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Brazilian President Calls World Criticism of Biofuels “Dirty Trick”

Brazilian president Lula Brazil is not that "poor little thing" anymore and the country will not allow foreign "busybodies" to tell Brazilians what they should do. That's the message of Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in response to foreign critics who have been lambasting Brazil for its biofuel program.

According to these voices, Brazil would be responsible, at least in part, for the shortage and high prices of food all around the world. Lula expressed his outrage in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, during a ceremony to inaugurate projects from the Igarapés Social and Environmental Program.

The Brazilian president sent the world a message that if Brazil ever needs any help or advice it will make it known and will ask for it. He classified the criticism against Brazil's biofuel program as "pure dirty trick."

"They invented," said Lula, "that it is going to be a shortage of food because biofuel is taking the food's place. This is pure dirty trick. It is pure roguery from those who don't have the capacity to compete with  Brazilians. Brazil is no poor little thing and it already knows how to walk with its own legs and we don't want busybodies telling us what to do. If we ever need any advice we will ask for it."

The president reminded that the corn-based alcohol made in the United States and the one extracted from beet in Europe are more expensive and need more room to be grown than Brazil's ethanol, which is made from sugarcane.

Lula called the wold's food scarcity a "good problem." "The truth is," he said, "that we have a food problem, we have more Chinese people eating, we have more poor Brazilians eating, more Latin-Americans eating and I think this is a good problem."

The Brazilian leader also talked about those foreign "busybodies" who criticize how Brazil cares for the Amazon: "There are many people talking about the Amazon nowadays. I've never seen so many people guessworking. If they looked after their own forest as they want to look after ours,  they wouldn't be bald countries since they have already deforested everything."

Lula announced that he will be meeting eight governors in Brazilian capital Brasí­lia this coming Thursday, May 8, to discuss policies for the Amazon.

Brazil's president has also assured Brazilians that his party, the PT (Workers Party), will make the next president in the 2010 elections and dismissed rumors that he is in favor of a third mandate for himself, something forbidden by the country's constitution.

Rumors about such a constitutional change have intensified recently with the release of polls showing Lula's popularity at 69.3%, an all-time high since his first mandate started in January 2003. The president stressed that he is a democrat, someone who respects the constitution and is against the third term of office.

And in a message to the opposition he told his listeners, "What they have to know now, clearly spelled out, and they can hate me even more for that, is that we are going to make the new president of this country. They can be sure that we are going to do this."

And he continued, "I do not play with democracy, because every time we play with democracy we lose face. Alternation of power is important. Every time a political leader thinks of himself as indispensable and irreplaceable a little dictator starts to grow inside him."

Lula also reminded his public that he had a hard time when he assumed the presidency the first time around and that he didn't get any respect because he was from the Northeast and had very little formal education. People were pessimistic and were saying that Brazil would break under his leadership.

"What they didn't know," said Lula, "is that I was convinced that I knew more than they did and that I could not make a mistake. I was beaten as a mangy dog while learning how to govern. It wasn't easy. I was even afraid of a second term of office, because if I were to be beaten as the first time I would die from the blows."

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  • João da Silva

    Simpleton
    [quote]Drinking Water[/quote]

    I live in a state, where ordinary and mineral water is plenty. I have studied about Wasser a lot.Ch.c keeps on saying something very interesting: “Value added Product” and I hate to say that I agree with him. Of course nobody pays attention to Ch.c anymore 🙁

  • Simpleton

    Drinking Water
    Yes JDS, I am a Cyclops and still walking. Appreciate your rye and your hummer. As to bottled water 1 liter or larger plastic bottles, still just amazed that out in the boonies near to Belfort Roxo / Petrobrasiland we found a small mercado with mineral water from Wisconsin!!! As for cachoeiras, yes there are many but as the flow nears the first small habitation downstream (usually inhabited by politicos) the water is no longer drinkable (if you want to stay alive). Is it the importation and impostos there on that are driving the prices up or the s_it from the politicos?

  • ch.c.

