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About Jane Dorwart
BA Anthroplogy, BS Musical Composition and Diploma in Computor Programming. I am delighted and honored to be working as a Translator for Watching America and have become a regular reader myself! I believe it is important to hear many points of view to get a glimpse of the truth of situations, and that no one person has a monopoly on that truth! That is what is so exciting about this site! I love the Portuguese language and have been speaking and studying for a number of years. I welcome the challenge of translating Brazilian and Portuguese newspaper articles and making them available to English reading readers!

This user has submitted 137 translations to Watching America.

The US Is Incapable of Changing Russian Policy

January 21, 2019 // Jornal de Angola - Angola - Portuguese

The United States is incapable of changing the sovereign policy of Russia, despite all of its economic power, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, in an interview yesterday published in the weekly Argumenty i Fakti. “Although it is the largest economy in the world, the U.S. does not have the instruments that can [Read more]

Democracy Threatened

August 6, 2018 // Publico - Portugal - Portuguese

<i>The preliminary proof of Facebook’s influence on the manipulation of democracy is there. The prophecy of “Brave New World” is about to materialize.</i> Last weekend, the first results of an official inquiry into digital political manipulation in electoral processes became known. A committee of the British [Read more]

Trump’s Arsenal

May 17, 2018 // Diario de Noticias - Portugal - Portuguese

If it were a military budget just by itself, the increase in U.S. defense spending predicted by Donald Trump for 2019 would be the third highest, only behind America’s own and the Chinese. We are speaking about the addition of $90 billion to the $610 billion revealed yesterday in the annual SIPRI report [of 2017 [Read more]

They’ll Pretend They Didn’t See the ‘Drag Kid’

March 21, 2018 // Observador - Portugal - Portuguese

<i>Activism, which in its folkloric cyclothymia has come to be an extension of a fashion show, is, in its intolerance, the continuation of a totalitarianism that has suffocated us since the 20th century.</i> They laugh. They photograph. Others write about the glamour of the “drag kid.” Yes, the model in the [Read more]

Trump’s Other Wall

February 13, 2018 // http://www.jornaldenegocios.pt/opiniao/editorial/celso-filipe/detalhe/o-outro-muro-de-trump?ref=Opinião_outros - Portugal - Portuguese

Take away from the equation the media follies of Donald Trump, such as the Mexican border wall or the splashes of childishness in the dispute with North Korea. Omit substantive suspicion (yet to be confirmed) about the connections between elements of the Trump campaign and Russia, and make an effort also to downplay [Read more]

Moral Void

August 23, 2017 // El País - Brazil - Portuguese

<i>Trump affronts the most elementary ethic with his late condemnation of racism.</i> Of all the damages which Donald Trump has inflicted on the American presidency, the worst is of the moral order. And this, considering precedents such as the banditry which brought Richard Nixon to resign; the indolence of Ronald [Read more]

Trump Harms the Cubans

June 25, 2017 // El Pais - Brazil - Portuguese

i>The partial retreat in Washington’s relations with Havana is a serious mistake.</i> The partial retreat, announced yesterday by Donald Trump, from the process of normalization between the U.S. and Cuba, initiated 30 months ago by his predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, is a grave strategic and [Read more]

Destructive Trump

June 12, 2017 // El Pais - Brazil - Portuguese

<i>The president of the United States spreads chaos around him in an alarming way.</i> The resignation of White House Communications Director Mike Dubke, after just three months in office, is another example of the concerning level of disorganization of the most powerful government on the planet. Dubke would have [Read more]

Diplomacy in the Era of Trump

May 13, 2017 // El Pais - Brazil - Portuguese

<i>With globalization, diplomacy has now become present in practically all fields of human activity.</i> The international system was born and continues to be marked predominantly by power relations. Whoever has power, rules. Whoever does not, must conform obediently or be forced to find alliances that strengthen [Read more]

