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Fausto Godoy

Doctor of Public International Law in Paris. He entered the diplomatic career in 1976, served in Brussels embassies, Buenos Aires, New Delhi, Washington, Beijing, Tokyo, Islamabade (where he was Ambassador of Brazil, in 2004). He also completed transitional missions in Vietnam and Taiwan. Lived 15 years in Asia, where he guided his career, considering that the continent would be the most important of the century 21 - forecast that, now, sees closer and closer to reality.
Kazakhstan's time and turn?
Kazakhstan, Europe, Russia

Kazakhstan's time and turn?

Russia sent yesterday, 06/01, troops to Kazakhstan to contain the growing violence that has gripped the population that is protesting against rising fuel prices. This is the first time such demonstrations have taken place in the country.. Clashes with police forces have already left dozens dead.. Moscow heeded President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's request, that even the “resignation” of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, in 2019, held the post of Prime Minister of the country. Nazarbayev presided over Kazakhstan for nearly three decades, from 1990, when the dissolution of the Soviet Union created a power vacuum in all its former republics – Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – and the challenge for the new leadership, then composed of members of...
China e Taiwan, the unfinished story (ii)
Asia, China

China e Taiwan, the unfinished story (ii)

Polemizando ... Today's Estadão reports laconically, in a page footer, a question that has immense significance for the two heirs of one of the most dramatic spoils in the history of postcolonialism: the dispute between the People's Republic of China (RPC) and the Republic of China (ROC) for the legitimate representation of China before the international community: "NICARAGUA ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT IT HAS BREAKDOWN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH TAIWAN AND NOW, FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF DANIEL ORTEGA THERE IS ONLY ONE CHINA ,SECOND DECLARED HIS CHANCELOR, DENIS MONCADA. "THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IS THE ONLY LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT TO REPRESENT THE WHOLE OF CHINA , AND TAIWAN IS AN INALIENABLE PART OF CHINESE TERRITORY, MONCADA SAID" What seems to be a topic far from our reality can bring, na true ...
China and the United States: the "Cold War" of the 21st century ?
Americas, Asia, China, U.S

China and the United States: the "Cold War" of the 21st century ?

Former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, recently "sang the stone", according to analyst David E. Sanger, do “New York Times” : “A Cold War between Beijing and Washington is just not possible, but likely..." This statement further sharpened the suspicions of Western analysts. According to him, it's true “that China is emerging as a far greater strategic adversary than the Soviet Union ever was - a technological threat, a military threat and an economic rival". to Sanger, “while Beijing is expanding its space program, launching three more astronauts to their space station and accelerating their tests of hypersonic missiles designed to defeat American missile defenses, the US announced that it will provide submarine technology n...
China e Taiwan: the unfinished story
Asia, China

China e Taiwan: the unfinished story

The "Estadão" of the day 11/10 publishes a long article on its international page on the issue of relations between the Continent and the Island, namely between Beijing and Taipei. Citing the New York Times as sources, Washington Post and Agence France Presse (sic), the newspaper reports that “in yet another move to deteriorate the relationship between China and Taiwan, the leaders of the country and the island exchanged accusations and threats about the unification of the territory, considered by Beijing as one of its provinces.. On the weekend of the 110th anniversary of the Revolution of 1911, tension in the Taiwan Strait only increases, after the largest incursion by Chinese military aircraft into the island's air defense identification zone”. On the same page, the newspaper replicates an article from “The Economist” entitled “Xi Jinping am...
Afghanistan at the crossroads (III) – the Taliban, o EI-K, the Hazaras and China
Afghanistan, Asia, China

Afghanistan at the crossroads (III) – the Taliban, o EI-K, the Hazaras and China

A group of Daykundi Hazaras watching the US Army Corps of Engineers inspect a project site in their province (Wikipedia photo) On the last day 8/10, an Islamic State militant-K/EI-K (by Korazan, afghan phalanx of islamic state), perpetrated a suicide bombing against a Shiite mosque in the city of Kunduz, in the north of the country, and killed dozens of faithful, confirming the growing confrontation between Sunnis and the Shiite community. This is another episode that reveals the enormous difficulty that the Taliban will face in asserting itself as the legitimate government of the country., both internally and externally. In a previous post I had pointed out that the Taliban's Herculean attempt to fulfill their desire to regain power since, in 2001, was driven back from Kabul by the trop...
Afghanistan at the crossroads (II) – the interim government office
Afghanistan, Asia

