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Friday, May 05, 2006

Muy amigo: Lula getting screwed by Evo Morales.

Image from today's front page of Jornal O Globo.

"The crisis has been particularly damaging to Brazil's president, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has been harshly criticized at home as having failed to look after his country's interests.

Critics say Mr. da Silva, who is expected to run for re-election this year, has surrendered political space to Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez, who joined the meeting at this Argentine resort town as Bolivia's most strident backer.

"The Brazilian press has been very critical about Lula the last three days," said Timothy Powers, an expert on Brazil at Oxford University, "that Lula has been playing footsie with Chávez and Evo, and that when it comes to national interests like gas, Lula is very naïve in getting himself into this position. Lula looks weak, like he's a prisoner of events."" New York Times