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Saturday, April 26, 2008

i confess, i'm fascinated by the turn of events in paraguay...

Counting ballots in Paraguay
Even before [the] official results were announced, Lugo supporters were in the streets celebrating what many called a dream come true.

"I came here to vote for Lugo, and now I'm here for him. I came here to vote, and I voted, and now I'm here, present for my president. President Lugo, President Lugo!" chanted an elderly Graciela Bogadin in both Spanish and Guarani. The people around her cheered. Bogadin is a Paraguayan who has lived in Argentina for many years. She is one of the thousands who came back to vote in yesterday's historic elections and who descended on Asuncion's Heroe's Pantheon last night for the victory celebration.

i'm liking what i'm hearing so far...
In a pre-election interview with the LA Times, Lugo noted Washington"s sometimes-contradictory role in Latin America saying “The United States . . . has sustained the great dictatorships, but afterward lifted the banner of democracy.” He went on to say that Washington must acknowledge a new scenario in which Latin American governments "won"t accept any type of intervention from any country, no matter how big it is."

we should all be paying attention to this one...

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