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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Western Hemisphere: Leftist Leanings In

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: WESTERN HEMISPHERE: LEFTIST LEANINGS IN
LATIN AMERICA; FREE TRADE; SAO PAULO


Fighting Crime
Article in center-right O Estado de S. Paulo (9/3) says: "Militant
anti-americanism is a contagious disease that corrodes the nerve
cells of those who allow themselves to be contaminated. Lately,
agents that enable contamination by this disease had a field day
'proving' that...the creation of the Regional Intelligence Center in
Foz do Iguagu...the opening of a base for the National Anti-Drug
Secretariat on the boarder city of Pedro Juan Caballero...plus the

SIPDIS
military maneuvers Americans hold periodically in Paraguay are
unrefutable evidence that the U.S. has started the process of taking
over the Southern Cone countries. That is complete nonsense...if the
U.S. is interested...it is because they are the final destination of
most of the narcotics that flow through those borders. It is,
therefore, a legitimate interest. It is an even more legitimate
interest of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay to monitor, prevent and
stop trafficking on their borders...and if the U.S. can contribute
with financial and technical resources, so much the better."

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Modernizing Commercial Diplomacy
Article in business-centered Valor Econtmico (9/5) states: "The
recent suspension of the Doha Round caught Brazil off-guard, unlike
most emerging countries...Betting everything on the WTO and
neglecting regional and bilateral deals is a serious strategic
mistake...Abandoning the FTAA and EU-Mercosul negotiations without
offering any alternative as well as politicizing the Mercosul are
policies that harm national interests...Our commercial diplomacy has
fallen victim to extra-commercial interests, such as a seat at the
Security Council, the integration demagogery lead by Chavez and an
anti-americanism that cannot see the opportunities of access to the
markets of North America. A significant change of course...would
demand the creation in the executive-level of an agency solely
dedicated to international negotiations, separate from the
chancellery and with a specific mandate."
McMullen

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