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Bolsonaro nominates expert in US affairs as Brazil's next foreign minister

Thursday, November 15th 2018 - 08:57 UTC
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Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday named as foreign minister a career diplomat who currently heads the ministry's United States and Canada department. Ernesto Araujo, 51, was an early supporter of the far-right leader, and courted controversy when he referred to members of the left-wing opposition as “terrorists.” Read full article


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  • :o))

    REF: “an effective policy, based on national interest, a policy of an active, happy, prosperous Brazil”

    A policy of an active, happy, prosperous USA maybe?

    Nov 15th, 2018 - 12:02 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Brasileiro

    Brazil has a regime of military occupation. And it is not the Brazilian military that is in charge.

    Alignment with the US, or even the West, has never brought us any kind of benefit. We remain a colony!

    Nov 15th, 2018 - 12:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    REF: Effective Policy:

    Nov 15th, 2018 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    That's it!

    Brazil is too rich for its poor people!

    Nov 15th, 2018 - 01:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    REF: “Brazil is too rich”:

    Useful information:

    Nov 15th, 2018 - 02:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    “Brazil has a regime of military occupation.”
    You mean like the genocidal program your “Enlightened Emperor” applied to the Paraguayans? The Conde D'Eu awaits you in your just reward. ;)


    Nov 16th, 2018 - 07:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    REF: “genocidal program”:

    The Suicide-Rate is increasing steadily - so no need for a genocide in Brazil [or is it preferred?]

    Nov 16th, 2018 - 12:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro


    That's actually pretty sad. It'll be more sad if the rate goes up under the new “Crook in Chief.”

    Nov 16th, 2018 - 07:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    It is sad, yes of course. But who cares? Besides, it's seen as the Auto-Control of the population! And one of the MAIN causes is described below:

    The system works - SYSTEMATICALLY - as follows:

    FIRST, there is an impressive & a grand “Project” [well publicized but badly planned + ridiculously overpriced + unprofessionally executed PLUS no priority at all!]

    - For The Project; capital is required [borrowed from the Govt. Banks, Int'l. Banks, Loan-Schemes, IMF, etc]

    - Then there a perfectly justifiable delay in The Project

    - Then there is over-spending [also perfectly justified]

    - Then more finance is “absolutely necessary” to complete The Project [many remain partially or never completed or they keep making enormous losses]

    - Then there are additional loans sanctioned generously at absurdly high interest-rates

    - Then there is NO Capital to repay the debts

    - Also, there is NO Capital to repay even the interests

    - Then there is more loan “absolutely necessary” to Repay the Interests - on account of which, there are either further hikes in the already high taxes/duties, lesser budgets are sanctioned for the Vitally Essential Public Services; on account of which many companies fail to operate, etc. [which in other words, mean: further lowering down of the Standard of Living + The Quality of Life of the masses + Rise in the % of Unemployment]

    Sounds “familiar”?
    Mind Boggling - isn't it?
    Hence The OBVIOUS Question:
    Will ALL these King's Men STOP the Vicious Circle?

    Nov 17th, 2018 - 11:32 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Brasileiro


    If Solano Lopez could not win, why did the Paraguayans invade Brazil?

    Nov 17th, 2018 - 01:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    VERY useful article:

    Nov 17th, 2018 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Brasileiro


    “Diga isso para o paraguaio”!

    Nov 17th, 2018 - 02:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    Please be careful:

    Nov 17th, 2018 - 02:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    What, don't you support Bolso? I thought you liked that kind of thing.

    Solano Lopez thought he was Napoleon or something. Paraguay had a bigger army than Brasil in 1860.

    Nov 17th, 2018 - 05:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    If you'll recall I stated I could not vote for either candidate. Something that you could never understand...

    Nov 17th, 2018 - 07:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    So you did. I can respect that.

    Nov 17th, 2018 - 08:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Poor, deluded Brasileiro...“Alignment with the US, or even the West, has never brought us any kind of benefit”...........rather a broad statement for a narrow-minded ignoramus.

    Perhaps you would like to explain how well Brazil has done over the last decade, being aligned with Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba, and having a few African dictatorships amongst the list of Brazil's (PTs, well understood) best friends....

    Nov 18th, 2018 - 03:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    REF: “Poor, deluded Brasileiro”:

    FOR Poor, deluded Brasileiro:

    Nov 18th, 2018 - 10:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    You're right, 'mental health disorders' are on the rise in South 'n Central American countries. If the governments of these countries already don't take care of the more visible ilnesses properly, how can you expect them to do anything about the less-visible ??

    Nov 18th, 2018 - 06:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    REF: 'mental health disorders'

    Although they are not transmittable; not so surprisingly, they are cropping up more frequently and are more visible in the neighboring countries.

    I take this opportunity to wish “Get Well Soon” to our friend - Brasileiro.

    Nov 18th, 2018 - 09:20 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Jack Bauer

    Nice of you to send Brasileiro a 'get well soon' message', but I think he's too brainwashed to be recovered.....

