Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:32 PM
ocpagu (1,954 posts)
Brazil's Rousseff congratulates Obama on his re-election
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday congratulated her US counterpart Barack Obama on his re-election as she opened an international conference on the fight against corruption.
"I seize this opportunity to congratulate the people of the United States and President Obama" on his re-election, she told hundreds of representatives of governments, social movements, civil society and business from more than 130 countries.
Obama was returned to power Tuesday, defeating his Republican challenger Mitt Romney who formally conceded the race.
Brazil, Latin America's dominant power, maintains cordial relations with the United States, although the two countries do not see eye to eye on some international and trade issues.
Congratulations to Obama and to the American citizens for the victory!
2 replies, 1146 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Brazil's Rousseff congratulates Obama on his re-election (Original post)
|Judi Lynn||Nov 2012||#1|
|Peace Patriot||Nov 2012||#2|
Response to ocpagu (Original post)
Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:37 PM
Judi Lynn (96,097 posts)
1. Everyone here will be far better off because of it, including his enemies, ocpagu.
Right-wingers are too destructive to any decent society. Nothing good every comes of them.
Thank God the world has time to continue to grow, and hope, because of the good leaders.
Dilma Rousseff, visiting Barack Obama, in Washington, D.C.
Barack Obama, wife, and daughters visiting Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia.
Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)
Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:05 PM
Peace Patriot (22,318 posts)
2. Thank you for the pix! Always worth a thousand words!
It's interesting to think about young Dilma Rousseff hanging upside down in a "stress position" in a U.S.-supported torture chamber...the youth inside of this elegant, poised, tough and highly intelligent woman, who organized Lula da Silva's historic administration, as his chief of staff, and then went on to win the presidency itself, as his successor, on behalf of Brazil's working people and the poor.
Can't imagine what goes through her head in meeting with a U.S. president--albeit, miracle of miracles, a black U.S. president and one who stated, early on, that he wanted to create a policy of "peace, respect and cooperation" in Latin America. He couldn't pull it off, though. And it is that failure--Obama's failure to control the fascists and militarists here, for instance, in Honduras--that prompted Lula da Silva, in his last speech in office, in 2010, to say that "The U.S. has not changed."
The leaders of the leftist democracy revolution in Latin America are well aware of this--that the U.S. has not changed, and that Obama has only very limited power, and essentially serves as the figurehead for the transglobal corporations and war profiteers who rule over us. This Latin American revolution is quite amazing in its strength and unity. It has basically declared Latin American independence from the U.S., and has also been highly successful at creating prosperity and fighting poverty by deliberately defying Wall Street's dictates, for instance, on government spending on social programs.
Back in the 1970s-1980s, through even the 1990s, I would not have predicted this outcome--a leftist democracy revolution in Latin America by the mid-2000's. It has been quite an awesome and inspiring development.
Rousseff is not alone among Latin American leftist presidents tortured by U.S.-trained sadists on behalf of hideous fascist dictatorships. The president of Uruguay and the recent president of Chile were also tortured, and the latter lost family members, including her father, to U.S.-backed torturers. Lula da Silva himself was imprisoned and tortured. The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, was kidnapped and beaten up by DEA-connected police. In the case of Lula and Morales, the offense was mere union organizing. The president of Nicaragua was the leader of the revolution that sought to overturn the U.S.-backed dictatorship in Nicaragua, and saw many of his compadres murdered by Reagan's "contras." The president of El Salvador, though too young to have fought in those wars, is head of the party that did, the FMLN.
The tables are turned. The "upside down world" is now the world that is right side up, on democracy, peace and social justice. What a transformation! And in such a short time! It bears study!
Lesson no. 1: honest, transparent election systems!