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Latin America Becomes Less of a US Backyard and More of a Brazil Playground PDF Print E-mail
2012 - August 2012
Written by Mar Guinot-Aguado   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 13:54

Brazil in Latin America Half a century ago, a spirit of "what is good for the USA is also good for Brazil" defined the Brazilian government's approach to foreign policy. Yet now Brazil is more aware of its power. As it seeks to expand its influence throughout and beyond Latin America, its foreign policy increasingly collides with the historically U.S.-dominated role in guiding issues such as trade and security matters.

Since the 1990s, Brazil has risen as a regional power in Latin America by crafting political and economic alliances with its neighbors. Its attempts to influence the outcome of elections and develop economic exchanges in the region demonstrate its pursuit of a leadership role in Latin America - replacing the U.S. with a more likeable partner and perhaps a more agreeable mix.

The era of Rio Branco - the country's most important diplomat - effectively defined Brazil's geopolitical 20th century position as well as a dramatic expansion of its foreign policy focus. While this period included a series of brief skirmishes on Brazil's international and domestic stage, including its minimal participation in WWII and two important internal conflicts - the reform-based "Tenente" uprising in the 1920's and the resulting military coup in the 1930s - none of them amounted to truly successful and authentic revolutions.

Born with aspirations of high levels of development and economic stability, Brazil instead became known for being a relatively peaceful giant.

While the Brazil tended to its foreign policy at large, it remained focused on maintaining its historical European ties. Dispensing most of its trade to Europe, Brazil's relationship with the continent - described by dependency theorists Celso Furtado and future President Fernando Henrique Cardoso in the 1960s - locked the country out of economic relations with Latin America.

Brazil's economic development in the 1990s contributed to its decision to focus on Latin America and to the increase its engagement and leadership in the region. As President Dilma Rousseff declared about Brazil's relations with Latin America, "there is no room for the strife and rivalries that separated us in the past.

The countries of the continent have become valuable economic and political partners of Brazil".(1) As such, Brazil's most successful attempt at increasing its economic relations with the region has been through its participation in and promotion of Mercosur, a regional organization enforcing trade ties in South America. By opening its markets in Mercosur, trade surplus trends in Brazil rose from US$ 1.7 billion to US$ 16 billion between 2002 and 2007.(2)

Yet some factors explaining the ascendancy of its foreign policy in the region remain unclear. While the increase in trade relations with neighbors has brought Brazil into conflict with U.S. interests, it is also clear that large manifestations of U.S. influence in the region are becoming increasingly infrequent.

Instead of intervening directly and aggressively - as Washington did in the 1973 Chilean coup d'état against Salvador Allende - , Brazil is being careful to avoid the label of being yet another imperialistic power.

Brazilian leaders, like PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores) President Rui Falcão, have backed supporting political parties opposing neoliberalism and imperialism. Undoubtedly, Brazil recently strengthened its ties with leftist leaders defending social reforms such as those of Mauricio Funes from the FMLN in El Salvador.

Yet statements like Mr. Falcão's are more rhetorical and unrealistic than reflective of endorsements by the Brazilian political marketing machine. Rather, Brazil is unwilling to fully embrace a "good-neighbor" policy to avoid opposition.

Brazil's approach - successfully building regional alliances - has encouraged stronger political and economic ties throughout Latin America. A growing number of Brazilian companies are expanding to neighboring countries, developing closer connections between governments that could be mutually beneficial.

Similarly, the Lusophone nation is benefiting from increased political stability in the region. Defending presidential candidates in other countries provides Brazil and its allies with a path to open stable business relations that can generate profit.

This strategy worked in Peru, where Brazilian political advisers helped presidential candidate Ollanta Humala by moderating his campaign. The countries' mutual interests combined with the construction of two Inter-Oceanic highways and an energy cooperation agreement in 2010 between both countries.

