A Paraguayan Look at the Paraguayan Crisis

Paraguayan congressman Sebastian Acha is, if nothing else, a very good writer: No se ha coartado la libertad de prensa, las FFAA no salieron de los cuarteles, la policía acató inmediatamente la destitución del presidente, están en plena vigencia las libertad políticas, no se decretó ningún estado de sitio o excepción, no se ha resquebrajado…

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…