Brazil: Quo Vadis?



Brazil is a wonderful country: rich in culture and art; adorned by a happy, generous, people and submerged in positive vibes. The way Brazilians speak Portuguese is sweet, mellow, with an accent that assures us tomorrow will be a better day.

This nation has marvelled the world with its economic success (which was paved by the Plano Real, created in 1989 by centre-right Minister of Finance, Fernando Henrique Cardoso), with its ability to reduce the huge gap between rich and poor and to stand out in the international community.
Yet, Brazil chose to tread in perilous political grounds.

Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, assumed office early this year. She fought against the military dictatorship, she fought for democracy; she was arrested, allegedly tortured for 22 days, and survived – all in the name of Freedom.
Yet, her government legitimises terrorist & oppressive groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah; her government refused to impose sanctions on Syria (whose leader is a dictator that so far has murdered 2,900 people fighting for democracy) and her government’s buddy is Iran (whose authoritarian leadership oppresses, imprisons, tortures and rapes members of the opposition). President Dilma Rousseff speaks of democracy and equality but then her government engages in orgies with the Red Dragons (a honourable animal that insists on refusing freedom of speech & equality to his cute offspring).
Brazil is spitting on other People’s freedom and, indirectly, it arrests and tortures the opposition of its political friends (to protect, what it believes to be, Brazilian interests).

“There is an intrinsic loss, for the country, whenever the experience of a youth (that dived into the fight for democracy and into combat to build a better country [...]) is destroyed by death” (Dilma Rousseff, in 2008, during the memorial to 11 students that died during the fight against the military regime) [Translation by Max Coutinho]

The persecuted Syrian Youth, being presently slaughtered, would definitely agree...

Quo vadis, Brazil?
Brazilian’s Ministry of Women ran by Minister Iriny Lopes; banned a TV ad, starring Gisele Bundchen, claiming that it “reinforces the erroneous stereotyping of women as sex objects” and it “ignores the progress made in ending sexist practices. It also represents discrimination against women” – Feminist hysteria used to implement censorship.
One of these days, the Ministry of Women will suggest Brazilian women to cover their bodies with burkas.

Brazilian Evangelicals could also be behind their government’s odd support to Islamic radicals and dictators. All the Brazilian evangelical churches, I visited, expressed their anti-Semitism through that dangerous rhetoric “Jews killed Jesus Christ, our saviour! And the Star of David is a demonic symbol!” – how much weight do they have in the Brazilian foreign politics?

Of course, Brazil is surrounded by countries with Leftist governments, which may have influenced its silly and perilous political choices.

Is this the rise of dictatorship of the proletariat  in Brazil?

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  1. I feel like it would be spitting on freedom to not recognize the legitimate owners of the land the Israelis are occupying.

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  2. Max, Brazil is a wonderful country with wonderful people, but I believe it is turning into a leftist dictatorship.

    I do not forget the way president Lula insulted Israel (by refusing to place a wreath at Mount Herzl) and then, in the Knesset, he expressed his prejudice by saying that in Brazil there are 10 million Muslims living in peace with thousands of Jews - DETAIL: Brazil has only 1,5 million Muslims, although the government officially says they are about 30,000 (against 105,600 Jews). See what I mean?

    About the TV ad ban: censorship, sheer leftist censorship disguised as concern for women's dignity (as if Brazilians didn't go to the beach in thongs, as if they didn't walk around with their bras showing and as if they didn't go to work in micro-skirts and high heels,).

    President Dilma is a hypocrite: she plays feminist (to get votes) and then supports nations that oppress women and violate their Human Rights. She claims to have fought for Democracy and yet Syrians, according to Brazil, are not allowed to enjoy it.

    Brazilian leftist political leaders are Hypocrites (and highly corrupt)!

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  3. Max and Vid,

    "I feel like it would be spitting on freedom to not recognize the legitimate owners of the land the Israelis are occupying."

    Legitimate Israeli Land (the West Bank) is being occupied by the Palestinians and Abbas knows it, but he uses this issue for his own political purposes (or lack thereof, depending on which angle we look at it).

    Before spitting your ignorance, Vid, you should read more about the history of the Holy Land.

