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MC Dilma | Rousseff’s UN Opening Address


“Oil for the price of a banana.” “The petroleum has to be ours” “Eike Batista”


Caricature: Latuff

Source: Jornal O Globo

Topic: United Nations agenda of Dilma Rousseff

NOVA YORK – The opening session of the 68th UN General Assemly — in which Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff will deliver the opening address — will accentuate the disagreements between Brazil and the U.S. with respect to a U.S. spying program.

Dilma will make the topic one of the highlights of her address, in which she will call for global regulation, approved by the international community, of Internet access and intelligence activities. The Whitel House, however, indicates that the Obama will not discuss the theme in a multilateral forum.

The Internet has become a war zone. What are you going to do about it? How about we buy your F-18s and help you equip and train your own cybercorps?

I find it amazing that ABIN has never been mentioned in any of the reporting on the case.

The “Brazilian CIA” — if you can call it that with straight face — does not collaborate on matters of mutual interest? While observing the rules of fair play? As in do not spy on anyone without a solid warrant and legitmate cause?

Then again, a lot of the high-profile espionage cases, of the type that tend to break in the newsweeklies with hysterical headlines that never pan out, are practiced by ex-agents of various secret services.

The suspects convicted of bribery in Operation Satyagraha, for example, were from Kroll, another amalgamated integrated global consulting concer. There is ample evidence in that case that information from the source was illegally obtained.

Brazilian foreign minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, are scheduled to meet privately on Thursday and Friday to discuss bilateral relations. Two weeks ago, the foreign minnister met with the chief of the National Security Council, Susan Rice, but no progress was made.

Six days later, after speaking by telephone, Dilma and Obama announced the cancellation of Dilma’s October 23 state visit, due to Brazilian dissatisfaction with the lack of direct anwswers provided by U.S. intelligence regarding intellegence gathering on ranking federal officiakls — the president herself amongg themi — as well as on corporate and individual targets. 

Dilma and Obama have no meeting set for Dilma’s time in New York. They are scheduled to meet only in the backstage area after each delivers his or her speech. Dilma had not decided yesterday whether to take her seat in the plenary session to hear Obama’s speech.

In her speech, Dilma will deal with the attack on sovereignty that NSA monitoring represents. She will tell the assembled chiefs of state that espionage should be disciplined by a common framework, designed and implemented by the international community.

Obama is expected to duck the debate. He will focus his speech on the challenges in the Middle East, such as negotiations for the withdrawal of chemical weapons in Syria, the recent gesture by Iran that it is open to discussing its nuclear program, the returning to talks between Israel and Palestine and the political transition in countries like Egypt.

Ben Rhodes, a special White House aide, the U.S. is reviewing its espionage program to improve quality and guarantee that data is “appropriate.” He maintains the position, however, that “there must be a very robust intelligence community.” Obama remains inclined to talk to other leaders about the subject, but only in a  bilateral context.

— As to NSA, I believe it is a developing issue that well will have to deal with down the road with a group of countries,” said Rhodes, in a Friday interview.

Os EUA já declinaram proposta brasileira para um acordo bilateral que discipline o acesso dos governos à comunicação eletrônica e telefônica de cidadãos dos dois países, no fim de agosto. Os americanos também não se desculparam ou apresentaram justificativas para o monitoramento, tampouco detalharam a extensão da espionagem no Brasil.

Nesta segunda-feira, Dilma desembarcou pela manhã em Nova York e passou o dia reunida com sua equipe para arrematar o discurso de abertura da Assembleia Geral. Chegaram com ela os ministros Figueiredo, Fernando Pimentel (Desenvolvimento) e Aloizio Mercadante (Educação).

Dilma recebeu ontem, no fim da tarde, o ex-presidente dos EUA Bill Clinton e a presidente da Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, que elogiou a reação de Dilma contra a espionagem. Ao sair do encontro, a argentina comentou:

— A condenação e a atitude da presidente Dilma em relação à questão da espionagem é uma posição de dignidade e de defesa da soberania nacional. A espionagem afeta a dignidade da região. São atitudes que não ajudam a criar uma boa relação e um bom clima, o que todos queremos. Acreditávamos que essas coisas estavam superadas, que os valores da democracia tinham triunfado, em respeito ao indivíduo, à privacidade e à soberania dos países – disse Cristina Kirchner na saída do encontro, acrescentando que a questão da Síria também foi abordada pelas duas.

Nesta terça, antes da abertura da assembleia da ONU, Dilma terá um encontro com o secretário-geral das Nações Unidas, Ban Ki-moon. Dilma fará ainda um segundo discurso na ONU, na parte da tarde, na primeira sessão do Foro de Alto Nível sobre Desenvolvimento Sustentável, que supervisionará a implementação das deliberações da Rio+20.