October 15, 2012
Agence France-Presse/Business Recorder, 10/15/2012
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday told Brazil’s foreign minister his country should boycott Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the future, Peres’s office said. “We expect Brazil to boycott future meetings with Ahmadinejad,” Peres was quoted as saying to visiting Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota in a statement.
In 2010 Brazil’s then president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met Ahmadinejad and helped broker a nuclear trade-off under which Iran would deposit a significant part of its low-enriched uranium stocks in Turkey in return for nuclear fuel enriched to a level sufficient for medical use, but not enough for military ends.
Israel at the time criticised the deal as liable to “radically complicate” sanctions efforts against Iran “When we met in 2010 I told former president Lula that it was a mistake to sit and talk with Ahmadinejad, a leader that threatens the destruction of a people, a leader that denies the Holocaust and a leader that funds international terrorism,” Peres told Patriota.
April 26, 2012
Eric Ehrmann – Huffington Post, 04/26/2012
After the confrontational expropriation of oil dinosaur Repsol YPF president Cristina Kirchner of Argentina has published a glowing profile of Dilma Rousseff in Time magazine, praising the Brazilian leader for sharing her commitment to “social equality.”
But as politicians and business leaders struggle with the role capitalism is to play in driving Globalism 2.0 and its monetary system, Brazil’s efforts to bring more “social equality” to Argentina, Iran, Syria, Venezuela and Cuba have made president Dilma and Brazil’s world view an issue in the media circus that is the U.S. presidential campaign.
With president Barack Obama in a dead heat with the GOP hopeful, the influential Israeli daily Ha’aretz has buzzed up Romney’s claim that Iran will get nuclear weapons if Obama is re-elected. Dilma continues to support Iran’s development of what Brasilia characterizes as a peaceful nuclear program.
January 24, 2012
Joe Leahy – Financial Times, 01/24/2012
Iran has attacked Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for overseeing a chilling of ties between the two countries, jeopardising a relationship that had once been a major irritant to the US.
Iran believed Ms Rousseff was undermining the efforts of her predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, under whom Brazil had been virtually the only major western country with friendly ties to the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, a spokesperson said in the Brazilian press.
“The president has struck down everything Lula had achieved. She’s destroyed years of good relations,” Brazilian daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo quoted the spokesperson, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, as saying in an interview.
January 24, 2012
Simon Romero – New York Times, 01/23/2012
Ali Akbar Javanfekr has been a media adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Atta Kenare/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Iran’s efforts to cultivate political support in Latin America at a time of rising international tension over itsnuclear program appear to have encountered a significant obstacle:Brazil, the region’s economic powerhouse.
After President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran took a four-country tour of Latin America this month, during which he met with several outspoken critics of the United States but was notably not invited to stop in Brazil, one of his top advisers took a public swipe at Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, saying she had “destroyed years of good relations” between the two nations.
“The Brazilian president has been striking against everything that Lula accomplished,” Ali Akbar Javanfekr, who has worked as Mr. Ahmadinejad’s top media adviser, said in an interview published Monday by Folha de São Paulo, a leading Brazilian newspaper, in which he compared Ms. Rousseff to her predecessor and political mentor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
January 9, 2012
Tom Phillips – GlobalPost, 01/09/2012
Ahmadinejad wasn't invited to dinner in Brasilia. (JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, begins a whistle-stop tour of Latin America today, meeting with Venezuela’s leader Hugo Chavez in Caracas.
Ahmadinejad, who is facing growing troubles at home and abroad, will then move on to Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.
But in Brazil, the newspapers have focused on another aspect of Ahmadinejad’s tour — the fact that it doesn’t involve South America’s largest economy.
January 1, 2011
BBC News, 01/01/2011
With the inauguration on 1 January of Dilma Rousseff, a 63-year-old economist with unproven political skills, Brazil has its first woman president. PAULO SOTERO , director of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, looks at the challenges she faces in governing Latin America’s biggest nation.
November 5, 2010
Patricia Janiot and Juan Munoz – CNN International, 11/05/2010
Brazil will maintain its ties with Iran, but always for peaceful ends only, the country’s president-elect, Dilma Rousseff, said in an interview with CNN en Español. She added that war is not the way to resolve international conflicts.
“We don’t believe that war is the method to solve conflicts. You will never see Brazil occupying itself with war,” Rousseff said. She spoke to CNN en Español’s Patricia Janiot in her first international interview since winning the presidency on Sunday.
As Brazil plays a increasingly larger role in international affairs, Rousseff said her country is committed to “systematically defending peace in the Middle East and the rights of those countries, including Israel and Palestine, to have their states.”
November 4, 2010
The Associated Press, 11/03/2010
Brazil’s president-elect says it would be “barbaric” if a woman in Iran were executed for adultery.
Dilma Rousseff did not say what she would do about the planned stoning after she takes office on Jan. 1, but Brazilian officials have tried to use their friendly ties with Iran to influence the case.
In August, Brazil offered to take in the woman if her life were spared. Iran rejected the offer.
There has been a world outcry over the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, convicted in 2006 of adultery.
Rousseff said Wednesday that Brazil will continue its policy of dialogue with all nations, regardless of what stance the U.S. or Europe might take.
October 6, 2010
Latin Business Chronicle, 10/06/2010
Brazil remains top exporter to Iran, but Venezuela becomes Iran’s top market in Latin America.
Brazil’s trade with Iran grew last year by 4.3 percent to $1.316 billion thanks to growth in both exports and imports, according to a Latin Business Chronicle analysis of data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Brazil’s exports to Iran increased by 4.1 percent to $1.297 billion, while imports from Iran grew 29.1 percent to $19 million.
Brazil is Iran’s top trading partner in Latin America.
August 16, 2010
The Associated Press, 08/16/2010
Iran will not send a woman who had faced death by stoning on an adultery conviction to Brazil, which has offered her asylum, the president said in a TV interview broadcast Monday.
The stoning sentence for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, has been lifted for now after it prompted an outcry from the United States and other governments as well as rights groups. Brazil, which has friendly relations with Iran, offered her asylum.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told state-run English-language Press TV he did not think there was a need to send her to Brazil and that he hoped the issue “will be solved,” without explaining.
“There is a judge at the end of the day and the judges are independent. But I talked with the head of the judiciary and the judiciary also does not agree” with Brazil’s proposal, Ahmadinejad said. “I think there is no need to create some trouble for President Lula and take her to Brazil,” he added, referring to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.