Paraguay’s Itaipu Dam was created over half a century ago by an agreement between the fascist dictatorships of Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay and Emilio Garrastazu Medici of Brazil. Years later, the unequal treaty over the largest hydroelectric dam in the Western Hemisphere remains a source of inequality for the Paraguayan people. So the LMC speaks w Latin American News Dispatch deputy editor Alanna Elder about the Itaipu Dam’s dark history and how it almost led to Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez’ impeachment.
Why does it seem that Paraguay is so isolated to the rest of Latin America? The answer may lie in a genocidal war that almost destroyed the country and the Guarani language that united it during reconstruction. The LMC speaks with Paraguayan writer Benjamin Fernandez Bogado to learn more about the extraordinary Guarani language. Benjamin Fernandez Bogado is also the program director for Radio Libre and a columnist for 5dias del Paraguay.