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Mercosur Secretary General resigns and walks out from the Mendoza summit

Saturday, June 30th 2012 - 03:43 UTC
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Mercosur Secretary General Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes resigned to his post in the midst of the Mendoza summit following a strong exchange with the group of Foreign Ministers, indicated reports from Buenos Aires. Read full article


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  • British_Kirchnerist

    Could those more knowledgable on Brazil than me please explain if they think the article is right to say Patriota is in disgrace with Dilma, if so why she hasn't she fired him, and was he, as another article recently put it, the driving force behind Brazil's retreat from firmer anti-coup measures in Paraguay?

    Jun 30th, 2012 - 09:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ken Ridge

    Oh dear, Mercosur not as united as they would like to think eh, more of a monkey's tea party.

    Jun 30th, 2012 - 09:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • rnbgr

    Makes sense, they guy did not want to be figurehead, it appears most of the important decisions in Mercosur seem to be made by the governments of Brazil & Argentina unilaterally anyway, the smaller members get informed later.

    Jun 30th, 2012 - 05:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    it appears we have an honourable man in South America politics after all.

    I can imagine Timmidman bein surprised by anything, but Almagro needs to get himself together. Not only did he miss the Chin Premier while he was wasting his time meddling in other countries affairs in Paraguay, he was surprised that the guy appointed to run Mercosur ACTUALLY wanted something positive to happen!

    Perhaps he will be surprised when Pepe asks for his resignation.

    Jun 30th, 2012 - 06:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    Almagro is a tit who's only obeying Mujica's orders, so the real disappointment is the latter. I find it hard to stomach that Uruguay and Chile have joined this sad incident of foreign meddling in internal Paraguayan matters. And Venezuela has crept in the back door of Mercosur like a thief in the night. As a Uruguayan, my sincere apologies to the people of Paraguay. I'm ashamed of my president.

    Jul 01st, 2012 - 06:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    The role of the Secretary General in all super-national states is almost always overrated by outsiders. It's a second-career job for time expired politicians not a promotion to a position of authority over sovereign nations. Guimaraes discovered this first hand and has wrapped his hand in. Such is hubris.

    Jul 01st, 2012 - 10:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    Nothing positive happens? What are you talking about, Venezuela just got in :)
    Ah, Paraguayan elite.... With enemies like you, who needs friends :)

    Jul 01st, 2012 - 11:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    Argentines beginning to doubt CFK's mental health:

    Jul 01st, 2012 - 03:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    'Could those more knowledgable on Brazil than me please explain if they think the article is right to say Patriota is in disgrace with Dilma...'

    I would also be interested to know.

    Jul 01st, 2012 - 05:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    GeoffWard2 @ 9 - Yes, that's what I was told in São Paula last week. I've just checked in Veja magazine and found an article dated 23rd June under the title ”Prestígio (quase) zero“ (”Prestige (almost) zero”: my translation) by Lauro Jardim. The gist is that Patriota has fallen out of President Rousseff's favour due to his shortcomings during Rio+20, but is unlikely to be dismissed.

    Jul 01st, 2012 - 06:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll


    To be judged in moralities by a European.

    Kinda like the lion judging the hyena on their lack of vegeterianism.

    Chris, you are a European, don't forget that.

    Jul 01st, 2012 - 06:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Thanks, Ynsere # 10
    Missed the Veja clip.
    I guess Patriota had good reasons for distancing himself from some of the crazier G20 decisions.
    But Dilma has been around CFK too much - seeing CFK's ministers energetically indulging in black=white 'double-speak' must make Dilma believe this is the way Patriota should act.
    I have time for the man.

    Jul 01st, 2012 - 09:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (10) & (12)

    Of Course!!!

    Veja Says, Veja says. So it must be true.

    Jul 02nd, 2012 - 04:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    11 Truth_Telling_Troll
    “Chris, you are a European, don't forget that.”

