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In Brazil on January 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

INTERNATIONAL

The label “Made in China” is stirring an ever-greater backlash in Brazil as cheap imports ravage local manufacturers, putting pressure on new President Dilma Rousseff to fight back (Reuters).

President Dilma Rousseff, in one of her first international policy moves, pushed regional solidarity to the forefront when the HMS Clyde, of the Falklands Patrol Force of the UK Royal Navy, was denied port in Rio de Janeiro last week (The Rio Times).

Brazilian and Uruguayan Foreign Ministers Antonio Patriota and Luis Almagro have agreed to hold bilateral meetings every three months. They also announced the launch of a tender in three months’ time for a bridge over the Yaguaron River linking the Brazilian town Santana do Livramento with Rivera in Uruguay (Mercopress).

Brazil would protest to Iran if the country implements a proposed ban on the works of author Paulo Coelho, President Dilma Rousseff’s foreign affairs adviser Marco Aurelio Garcia said (Bloomberg).

Israel’s decision to not renew the settlement moratorium last September is “not only illegal” but it also “undermines the peace process” in the Middle East, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, the permanent representative of Brazil to the UN, said (Xinhua).

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DEFENSE

Bad news for Dassault’s Rafale jet. President Dilma Rousseff has decided to delay awarding a multi-billion dollar Air Force jet contract and reevaluate the finalists’ bids, in a move that could signal a realignment of Brazil’s strategic and defense alliances (Reuters).

Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force – FAB (Comando da Aeronáutica – COMAER) have signed a contract to overhaul 43 AMX jet fighters. This deal complements the previous contract to modernize AMX fighters signed in 2003 (Embraer).

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FLOODS

Rodrigo Neves, Rio state secretary of social assistance and human rights, declared that 5,000 families must move to safer ground at once. And Rio’s serra is the least of Brazil’s disaster problem. All told, 5m Brazilians live in danger zones, at the mercy of rogue weather, according to Aloizio Mercadante, the science minister (The Economist).

The Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) in Brazil is to put US$ 6.7 billion into the construction of slope containment and floodwater drainage projects, the Minister of Planning, Budget and Management, Miriam Belchior, announced following the first meeting of the Infrastructure Forum, opened by President Dilma Rousseff, at the Palacio do Planalto, in Brasilia (Portal Brasil).

Brazil is planning a national system to warn against natural disasters and prevent damages, in the wake of floods and landslides that ravaged the country recently (Xinhua).

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