Unlike his friend Pinochet, Alfredo Stroessner‘s day has come. The ex-dictator of Paraguay has died at the age of 93 in exile in Brazil after a month in the hospital.
Unlike other controversial Latin American dictators, Stroessner has kept a relatively low profile since his exile in 1989. From 20 Minutos:
Stroessner was born in Encarnación, in Southern Paraguay, November 3, 1912, and resided in Brasilia since two days after his defeat on February 3, 1989.
The dictatorship he led for nearly 25 years concluded that day, when a coup de etat led by the now deceased general Andrés Rodríguez, then commander of the cavalry and in-law of Stroessner, was triumphant.
Rodríguez was de facto president for one month and then called for elections, from which he emerged as constitutional Head of State.
He remained in the government until 1993, when he was succeeded by Juan Carlos Wasmosy, the first civilian to govern Paraguay in 40 years.
During this exile in Brasilia, Stroessner strictly respected the silence imposed upon him by Brasilian authorities in exchange for offering him asylum and lived in absolute discretion.
Despite repeated attempts to have Stroessner extradited to his native country, Paraguayan authorities were unsuccessful in removing him from Brazil.
Via / 20 Minutos
A recent ad sponsored by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has come to my attention because it is coming under attack from both Republicans and Democrats for being offensive to Latinos.
Pedro Celis, chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, said in a statement Tuesday that the DSCC should remove the ad because it vilifies illegal Hispanic immigrants and is “appalling.”
Houston City Councilwoman Carol Alvarado, a Democrat, sent a letter to DSCC Chairman Sen. Charles Schumer of New York asking that the ad be pulled. She said it could alienate Latino voters.
There’s a really interesting article up at AlterNet today regarding the first commercial airline bombing on Oct. 6, 1976.
Cuban-American terrorists and mercenaries blew up a Cuban civilian airliner. All 73 on board went down to a fiery and gruesome death, including the teenage members of the Cuban fencing team returning from a competition in Venezuela.
The article goes on to point the finger at well known figures in the Cuban exile community in Florida, namely Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch and well known exile organizations like Alpha 66, Omega 7, Brothers To The Rescue, and Commandos L. The most disturbing thing though is that according to the article the individuals and organizations are being protected by the U.S. government.