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Can Brazil Stop Iran?

April 4, 2012

Joe Mortis

BRAZIL, the saying used to go, is the land of the future — and always will be. But when Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, visits the White House next week, she will come as the leader of a country whose future has arrived.

With huge new offshore oil discoveries and foreign investment flooding in, Brazil’s economy, growing twice as fast as America’s, has surpassed Britain’s to become the world’s seventh largest. As a member of the Group of 20 and host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is an emerging global leader.

But there is one area where it has an opportunity to lead and has failed to: preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. Brazil should take the bold step of voluntarily ending its uranium enrichment program and calling on other nations, including Iran, to follow its example. (more…)


Can Brazil Save the World From War With Iran?

May 3, 2010

Sao Paulo — For the last several decades, fundamental international issues of war and peace have been largely determined by a small group of countries, especially the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the US, Britain, France, Russia and China, with some input from the other so-called G7 industrial democracies: Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council each have a veto over UN Security Council resolutions; they are also the only countries recognized as nuclear-weapon states under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

We are now at a new moment in international relations, in which countries outside of the permanent members of the Security Council and their handpicked allies are insisting on having some meaningful input into these issues, and are starting to have some success in pressing their case for inclusion. Brazil has been a leader in these efforts.

The most striking example of this shift is the recent willingness of Brazil and Turkey to challenge the leadership of the United States on the question of responding to Iran’s nuclear program. (more…)

Lula Says U.S. Shouldn’t Be Broker Middle East Talks

November 20, 2009

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the U.S. holds responsibility for the crisis in the Middle East and shouldn’t be coordinating peace talks.

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians ought to be managed by the United Nations, Lula said in an interview with two local radio stations in Salvador, Bahia state, according to an audio file on the presidency’s Web site.

“As long as the United States is trying to negotiate peace there won’t be peace, because other participants need to be seated at the negotiating table and talk,” Lula said. “The one who should oversee the negotiations is the United Nations, and that’s why Brazil wants to reform the UN system.”

Brazil is seeking a broader role in the Middle East, after hosting Israeli president Shimon Peres last week and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas today. Lula is scheduled to meet Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Nov. 23 in talks built around trade relations with the wider objective of engaging the Persian country in political discussions.

Lula is “prepared” to play a role in the negotiating process, Abbas told reporters in Salvador today, during a joint press conference with Lula.

To contact the reporter on this story: Iuri Dantas in Brasilia at

Last Updated: November 20, 2009 11:41 EST

Waldemar Jezler