Stories for November 2010
Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur as full member seems closer as the Paraguayan Senate readies to consider the issue following on political agreements worked out by President Fernando Lugo.
The most probable political scenario for Argentina’s October 2011 presidential election is a run-off between two candidates from the hegemonic Justicialista party, centre left and centre right, according to Argentine historian and political analyst Rosendo Fraga.
In spite of the fact that Illex squid landings in Argentina this year reached 79.947 tons, up 10% from 2009 (71.415 tons), which was a last minute relief for the local industry following three years running of poor seasons, Argentine companies remain sceptical about what can happen in 2011 south of parallel 47.
Amongst the 250,000 documents released by the WikiLeaks organization is a cable that shows the intention of the White House of preparing a written product examining the interpersonal dynamics between the Argentine governing tandem (“ruling couple” or First couple”) Cristina and Nestor Kirchner, according to the published material.
The Organization of American States, OAS, and the countries of the Caribbean Common Market, Caricom, have validated Sunday’s presidential election despite irregularities that generated protests and allegations of fraud.
The Euro has fallen against the dollar and major European markets have dropped sharply, a day after ministers agreed a bail-out for the Irish Republic. On Sunday, European ministers reached agreement over a bail-out worth about 85bn Euros.
Belgium has joined Portugal, Spain and Italy on the hit list of countries that may be heading for financial crisis. Like Ireland, struggling to fend off criticism of its austerity package, there are signs that international bond investors are starting to view Belgium as living on borrowed money and borrowed time.
Paraguay's Foreign Minister, Héctor Lacognata, summoned US Ambassador in Asunción Liliana Ayalde to express the concerns raised among the Paraguayan government after Wikileaks reported that US diplomats have been conducting numerous espionage activities within the country.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, gave a press conference Monday in which she responded and charged against online whistle-blower Wikileaks after the worldwide diplomatic repercussions over the contents of 250,000 classified documents.
United States secret diplomatic messages released Sunday through WikiLeaks reveal that Brazilian authorities arrested “several suspects allegedly involved in terrorism financing activities”, but basically accused them of different charges “so as not attract attention from the press or high government levels”.