Sheer rightwing lunacy. I am Brazilian and, yes, our president is still taken very seriously "back here". Haven't you heard of his 80%-plus approval rate? And the favourite candidate in this year's election, Dilma Rousseff, is bound, if elected, to continue Lula's policies at home AND in the international arena.
North Korea insists it 'regrets,' not apologizes, over mine blast that killed 2 South soldiers (AP)
from the article: 'Syria wants Brazil to help negotiate Mideast peace'