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Paraguay downplays derogatory references from Brazilian politicians

Tuesday, July 27th 2010 - 20:04 UTC
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Paraguayan officials downplayed statements by Brazil’s main opposition presidential candidate Jose Serra who said that Brazil is doing “philanthropy with Paraguay and Bolivia”. Read full article

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  • Think

    Lula, o melhor presidente que o Brasil já teve

    Jul 27th, 2010 - 08:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    Serra has recently turned his campaign further to the right. That is not going to win him votes. It didn't work in 2002, why would it work now.

    A part of Serra's right-wing rhetoric is the demonization of Brazilian trade unions. He's recently called Brazil a 'trade union republic'. That is the same term the right used to describe Brazil under the Goulart regime. João Goulart was the president overthrown by the 1964 coup d'état. So Serra is consciously using coup monger rhetoric to reach out to the Brazilian hard right. That is not going to endear him to many aside from some - I bet not all - in the South/Southeast industrial sectors. Aside from this right-wing populist rhetoric - a rhetoric designed to inflate Brazil's sense of superiority vis-à-vis our poorest neighbors - Serra has little to offer to our industries. For instance, he's criticized the Lula policy of increasing credit for loans to national enterprises by idiotically calling it a policy of privatizing public money. For Serra, investing in the private sector is giving it money for free! And it shouldn't be forgotten that, during the Cardoso regime - a regime rule by Serra's party, the PSDB, and in which Serra was for some time the Minister of Planning - Brazilian industries were completely wasted.

    Jul 27th, 2010 - 10:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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