All these economic benefits and potential investments have encouraged Brazilian politicians to increase their involvement in Latin America. However, as Brazil expands its interests throughout the continent, some controversial and potentially damaging projects such as the building of roads in Guyana, mining in Argentina, and hydroelectric plants in Ecuador have stirred up concerns amongst local populations.(3)

Brazilian political consultants, who once advised the presidential campaigns of Argentines Eduardo Duhalde and President Carlos Menem during the 1990s, are now popular political advisers in the region.

Marcelo Simões, an influential Brazilian political marketing expert, explains that Brazilian ex-President Lula's positive international image appeals to Latin American politicians, who consider his political advisers to be the new election gurus.(4)

Proven results have led the media to hail political experts such as Renato Pereira, Chico Mendes, João Santana, Luis Favre, and Valdemir Garreta as makers of presidents. The region's political candidates are "buying the successful Brazilian model" to reach the desired electoral victory.(5)

This has been the experience of Presidents Fernando Lugo in Paraguay, Mauricio Funes in El Salvador, Ollanta Humala in Peru, and current presidential candidates Henrique Capriles and Hugo Chávez in Venezuela - who have not been bothered by any ideological qualms whatsoever when using Brazilian marketing expertise.(6)

In addition to the notable success of Brazilian political consultants brought on by the country's diplomatic tradition, these recent triumphs can be explained by Lula's policy of fostering growth while defending financial markets and social programs, which successfully alleviated poverty for millions.(7)

An easily acceptable formula, recasting radical positions to more moderate ones, is reshaping the images of contemporary leaders.(8) As reported by Argentine expert Marcos Caisutti, Brazilians are offering broader political campaign tactics, in which the primary focus is on voters.(9)

After hiring Brazilian advisers, Hugo Chávez used a more emotional and a less ideological speech in his campaign, while candidate Ollanta Humala in Peru was encouraged to include less radical politicians in his party.(10)

Challenging U.S. historical influence in the region, Latin American leaders' political and economic agendas now conform more closely to Brazilian interests.

Although traditionally considered the backyard of the U.S., the continent is now becoming the Brazilian playground. Brazil aspires to set the region's agenda through a dynamic and independent foreign policy that significantly differs from a Washington perspective.

The recent impeachment of Fernando Lugo in Paraguay represents an extraordinary challenge for Brazilian soft power. The event forced Brazil to assume a regional leadership that obliged the government to take a clear position; Dilma's government decided to radically condemn Lugo's destitution, while refusing to accept Vice-president Federico Franco's legitimacy.

To strengthen its decision, Brazil turned to regional organizations to resolve Paraguay's power struggle, and the member countries of Mercosur and UNASUR lost no time in suspending Paraguay from both organizations.

While the potential economic and political impacts of their actions are still unknown, Brazilian political legitimacy has appeared endangered by taking what could potentially be seen as a hegemonic position in the region.

Although political stability and its preference for democratic principles have dominated Brazil's foreign policy considerations, substantial economic and geopolitical considerations remain.

Still at issue for Brazil are agricultural interests and the guarantee of energy supplies from Itaipu.(11) Yet, Brazil's strong, reactionary position toward Paraguay will have to be transformed into a more coherent economic strategy.

In addition, according to Sergio Berensztein, director of the Argentinean consulting firm Poliarquia, "this came at a great time for Mercosur because it has lost vitality, direction and, in practice, it doesn't work to even solve the simplest of disputes, especially commercial ones."(12)

In addition to energizing the trade organization, Paraguay's political disruptions have also moved the organization to grant Venezuela full member status in Mercosur.

While the Honduras' coup in 2009 against democratically elected Manuel Zelaya could be viewed as a precedent for Brazilian foreign policy towards Paraguay, too many economic interests were at stake surrounding the Paraguay issue for Brazil to refrain from taking a strong stance.

Pointedly excluding the U.S., this conflict is likely to show one of Brazil's powerful introductory foreign policy moves as the country steps up its influence over policy thinking regarding underlying tensions.

However, the degree of Brazil's international political power is confined by its adherence to several non-radical positions, such as its peacekeeping efforts.

Regionally, several organizations have grown as Latin American trade blocs, such as UNASUR, strengthen Brasilia's position while excluding the United States and Canada.(13)

However, the building up of Brazil's hegemonic rivalry with the U.S. in Latin American policy-making amounts to a failure to seek a partnership and to open a dialogue between both countries.

