Stories for March 2012

Saturday, March 31st 2012 - 23:45 UTC

Cristina Fernández picks a fight

 Cristina Fernandez “La Presidenta”

By Jimmy Burns - ‘La Presidenta’ relishes a battle – not least with the old enemy over the future of the Falklands. But is she losing her grip at home in Argentina?

Saturday, March 31st 2012 - 23:40 UTC

Height of Antarctica ice sheet increasing

Pic by astrium.com

According to findings come from the Europe’s Space Administration ESA’s ice-measuring satellite, CryoSat, over the last two years Antarctica’s ice sheet has increased in height.

Saturday, March 31st 2012 - 07:23 UTC

Argentine group questions ‘ambiguity’ of Malvinas April 2 commemoration

April 2 remembers the day a “bastard regime” takes the Islands but also exalts the concretion of a ‘just cause’

The same group of Argentine intellectuals and free thinkers that last February presented the document “Malvinas, an alternative view” in which among other things they recognize Falkland Islanders right to self determination, released a second text in which they strongly question having chosen April 2 to commemorate the Day of the veterans and the fallen in the Malvinas war.

Saturday, March 31st 2012 - 06:43 UTC

“Falklands have a right to self determination and to be British”, no blockade is going to change that

Sukey Cameron, the concept of self determination, stronger than ever

Argentina’s ever more aggressive rhetoric challenging the Falkland Islands sovereignty underlines the significance of the right to self determination, said Sukey Cameron the Falklands’ elected government representative in London.

Saturday, March 31st 2012 - 06:41 UTC

Argentina rejects WTO members’ criticisms; confirms ‘sovereign trade policies’

However Mercosur and BRICS abstained from the critical report

The Argentine government ratified its trade policies before the World Trade Organization, following the criticism of Argentine trade restrictions from twelve countries, including the US, EU and Japan, and assured it will continue to decide on its trade policies in a sovereign manner.

Saturday, March 31st 2012 - 06:17 UTC

Uruguay reveals the existence of an “Argentina 2020: imports substitution” plan

Minister Almagro admits that the dialogue strategy with Argentina has had ‘partial’ results

Uruguay’ Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Almagro revealed that the government of President Cristina Fernandez is fully involved in the implementation of a plan called “Argentina 2020: substitution of imports” and therefore bilateral trade negotiations that are difficult, will continue on that same path for several years.

Saturday, March 31st 2012 - 01:08 UTC

US/Uruguay free trade accord, among priorities of new ambassador in Montevideo

Ms Reynoso, attorney by trade, practiced international law before joining the State Department

The new US ambassador in Uruguay, confirmed this week by the US Senate, expects to hold contacts with Uruguayan authorities to promote and negotiate a free trade agreement.

Saturday, March 31st 2012 - 01:04 UTC

Senate approves Roberta Jacobson as US Assistant Secretary for Latin America

Ms Jacobson was already occupying the post and has a vast experience in Latin American affairs

The Senate finally confirmed Roberta Jacobson as US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs six months after having been nominated for the post by President Barack Obama.

Friday, March 30th 2012 - 23:03 UTC

Lula da Silva admits he feared loosing his voice more than dying

The Brazilian leader this week was told his larynx cancer is in “complete remission”

Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva said in an interview published this week that he feared losing his voice more than dying when he was diagnosed with larynx cancer.

Friday, March 30th 2012 - 22:54 UTC

Argentina reiterates ‘serious suspicions’ about UK nuclear weapons in Falklands’ region

For UK the only reason is that of force, said Defence minister Puricelli, and “force is the right of the ignorant”

Defence Minister Arturo Puricelli reiterated Argentina’s “militarization” claims in the Falkland Islands and highlighted “serious suspicions” that Britain is using nuclear weapons in the South Atlantic region.

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