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By Karen Shishiptorova, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil's President Luís Inácio "Lula" da Silva has mesmerized local and international press, as well as heads of state worldwide, with his gusto for analogies, controversial statements and history blunders.

Considered a compelling speaker by many, during the peak of the economic crisis one of his statements left analysts with a full plate: “It is a crisis caused and encouraged by the irrational behavior of white people with blue eyes." The international press interpreted this anything from derogatory to brilliant.

The unique character of President Lula – a former metalworker . . .

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