Friday, January 30, 2004

And speaking of pests from south of the border...

There's always Lalapalooza Lula from Brazil - Developing states 'in UN vow'
India, Brazil and South Africa will back each others' claims for permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council, the Brazilian president says.
Kewl! How about an even better deal? Take the whole teeming mass of bureaucrats and move it on down to Rio. And pay for it yourselves.
The idea of unifying the world's poor recorded its first success in September last year at the Cancun round of WTO negotiations - the trade talks collapsed because the developed and the developing countries failed to reach an agreement on issues like farm subsidies.
Another useless international organization bites the dust.
He (Lula) said it was important for countries like India, South Africa and Brazil to build on their unity and make the rich countries understand that dependence on them was a thing of the past.
Great! I'm beginning to like ole Lula.

But I think he's just funning with us, since he still seems to have his hand out - France, Brazil relaunch "Lula fund" to tax arms sales and fight poverty
GENEVA : Brazil and France relaunched the idea of international taxes on arms sales and financial transactions to revitalize the flagging global drive against hunger and poverty, in a joint declaration made in Geneva.

President Jacques Chirac of France and his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, called on other countries to join a group of experts which would report back by September 2004 on possible new sources of financing to tackle poverty.
Don't call us, we'll call you.
"We cannot avoid setting up a system of international taxation," Chirac told journalists afterwards.
Dream on, weasel boy.