Posted by msrb on February 24, 2010
32 Latin American and Caribbean leaders back Argentine claim to Falkland Islands
“What is the geographic, the political or economic explanation for England to be in Las Malvinas? Could it be because England is a permanent member of the UN’s Security Council where they can do everything and the others nothing?” Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (L) waves next to her Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon before the inauguration of Latin American leaders summit in Cancun February 22, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar. Image may be subject to copyright.
Latin American and Caribbean leaders at the Cancun Summit in Mexico have unanimously backed Argentine claim over the Falkland Islands, condemning oil drilling operations by a British company.
Desire Petroleum, a UK firm, began drilling for oil off the Falkland Islands yesterday despite strong objection by Argentina.
Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had earlier ruled out any possibility of military action, saying that her country would pursue talks at the UN, and negotiate sovereignty with the UK.
The Argentine foreign minister is scheduled to to meet with the UN Secretary General in New York to pursue the diplomatic line.
The leaders of 32 Latin American and Caribbean nations yesterday pledged “backing for Argentina’s legitimate rights in its sovereignty dispute with the United Kingdom relating to the ‘Malvinas Question.’”
Their statement has reportedly urged the two governments to “renew negotiations in order to find in the shortest time possible a just, peaceful and definitive solution to the dispute.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has asked the UN to debate Argentina’s sovereignty claim to the Falkland Islands, asking: “What is the geographic, the political or economic explanation for England to be in Las Malvinas?”
“Could it be because England is a permanent member of the UN’s Security Council [where] they can do everything and the others nothing?”
Meanwhile, the 32 leaders of the Rio Group and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) agreed in Mexico to set up a new regional bloc without the US and Canada, an alternative to the Organization of American States (OAS), which has been the dominant forum for the Americas’ affairs in the past 50 years.
The OAS has often been criticized, However, for promoting US interests.
The two-day regional summit, which ended February 23, was hosted by Mexico in the beach resort of Cancun.
What the leaders said at the summit:
- “[The proposed new bloc] must as a priority push for regional integration… and promote the regional agenda in global meetings”, Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
- “[Cuba applauds the announcement as a historic move toward] the constitution of a purely Latin American and Caribbean regional organization.”
- Venezuela supports the proposal because it enables Latin America to move away from the US “colonizing” of the region.
- “This should not be an effort that would replace the OAS, ” A US State Department official, Arturo Valenzuela, said.
- “It’s very important that we don’t try to replace the OAS [because] the OAS is a permanent organization that has its own functions.” Chile’s President-elect Sebastian Pinera said.
- We propose that the new organization begin operating in July 2011, Bolivian President Evo Morales said.
- Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said she was “very happy” with her achievements at the Summit.
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Posted by msrb on January 15, 2009
The blog Moderators salute the brave people and leaders of Bolivia and Venezuela for breaking diplomatic ties with illegitimate Jewish state
Bolivian President Evo Morales said his country is cutting diplomatic ties with Israel, describing the Israeli slaughter in Gaza “genocide.”
“Considering these grave attacks against … humanity, Bolivia will stop having diplomatic relations with Israel.” Morales said in a speech to foreign diplomats in the government palace yesterday. “The crimes committed by the Israeli government affect peace and stability in the world,” said Morales.
These South American leaders are morally superior to their US, European, Japanese, and Arab counterparts! L to R: Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro and Evo Morales. [Photo credit: Wikipedia User: Salvador1248. GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later versions.]
Venezuela broke off diplomatic relations with Israel, a week after it expelled the Israeli ambassador in Caracas and seven embassy staff members.
A Foreign Ministry statement said Wednesday that Venezuela “has decided to break off diplomatic relations with the state of Israel given the inhumane persecution of the Palestinian people.”
The Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip reached 1,027 with at least 4,700 others injured by Wednesday, as the Israeli offensive entered its 19th consecutive day, the Ministry of Health in Gaza said. Ten Israeli soldiers and three “civilians” have reportedly been killed.
A Kuwaiti MP called for moving Arab League headquarters from Cairo to Caracas after Venezuela expelled the Israeli ambassador because of the Jewish state’s onslaught on the Gaza Strip.
“I call for moving the Arab League from Cairo to Caracas,” MP Waleed al-Tabtabai said during a special session in parliament concerning the Israeli offensive. “[Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez] has proved that he was more Arab than some Arabs.” [Perhaps "human" or "morally superior" would have been more appropriate adjectives. Moderator]
He criticized Egypt, which hosts the headquarters of the 22-member Arab League, for “refusing to open the Rafah” border to allow the passage of food and medical supplies to the battered Palestinian territory, AFP reported.
“Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania, the only Arab countries to have diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, have ignored public calls to expel Israeli diplomats. An Israeli trade office in Qatar also remains open.”
Another Kuwaiti MP, Ahmad Lari, urged Kuwaitis to donate one month of their salaries to the Palestinians in Gaza.
Source: BBC UK
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Posted by msrb on June 2, 2008
Food Riots Break Out in Bangladesh Again
Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers protesting over low wages and soaring food prices clashed with the police on Sunday during fresh protests over low wages and soaring food prices.
“They smashed dozens of vehicles, attacked nearby factories and pelted stones and bricks at our officers. Police fired shotguns to disperse the unruly workers,” police chief said.
Four protestors, including two with bullet wounds, were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital A nurse said.
Bangladesh’s garment industry employls about 2.5 million workers, or 40 percent of the industrial workforce, and accounts for about 80 percent of the country’s export earnings. The average garment worker earn a basic minimum wage of about 25 dollars a month.
Bangladeshi households spend nearly 70 percent of their income on food. Prices for rice, the country’s staple food have doubled in the past 12 months mainly because of floods last summer and a major cyclone that caused severe damage to the crops in November.
Unions have demanded a major increase in salaries, saying the existing basic payment fixed in late 2006 has become redundant due to rocketing prices of food and other commodities over the past year.
In April, at least 20,000 protesting garment workers clashed with police and 50 were injured.
Bangladeshi demonstrators protesting against rising food and fuel prices on the outskirts of Dhaka in April, 2008. Police clashed with thousands of garment workers in southwest Bangladesh Sunday during fresh protests over low wages and soaring food prices. (Image may be subject to copyright. see MSRB Fair Use Notice.
Food Riot in Kenya
About a thousand Kenyan demonstrators protesting against rising food prices were assaulted by the riot police who fired teargas to disperse them on Saturday.
Widespread food shortages have led to skyrocketing food prices amid political corruption. Annual inflation rose by an average 24.2 percent in April and May.
“The government must subsidize the cost of food, it is not fair for the poor to be suffering with high food prices yet the government has not increased salaries,” said one of the organizers.
Disputed presidential election has also triggered violent clashes across Kenya killing 1,600 people and displacing about one half of a million people since December 2007.
Food and fuel riots, protests and strikes have erupted this year throughout the “third world” countries in Africa Asia and the Americas including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cameroon, Egypt, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Pakistan, Philippines Senegal, Singapore, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen (other countries may have been omitted inadvertently).
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