US president Barack Obama The new United States administration and the world economic crisis prompt more questions than answers. This was one of the consensuses reached at the 3rd National Conference on Foreign Policy and International Politics, held this Monday, December 8, in Rio de Janeiro under the theme Brazil in the World that is Coming.

    Scholars and diplomats discussed priority issues concerning the international scenario and Brazilian foreign policy in the face of Barack Obama's election to the presidency of the United States. It was also a consensus that the duration and depth of this financial crisis, which originated precisely in the US, is uncertain.

    All participants agreed, although not on all points, that the change in the United States government was a positive one and that, with Obama at the helm, it is showing greater willingness to dialogue and strengthen international institutions, and also to adopt a less one-sided, more negotiation-oriented stance.

    The Brazilian ambassador to the US, Antonio Patriota, believes that the president-elect is going to be more open to multilateral cooperation with Brazil in some topics that were met with indifference by the current US administration. "Especially in the areas of climate change and fighting poverty," he said.

    Obama's statement on the shutting down of Guantanamo was praised by some of the participants, as they believe that it signals that the president-elect is going to show greater respect for international law.

    The Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of São Paulo (USP), Gilberto Dupas, warned, however, that people should not expect too much from the future US president.

    "It is very unlikely that Obama will change the essential logic that underlies the structure of power in the United Sates, the defense and domestic policies. I believe that the expectations surrounding him must be kept in perspective," he asserted.

    On the other hand, Dupas believes that the quest for relative consensuses creates a vacuum that enables greater participation to Brazil, which, according to him, has a vocation for bringing about consensus.

    To the secretary general at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Trade, ambassador Pinheiro Guimarães, the current outlook calls for greater articulation between Brazil and the "large developing States, such as China, India and Argentina, among others."

    According to him, it is also important for the country to maintain its investment levels and reaffirm the Brazilian industrial potential.

    "Industry is crucial, due to the very distribution of the population in Brazil. Around 85% of people live in the cities, and the country cannot base its economic development on agriculture alone. Now is the time for adding value to the Brazilian economy."

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    • dnbaiacu

      Joao
      [quote]The middle class had (and still have) values, but the “Son of Earthling man”, ably advised by the “Nobles” will make that class extinct.
      [/quote]

      😀 😀 😀 That was funny. It does look like the “middle class” has disappered.. Technically ,, it has here in the U.S. Most owe more than they are worth excluding their house which most are duped into thinking is a real investment. 🙁
      Joao, my point is (from a biblical standpoint) “keep it real”. If you were only here in the U.S to see the madness. It is going to get crazy as jobs are being shedded by the thousands every week. On an INDIVIDUAL basis you will “have to” tap into the right energy to survive. Otherwise you will be OBLIGED to follow the status quo. And your allegiance will be demanded. It will get that black and white.
      I have volunteered to inform people that this IS a spiritual issue .And there are options. And there WILL BE CALM AFTER THE STORM. 🙂
      Once one understands that this IS a mind battle , you “GET IT”! We are in the Matrix. ( I hate to use Hollywood terminology but they DO put elements of Truth in entertainment. That which we pay so much attention to. Everything stares you in the face . BUT YOU DON”T SEE IT! 🙁 🙁 🙁 The “powers that be” love it. They get a kick out of the blindness on the behalf of the majority.
      Spiritually humans are termed as the “sea”.. We are blown hither and thither by the air of “the powers that be” and their human advocates. What’s great about this era more so than any other is that you REALLY CAN SEE IT if you are observant and make yourself INFORMED. A Truth spreader plays a VERY ACTIVE ROLE. You will feel the heat and pressure coming from many ends. The apathetic are just blown this way and that. And always disappointed at every turn. Until POOF it ends.. Because they weren’t grounded in anything.
      It is all really exciting to watch and participate in. Each of us help fullfill the prophecies by our mental choices.
      Personally I LOVE knowing what is going and HOW it will end. I can plan VERY EFFECTIVELY.
      Post scriptures on this blog to show others that the Bible is not an “idiot book” but can be a reliable guide to navigate through what we are ALL experiencing. 😉

    • dnbaiacu

      Ok Joao..
      Enough on “ric.”. I have nothing against him. We all “throw stuff out there”. And I may have taken it the wrong. This is an attempt at humility. But just in case there was “another” implication , I wanted to be “vocal”. 🙂 😉 😉

