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Why Brazil Should Take a Stronger Position on Hugo Chávez

Robert Amsterdam has just published a translation of an opinion article from O Estado de São Paulo on The Huffington Post.

There is great merit in Brazil’s ability to maintain friendly relations with so many different nations of different values. The South-South diplomacy, pioneered by the Lula government, should continue long into the future, and help to redefine a multipolar approach to global affairs. This tactic, however, has its limits. When taken to an extreme, there are high costs.

Brazil is better than that, and deserves much more. Its ambitious view toward the future is not compatible with the tolerance of outright tyranny on her borders. It’s decision time: one can’t have a foot in the 21st century while maintaining retrograde views.