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  4. Brazil strikes me as an incredibly complex mix of things. No point in me commenting further - just like to read and absorb.

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  5. Brazil makes an annual display of strip tease out in the open (that is: Samba in Carnaval, where nearly naked women dance and move their bear butts in an extremely sensuous way) selling mulatto meat to foreigners and nationals with no shame whatsoever. I don't see the Ministry of Women banning Carnaval; because this event "reinforces the erroneous stereotyping of women as sex objects"....
    And now the Ministry of Women is worried about a simple commercial (where Gisela Bundhcen is wearing lingerie because she's promoting a lingerie company) that empowers women? Please!

    Lets not pretend that women do not use their sensuality to get what they want from men.

    Brazil is becoming a country with messed up priorities!

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  6. Hi Max,

    I don't know that much about Brazil, except that it's the largest country in South America, Brazilians love to play soccer, they harvest a lot of coffee, and of course Rio.

    I never knew the politics. Like any country, they have their ups and downs. Hypocrites make up most governments. I don't think most politicians start off being hypocrites but as they get further into politics they become that which they hate.

    Fabulous post.

    Freedom Cheers!

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  7. BRICS BRICS on the wall...whose's more corrupt of them all?

    B: Brazil is corrupt (Pres Lula fooled everybody by leading them to believe that he was fighting corruption, when in fact he wasn't: for every corrupt politician exposed and sacked, two corrupt politicians would replace him). Brazil is a mess. Brazil is hypocrite. Brazil is being ran by crazy feminists and Brazil is leftist (of the worst kind). Ah, Lula placed Dilma in the sit so that she'd keep things warm until he could run for office again.

    R: Russia is corrupt. Putin placed Medvedv in the sit, to keep it warm until it was "democratic" enough for him to run for office once again.

    I: India is corrupt, however Indians (the people), unlike Brazilians and Russians, are free enough to fight it from within. I commend Mr. Anna Hazare. Still, India makes odd political moves and associations.

    C: China is corrupt (one party = the same people profiting). Like Brazilians and Russians, the Chinese are not free to fight from within. At least not yet.

    S: South Africa is definitely corrupt and hypocrite. The West rallied against Apartheid and for the rights of the negroes and now South Africa associates itself with nations that oppress minorities, that imprisons its citizens, that violates the rights of people; furthermore South Africa does little to protect its homosexuals and became anti-Semitic...is it following Iran's example?

    How low can some countries go just to belong to BRICS?

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  8. Hi Vid :D!

    "I feel like it would be spitting on freedom to not recognize the legitimate owners of the land the Israelis are occupying."

    Well, that is why you are "feeling" and not "thinking", my friend.
    I already knew your feelings about this theme, given one your posts where you say that all Muslims are violent and that their goal is to conquer the world in order to blow it up...

    But I enjoy your provocative and contradictory posts; they teach us a lot.

    Vid, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  9. Hi Ana :D!

    "I do not forget the way president Lula insulted Israel (by refusing to place a wreath at Mount Herzl) and then, in the Knesset, he expressed his prejudice by saying that in Brazil there are 10 million Muslims living in peace with thousands of Jews - DETAIL: Brazil has only 1,5 million Muslims, although the government officially says they are about 30,000 (against 105,600 Jews). See what I mean?"

    Oh yes, it was an embarrassment for the Brazilian Diplomacy *nodding*.
    I read that the census revealed there are 29,000 and something Muslims in Brazil; although the Islamic Community claims they are 1,5Mio...

    "About the TV ad ban: censorship, sheer leftist censorship disguised as concern for women's dignity (as if Brazilians didn't go to the beach in thongs, as if they didn't walk around with their bras showing and as if they didn't go to work in micro-skirts and high heels,)."

    LOL and you know what is more incongruent? Despite wearing thongs in the beach (thus, exposing their buttocks) they cannot do topless - it is viewed as indignifying.

    "President Dilma is a hypocrite: she plays feminist (to get votes) and then supports nations that oppress women and violate their Human Rights. She claims to have fought for Democracy and yet Syrians, according to Brazil, are not allowed to enjoy it."

