Stories for May 2nd 2012
A numerous delegation from the Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce is on its way to Scotland for a five day high-profile meeting with peers from Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands which begins next May 8.
By W. Alex Sanchez, Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs - Thirty years after a bloody war between the United Kingdom and Argentina, the longstanding territorial conflict over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands continues to simmer.
Camila Vallejo, Chile’s iconic students’ federation vice-president replied in her twitter to a scathing editorial from the Wall Street Journal saying the critique was evidence that Chilean public opinion is ‘becoming conscious’ and is ‘advancing’.
Five days before French voters pick their new president, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen announced she would cast a blank ballot in the second round poll of the election. Faced with a choice between conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party challenger François Hollande, the National Front (FN) leader said the two candidates were the same.
Explosive materials were set off outside the door of the European Union’s branch in Argentina, located in an expensive neighbourhood. Early police reports said the explosion only caused superficial damage and that there were no injuries.
Argentine Peace Nobel prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel delivered in London a letter of seven Peace Nobel winners to Prime Minister David Cameron urging UK along with Argentina to reach a peaceful solution over the sovereignty of the disputed Falklands/Malvinas Islands.
Argentine ambassador in London Alicia Castro who on Monday surprised and embarrassed (‘ambushed’, according to the UK media) Foreign Secretary William Hague asking him at a public meeting on talks on the disputed Falkland Islands future, has promised more of the same stuff.
The World Bank approved a 480 million dollars loan to strengthen public investment in the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul which will benefit around ten million people.
Defence Minister Arturo Puricelli assured that the Argentina government will reiterate its claims over the UK militarization at the Malvinas Islands and highlighted the backing of Latin American countries in the struggle fight for sovereignty over the archipelago.
Bolivian President Evo Morales announced on Tuesday the expropriation of Spain’s Red Eléctrica Española (REE) shares at a power transmission company in Bolivia and ordered the Army to take over the firm's headquarters.