A five-nation ‘Portuguese-speaking’ summit reiterated Brazil’s demand made by its President, Lula da Silva, at the UN last month bq. “Latin Americans have the right to have a permanent representative, as well as Africa and Asia,” he said after attending the Global Compact Leaders Summit. “It is not a bad thing for the UN to have countries like Brazil or others that demand more democracy and more participation from other countries,” he said. (“keepmedia”:http://www.keepmedia.com/pubs/AFP/2004/07/27/515497) Not sure in what sense Brazil would ‘represent’ Latin America. Nor India, Asia. But there’s no less logic in this scheme than in the present arrangements reflecting the trans-Atlantic settlement (Roosevelt-Churchill) of 1943.