From Mirada Global and Mensaje magazine, a look at the popularity and unique influence of Brazil's president:
A politician knows he has succeeded when his adversaries come close to him to share his popularity. This is what has happened to Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. José Serra, the social-democrat who faces Lula’s dauphin, Dilma Roussef, presented an advertisement showing both politicians with the following text: “Serra and Lula, two men with history, two leaders with experience”. Wise enough, Serra was well aware that attacking the president who has over 70% approval after eight years in office would only rebound against him. There’s a lot of truth in that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.
Lula has changed Brazil’s face, a country of continental dimensions and which has the largest available agricultural surface, to the extent that it is greater than the two that follow –the U.S. and Russia together. These calculations don’t consider the Amazon region. But land on its own isn’t enough. It also needs water, an element which is increasingly scarce worldwide. Brazil is the country that has the largest amount of renewable water per year. With a population of 193 million, it has as much water as the whole of Asia, which shelters 4 billion people.
Lula, with his undeniable charisma, has managed to keep the doors open in Washington, while maintaining a fraternal dialogue with Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales and Raúl Castro. He has even tried to mediate together with Turkey in the conflict between Iran and the Western powers that accuse the latter of developing nuclear weapons. Brazil’s international and economic lift-off consolidates its condition of regional leader. The question that remains is what will the priorities be now that the country is invited to sit at so many tables.
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