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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Paolo Moiola interviews Frei Betto, “I am still convinced that capitalism is incompatible with human rights,” November 7, 2008.

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In the first part of this interview Brazilian theologian Carlos Livanio Christo, a priest better known as Frei Betto, spoke about his long experience with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his government. Here, Frei Betto talks to Latinamerica Press collaborator Paolo Moiola about Colombia, Venezuela and Latin America as a whole, and about the situation facing Liberation Theology and the Catholic Church in the region.

How do you see the situation in Latin America?
I´m very optimistic. We are seeing our best moment for Latin American integration. We have Mercosur [the Southern Common Market] and ALBA [the Bolivarian Alternative of the Americas, created as a response to the failed US proposal, Free Trade Agreement of the Americas]. No one gives any importance to the Organization of American States.

For a few years, people have been talking about Latin America´s “democratic Spring.” What do you think about it?
Over the last 40 years, we have seen three periods: military dictatorships, neo-liberal governments and, now, popular democratic governments.

Read the rest of Part II here =>

Part I is available here =>
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