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May 01, 2009

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Ah, the paper mill in Uruguay! This brings back memories.

It's not often that you see "Finlandia - Terrorista Ambiental!"-placates in South America. Or public desecrations of Finnish flag by Argentine activists. Hey, the word is that they even burned some.

For a brief moment, I felt some affinity with the people from the United States. Especially since Jussi Pakkasvirta noted that "the Finnish state is nowadays widely seen around South America as a neo-colonialist actor".

I'm still wondering why didn't we go all the way and send in the troops? Hey, I'm still young enough to be drafted, and I've never been to South America.


Cheers,

J. J.


I'm still wondering why didn't we go all the way and send in the troops? Hey, I'm still young enough to be drafted, and I've never been to South America.

Beware the Brazilian women.

The ones I've encountered make the Ukrainian ones seem drama free.

I think that we'd an exchange about Mercosur a few years ago.

The original motivation for an EEC-style Mercosur also strikes me as ... unusual. Cardoso's autobiography suggests that he as a way to bring Argentina and Brazil together and in so doing prevent future conflict, just as the EEC brought together France and West Germany. Which makes sense, except for Argentina and Brazil not fighting a series of bitter wars and being brought together by a threatening totalitarian empire just over the horizon.

Anyway. Maybe Brazil is trying to bring Venezuela into the fold and in so doing neutralizing potential future sources of conflict and instability, while retaining the ability to exert its latent hegemony via (say) seats in the parliament and grateful allies abroad?

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