26 Sep 2010

PT - President Lula's Party and FARC

Elections in Brazil - José Serra's profile

José Serra was born in the traditional neighbourhood of Mooca in São Paulo (SP) on March 19, 1942. He is the son of Italian immigrant Fracesco Serra and Brazilian Serafina Chirico Serra. Raised in a lower middle class family - his father paid for his studies selling fruits at the Municipal Market. In 1960, Serra entered the civil engineering course at USP (Universidade de Sao Paulo), where he would start his political activism in the student movement.

In 1962 he was elected president of the UNE (National Union of Students) and the same year, founded the AP (Popular Action), left-wing organisation tied to the Catholic Church. With the military coup of 1964, had to flee the country, following first to Bolivia and then to France.

He left the engineering course, but managed to return to Brazil in 1965. However, he was again persecuted by the regime and decided to go into exile in Chile, where he got master's degree in economics and would met your wife, the ballerina Monica Allende, the mother of his two children, Veronica and Luciano.

In Chile, completed his studies. He was professor of ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) and worked in academic life until the overthrow of President Salvador Allende in 1973. From there, he embarked for the United States, where he earned a doctorate in economics at Cornell University.

He returned to Brazil in 1977, two years before the promulgation of the Amnesty Law, and had a seat as deputy for the MDB (Brazilian Democratic Movement) contested by the regime in the following year. Also taught at Unicamp (Universidade de Campinas).

In the 1980s, he coordinated the government program of Franco Montoro (PMDB) for governor of São Paulo; elected, Montoro put Sierra in charge of the State Secretariat of Planning. He left office in 1986 to compete - and win - a seat in the National Constituent Assembly for the PMDB.

In 1988, he founded the PSDB (Brazilian Social Democratic Party) and in the same year, was one of the defeated candidates in elections for mayor of Sao Paulo. In 1990, he returned to the Chamber of Deputies and in 1994 he was elected senator. The following year he took over the Ministry of Planning. Left office in 1996 to play for the second time the mayor of Sao Paulo. He came in 3rd place.

Serra took over again in a ministry in 1998 to the ex-President Fernando Henrique Cardoso government (1995-2002), this time as Ministry of Health, where he gained enormous popularity due to the implementation of generic drugs and creating a program to combat AIDS - an internationally recognised programme.

Left office in early 2002 to run for presidency. He reached the second round, but lost to Lula (PT) by 61.27% to 38.73%.

In November 2003, Serra was elected national president of the PSDB. He left office in 2005, the year he assumed the mayor of Sao Paulo after defeating the PT candidate Marta Suplicy. A year later, left the post to run for governor of São Paulo.

Elected remained governor until May this year (2010) when he was launched for the second time as a candidate for the presidency.

Who is Dilma Rousseff?

Daughter of Bulgarian businessman and poet Petar Russév (naturalized in Brazil as Pedro Rousseff) and the Brazilian professor Jane Dilma Silva, Dilma Vana Rousseff was born on December 14, 1947 in Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais.
Descending from middle-class family, studied in the traditional College Sion, the Catholic orientation.

In 1964, while studying at Central State College (now State School Governor Milton Campos), began her militancy in Polop (Marxist Revolutionary Organisation - Policy Worker). That same year, the military coup occurred, already in 1967. In this meantime she married the journalist Cláudio Linhares Galen.
After Polop, joined “Colina” (Command of National Liberation) movement supporter of armed struggle. In 1969, she began living in hiding and was forced out of the economics classes at UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais), which had begun two years earlier.

Shortly thereafter, she split up from Galen and started living in Porto Alegre (RS) with the militant left-wing lawyer Carlos Araujo, who later would become a state representative. With him, Dilma had his only daughter, Paula Araújo Rousseff.
In July 1969, “Colina” and VPR (Popular Revolutionary Vanguard) joined together, creating the Armed Revolutionary Vanguard Palmares (Palmares-VAR). Despite having received guerrilla training, Dilma denies having participated in armed actions, while in hiding, she used several aliases, as “Estela”, “Luiza”, “Maria Lucia”, “Marina”, “Patricia” and “Wanda”.

In January 1970, was arrested in Sao Paulo and was held in Oban (Operation Bandeirantes), where she was tortured. In total, was sentenced to six years and one month in jail and had political rights revoked for ten years. However, she managed to reduce the sentence by the STM (Superior Military Court) and was released from prison in late 1972.

After living in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Dilma settled in Porto Alegre, where she began working in 1975, for the FEE (Foundation for Economics and Statistics), an agency of state government. Two years later, she graduated in economics from the UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul), after being dismissed from the FEE to have your name included on a list of "subversives."

