UNCLAS SAO PAULO 000057
STATE INR/R/MR; IIP/R/MR; WHA/PD
DEPT PASS USTR
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KMDR OPRC OIIP XM XR XF BR
SUBJECT: Media Reaction Sao Paulo January 27 2009
Media Reaction: Western Hemisphere -Venezuela, Chavez, re-election
referendum, foreign relations, Bolivia; Colombia, Argentina,
Ecuador, Paraguay, governance; Sao Paulo
Title- Elections and populist temptations
Op-Ed in liberal Folha de S.Paulo (1-27) by Eliane Catanhede says:
"[on Sunday] Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Secretariat
[and former Inter-American Development Bank President] Enrique
Iglesias warned Latin American journalists that there will be 14
elections for presidencies in the next three years in the region
[Latin America]. And...elections motivate populist temptations.
Populism with public money is always worrisome, but can have
dramatic consequences if combined with an economic crisis....Talking
and analyzing is easy, even more when you are distant. What is
tough is for leaders to convince themselves and resist [the
temptation]. Especially if their own terms are at risk".
Media Reaction: Global Economy
Title- Sensible measures to avert crisis
Editorial in business oriented Valor Economico (1-27) states:
"Central Banks and specialists from all over the world have not
found an answer strong enough to tackle the worst financial crisis
since 1930 but have made considerable progresses in the diagnosis of
its causes and measures required to avert them in the future....The
most sensible and broad suggestions to close the breach of the
current system of regulation and make it more inclusive came from
the Group of 30 [that include Timothy Geithner, Lawrence Summers and
Paul Volcker]....It is unlikely that major changes in regulation are
made in the short run in the midst of such a serious financial
crisis. Anyway, there was significant progress made in the
diagnosis and in the way of creating an efficient surveillance and
protection network that hinders new catastrophes. They [measures]
should be put in place at the first opportunity."
Media Reaction: New Administration's foreign policy
Title- Brazil and Obama's U.S.
Op-Ed in center-right O Estado de S. Paulo (1-27) by former
Brazilian Ambassador to the U.S. Rubens Barbosa says: "...The first
challenge [in the relation between Brazil and the U.S.] will be to
connect the interests between the two sides....The second relates to
the gradual change in the perception the U.S. has about Brazil so
far....[the country] starts to be seen in Washington as having
global economic weight and as having a crucial role in some of the
most important themes on the international agenda....the third is to
know what Brazil wants from its relation with the U.S."
Media Reaction: Western Hemisphere; Bolivia
Title- Reestablishing Bolivia
Editorial in center-right O Estado de S. Paulo (1/27)
states:"....The new constitution has everything to cause the
exacerbation of ethnic and regional divisions [in Bolivia], with the
radicalization of historical tensions between indigenous and white
people.....Bolivia will [probably] know even more 'interesting'
times than at present, as the Chinese ironically say."