Syndicated News from Paraguay
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 19:02:15 GMT
Bolivia, Paraguay mend fences after 18-month freezePress TVBolivia and Paraguay have announced their agreement to re-establish bilateral relations, and end an 18-month break in the diplomatic relations between the two South American states. The announcement came on Friday following a private meeting between ...
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:18:17 GMT
Paraguay: Congress Asked to Void Resolution Against MaduroPrensa Latina09 de diciembre de 2013, 16:58Asuncion, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Affairs Committee of Paraguay''s Chamber of Deputies today asked the plenary to void a resolution adopted last year against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In another step ...
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:26:51 GMT
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:20:45 GMT
Guerrillas Step Up Campaign in ParaguayNew York TimesWielding assault rifles, they arrived at the remote cattle ranch clad in ?para'i,? or camouflage, according to survivor accounts in Guaraní, the indigenous language that prevails here in Paraguay's northern frontier. They abducted security guards at ...
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:42:29 GMT
Players Magda and Iracelma Miss Match Against ParaguayAllAfrica.comThe players Magda Cazanga and Iracelma Patricia will not play the Monday match against Paraguay in the second round of group C in Zrenjanin in the senior females handball world cup, taking place in Serbia this year. The two handball players are injured ...and more »
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:15:42 GMT
Paraguay senator loses immunity after public pressureBBC NewsThe senate in Paraguay has bowed to public pressure and lifted the immunity of a senator who has been accused of corruption. Senator Victor Bogado from the governing Colorado Party will now have to respond to allegations that he made fraudulent ...
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:13:30 GMT
S&P affirms Paraguay's BB-/B ratingsReutersDec 6 (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Friday affirmed Paraguay's BB-minus/single-B foreign and local currency long-term and short-term sovereign credit ratings. The rating outlook remains stable. For more information, please see:.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:19:57 GMT
Latin American Herald Tribune
Guerrillas Kill Soldier in ParaguayLatin American Herald TribuneGuerrillas Kill Soldier in Paraguay. ASUNCION ? A soldier was killed and another was wounded in a shootout Sunday with Army of the Paraguayan People (EPP) guerrillas, Interior Minister Francisco de Vargas said. The soldier is the first killed by the ...
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:51:47 GMT
Guarani Language on Paraguay Facebook for 3 MonthsABC NewsParaguayans can now navigate social media, post and poke in their country's main indigenous language following the launch of a Guarani version of Facebook. The version with Guarani settings will be available in Paraguay for three months. It will then ...and more »
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:03:59 GMT
Angola Beat Paraguay 37-12AllAfrica.comAngola's national senior women handball team Monday beat Paraguay by 37-12 in a Group C match of the second leg, underway until 22 December in Serbia. With the win, the National team ensure qualification for the 8th finals of the competition. In the ...
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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.