Friday, February 29, 2008

It's like a gathering of supervillians...

World News:

Neil Bush accompanies Moonies to meeting with Paraguayan

Asuncion, Feb 28 (EFE).- Neil Bush, the younger brother of U.S. President George W. Bush, and a delegation from the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Family Federation for World Peace and Unification met Thursday with Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte.

Moon's various organizations and enterprises have large landholdings in northern Paraguay, on the border with Brazil, and the country's Supreme Court rejected in mid-2007 the expropriation of more than 52,000 hectares (128,395 acres) of Moonie-owned land ordered by Congress.

The high court's ruling was harshly criticized by Duarte because the expropriation was intended to help residents of the poor, remote town of Puerto Casado.

Neil Bush later went to the Senate to take part in an international seminar, "New Leadership Paradigms in Latin America and the Caribbean at a Time of Crisis on the Global Level," organized by the federation.

Bush, who became a poster boy for the $500 billion U.S. savings and loan debacle during the 1988-1992 presidency of his father, George H.W. Bush, said in brief remarks that he had a pleasant conversation with Duarte.

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