Africa and Donald Trump

February 28, 2017 // Jornal de Angola - Angola - Portuguese

<i>Donald Trump and his executive order banning the entry of nationals from seven Muslim countries into the United States on the pretext that they are potential terrorists marked, in a worrisome way, the last Summit of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, [Read more]

Merci, Mr. Trump

January 28, 2017 // Público - Portugal - Portuguese

Trump still hasn’t realized that he is no longer an outsider or counterpower. He is now the power and has the power: He cannot have his cake and eat it too. He is the president of the United States. He speaks for the United States. He has at his disposition the physical and brutal powers of military and economic [Read more]

Hillary Clinton Cannot Cry Again

June 17, 2016 // Pulblico - Portugal - Portuguese

1. Eight years ago, when she had just won the New Hampshire primaries by a small margin, Hillary Clinton, thus a candidate for the White House, let a few tears fall when faced by a perfectly innocuous question from a journalist. How can you manage to always keep yourself like this, coifed, well-kept, serene? What could [Read more]

Facebook, Google and Politics

June 5, 2016 // - Brazil - Portuguese

<i>Research proves the power of networks and search engines to manipulate public opinion without it noticing.</i> On the first week in April’s cover of the British magazine, The Economist, Mark Zuckerberg posed like a Caesar, with the earth’s globe at his feet and the motto “coniunge et impera,” “unite and [Read more]

Hillary Won the First Democratic Debate

November 8, 2015 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

Hillary Clinton was the winner of the first debate among Democrats who aspire to be their party's successor to Barack Obama. After months of wearing talk about her use of a private Internet server during her term as secretary of state, the ex-first-lady showed herself to be confident, articulate and above all, [Read more]

The Little Game of Obama in Syria

October 15, 2015 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

In four years of the Syrian civil war, the butcher Bashar Assad did what he could to slaughter moderate opposition, making life easier for the crazed jihadists, to augment the Islamic State. Victory for Manichaeists and opportunists such as Vladimir Putin. Our man in Moscow is charging the world to take a position [Read more]

The Sacrifice of Hiroshima Was in Vain

August 29, 2015 // Jornal de Angola - Angola - Portuguese

The sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese was an investment made by the American military-industrial complex to show who effectively won World War II and, most of all, who would win in following wars — that is, who would reign supreme over the world. [Read more]

The Republican Obama (Or Will He Be a Kennedy?)

April 27, 2015 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Since coming from behind to win the 2010 election for senator in Florida, Marco Rubio has born the stamp of being a Republican Obama. With the formalization of his candidature in the Republican presidential primaries on Monday, he wants to invest in what is considered the best part of that label: being a young [Read more]

Lack of Agenda Threatens Dilma’s Visit to the US

March 11, 2015 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

Although announced by Chief of Staff Mercandante, a state visit by Dilma Rousseff to Washington in September is far from certain. Conspiring against her is a busy calendar of receptions of foreign leaders at the White House and the difficulty on the part of both sides to form a substantive agenda in time to be [Read more]

Obama N’est Pas Charlie

January 30, 2015 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

On Sunday, the U.S. president was not up to the job. I am speaking here of the informal position of the leader of the free world: He cannot cry, “Je suis Charlie.” In the Paris march attended by 44 world leaders — and 1.5 million citizens — to express solidarity with France and to say no to Islamic terror, [Read more]

The Hardliners in Washington and Tehran

December 19, 2014 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst based in Washington speaks succinctly, about Obama's wishes in the Iranian nuclear crisis; in the two last years of his term, the president wants to stop the regime in Tehran from making a bomb, but also does not want to bomb its nuclear installations. Keeping indefinite negotiations [Read more]

Shale Oil and its Costs

November 22, 2014 // Jornal de Angola - Angola - Portuguese

In spite of the warnings made by ecological organizations over possible damage to the environment that their exploration could cause, the United States embarked on the mass production of oil and shale gas to satisfy its energy needs and reduce in this way its dependency on imports to support its own market. [Read more]

