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.
Japan after Shinzo Abe (II): o novo líder
Asia, Japan

Japan after Shinzo Abe (II): o novo líder

Primeiro Ministro do Japão - Yoshihide Suga No artigo "Japan after Shinzo Abe" (02/09/20), eu me referi à renúncia inesperada de Shinzo Abe ao cargo de Primeiro-Ministro do Japão, in 28 last august. Agora, gostaria de tratar com os amigos da questão da sua sucessão. Conforme mencionei anteriormente, com o fim do mandato Abe, que durou oito anos, encerrou-se o mais longo ciclo de estabilidade na governança do Japão contemporâneo; muito devido à sua liderança, que buscou imprimir sua marca pessoal na gestão, sobretudo no que toca a dois temas fundamentais. O primeiro foi seu esforço – frustrado - de revisar a rigidez pétrea do artigo 9º, da Constituição de 1947, - a “pacifista” - delineada pelos vencedores da II Guerra Mundial nos escombros nucleares de Hiroshima e Nagasaki, a...
Japan after Shinzo Abe
Asia, Japan

Japan after Shinzo Abe

The sudden resignation, allegedly for health reasons, of Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister of Japan, in day 28 last august, before the end of his term, ends a long period in which the country sought to reposition itself in the East Asia region and rediscover its protagonism throughout much of the second half of the last century until the meteoric rise of neighboring China posed practically unreachable challenges for the Japanese government and society, finally snatching from the country the second place among the largest economies on the planet. Abe-san's personal history is confused with that of post-war Japan. He is the heir to a long and influential line of politicians. Your maternal grandfather, Nobusuke Kish, became known for the brutal way ...
NAVROZ, the new year parsi
Afghanistan, Asia, Europe, India, Will, Middle East, UK, Global Themes, Turkmenistan

NAVROZ, the new year parsi

On the last day 16 of august the parsi community of india celebrated the Navroz, your new year, the day she commits herself to renewing hope. Homes are neatly arranged, individuals wear new clothes, exchange gifts and make donations to charities. Nothing much different from Christian Christmas. Tradition of 3000 years, the parsi New Year holiday was created by the prophet Zoroaster, according to legend. But, who are zoroastrians and parsis? Zoroastrianism is considered the oldest of the known monotheistic religions, although there are controversies in this regard. It started with the revelations of Zarathustra, whom the Greeks called Zoroaster. There is not much information about your life; believed to have been born in Sogdiana, no r...
The independence of India and Pakistan: remembering history
Asia, India, Pakistan

The independence of India and Pakistan: remembering history

Yesterday and today Pakistan and India celebrated the 73rd anniversary of independence from Britain. Pakistan's occurred on 14 August 1947, and India right after, in the first minutes of the day 15. Minutes that ended the more than two hundred years that the court of Saint James reigned over British Raj, your “crown jewel”. Exhausted at the end of World War II and unable to maintain its colonial empire, England started at that moment the process of undoing its dominions; I could no longer claim that "the sun never set in the British Empire ..." India has emerged as a secular nation with a majority Hindu population and a large Muslim minority - the third largest in the world, numerically -, while Pakistan, with a population of g ...
Cloister Memorial:… What is the future of Hong Kong?
China

Cloister Memorial:… What is the future of Hong Kong?

Photo Wikimedia Commons International public opinion has been very mobilized in recent times by the confrontations between the population of Hong Kong and the government of the Special Administrative Region / SAR - Beijing “representative” - regarding the status of the city / island. Today's Estadão's article - “Dangerous Message” - addressing the clashes between protesters and Hong Kong Board of Directors authorities regarding the status of the Special Administrative Region, touched the “focus of the wound” when stating that ... “By breaking a basic return clause, China can satisfy its imperialist impulses. But it sends a dangerous message to the world: it is not a reliable country ”. Much has been said lately about this most recent chapter of the ‘libertarian saga’ ...
Cloister Memorial
Asia, U.S, Europe, France, Laos

Cloister Memorial

With regard to a matter from the "Fantastic" about the bombs in Laos COPE - Laos. Photo by Fausto Godoy - Personal archive. Today's “Fantastic” program featured a poignant story on the issue of mines that have not yet been deactivated in Laos and that cause enormous physical damage to the population. To recap the question: US bombing in Laos (1964-1973) was part of an attempt by the “Central Intelligence Agency” /C.I.A. to eradicate or group "Pathet Lao", allied to North Vietnam and the Soviet Union during the Vietnam War (1955-1975). In the context of the Cold War, o Laos, officially neutral, became one of the main battlefields between the United States and China / Soviet Union. Photo by Fausto Godoy - Personal archive. Americans' efforts to save ...
West x East x Covid-19 = ???
Americas, Brazil, U.S

West x East x Covid-19 = ???

" Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth! "("The Ballad of East and West", poema de Rudyard Kipling") This poem that Rudyard Kipling wrote in 1889, in India's struggle for independence from British Raj, seems to be more current than ever in these times of covid-19. This reflection came to mind when I watched a video conference between influential Brazilian political and academic figures - President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Ambassador Sergio Amaral and Professors Sergio Fausto and José Pio Borges - with the American political scientist ...
The Jains and Eternity
Asia

The Jains and Eternity

Ranakpur Temple - Pakistan. Photo by Fausto Godoy "Some fools declare that a Creator made the world. The doctrine that the world was created must be rejected. Se Deus criou o mundo, onde estava antes da criação? Como Deus poderia ter feito o mundo sem qualquer matéria-prima? Se você diz que Ele a fez primeiro, e depois o mundo, nos deparamos com uma regressão sem fim... Saiba que o mundo não é criado, e como o tempo em si, não tem começo e nem fim”.(texto do Mahapurana, escrito por Jinasena, monge e scholar da tradição digambara) Continuando o exercício de perscrutarmos o nosso íntimo nestes tempos de covid-19, em que nos confrontamos de perto com a ideia da finitude, decidi abordar mais uma outra religião oriental – o jainismo – que tem raiz na Índia. E, como fiz na minha postage...
China e Índia, ou o Dilema do Espelho
China, India

China e Índia, ou o Dilema do Espelho

Primeiro Ministro Narendra Modi (India) e Presidente Xi Jinping (China) All of us from the times of the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and the younger ones too, we remember the question that the evil queen asked the mirror: “... there is someone in the world more beautiful than me?”... angry at the answer - "the snow White"- she turned into a witch and went hunting for her rival .... Let's “geopolitize” and direct this same question to the “mirror” of Asia? In the power struggle in the region, who is the “bad witch” and who is the “young lady”? I ask myself this question when reading the article - “China´s“ Peaceful Rise ”Vanishes in Thin Air” - that the Indian scholar and politician Shashi Tharoor recently published on the website “Project Syndicate” regarding the intensification of the confrontations between Indian troops..
Sufis and the path to paradise
Asia, Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey

Sufis and the path to paradise

"One day, the sun admitted:I'm just a shadow,I wish I could show you the infinite incandescence that launched my brilliant image. I wish I could show you, when you feel alone or in the dark,the surprising light of your own being."                                Khwaja Samsu d-Din Muhammad Hafez (1310 / 1337) I'm giving a course on Asian religions at ESPM - now “virtually” -, coincidentally at this time when a wicked virus is stealing from relatives and friends and confronting us, randomly, with the essential question for most of us, which is the inevitability of Death. In this tense climate - and imponderable -, I thought I could (should...) share with friends some ...