Posts Tagged ‘Fernando Lugo’

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Diminishing differences between Kirchner and military dictator that invaded Falklands in 1982
Cristina Kirchner may be more Machiavelli than Clausewitz, but, like Galtieri, she’s using the Falklands to distract from the increasing domestic problems that are festering under her tenure

Politics and crime in Colombia
Double agent

FARC Smuggle Explosives into Cities via Ecuador Border: Police

WATCHDOGS: Solons worry Medicare billions going to Castro, Cuba

Medicare fraud worth billions may be steered to Cuba

“Subversive monstrosity”: 500 Cubans attend internet festival in Havana

The Cuba Fallacy

Hiding Cuba’s crimes behind gay rights lies

Cuban activist Bismark Mustelier sentenced to 2 years in prison

WikiLeaks Finds Its True Home In Banana Republic Ecuador

Julian Assange Might Want to Think Twice About Seeking Asylum in Ecuador
The Ecuadorian government has treated media organizations harshly, though its president seemed to show sympathy for Wikileaks during a recent, collegial TV interview with Assange.

WikiLeaks’s Assange, Ecuador’s Correa, and the Politics of Anti-Americanism

Otto Reich: US Should Not Sign New Trade Agreements with Ecuador

Self-determination in the South Atlantic

Violence in Honduras
The eye of the storm
Timid steps to tame the world’s most violent country

Organised crime in Jamaica
Dudus gets his due


And how did it go at the G20?

Mexico election diary
#YoSoy132 at a crossroads

Mexico ready to vote, watchful for fraud

Will the PRI Retake Mexico?
Mexican progress may depend on who comes in second in July’s presidential election.

Paternity suits, cancer, and now, impeachment, for the bishop-turned-president: Paraguay Senate says impeachment trial of president will start on Friday (slideshow).

Paraguay’s president vows to fight impeachment

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo vowed on Thursday to stand and fight rather than resign after his opponents launched an impeachment drive over a land eviction in which 17 people died last week.

Is it a coup in Paraguay?

Puerto Rico governor presses for bigger federal presence in Caribbean

Crews put boom around freighter grounded off Puerto Rico island, no signs of pollution

Puerto Rican Militant Accepts Plea Deal in Big 1983 U.S. Heist

Uruguay marijuana sales to be controlled by state
Uruguay is planning a radical approach to the legalisation of marijuana by proposing the sale of the drug be controlled by the state.
Well, that’s one way to make sure the politicians get rich. (h/t GoV)

Venezuela’s presidential election
Hugo’s last hurrah
In an election campaign like no other, Hugo Chávez must vanquish his own illness as well as an invigorated opposition

The week’s posts:
Whittle on Fast & Furious

Obama: Latinos in, utensils out!

Paraguay: Lugo impeached

Holder in contempt

Why executive privilege over Fast & Furious?

Assange wants asylum in Ecuador

Smart diplomacy: As global leaders gather in Mexico, Obama chews gum

The problem with Panama

At Hot Air: Paraguay: Lugo will be spending time with his families.

Paraguay: Lugo will be spending more time with his families

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

As previously posted, Fernando Lugo, the Catholic bishop(*) who’s sired at least a dozen children by several women (at least one of which was underage at the time), has crowned his political career by getting himself impeached.

As Carlos Eire put it, the impeachment is good news from Latin America, for a change.

The Diplomad has more,

Lugo. I have met him on three occasions, once in Paraguay and twice in Washington. How do I put this diplomatically and delicately? He is certifiably insane. He is the stuff of novels and comedy movies. A Catholic bishop gone mad who promotes a weird blend of populism, sixteenth century anti-Protestant dogma, a dash of Marxism, some anti-US rhetoric, and some other odds and ends. He had become a follower of Venezuela’s ailing Hugo Chavez and Ecuador’s increasingly unstable Rafael Correa, and at the OAS and the UN, Paraguay took on the anti-US rhetoric of his ALBA masters. As a priest, he had several children, some of whom he officially acknowledged as his. Paraguayans frequently referred to Lugo as “the father of our country.”

