Monday, November 9th 2009 - 12:38 UTC

Gorbachev urges Obama to withdraw from Afghanistan

“I think that our experience deserves attention” said the former leader of the Soviet Union

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has urged the United States to withdraw all its military forces from Afghanistan. Gorbachev told CNN in an interview on Sunday that “withdrawal from Afghanistan should be the goal.”

Monday, November 9th 2009 - 12:33 UTC

Twenty years later a “divisive line” exists between Russia and the West

Mitterrand loved so much the Germans he liked to have two Germanys

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall a “divisive line” exists between Russia and the West because of mistakes committed following the end of the Cold War, regrets former Soviet Union leader Mijail Gorbachev in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País.

Monday, November 9th 2009 - 12:29 UTC

World leaders join thousands to celebrate fall of Berlin Wall 20 years ago

Chancellor Angela Merkel will head the celebrations that reunited Germany and marked the end of the Soviet empire

World leaders are due to join thousands of people Monday to mark 20 years since the Berlin Wall's fall, an event that paved the way for the end of the Cold War. The main celebrations in the city will be at the Brandenburg Gate - the symbol of German reunification in 1990.

Monday, November 9th 2009 - 12:24 UTC

Cuba keeps to the old calendar: celebrates 92 anniversary of Soviet revolution

Vladimir Ilich Ulianov Lenin is still the hero for Cuban officials

The Cuban government and official media celebrated this weekend the 92 anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution headed by Russia’s Vladimir Lenin, and completely ignored the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which marked the end of the Soviet empire.

Monday, November 9th 2009 - 10:15 UTC

Lula da Silva tells Obama to look after “US drugs’ consumers”

A nice speech for government allies, from Lula da Silva

Brazilian president Lula da Silva warned his peer Barack Obama that South America “does not need US bases” in Colombia to combat narcotics trade and suggested he look after “US drugs consumers”.

Monday, November 9th 2009 - 09:42 UTC

Chavez tells Venezuela to “prepare for war” and warns Obama and Uribe

Playing the war military option card

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called on the military to prepare for war and help train the civilians in the midst of an escalating dispute with neighbouring Colombia which last week ratified a treaty giving United States access to Colombian military bases.

Monday, November 9th 2009 - 08:43 UTC

With Iran in mind Israeli president begins historic visit to Argentina and Brazil

Shimon Peres, first head of state from Israel to visit Brazil in forty years

Israeli President Shimon Peres begins Monday a “historic visit” to Brazil and Argentina, the first in decades to both countries for an Israeli head of state, and one of the main issues of the agenda will be the so-called “Iranian infiltration” in Latinamerica.

Monday, November 9th 2009 - 07:52 UTC

British PM Brown “Tobin tax” suggestion rebuffed

Brown is not very convincing lately

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown suffered an embarrassing rebuff when he floated the prospect of a new tax worldwide, only to have it flatly and publicly rejected by the United States and other major financial players.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 16:37 UTC

Polls show 7 points lead for Uruguayan incumbent presidential candidate

Mujica only need to retain their first round votes

Uruguay’s ruling coalition presidential ticket, --Jose Mujica and Danilo Astori--, has a seven percentage points advantage over the opposition, Luis Alberto Lacalle and Jorge Larrañaga, for the run off the last Sunday of November, according to the latest opinion polls released in Montevideo

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 16:30 UTC

In spite of coup denials Paraguayan president continues with military purge

President Lugo has been accused of leaning towards Venezuela

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo continued to purge the top ranks of the military Friday, removing the armed forces' commander. Lugo fired the commanders of the country's army, air force and navy on Wednesday.


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