Frankly, Jair, I don’t give a dam

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Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez (L) and President Bolsonaro

On the Paraná river, which divides Brazil and Paraguay, lies the Itaipu Dam, a hydroelectric complex which produces more energy than any power plant in the world. Co-owned by the two neighboring countries, Itaipu could now lead to the downfall of the sitting Paraguayan president, as well as political implications for the Jair Bolsonaro administration in Brazil.

The treaty which gave rise to the Itaipu Dam was signed in 1973, after intense negotiations between military dictatorships in both countries: led by Emílio Garrastazu Médici on the Brazilian side, and the infamous General Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay.

The agreement was that...

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