Imperfect Battles

October 13, 2014 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

In its reporting, the Wall Street Journal gave a measure of the complexity of the conflict in Iraq. Syrian rebels from across the spectrum (the moderates of the al-Nusra group) are protesting their exclusion from the campaign against the jihadi group Islamic State, and denouncing the bombing by America and its allies [Read more]

The Man Who Leads from Behind Facing the World

September 25, 2014 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

On Wednesday evening, three hours before the 13th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when the United States was attacked by the deranged jihadi al-Qaida network, President Barack Obama made a solemn speech about his plans to weaken and ultimately destroy the Islamic State, another wave of crazed jihadi whose [Read more]

Obama, Lost in the Middle East (but What Elegance!)

September 16, 2014 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Phew! August is over! It was a miserable month for Obama, for his vacation and conspicuous golf game, while some regions of the world, such as the Middle East, fell into even deeper holes. The shots of the American president were, to say the least, unfortunate, such as the legendary "we don't have a strategy yet" to [Read more]

Genocide in Iraq and Obama’s Reluctant Intervention

August 21, 2014 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Obama is a president who is very reluctant to go to war even for a humanitarian intervention. Obama is cerebral. He admires ex-President Bush (the father), an adept realist in foreign policy, who calculated, in contrast with the son, that it was not in the national interest of America to take the final steps in the [Read more]

Genocide in Iraq and Obama’s Reluctant Intervention

August 24, 2014 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Obama is a president who is very reluctant to go to war even for a humanitarian intervention. Obama is cerebral. He admires ex-President Bush (the father), an adept realist in foreign policy, who calculated, in contrast with the son, that it was not in the national interests of American to take the final steps to [Read more]

The President of the Pacific Passing through Europe

May 31, 2011 // Jornal de Negocios - Portugal - Portuguese

The military intervention in Libya led by the French and British enters into its third month without a political solution in sight, threatening to pull the United States into a quagmire that Barack Obama tried to avoid. Washington's European allies are at risk, in the short term, of yielding to the temptation of [Read more]

Post-bin Laden U.S. Foreign Policy

May 15, 2011 // Folha - Brazil - Portuguese

What will change in American foreign policy with the death of Osama bin Laden? Recently, this question occupies many analysts. For some, the resilience of the military-industrial complex of the United States will avoid sudden braking from happening in the wars in which Washington is locked in around the world. [Read more]

The Death of bin Laden Leaves Obama More Alive

May 6, 2011 // Folha Online - Brazil - Portuguese

There is consensus among all United States analysts that the death of Osama bin Laden leaves Barack Obama politically more alive — and already with one foot toward reelection. The economic crisis, the effects of which appear every day in unemployment figures; the increase in the price of gasoline; the explosive [Read more]

A Message to Obama

July 24, 2011 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

... it [the study] should be well received for the fact that it represents a road map for the consolidation of the relationship between the two largest democracies of the continent, in terms consistent with new world realities. [Read more]

American Agencies Are a Threat to European Stability

July 14, 2011 // Diario de Noticias - Portugal - Portuguese

The president of the republic said today that the decisions of the rating agencies of North America are "a threat to the stability of the European economy" and considers the lowering of the Portuguese “rating” by Moody's to be "scandalous." In a statement to journalists in Alentejo, Cavaco Silva affirmed that the [Read more]

North American Situation Has Negative Effects

July 2, 2011 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

Even weakened, the U.S. economy continues to be essential for the world economy. This explains the concern of those who follow it, after the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee. Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Fed (the U.S. central bank), seemed to be more pessimistic about the pace of recovery in the U.S. [Read more]

The American Dilemma

June 15, 2011 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

Americans will have to decide whether they will pull their economy from the mire with more tax incentives or whether they will continue flooding the markets with dollars to facilitate business. The dilemma was clear after the pronouncement of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve (The Fed, the U.S. central bank), Ben [Read more]

Once Again, Where Is Venezuela?