    Come now: she is a feminist to draw votes? You might exagerating a bit there.
    I agree.

    "Brazilian leftist political leaders are Hypocrites (and highly corrupt)!"

    I hope the Brazilian people rise up against it (although I have read that they are beginning to do just that).

    Ana, thank you so much for input :D.

    Cheers

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  10. Ana & Vid,

    "Before spitting your ignorance, Vid, you should read more about the history of the Holy Land."

    Come now, Ana: Vid is free to express his feelings in any way he sees fit. He is provocative and represents the voices of the opposition...which are welcome here.

    Cheers

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  11. Hi Looney :D!

    "Brazil strikes me as an incredibly complex mix of things."

    I so know what you mean. I think the same of Latin American politics (in general)...
    But knowing Brazil and Brazilians (whom I love) I think it/they deserve better. And to start with, they need more education and access to information in order to make the right political choices. Did you know that the North and Northeast Regions were the ones electing President Dilma? And coincidently, they are the regions that have the highest rates of illiteracy...

    "No point in me commenting further - just like to read and absorb."

    I appreciate your candour, mate.

    Looney, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  12. Hi Lady A :D!

    "I don't know that much about Brazil, except that it's the largest country in South America, Brazilians love to play soccer, they harvest a lot of coffee, and of course Rio."

    Don't forget their marvellous music :D.

    "I don't think most politicians start off being hypocrites but as they get further into politics they become that which they hate."

    Yeah, power does that. However, focused politicians can do good jobs and be excellent politicians - and Brazil has had that kind of politicians, you know? Fernando Henrique Cardoso is one good example of this.

    "Fabulous post."

    Thank you *bowing*!

    Lady A, thank you immensely for your input :D.

    Political Cheers

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  13. Hello Anonymous :D!

    "I don't see the Ministry of Women banning Carnaval; because this event "reinforces the erroneous stereotyping of women as sex objects"...."

    Aaah, but the Ministry of Women cannot mess with the Carnaval: it generates millions; it creates a lot of jobs (for women exactly) and it is ran by the Mafia, that will do anything to protect its business...
    Nevertheless, you are right: it does stereotype women as sex objects (specially when they needlessly dance naked).

    "And now the Ministry of Women is worried about a simple commercial (where Gisela Bundhcen is wearing lingerie because she's promoting a lingerie company) that empowers women? Please!"

    lol I really do not see anything wrong with that TV ad...I liked it.

    "Lets not pretend that women do not use their sensuality to get what they want from men."

    LOL LOL LOL yes, let's not...

    "Brazil is becoming a country with messed up priorities!"

    I hear you.

    Anonymous, thank you so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  14. Hi Celeste :D!

    "BRICS BRICS on the wall...whose's more corrupt of them all?"

    lol I like that! May I use it?

    "B: Pres Lula fooled everybody by leading them to believe that he was fighting corruption, when in fact he wasn't: for every corrupt politician exposed and sacked, two corrupt politicians would replace him."

    That is a good point.

    "Ah, Lula placed Dilma in the sit so that she'd keep things warm until he could run for office again."

    Everybody thinks that.
    Just like Cristina Kirchner's case, in Argentina, whose husband made sure she'd win the elections so that he could run again in a few years...but helas: he passed away.

    "R: Russia is corrupt. Putin placed Medvedv in the sit, to keep it warm until it was "democratic" enough for him to run for office once again."

    And he recently announced that he'll run again for Presidency...I think no one was surprised.

    "I: India is corrupt, however Indians (the people), unlike Brazilians and Russians, are free enough to fight it from within. I commend Mr. Anna Hazare. Still, India makes odd political moves and associations."

    Brazilians' ignorance and lack of information is what causes them not to be free (in part; cause then we have the manipulative leftist government) and Russians...well, they haven't shaken that Red Syndrome.
    However, the Indians are strong people and they are indeed fighting for a better nation. I wonder if their governments decisions really reflect the Indian views.

    "C: China is corrupt (one party = the same people profiting). Like Brazilians and Russians, the Chinese are not free to fight from within. At least not yet."

