Syndicated News from Paraguay
Thu, 23 May 2013 06:38:13 GMT
New Paraguay Leaders Promise More Free MilkABC NewsParaguay exports enough soy, wheat and corn to feed 80 million people, more than 10 times its population, and its rivers provide abundant fresh water. But 14 percent of its children suffer chronic malnutrition, and many others lack clean drinking water.and more »
Wed, 22 May 2013 03:13:44 GMT
Paraguay becomes used car paradiseNEWS.com.auPARAGUAY has become the main destination in South America for used cars from Japan, the United States and other countries, thanks to new regulations aimed at making it easier to import automobiles so low-income consumers can purchase vehicles.and more »
Tue, 21 May 2013 05:05:23 GMT
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Paraguay soy chamber sees record 2012/13 cropReutersASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay will produce a record 9 million tonnes of soybeans this season, an all-time high likely to be repeated in the next crop year as well, officials of the country's exporters chamber told the Reuters Latin America Investment ...
Thu, 23 May 2013 04:13:14 GMT
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New York Times
Boom Times in Paraguay Leave Many BehindNew York TimesASUNCIÓN, Paraguay ? Walk into the headquarters of the central bank of Paraguay, a sprawling seven-story structure surrounded by flowering silk floss trees, and the message is clear: officials proudly display charts showing a dizzying economic boom ...and more »
Wed, 22 May 2013 20:02:36 GMT
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New York Times (blog)
Opening Up Paraguay's Landlocked Guairá RegionNew York Times (blog)But the village is also a perfect example of the modest, eclectic (and frugal) charms to be found in its home province of Guairá (pronounced gwa-ee-RAH), a relatively small area of about 1,500 square miles in the south of Paraguay, a landlocked country ...
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Monday, November 11th, 2002
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The governments of Qatar and Paraguay issued a joint communiquÃ© through their respective United Nations envoys Nov. 10, agreeing to establish diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level.
Qatar’s interest in establishing diplomatic relations with Paraguay could be indicative of Doha’s increasingly pro-U.S. foreign policy. Paraguay -- one of the poorest nations in South America, with a gross domestic product of less than $7 billion -- is not likely to become a major consumer of Qatari oil and natural gas any time in the near future. However, what Paraguay does have in abundance are drug traffickers, arms smugglers and Islamic militants -- including Hezbollah and possibly al Qaeda suspects.
Qatar -- a net food importer -- certainly might have commercial reasons for establishing relations with Paraguay, which exports beef and other agricultural goods; Doha already has ties to other members of the South American Customs Union (Mercosur). But it also is possible that the new ties speak to security concerns on the part of Doha, which reportedly fended off a recent coup attempt that might have been linked to al Qaeda.
Paraguay is a strategic hub for international smuggling, money laundering and other criminal operations. The illicit activities center around Ciudad del Este, a city near the borders of Brazil and Argentina in an area known as the "triple frontier." The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and military already operate in Paraguay, cooperating with Asuncion in drug interdiction operations. Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, U.S. intelligence and Israeli Mossad reportedly flooded into the city in search of Islamic militants as well.
Members of al Qaeda, Hezbollah and other extremist Islamic groups recently met in Ciudad del Este, CNN reported Nov. 7. Miguel Toma, the head of Argentina’s intelligence agency, confirmed an increase in militant activity, although Brazilian and Paraguayan officials have denied this. Authorities from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina will meet Dec. 16 to discuss responses to potential terrorist strikes in the Mercosur region, should a U.S. invasion of Iraq unleash car bombings or other retaliatory attacks by militants, Argentinian and Brazilian media reported Nov. 12. Argentina already has declared a security alert for the region.
While Qatar’s decision to establish diplomatic ties with Paraguay could be part of a broader strategy of building closer links to its trading partners, it also is possible that establishing an embassy in Asuncion will allow Doha to enhance intelligence operations and aid the U.S. war against al Qaeda. As a friendly Arab nation with a presence in the region, Qatar could insert itself into Ciudad del Este’s large Arab community and boost its own value as an intelligence-sharing partner for the United States.
Doha has its own motives for stepping up its support of U.S. operations. Qatar has come under increasing pressure from Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia, for its cooperation with Washington. After Riyadh denied Washington the use of the Prince Sultan air base to launch attacks on Iraq, the U.S. military relocated to Qatar’s al-Udeid base. And the U.S. Central Command is now in the process of relocating to Qatar as well, ostensibly in order to carry out training exercises in the region. However, the forward-deployed command and control station likely will direct the war in Iraq if it occurs.
Doha’s cooperation with the United States has caused it considerable problems, possibly including the failed coup attempt in October. The government reportedly arrested dozens of high-ranking army officials when the plot was exposed, and allegations have been made that al Qaeda was directly linked to the coup attempt. If the allegations of al Qaeda involvement are proven, then Doha will be strongly motivated to mount a counteroffensive.