Stories for March 2007

Saturday, March 31st 2007 - 21:00 UTC

Lavagna criticizes Kirchner's meddling with the economy

Dr. Roberto Lavagna

Argentina's current administration has no foreign policy, government meddling is threatening the economy and concentration of power in the Executive is not healthy for democratic institutions points out Roberto Lavagna former Economy Minister and the leading opposition candidate for next October presidential election.

Saturday, March 31st 2007 - 21:00 UTC

Floods in Argentina leave 11 dead and 55.000 evacuees

Three million hectares estimated under the water

Persistent rainfall and floods in central and east Argentina have killed eleven people and forced the evacuation of at least 50.000 according to the latest Saturday official reports from the affected provinces.

Saturday, March 31st 2007 - 21:00 UTC

El Salvador chosen as “pilot” country for ethanol project

Pte. Lula da Silva & Pte. Bush at the end of a joint news conference at Camp David

United States and Brazil invited El Salvador to become the “pilot” country for the production of ethanol thus helping to save on hydrocarbons, was confirmed in El Salvador by the country's president Elias Antonio Saca.

Saturday, March 31st 2007 - 21:00 UTC

Pulp mills protestors begin eight days blocakes

Easter pickets for Uruguayan and Argentine vacationers

Residents from the Argentine province of Entre Rios and environmentalists begun Saturday an eight days coordinated blockade of all three accesses to neighboring Uruguay in protest for the construction of a pulp mill which they claim will cause irreparable damage to the environment.

Friday, March 30th 2007 - 21:00 UTC

Weekly Penguin News Update

Headlines:
Oil move 'no surprise'; Commemorate and celebrate'; Forum coming soon.

Friday, March 30th 2007 - 21:00 UTC

Chile: Street protest, teargas commemorate 1985 death of young Pinochet opponen

The protester is surrounded and is eventually taken in by the military

Flying rocks and teargas marked the 22nd annual Young Combatants' Day, which commemorates the slaying of brothers Eduardo and Rafael Vergara Toledo by Augusto Pinochet's military forces in 1985.

Friday, March 30th 2007 - 21:00 UTC

Oil at US$66 over Iranian tensions

Oil prices surge as tensions in Iran

Oil prices briefly surged above US$66 a barrel yesterday, driven to new six-month highs by the fear that strained relations between Iran and the West could put exports in jeopardy, as US gasoline inventories are declining and demand is strengthening.

Friday, March 30th 2007 - 21:00 UTC

Lula's trip to Washington

Brazil next step to becoming a world heavy player
By Thomaz Alvares de Azevedo e Almeida (*)

Friday, March 30th 2007 - 21:00 UTC

Cuban leader criticizes US bio-fuels policy

More than 3 billion people condemned to premature death



By Fidel Castro Ruiz (*)

Friday, March 30th 2007 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina to blacklist oil companies operating in Falklands

Planning Minister Julio De Vido

Argentina took a step further Thursday in its diplomatic rift with the United Kingdom by announcing the creation of a register of oil companies which will not be allowed to operate on the mainland if engaged in exploration or any kind of production on the Falkland Islands.

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