Brazil: Insult to Injury

Adolf Berle. Kennedy's Latin America troubleshooter, got a small hello from Brazil's new President Jânío Quadros. But, according to the story as leaked out last week by diplomatic sources, it was even ruder than that.

Berle was unable to get Brazil's backing for a united Latin American front against Castro's Cuba. As the futile talk ended, Berle stuck out his hand to say goodbye. Quadros refused to shake it. Then, to the undisguised dismay of Brazilian Foreign Minister Afonso Arinos, Quadros pointedly turned his back on the special envoy of the President of the U.S.

As accounts of the incident spread...

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