Lugo used his office to promote land seizures and, frankly, violence against landowners by the poor. For him, the law was a flexible, plastic, pliable material which could be bent, pulled, and twisted into whatever form he saw fit. He encouraged violence, and he got it; dead cops and dead poor people. The Paraguayan congress had enough of the violence and wackiness, impeached and convicted him in rapid fire order, and swore in Vice President Federico Franco. President Franco will hold the office until national elections in 2013. The new chief executive has run into a firestorm of criticism from around the region, especially the Chavez controlled ALBA nations, but others as well. Lots of gnashing of teeth and rending over garments over the supposed lack of due process, with some alleging the Congressional action is tantamount to a coup a la Honduras.

Third, I am no Paraguayan constitutional expert, but any process that involves open voting by elected officials, and does not involve firing squads or electrodes to the genitals, is a dramatic improvement over what has happened before in Latin America and Paraguay. To have your process criticized as undemocratic by the likes of Castro and Chavez is no shame.

Fourth, this is an opportunity for the US to begin to undermine ALBA influence and shore up a rocky democratic regime. The worst thing we can is criticize, criticize, criticize, and do what we did in Honduras–i.e., let Venezuela take the lead. The US should act like a democratic superpower and not let ourselves get steamrolled by loud Latin American executives who do not like to see fellow chief executives removed, even by democratic means.

Lugo’s crying coup, while new president Federico Franco explained the impeachment,

The transition took place with little unrest, while the usual Latin American lefties aren’t happy.

Cross-posted in The Green Room. Hat tip: Phineas.

*Note: As a couple of readers correctly point out, Lugo is no longer a bishop,

Born in 1951, Mr Lugo became a priest in 1977, and served as a missionary in Ecuador for five years.

In 1992 he was appointed head of the Divine Word order in Paraguay. He was ordained a bishop in 1994, and then served for 10 years as the bishop of the poor region of San Pedro.

There, his support for landless peasants earned him the reputation of “bishop for the poor”.

He came to national prominence in March 2006 when he helped lead a big opposition rally in the capital, Asuncion.

He resigned from the priesthood in December that year, as the Paraguayan constitution prohibits ministers of any faith from standing as a political candidate.

The Vatican initially refused to accept his resignation, arguing that serving as a priest was a lifetime commitment and instead suspended him from his duties.

However, in July, Pope Benedict XVI granted Mr Lugo an unprecedented waiver to remove his clerical status.

I should have said “former Catholic bishop.”

He still wears custom-made suits with a clerical collar.

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Paraguay: Lugo impeached

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

This just in,

Linked by,
Good News: Paraguay Demonstrates More Sack Than The U.S. Congress. Bad News: Franco Back In Power

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, February 21st, 2011

73% of Argentine journalists support controversial media law, survey finds

Alternative investments in Brazil
The buys from Brazil
This year’s hot market for private-equity firms and hedge-fund managers

The FARC’s farce

Colombia and the United States
Trade disunion
Santos’s China card

Costa Rica Loses Land and Seeks an Army

Sen. Rubio Questions “Risk” Of Increased Cuba Travel

No education is worth your freedom

Report: Cardinal Ortega tells Cuba prisoner of conscience Iván Hernández he’s about to be released (UPDATED)

“Comrade” Granma

It’s not time to remove Cuba from the terror list

Quick Cartoon: Cuba Change

Monster or victim?
A court in Ecuador controversially fines Chevron a whopping $9 billion

Sting “ringleader” re-enters Chevron-Ecuador case

Why is Honduras so poor?

Gobierno debe resolver problema de identificación

US immigration agent killed by gunmen in Mexico

Mexico’s Real War

Panistas laying the groundwork

In Cuba for medical treatment, Paraguayan president meets with Raúl and Fidel Castro

WikiLeaks: Toledo and Humala exploited border dispute to appeal Peru’s nationalist sentiments

Libya: Gadhafi Did Not Flee To Venezuela, at least for now. It would be a Burn After Reading situation, “Put him on a plane to Venezuela!”

