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For Chavez the Fight Now Is With the Brazilian Senate

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez The Brazilian House of Representatives approved the incorporation of Venezuela to the South American economic bloc Mercosur, but a further and tougher hurdle lies ahead: the Brazilian Senate, where several members have anticipated their disagreement, according to sources quoted by the media in Brazilian capital BrasÀ­lia.

The Venezuelan Mercosur adherence protocol was debated in Brazil's Lower House Wednesday until early dawn Thursday, December 18, but was finally passed with 265 votes, 61 against and 6 abstentions.

Venezuela's incorporation to the trade group made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay was formally agreed by the founding member governments on July 2006, but so far has only managed approval from the legislative branches of Argentina and Uruguay.

The delay has led to diplomatic disputes between Brazil and Venezuela, with President Hugo Chavez going as far as accusing the Brazilian Senate of back stepping on the issue following "instructions from Washington."

In the Brazilian Senate the government benches and opposition are fairly distributed so the approval is expected to face greater obstacles.

During the Lower House debate opposition members reiterated their criticism of President Chavez and voted against the Mercosur initiative arguing that in Venezuela "basic liberties are not guaranteed."

Opposition also argued that "Mercosur can't accept Venezuela, until Chavez is out of office" because he will impede the block from advancing "by insisting on an ideological agenda."

However, government deputies countered saying that delaying Venezuela's incorporation will only be harmful for Mercosur development and the integration process of Latin America.

Representative José Genoí­no said that with Venezuela in, the group will have a population of over 250 million, cover an area of 12.7 million square kilometers (4.9 million square miles) and a global trade of US$ 300 billion.

The bill now passes to the Senate, but given the summer recess it's not expected to be incorporated to the agenda until late February, after the Carnaval celebrations.



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  • João da Silva

    [quote]The……….DA SILVA…….DYNASTY ! [/quote]
    [quote]Joao is the “error” (exception) within the largest Brazilian Dynasty.

    It was a humorous comment and let me clarify :

    There is a [b]Mr.da Silva[/b] dynasty that is growing and becoming powerful. Then you have just Silva commoners some of whom are highly educated and hard working,but do not form any dynasty. I belong to the latter category and have no regrets for [i]not belonging[/i] to any dynasty!

    BUT….BUT…. you would be happy to hear that a member of [b]Mr.da Silva[/b] dynasty is going to be one of the “Rulers” of a city in our state. You would feel more pleased to know that this person went to Lausanne to study (Dont know if the subject completed the studies,but never mind ,a couple of years of self imposed exile in Lausanne is indeed a qualification for the task ahead).

    In a couple of years time that city should have an exact replica of Lake Geneva and as well as human made mountains with artificial glaciers. So please be prepared to send your rich Arab friends here for tourism. 😉

  • ch.c.

    his display of intelligence was unquestionable.
    What was obvious for a few…..ended up the way we know it….THESE DAYS….to the detriment of those who disagreed…of course !

    With my cynical statements and views, I am very happy that Geneva IS….. FULL OF MADOFF INVESTMENTS !
    Sorry…sorry…NOT IS…BUT….. WAS…!!!!! smiles
    You just have Nooooo idea.
    Remember my repeated statements……common sense will always prevail…at the end ! the longer they waited…the bigger the hole became ! A HUGE…GAPING HOLE !

    My personal estimates are at around US$ 10 – 12 billion from Geneva alone ! Could be more when everyone will have raised their
    hand !!!!!!
    But puting things in perspective, this remains less than ONE PER CENT of the overall money managed in Geneva !
    Still, some old and renown independent portfolio or fund managers had a HEAVY exposure on the amounts they managed…to the scam ! I am not talking about banks……even if they too were involved.
    Therefore it was first a bad year… due to the worldwide situation overall…and then just before Christmas…..a not so nice surprise from MADOFF SCAM !
    Whoaaaaa ! Ouch

    😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

  • ch.c.

    Joao !!!!!
    Not only those in power….but including the average citizen.
    Why dont you refer to the recent blog on Marananho.
    Most Brazilians DONT tolerate when one idiot (ME) says the sad truth on Brazilians Corruptions…AT ALL LEVELS…..REGARDLESS OF WHO IS WHO….and regardless of what GANG THESE POLITICIANS BELONG TO !!!!!

    These gangs as I clearly stated are at war for the power, but if one outsider criticize them, then they become only ONE GANG AGAINST THOSE CRITICIZING THEM !
    Even the citizens are for one gang or another. Criticize one or the 2 gangs and then the once criticizing is told how BAD I AM !!!!!

    And then the idiot and junkie Ricardo Amaral comes out with HIS DYNASTY OF CROOKS AND CRIMINALS, and proudly and boasting refer his name to the ones who have pillaged, raped, killed, governed, enslaved Brazilians…..for over 200 years !

    Right or not ?????


    The……….DA SILVA…….DYNASTY !
    Millions and millions of them, far more than the small AMARAL Dynasty.

    Let me underline : there is one I hate and one I like !
    Joao is the “error” (exception) within the largest Brazilian Dynasty.

    😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

  • João da Silva

    Hi Augustus,

    As customary, I went through your blog today and to my pleasant surprise, I found an article about Gen.OsÀƒ³rio which was full of correct historical facts. I was also pleased that you quoted Gen.Gilberto Figueiredo who gave an interview on a TV Network a few months ago. Though on the TV, he sounded modest, his display of intelligence was unquestionable.

    For our friends who would like to read your article, I am posting below the link (which you forgot to do):


    Congrats again.

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Funny coming from Brazil where freedom of speech …IS NOT GUARANTEED EITHER !!!! [/quote]

    Many of the “Old Hippies” mentioned in RicÀ‚´s “Sad Story” and that were bitching about freedom of speech 4 decades ago are now in power (along with the junior members of their dynasties) and they forgot what they preached. In fact, they are more vengeful . 🙁

  • ch.c.

    in Venezuela “basic liberties are not guaranteed.”
    Funny coming from Brazil where freedom of speech …IS NOT GUARANTEED EITHER !!!!
    Especially for those who criticize OPENLY corruptions practices in Brazil and Venezuela !

    And of course in both countries IMPUNITY PREVAIL.

    Fact is Brazil is not any better than Venezuela but again and once more are quite sure of being superior…as usual !
    Brazil acts as a robber criticzing….another robber !
    Hence…ROBBING HOOK !

    😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

  • Augustus

    [i][b]DEEPLY DISTRESSED WITH THE SHAMEFUL APPROVAL OF VENEZUELA’S ENTRY IN MERCOLSUL, I SHALL SOLELY QUOTE AN EXCERPT OF AN EARLIER, RELEVANT ESSAY, POSTED HERE SEVERAL MONTHS AGO…[quote]Venezuela, which recently managed to established a mini-alliance for itself, composed of a faithful list of smaller, poorer client states (Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua), undoubtedly intends to assume the lead (if not control) of the region, by a more discrete version of the À¢€œgood-oldÀ¢€Â revolutionary ideals, currently labeled as À¢€œBolivarianÀ¢€Â, whose ultimate goal is to spread its Rosy (but still radical) regime throughout the region, thus allowing Caracas in the end to be the New Latin Moscow of the SouthwestÀ¢€¦ [/quote][/b][/i]

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