    But they will be. In fact, I believe they are beginning to fight for freedom...yet, I need to see more.

    "S: South Africa is definitely corrupt and hypocrite. The West rallied against Apartheid and for the rights of the negroes and now South Africa associates itself with nations that oppress minorities, that imprisons its citizens, that violates the rights of people; furthermore South Africa does little to protect its homosexuals and became anti-Semitic...is it following Iran's example?"

    South Africa is a big disappointment. Did you know they refused a Visa to the Dalai Lama? They don't want to feel the wrath of the Red Dragon, I suppose...
    Have you ever wondered what will happen once Mandela dies?

    "How low can some countries go just to belong to BRICS?"

    They're convinced they are strong & influential bloc, so...they will go lower and lower until things blow up in their face.

    Celeste, thank you a million times for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  15. Hi Max,

    "Dictatorship of the proletariat in Brazil"

    ROFL ROFL ROFL you are so funny.

    BRIC and South Africa:
    Brazil: to the Iranian and Syrian people Ms. Rousseff said "sorry folks, I've been there before and survived; but it's not the same because I was fighting against a brutal military regime and, your diatribe is against a civil and moderate government. Although my hands are tied, I wish you the best for I think I feel your pain..."

    Russia: The sons of the Red October, 1917, are silencing dissident voices.

    China: The once oppressed peasants now in power crashed, like no man's business, the uprising of the protesters in Tianamen Square and more recently is incarcerating dissidents and artists.

    India: it says "it's karma. Now you're beaten, tortured and put to death - it's ok, for in the next life you'll have the chance to do it to someone else and then you'll be purged"

    South Africa: ANC, please let me remind you that if it wasn't for the entire world boycotting the apartheid regime, your little scaramouche, against the boers, would have been just that.
    Denying the visa to Dalai Lama? Shame on you, Chinese croonies.

    Max, as you can see, often the oppressed becomes the oppressor.

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  16. Max, if you look around dispassionately at all the countries of the world, economic/political isms do not matter to those in power. Globally, the strategy is to grab power and hold on to it by catering to those that can finance the powers to stay in political power.

    Brazil is no exception to this rule and I would not be unduly worried about leftism there. Just look at the biggest leftists of them all, the Chinese, they have become the biggest rightists in economics!

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  17. Olá Max,

    "(BRICS BRICS on the wall...whose's more corrupt of them all?) lol I like that! May I use it?"

    Sure, go ahead Max!

    Tchau

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  18. Yes, we are lucky here down under considering what is going on in the rest of the world. Here, and elsewhere, I learn the plight of so many countries. Yes, Brazil is not alone when it comes to such saddness.

    With our isolation, borders bounded by sea and good fortune on the most part, it's little wonder the so called, "boat people" head this way trying to escape the tyranny of others.

    So many things grieve me, just the other day, an Iranian actress was sentenced to 90 lashes and twelve months jail in Tehran, just for playing a role in an Aussie produced film that criticised Iran's policies.

    What is the world coming to?

    Take care Max, and take care Brazil.

    Peter

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  19. The world it seems to be like a wavelength. At certain points in time the citizens of a particular country or state does something which goes against the popular belief or custom in this place. Even in our country, there is one state which was considered to very progressive, modern with high IT usage, free society for women, a largely western culture, ruled by a right winged government from its inception, but somehow a few years back its citizens strangely voted in majority for a very radical orthodox Party who formed the government and after that its all going down in that state with increase in atrocities against women, a declining IT culture and the state going back once gain to its primitive ages.

    Somewhere I do believe even people are to blame for the governments they choose. somehow all over the world, the left-centric ideology is on the rise once again after the fall in general American influence over the world and the steady rise of China.

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  20. Hi Lenny Hannah :D!

    "ROFL ROFL ROFL you are so funny."

    lol thank you *bowing*...

    «Brazil: to the Iranian and Syrian people Ms. Rousseff said "sorry folks, I've been there before and survived; but it's not the same because I was fighting against a brutal military regime and, your diatribe is against a civil and moderate government. Although my hands are tied, I wish you the best for I think I feel your pain..."»

    Yes, that sounds like something it could be said by Brazilian politicians (on the left).