Though this "good neighbor policy" has not yet encountered the many potential obstacles that await it, U.S.-Brazil relations could heat up to the discomfiture of both.

Consequently, Brazilian foreign policy is being altered dramatically in the 21st century as the country develops. To assert and display its legitimacy as a regional power, Brazil is strategically increasing its presence through most of Latin America.

The region has in many ways become a Brazilian chessboard, in which the country is using political developments to advance its interests as well as place its strategic economic and political pieces throughout the region.

Now, a more serious Brazil challenges the U.S. bickering game in Latin America, and aspires to become one of the pillars supporting the region through diverse and more integrated engagements with its neighbors.

Citations:

(1) "Rousseff: South America Is Priority for Brazil's Foreign Policy." Latin American Herald Tribune. April 25, 2011 http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=392069&CategoryId=14090

(2) Romero, S., Barrionuevo, A. "Quietly, Brazil Eclipses an Ally." The New York Times. July 7, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/07/world/americas/07brazil.html?_r=1

(3) Romero, S. "Brazil's Long Shadow Vexes Some Neighbors." The New York Times. November 4, 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/05/world/americas/brazils-rapidly-expanding-influence-worries-neighbors.html?_r=1

(4) "Influencia de los expertos políticos brasileños se extiende en las elecciones latinoamericanas." La Nacion. March 3, 2012. http://www.lanacion.com.py/articulo.php?edicion=1&sec=17&art=61173

(5) Glickhouse, R. "Why everyone wants to be like Brazil." The Christian Science Monitor. May 2, 2012.  http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/Latin-America-Monitor/2012/0502/Why-everyone-wants-to-be-like-Brazil

(6) Lissardy, G. "La mano brasileña en las elecciones latinoamericanas." BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/noticias/2012/03/120302_marketing_brasil_il.shtml

(7) Gelman, S. "El hombre que "fabrica" presidentes en América Latina." El Imparcial. February 21, 2012. http://www.elimparcial.es/america/quien-es-el-publicista-estrella-de-los-presidentes-latinoamericanos-99857.html

(8) Ibid

(9) Lissardy, G. "La mano brasileña en las elecciones latinoamericanas." BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/noticias/2012/03/120302_marketing_brasil_il.shtml

(10) "Joao Santana, el estratega del cáncer en campañas presidenciales." El Diario de Caracas. June 12, 2012. http://diariodecaracas.com/pol%C3%ADtica/joao-santana-el-estratega-del-c%C3%A1ncer-en-campa%C3%B1as-presidenciales

(11) Stuenkel, O. "Brazil's Paraguay problem." Post-Western World. June 25, 2012. http://www.postwesternworld.com/2012/06/25/brazils-paraguay-problem/

(12) "Brazil: Paraguay may be suspended from Mercosur." The Examiner. June 28, 2012. http://washingtonexaminer.com/brazil-paraguay-may-be-suspended-from-mercosur/article/feed/2007467

(13) Wallace, A. « Summit set to highlight changing US-Latin America ties." BBC. April 13, 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17681367

Mar Guinot-Aguado is a research associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) - www.coha.org. The organization is a think tank established in 1975 to discuss and promote inter-American relationship. Email: coha@coha.org.



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written by asp, August 24, 2012
yeah, who needs the usa when you can have argentina as a freind...
good now ask america if it really cares ..
written by us observer, August 25, 2012
brazil is perfectly welcome to go die in a dust heap of corruption and disfunction with its third world infrastructure no ports no roads no tele-communications or running water or even toilets to crap in ..and of course its huge numbers of poors and illiterates .the largest ghettos in the world are in rio and sao paulo ..perhaps brazil likes it that way .all the better for the mere 14000 families to control brazil ,s government and economy
us servitude
written by edersen, August 26, 2012
Actually the largest ghettos in the world are in detroit, cleveland, buffalo, chicago, houston, l.a. n.y. & dc.

Where have u been all this time? In a trailer park in rural arkansas.....

