Brazil's President, Dilma Rouseff, has postponed plans for a state visit to Washington in October because of revelations that the United States spied on her personal communications and those of other Brazilians, as reported in Reuters.
While I am saddened by this news, I am hopeful too about two things. One is that I have faith in the dedication and perseverance of these two leaders, Presidents Obama and Rouseff. The other, is that, as greater light is shed on these processes and nations and peoples dialogue, I am trusting not just that the nations will come to a mutually agreeable and respectful place in relation to each other, but also that the United States will be able to examine more openly how we address issues of privacy, sovereignty and also the shared good of the whole and respect for the individual. So, I'm saddened, but I feel it is a place where a lot of growth can happen, and that is what I am hoping for, and feel will eventually come of this.