    Nov 18th, 2018 - 10:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    REF: “I think he's too brainwashed to be recovered”:

    To Brasileiro: Cuba is not too far away!$p$f$w=417f229

    Nov 19th, 2018 - 09:51 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • imoyaro

    Guys, if he were really serious, he would go to the US, buy a cheap boat with motor and a few cans of gas, and just drive the 103 miles to Cuba. He'd be welcomed as a true hero of the people.

    Nov 20th, 2018 - 12:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    Nov 20th, 2018 - 10:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    (Interpol/Russia) Interesting ? sounds like putting the fox in-charge of the chicken run.

    he'd better know how to swim

    Nov 20th, 2018 - 09:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    REF: “fox in-charge of the chicken run”:

    Yes indeed! You mean V. P. - The Real 20th Century Fox!

    If DT “thinks” that he is is a “master” of a Reality Show on the World-Stage; VP is THE MASTER, DT's “friend” and HAS the guts to play havoc with the supposed enemies of Russia! With his fingers in the Interpol-Pie; his grip on the world may become even more firm - I suspect.

    Nov 21st, 2018 - 09:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Indeed, quite a reality show, except that nothing is's all real, both trying to screw each other...while the ones who 'really' get screwed, are the “sheeple”.

    Nov 21st, 2018 - 05:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    And as Brazil wants to follow the US-Example [(try to) copy USA - as far as possible]; the easiest is as follows:
    REF: The Intercept: “He lies in the morning, he lies in the afternoon, he lies in the evening and at night. He even gets up in the middle of the night to tweet, and that tweet almost always turns out to be a lie. A lie is produced each time his lips move”

    Nov 22nd, 2018 - 09:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    But getting back to what matters, it is only logical that Bolsonaro appoint someone who is an expert in US affairs.....after all, isn't the US Brazil's potentially largest trading partner, as it once was....before Lula got in ?

    Or perhaps Bolsonaro should have appointed someone who is an expert on trade and affairs of countries, such as : Venezuela, Cuba, Botswana, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Angola, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Libya.......which have absolutely nothing to offer Brazil......not surprising Lula thought they did....after all isn't it in those wonderful countries that Lula felt at home (with leaders as ignorant as himself) and lobbied in favor of Odebrecht, using OUR money - through the BNDES (getting funds from the Brazilian National Treasury) - to build their infrastructure, while Brazil's was / is falling apart at the seams ? (Obras Concluídas do PT - Fora do Brasil).
    Not to mention the pardon of 100s of millions of dollars of their foreign debts.

    Those that think the US has nothing to offer Brazil, because they don't like Trump, are short-sighted.

    Nov 22nd, 2018 - 06:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    REF: USA - “after all, isn't the US Brazil's potentially largest trading partner”:

    So why China is being given the due importance as far as trade is concerned? OK - so it's because they are commies are are in a Trade-War with the USA [Brazil's Friend]. So how about India as a Potential Trading Partner?

    Nov 23rd, 2018 - 10:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    ”Last week Bolsonaro announced the appointment as foreign minister of Ernesto Araújo, a fervent admirer of the US president. In an article Araújo said German Nazism and Italian fascism were leftwing movements that “enslaved a genuine national feeling”. world/2018/nov/20/jair-bolsonaro-says-brazilians-still-dont-know-what-dictatorship-is

    Nov 23rd, 2018 - 11:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Sure China is important, but to me, seems that a lot of Chinese imports actually contribute to destroying local industry....such as textiles, footwear, hand tools....(big employer sectors)... they come in cheaper because of slave-wages in China, manipulated currency-exchange, and because they are usually of doubtful quality.
    Besides, China's intention, as shown in several parts of the world, is not to 'arrive' to help, but 'arrive to 'conquer'....I worked with the Chinese for 15 years and I have seen their way of thinking, first-hand.
    I do not exclude any trading partner, which as the term 'partner' implies, trade should be good for both sides, if to work satisfactorily.....would you say the Mercosul achieved this ? 20 years later, and still a mess...

    ”In an article Araújo said German Nazism and Italian fascism were leftwing movements that “enslaved a genuine national feeling”.

    Well, he hit the nail on the head.....or don't you know the origins of Nazism/fascism ?

    What else, numb nuts ?

    Nov 23rd, 2018 - 02:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    REF: “Chinese imports actually contribute to destroying local industry”:

    Exactly for the same motive, the Trade-War began between the USA & China. And guess what; the US-Imports of the Chinese Products continue to rise. NO wonder DT - JB's friend, philosopher, admirer - wants to return to buddy-buddying with China!

    And then there is India but in spite of a reasonably good & complimentary potential; neither they nor Brazil are eyeing each other - I wonder why!

