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Personalities of 2010: The Socialist International and Presidents Santos (Colombia) and Lula (Brazil).

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, right, and Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

The Personalities of the Year is an award that is given annually in December by TheAmericasPost.com. Last year the list of awards for 2009 were the following:

Personality of the Year 2009 was the President of Peru Dr. Alan García Pérez for his contribution to stop the arms race in Latin America

Politician of The Americas 2009 was awarded to the former President of Chile, Mrs. Michelle Bachelet

Business Personality of The Americas 2009 to Mr. Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States of America

Lifetime Achievement Award of The Americas 2009 (post mortem) Christian Poveda . He was a french-spanish filmmaker whose documentary “La Vida Loca” about the violent street gang of the Maras in El Salvador provoked controversy. He was assasinated by members of the Maras gang.

TheAmericasPost.com 2010 Awards are given to individuals and/or institutions who has played a positive role in the Interamerican community during the present year.  TheAmericasPost.com presents its selection of personalities who by us have particularly distinguished themselves during 2010.

The list of awards for 2010 are the following:

Personality of the Year in The Americas 2010 : President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos.

Colombia and Ecuador agreed recently to restore full diplomatic relations, suspended for over two years as a reaction of the ecuatorian government after a Colombian military attack against FARC guerrillas in the neighboring country.The restoration is becoming a new foreign policy achievement of the new President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, who previously resumed diplomatic relations with Venezuela.  Therefore, during the second half of 2011, the new President of Colombia J.M. Santos made a major contribution to peace in the region.

Politicians of The Americas 2010:  Socialist International SI.

On 9-10 April, the Socialist International  Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina,. The socialist summit brought together representatives of SI member parties from the region and beyond to discuss an agenda covering some of the principal areas of concern.  Among other issues, these discussions included the political situation in Venezuela. The meeting was hosted by the SI member parties in Argentina, the Socialist Party (Partido Socialista, PS) and the Radical Civic Union (Unión Cívica Radical, UCR), and chaired by Martín Torrijos (PRD, Panama), Chair of the Committee. One of the interesting topics during the sessions were the report on the current situation in Venezuela. In the IS Report , the Socialists who visited Caracas recorded the more frequent expressions used by their venezuelan socialist partners like living  “insecurity and impunity,” “terror and corruption”,” authoritarian regime“, ”criminalization of protest. “    Opponents of Chavez reported that the regime tolerates freedom only in small areas of public life. The socialists also reported that the freedom of the press in Venezuela is under severe controll. The newspapers are always threatened by the depletion of stocks of paper, since the government took over the distribution of that input. The perception of severe deformation led to the Socialists who visited Venezuela to define the system prevailing there as a “democradura” (“democratic dictatorship”). That is, a government apparently democratic but in reality  an authocracy. The members of the mission of the Socialist International to Venezuela were: Luis Ayala,  Secretary Gral of the Socialist international, Peggy Cabral  of the Dominican Revolutionary Party Dominican Republic; Renée Fregosi of the Socialist Party of France, Paulina Lampsa of the Greek Socialist Pan-helenic Movement, Greece; Emilio Menéndez del Valle of the Socialist Party PSOE Spain; and  Jesús Rodríguez  of the Radical Party UCR of Argentina.  The Socialist International IS is the worldwide organisation of social democratic, socialist and labour parties. It currently brings together 170 political parties and organisations from all continents.

Business Person of The Americas 2010: Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva ,

President Lula , who steps down after two terms on Jan. 1, achieved a lot during his time in office. The progress and strength of the economy of Brazil is the main achievement.  At the end of 2010, and during a nationwide televised speech , Lula said Brazil’s economy will expand by “a record of almost 8 percent” this year. Brazil’s economy grew 7.85 percent in 1985 and 9.2 percent in 1980, according to the Institute of Applied Economic Research, known as IPEA.  Lula´s government generated 15 million formal jobs and lifted 28 million people out of poverty during his eight years in office. Lula leaves office with a record 87 percent approval rating, according to a Dec. 16 Ibope poll.

Our Congratulations to the awarded personalities 2011!

Victor Bjorgan

Publisher of The Americas Post