The new Brazilian Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araujo, said on Wednesday he intends to fight for “reversing globalization” and “liberating foreign policy” from Brazil.
The head of diplomacy of the new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro presented his vision in his first speech after taking office, delivered in front of several hundred people at the Itamaraty Palace, headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasilia.
“We will fight to reverse globalization and push it back to its starting point,” Araujo said.
“For a long time,” he said, “Brazil was saying what it was supposed to say, we wanted to be the good student of globalization and we thought that was all, we were an inferior country.”
Mr. Araujo shares with Mr. Bolsonaro a radical rejection of the left-wing presidencies of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010) and Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016), whose Workers Party (PT), he said, introduced “the Cultural Marxism “in Brazilian diplomacy.
The new minister made it clear that the Bolsonaro government would be characterized by a break with the traditional diplomacy of the main power of Latin America, which has so far been struggling to keep its distance from the world’s great powers and foster South-South cooperation with Latin American left-wing governments.
Mr. Araujo quoted the governments he admires, which are almost all part of the anti-globalization and conservative wave that travels the world: the United States of Donald Trump, Israel, Italy, Hungary, Poland, and “the Latin American countries that have liberated themselves from the Sao Paulo Forum”, a conference of political parties and other left-wing organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“We admire those who fight against tyranny in Venezuela and elsewhere,” said Araujo, 51, who shares President Bolsonaro’s nationalist vision and conservative values, which in turn expresses strong hostility to leftist governments of Cuba and Venezuela.
Araujo called on Brazilians to pay more attention to writers ‘and musicians’ visions of Brazil than to comments from foreign media, citing several writers or poets as well as Brazilian rock pioneer musician Raul Seixas.
“We will read less Foreign Affairs and read more Clarice Lispector or Cecilia Meireles, we will read less the New York Times and more Jose de Alencar and Gonçalves Dias, and we will listen less CNN and more Raul Seixas”, he said.