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Argentina and Brazil trying to lift the water level of the Parana River, in the heartland of the soy belt

Saturday, April 18th 2020 - 19:56 UTC
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The governments of Argentina and Brazil are in talks to release water from the giant Itaipu Dam with a view to topping up the Parana River, where ebbing levels are conspiring against a US$ 20-billion-a-year crop export business. Read full article


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  • Enrique Massot

    When humans believe they finally have things under control, Nature reminds them they are not, as unprecedented and devastating forest fires, floods and droughts have been happening in recent years. The current COVID-19 pandemic should also make us a bit humbler.

    This drought is a sample of what may occur in the future if Argentina and Brazil's massive deforestation continues in the quest to plant more soy. Floods and droughts are going to increase in frequency and gravity. Not that individuals such as Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro gives a rat's arse.

    Apr 19th, 2020 - 07:05 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • imoyaro

    Once again Kamrad/Komrade Rique attempts to blame everything on his political enemies. Of course, the region has been in drought since 2013, during his beloved Narcokleptocracy, and shows no sign of abating. While he may consider the damage to Argentine agriculture and the consequent economic hardship to farmers heart warming, as he hates anyone who would dare to own property, the upside is that the current Narcokleptocratic regime will have even less production to tax...

    Apr 20th, 2020 - 02:21 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Enrique Massot


    You do not even read -- or understand -- postings before coming up with your usual diatribe.

    If you had taken the time or made an effort -- don't know whether you are able to -- you would have noticed that, besides my mention of Brazil's current president, my post addressed no a particular government or political party. And rightly so, as most governments and parties in Latin America still need to learn how to apply conservation policies while striving to generate export currency.


    Apr 20th, 2020 - 02:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    I certainly do, Kamerad/Komrade.. Bolsonaro is Brazil's Trump, with all that that implies. You, on the other hand have supported a regime that sent out La Campora operatives to damage the silobolsas of soy farmers, all because you view farmers, even small ones, as an “oppressor” class. I “get you” alright and “your country” will be unable to avert the oncoming catastrophes that “you” yourselves have created... :)

    Apr 20th, 2020 - 03:05 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Enrique Massot

    Camarada imoyaro

    “You view farmers, even small ones, as an 'oppressor' class.”

    With all due respect, you don't get to decide who I view as 'oppressor.'

    Farmers, I was one. And never viewed small, medium size or large farmers as 'oppressors.'

    Also, would you be able, to make your point, present an example a bit more recent than the one you submitted from 2008? Also, that's a bit fuzzy example because at the time the farmers were also pretty belligerent -- I hope you get my drift.

    You could comment something about the four-year term of president Macri (2015-2019) about which I never saw an opinion of yours.

    And feel free to comment on current president Alberto Fernandez who so far is doing a fantastic job, notably by controlling the coronavirus pandemic.

    As for potential 'catastrophes' threatening my home country, let us Argentines take care of it. At the moment, however, I'd be much more alarmed about countries such as the U.S. and Brazil, which are currently shooting their foot themselves.

    Apr 21st, 2020 - 03:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    I don't respect individuals who align themselves with totalitarian regimes as you have consistently done. Cut the verbiage. La Asesina set up the train wreck for Macri, you and Gauchito Drink supported the street violence. You are nothing but a wannabe wrecker and saboteur. As for “us Argentines,” you aren't one of them, you are a fraud, like the crooks you support. :)

    Apr 21st, 2020 - 06:12 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Enrique Massot


    I get you will come up with every insult and defamatory terms you can get because my opinions are opposed to yours. I understand you can't manage frustration that well.

    However, I could not help but note this statement of yours among the insults:

    “CFK...set up the train wreck for Macri.”

    That is remarkable.

    Do I understand correctly that former president Mauricio Macri conducted the country as a “train wreck?” and that was because of CFK?

    I do hope you understand that Argentina uses a system known as “presidential” where the president has significant authority to conduct business. I hope you also know that former Argentina president Macri made abundant use of his prerogatives, for example borrowing abroad without asking for the Congress' opinion.

    I hope you do know that Macri was able to pass most of the bills his government alliance presented in Congress thanks to a divided opposition?

    I hope this is not too much verbiage for you. I would suggest you may wanna do some research on the topic and then we can debate further?

    Apr 27th, 2020 - 12:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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