January 21, 2015 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

In a column published Monday morning, I asked the Bloomberg gurus: Where is Venezuela in the pessimistic guide to 2015?* In The Washington Post, Jackson Diehl delves deeper into the theme, warning that both Obama and the leaders of Latin America are neglecting the seriousness of the situation in the failed country [Read more]

Texan Perry Is New Candidate for Chief in the USA

August 22, 2011 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Now that Rick Perry is a candidate for president of the United States, liberals should take the opportunity to make a decent joke: Do you know the difference between the current governor of Texas and ex-President George W. Bush, his predecessor in charge? Answer: Bush is smart, but Perry is no fool. Just look at the [Read more]

Friendly Fire to Wake Up Obama

August 17, 2011 // Folha.com (Folha de Sao Paulo) - Brazil - Portuguese

David Gergen, probably the most sensible analyst on American TV, sent his message like a gift card: Stop being a victim. Surround yourself with competent advisers, focus on the problem of unemployment and, for the love of God, STOP campaigning for re-election! [Read more]

American Elections Hold World Hostage

August 2, 2011 // O Globo - Brazil - Portuguese

Having failed in broad negotiations for a long-term fiscal framework (an attempt that Barack Obama made out of extreme necessity in order to gain an extension of the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling by Tuesday), the president went on prime-time television Monday night to warn of the risk of a "profound economic [Read more]

Crisis in the United States, Global Risk

November 28, 2011 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

Bad news for the whole world comes from Washington once again. The recovery of the world's largest economy, the U.S., will be slower and bumpier than what it would have been had politicians come to an agreement on a fiscal adjustment (deficit reduction) plan for the coming 10 years. Concern with the 2012 elections [Read more]

Economy and Morality

November 2, 2011 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

The demonstrations against Wall Street, as a symbol of contemporary capitalism in its financial aspect, expose actions that cast a special light on the nature — one could say "moral" (or immoral) — of certain current capitalistic practices. Capitalistic practices that, we should emphasize, run contrary to the very [Read more]

Obama Struggles to Secure Latino Votes

October 19, 2011 // Jornal de Angola - Angola - Portuguese

Although President Obama is focusing his campaign for re-election on the Latino public, analysts believe the task of winning the votes of this sector of the electorate may require a lot work, due to a series of unkept promises. Pursuing a second term in the 2012 elections, Obama has already started campaigning on [Read more]

A New Chapter in American History

December 28, 2011 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

The U.S. war in Iraq ended last Thursday, but no one seemed to notice. No excited crowds appeared in Times Square. There were no parades, no marines kissing nurses. The formal retraction by the United States of almost all of its soldiers — the rest will come home Dec. 31, leaving behind some hundreds of "consultants" [Read more]

Gingrich and Palestinians

December 26, 2011 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Newt Gingrich, a star in the Republican race, has bizarre concerns and shoots off rhetorical firecrackers. As evidence of this, what he says (or does not say) creates a sensation. I will leave aside the Gringrichian obsession with an electromagnetic attack against the U.S. and concentrate on a verbal explosion that [Read more]

A New Phase for Ethanol

January 27, 2012 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

One cannot say that ethanol produced from sugarcane is close to becoming a commodity; however a major obstacle to achieving this objective was removed with the end of the importation tax from the U.S. of 54 cents per gallon as of Dec. 31, 2011. This was decided by the U.S. Congress who also left the U.S. subsidy of 45 [Read more]

The Inevitable Mitt Romney,Boring and Good News

January 12, 2012 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

The Republican presidential primaries already had its preliminary. It resembles a reality show with its challenges and eliminations. To the dismay of many activists, armchair spectators and the press, the spectacle runs the risk of being really quick and anti-climactic. Now on Tuesday of next week, we have the first [Read more]

