the passion for the Mercosur". That ancient felling is shared for most of the South America people including the colombians whose president should begin to look to the south.


Ruben P.
Rosario - Argentina

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lula has very little to gain if he looks to the United States. Current USA government is pretty discredited in the region due to years of wrong policies and underestimation of the power of the left in Latin America. I believe Lula would seek to cement a leadership in the region with a moderate agenda to counterbalance the growing influence of Chavez and at the same time continue its social agenda in Brazil that ultimately granted him the support of the vast majority of people.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vamos vamos, vamos Kerry, Vamos vamos, a ganar, que esta hinchada bullanguera, no te deja, no te deja de alentar.

7:22 PM  
Blogger roberto e said...

Looking South
that is fine,

Then they will never break big into USA mmarkets even though they have better
and cheaper product,its a shame
I love their Oranges

However let's see how long cabeza de raton wins over cola de leon
since chavez's ego only allows
one raton at a time

with the USA, Brazil could have grown into a serious trading partner even with US AGRI Tariffs
What better way to prove Wash. wrong than proving themselves.

Who knows maybe it is rhetoric like with all politicians

Unlike Asia if USA slows down ,
South America folds and bends over
not only because of their dependency but also due to the lack
of education,growth,vision,
honest politicians,tax payers,
and responsibility.

Kirchner still hasn't brought back from abroad 500million missing from the Santa Cruz caja.
What a partner for LULA !!!!

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Paul Thorsen

Roberto, if the USA gets destroyed by terrorist nuclear weapons, Latin America also dies out. I have never ever in my life seen a people so dependent on another to care for them and to provide jobs for them as spanish speaking Latin America depends on the USA/Anglos to care for them and babysit them 24/7.

10:03 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

I'd like to see Lula kick some Chavez keister. Lula may think it's not a matter of leadership in the region, just one's economic might. That's to become a fat tasty sitting chicken strategy, though. Chavez is a predator and will strike at Lula if Lula doesn't act first to defend Brazil. He's that kind of thug. Lula needs to understand the nature of the threat here. Chavez is a predator.

3:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Chavez is a predator...", dice a.m. mora y leon entre otras inteligentes afirmaciones. Me pregunto si sabrá de verdad lo que es un depredador. Es alguien que lanza una guerra contra estados muchos más débiles tecnológicamente como Irak o Afganistan, masacrando miserablemente a su población civil. Depredador es un estado que mira para otro lado cuando su gendarme en Medio Oriente, Israel (¿o es EEUU, quien es el gendarme de Israel?) masacra palestinos o libaneses, aunque en este ultimo caso el tiro le salió por la culata. Depredador es un estado que inventa fábulas sobre armas químicas iraquíes, cuando ellos publican en la Web cómo fabricar una bomba atómica. Depredador es un estado que se niega a firmar el protocolo internacional contra la tortura (alguien con suspicacia podría decir: "¡Lógico, porque ellos la utilizan y justifican!"). Depredador es un estado que bloquea a otro mucho más débil hace 50 años porque no le gusta su gobierno. Y sinceramente, no creo que Chávez haga ninguna de estas cosas.
Nelson Rodriguez, de Argentina

1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

la definición de depredador es: "Dicho de un animal: Cazar a otros de distinta especie para su subsistencia."

Creo que Chávez y Bush coinciden perfectamente con esta descripción. Bush invade paises pequeños para que la petrolera su visepresidente se quede con los pozos. Chávez insulta y maldice a presidentes, candidatos y sectores enteros de sociedades de otros paises sólo porque sabe que no le pueden hacer nada, y todo eso lo hace para ganar la aprobación y apoyo de gente ingenua que cree que él es diferente. Bush y Chávez son la misma porquería, oportunistas mentirosos. Si realmente rechazas a Bush deja de prestarle tanta atención, hacer payasadas al costados de un baboso solo va ha hacerte ver tan estupido como la persona a la que insultas.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Randy said...

I imagine that Lula will look in all directions including East and West.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Luis F. Jaramillo Q. said...

As a President, Lula should look to everywhere, but I think He´ll continue with the moderate pro-south agenda.
Not in favor US neither against it.
Who should start to look all the south is President Bush as President Clinton did sometimes.
Before destroying half-world, Bush should join forces for a stronger America. I mean, All the americas, Latin and anglo America.

4:58 PM  
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