U.S. ghettos & trailer parks now a major source of porn industry 'talent'.
brazil is STILL a non-country of mutts with the blood of a thousand whores
written by usa, August 26, 2012
apparently brazil is interested in chinese communists coming to rio and sao paulo to rape and pillage its citizens with cheap goods and credit cards for the masses ..brazil will fall for the cheap sleazy goods from china until the bill comes in then in typical brazilian fashion not pay the bill... go ahead brazil march to your graves as your marxist leaders lead you your demise .the russian s and the communist chinese are more than happy to assist you.
Wishful thinking . . .
written by capnamerca, August 26, 2012
The author must not remember what the Hondurans told Lula when he wanted Zelaya reinstated as president. Go Fish . . . .
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written by asp, August 27, 2012
what the f**k do you think is happening in the usa? we sold our soul to china and didnt even know it happened...no one let us vote on it
asp
written by João da Silva, August 27, 2012

what the f**k do you think is happening in the usa? we sold our soul to china and didnt even know it happened...no one let us vote on it


Spoken like a "real American" of Nth generation, ASP and my kudos to you for your outspoken and blunt comment. You may be surprised to know that many of my Yank & Brasilian friends &relatives share your view. Frozen vegetables from PRC to the American market?smilies/shocked.gif Fortunately Brasil hasn't come to this point and thanks to people like ya, Ederson, me, etc;, we will prevail.smilies/smiley.gif

We seem to be right under the center of the cold wave from Patagonia. Good for our apple harvest this year.

Cheers.
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written by asp, August 27, 2012
im trying to harvest a green apple sandwich, i would ask simps to join in but he's a little too old and decrepit, if you dont mind a little coincidental bumping, your'e in joao
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written by asp, August 28, 2012
last comment not mine

yeah joao, its cold...im going to see our crazy freind playing at black swan tonignt...
asp
written by João da Silva, August 28, 2012

last comment not mine

yeah joao, its cold...im going to see our crazy freind playing at black swan tonignt


I know the last comment was not yours, as you didn't use the "code".

Regardless, I want the complete report on the "putaria" you were involved in at Black Swan on my "Desktop" the latest by 12 P.M. tomorrow. Savvy?smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/angry.gif

Cheers.
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written by asp, August 29, 2012
f**kin ay, when i dont use the code...i wont feel the need in the future to tell you that a comment isnt mine or not, very astute joao
asp
written by João ba Silva, August 29, 2012

f**kin ay, when i dont use the code...i wont feel the need in the future to tell you that a comment isnt mine or not, very astute joao


No, no, no, ASP...always defend yourself so Simps can distinguish you from our esteemed impostors Double-Dot, Dr. Lloyd Cata, fried CHC (Costinha), Breckenfeld ...as well as our less distinguished impostors such as Bambu, Leo Bonneville, A Brazilian, Nicolas (USA_Male) et al.

But...but...but...the use of an obvious double negative is completely foreign to your usual prose.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif



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written by Double-Dot, August 29, 2012

No, no, no, ASP...always defend yourself so Simps can distinguish you from our esteemed impostors Double-Dot,


Ah think Simps is a Limey and ASP doesn't need to defend himself from any foreigner.smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/angry.gif

God bless America
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written by João da Silva, August 29, 2012
Esteemed & respected Double-Dot,

Ah think Simps is a Limey and ASP doesn't need to defend himself from any foreigner.


I don't think Simps is a Limey, though his ancestors who sailed on the "Mayflower" could have been. You certainly cant hold Simps responsible for the sins committed by his forefathers and foremothers. You might have noticed that he doesn't end his comments by writing "God save the Queen", unlike you who keeps on repeating "God bless America" like a parrot. Not that I mind your being an overzealous patriot. smilies/sad.gifsmilies/shocked.gifsmilies/cool.gif

BTW, the you might have also noticed that there is a rookie blogger who has the same first name like mine. But...but...but...our last names are slightly different.smilies/grin.gif
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written by asp, August 30, 2012
that is right , joao, that comment wasnt mine, the double negative...