    Nov 24th, 2018 - 01:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    “don't you know the origins of Nazism/fascism ?”
    I know my right from left, which you obviously don't.
    As well as not knowing your ass from a hole in the ground

    Nov 24th, 2018 - 01:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    The comments in “Bolsonaro's campaign accounts” closed b4 I could reply to your - usual - rubbish. Altho it's a waste of time to take you seriously, you amuse me :-

    “I's not a threat, its what happens when you lie about innocent people like Rousseff”...

    Yr 'threats', or whatever they are - words of someone who can't admit they constantly crap out the pot ? - are meaningless. You are so self-centered, you can't even see when someone makes a fool of you...humourless twit.

    But you've outdone yourself - you've managed to tell two lies in one sentence ...1st, saying I lied, the 2nd, stating Rouseff is innocent....don't worry, she'll be keeping Lula company soon.

    Your “Which I have read enough main stream articles that state she is one of the most honest people in politics”....ah yes ? pls prove such articles exist - you cannot use Lula's site as a source...that wouldn't be fair.

    “In fact, your constant maligning of individuals is contrary to the Brazilian Constitution. Which considers it a crime against their reputation”...
    Really ? where did you get such crap from ? besides, how can someone commit a crime by exposing the truth ? It may be inconvenient, but how does one ruin the reputation of a stinkin' convicted petista ?

    The problem with you is that you have two left feet, two left hands, you don't even know what 'right' is.....but do your homework if you want to stop embarrassing yrself in public.
    Don't take it personally, it's not your fault if you are so naive and gullible.

    The trade war is not just about dumping useless products in another country, but the trade I said, if not good for both, or good for only one, sh*t will happen.
    Nothing wrong with wanting to renegotiate bad deals.

    Nov 24th, 2018 - 08:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Also RE “Bolsonaro's campaign accounts...”

    I could've sworn someone had posted an article saying the changes would lead to doctors leaving before Cuba announced they were withdrawing them, but I can't find it now. Besides, the fact I saw one before the other doesn't really prove anything. How are they managing to recruit doctors so fast when you said it was very difficult to persuade them to work in these isolated towns?

    Re left-wing causes, if you don't care about them you don't, and it only bothers me if you work against things I care about (which unfortunately has happened in this election). But we were originally talking about journalists who try to 'attack' people who disagree with left-wing views, and there are plenty in Brazil who really do disagree.

    “My belief is that most are just saying what minority groups want to hear....they get their support, then sponge off it.”

    Possibly. However, if they get results, the minorities might well not care if their views are sincerely felt or not. Anyway, there's no reason to assume they are all lying, there are plenty of people who do believe those things.

    “You forget he is not the almighty dictator.”

    If he's only held back from doing the things he wants by the constitution then he hasn't really become more moderate.

    “The A-T law has alrdy been discarded for that purpose. Didn't your media tell you ?”

    If you mean the UK media, I told you they never have much about Brazil, and I've been too busy to read more than headlines anyway (in fact, lately I've been getting most of my news from Mercopress when I catch up with you, which isn't great.) I only heard he was planning to use it in the first place because you told me. But I'm glad to hear the idea has been abandoned.

    “If B decides to stop this crap, at our expense, I agree with him.”

    It would be better if the government didn't have the means to reward/punish media that was friendly or unfriendly to them. That is NOT the way to more truth in media.

    Nov 24th, 2018 - 09:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Afaik, Cuba reacted to B's intentions.. If someone had a crystal ball, knew B's intentions b4 the Cubans did, was aware of the payment scheme, it would've been easy to predict, as even in 2013, the deal raised eyebrows. The inscriptions are being made with knowledge of where they need to doubt many might drop out, but seems enough want to join, so let's see.

    I support good causes, don't care who proposes them....Don't measure good or bad by ideology. But pls, what did I work against that upsets you ? Regarding left-wing journalists, why are you so prepared to swallow all they say, yet part from the principle that all that comes from the right - or, in MY view, CONSERVATISM - has to be bad ??
    OK, what results are you talking of, in Brazil....other than the BF, which we've discussed to exhaustion, 'n shown it didn't achieve what you like to think it did, 'n probably agree it could have done far, perhaps ?? The minorities got a few laws passed in their favor, but (even under the PT) nothing changed.. All for show...look what we did, but where are the 'wonderful' results ?
    B has not broken any laws, 'n you keep on harping about his views - many abandoned as he got older - as if he had the power to implement them on his own...its a pity that you are so blind as to what is happening NOW....for Pete's sake, give him a chance !
    Can't help it if UK media decides to omit what might not agree with its leftist views....

    IF the governments in Brazil, instead of actually investing, implementing social programs that work WELL (with very few exceptions), which people would see being done, there'd be no need to spend millions of dollars in our money to tell us what they AREN'T doing, but want us to believe they are -many people fall for this crap. I've got to see it to believe it.
    If the funds don't go to the media outlets that like to criticize him, it's likeky they'll be spent for better things. 'n why does media need funding to tell the truth?

    Nov 24th, 2018 - 10:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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