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Posted on Apr 20, 2008
Fernando Lugo
AP photo / Monica Matiauda

Former Roman Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo, center right, and his running mate, Federico Franco, center left, rise their arms as they greet supporters in Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion, after winning a historic electoral victory.

Former Roman Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo’s campaign against poverty has won him the presidency of Paraguay, a country that has been ruled by the same conservative party for 61 years—arguably longer than the run of any party in any other country.


Mr Lugo brought together leftist unions, indigenous people and poor farmers into a coalition to form the centre-left Patriotic Alliance for Change.

Observers say that the man often described as the “bishop for the poor”, is a virtual political novice, best known for his advocacy of land reform and calls to renegotiate an energy treaty with neighbouring Brazil.

Speaking to his supporters at his campaign headquarters, Mr Lugo said the result showed that little people could also win and that this was the Paraguay he had dreamt about - a country for everyone.

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By JG, May 14, 2008 at 11:35 pm Link to this comment
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Late reply.

Well, first out it’s extremely naive (a typical leftist feature) to assume all corruption would go into smoke and then cease to exist, just because of an election result.

Secondly, I do not deny the dark sides of the former administration, it’s just that I do not believe the newly elected forces has any lasting solution to any of the major issues needed to be fixed. On the reverse, if Lugo chooses the path of his venezuelan colleagues it will mean a threat to the weak civil freedoms and rights that after all do exist.

The cost will come when socioeconomical politic reality ends the fiesta.

After all, I’m convinced that the south american continent at large, maybe with some minor and more or less dysfunctional exceptions, such as Guyana, will stay true to its freedom loving tradition, and eventually realise that the populist pink left has only but hot air to offer.

It’s a temporary trend, one that many will regret that picked up with.

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By Peter RV, April 24, 2008 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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To JG:
Very sad indeed, it is almost to cry, I mean all those sixtyone years of Partido Colorado carefully built corruption went up in smoke when those primitive Paraguayans finally woke up.
Triste, triste Señor Gringo, lo siento muchissimo.
You bet ,it will cost to clean up this ‘mess’, lives and resources,because the people of Paraguay will resist it furiously. What do you have in mind señor JG? some bombing after discovering Al Queda, WMD?, something like Iraq,Afganistan, eh?

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By Conservative Yankee, April 24, 2008 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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The question becomes “Why?”  The “left” has been as perfidious as the right. the Chavez crowd has killed as many as Norigia. The Brazilian police are still killing homeless children so tourists won’t have to smell them., but in Chile people still disappear from time to time.

is the USA’s paternalistic policies which hinder self esteem in South and Central America?

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By JG, April 24, 2008 at 1:21 am Link to this comment
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Sad to see that almost all of south america joins that devastating bandwagon. To clean this mess up will cost both lives and resources.

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By cyrena, April 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment

Actually ender, george bush DOES have land in Paraquay, and he’s had it a while now. Admittedly, it hasn’t been widely publicized, (and certainly not in the MSM) but yeah, supposedly 100,000 acres.

The assumption has always been that’s where he planned to escape. It would have been a pretty good spot since the politics of Paraguay would have supported him at the time. So many Latin American countries have supported fellow dictators in exile from other Latin American countries, effectively shielding them from the arm of the international law, once they’ve been driven from office.

But, that’s probably not the ONLY reason that Bush made the land grab in Paraguay. Actually, his daughter worked most of the details from her perch in Argentina, where they are frequent visitors. (at least they used to be).

It appears to be an opportunistic move not unlike all of the other oil ventures, though this one involves the other most urgently needed resource of the entire world..WATER. The global shortage is far more critical than the average person seems to be aware of, but of course the Bush Dynasty would certainly be on top of it.

So, yep…it was a major land grab. Here’s one link and then another below.

“Hideout or Water Raid?
Bush’s Paraguay Land Grab
By CP News Wire

Asuncion, Paraguay.

The land grab project of U.S. President George W. Bush in Chaco, Paraguay, has generated considerable discomfort both politically and environmentally.
The news circulating the continent about plans to buy 98,840 acres of land in Chaco, Paraguay, near the Triple Frontier (Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay) is the talk of the town in these countries.
Although official sources have not confirmed the information that is already public, the land is reportedly located in Paso de Patria, near Bolivian gas reserves and the Guarani indigenous water region, within the Triple Border.

