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Friday, July 21, 2006

I'M ON VACATION IN SPAIN (BUT CAN'T RESIST COMMENTING ON TODAY'S MERCOSUR MEETING)

I'm on a working vacation in Spain, where I presented my latest book Cuentos Chinos yesterday at Casa de America. But reading that Fidel Castro is getting a hero's welcome at the MERCOSUR meeting in Argentina, I can't resist making this comment: MERCOSUR's 1991 constitution has a "Democratic Clause" that specifically bars any government that does not allow fundamental freedoms and free elections to come even close to MERCOSUR. Did something happen in Cuba that I'm not aware of, or is MERCOSUR making a mockery of its own statutes?

21 Comments:

Anonymous Andy said...

Very good point. We have to wonder if any one member state will raise the issue.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous galloglass said...

They've all fallen into the Castro-Chavez orbit. Those words mean nothing to them.

1:52 PM  
Blogger I.MATZ said...

After 47 years is Cuba a "role model" to follow for the Americas for the accomplishments of the Fidel Revolution.
1-Could it in the economic accomplishments standards of the Cubans?
2-Could be in the political & Human Rights of the Cubans?
3-Could it be in moral values of the Cuban Families accomplished by the Revolution?
I.Matz

7:13 PM  
Blogger Henry "Conductor" Gomez said...

Castro is making an ass of himself in Argentina.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Gustavo said...

It seems like president will sell their souls to be on Chavez's good side.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andres, don't give me that nonsense about basic "freedoms". Hispanics are known worldwide for their intolerance. Dare say anything bad about Hispanics, regardless if it is true or not, and they will:
1) bash your head in
and
2) turn you into the FBI for a "hate crimes" violation.

Paul Thorsen
PThorsen240@aol.com

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it never had any statures if written by dictators and half democrats themselves!!
wake up America
its been 48 years and we still trying to solve issues wiht half nots.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hispanics are known worldwide for their intolerance (???)
Yes, we like heterosexual relations.

1:38 AM  
Anonymous Eduardo said...

Paul when you say "Hispanics are known worldwide for their intolerance" are you talking about Cubans? I'm not Cuban.
Intolerance means do nothing in almost 50 years?
That word, Intolerance;from Latin is shared word in english and Hispanic, sorry, spanish.
How could this word has a different meaning when it comes from the same root?

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul:

In what meandering disaster of pseudo-intellectual psychosis you have been living? Your constant bashing of people of Spanish or Portuguese descent just seems crazy. Haven’t you realized that you are desperately trying to justify hate against a very large group of people that does not necessarily share the characteristics you attribute to them, and in the process making an ass out of yourself?. If Latinos were gone, who would you go after, the Jews?, then who? Italians, or maybe catholic Irish people?

Just as one couldn’t condemn nordic Ibsen, Grieg or Munch for your racist opinions, you can’t condemn a whole continent for such caricature like depictions. I could go all crazy against Nordic barbarism, backed up by such great northern Europeans as Nietzsche and Schopenhauer (who sustained some very critical opinions against Nordic barbarism), maybe I could argument on Mediterranean catholic superiority (based on pro catholic leniencies of Edward Gibbon, etc) or I could show the plain disgrace a northern European racist, Karl Marx, brought to the world with just his resented thoughts; but that would be plain crazy, I am not surrendering to such man-phobic status.

Illegal activities by a group of people can not be justified; neither can they be used to condemn a whole country, race or continent; especially when it contains loyal allies.

Much against what you describe, a lot of Latinos respect the hard earned leadership of the USA in the world, a very plural country where two members of the cabinet are of Spanish ancestry, where Latinos are working as heads of research labs or as simple janitors.

Hate can not be justified, it is just a feeling. However I (and I suspect a lot of Spanish/Portuguese descents) have not done nothing against you, for you to hate us.

I respect your willingness to discuss, but I can’t but condemn the irrational hate you exhibit to a whole continent or people, no matter if these are Latin-Americans, Jews, African-Americans, Catholics, etc.


Ludwig Trillo

12:13 PM  
Blogger Boli-Nica said...

Castro is like Mr. Burns, barely alive. He looks like he is on his last legs.

As for "Paulito" he is clearly obsessed with everyone descended or connected in any way with the Iberian peninsula.
Methinks he get dumped by a latina woman, or his wife ran off with a latino.

4:53 PM  
Blogger leftside said...

Andres, I can see how it would upset you that Castro comes and steals the show in Cordoba. Instead of world leaders getting bood everytime they meet, these were actually cheered (loudly). But I am confused how exactly a "democracy clause" among Mercosur signess would affect a bi-lateral trade deal with an outside country?

According to the final declaration of Cordoba, Mercosur emphasised its commitment to "expand and intensify the trade bonds with different countries and groups of countries in other regions, as a means of opening new markets and obtaining a greater projection of the bloc as a player in the international scenario."

In this vein, Brazil plans to focus the next 6 months on securing a similar deal with the Gulf States, meaning Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, etc - not exactly upholders of the democracy clause. Will we hear you up in arms over this, or about the US' imminent deal with Vietnam? Or is this just another manifestation of the anti-Cuban fetish rampant among Herald employees?

8:26 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

I think the Mercosur-ites could be just dumb enough to take castro at his word when he says he's a "revolutionary democracy." They might be letting the bearded monster in on that technicality.

But there's also a practical theory too - the wily Mercosur-ites are just letting Chavez have his fun till they milk him dry. What's the harm of letting him cavort with castro on their real estate? I honestly don't think they really like that pair. Especially if they start getting hungry in their isolated trade state and Chavez and castro are all there is to eat.

9:02 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Boli: That guy's so bad he probably ran into a Ecuadoran woman named Lorena, had a bad experience, and the result is his current state!

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mercosur has invited Castro to the meeting and signed agreements with Cuba, because Chavez has asked them to do so. After all, remember how is buying Argentina`s debt bonds, how is buying Brazilian airplanes and tanker ships, how is giving money to Uruguay and Paraguay. Everybody is trying to get a piece of Chavez petroleum cake.

Sadly Chavez has been successfully buying wills with oil.

3:39 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

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7:56 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

No wonder Latam is swinging right. This kind of crap disgusts people.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmhh...Latam is swinging right? just a few months ago, maybe a year, Latam was swinging left...Maybe you should stop generalizing about a whole region just because of the outcome of a couple of elections. History has shown that drawing regional tendencies (specially in Latam) after national changes leads to many misinterpretations and errors.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don’t think Latin America is swing right because of what Chavez is doing. I was amazed to see Humala and Obrador lose the elections in their countries; after all, most of the people are poor educated and the love “populismo.” This populismo is well exploited by the left tendency politicians such as Chavez.

Remember that the elections in Peru and Mexico were defined by a really small vote difference.

We will probably see a divided Latin America; some countries will fall into this populismo crap and some others will try to implement changes to be more competitive in the new open market world, guess how is doing what?

ESG, in CCS Venezuela

8:08 AM  
Blogger Martin Bolivar said...

The petroleum cake, as I read in a previous post, is only an ilusion as Latin America economic's growing.

3:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Paul Thornsen:
Are all people of danish descent as stupid as you sound?

5:03 PM  

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