The economic crisis, that hit especially hard the United States and some European countries, has changed the way countries like Brazil, China e India are perceived by the West. Before the recession they were seen as promising markets. Now, at the World´s Economic Forum, in Davos, the three, along with some other emerging countries, are being accepted as iquals.  Brazilian President Lula da Silva fell ill and decided to cancel his trip to Davos. Lula’s decision to skip the Forum this year can be considered a slap at the bankers whose “casino” mentality he cites almost weekly as bringing about a crisis in capitalism.

A proposed truth commission to investigate torture during military rule in Brazil (1964-1985) have so angered forces chiefs that they threatened to resign. Unlike neighboring countries such as Argentina and Chile, Brazil has never tried anyone for the murder and widespread torture of dissidents during its dictatorship, which pushed an amnesty law through a weak Congress in 1979, granting immunity to state officials involved in torture as well as those in the opposition who had resorted to violence. Military chiefs believe the truth commission is an attempt to get round the amnesty law.

President Lula of Brazil and Barak Obama in a meeting in Washington last year

Until recently, the Obama administration assumed that Brazil and the United States were natural allies who shared many foreign policy interests, particularly in Latin America. This now seems like wishful thinking. Although  President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva and the US leader get on really well, it seems Brazil has decided to follow an independent course. Even commercialy, China has become more important to Brazil than the US. China has just surpassed the United States as Brazil’ s main commercial partner.

A controversial new film about the life of the phenomenally popular Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has failed to build the desired hype and is getting lukewarm responses at the box office. These are not the reactions that the film-makers – nor the presidency – might have wanted but then again this film has caused a storm of controversy in Brazil.

Many commentators have expressed outrage that a fictionalised, hagiographic biopic should be launched as Mr Lula da Silva enters the last year of his presidency, hoping to use his enormous popularity to elect his chosen successor in October’s election.

The film depicts the childhood journey by lorry from impoverished origins in Brazil’s north-east to Santos and later São Paulo; the years as a child labourer selling oranges and shining shoes; the abuse from an alcoholic father; apprenticeship as a metalworker; the loss of his first wife and baby in childbirth; and his rise through the trade union movement during Brazil’s military dictatorship of 1964 to 1985.

Opposition politicians have demanded an inquiry into government contracts involving the film’s 27 corporate sponsors. José Serra, the likely opposition candidate in October, said it was a clear attempt to boost the chances of Dilma Rousseff, Mr Lula da Silva’s candidate.

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