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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Paraguay says can be launch pad for Israeli technology in Latin America

Paraguay says can be launch pad for Israeli technology in Latin America

Jerusalem Post
By SHARON UDASIN
10/27/2013 18:18

Originally from Oct 27, 2013

Paraguay, with its politically and economically stable environment, could be an ideal springboard for Israeli technologies in Latin America, a minister from the country told The Jerusalem Post in an interview last week.

Paraguayan Trade and Investment Minister Gustavo Leite spoke with the Post on the sidelines of the Water Technology and Environmental Control Exhibition and Conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday about the plethora of trade opportunities available between Israel and the South American nation.

With a favorable tax system and a stable business environment, Paraguay could be the key to providing Israeli innovators with comfortable and reliable access to the broader Latin American markets, Leite stressed.

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Wow! Is that a change?!

A few years ago, they were saying Ciudad del Este was a terrorist haven (that was a bit exaggerated).

This is good news.

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Chile plans to sell Water to Qatar

Controversy in Chile over plans to export melting glaciers to Qatar

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 19:15
Written by Jordan Greene

Chilean ambassador accuses foreign media of mischaracterizing government role in plans to export freshwater run-off from Patagonian ice field to Middle East.

A Middle Eastern newspaper caused a storm of controversy in Chile this week after publishing an article stating that Qatar would import water extracted from melting glaciers in Patagonia.

This story is beyond odd, with breaking reports and denials, then more breaking reports.

The odd thing is that Northern Chile’s Atacama desert is the driest place on earth with water shortages.

Why would a company export water to literally the opposite end of the planet when his own country needs it.

Chileans are furious about it. (Click this link to read another story about it)

It is not even clear how serious this venture was.

We have to keep an eye on it.

If it is true, Argentina (who owns the other half of Patagonia) will get into the act, and Argentina has more glaciers.

Wouldn’t it be cheaper for Qatar to build a desalinization plant?

But for that, they would have to call in Israeli expertise, not Chilean?

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The Latin American Dream

Viva Los Turcos: Latin America and the Arab connection

Despite the obstacles, Latin Americans of Middle Eastern descent seem to have been disproportionately successful. Carlos Slim Helú, the richest man in the world, according to the Forbes rich list, is a Mexican of Lebanese descent (Slim is a hispanicised version of Salim). Slim is not the only Lebanese Latin American gracing the pages of business magazines, Carlos Ghosn, the current CEO of Renault and Nissan, is a Brazilian of Lebanese descent who was Fortune magazine’s man of the year in 2003.


MY NOTE: AN ARAB LATIN MUSIC VIDEO

According to Colombian writer Luis Fayed, whilst the christian supicion of arabs’ endures in Latin America as  in all parts of the world,  Latin America is probably the place where the Arab community has achieved the most  “complete” integration of anywhere in the world. The Lebanese in Colombia feel Colombian not Lebanese, and thus do not feel the need to write about the immigrant experiences as opposed to “Arab immigrants in Europe, or (people) of other nationalities, will always write about how they’ve integrated (into the new society). They always write about that, and the difficulties they’re having, how they’ve accommodated to society. They talk about justices and injustices … They never stop having the feeling of being from (elsewhere),” he said.

The Arabic world has a long history of cultural exchange with Spain that later expanded to Latin America and continues to this day. The next time you see a girl belly dancing in a reggaeton video or a Latin American politician with an arabic last name, you can put it down to brave Middle Eastern immigrants who in spite of difficulties and discrimination have gone on to fulfil their Latin American dream.

Arabs do better in Latin America than they do in the Arab world.

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