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Brazil's throwing a party and Condoleezza's not invited.


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Take that bitch. We don't like you and you're ugly and you smell funny. Hot chicks are taking over. Learn to Samba or die.

Arab-South American summit worries U.S., Israel
Thu May 5, 2005 02:35 PM ET

By Andrew Hay

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - The first ever summit between South American and Arab leaders in Brazil next week is intended to boost trade and investment but has already prompted U.S. and Israeli concern it will become a platform to attack their Middle East policies.

Brazil, South America's biggest economy which like much of the continent has strong Arab immigrant ties, proposed the summit as part of a drive to be a diplomatic power in a region that has turned politically to the left in recent years.

The gathering of leaders from 11 South American countries and 22 Arab states is billed as a means to reduce dependence on the United States and Europe and strengthen alliances in forums like the World Trade Organization and United Nations.

But Arab nations have pushed issues like terrorism, Iraq and Palestine onto the agenda, according to diplomatic sources.

A summit declaration, to be released on May 11, could strain relations between South America and the United States if it is seen to tacitly back groups, like Lebanon's Hizbollah guerrillas, that Washington classifies as terrorist organizations.

A draft copy of the declaration published in the Brazilian press raised expectations the meeting would criticize U.S. and Israeli use of force and back the rights of peoples to resist occupation.

"The positions and worries of Israel regarding the summit have been expressed directly to the government of Brazil and other South American governments," the Israeli embassy in Brazil said in a statement.

"We have made our concerns known to the Brazilian government about the importance of not doing anything to undermine the world's shared goal of peace in the Middle East," a U.S. government official, who asked not to be named, said.

The U.S. Embassy declined to comment on the matter.

Brazil has said the motivation behind the summit are Arab-South American ties dating back over 500 years. Some of the first sailors to land in the Americas off Spanish ships were exiled Moors.


"Obviously the positions these countries take won't please everyone," Vera Pedrosa, political under secretary at Brazil's Foreign Ministry and who helped draft the summit declaration, said.

But Pedrosa added: "There is nothing frightening about this meeting for any country, no-one is going to invent a new solution (for Middle East problems),"

Arab representatives have denied the league has an anti-US or Israeli goal.

"We are against the policies of Israel, not against Israel itself," Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa said during a visit to Brasilia last month to plan the gathering. "The meeting isn't against anyone."

On a visit to Brasilia on Monday, Israel's Vice Defense Minister Zeev Boim told Brazilian officials that the Middle East peace process needed the summit's support rather than more criticism.

An informal request by Washington to observe the summit was turned down. Brazil's foreign ministry told the Americans the meeting was public and they could watch it on television.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Brazil last week, said the "message" the summit sent was important to reform in the Arab world and progress in a U.S.-devised "road map" plan for Palestinian statehood.

Around 10 million Brazilians today claim Arab ancestry in the country of 180 million people. Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador and Honduras have strong Arab populations that have produced pop star Shakira and leaders like Argentina's former president, Carlos Menem, and Ecuador's ex-president, Abdala Bucaram.

Political analyst Peter Hakim said support by South American nations for Middle East groups resisting occupation could be interpreted as "symbolic" support for terrorism in Washington.

"To wade into an issue that everyone realizes is tremendously sensitive for the United States just seems like a mistake," said Hakim, president of the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington.

South America is on Washington's terrorism radar for a triple border area between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Arab community is accused of sending funds to Hizbollah.
Alex D. from TRIBE on Utility Room


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too funny. imagine that, the u.s. and israel against any efforts to sabotage their geo-political hegemony under the guise of promoting peace and democracy. meanwhile, the u.s. occupies iraq, Israel occupies Palestine and both have the most technologically superior weapons capabiliites than any of the countries attending this conference.

judge wopner

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funny how saudia arabia and brazil are the exact opposite.


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Originally posted by saskboy

An informal request by Washington to observe the summit was turned down. Brazil's foreign ministry told the Americans the meeting was public and they could watch it on television.

That was my favorite part, completely undipliomatic language. This summit is huge news and represents a huge shift in world politics, but nobody is covering this development.