      As I have tried to suggest , over and over.. As has ALWAYS been the case , but even more evident now and increasingly critical. This issue has to be looked at INDIVIDUALLY. Less superficiality with ones political perspective. More in depth research on the “spiritual elements” at play ( we can all agree that “belief systems are becoming a GLOBAL NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE) . And please STOP with the anti-conspiracy theory point of view. If you understand politics , there is ALWAYS conspiracy.. Brazil of ALL places should know this. LIES are an intent to DECEIVE! 🙁
      Helloo!!! CONSPIRACY! The so-called “pile of dung” clearly says the following…
      [b]Do not put YOUR trust in nobles,
      Nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs. Psalms 146:3[/b]
      So “fora” with the Obama camp , the U.N. or anyone else for “SAVING THE WORLD”
      Here’s another good one
      [b23 In case you should sit down to feed yourself with a king, you should diligently consider what is before you, 2À‚ and you must put a knife to your throat if you are the owner of soul[ful desire]. 3À‚ Do not show yourself craving his tasty dishes, as it is the food of lies. Proverbs 23:1-3][/b]
      SOUND FAMILIAR??? LIES , LIES, LIES.. It become habitual you know 🙁
      So you have to learn to see through the smoke. 😉 And you don’t necessarily have to be a political science buff to see things for what they are.
      It’s about WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO BELIEVE. Which makes it all so INDIVIDUAL. Since when has following the masses paid off???? The “massess” don’t THINK. Forrest and ric DO THINK. (yes I did forget ric chose an independent candidate , NOT Mc Cain) 🙂
      The suggestion is to THINK THINK THINK. The LIE is in front of you. The TRUTH has to be sought after. It has ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY. TRUTH has value.
      Now if you are one of those that think there is no STANDARD of TRUTH.. You’ve been duped. The universe as we know it shows STANARDS everywhere. Numbers , measurements , time. Heck , we even try to set standards for beauty. So pretending like there is no “standard” out there that is exists is not consistent with the universe and as we understand things as humans.
      Suggestion? Cognitively search for a “standard”.. You’lll find it .. IF YOU ARE LOOKING. Not to want a standard that you agree should be UNIVERSAL is to say that you ENJOY SHEER CHAOS that exists today.
      Nature takes care of itself.. We are a part of nature. So it stands to reason , and from a purely SCIENTIFIC STANDPOINT, that what is not in harmony with its natural design
      WILL BE ELIMINATED.
      Check your owners manual.. This is the suggestion. 😉

    • Falupa

      Hype it up!
      I just hope that Obama can pull through in these tough times and pull the U.S. together, that way the government will learn from their mistakes in Brazil… Out with Lula and in with someone new.

    • dnbaiacu

      Joao…
      🙂 The arbitrator as usual….
      I only went there because his “vague” at best , comment , was so reminscent of some “pre-election” views. I am just bored and irritated with people looking at politics so superficially. And you KNOW what I mean. 🙂 🙁 :-). It’s silly! It will be 2009 soon . And it is time to wake up and smell the coffee.
      I am glad you made an attempt to “interpret” what he said.
      “Obama” in and of himself CAN”T DO A THING. He is a FRONT for a system no one on this panel has dared to openly discuss YET! CFR, Trilateral Commission., Bilderberger Group, ect.
      Is this quietness on the subject because people are reluctant to re-think about what they “think” they understand the system operates. I like to get to the point. And not dilly dally meaningless politically “correct” jargon. Maybe all of that gives SOME a sense of empowerment. But to me it is a waste of energy. Then to question the “intelligence” of others on top of that?!!!! 😀 😀
      The “SAVING OF THE WORLD” starts with the INDIVIDUAL. YOU , YOURSELF and YOU. Understand that there is ORDER in the UNIVERSE. And that there could be just as much ORDER IN YOUR OWN HEAD. Most are admittedly CHAOTIC because they lack DIRECTION , because they haven’t chosen a PATH.
      Since when has a government been interested in SAVING ALL but an elite group of its citizens? Let alone SAVE THE WORLD!????
      So the majority of dispensible peons like “us” need to stop feeding into everything “they” dish out.
      I am all FOR UNITY. 🙂 But I am sure you are aware that unity involves choosing to adhere to a set of common values that benefit EVERYONE.!!
      The same government that everyone is looking at to “save the world”, is the same government blamed as the “orgin of the current “crises”. They knew that subprime lending was going on ,and sponsored , allowed and encouraged it to happen. The ‘powers that be” aren’t STUPID. It was a simple Power move.
      But guess what???
      If some simple ancient principles were followed on an INDIVIDUAL basis, you’d be the least affected by this whole fiasco. Affected yes, because we all are.. But not to the worst degree.
      Obama and the government he speaks for isn’t going to encourage you to get some “values and principles”. The only thing that will help you navigate with a greater peace of mind and relative security in the coming seasons.
      My suggestion?…..LOVE … First, Love the One in whose image you are made. And ultimately you will be loving YOURSELF! Obama and all will take care of itself. You need to take care of YOU. Keep counting on “them”????……..
      Well evidence speaks for itself! 😉

    • dnbaiacu

      [quote]You seem to be dumber than a box of rocks. “The people” I was referring to are those the article is talking about, that attended the conference in Rio and then expressed their views. [/quote]

      You either wanted to be “ambiguous” with your comment so no one could peg you. Or you yourself don’t know what “people” you are referring to.
      I DECIDED TO CLEAR IT UP. IN EITHER CASE!

      Here’s the “people” you referred to…

      [quote]All participants agreed, although not on all points, that the change in the United States government was a positive one and that, with Obama at the helm, it is showing greater willingness to dialogue and strengthen international institutions, and also to adopt a less one-sided, more negotiation-oriented stance. [/quote]

      Now here is your little sarcastic quote….
      [quote]Of how ideology can often cause otherwise intelligent people to ignore the obvious and come to wrong conclusions.