Venezuela continues its plunge into Cuba-style tyranny

Revolutionary priorities

Criminals or dissidents?
A jailed judge pays the price for defying the president

The week’s posts and podcasts
At Real Clear World, The Hunger Strike in Venezuela


Spotlight on Brazil’s election

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Today Brazil is holding a presidential election:

The popular and successful Silva, commonly referred to as Lula, is stepping down after serving two consecutive terms, the most allowed under the country’s constitution.

His former chief of staff and Silva’s hand-picked successor, Dilma Rousseff, 62, is widely expected to win the election. She represents the ruling Workers Party and is a former left-wing dissident who was jailed by Brazil’s military regime for two years in the early 1970s.

Opinion polls conducted before the vote showed Rousseff with a lead of about 20 percentage points over her closest rival, Jose Serra, a 68-year-old centrist from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party who was heavily defeated by Silva in the 2002 election.

Lula already voted, and wished he was a candidate (link in Spanish):

I’ll be posting on the results tomorrow.

Al-Jazeera filed a video report from a small town in Southern Brazil, and how Lula’s social programs are considered counterproductive,

Al-Jazeera is probably the only international network doing this type of reporting.

Also in the news in Brazil, Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo (he, the Bishop of the paternity suits) was flown from Asuncion, Paraguay, to Sao Paolo, Brazil, following a stroke during a course of chemotherapy for his lymphatic cancer.


This week in Latin America

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Since I spent the greater part of last week down with a very heavy cold, I didn’t have much opportunity to do the research for a good Carnival. Instead, today I have a few articles, and a great podcast.

First, the podcast:
At 11AM Eastern, blog reader and commenter Jose Angel will be calling from Mexico, and will talk about what we need to know about Mexico.

A great must-read on Latin American history:
Mary O’Grady writes about Manuel Ayau: Champion of Liberty
He opened Latin America’s eyes to the true source of prosperity.

The article is by subscription only, but Ayau, founder of the prestigious Francisco Marroquín University (UFM), dedicated his life to learning, promoting free thought, “to study and disseminate the ethical, economic and legal principles of a free society.” At the UFM,

“All students regardless of discipline are taught the causes and origins of the wealth of nations.”

We need that in each and every college and university here in the USA.

Don’t miss also John Bolton’s article on The Chavez Threat

On the world stage, Chavez’s behavior is increasingly ominous. As Fidel Castro has aged and Cuba’srelations with Russia have faded, Chavez has stepped forward. He has engaged in extensive military cooperation with Moscow, including major acquisitions of conventional weapons, from infantry rifles to sophisticated, high-end weapons well beyond any conceivably legitimate requirements of Venezuela’s military. Chavez’s purchases of advanced-model Kalashnikov assault rifles, some Venezuelan businessmen and former diplomats suggest, are meant to arm campesino “militias” that will rally to him if Venezuela’s military ever threatens his regime, or the weapons may be destined for revolutionary or terrorist groups. In either case, the consequences would be profoundly negative.

Beyond enhancing his own swaggering reputation, Chavez’s growing closeness with Russia and Iranon nuclear matters should be our greatest concern. For decades, after military governments fell in Brazil and Argentina, Latin America prided itself on avoiding the dangers of nuclear proliferation. The 1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco symbolized this perceived immunity, but the region’s nuclear-free status is today gravely threatened.

Now, Venezuela is openly helping Iran evade international sanctions imposed because of Tehran’snuclear weapons program. Along with the refined petroleum products it supplies Tehran, Chavez allows Iranian banks and other sanctioned enterprises to use Caracas as a base for conducting business internationally and, reportedly, to facilitate Hezbollah’s activity in the hemisphere.

Even more alarming, Venezuela claims Iran is helping develop its uranium reserves, reportedly among the largest in the world. Indeed, the formal agreement between them signed two years ago for cooperation in the nuclear field could easily result in a uranium-for-nuclear-knowhow trade. In addition, Chavez has a deal with Russia to build a reactor in Venezuela. All of which may signal a dangerous clandestine nuclear weapons effort, perhaps as a surrogate for Iran, as has been true elsewhere, such as in Syria.

