Pwned in Paraguay

July 25, 2012

Multinational Corporations Reap Benefits from Coup Government

Paraguay’s Bitter Harvest

by BENJAMIN DANGL
“The RTA deal for a $4 billion dollar aluminum plant on the shores of the Paraná River had been stalled by the Lugo administration due to concerns over the plant’s environmental impact, as well as how much the  company would pay for electricity from Paraguay’s Itaipú and Yacyretá hydroelectric power plants. Yet shortly after taking office, Franco fast-tracked the RTA negotiations, pressuring his new Minister of Industry and Commerce to swiftly move forward with the deal…
In the lead-up to the coup, Lugo and his administration resisted the use of Monsanto’s GMO cotton seeds in the country. Yet just after taking power, the Franco administration threw government critics of the plan out of office, and moved ahead to approve the use of the controversial seeds in the country.”
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WikiLeaks: Washington and Paraguay’s ‘Quasi-Coup’

In an unbelievably suspicious development, Weekly News Update on the Americas reports that even as Congress was moving to impeach Lugo, a group of U.S. generals met with legislators to discuss the possibility of building a military base in the Paraguayan Chaco region. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has failed to back Lugo’s reinstatement, preferring instead to issue a couple of tepid and non-committal responses to the political crisis.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nikolas-kozloff/wikileaks-washington-and-_1_b_1683568.html

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