      Bem feito. [/quote]

      Break down. .. The CHANGE was Obama only.. Another FACE.. Most of the changes THAT matter are being made AS WE SPEAK under the current administration.
      These “otherwise intelligent people” in YOUR comment , think the “change” , however you want to look at it was a “positive one”.
      So just WHAT was being IGNORED???
      What CONCLUSION was wrong?
      [quote]You seem to be dumber than a box of rocks[/quote]
      I DON”T THINK SO! 😀 😀
      Try me! 😉 😉
      If you are going to be condescending and sarcastic.. BE A MAN .. Make it clear!!! 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉
      All that undercover stuff is WEAK

    • dnbaiacu

      When will some understand……
      [quote]Of how ideology can often cause otherwise intelligent people to ignore the obvious and come to wrong conclusions. [/quote]

      that Obama is not there “because of the people”…
      Put the blame where it belongs . The “machine”. And stop acting as if the “people” had a “choice”. That’s a tired play to try to stroke one’s own ego for not voting for Obama.
      The “powers that be” know that having another Bush , Clinton, Reagan, etc “look alike” wasn’t going to fly anymore. It’s that simple. Get over yourself!
      We all know the game. So Obama bashing is either ignorance of true politics or racism.,Period!
      It’s unfortunate the man CHOOSE to be a puppet….. That’s his problem.
      From here on out your true peace of mind won’t come from hoping in any man made instittution. It will be wholly dependent on WHAT YOU BELIEVE.

    • João da Silva

      dnbaiacu
      [quote]Ok Joao..[/quote]

      Thanks for some more of your thought provoking comments. More and more I read your comments, I get the feeling that our thoughts are very similar, though I do not quote the bible like you do. One of your most interesting quotes is the following (This is not the first time you have cited this):

      [quote]Do not put YOUR trust in nobles,
      Nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs. Psalms 146:3[/quote]

      If not in Nobles or the sons of earthling men, whom you do you put faith on? The educated middle class, right.? No wonder there is the expression “Middle Class morality”. Years ago, in Brazil, during the Military government, a strong educated middle class came up and it was indeed responsible for lifting many ” Sons and Daughters of Earthling men” out of their poverty (at least in the South). The middle class had (and still have) values, but the “Son of Earthling man”, ably advised by the “Nobles” will make that class extinct.

      Thanks for listening to my rant.

    • Ric

      Moving Right Along
      The American people have a very short attention span and it looks like many are already tired of B.O. even before he gets inaugurated. Fewer hits on sites, excitement waning.

      And this was not a good day for him in terms of the Gov. of Illinois/candidate #5, Rahm and Axlerod. People are backing away from him and his team faster than bathers back away from rotting beached whales at Seal Beach.

      A disappointment to the Left which Brung him to the Dance, an opportunity for the the GOP who are now three for three and may soon be four for four, a chance for the dying print media to turn his toxicity into sales/income as they turn on him.

      If the events of the past three months were a screenplay for a movie, it would have seemed stranger and more unlikely than Dave, President for a Day or West Wing.

    • João da Silva

      dnbaiacu
      [quote]I am glad you made an attempt to “interpret” what he said. [/quote]

      I did not make an [i]attempt[/i], but did correctly interpret him.

      [quote]I only went there because his “vague” at best , comment , was so reminscent of some “pre-election” views. I am just bored and irritated with people looking at politics so superficially.[/quote]

      I recall that he was not vague at all on his pre-election views nor took politics superficially. Has it ever occurred to you that he shared and continues to share your views on Obama was pushing for an alternate (but well known) candidate knowing full well that his candidate was not going to win. The same case with Forrest.

      Now that Obama is going to be the next POTUS and our Patria wonders what to do, it is time to start giving suggestions. I have given mine and waiting for yours. I am sure Augustus will come out with half a dozen (unless he is busy writing a plan to thwart the Arabs from building Mosques with Minarets on A.Paulista) 😀

    • João da Silva

      dnbaiacu
      [quote]If you are going to be condescending and sarcastic.. BE A MAN .. Make it clear!!![/quote]

      He is neither condescending nor sarcastic, but objective with Military precision.He wants to hear the suggestions as how to handle Obama to save the world and our “Patria”. I gave mine and I suggest you do too. Remember this is the time for all of us to unite instead of indulging in personal feuds.

    • João da Silva

      Ric
      [quote]some of us could give a few suggestions.[/quote]

      Thanks for your suggestion to give more suggestions. My suggestion is to organize a committee to hunt ruthlessly for a “Brazilian Obama” and coax him to run for the 2010 Presidential elections.

    • Ric

      But as to the title of the article, which you may not have even read
      “Brazil Ponders What to do in the Face of Obama….”…some of us could give a few suggestions.

    • Ric

      You seem to be dumber than a box of rocks. “The people” I was referring to are those the article is talking about, that attended the conference in Rio and then expressed their views.

    • Ric

      A Good Example
      Of how ideology can often cause otherwise intelligent people to ignore the obvious and come to wrong conclusions.

      Bem feito.

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