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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

On President Obama's Visit to Brazil

Photo: Itamaraty
They agreed to cooperate in advancing democracy, human rights and freedom for all people bilaterally and through the United Nations and other multilateral fora, including ensuring respect for human rights in the context of the democratic movements and transitions; strengthening the UN Human Rights Council as recently demonstrated in the case of the creation of the Commission of Inquiry on Libya; promoting respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through the establishment of a Special Rapporteur at the OAS; and improving the conduct of free and fair elections regionally and globally, including through the promotion of human rights in the context of elections and increasing their accessibility to disabled persons.  The White House

A post about two very important people meeting to discuss the fate of most of the Western Hemisphere is news whether you deem it so or not. Both Brazil and the United States of America are continentally big. When they move, people notice

People notice even more when these important people are the first black man ever to reach the highest post on Earth and the first woman ever to be at the helm in Brazil.

So it happens that the American president landed in Brasilia last Saturday, March 19th. He came for trade talks. He brought along with him several of secretaries and business people eager for new opportunities. Ms Roussef, the Brazilian president, was on hand to greet him at the Planalto Palace.

Behind closed doors, we read, they agreed on several mutually beneficial trade agreements and to us, part of the LGBT community, the introduction on this post in italics.

That, laconically, is very important. Most of you will agree...

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  1. Correct me if I am wrong but these two leaders represent the hopes and dreams of many, albeit they may encounter opposition at home due to the ingrained sexism or racism in their respective societies.
    I hold such high hopes for both as I wish well on the country that I have adopted as my own and the other I wish I could.

  2. I agree with you,Raulito. Also, it is common knowledge that they face opposition in their respective spheres of power.