it was great at the black swan, i missed you
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written by asp, August 30, 2012
last comment not mine

i know, joao, how your last name is spelled...jerko is starting to cite the black swan now, f**k me
asp
written by João da Silva, August 31, 2012

i know, joao, how your last name is spelled...jerko is starting to cite the black swan now, f**k me


You think "Jerko" is an agent of some national or foreign intelligence agency? M.I.6 perhaps?smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Gorgeous weather, isn't it?smilies/smiley.gif
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written by asp, September 02, 2012
joao, yes, it is getting nice...

one thing you know , joao, i would never put you down...this guy really has too much time on his hands...if this is his idea of having a good time, i really pity him...needless to say, that last post wasnt mine
asp
written by João da Silva, September 02, 2012

one thing you know , joao, i would never put you down..


Please feel free to put me down as many times as you want, until we discover the real identity of this distinguished and highly respected "mole".

needless to say, that last post wasnt mine


Needless to say this post isn't mine either. smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
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written by asp, September 03, 2012
joao, last comment not mine

i hope that you would know i have more dignity than to repeatedly respond to bitch boy
asp
written by .., September 03, 2012


i hope that you would know i have more dignity than to repeatedly respond to bitch boy


I repeat...pun intended smilies/wink.gif, spoken like a "real American" of Nth generation, ASP.

But...but...but...American dignity has severely diminished since your beloved BHO took command.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif


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written by João da Silva, September 04, 2012

Esteemed ".."

I repeat...pun intended, spoken like a "real American" of Nth generation, ASP.


If you had not used the phrase "pun intended", ah would have asked mah lawyer to sue ya for using my favorite and copyrighted expression "Spoken like a "real American" of Nth generation, ASP".
smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

BTW, wake Simp from his bed or someone's else to come out with his pearls of wisdom about PBO. Ah ain't going to get involved in the Yank politics, as I don't (and cant) vote in the good ole U.S. of A.smilies/cheesy.gif
There ya go again Joao...
written by Double-Dot, September 04, 2012

rippin off mah cadence again. At least ya had the decency not to use mah handle this time.

Obama's one of those damn commies. Don't let anyone tell ya differently.

God bless America
PBO?
written by Simpleton, September 05, 2012
Joao, how the heck did you get from "someone's" comment about "BHO" to thinking I had any "pearls of wisdom" to share regarding "PBO"? Did you mean to say "PBR" (like in Pabst Blue Ribbon @c)?

Regarding "PBR", I most certainly do have many many things historical and some, verging on hysterical, that I could share with the readership but this isn't the proper forum for that either just like yank politics. Just to oblige you though - two things to say: 1) If ya'll wanna come fer a visit, a tour of the old third ward and now defunct hometown brewery is something I could easily arrange - it's not far away, 2) I heard tell that Biden took a fifth (and probably drank one as well) a wee bit north of here just the other day. Does he or his handlers think that was a good choice of target zones to make his personal appearance in Ryan's home state being that most of the folks in the surrounding area live on the reservations / don't vote anyway? Why didn't he hit dead center on his "y’all back in chains” audience? Do they think they've got them wrapped based on BHO's phenotype?
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written by asp, September 05, 2012
of course that last post of mine with "last post" isnt me..
ok joao, here is how you will know its me, only for posts where i address you, not general ones, im going to use one word and you will know it me

angeloni
Double-Dot
written by João da Silva, September 05, 2012

The most respected Double-Dot,

Obama's one of those damn commies. Don't let anyone tell ya differently.


Is your last name McCarthy?smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

But..but...but.. at least your stance is clear, whereas our dear friend Simp is as slippery as ale (I beg your pardon, I meant eel).

smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
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written by Simpleton, September 05, 2012
And our dear friend Joao is as a slow turtle. (I beg your pardon, I meant laggerhead or is that lager head?) Ale to the chief!

http://mashpeewampanoagtribe.com/johnpeters.html
asp
written by João da Silva, September 05, 2012

not general ones, im going to use one word and you will know it me

angeloni


"Angeloni" is not the right password, my dear fellow. It may work in Chitown,Kabul,Islamabad,Green Bay,NYC, South Beach, etc; It ain't going to work here in SC. Try J or E.

