07 September 2006

Half-empty vs. half-full

The Mercosur tribunal decided not to punish Argentina for the citizens' blockades that kept two international bridges (linking Argentina and Uruguay) closed for months. The blockades were in protest for the installation of two large cellulose plants in Fray Bentos, by the Uruguay River, shared between the two countries.

The Argentine government said the decission was OK (no sanctions for the country). The Uruguayan government said it was OK too (the blockades as a form of protest were much criticized). Is the glass half-full or half-empty for Argentina? I don't know. The plants are going to be built anyway, I'm afraid, and I don't know if they'll pollute the Uruguay River to the point of ruining it, but there must be a reason why the foreign companies who are building them (one Spanish, one Finnish) don't build them in their own countries...

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