Thursday, July 5th 2012 - 08:06 UTC

Paraguay's Destructive Soy Boom

Jeremy Hobbs is executive director of Oxfam International

By Jeremy Hobbs - The following column was published in The New York Times Opinion page.
It gives another side of the current situation in Paraguay, and the role the landlocked country plays as a leading exporter of the oilseed.

Wednesday, July 4th 2012 - 00:37 UTC

Mujica confirms full support for Minister Almagro and Ambassador Pomi

Ambassador Pomi, Mujica’s influential man in the court of President Cristina Fernandez

Even when Uruguayan president Jose Mujica assumed full responsibility for the controversial support suspending Paraguay and embracing Venezuela during the Mercosur summit, other details of events have emerged with Uruguayan ambassador Guillermo Pomi in Argentina, allegedly playing a crucial role.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 23:52 UTC

OAS fact-finding mission presents report to Permanent Council next Monday

Insulza thanked all Paraguayans for their openness and collaboration with the mission

Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza concluded on Tuesday his fact-finding visit to Paraguay, where he headed a special mission that included OAS Permanent Representatives from Haiti, Canada; United States; Honduras and Mexico.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 22:57 UTC

“A coup against Mercosur” claims leading Brazilian newspaper

Dilma Rousseff’s decision “disastrous and shameful”

Brazil’s conservative but influential daily O Estado de Sao Paulo dedicated the main Tuesday editorial to the Mercosur suspension of Paraguay and the entrance of Venezuela arguing that what happened at the group’s summit in Mendoza was “a coup against” the block.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 18:32 UTC

Astori describes Mercosur latest decisions as “aggression and major institutional blows”

”The institutional framework of Mercosur is so weak it can become useless”, said the Uruguayan Vice President

“It’s a major institutional blow, maybe the most serious in the 21 years of Mercosur” said Uruguayan Vice president Danilo Astori in direct reference to the group’s decision to incorporate Venezuela with the approval of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay and the absence of Paraguay.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 06:31 UTC

Argentina and Brazil deny Uruguay and insist the decision on Venezuela was unanimous

Uruguayan Foreign minister could end gobbled by the Paraguayan situation

Argentina underlined late Monday that the decision on the incorporation of Venezuela as full member of Mercosur was “unanimously” supported by the presidents from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay during the group’s summit last Friday hosted by President Cristina Fernandez.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 06:24 UTC

Uruguay says it accepted Venezuela in Mercosur as part of a major negotiation

Diego Canepa, his master’s voice tries to explain what happened in Mendoza

The Uruguayan government said that it accepted the incorporation of Venezuela as full member of Mercosur as part of a “negotiation” in which it demanded no economic sanctions on Paraguay and that is why “the last word has not been said” on the issue.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 06:14 UTC

Brazilian opposition blasts Rousseff for the management of Paraguayan situation

Bruno Araujo, Rousseff’s policies have turned Mercosur into an ideological block

The leading member from Brazil’s main opposition political party described Uruguay’s claim that consensus was absent in the Mercosur decision to suspend Paraguay and to incorporate Venezuela as “extremely serious” and complained Mercosur has become a merely “ideological” grouping.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 01:14 UTC

Paraguay to investigate alleged meeting of military with Venezuelan minister

Apparently Foreign Minister Maduro met with Paraguayan generals and called on them to support Lugo

The new Paraguayan authorities have named a special committee of prosecutors to inquiry into the alleged meeting between Venezuelan Foreign Affairs minister Nicolas Maduro and Paraguayan military during the recent impeachment process.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 00:55 UTC

Brazil and Argentina to benefit most from Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

President Chavez economic policies have impaired Venezuelan private production

The formal incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur next July will benefit mainly Brazil and Argentina since they could considerably increase their exports to the oil-rich country at the expense of the local production sector weakened by the economic policies from the administration of President Hugo Chavez, according to analysts.


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