    To all !
    and what about when the idiot Robin the crook “criticizes and lambast USA and Europe ” ???????

    snd to Forrest on your Evian water prices : STILL CHEAP when compared to San Pellegrino and
    Perrier….both owned by……NESTLE !!!! 😀 😉

  • João da Silva

    Simpleton
    [quote]The seafood we call squid (more often as cut bait) the locals pronounce as Lula so Joe B’s translation of our tearless leader is seemingly accurate.[/quote]

    Thanks Simpleton, you are a walking encyclopedia.

  • Simpleton

    What’s in a name or misnomer
    The seafood we call squid (more often as cut bait) the locals pronounce as Lula so Joe B’s translation of our tearless leader is seemingly accurate. The locals also prefer polvo or is that p’ovos or povres or pobres, heck I don’t know. You are what you eat. Let’s hope there’s not too many of those pesky little blue spotted posionous devils invading from aussyland nor whatever those giant sized cousins to the Humbolts are called lurking off our shores as those are hellacious predators / killers as well. Even the hull of our nukeular submarine won’t stand up to the jaws of those nor will the cane crushers we import repel them.

  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    [quote]Evian water 9 oz $1.49..$21.19 per gallon! $21.19 for WATER and the buyers don’t even know the source (Evian spelled backwards is Naive.)[/quote]

    Not a big surprise to me. People are willing to pay that much for a goddamn fancy brand name (of water). Even now, I can not distinguish between the bottled mineral water and the one that comes off the faucet. Brazil has so much water and clean one too (at least in the part of the country where we live) and still when one goes to a restaurant, we have to buy “Mineral” water. The water is cheap,but people pay dearly for the plastic bottles and brand names. But thank God, the bottled water in Brasil is still cheaper than Coke and Pepsi per gallon!

  • João da Silva

    Joe Brazuca
    [quote]Still, with the Brazilˢ۪s new anti-foreigner laws to kick in soon that not only limit foreign television programming on cable and satellite, but the movement of foreigners (residents and visa holders) in 61 % of the country; marry those with the new national Lei de impresa and well, you may jest about China and other repressive regimes all you like, but thatˢ۪s exactly where the squid is dragging your nation. At least you folks had a brief experiment with true democracy; sorry it didnˢ۪t work out too well in the end.

    C’est la vie [/quote]

    It is a very good analysis,Joe.You seem to be extremely well informed about Brasil and I reckon that you are a Brasilian ex-pat.I think it is a crucial year for the “Squid” to check if the Southerners are going to swallow his big speaches.

    btw, I loved the nickname you gave to him,”Squid”

  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    [quote]so people can ride the buss to the store but there will be no food as it is in the tank of your president . [/quote]

    It is not [i]my[/i] President,but [i]our[/i] President. Just bear in mind that you have a large extended Brazilian family!

    [quote]FUPE THE ONE THERE IN RECIFE I THINK DID IT [/quote]

    I think it must be UFPE. After all he is the son of the soil and the least they can do is to declare him as a “Nuclear Engineer”. That remids me of something. Some years ago, a local university here decided to confer a “Doctoral Degree” on Commandante. Fidel. He did not turn up, but a member of the Cuban Embassy collected the diploma!!!

  • forrest allen brown

    READ THIS
    The price of Gas versus Printer Ink

    All these examples do NOT imply that gasoline is cheap; it just illustrates how outrageous some prices are… You will be really shocked by the last one! (At least, I was..)

    Think a gallon of gas is expensive?

    This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective to other things we buy.

    Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 … $10.32 per gallon

    Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ……….$9.52 per gallon

    Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 …. $10.17 per gallon

    Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ……… $10.00 per gallon

    Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 …… $33.60 per gallon

    Vick’s Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 … $178.13 per gallon

    Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 .. $123.20 per gallon

    Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 …… . $25.42 per gallon

    Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 ….$84.48 per gallon
    And this is the REAL KICKER…
    Evian water 9 oz $1.49..$21.19 per gallon! $21.19 for WATER and the buyers don’t even know the source (Evian spelled backwards is Naive.)

