Brazil defends the Nicaraguan dictatorship in the Organization of American States
The government of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, through its permanent mission to the Organization of American States (OAS), has called for changes to a document to be presented this week by a group of countries denouncing the serious deterioration of human rights in the country. Nicaragua. Brazil is trying to tone down the message, for example by requesting the deletion of a sentence expressing “concern about reports of the deteriorating human rights situation of women, indigenous peoples and people of African descent,” or others stating that “deteriorating conditions have expelled hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans from country since 2018.”
Mercosur-EU meeting has been cancelled
A planned face-to-face meeting between Mercosur and EU negotiators in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been postponed. The delay is a tactic by Brazil to allow more time for a counterproposal regarding the government procurement side of the deal.
The initial agreement for the year 2019 signed by the administration of the President of the Republic Jair BolsonaroHe promised full access to contracts in Mercosur for European companies as well as a series of environmental controls to avoid production resulting from deforestation of the Amazon, but Lula disputes these two points.
Brazil drops to 60th out of 64 countries in the 2023 Global Competitiveness Rankings
The ranking, conducted by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in collaboration with the Dom Cabral Foundation Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, assesses the economic competitiveness of countries. Only South Africa, Mongolia, Argentina and Venezuela are worse than Brazil.
Thunderbolt deportations have been reported on Mexico’s southern border
Chiapas authorities turn back migrants who cross Guatemala on their way to the United States and expulsions multiply after the end of Title 42 and the immigration agreement between Biden and AMLO. In short, Biden’s Tunisia is Mexico and Guatemala, where we vote on Sunday, and now we are dealing with the problem in spite of himself.
Paolo Manzo, June 21, 2023
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