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Brazil Politics & Government News

In Brazil on May 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

POLITICS

The first 100 days of president Dilma Rousseff’s foreign policy were filled with a combination of “pragmatic” partnerships for development with an “idealistic” search for social progress. The evaluation was presented to the Committee on External Relations and National Defense by the minister of External Relations, Antônio Patriota (Federal Senate).

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff decided to cut all relations with the Inter American Human Rights Court following on the CIDH decision to request that the construction of a huge dam in the Amazon be suspended, following an appeal from indigenous groups (MercoPress).

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INTERNATIONAL

Reflections on Brazil’s Global Rise by Celso Amorim, the man who led Brazil into its new global era discusses his diplomatic vision and Brazil-U.S. relations (Americas Quarterly).

Brazil’s Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota has lambasted Western countries for their human rights practices, emphasizing that they have the worst record in human rights abuses (PressTV).

DEFENSE & SECURITY

Last week the Brazilian Federal Government inaugurated the country’s first Integrated Border Management Office (Gabinete de Gestão Integrada de Fronteira, GGI-F) during an event at Iguacu Falls, in the State of Paraná. A day later, the second such GGI-F office was inaugurated in Corumbá, in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul. These inaugurations signify increased federal commitment to the fight against drug trafficking, both domestically and along international borders (The Rio Times).

Brazilian growing importance in the international scenery requires the restructuring of the intelligence services, including a follow-up of facts and tendencies outside the country. The warning was made at the Committee on External Relations and National Defense (Federal Senate).

Odebrecht Defesa e Tecnologia (ODT) was one of the exhibiting companies at the eighth edition of the Latin America Aero & Defence (LAAD) – Defense & Security event, held from April 12-15 at the RioCentro expo pavilion in Rio de Janeiro. Considered the largest in Latin America’s Defense and Security sector, the fair gathered 663 exhibiters from 40 countries and received over 25,000 visitors. At the ODT booth, for example, visitors had a chance to see some of the company’s defense equipment and that of companies in which it holds stake, such as the Mectron radars. The panel also showed the main projects underway at the company, such as the construction of the submarines for the Brazilian Navy (BW).

A trove of 35,000 documents released by the Brazilian National Archives on April 13 show that the Brazilian Air Force monitored leftist groups and political parties, labor union members, and students for up to ten years after the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship (LatinDespatch) .

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RESEARCH, EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY

Mining giant Vale will invest at least 400mn reais (US$253mn) to build three technological centers in different parts of the country, according to Luiz Mello, the director of the initiative (Vale).

Brazil plans to send thousands of students to learn abroad on scholarships (MercoPress).

SOCIAL

The number of black or brown people in Brazil has reached 97 million, as against 91 million who call themselves white and 2.5 million who see themselves as yellow or indigenous, Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) reported (Xinhua).

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