Category Archives: Mercosur/Mercosul

Post-Election Paraguay – Is a Return to Mercosur Next?

After the institutional coup against Fernando Lugo last June, politico-economic trade bloc Mercosur suspended Paraguay’s membership. The response was swift, and Horacio Cartes, who at the time was a potential candidate for president, called on Paraguay to maintain faith in … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Brazil, International Relations, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Foreign Relations, LGBT Rights & Issues, Mercosur/Mercosul, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela

Early Thoughts on Paraguay’s Elections

Yesterday, Paraguay held its first presidential elections since the ouster of democratically elected Fernando Lugo last year, and as expected, Horacio Cartes won with over a million votes (45.8%), defeating runner-up Liberal Party candidate Efrain Alegre, who finished with over … Continue reading

Posted in Corruption, Elections in Latin America, Governance in Latin America, Inequalities in the Americas, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Politics, LGBT Rights & Issues, Mercosur/Mercosul, Paraguay

Around Latin America

-In a potential step towards addressing human rights, Mexico has announced it will move to prosecute military officials accused of human rights violations in civil courts, rather than in secretive military tribunals. Traditionally, military officials who are involved in the drug … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-In Chile, protests erupted as the country commemorated the 39th anniversary of the military coup that overthrew democratically-elected president Salvador Allende. The protests turned violent, however, leaving one officer dead and at least 255 people under arrest. -After conflicting reports of … Continue reading

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-The fallout of Paraguay’s suspension from Mercosur continues to create political ripples. This week, Paraguayan Defense Minister Maria Liz Garcia said the country “need[s] to prepare for war to live in peace.” In clear reference to Paraguay’s position in the War of the … Continue reading

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On the Benefits (or “Benefits”) of Mercosur

An Argentine study suggests Brazil is the only country to have generated a surplus via Mercosur. However, the report does not necessarily paint the picture of Brazil-as-bully. Rather, Orlando Ferres argues, The Brazilian [sic] are far better organized that the … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Brazil, International Organizations, Latin American Economic Relations, Mercosur/Mercosul, Paraguay, Uruguay

Today in Patronizing and Insulting Characterizations of Latin America

I’ve often been mystified by the respect The Economist gets, exactly for reasons like this:  To revive economic growth, Brazil needs to put more stress on competitiveness and market-opening trade diplomacy. Mercosur once aspired to do precisely that. A group that … Continue reading

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