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Will Cartes fall prey to the past or make Paraguay part of an emerging new Latinamerica?

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013 - 21:17 UTC
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By R. Viswanathan (*) - Horacio Cartes of the Colorado party won the presidential elections held last Sunday in Paraguay. The Colorados had ruled the country continuously for 61 years in a one-party dictatorship until 2008 when Fernando Lugo, the leftist “Bishop of the Poor” defeated the Colorado candidate and made history. Read full article


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  • mastershakejb

    NEW Latin America? Let's be honest, there's only two “new” latin americas: Panama and Chile. Peru's trying to join Chile in the new game too, but the rest of LatAm is the same old story as ever.

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 09:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    We know it is hurting you, but lets face it, your game was never a honest one anyway...

    About the article, what has the amount of males in the 19th century to do with the amount of males in the 21st?
    Either that awful far (yes, we are guilty) affected them genetically, or Paraguay have some very, very old women...

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    “the country can become prosperous easily and quickly if only the Paraguayan political leaders change their mindset.” I guess you could seeming write the same absurd statement about Bolivia or Guyana...

    Viswanathan has seemingly written sort of an article that would be rejected by Wikipedia. Referring to G. Greene's book (He should have read Travels With My Aunt instead), he also probably used the entry of the Encyclopedia Britannica's entry about Paraguay's economy and suspect a Pravda article about the history of the Colorado party. I'm sure he's stayed a weekend in Asunción and I'll bet he even read a few articles published in the ABC Color newspaper, but he does not understand the dynamics of the country, either from the Right or the Leftist perspectives. (Neither do I for clarification.)
    If you know the character of the population, you can easily understand why the country will never be like Argentina, nor Uruguay...

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    60% of the Paraguayan population was killed? That is one of the biggest lies the commies created in Latam history, it was no more than 30%, it probably was less...
    Anyway, I must agree that Latam is just as it used to be.

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 10:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cornelius

    Only 30,000.00 males were left after the triple alliance war in Paraguay.
    The country only exist because the US intervened so you can see one of their province is Name after the president of the US Rutherford B Hayes
    The state is VILLA HAYES.
    This is why Most Paraguayans are pro US.
    Besides Paraguay is the first country to have a free trade agreement with the US In 1859 the treaty was ratified by the US and Paraguay.
    This was done while brazil and Argentina were barbarians and unruly Paraguay had one of the first Steel foundry first telegraph and the first railroad their artillery were home made their rails manufacture in Paraguay they were self sufficient while at that time the barbarians government of Brazil and Argentina were in debt to their neck to the Europeans which was what the cause of the war.
    A truly great generation of the prewar in Paraguay was eliminated during that war and whatever was left died during the Bolivia war this is the ghost in the Paraguayan psychic is very hard to shake them off.

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    #5 interesting...
    By the way, this article seems to have disappeared from the Mercopress news page...

    Apr 23rd, 2013 - 11:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BAMF Paraguay


    Mercopress this is just beyond crap. I dont think you could have written a more biased crap article. Why would you guys even publish this? If you guys permit this to be published then allow me, an agricultural and biological engineer from purdue university that actually lives and works in paraguay, write a decent unbiased article about paraguay and its current situation. This article just makes paraguay sound horrible.

    I trully expected better...

    Apr 24th, 2013 - 02:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    I agree. Why on earth is an Indian Diplomat writing such an inaccurate article about Paraguay for MercoPress?
    It's more like something you'd read on Grandma International's WEB page...

    Apr 24th, 2013 - 03:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    @5 First railroad? Hahahahaha! BRAZIL and CHILE were the first ones to have those in Latam, and both were the most politically stables too. Really, Paraguay was already a f**ked country when crazy dictator Lopez attacked us, it was NOT self-suficient. The theory that Paraguay was a good country is nothing but a fairy tale. It was a bloody war, but not a genocide because Lopez faked the census (he was afraid of Argie invasion and wanted to impress the neighbors) and “historians” used the faked census to compare the before and after populations. Lopez is the real savage.

    Apr 24th, 2013 - 03:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Well I just read some of the other articles written by this village idiot. He could easily describe his own country as being “corrupt, decadent and backward.”
    How can an Indian Ambassador lecture South America about Inclusive Development when yet when you visit India they still unofficially allow the caste system to continue?

    Apr 24th, 2013 - 04:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Baxter

    A pathetic article . Why do they keep on saying that the Colorado Party is right wing ? It's founder was not right wing , he was left of centre . Hence the state ownership of all utilities -- water , electricity , communications and so on . Efforts have been made to privatize - airline - but not successful . So please let us not call the Colorados right wing . True Stroessner was a staunch ally of the USA and others in the Cold War . But that was due to his strong dislike of communism .

    Apr 24th, 2013 - 08:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cornelius

    @# 9 that do not know Math, Yes that is why it took 3 countries The Brazilian keep pushing the Argentinean to fight lots of them did not approved of the war (Buenos Aires was a village at that time).they did not want to fight the Brazilian have slaves fighting for them yes they were barbarians and it took five years to defeat Paraguay # 9 you have a pauper mind read history.

    Yes an Indian where they have lots of second class citizens and still keep the cast system!

    Apr 24th, 2013 - 11:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Baxter

    Math Unfortunately , being educated , I have to reply to your stupid remarks . It is a historical fact that males were almost non -existent after the war . Not propaganda , just from reports written by observers after the war .The savage is not Lopez , it is you . But the first can not defend himself .You must be an Argentine , in which case give us back Corrientes and Chaco . Then talk to the British about the Falklands .

    Apr 25th, 2013 - 01:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    It's also a historical fact that the ones to start the war, were the Paraguayans.
    Although the response was totally out of proportion...

    Apr 25th, 2013 - 09:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BAMF Paraguay

    It is ironic how Paraguayans don't feel like they got screwed over in the Triple Alliance War. They accept that they lost, and bad. But you won't hear Paraguayans crying about the war. Unlike the Argies, we accept our loss and then move on. Thus the Chaco war, a few decades later. Still kicked the crap out of Bolivia with much less of a military. But you won't see Paraguayans throwing it in the face of the Bolivians, we just move on.

    Apr 25th, 2013 - 04:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Baxter

    15 BAMF Paraguay . I like your comment . Just ignore Stevie , we all worry about him !

    Apr 25th, 2013 - 07:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    #13 I congratulate you for your education, but no, Lopez was the savage, not me. Yes, as I said, it was a bloody war, but not to the point that you could call genocide as some “historians” insist. Lopez could've give up, since the treaty is clear that the purpose was to end the government of a “monster without parallel”, as Geroge Thompson describes Lopez.

    #12 And what exactly Europeans had to do with the war, as you say in previous coment? That was a local thing. To be fair with Paraguay, they were really brave warriors and indeed a real army, excluding the children with fake beards used by Lopez, of course. For the rest: it was a miserable country in semi-slavery conditions and all companies in control of Lopez. Brazil had only militias in the beginning of the war, getting a proper army and fighting Paraguay is what put the country in debt to the neck (so the massive debt is a consequence of the war, not the reason of the war as you said) and the poor slaves were not motivated, I don't blame them, obviously.

    Apr 26th, 2013 - 02:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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