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Monday, November 9th 2009 - 12:54 UTC

Amorim and Taiana meet to address “trade difficulties”

Jorge Taiana will express Argentina’s concern

Brazilian Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim will receive Monday in Rio do Janeiro his Argentine counterpart Jorge Taiana to discuss several issues of the “bilateral agenda” including, according to Argentine diplomatic sources the ongoing “trade differences”.

Monday, November 9th 2009 - 10:15 UTC

Lula da Silva tells Obama to look after “US drugs’ consumers”

A nice speech for government allies, from Lula da Silva

Brazilian president Lula da Silva warned his peer Barack Obama that South America “does not need US bases” in Colombia to combat narcotics trade and suggested he look after “US drugs consumers”.

Monday, November 9th 2009 - 08:43 UTC

With Iran in mind Israeli president begins historic visit to Argentina and Brazil

Shimon Peres, first head of state from Israel to visit Brazil in forty years

Israeli President Shimon Peres begins Monday a “historic visit” to Brazil and Argentina, the first in decades to both countries for an Israeli head of state, and one of the main issues of the agenda will be the so-called “Iranian infiltration” in Latinamerica.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 07:14 UTC

“Non aggression pact” to end secrecy of military agreements in South America

Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim

Brazilian diplomacy is working on a “non aggression” pact which it will propose to Colombia and other regional governments following on the military agreement signed by Bogotá with Washington and which has caused much concern in Brazil according to the Sao Paulo press.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 06:38 UTC

Obama has forgotten about Latinamerica, claims Lula da Silva

Lula da Silva: Obama is too busy with Iraq, Afghanistan and the health bill

Brazilian president Lula da Silva claims that his United States peer, Barack Obama has forgotten about Latinamerica after having promised a new relation with the continent. He also revealed he was working for a meeting between Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe “so they can address their differences”.

Friday, November 6th 2009 - 13:09 UTC

Lula da Silva is “illiterate” and a “coarse speaker”

Singer and composer Caetano Veloso

Renowned Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso gave his full support to Green party presidential hopeful Marina Silva that he expects will show more elegance and pragmatism than President Lula da Silva, whom he described as “illiterate” and a “coarse speaker”.

Friday, November 6th 2009 - 04:12 UTC

Brazilian Senate postpones vote on Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

In related news the Brazilian Senate postponed for a week a full house vote on the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur which is pending since March 2007 when the administration of President Lula da Silva sent the request.

Friday, November 6th 2009 - 03:49 UTC

Brazilian industry suggests direct negotiations with EU, leaving aside Mercosur

It boils down to a geometric variable according to FIESP

Brazil’s all powerful Sao Paulo Federation of Industries, FIESP, said it is willing to yield positions so a free trade agreement can be reached with the European Union but also suggested Brazil should leave Mercosur aside.

Thursday, November 5th 2009 - 12:53 UTC

Argentina/Brazil trade dispute: partners can’t agree who’s to blame

Eduardo Bianchi, Argentina’s Secretary of Industry

Argentina has accused Brazil of not keeping to agreed “self regulated” bilateral trade understandings originally destined as an umbrella for Argentine industry, and instead has resorted to customs barriers which are delaying or impeding exports.

Thursday, November 5th 2009 - 10:27 UTC

Brazil fears a “bubble” pumped by exuberant investors; Real 19% too strong

Secretary of Economic Policy, Nelson Barbosa

Brazilian central bank President Henrique Meirelles admitted “exuberant” investors might create an asset bubble in Latinamerica’s biggest economy.

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