    That is very true Tobias, but do not forget TWO things:

    1) I chose to live in South America, you were simply born here;

    2) I chose Uruguay, the best country in South America to live in. Unfortunately, you were born in Argentina. :o(

    Jul 02nd, 2012 - 11:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #5 I think you're right Mujica is in charge, I just don't think its a bad thing he “went along” with the defence of Paraguyan democracy, and his speech at the Rio 20+ was amazing

    #12 I think Cristina may be a good influence on Dilma, moving her to the left. Or she may just be closer to her freedom fighter youth all along than some of you hoped =)

    Jul 02nd, 2012 - 01:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll


    You yourself admitted you were outcasted from your country. Too expensive, and especially to rotten with socialism and immigrants (your words). Doesn't sound like a choice to me.

    If I had been born in Europe, I would have probably killed myself by now (as many of you guys do)

    If I had been born in North America, I would probably be a fried brain wasting away by now (as many of them do)

    If I had been born anywhere else in Latin America, I would probably be living in a wood shack by a hillside (as many of them do).

    Thankfully, I was born in the best place to be born in, and in the best place to be born in WITHIN the best place to be born in. As such, I don't feel suicidial due to life being not worth living, I don't poison myself with drugs because life being all about work 24/7, and I don't live in a wood shack. I like life, I don't live to work, and I have a nice bungalow of brick red exteriors, a pretty garden, a red gabled roof, and a cute garage. And I'm extremely well educated.

    Please don't hate.

    Jul 02nd, 2012 - 04:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    ... reconstructing history.

    Dilma Rousseff may have been known as - and is still known as - a 'freedom fighter' (arguably good),
    it should not be forgotten that she was also an international terrorist (definitely bad).

    CFK kept her head down during the troubles, becoming a 'lawyer' when others 'freedom fought'.
    I think she can teach old Dilma very little when it comes to 'fighting for the Left'.

    Jul 02nd, 2012 - 05:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    Its hilarious to read BK's comments on the past of his “queen”. Both she and Fester worked hand in glove with the military government of Santa Cruz, while they made their first fortune from executing judicial demands on poor farmers who couldn't pay their loans because of inflation. Blood suckers!!!

    Jul 02nd, 2012 - 05:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (16) Truth_Telling_Troll

    You say...:
    “Thankfully, I was born in the best place to be born in, and in the best place to be born in WITHIN the best place to be born in.”

    I say...:
    Are you from Belgrano too?

    Jul 02nd, 2012 - 05:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    16 Truth_Telling_Troll

    Alas, you continue to miss the point.

    I didn't have to go to Uruguay, I could have gone most anywhere (except Argentina obviously), we nearly went to France, I chose to go to Uruguay.

    A definition of education which I think is reasonable:
    ”the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life ('Learning for life').”

    The word 'mature' is in fact underlined in the definition. May I suggest you take serious notice of that?

    I realise you keep on at me because you are somewhat disheartened that an old Brit (or old git, if you like) can see through your little problem.

    Jul 02nd, 2012 - 06:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #17 When I said “freedom fighter past” I meant Dilma's. However no-one who hasn't been there can really get too sniffy about Nestor and Cristina “keeping their heads down” during the extraordinarily murderous 1976-83 junta. After all they had already been young left activists under the early 70s junta and the right wing Peronist government that followed it, and having managed to stay alive eventually returned to left politics; it would have been worse for the movement if all its members got killed for taking on the junta head on, surely. They also I think helped fugitives in that time and there is a big difference between keeping your head down to live to fight another day and collaboration. Simon's allegations at #18 have been parroted for years by the opposition and now Moyano, but theres never been any evidence produced to back them up. Moyano on the other hand was able to remain an active union leader while many of his activists were being dissapeared, this comes across as much more suspicious behviour than fleeing to the south

    Jul 03rd, 2012 - 10:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    21 British_Kirchnerist (#)

    BK, check out this link:

    And this one:

    Jul 03rd, 2012 - 02:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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