Afghanistan at the crossroads (II) – the interim government office

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban Porta Vorz during a press conference in Kabul (6/September;2021). EPA-EFE/FILE/STRINGER The Taliban reported yesterday, 07/09, the names of the members of the interim government cabinet he installed in Kabul in 15/08. Unlike what I had previously announced, whatever, establish an inclusive criterion that encompassed the various aspects that make up the country's complex ethnic and political fabric - which had generated a certain optimistic expectation on the part of the international community – all the names announced are of established leaders, and no women were included. In fact, these names refer to the historical lineage of the radical movement that predominated in Afghanistan between 1996 e 2001. And many of them awaken bad memories.... Lidera o ga ...
Afghanistan at a crossroads: scenarios
Afghanistan, Asia

Afghanistan at a crossroads: scenarios

Yeah...the Taliban owns the power in Afghanistan, and there's not much the world can do until the situation in the country is clearer.. The circle whose trace began in December is closed. 1991 when the troops of "Enduring Freedom" and the "International Security Force" (ISAF), da him, American-led, entered Kabul and expelled the group to inhospitable rural areas in the Afghan provinces, who entered, So, in hiding, but it was never wiped out. After twenty years, it is back to "ground zero": they went... and came back.... In the meantime, Afghan society has changed., who started to live with a certain security and freedom, especially when it comes to women, and with a sense of "normality", run by a fragile government, by the western troops and ...
The chronicle of the announced death: the fall of Kabul
Afghanistan, Asia

The chronicle of the announced death: the fall of Kabul

Taliban Takes Control Over Afghanistan's Presidential Palace. © AP The Afghan press has just reported the fall of Kabul this morning. The Taliban finally occupied the capital, completing a strategic cycle delineated by the advance of its militias through provincial capitals while the leadership discussed in Doha, in Qatar, the formation of a government shared with the constituted authorities of Afghanistan. It has always been known that, actually, these discussions, which included representatives of the US government and other countries, were destined, at the bottom, to “buy time” for the Taliban rebels to gain ground across the country. Definitely, it was a stage game to "deceive" the western negotiators, that publicly committed to ...
The Chinese and the Taliban…
Afghanistan, Asia, China

The Chinese and the Taliban…

Photo: chinamission.be On the last day 28/07/2021, a delegation of key members of the Taliban group, from afghanistan, headed by its co-founder and political committee leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, met in Tianjin, and China, with none other than Chancellor Wang Yi to address issues of great sensitivity to the Chinese in the political sphere, economic and security. It was the first time a “senior” member of the organization had visited China since Sunni radicals captured several key districts in Badakhshan and Kandahar provinces and, according to the news, took control of about half of the country, to the border with the Chinese region of Xinjiang, although for now they control neither the capital nor the government.. Wang said the withdrawal of troops ...
Chronicle of the announced death (II)… or the imminence of the Afghan tragedy
Afghanistan, Asia

Chronicle of the announced death (II)… or the imminence of the Afghan tragedy

In the edition of 13/7/2021 Estadão replicates an article from “The Economist” whose title - “US mission in Afghanistan was a fiasco” - is tragically self-explanatory. Using historical memory, this script looks like “déjà vu”: the same happened in vietnam, in iraq, in Libya, in Syria; and as with these countries, the cycle of the American/Western presence in Afghanistan ends the same way it always does: a fiasco, as "The Economist" qualifies. The Taliban is already preparing to occupy the space left by Western troops and, according to the vast majority of analysts, very soon it will again assume absolute power in Kabul and will again impose ultra-conservative Islamic governance, based on the strict Muslim legal code – Sharia -, like what happens...