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    Paraguayan President Lugo is the latest addition to the 'forth wave' of democratization sweeping South America. Following in the footsteps social democrats such as Chavez and Morales, he was elected on a mandate of institution and constitutional reform, tackling corruption and land redistribution for indigenous landless peoples.

    Fukuyama needs to revise his theory me thinks. Any opinions on what he might call his new thesis?

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    Thanks for the link.

    Fernando Lugo studied English here, in the 1980s. I met him about eight years ago, when he was still a Bishop. He is a tremendously intelligent and principled man, who resigned after ten years as a Bishop. He was convinced that the situation of the poor in Paraguay would never be improved by mere denunciation of injustice. His decision to run for President, without the backing of any political machine, seemed ridiculous, but he quickly picked up support from all kinds of popular movements. After some initial hesitation, the majority of Paraguayan Bishops have expressed support, and even The Vatican has eased his way by waiving the prohibition against priests or bishops standing for political election.

    I wish him well. He has an extremely difficult task ahead. With the best will in the world, he may find that popular expectations cannot be satisfied, and his support may drain away. To the extent that he really begins to tackle corruption and threaten the interests of the old oligarchy, he risks provoking a violent reaction, and even assassination.

    One thing is for sure: his identification with Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and other left-leaning Latin American Heads of State will not please Washington.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Utopian Hermit Monk
    Thanks for the link.

    Fernando Lugo studied English here, in the 1980s. I met him about eight years ago, when he was still a Bishop. He is a tremendously intelligent and principled man, who resigned after ten years as a Bishop. He was convinced that the situation of the poor in Paraguay would never be improved by mere denunciation of injustice. His decision to run for President, without the backing of any political machine, seemed ridiculous, but he quickly picked up support from all kinds of popular movements. After some initial hesitation, the majority of Paraguayan Bishops have expressed support, and even The Vatican has eased his way by waiving the prohibition against priests or bishops standing for political election.

    I wish him well. He has an extremely difficult task ahead. With the best will in the world, he may find that popular expectations cannot be satisfied, and his support may drain away. To the extent that he really begins to tackle corruption and threaten the interests of the old oligarchy, he risks provoking a violent reaction, and even assassination.

    One thing is for sure: his identification with Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and other left-leaning Latin American Heads of State will not please Washington.
    His brief is not to please Washington, or the soon to be departing wingnuts in the White House, but to please those people he serves as President. Good luck to him, particularly if he pisses off the lunatics in the Bush/Cheney criminal cabal.
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    Quite an achievement removing the encumbant party from the Presidental office. How is the pariliment stacked though? If it is opposition controlled, they could stimy Lugo's program of much needed reform.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Utopian Hermit Monk
    One thing is for sure: his identification with Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and other left-leaning Latin American Heads of State will not please Washington.
    True, but has he identified himself with them or is that linkage coming from others?
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    Default Re: Paraguay’s New President Fernando Lugo

    Quote Originally Posted by Thac0man
    Quote Originally Posted by Utopian Hermit Monk
    One thing is for sure: his identification with Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and other left-leaning Latin American Heads of State will not please Washington.
    True, but has he identified himself with them or is that linkage coming from others?
    He'll do himself no favours lining up with that lot. If he goes for sensible policies like Columbia, Brazil and Chile he'll do well but if he follows the dictator Chavez policy of nationalising all in site he'll be a disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard
    Quote Originally Posted by Thac0man
    Quote Originally Posted by Utopian Hermit Monk
    One thing is for sure: his identification with Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and other left-leaning Latin American Heads of State will not please Washington.
    True, but has he identified himself with them or is that linkage coming from others?
    He'll do himself no favours lining up with that lot. If he goes for sensible policies like Columbia, Brazil and Chile he'll do well but if he follows the dictator Chavez policy of nationalising all in site he'll be a disaster.
    First of all, Chavez is not a dictator. Paraguay has been one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world.
    I fail to see by them talking to their neighbours and stopping U.S and European leeching of their natural resources can make them any poorer or more corrupt.
    Lugo got into politics as he saw first hand as a Bishop how the small elite benefitted from this corruption and shady dealing whilst the vast majority lived in squallor. I'm sure he knows, certainly more than you or I, what is the problems in his society and how to remedy it. The days of giving up your resources just to curry favour with Washington are closing to an end as these countries become more assertive and confident. Your advise to continue holding on to the aprons strings of the Great Satan is spoken like a true Uncle Tim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogwarrior
    Your advise to continue holding on to the aprons strings of the Great Satan is spoken like a true Uncle Tim.
    Uncle Tim?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thac0man
    Quote Originally Posted by Bogwarrior
    Your advise to continue holding on to the aprons strings of the Great Satan is spoken like a true Uncle Tim.
    Uncle Tim?
    An Irish Uncle Tom!
    Just 1 gram of cocaine destroys 4m2 of tropical rainforest. Give it up ya selfish b'stards.

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