Skip to comments.Bush Paraguay Land Grab Incites Unease
Posted on 10/19/2006 1:46:58 PM PDT by NapkinUser
Asuncion, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) The land grab project of US President George W. Bush in Chaco, Paraguay, has generated considerable discomfort both politically and environmentally.
The news circulating the continent about plans to buy 98,840 acres of land in Chaco, Paraguay, near the Triple Frontier (Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay) is the talk of the town in these countries.
Although official sources have not confirmed the information that is already public, the land is reportedly located in Paso de Patria, near Bolivian gas reserves and the Guarani indigenous water region, within the Triple Border.
Alto Paraguay Gov. Erasmo Rodriguez Acosta revealed he heard that part of the land purchase consists of an ecological reserve (Fundacion Patria), with which Bush is affiliated.
In its interview with Rodriguez Acosta, neike.com.py reported that he does not have documentation of this affiliation and it could not communicate either with the foundation or with the National Rural Development and Land Institute, in charge of these state lands.
Concern increased last week with the arrival of Bush" daughter, Jenna, and a source from the Physical Planning Department saying that most of the Chaco region belongs to private companies.
Luis D"Elia, Argentina´s undersecretary for Land for Social Habitat, says the matter raises regional concern because it threatens local natural resources.
He termed it surprising that the Bush family is trying to settle a few short miles from the US Mariscal Estigarribia Military Base.
Argentinean Adolfo Perez Esquivel warned that the real war will be fought not for oil, but for water, and recalled that Acuifero Guaraní is one of the largest underground water reserves in South America, running beneath Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay (larger than Texas and California together).
The southern US states are already struggling with water shortages," asserted the 1980 Nobel Peace Prizewinner.
Orlando Castillo, Paraguay Peace and Justice Service member, recalled the US military buildup in Chaco under a bilateral agreement.
What is in the water down there? Nuts.
Yep, the left gets loonier by the day.
Dummies have been all over this for at least a week. Multiple news articles and speculation that the Bush family will try to escape prosecution.
Say hello to Fidel for me
Prensa Latina is the Cuban news agency.
"Land grab" <> land purchase.
Aw, you beat me to it!
I don't even know about this at all. It come up on my daily news search, so I thought I'd post this. The source may (or may not) be some left-wing rag, but so is the New York Times, and that's posted here all the time.
Odd how everything you post had a hate Bush or Hate the GOP spin to it. Why is that?
Yes, but it's the left-wing rag of record!
Please explain to me "everything" I post. If you're going to go into that, know what you are saying.
The Estigarribia airbase was constructed in the 1980s for US technicians hired by the Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner, and is capable of housing large troops units The base has an enormous radar system, huge hangars and an air traffic control tower. The airstrip itself is larger than the one at the international airport in Asuncion, the Paraguayan capital. It's oversized for the Paraguayan air force, which only has a handful of small aircrafts Pope John Paul II was there in May 1988 when he visited the town of Santa Teresita, 3 kilometers away Estigarribia has a population of about 2000, which 300 belongs to the 6th Infantry Division, 3rd Corps, paraguayan army garrison On a May 2005 agreement, Paraguay allows United States to use the base
Oh, Oh. MNJohnnie's after you now. Better lock your doors.
Probably a contingency landing strip for the Space Shuttle. Looks long enough. We've got them all over the world.
It's probably a Plan C landing strip for B-52's post nuclear exchange -- as there would be no place to come home to.
That, or a staging area.
We are what?
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