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Posted by Robyn Smith 

The past week has brought an influx of American news sources publishing on the Truth Commission in Brazil. Simon Romero, a write for the New York Times and also a member of the associated press, wrote a story in a similar fashion to the article written by CNN journalist Shasta Darlington. Both generalize the Truth Commission, speak of Dilma’s torture, and say nothing about the United States’ role in that particular point of history.  These two articles, Romero’s originally published by the NY Times and Darlington’s by CNN, have been reprinted in dozens of publications from the Denver Post to the Dallas Morning News to The Hindu. Adaptations and critical analysis of these articles can now be found all over the web, one of particular interest compares the Brazilian Truth Commission to that of South Africa. It remains unclear as to what brought on this explosion of Truth Commission articles but the subject, that typically can only be found written about in Portuguese, now has the potential to have a greater English speaking following. The Folha de Sao Paulo accredits the United States’ media’s sudden interest in the Truth Commission to Dilma’s rising popularity and importance on a global scale.

In the Brazilian media, small stories on the strides made by various truth commissions in the country have continued to appear. On the 6th of August, the State Truth Commission of Pernambuco and the Amnesty Commission signed an agreement to work with one another. Paulo Abrão, the Secretary of Justice and President of the Amnesty Commission, traveled to Pernambuco to negotiate the agreement and has high hopes for the two to be complimentary. The Truth Commission with have access to the Amnesty Commission’s approved documents on human right’s violation while supply the Amnesty Commission with data that is specific to the state. The agreement has opened up 70,000 amnesty applications to the Truth Commission. This comes in the wake of several other agreements between various other truth commissions and the Amnesty Commission.

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