Nuclear Iran

January 7, 2012 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Nothing like arriving at the end of the year with radioactive speculation over the Iranian nuclear crisis. On one side, we have the Iranian threat of closing the Strait of Hormuz, the artery through which one-fifth of the world's oil supply passes, in a scenario of a possible embargo by Western countries of Iranian [Read more]

Robert Kagan, Obama’s Neoconservative Guru

February 4, 2012 // Folha - Brazil - Portuguese

Make no mistake, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, calculated to the millimeter the agenda of his "off the record" meeting with American TV anchors this past week. Obama spent ten minutes discussing the article "Not Fade Away: The Myth of American Decline" by Robert Kagan, a neoconservative historian, [Read more]

A North Korean Moratorium

March 11, 2012 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

The agreement arrived at by the United States and North Korea last week, during secret negotiations in China, could be more than just a "positive first step" toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as characterized by a White house spokesman; it may already be one of a good size. Pyongyang has agreed to [Read more]

An Administrative Defeat

March 9, 2012 // Publico - Portugal - Portuguese

Rick Santorum’s defeat in the Michigan primary would have been a tie according to the delegate-allocation rules of the state’s congressional electoral districts. Instead, his defeat ended up materializing in an office when — at the last minute — the Michigan Republican Party decided on an alteration that [Read more]

The Bilateral Brazil-US Relationship, a Triangular Game

April 26, 2012 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

President Dilma Rousseff's visit to the United States is a good opportunity for some strategic scribbles. But first, a toast to the Brazilian president should be made with some cachaça, because this national beverage will now have facilitated access to the American market. This represents a victory for commercial [Read more]

The Health of Obamaand American Justice

April 11, 2012 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

For those who are tired of following the marathon of American presidential primaries, as of this Monday there is another option. There are three days of extensive presentations of oral arguments in the Supreme Court concerning President Obama’s health care reform law that was approved two years ago by a narrow margin [Read more]

Are Brazilian Voters More Realistic?

May 28, 2012 // Folha - Brazil - Portuguese

The [U.S.] public does not want to hear real solutions. The voters are easily persuaded that problems can be solved without sacrifice ... Because the U.S. has been able to borrow so much money until now, people have not needed to make difficult choices ... when it comes to macroeconomics, Brazilians accept difficult choices more easily than Americans. [Read more]

Worse Than It Looks

May 8, 2012 // Publico - Portugal - Portuguese

With his own particular style, the biting columnist of The Washington Post, Dana Milbank, dispenses his venom today on the <a href= http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-big-talk-no-action-congress/2012/05/01/gIQAtOu7uT_story.html?hpid=z2>"Do-Almost-Nothing Congress."</a> This so-called Do-Almost-Nothing Congress [Read more]

Uncertainty Persists with Obama’s Victory

November 17, 2012 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

The re-election of Barack Obama was discretely celebrated by the Brazilian government and was also welcomed by the majority of citizens of this country who follow and take an interest in U.S. politics. With the radicalism cultivated by the Republican Party since George W. Bush's government — which erupted in a more [Read more]

Joe and Paul

October 21, 2012 // Folha.com (Folha de Sao Paulo) - Brazil - Portuguese

Something incredible happened on Thursday night in Kentucky: a debate with substance between the vice-presidential candidates of the U.S. election. At times, their messages were illustrated with phrases on PowerPoint. This seemed as fantastic as the landing of a flying saucer! I will not dwell on who won the debate. [Read more]

Obama at the United Nations

October 11, 2012 // Folha de Sao Paulo - Brazil - Portuguese

Barack Obama gave a beautiful and surprisingly conciliatory speech last Tuesday at the UN, (something which occurred very soon after the eruption of anti-American protests in the Middle East) but which was, nevertheless, firm in defending American ideals. Besides asking for tolerance, he also demanded consistency [Read more]

