- The Washington Times - Monday, September 30, 2002

Brazil's ballots
Brazilian Ambassador Rubens Barbosa is proud that his country has equipped all of its election precincts with electronic voting machines that are so easy to operate that even Florida voters could use them.
During Sunday's presidential elections, Brazilians in the United States will for the first time use the machines at 72 polling stations across the country. Voting at the Brazilian Embassy will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Results will be sent immediately to Brazil, and the election results will be known within 24 hours," Mr. Barbosa told Embassy Row.
The machines allow voters to type in the two numbers that correspond to a candidate's name on the ballot and see their selection displayed on the screen. If they punch in the wrong number, they can cancel their vote and try again.
All 320,000 precincts in Brazil have the machines.
"Given that you have had this problem in Florida, I thought you'd like to know how we do it," he said.

Germany not anti-U.S.
Germans showed themselves to be anti-war, not anti-American, with their re-election of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, according to European specialists at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
However, Mr. Schroeder's strong criticism of U.S. policy toward Iraq will require fence-mending that "will require all of Schroeder's political skills," said Simon Serfaty and Christina Balis of the CSIS Europe Program.
"The vision of the new Germany is essentially a denunciation of an instinctively distasteful past," they wrote in the new issue of the center's Euro-Focus publication.
"Schroeder's appeal among German voters unveils not so much some disturbing anti-American sentiment as a visceral anti-war attitude within a nation that reinvented itself in opposition to war."

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Russian Federation Council, who leads a parliamentary delegation that includes Elena Kondakova, Artur Myaki, Magomet Tekeev and Vladimir Yuzhakov. They are accompanied by Violetta Maximova, a legislative affairs specialist. They meet members of Congress, the Heritage Foundation and the National Democratic Institute this week.
Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, who is expected to attend the annual W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award dinner hosted by the National Democratic Institute.
Foreign Ministers Gabriel Orellana of Guatemala and Assad Shoman of Belize, who attend a ceremony at the Organization of American States to mark the settlement of a territorial dispute between their countries.
Shaukat Aziz, Pakistan's minister of finance, who helps inaugurate the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council.
Ivan Miklos, deputy prime minister of Slovakia, who participates in a forum sponsored by the National Economists Club.
Alberto Trejos, Costa Rica's minister of foreign trade, who discusses free trade in a forum at the American Enterprise Institute.
J.F. Hoogervorst, finance minister of the Netherlands, who discusses European welfare reform and economic issues at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies.
Menachem Klein of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, who discusses the origins of the second intifada at a luncheon hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Israeli Jeff Halper and Palestinian Salim Shawamreh, who rebuild demolished Palestinian homes. They speak at a 7:30 p.m. St. Alban's Church service on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral.
East Timor's president, Xanana Gusmao, who meets President Bush and speaks at the State Department.
Singapore's Khaw Boon Wan, senior minister of state for transport, information, communications and the arts, and Raymond Lim, minister of state for foreign affairs, trade and industry. They will participate in a daylong conference on Singapore at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies.
Ryszard Krystosik, Poland's former ambassador to Iraq; Fadhil Chalabi, former Iraqi oil minister; and Olivier Roy of France's National Center for Scientific Research. They participate in a conference on Iraq at the American Enterprise Institute.

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