The British government has stood up to Argentina in a battle over the Falkland Islands' right to exist in cyberspace at the ICANN conference in Buenos Aires. Argentina is furious that the disputed territory is allowed to give websites a “.fk” address - identifying them as hailing from the disputed territory and brought up the issue during the current conference.
Statement by Argentine Foreign Affairs and Worship before the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, 25 June 2015.
The world is watching closely Argentina’s political scenario with the general elections just around the corner next October and the BBC has published an article on President Cristina Fernández highlighting the leader’s popularity as she readies to leave office in December.
Argentina's vice-president Amado Boudou is expected to stand trial within the next two weeks, for his involvement in the transfer of the former Ciccone mint, the company that prints Argentina's peso bills. The decision by Federal Judge Ariel Lijo follows on the Federal Cassation Court confirming the indictment Boudou on charges of bribery and negotiations incompatible with public office (conflict of interests).
The United States House of Representatives concluded a tumultuous three-week debate Thursday on trade when Democrats reversed themselves and approved a bill designed to provide financial help to US workers who can show they lost their job because of international trade.
Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras urged a U.S. judge on Thursday to throw out an investors' class action lawsuit claiming a multibillion-dollar bribery scandal overvalued it for years. Speaking at a hearing in federal court in New York, Petrobras lawyer Roger Cooper said the company itself was a victim of the fraud, which he said was orchestrated by a handful of individuals.
Argentine industrial production fell 0.3% in May compared to the same month last year, marking its 22nd consecutive decrease according to the INDEC statistics bureau. Taking into account the first five months of 2015, industrial activity decreased 1.5% compared to the same period of 2014.
The United Nations Decolonization Committee approved on Thursday a new resolution urging the United Kingdom to discuss the Falklands/Malvinas dispute with Argentina, in order to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. The decision came as no surprise since it has become an annual event despite Falklands' representatives demand for C24 to act in support of Non Self Governing Territories.
Falkland Islands lawmaker Mike Summers called on the UN Special Decolonisation Committee to uphold the basic human rights of the people of the Non Self-Governing Territories, particularly self determination, argued that C24 has no mandate to discuss competing claims over NSGTs and cautioned that in supporting Argentine colonial aspirations in the Falkland Islands, “you are complicit in supporting Argentina’s bullying and harassment”.
The Falkland Islands' long journey from a colony to a self governing, financially autonomous territory, was underlined on Thursday, by lawmaker Phyl Rendell in her presentation to the United Nations Special Decolonization Committee. But so was the fact that advancing development, and relations with the continent are always under threat from Argentina, “who makes no secret of wanting to control our territory against our wishes”.