Strategic Scribbles: The US and the Islamic World

September 21, 2012 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Gerald Seib, a veteran political columnist and former Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, is always an informative reference for what is going on in the heads of the Washington establishment. Seib could generally be described as an impartial analyst among strident ideologues. He contributed to the [Read more]

In the End, the Hole Is Deeper

September 21, 2012 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

The article in this week's edition of Veja (“The Question that Matters” by Giulano Guandalini) is accurate on the subject of the economic agendas and philosophy of government in the American election. In the campaign, the Democrats want “more taxes, more public spending and more regulation — more government, [Read more]

Obama and Israel

August 26, 2012 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

People, don't think I am being lazy about working, but, as I was in transit, it was more practical for me this past week to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-20/an-obama-visit-to-israel-could-stall-iran-attack.html" "_blank">hitchhike</a> with my guru, Jeffrey Goldberg, on the subject of the Iranian [Read more]

The Future of the Liberal Order

August 19, 2012 // Diario De Noticias - Portugal - Portuguese

The theory of the decline of U.S. hegemony is experiencing a surge of denial among the political elites in the United States. In a certain way, those opposing this theory raise valid arguments. Militarily, the United States remains unassailable. Economically, it is the biggest economy; the GNP per capita is 10 times [Read more]

About Boys and Guns

August 2, 2012 // Folha.com - Brazil - Portuguese

The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States – which dates from 1791 – guarantees people the right to keep and bear arms. "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." In this time of the shooting [Read more]

Netanyahu and Romney

July 17, 2012 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Iran’s belligerent rhetoric has increased these past days (Yes, that is possible). With the beginning of the European oil embargo and a lack of prospects in the nuclear negotiations with the international community (such as the accusations of Iran's military aspirations, which the Tehran denies). We are met with [Read more]

Obama and Youth

July 17, 2012 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Until November, let's slice the American electoral cake in different formats. In early July, the cake is slightly more favorable to President Barack Obama. In his recipe for re-election, the youth vote is baking powder. The problem is that the same chemistry does not exist in the youth electorate as it did in 2008, [Read more]

The European Crisis and the American Elections

June 21, 2012 // Público - Portugal - Portuguese

Even before the financial aid to Spain, which the government of Madrid strongly denies is a bailout, North American political commentators had already written extensively about the umbilical connection between the sovereign debt crisis hovering over Europe and the outcome of the American presidential elections. There [Read more]

Drones Against Crime

June 15, 2012 // Folha.com (Folha de Sao Paulo) - Brazil - Portuguese

Small drones (unmanned aircrafts) are being used on U.S. territory to combat crime. They fly low and send images to security organizations. Each one costs $176 million dollars. For Senator Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, this is synonymous with an invasion of the privacy of American citizens and is spying on the citizens' [Read more]

Kerry and Hagel

February 26, 2013 // Diário de Notícias - Portugal - Portuguese

Obama's new security and foreign policy team is ready to be made official. Now that John Kerry has been confirmed by the Senate, it is Chuck Hagel's turn. One of the dilemmas that the three will have facing them is called Syria. But will this also be a dilemma for Washington? The view, from listening to Kerry and from [Read more]

The Pros and Pros of Immigration Reform in the US

February 11, 2013 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Influential Democrat and Republican senators hurried to draft a plan on Monday for a bipartisan accord on immigration reform in the U.S. President Obama, who evaded the issue during his first term, made a speech about the accord on Tuesday. In an atmosphere resembling an electoral rally, Obama praised the bipartisan [Read more]

Obama's Second and Final Act

January 31, 2013 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

In his short and intense political career, Barack Obama has already defeated formidable foes such as Hillary Clinton (his rival in the Democratic primaries in 2008) and an economic crisis that had everything needed to impede his reelection this past November. He has been lucky to have confronted less formidable [Read more]

