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Brazil’s Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, told the Organization of American States (OAS) that culture should be included in our thinking about basic human rights, reports Brazzil.com. At the second OAS Ministers meeting, which ended on August 24, in Mexico, Gil said: “Government policies for culture can no longer be secondary, fragile, peripheral. They represent the social and infrastructure policies of the 21st century… Gil reminded the other ministers present that the development process “is not completed, if it is not given cultural underpinnings, if it does not incorporate wider access by the population to the means of production and dissemination of cultural materials.”

- Jeannine McDonald [Friday, August 27th, 2004]

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