By Karen Shishiptorova, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – As reported, US Ambassador Clifford M. Sobel is scheduled to be replaced by Thomas A. Shanon this summer. Appointed by George Bush in retribution for his fundraising efforts in New Jersey during the reelection, his nomination in May 2006 was seen with a certain reserve by the Itamaraty – Brazil´s Foreign Office – as among other issues, Sobel spoke neither Portuguese nor Spanish.

Mr. Sobel arrived with an express presidential order: To convince the Brazilian government to accelerate NAFTA – North American Free Trade Agreement – negotiations. He was also to stimulate the integration of . . .

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