Mercosur Musical Chairs: Paraguay Out, Venezuela In (and it makes zero difference…)

Well, that didn’t take long: in the wake of Fernando Lugo’s quickie impeachment, Mercosur has suspended Paraguay’s membership in the trade block…which, magically, removed the one big obstacle remaining to Venezuela’s accession, allowing Venezuela to become a full member. Politically, it’s a rich prize: signing onto a customs union with Chávez’s Southern Cone ideological fellow-travellers…

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

Honestly, what do any of us really know about Paraguay? I mean, really. What are the chances that we can insta-comment on the bewildering events there over the last few days without mangling the specific dynamics of a society we understand nothing about? I have too long a history of flipping out at ignorant foreigners…