    «Russia: The sons of the Red October, 1917, are silencing dissident voices.»

    Mr. Putin makes sure that all voices are silenced in Russia...

    «China: The once oppressed peasants now in power crashed, like no man's business, the uprising of the protesters in Tianamen Square and more recently is incarcerating dissidents and artists.»

    True.

    «India: it says "it's karma. Now you're beaten, tortured and put to death - it's ok, for in the next life you'll have the chance to do it to someone else and then you'll be purged"»

    lol creative; but I don't think that is quite it. India's position may be related to its own strategy regarding China (and the undesirable alliances it may forge against India...so, India prefers to keep its enemies closer).

    «South Africa: ANC, please let me remind you that if it wasn't for the entire world boycotting the apartheid regime, your little scaramouche, against the boers, would have been just that. Denying the visa to Dalai Lama? Shame on you, Chinese croonies.»

    Oh yes, S.A. is disappointing and embarrassing at the same time *nodding*. I sense that this country will crumble once Mr. Mandela passes away.
    Indeed, denying the visa to Dalai Lama was cheap. S.A. bows down (that low) to China...have they no pride?

    "Max, as you can see, often the oppressed becomes the oppressor."

    Absolutely!

    Lenny Hannah, thank you ever so much for you input :D.

    Cheers

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  21. Hi Rummy :D!

    "Max, if you look around dispassionately at all the countries of the world, economic/political isms do not matter to those in power. Globally, the strategy is to grab power and hold on to it by catering to those that can finance the powers to stay in political power."

    So true (in most cases).

    "Brazil is no exception to this rule and I would not be unduly worried about leftism there. Just look at the biggest leftists of them all, the Chinese, they have become the biggest rightists in economics!"

    LOL LOL I agree with you on China (I have been saying for quite a while that they practice a pseudo-communist as a means to hold on to power and implement authoritarianism).
    However, Brazil is not China (a whole different culture to start with) and therefore we must worry about its leftism, because I speak not of economic issues...I speak of something else (that can be far more oppressive).

    Rummy, thank you ever so much for your input, my friend :D.

    Cheers

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  22. Celeste,

    "Sure, go ahead Max!"

    Thanks :D.

    Cheers

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  23. Hi Peter :D!

    "Yes, we are lucky here down under considering what is going on in the rest of the world. Here, and elsewhere, I learn the plight of so many countries. Yes, Brazil is not alone when it comes to such saddness."

    I hear you. I feel blessed for living where I live as well.

    "With our isolation, borders bounded by sea and good fortune on the most part, it's little wonder the so called, "boat people" head this way trying to escape the tyranny of others."

    Which nationality seeks more refuge in Down Under nowadays?

    "So many things grieve me, just the other day, an Iranian actress was sentenced to 90 lashes and twelve months jail in Tehran, just for playing a role in an Aussie produced film that criticised Iran's policies."

    I know! I read about it: it is brutal, isn't it?
    And it seems she did a wonderful job too. This is one of those cases when the black market ruins people's life (that's how the movie got to Iran, because Australia never intended to sell it there).

    "What is the world coming to?"

    A deep period of renewal, my friend.

    Peter, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  24. Hi Kalyan :D!

    "Even in our country, there is one state which was considered to very progressive, modern with high IT usage, free society for women, a largely western culture, ruled by a right winged government from its inception, but somehow a few years back its citizens strangely voted in majority for a very radical orthodox Party who formed the government and after that its all going down in that state with increase in atrocities against women, a declining IT culture and the state going back once gain to its primitive ages."

    Humm, shocking *nodding*. That is what happens when people are brainwashed by political campaigns (usually shallow that allure people to an illusion of "a life free of complications").

    "Somewhere I do believe even people are to blame for the governments they choose."

    You are right. But then there is the other side of the coin: what happens when uninformed, uneducated, people vote?

    "somehow all over the world, the left-centric ideology is on the rise once again after the fall in general American influence over the world and the steady rise of China."

    You know what they say: what goes up, down must come...and the illogical Left will fall.

    Kalyan, thank you a million times for your input :D.

    Cheers

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