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Dilma | Giving Obama an Earful



Photoshop job: Independência Sul Americana 

Source: GGN

During a press conference after a G20 meeting in Saint Petersburg on Friday (September 6) President Dilma Rousseff said that U.S. president Barack Obama has promised to respond to Brazilian authorities by Wednesday (September 11) regarding allegations of espionage. Obama and Dilma met this Thursday before attending a working dinner in homage to the G20 heads of state.

Dilma said that the accusations of espionage are incompatible with the democratic cooperation among friendly powers and that Obama took direct, personal responsibility for investigating and clarifying the relevant facts. Dilma said that her visit to Washington, scheduled for October, will depend on the political conditions created by Obama.

“President Obama told me that he takes direct and personal responsibility for these incidents and will propose for Brazil’s consideration a set of measures to resolve the problem. “Faced with my skepticism about the results of a meeting between my justice minister José Eduardo Cardozo and vice-president Biden, which took place last week, President Obama told me again that he takes personal and direct responsibility both for investigating the charges and offering measures that will satisfy the Brazilian government.” said Rousseff.

During the press conference, the president also said she would propose a new model of governance regarding invasion of privacy to the United Nations. With respect to possible military action in Syria, Dilma said that Brazil would not recognize any such initiative without UN approval.

Takeaway: Brazilian nationalism is an effective political motivator, judging from the reactions I have heard to this story.