Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting Brazil this Wednesday May 6, along with 110 representatives from 65 Iranian companies.
The Israel Project has a comprehensive article, Ahmadinejad Set to Visit Brazil as Iran Increases Influence in Latin, South America, which lists Iranian influence, country by country in South America. Here’s the section on Brazil (the numbers refer to the article’s footnotes)
On May 6, Ahmadinejad is scheduled to travel to Brazil.  The visit comes as the Islamic Republic and Brazil upgrade their bilateral ties on numerous levels. In November 2008, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said Brazil had made developing relations with Iran a foreign policy priority. 
In addition to the controversial bolstering of economic and diplomatic relations between Brazil and Iran, a country that has been sanctioned by the UN Security Council for its non-compliance regarding its uranium enrichment program, the United States and other Western nations are concerned by Iran-backed Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, that is “gaining strength and momentum”  in Latin America, particularly in Brazil.
• During a visit to Brazil in March 2009, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki announced: “The two countries [Brazil and Iran] are on the threshold of beginning of a new chapter in relations.” Furthermore, he stressed his wish to raise the bilateral trade volume between both countries up to $3.0 billion in the coming years. 
• “Iran affords South America major priority in its foreign policy and Brazil enjoys a special position in this respect,” said Mottaki during a meeting with Amorim in Tehran. 
• Iran’s trade volume with countries from Latin America reaches more than $20 billion, $2 billion of which come from trade with Brazil. 
• Brazil’s exports to Iran reached over $1.5 billion in 2007. 
• During his visit to Brazil, Mottaki spoke of his desire for bilateral cooperation in the fields of agricultural research, science, technology, power, oil and gas. During his meeting with Foreign Minister Mottaki Brazil’s Minister of Defense, Nelson Jobim, said: “Iran is our friend with which we are highly interested to expand ties.[…] So, we can have good cooperation in all areas, in the energy sector in particular.” 
• Mottaki proposed a “roadmap” for energy cooperation between Iran and Brazil, particularly in the oil sector and producing electricity. Brazilian Energy Minister Edison Lobao said: “Iran is our friend which we deeply like to develop relations with.” 
• “Iran and Brazil are two countries in line with the south-south cooperation and Brazil has always been benefiting from relations with Iran,” said Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart. 
• In November 2008, Brazil asked for the UN Security Council to “shelve Iran’s nuclear dossier and allow the normalization of the country’s enrichment case.” 
• In March 2009, the commander of U.S. forces in Latin America, James Stavridis, warned of the increased Iranian and Hezbollah activities throughout the region: “We see a great deal of Hezbollah activity throughout South America, in particular. The tri-border of Brazil is a particular concern, as in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, as well as [other] parts of Brazil and in the Caribbean Basin.” 
• Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva publicly announced his support for Iran’s nuclear energy program in September 2007. 
There are several demonstrations scheduled for this week in Brazil, organized by Jewish, Christian, gay, human rights, and womens’ groups protesting the visit.
Ahmadinejad is scheduled to visit Venezuela after Brazil. In advance of his trip to Venezuela, Iran’s Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammed Najjar last week signed a a Memoradum of Understanding on Iranian-Venezuelan mutual defense.
While in Venezuela, DEBKA reports that Najjar allegedly met with visiting Palestinian Authority officials, led by Palestinian foreign minister Riyadh al-Mal
If true, this would signal a drastic policy turnabout by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas away from Cairo and over to the radical Tehran and Damascus. The Ramallah-Tehran opening, if confirmed, could help bury the hatchet between the warring Fatah and Hamas and pave the way for a Palestinian unity government governed by rejectionist ideology.
This would shut the door to future Palestinian negotiations with Israel’s Netanyahu administration.
Najjar’s visit to Caracas was formally presented as a move to strengthen “defense cooperation” between Iran and Venezuela.
More posting on the Venezuelan demonstrations later today.