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September 30, 2009
Lula faces criticism in Brazil over Honduras role
Reuters is carrying an article that notes that Brazilian President Lula is facing growing criticism for the role he has played in the Zelaya controversy in Honduras, having allowed Zelaya to take refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa. The criticism is coming from prominent public figures who are normally supportive of Lula. I've bolded passages that show that criticism is coming not only from opposition lawmakers but from within Lula's own party, and that major newspapers are suggesting that Lula was duped by Hugo Chavez.
My take: if the Obama administration had not adopted the perverse position that it has regarding Zelaya's ouster, Lula, the head of a major emerging regional power, might have been spared what is turning into an embarrassment for him.