Alto Paraguay Gov. Erasmo Rodriguez Acosta revealed he heard that part of the land purchase consists of an ecological reserve (Fundacion Patria), with which Bush is affiliated.

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And, here’s another link with more info

US President Bush Makes Massive Land Purchase In Paraguay Ahead Of Expected War Crimes Charges

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
Russian Intelligence Analysts are reporting today that the American President’s daughter, Jenna Bush, has secured on behalf of her father, the American President, and the Bush Family, the purchase of nearly 100,000 acres of land in the South American Nation of Paraguay, and which is also confirmed by the Latin American News Service, and as we can read as reported in their article titled “Bush Buys Land in Northern Paraguay”, and which says:

“An Argentine official regarded the intention of the George W. Bush family to settle on the Acuifero Guarani (Paraguay) as surprising, besides being a bad signal for the governments of the region. Luis D Elia, undersecretary for the Social Habitat in the Argentine Federal Planning Ministry, issued a memo partially reproduced by digital, in which he spoke of the purchase by Bush of a 98,842-acre farm in northern Paraguay, between Brazil and Bolivia.”

The American President’s daughter had used the cover of a United Nations group to ‘cover’ her mission to Paraguay to arrange this massive land purchase, and as we can see confirmed by the Associated Press News Service in their article titled “Jenna Bush joins UNICEF program in Paraguay”, and which says:
“Jenna Bush came to this poor, landlocked South American country to take part in a UNICEF program for young professionals who volunteer in its activities here, the U.N. organization announced Monday. UNICEF released few details about the program involving the 24-year-old daughter of U.S. President George W. Bush, citing security concerns.”

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By Conservative yankee, April 21, 2008 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment
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Paraguay has oil….and natural gas!

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By Peter RV, April 21, 2008 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment
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Did not know the shrub owned a part of Paraguay(he must have earned it by hard work and initiative).
The better known property of his, is a huge military base there, close to the Bolivian border filled recently with his special troups ,plotting to stage some kind of ‘Operation Bolivian Freedom’.
Just watch, as soon as Lugo closes that Center of our Culture, our Shrub&Rice;declaring him, anti-Democratic,dictatorial, opressive, protecting terrorists and anti-Semitic.
Meanwhile let’s enjoy listening to the laments and anger of Clinton and McCain about who “lost us Paraguay”.

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By Eric Barth, April 21, 2008 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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Hope keeps springing eternal in Latin America!! Beautiful Paraguay, at one time the new home of more than one Nazi war criminal (Dr. Mengele most notably)is now in the hands of what appears to be a social democratic government, if they can keep it. You can be sure that the CIA is taking notice of this and that they will be planning something (second nature to them)when a regime other than a neofascist one raises its head. Good luck to Paraguay!!

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By Expat, April 21, 2008 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

^ would be imperialists and kings finally see the domino myth becoming reality and gaining fruition.  The final solution to our barbaric treatment of “our” hemisphere (an arrogant statement if ever there was one); finally comes back to us (blowback at its best).  One by one, Latin and South American countries throw off the chains of oligarchic fascism for the populist idealism of there dreams.  My fervent hope is that they realize these dreams and show us the way to govern humanely, because we have lost our way and lay broken and bleeding; hemorrhaging the last drops of our blood for the corporatist’s wealth.

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By ender, April 21, 2008 at 5:20 am Link to this comment

I certainly hope you’re wrong about shrub having land in Paraguay.  If they had oil the assasination team would already be in the air.  Besides that, where will he and Darth Cheney get their hardcore torture/snuff flicks?

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By Purple Girl, April 21, 2008 at 4:13 am Link to this comment

May our Country Follow in finally ridding ourselves of the Men who crowned themselves King, and their Courts, for so long.
Perhaps our fellow World neighbors in the ME will do the same- those’royals’ who rolled out the Red carpet for the Profiteers and their ‘Hero’s who’ve caused the current Invasions & Violence to their towns.Who have they made Richer, better off. Only those who thrive onconflict - the Inc’s and those who Work with them.
All Traiotrs to Humanity will see Judgement Day !

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By cyrena, April 21, 2008 at 2:34 am Link to this comment

This is good. Actually, this is GREAT! For Paraguay, it’s wonderful.

I think the shrub is gonna have to reconsider his escape plans. He bought up all of that land in Paraguay a while back, presumably thinking that the same oppressive government of 60 plus years would never be overturned.

Guess he was wrong…

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