This sinister but...but...but... esteemed & respected character "Double-Dot" McCarthy seems to be bent on tarnishing your image and that of our buddy Simpleton.smilies/shocked.gif Needless to say ah'm fully supporting ya both in your counterattack (if at all y'all have the balls to do itsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/angry.gif)
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written by João da Silva, September 05, 2012

And our dear friend Joao is as a slow turtle. (I beg your pardon, I meant laggerhead or is that lager head?) Ale to the chief!

http://mashpeewampanoagtribe.com/johnpeters.html


Simpleton didn't write this comment!smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

Unscrupulous elements seem to have taken over this blog. smilies/shocked.gif

But...but...but... we shall fight them on the cyberspace and the ultimate victory will be ours.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
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written by asp, September 06, 2012
the last post of mine with "last post of mine" and the angeloni s**t isnt me..
here is how you will know its me, for all posts, im going to use two words and you will know its me

vale europeu
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written by asp, September 06, 2012
ha, see , joao, punk bitch boy doesnt get it, im giving words he doesnt understand that we know based on e mails ...bl hahahahahahaha sorry about the misspelling, even more reason to know its me....

punk bitch boy , kiss my ass

laguna
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written by asp, September 06, 2012
last post not mine...like i would actually go out of my way to try to confuse jerko

lick my balls

Rua 13 de Maio, 12

asp
written by João da Silva, September 06, 2012

laguna


Cassol?smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
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written by asp, September 06, 2012
no, carapa
asp
written by Simpleton, September 06, 2012
carapa


Any news on our vanished but dear friend Adrian?smilies/wink.gif
Simpleton
written by adrianerik, September 06, 2012

Any news on our vanished but dear friend Adrian?


I'm not your friendsmilies/angry.gif.
adrianerik
written by João da Silva, September 06, 2012

I'm not your friend


Its good to hear from you after such a long time, Herr.Doktor.But..but..but.. I consider your reply to our dear friend Simpleton to be very impolite,terse, unfriendly,etc;etc; If you continue with this negative attitude of yours, he isn't going to volunteer to fix your leaky roof at his own expenses.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Simp is no "bunda mole", though his name may imply it.smilies/angry.gifsmilies/cool.gif
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written by wisemann, September 06, 2012
Amigo Joao, Simpleton is not an as*h*le, but it feels good being buried in his loose "bunda mole"
Increvil
written by Simpleton, September 07, 2012
Now jerko is posting not only as asp but also as Simpleton, adrianerik, João da Silva (or is that João ba Silva) and even wisemann(even though adrianerik, wisemann along with bo gave up and completely went away a long time ago). Hmmmm, think maybe we've gain another bored off heshe's ass glass house resident type stone thrower like our original a.brazilian although the newbie is clearly far less talented at impostering and clearly not prone to having any value added contributions like our dear ol' abe. Can't even manage to mimic Costinha or Double-Dot.

Suggest you go back and ask ch.c regarding the origin of the "Simpleton" handle I use.

"bunda mole" ???, please give a more detailed explanation / translation of that label. Even after all these years I'm still not quite up to par on alot of the coloquial, political and favelado phrases I've heard or read and must start studying up before being shipped back down yonder for the season.
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written by asp, September 07, 2012
yeah, what a loser to be imitating posters, what a pitiful life...the self esteem issues must be enormous...

anyway, happy brazilian independance day...what a great country to be in

i dont need a special password since this is addressed to all, i just want joao to know when its me talking to him , because jerko cant crack that...he is looking like a real dingle berry trying
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, September 07, 2012

Now jerko is posting not only as asp but also as Simpleton, adrianerik, João da Silva (or is that João ba Silva) and even wisemann(even though adrianerik, wisemann along with bo gave up and completely went away a long time ago).


I think Mr.Jerko is one of our friendly fellow bloggers with a great sense of humor. Though he might have "vanished", he is still "in touch" with us impersonating us.smilies/cheesy.gif

Suggest you go back and ask ch.c regarding the origin of the "Simpleton" handle I use.