Here are a few articles and posts on our hemisphere:
Your Argentine Meat Team is in Big Trouble …Beef in Argentina Today

Argentina and Chile have frictions diplomats for an extradition request
and Bilateral meeting scheduled
Piñera to discuss extradition case with CFK

Igor Passes Near Bermuda as Category 1 Hurricane

Storm clouds ahead

Dominican Republic or Bust

El cáncer de Fernando Lugo agudiza la crisis política en Paraguay

Former Los Alamos scientist indicted on nuclear charges

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear scientist and his wife were indicted on charges of trying to provide nuclear secrets to Venezuela, but U.S. officials stressed the Venezuelan government knew nothing about the plans.

The officials said they have no information from the undercover operation that Hugo Chavez’s government has any plans to try to build a nuclear weapon.

The Venezuela News and Views final 2010 vote prediction (well, maybe)

At the Chiguirre Bipolar, “Estar Cuar”, la batalla galáctica del 26-S (in Spanish) 26-S refers to the upcoming elections on September 26.
Installment 1:

Venezuela’s economy
Disappearing dollars
An oil producer’s strange foreign-exchange squeeze


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Kirchner presiona a los jueces de la Corte por la Ley de Medios

President’s Chosen Successor Widens Lead in Brazil Poll

Still on top

American brothers

The trapped Chilean miners

Colombia’s new president
Opening gambits
Juan Manuel Santos takes charge

His own man

Colombia, Venezuela Reestablish Diplomatic Ties

El Gobierno heroico de Álvaro Uribe

Colombia and Venezuela to restore political ties


Audio evidence of the Castro regime’s brutal repression of Reina Luisa Tamayo Otro domingo de represión contra Reina Luisa Zapata Tamayo y sus familiares.

Cuba’s Cash-for-Doctors Program
Thousands of its health-care missionaries flee mistreatment.

Cuba’s Fidel Castro
A ghost reappears
Fidel’s return is a mixed blessing for his brother

The desperate “Cuba Expert”

Six freed Cubans demand refugee status; say they will sue Spain if they don’t get it

The Wait

Human Rights Commission expresses concern over threats to Dominican journalist

Ecuador’s Chevron shakedown
Environmental case designed to grab billions

2 Are Convicted in Plot to Bomb Kennedy Airport

Clouds gather over Wyclef Jean’s Haiti bid

Sean Penn questions Wyclef Jean bid for Haitian presidency

La Influencia Militar Alemana en Honduras

La Gringa’s Cinnamon Ice Cream

En la cocina

Don’t forget to check out what’s new at Honduras blogs, where I found the superfantastic May-hem

Mexico and drugs
Thinking the unthinkable
Amid drug-war weariness, Felipe Calderón calls for a debate on legalisation

Fox vs. Calderón, Round Six Million

Obama, Border Security and The Emerging Failed State of Mexico

Mexican Police Protest Corruption in Ciudad Juarez

Mexico drug cartels thrive despite Calderon’s offensive
Nearly four years after President Felipe Calderon launched a military-led crackdown, the cartels are smuggling more narcotics into the U.S., amassing bigger fortunes and extending dominion at home.

Quote of the day: Nicaragua

Should a road be built to connect Panama and Colombia?

