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Jul 30, 2005 Unending Graft Is Threatening Latin America

QUOTE: Brazil's scandal is just the latest reminder of the unremitting corruption that has marked Latin American politics since colonial times, when absolute rulers regarded newly conquered realms in the New World as their personal property.

New York Times
May 20, 2001 Dam Project in Paraguay Mirrors Rift Over Riches

QUOTE: Both Yacyretá and Itaipú, an even larger dam built farther upriver in partnership with Brazil, were conceived in the early 1970's by Paraguay's dictator at the time, Gen. Alfredo Stroessner, who promised that the projects would make this poor, landlocked country of five million people "an energy superpower." A small group of businessmen, construction magnates and lawyers with close ties to Paraguay's long- ruling Colorado Party did indeed become rich, though few other Paraguayans have benefited.

New York Times
Mar 06, 2001 New Files Tie U.S. to Deaths of Latin Leftists in 1970's

QUOTE: [A recently declassified State Department] cable appeared to open new avenues of inquiry about the American role in Condor, a shadowy operation to stamp out the Latin American left that, among other things, dispatched death squads to kill critics at home and overseas.

New York Times