Since I came into this blog long after ch.c and you did, clue me in regarding the handle, please. BTW, did you use another name before this new Avatar?

"bunda mole" ???, please give a more detailed explanation / translation of that label.


Literal translation is "drooping arse". But...but...but... it refers to a person who is slow to act, incompetent nincompoop, etc; He may also be referred to as "Bundão". smilies/cheesy.gif. While it is not a term used in a corporate boardroom, its use is not restricted only among the inhabitants of the Favela.smilies/wink.gif

Cheers
The real me!
written by adrianerik, September 07, 2012
@asp - "There was rain but we didn't cancel".

That establishes that it's me. What's going on here, guys. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but...but...but this "bundao" isn't imitating...the creature is distorting.

Anyhow...for the record...I like everybody.

Joao...7 have been condemned so far. Far from Pizza, huh? Is this reflective of a turnaround in Brasil or just momentary insanity? If the black president of the STF ran for president just this moment, he would get all of the votes in Bahia. They love his tough stand against corruption. On the other hand..."Carlismo" is about to return to Salvador, five years after ACM's death. ACM Neto is ahead in the polls right now although he is nowhere near 50%...more like 36%. And I know that the 2nd rounds here in Brasil are a whole new ball game.

How did you know that my roof is leaking. It's annoying.
adrianerik
written by João da Silva, September 07, 2012

The real me!


It is indeed you, Dr.McCray & didn't have to use the "secret" passwords to prove you are what you are.smilies/cheesy.gif But...but...but..., it does debunk Simpleton's theory that you "vanished" a long time ago from this blog.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

Joao...7 have been condemned so far. Far from Pizza, huh? Is this reflective of a turnaround in Brasil or just momentary insanity? I


I must admit that lots of us are pleasantly surprised at the performances of President Dilma (so far) and the STF. She is very correct in recognizing the fact that the Executive and Judicial powers are independent of each other(unlike her predecessors). I fervently hope that the rulings made by the STF is "a small leap but a giant step" in bringing a turnaround in Brasil. It does restore faith in Democracy as well as dignity among the citizens, doesn't it?

If the black president of the STF ran for president just this moment, he would get all of the votes in Bahia.


The President of STF is Britto, who is not exactly black (there again, I am color blind). smilies/cheesy.gif). You must be referring to Joaquim Barbosa, who is the "relator" (I am not sure what his American counterpart is called) in this case. Yes, that guy is tough, not because he is a black,but he is very clear (like Rosa Weber, who is white!!!!!!) in his explanations for his vote. I do not like to judge anybody´s ability by his/her color,religion, creed, family background, etc; If they perform well in their tasks, maintain them.Or else get rid of them. That goes to ACM clan too in Salvador.

How did you know that my roof is leaking. It's annoying.


Most of the folks like me that live in a condo have this problem. I reckon you live on the top floor of a condo where the ones below are not affected and hence do not care (read "apathetic) . The only way to fix this problem is to elbow them out in the "Assembléia Geral", take complete command of the situation, hire a good engineer and fix it once &for all. This is what I am doing.
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BTW, I am in favor of making it obligatory for all the owners of the units in a condo to come and vote-just like it is obligatory to vote in the General elections in Brasil.smilies/cool.gif

Cheers and take care.Good to hear from ya again.
my confession
written by edersen, September 07, 2012
im coming out i cant live like this any longer ..yes the rumors are true ..i am tremendously in love with the united states and all things american.my love for american fashion ,inventions,products,lifestyle ,everything ...the beauty of americans with their healthy gorgeous physiques the men the women all of it ..america is the most beautifull country on earth ..lets be honest we are envious of its greatness its wealth its awesome military .its power in the world is unmatched .no country in the world could ever survive a full all out war with the united states ..there i feel better now ..i know you leftist dooschebaggs are disapointed in me .but you will get over it .
Bitte erhalten Sie einen Sinn für Humor
written by Tripple-Dott, September 07, 2012

Es scheint, dass der Hochstapler ist sehr zufrieden mit der sensiblen Natur der geachtet Schreiberinnen hier ... sehr amüsant und klug.smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
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written by .., September 07, 2012

Es scheint, dass der Hochstapler ist sehr zufrieden mit der sensiblen Natur der geachtet Schreiberinnen hier ... sehr amüsant und klug.


heilig Scheiße.

