Tag Archives: Paraguay

July 16, 2012

EU commission investigates Paraguayan impeachment

CNN – A delegation from the European Parliament began a mission in Paraguay Monday to investigate the impeachment of former President Fernando Lugo. The eight-person group’s visit will include meetings with Lugo, President Federico Franco, government ministers and court officials. The trip is scheduled to end Wednesday. Earlier this month, European Parliament… read more »

July 5, 2012

Chavez says Venezuela has withdrawn military attaches from embassy in Paraguay, citing threats

AP-President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that he ordered his country’s military attaches to leave the Venezuelan Embassy in Paraguay, citing threats against diplomats amid growing tensions between the two governments. Chavez said during a speech that he made the decision after death threats against some Venezuelan diplomats. He said the… read more »

July 4, 2012

Questions raised on Venezuela joining Mercosur

Marco Sibaja, Associated Press – More than six years after Hugo Chavez said that joining Mercosur was Venezuela’s destiny, the presidents of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have decided that his oil-rich nation will finally become the fifth full member of the common market. But the decision at last week’s summit… read more »

July 3, 2012

Informe Mensual: El Salvador, Junio del 2012

Después de dos años de riñas políticas en Washington, finalmente el pasado 14 de junio el Senado de los Estados Unidos confirmó el nombramiento de Mari Carmen Aponte como Embajadora en El Salvador. Durante el año que se desempeñó como tal (2010-11) —mediante la figura denominada “recess appointment”, es decir un nombramiento presidencial efectuado durante el receso del Congreso— Aponte hizo muchos amigos y logró influir en personas a lo largo del espectro político. Después de la confirmación del Senado, el Presidente Obama manifestó que “nunca se le debió obligar a que abandonara su puesto”. Aponte regresó a El Salvador el 30 de junio, en un momento crítico en el que podría ser útil recurrir los recursos diplomáticos para resolver la crisis institucional/política que se está desarrollando entre los legisladores y la Corte Suprema de El Salvador.

June 29, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Arson in Florida and the Shameful Sounds of Silence

In April, arson destroyed the offices of Airline Brokers in Coral Gables.  It was a disgraceful act of domestic terror.  But it hasn’t incited the outrage you might expect. Terrorism, you ask?  Well, yes. Terrorism has been defined under U.S. law as the “unlawful use of force and violence against… read more »

June 29, 2012

Paraguay suspended from Mercosur, no sanctions

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press – The Mercosur trade bloc suspended Paraguay’s membership on Friday for having impeached and ousted its president but will not slap economic sanctions on the poor, landlocked country. The South American group also announced that Venezuela will become a full member starting July 31, a… read more »

June 26, 2012

Cuba Recalls Ambassador from Paraguay

Havana Times – Cuba has called home its ambassador to Paraguay in protest for what it considers a coup last week that removed Fernando Lugo from the presidency. Cuban President Raul Castro said on Monday that “coups have returned to the continent, but disguised.” Read more:

June 25, 2012

In Paraguay, Lugo’s missteps left him open to quick impeachment by congressional enemies

Associated Press – The alliance that voted Fernando Lugo out of the Paraguayan presidency was an unlikely marriage of the country’s two main political parties, rivals who had long checked each other’s powers in Congress. Many who had once seen the former bishop as their champion were increasingly put off… read more »

June 24, 2012

Chavez: Venezuela cutting oil for Paraguay

Associated Press – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country will cut off oil shipments to Paraguay to protest the ouster of Fernando Lugo. Chavez says Lugo’s removal as president last week was illegal and his insists Venezuela will not recognize the new government of Federico Franco. Read more:

June 22, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Haiku Hype: The Flutter over Fidel’s Twitter-Length Reflections

Whoa, Fidel Castro in the age of Twitter. Headlines from Miami to London sound the alert.  “Fidel Castro leaves people guessing as he writes cryptic, Haiku-like notes.”  As the Miami Herald put it: In cryptic paragraphs of never more than 65 words, the former Cuban president has written about yoga poses, edible plants,… read more »