I have a short piece about Paraguay in today's Latin American Advisor, sandwiched (along with Joy Olson, suddenly a champion of Latin American democracy) between golpista Paraguayan Senator and Monologue member Sebastián Acha and John F. Maisto, mealy-mouthed former U.S. ambassador to the OAS, Nicaragua and Venezuela and Advisor board member. An English translation of an article published in El Clarín lays it out in somewhat greater detail, asking: Paraguay, Another Honduras?
On the crazy front, Good Couper Marco Cáceres publishes this piece of idiocy on his blog: Lugo Ousting in Paraguay No Coup in which the author (someone you've never heard of) argues (never mind due process) that Lugo's ouster was legal and so not a coup:
Not everything that is undemocratic is a coup. Saying an event is not a coup does not make it fully democratic. There is a middle ground between "democracy" and "coup" that we're forced to deal with in this hemisphere on a daily basis.
What balance! What middle ground. So reasonable.
And Michael Shifter, while maintaining a clear position regarding lack of due process, uses the Paraguayan coup to legitimate the Honduran coup, asserting counterfactually that [Zelaya had committed] "a clear violation of constitutional order" in El Comercio:
Se ha comparado el caso con el de Honduras. ¿Ve usted relación?
El mejor equivalente probablemente sea el de Abdalá Bucaram en Ecuador. En 1997
fue separado por incapacidad mental en un acto donde el Congreso tuvo mucho que ver.
Lo de Honduras fue muy diferente y una violación clara del orden constitucional.