Chemical Weapons in Syria And Barack Obama's Position

January 5, 2013 // Jornal de Angola - Angola - Portuguese

Barack Obama's recent announcement, in an interview with Barbara Walters, that his administration will recognize the Syrian Opposition Coalition as "the legitimate representative of the Syrian people" seems more like a shot in the foot of international diplomacy. The announcement of the U.S. position was made Dec. 11 [Read more]

Obama Takes a Risky Step

December 2, 2012 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

The White House makes no secret of its intentions. By drawing closer to Myanmar, other South Asian countries and countries of the Pacific region, the United States offers them an alternative in relation to China, normally guided by the Chinese presumption that these countries are their backyard. [Read more]

Battles of Benghazi: From Gadhafi to Clinton

May 26, 2013 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

Benghazi is a city in eastern Libya. It is an emblem of many of the ramifications of the Arab spring from east to west. Benghazi was the cradle of the insurrection against the dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi. The prospect of a large-scale massacre of the population by Gadhafi's forces was the impetus and justification [Read more]

Governing by the Negative:The Example of the US

March 27, 2013 // Jornal de Angola - Angola - Portuguese

The country always ready to criticize and opine about the world has, since the beginning of this month, been demonstrating a notable example of an incapacity to have a dialogue — of ideological radicalism, to put it more succinctly: how it is possible, in opposition, to govern by the negative. At the end of the 2012 [Read more]

The King Is Naked, Declares Dilma

October 6, 2013 // Folha de Sao Paulo - Brazil - Portuguese

"If Brazil isn't spying on the U.S. — the world's most powerful country — Brazil's spy agencies are incompetent." The phrase belongs to John Allen Gay, one of the editors of The National Interest, an American magazine on foreign relations; it was published yesterday in his Internet microblog during a [Read more]

President Rouseff Should Not Meet with Obama

September 29, 2013 // Folha de S. Paulo - Brazil - Portuguese

President Dilma Rouseff should cancel the meeting with the American President Barack Obama scheduled to occur on Oct. 23.* Rouseff, a member of a Worker's Party, Partido dos Trabalhadores, was already inclined to cancel the visit, but her decision was reinforced yesterday, after a meeting she a had with the informal [Read more]

Looking at Surveillance

January 31, 2014 // Folha de Sao Paulo - Brazil - Portuguese

In his speech about the activities of the National Security Agency on Friday, President Barack Obama did what he could to maintain a line of balance between demands for more control over the actions of surveillance and the realistic admission that surveillance is an activity in which all countries engage, not just the [Read more]

The Descent of Chris Christie

January 22, 2014 // Folha de Sao Paulo - Brazil - Portuguese

Chis Christie, the tough and competent Republican who gets on well with Democrats, transformed himself into the chief of a bullying gang who blocked bridges to take revenge on non-supporters. This is bad news for the Republican Party. Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is the Republican hope for re-taking the White [Read more]

Even with Shootings, American Laws Extend Bearing Arms

January 4, 2014 // Estadao - Brazil - Portuguese

After 20 children and six adults were killed a year ago in another mass shooting in the United States, it seemed that Americans were ready to put a stop to the excessive liberality of rules regarding the selling of arms in a country in which a person of 18 years can buy a rifle or a revolver, but is still prohibited [Read more]

In Syria, in Search of Options, Any Options

December 19, 2013 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

For some time now, the militias of analysts from the Blinder & Blainder Institute have been lost in their projections about Syria. For a while, they fired first and asked questions later. Now, they ask too many questions and offer too few answers. Let's do battle! There is information that the Obama government, so [Read more]

The Heteronyms of America

March 19, 2014 // Diario De Noticias - Portugal - Portuguese

We can summarize the analyses of U.S. action in the Ukrainian crisis into three schools of thought. The first emphasizes the chronic weakness of this administration in dealing with the great questions of international security. This analysis takes into account the inconsistency of the strategy in Afghanistan, the "red [Read more]