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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Ahmadinejad Visits Brazil

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: AHMADINEJAD VISITS BRAZIL

"An Undesirable Visit"

Op-Ed in liberal Folha de S. Paulo (11-23) by Sao Paulo State
Governor and possible presidential candidate Jose Serra states: "It
is uncomfortable to receive in Brazil the head of a dictatorial and
repressive regime....Democracy and human rights are indivisible and
should be supported in any part of the world. It doesn't make
sense to act as if these values have lost importance just due to
geographic distance....This is an unwelcome visit of someone that
symbolizes the negation of everything that explains Brazil's
projection in world. This projection does not come from bomb
threats or from economic coercion, which we don't practice, but
from the examples of pacifism and moderation, democratic, human
rights and tolerance values, built-in to our Constitution as the
most authentic expression of the Brazilian people's way of life."

"Ahmadinejad and Human Rights"

Article in center-right O Estado de S. Paulo (11-23) by Federal
University of Rio Grande do Sul philosophy professor Denis Lerrer
Rosenfield notes: "The Brazilian diplo-MA-cy [the writer highlights
the letters MA, which means bad in Portuguese, suggesting Brazil
has bad diplomacy] follows an accelerated route in the direction
towards non-acknowledgment of human rights....The Iranian
President's visit is one more example of diplomatic omission that
is close to hypocrisy....Trying to explain Brazilian diplomacy in
name of a supposed non-interference in domestic affairs of another
country is another hypocrisy....because this is just what Brazil
has been doing in Honduras....South-South dialogue is nothing but a
mask that veils an option for progressive disrespect of democratic
choices and human rights. If this is the price to be paid for a
seat in the UN Security Council, the question that arises is the
following: is the price worth it?"
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