  • forrest allen brown

    joao
    i think it was the
    FUPE THE ONE THERE IN RECIFE I THINK DID IT

    would have to ask the dancer if she knows the one

    its called who gets the largest profit , fuel ,bio fule, soy beans ,corn , in that order i beleive
    so people can ride the buss to the store but there will be no food as it is in the tank of your president .

  • Joe Brazuca

    Typical
    À¢€œÀ¢€¦foreign critics?À¢€œ
    À¢€ÂÀ¢€¦these voices? À¢€œ
    À¢€œÀ¢€¦the world?À¢€Â
    À¢€œÀ¢€¦the criticism?À¢€Â
    À¢€ÂÀ¢€¦They invented?À¢€Â
    À¢€œÀ¢€¦from those?À¢€Â
    À¢€œÀ¢€¦Busybodies?À¢€Â

    Holy crap, the WORLD is against Brazil. You go Squidy, you tell your patriots that youÀ¢€™re not going to take it anymore from À¢€œthese foreign voices from the world that invented this criticism because they are busybodiesÀ¢€Â! What better terrorist can one create than, THEM?

    HereÀ‚´s some adviceÀ¢€¦.To shred the Latin American stereotype of the rambling idiot populist leader, you may actually want to treat your audiences like they have a mindÀ¢€¦

    Oh, forget itÀ¢€¦.

    In short, itÀ¢€™s the UN recently that raised the problems with planting fuel for the rich instead of planting food for all, and the U.S is on LulaÀ¢€™s side, blaming skyrocketing oil prices and the Chinese. But in Brazil, it enough to rail against THEMÀ¢€¦….

  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    [quote]last year lula had a dregee in nukeular eng, no no edugation ????[/quote]

    Hey Forrest, I missed this news. Did M.I.T confer an honorary degree on him or was it Stanford?

  • Joe Brazuca

    Poor BIG thing….
    [quote]The foreign press can say whatever they want. We will get the know-how from the governments of Myanmar and PRC how we can block the access to the foreign media.[/quote]

    No need to, keeping the population illiterate works better. As your government no doubt knows.

    Still, with the Brazilˢ۪s new anti-foreigner laws to kick in soon that not only limit foreign television programming on cable and satellite, but the movement of foreigners (residents and visa holders) in 61 % of the country; marry those with the new national Lei de impresa and well, you may jest about China and other repressive regimes all you like, but thatˢ۪s exactly where the squid is dragging your nation. At least you folks had a brief experiment with true democracy; sorry it didnˢ۪t work out too well in the end.

    C’est la vie

    As for the article, we know the populist idiot line: itÀ¢€™s always a conspiracy. I take it the Squid learned that from HC from Venezuela. Good luck peddling that crap in about two years. ThatÀ‚´s about a year after youÀ‚´ve turned the Amazon into a sugar cane farm.

  • ..

    [quote]But then, in terms of not putting up with it, how does one actually keep the foreign press from saying anything?[/quote]

    The foreign press can say whatever they want. We will get the know-how from the governments of Myanmar and PRC how we can block the access to the foreign media.

  • forrest allen brown

    last year lula had a dregee in nukeular eng, no no edugation ????
    was it not lula that said the US corn for fuel would make food go up!

    but yet he says it is good to have people hungry .when his people exporting food has driven up food prices in his own land

    but never says a thing about the poulition brasils cane puts out when it is burned.

    talks about the defofestation of other countries , when the amazon under his time in office has
    srunk more than in the past 2 terms in office of the last president

  • ..

    [quote]Well spoken Lula, porque quem gosta de nos, somos nos mesmos!!![/quote]

    Somos gostozÀƒµes, sem dÀƒºvida.

  • rod

    Well spoken Lula, porque quem gosta de nos, somos nos mesmos!!!

  • Ric

    Oh, Absolutely Not
    But then, in terms of not putting up with it, how does one actually keep the foreign press from saying anything?

  • ..

    Brazilian President Calls World Criticism of Biofuels “Dirty Trick”
    I wholeheartedly endorse his view points. Never before in the history of our Republic, have we had such an outspoken President. My Kudos to him. It is a very dirty trick indeed and we are not going to put up with this anymore.

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