Stories for January 3rd 2013

Thursday, January 3rd 2013 - 22:04 UTC

Argentine president letter to PM Cameron demanding return of Falklands, “a sign of “profound weakness”

History of the Falklands “a lot more complicated” than President Cristina Fernandez would admit, says Professor Klaus Dodds.

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez has been left “frustrated” by the refusal of other Latin American nations to back Argentina’s long-standing claim to the Falkland Islands, Klaus Dodds, Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London, said.

Thursday, January 3rd 2013 - 21:51 UTC

“The Falkland Islands remain free to choose their own futures”, FCO tells Argentina

A copy of the request was also anticipated to Ban Ki-moon

A day after Argentine President Cristina Fernández sent an open letter to be published as an advert in several UK newspapers calling on PM David Cameron’s government to re-open negotiations over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, the UK responded: “the Islanders remain free to choose their own futures.”

Thursday, January 3rd 2013 - 21:40 UTC

Swiss organization says 141 journalists were killed in 2012

The number soared 31% over 2011 according to PEC

A record number of journalists, 141 in 29 different countries, were killed globally in 2012, according to data of the Swiss-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), which fights for the protection of journalists. At least 28 of them were killed in Latinamerica.

Thursday, January 3rd 2013 - 21:34 UTC

German Bolivarian ideologue anticipates ‘dual succession’ in Venezuela

A more flexible and pragmatic Nicolas Maduro will cohabit with hard liner Diosdado Cabello (L)

German sociologist Heinz Dietrich considered one of the ideologues of “XXI century Socialism” which was adopted by the Bolivarian movement, said in an interview with the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is not returning to office

Thursday, January 3rd 2013 - 20:24 UTC

Opinion polls anticipate a windfall re-election vote for Correa in Ecuador

Correa could become the successor of Chavez in South America

President Rafael Correa has 60.6% of vote intention ahead of the February Executive and Legislative elections, which virtually ensures his re-election. He is followed by runner up and banker Guillermo Lasso with only 11.2% according to the latest public opinion poll release from Perfiles de Opinion.

Thursday, January 3rd 2013 - 20:18 UTC

Unprecedented: Ecuador’s Correa on a month’s leave to campaign for re-election

Vice President Lenin Moreno. “The entire government infrastructure still holds” and a leave gives Correa more freedom of movement

Ecuador's Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to grant President Rafael Correa a month-long leave of absence while he campaigns to be the first Ecuadorean leader in more than a century to hold the presidency for more than a single term.

Thursday, January 3rd 2013 - 20:00 UTC

Argentine government wants to lift court recess to continue battle with Clarin

Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina presented the request

The Argentine government sent a request for the Federal Civil and Commercial Court to re-open the justice system in January, a month in which it is normally on holiday, in order to resolve two key articles regarding the controversial Media law.

Thursday, January 3rd 2013 - 18:42 UTC

Brief history of the Falklands since first references in the 16th century to 1841

The presentation of the booklet of  “Our Islands, Our History”

The Falkland Islands, lying about 560km off the mainland of South America, comprise two large islands, East and West Falkland, and a swarm of other islands ranging from substantial ones off the western edge of West Falkland to smaller islets and reefs scattered all along the coasts.

Thursday, January 3rd 2013 - 17:57 UTC

Argentina “again ignores the rights and wishes of the Falkland Islands people”

MLA Sawle signs the reaction to President Cristina Fernandez open letter

The Falkland Islands are an British Overseas Territory by choice, entirely self-governing except for defence and foreign affairs and have been settled for at least nine generations, well before Argentina even claimed what is today Tierra del Fuego, points out the Falklands’ elected government in a release-reply to the open letter from Argentine President Cristina Fernandez published on Thursday in the British press.

Thursday, January 3rd 2013 - 15:46 UTC

Uruguay exports in 2012 reach 8.7bn dollars, a new numerical record

Soy, beef and rice remain as Uruguay’s main goods exports

Uruguay exports increased 9% last year over 2011 reaching 8.751 billion dollars a numerical historic record according to the primary figures released by the Instituto Uruguay XXI, a government funded organization to promote foreign trade. Soybeans, beef and rice remain as Uruguay’s main export items.

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