Luladinejad: Brazil and Iran Sign Major Trade Agreements

Brazil and Iran: Welcome To The Luladinejad Axis, Pepe Escobar

As Ahmadinejad was coming from a visit to the Brazilian parliament in Brasilia on Monday, Lula was waiting for him, virtually alone. The embrace by Lula was sudden, spontaneous, extremely warm; it’s fair to assume Ahmadinejad was not expecting it. Those who saw it interpreted it as a graphic message.

Ahmadinejad did mean business: he traveled with 200 Iranian businessmen. In the long run, Brazil wants to export to Iran not only meat, grains and sugar, but also trucks and buses. And Iran wants to invest heavily in the oil industry, petrochemicals, agriculture, minerals and real estate. Lula will visit Iran in March or April 2010, also with a business caravan.

Lula and Ahmadinejad signed agreements on energy, trade and agricultural research in the latest round of what is becoming an increasingly warm embrace between Latin America and the Middle East.

The meat of the matter was, of course, nuclear energy. US President Barack Obama admitted at the Group of 20 gathering in London this year that Lula “is the man” – and opinion polls back him up, with the Brazilian leader at present the world’s most popular political leader, with an approval rating of 79%; Obama has just slipped below 50%. So what is “the man” saying? He’s saying that Brazil supports Iran’s access to “peaceful nuclear energy”.

When Lula talks, world leaders do listen; nor is he shy about running through a roll call of those he “advises” on how to behave with Iran.

“I told Obama, I told [French President Nicolas] Sarkozy, I told [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel that we will not get good things out of Iran if we corner them. You need to create space to talk.” This is not only Lula talking – it’s BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) talk. Carefully balancing his act, Lula at the same time defended the rights of “a safe and secure state of Israel”. read more…

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    • Edger on November 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    and propagandize the American public all they want, while the rest of the world ‘moves forward’ and leaves them behind.

    • Diane G on November 26, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Israel and the US are trying to bolster Colombia’s right wingers against any populist movement.

    Viva Brazil!

    • dkmich on November 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    We’ve been protecting the same interests for over 30? 40? years.  While the rest of the world goes wireless, we are guarding our typewriters.  Imagine the advances if all the money we’ve spent on wars and military had been spent on research and development.  Obama is such a waste.  

  1. How such an “experience” takes place is beyond me.

    Mexico cannot, and I don’t know why.

    It has nothing to due with abstract political constructs.

    I think it has something to do with spiritual identity that runs deep in our ancestral lineage.

    The “isms” of the 19th Century hold us back (anarchism, socialism, Capitalism, communism etc).

    As some march to annhilation, some march to reconciliation.

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