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Paraguay: Back to Latin America's bad old days? (*)

Tuesday, June 26th 2012 - 22:16 UTC
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While the ouster of Paraguay’s president is a setback to the young democracy of the country, it shouldn’t be viewed as a repeat of Latin America’s history of coup d’états. The painful process of democratic maturity will continue, albeit slowly. Read full article

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  • JohnN

    With respect to Viswanathan, maybe better that Lugo didn't have the chance to put into practice whatever he had learned from India. Not that the Indian experience with democracy is not worthy of consideration, but that the Paraguay situation is so much different. After all, India is a global and regional power, something that Paraguay is not. India's experience with democracy has been fairly long compared with Paraguay's experience. And from Mercopress' earlier story, we learn that Uruguay won't be going for economic sanctions against Paraguay.

    Jun 27th, 2012 - 12:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sergio Vega

    Well, this indian have not learned nothing about Paraguay during his days as ambassador....The first and only issue is that there was no coup d'etait at all....Just only dumb or malicious people can say the contrary....like the stupids Chavito, Evito, Rafaelito, Cristinita and the new member of this club of clwons Dilmita.....
    All the facts were in accordance with the Pareaguayan Constitution, with time enough for the former president to make his discharge (he sent a big lawyers team to the Congress) and he was advised on time about the accusation. So after he have accepted the Congress resolution he changed his mind advised by the leftist leaders from SA and started to break the constitutional actions taken by the Congress...
    The most Paraguayans have taken this change as something good and necessary for the country´s health and people safety.....The activity in all the matters and levels is totally normal and safe, so just the leftist neighbors leaders have used this correct act to show their populism and as well they claimed that Lugo hadn´t time enough to defend himself , they did the same and deleted the “invitation” (Paraguay is founder & full member) to the next ercosur meeting the new Gvt. where it could expalin hte way thing were done....It´s like to do a party and let outside the house owner.....

    Jun 27th, 2012 - 01:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    Sergy! Quit stepping on the keyboard! Back to the cage!

    Jun 27th, 2012 - 02:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    TWIMC
    This story has been cooking since 2009……….
    http://wikileaks.org/cable/2009/03/09ASUNCION189.html#

    Jun 27th, 2012 - 04:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit86

    http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2009/wallerstein151209.html
    “The Current Conjuncture: Short-run and Middle-run Projections”
    by Immanuel Wallerstein
    1. Where We Are:

    a) The world has entered a depression, whose greatest impact is yet to come (in the next five years).

    (...)

    e) Far-right forces have clearer short-run tactical vision than the left (a combination of preparing for violence and a refusal of all centrist compromise), but they too lack clear middle-run strategic vision.

    f) The future (both short-run and middle-run) is very, very uncertain.

    2. Most Possible Developments in the Next Five Years

    a) Explosion of last bubble -- (most of all, but not only) sovereign debt, especially of the United States.

    b) Consequences of this:

    (...)

    b2) Significant increase in world unemployment rates, everywhere;

    (...)

    c) Enormous (much increased) turmoil throughout Middle East, and notably:

    (...)

    c3) U.S. full military withdrawal from Iraq, and possibly even Afghanistan;

    (...)

    e) Creation of non-U.S.-centered geopolitical blocs:

    e1) Strengthening of Western Europe-Russia geopolitical ties;

    e2) Strengthening of China-Japan-South Korea geopolitical ties;

    e3) Strengthening of South American geopolitical ties, led by Brazil, >>>>>>with multiple attempts of rightwing coups (success uncertain).

    Jun 27th, 2012 - 04:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    A useful analysis, but I don't believe it will be business as usual even if the Colorados manage to retake the Presidency, they will find it hard to keep Paraguay mired forever in the landless peasant backwardness they represent while its two massive neighbours steam ahead with democracy, growth and inlusive policies while rejecting and isolating its own compromised political class. Sooner or later, something will give, and the next enemy the Paraguayan oligarchs face will probably not be as easy to block as Lugo

    Jun 27th, 2012 - 10:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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