In the 1980s and 1990s, she served as governor of Rio Grande do Sul, the secretaries of Treasury and Energy, Mines and Communications, and the governments of Alceu Collares (PDT) and Dutra (PT). In 1989, she campaigned for the deceased Leonel Brizola (PDT), a presidential candidate; in the second round, supported Lula (PT). PDT was angered in 2001 when she joined the PT.

In 2003, she assumed the post of Minister of Mines and Energy of the Lula government. Dilma advocated a model that does not concentrate the entire industry in state hands, while the government sought to approach the market. The dialogue with the capital and the command of “Light for All” program were decisive for Dilma to become, in 2005, chief minister of the Civil House in place of Jose Dirceu - a friend of Lula and execrated by scandals of corruption.

Ahead of both ministries, has become known for having had a profile as centralising and technical as well as for its strong way of demanding services from ministers and advisers. For some of them, she is deemed as arrogant and authoritarian.
During his tenure, also gained popularity by being nominated by President Lula as manager of the PAC (Growth Acceleration Program).

In early 2009, was stricken with cancer of the lymphatic system and subjected to treatment. She was considered cured by the medical team in September of last year.

25 Sep 2010

Dilma Roussef is coming...

I’m trying to prepare myself psychologically to have Dilma Rousseff (PT - Partido dos Trabalhadores) from Labours Party as the next Brazilian President, but it isn’t easy. My mind just cannot afford such an absurd! How could it be different? How can I accept a woman who is accused of killing two police officers in the earlier 70’s besides taking part in robberies and other kinds of crimes as being President? I am assured that she will destroy my country politically and economically.

A woman who has as friends, Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, scares me, and she supports the FARC (the revolutionary army of Colombia)!
In the presidential debate with José Serra (PSDB contestant) and other candidates she said that Colombia should negotiate with the FARC rather than struggling them! (I liked when José Serra argued that it is the same to say to Barack Obama to negotiate with Osama Bin Laden rather than fighting him).

President Lula, for sure, has been laughing aloud! He is behind all this! With his populist way of being, he has got support of the entire North and Northeast of Brazil - the poorest and most underdeveloped region in this country.
Instead of creating jobs for those people, he formulated a shrewd plan to give money for them. So, automatically he “bought” votes for him and all his minions - and it is the main reason for Dilma to have such a boom of voting intentions.
If people receive money for doing nothing, why should they work?

The state of São Paulo, lying in the southeast of Brazil, is the richest state. The capital, also called São Paulo, is the largest city in South America and the state as whole is dubbed as “locomotive of Brazil”, since it is responsible, alone, for more than 34% of Brazilian GDP.

This state has been led by PSDB (Partido da Social Democracia do Brasil) or Social Democratic Party of Brazil for 16 years long and will lead it for more 04 years (I’m predicting that the PSDB candidate Geraldo Alckmin will win this polls with a comfortable victory).
Do you understand what I mean?

São Paulo grows because it is not in PT hands and people from North and Northeast do not realise it! São Paulo “works” nonstop 365 days a year to be what is today, while the people there rest in the splendour of their laziness just awaiting for the money they get from the “father Lula” - as some call him. The result of all this is: São Paulo gets overpopulated because people from all those areas come here to look for a job or better condition for a living!

OK, it isn’t wrong!

São Paulo is always open for every one! We receive everybody from all corners of the world! However, what people from poorest parts of Brazil do not see, is that they also could have a rich state if they looked for work - and not only easy money! But, to change it, they should have a better education and so, to learn how to choose a candidate (and it is exactly what some politicians do no expect they have).

Of course, Im not generalising! It doesn’t mean the entire region (North and Northeast) are just after easy money! It refers only to the majority in the country who do not have education. The government take advantage of this to keep in control of the country!
Those people are only hostages of their own ignorance - but I will pay a high price for that!

18 Sep 2010

Benicio Del Toro and Dilma Rousseff - get out here!

The Puerto Rican actor Benicio Del Toro met with the PT candidate for president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, early on this Saturday in Campinas, São Paulo.

Del Toro came to Brazil to collect information for his new film, which tells the story of the MST - "Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra" (Movement of Landless Workers). This "Movement" is well known in Brazil for its acts of invading private properties and fighting police with axes and sickles. The actual government - of president Lula - supports this kind of struggling and consider it as "necessary" to combat riches that have land but do not use them.

The breakfast took place at the Victoria Hotel and was attended also the PT President Jose Eduardo Dutra. This man, was also accused of buying votes in 2005 during the "mensalão" scandal. This scandal - of the PT party - is one of the most known in Brazil during Lula's government!

So, Dilma and Benicio: GET OUT OF BRAZIL! We do not need any ex-guerrila fighter or an actor who plays it in our country!