Wir haben sogar einen Gestapo-Offizier schriftlich aus Berlin.
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Sollte nicht zu lange dauern, zu spülen, die kommunistischen Spion.smilies/cool.gif
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written by Kardinal, September 08, 2012

my confession


You are hereby excommunicated.smilies/angry.gif
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written by Da Pope, September 08, 2012
The Kardinal's finding of your sin and execution of your sentence upon hearing your confession cannot be appealed. What's more, you are subsequently to be decapitated (very publicly and also video taped!), skewered upon a stake from the south end of you to the north and now missing end of you, thence slowly roasted over the fires of hell and fed to the infidel dogs you have lain with (Soylent Green style if we must...)smilies/shocked.gif
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written by asp, September 08, 2012
adrian ! ha, i definitly got your code, and, id like to be in touch and havent received a responce yet about that day...which im wondering what wrong turn i made that i coudnt find "boa morte"...
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written by asp, September 08, 2012
wisemann, i got your code, yes i enjoyed being licked in that spot just below my sc**tum...you will have to shave first next time because your whiskers cause a rash

itaiguara
Cool
written by Simpleton, September 08, 2012
(but definitely not LL Cool J) Asp, what's your thoughts about Edgar Winter and brother Johnny?

I know it's just too much to ask but could some people stop being so ir-"rash"-aynal?
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written by Kardinal, September 08, 2012

The Kardinal's finding of your sin and execution of your sentence upon hearing your confession cannot be appealed.


Danke, Eure Eminenz.smilies/cool.gif
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written by asp, September 08, 2012
simps...johnny and edgar winter, they arnt my exact cup of tea but i think they are good at what they do..didnt they do "frankenstein"?

i actualy was in an elevator with one of them in the barra and he was with a really fine cute girl

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written by Double-Dot, September 08, 2012

i actualy was in an elevator with one of them in the barra and he was with a really fine cute girl


Did ya get her phone number? smilies/wink.gif

God bless America and the fine cute Bolivian girls.
instrumental my dear fellow
written by Da Pope, September 09, 2012
Asp doing a threesome in the elevator with an albino Texan? I wouldn't have thought that was your exact cup of tea either. What music did they have playing? "The Girl from Ipanema"? Was it a "Free Ride" or did you leave a tip?smilies/grin.gif
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written by João da Silva, September 09, 2012

I am delighted to see that the Pope and the Cardinals have also joined the blog to give us all spiritual guidance.smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/wink.gif
João
written by Double-Dot, September 09, 2012

I am delighted to see that the Pope and the Cardinals have also joined the blog to give us all spiritual guidance.


Mighty nice of ya to be delighted since you're the one writing those posts...kind of obvious.

God bless America

Double-Dot
written by João da Silva, September 10, 2012
Esteemed D-D,
Mighty nice of ya to be delighted since you're the one writing those posts...kind of obvious.
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I am smilies/shocked.gif & smilies/sad.gif at your comments.Ah'd never impersonate the Pope. Ah think it is Herr.Simpleton who doesn't play by the "books". Maybe a little bit of Limey blood in him?smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

Cheers.

P.S.: How the heck did ya manage to deviate from the main topic of discussion which is "Latin America Becomes Less of a US Backyard and More of a Brazil Playground"???smilies/cool.gif
dreams of america
written by yuor igoe, October 05, 2012
the comment titled "my confession" is very honest and well written .i get goosebumps just reading it .the words just flow with such clear strength and beauty . the strength and beauty that is ,,,,, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. the worlds only ultra super-power ..the cities ,the highways ,the people the awesome wealth and power of this great nation is just well awesome ..geeesh i get goosebumps whenever i see or read about this truly blessed country.

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