parisIn an interview for Globo Sem Fronteiras on Januray 9, Brazilian Professor and analyst Fernando Brancoli underlines that the Paris attacks that shook the world in the previous days are not based on a point of view shared by the Muslim community as a whole. “The actions of the Islamic State are not actions associated to all the Muslims”, he states, offering as an example a series of movements in Lebanon that gave rise to the hashtag #Not in my name. “In their great majority, Muslims and Islam followers in the world are not in favor of this type of actions”, he added. “Obviously, people often get to know more about the most radical amongst them, who call the attention more and commit barbaric acts”[1].

Alexandre Morais da Rosa, columnist of ConJur Brasil, underlines the importance of finding common ground for building a solid dialogue on the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack. “Indifference permeates a worldview that fosters violence. Just as Islamophobia does. Always. Good luck to us”[2].

From this point of view, we can say that the reactions of the Brazilian media and public opinion on the Paris attacks express, to a certain extent, a previously identified Brazilian tendency towards emphasizing the need of building dialogue and fostering understanding during crises, a posture that seems to be translated into foreign policy principles as Brazil is trying to shape a more solid and more assertive diplomatic role on the international arena.


[1] Fernando BRANCOLI, Interview to Globo sem Fronteiras, January 9, 2015, , at the Internet adress

[2] Alexandre MORAIS DE ROSA, “Para não entender os ataques em Paris em nome de um Deus meu”, ConJur Brasil, January 9, 2015, , at the Internet adress

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