Volvo Gets Order For 1,000 Buses To Panama City

Doctors confirm Paraguay’s Lugo has cancer. Let’s hope the SOB pays his child support: New paternity test for Paraguay’s President Lugo
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has been ordered to take a DNA test to see if he is the father of a two-year-old boy, as the child’s mother claims

Tensions Over Chinese Mining Venture in Peru

Peru stock market integration with Colombia, Chile faces obstacles, says analyst

Sonia Breccia trafico de influencia con Tabare Vasquez

San Pedro Alejandrino, as much a place of reckoning as ever

Latin American brawl

The Case of the Vanishing Monetary Base Data

Barrio de lejos, barrio de cerca, barrio cara a cara…

Military Prosecutor goes after retired General for denouncing Cuban presence in Armed Forces

The Human Wrongs of Hugo Chavez

Florida Attorney General Proposes Stricter Immigration Law


Sheriffs unhappy with ICE chief visit

The Laredo Truthers Ride Again Laredo “invasion” nonsense rides again

Conservative Hispanic radio show debuts in Dallas; KVCE live feed here


Cuba: Fariñas asks Chilean president to intervene at the UN for Cuban political prisoners

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas has requested that Chilean President Sebastián Piñera to officially request that the United Nations convene a Security Council meeting to discuss Cuba’s human rights violations, and the plight of political prisoners.

President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay has volunteered his services to mediate with the Communist regime, as if there was any middle ground.

Fariñas is currently on hunger strike to call international attention to his cause. As you may recall, Osvaldo Zapata Tamayo died earlier this month from his hunger strike, after being tortured by the regime “excellent medical care” by being denied hydration.

Cuban artist Geandy Pavon protests by projecting the image of Orlando Zapata Tamayo upon the facade of the Cuban Mission to the UN building in NYC,

Via Babalu

Chile: The inaugural quake

Friday, March 12th, 2010

A heck of a way to cut down the length of a speech,

Chile’s Inauguration Jolted by Aftershocks
Piñera Sworn In Quickly as Quakes Send Dignitaries Out of Hall, Serving Notice That Agenda Will Focus on Recovery

Three large aftershocks from last month’s massive earthquake struck just as Chile’s new president took power, delivering a tangible reminder that the forces that dominated his predecessor’s final days will also shape Sebastián Piñera’s new conservative administration.

Mr. Piñera, a 60-year-old billionaire elected on a pledge to run Chile like a business, was traveling by car to his inauguration in the port city of Valparaiso late Thursday morning when one 6.9 magnitude quake hit. Two more struck later, prompting officials to rush through the swearing-in ceremony, cancel the postinauguration luncheon, and evacuate the congress building of assembled dignitaries, who included Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and Colombian President Álvaro Uribe.

Outside, in an impromptu press conference, Mr. Piñera’s first act as president was to announce a tsunami warning. “Citizens who live on the coast, please follow the preventive tsunami alert,” Mr. Piñera said. “The most important thing right now is making sure everyone is safe,”

There were no reports of tsunamis or fatalities from the aftershocks, and the alert was lifted in the early afternoon.

It’s a testament to Chile’s infrastructure that a 6.9 earthquake did so little damage, particularly after the prior two recent earthquakes – the 8.8 earthquake two Saturdays ago, and the 6.0 aftershock last week.

The Journal made an error in the caption for the above photo, where they say,

At the inauguration, Bolivian President Evo Morales, left, President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, center, and Peru’s President Alan Garcia, right, joked that the aftershocks gave them “a moment to dance.”

The man on the right (but only in the photo, not politically) is Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador.

Lugo appeals court order for DNA test

Sunday, June 21st, 2009


Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo, who you may remember has acknowledged paternity of at least one child, is still disputing allegations by Benigna Leguizamón that he is the father of her six year old son.

Benigna Leguizamón, who is now 27, took Lugo to court and the court ordered that Lugo submit to a DNA test. Now Lugo is appealing the court’s decision. His pretext is that he doesn’t want to travel to the town where the court insists the tests be made.

Lugo is a despicable, immoral man (and I use the word “man” for lack of another). Leguizamón, a poor woman who has resorted to the law in order to make her claim, started working for Lugo as his cleaning lady when she was in her teens (my sources say she was fifteen). She has previously declared that he wouldn’t even help her buy Christening clothes for the baby that he himself baptized.

In the meantime, he wears custom-made suits made to look like clerical garb.


Prior posts on Lugo here.

Via Rita, the FaceBook group, YO TAMBIÉN SOY HIJO/A DE LUGO