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Nobel Prize: A tale of ignoble peace laureates

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 11, 2012

One man introduced indefinite detention and expanded the deadly global drone war. Another was the architect of the deliberate mass killing of civilian populations in Indochina. What do they have in common? Both are Nobel Peace laureates.

Gandhi never got one. Al Gore did. In one of the stranger ironies befitting of both Kafka and Orwell, sometimes the makers of permanent war are awarded for bringing temporary peace. Sometimes they don’t even get that far.

With the winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize set to be announced in Oslo, Norway on Friday, the shadow of Barack Obama still looms large. In 2009, the committee awarded the current US president “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Nominations for the award are due by February 1, meaning Obama had served as America’s executive for less than two weeks when the Norwegian Nobel Committee selected him. Perhaps it was wishful thinking.

Since then, Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, making it legal to indefinitely detain US citizens. There are also the deadly drone wars in Yemen and Pakistan, the war waged in Libya, the Afghan surge and a secret “kill list” revealed this year by The New York Times, which grants a select few American officials the option to mark perceived national security threats – foreign citizens or otherwise – for assassination. Ironic, yes, but they never could have known.  Read the rest of this entry »

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David Cameron Snubs Argentina President Over Falklands Letter

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2012

Cristina Fernandez De Kirchner

President de Kirchner tried to give David Cameron a letter over the Falklands

David Cameron has refused to accept a letter from the Argentinian president over the country’s claim to the Falkland Islands.

The prime minister spoke to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner before the first session of the G20 summit on Tuesday, telling her that she should “respect the views” of the islanders who are holding a referendum on control.

Ms de Kirchner attempted to hand Mr Cameron a package marked “UN – Malvinas” but the Prime Minister refused to accept it.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict which resulted in a task force being sent to the south Atlantic to successfully reclaim the islands after the Argentinian military junta had invaded the British-held territory.

Britain has rejected calls made by Ms Kirchner to the UN decolonisation committee last week for direct talks to discuss the future of the disputed territory in the south Atlantic.

Downing Street aides said the Prime Minister sought out Ms Kirchner to make Britain’s position on the Falklands clear.

Mr Cameron said: “I am not proposing a full discussion now on the Falklands but I hope you have noted that they are holding a referendum and you should respect their views. Read the rest of this entry »

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Falklands Anniversary: Argentinian President Attacks ‘Absurd’ Britain

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 2, 2012

As US and UK spending billions and billions dollars in war, these two countries soon could be very back from some other countries like Russia, China, Japan etc. How these two countries analyzing the situation, no idea:

Argentina’s president has condemned Britain’s “ridiculous and absurd” stance on the Falkland Island as ceremonies were held to mark the 30th annoversary of the conflict.

Leading her country’s commemorations of the conflict, which cost the lives of 649 Argentines, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner called for talks on ending the “unjust” situation – something London has ruled out for as long as no change is demanded by the islanders themselves.

de Kirchner was talking as the anniversary of the invasion of the Islands was marked by both war widows’ prayers and a renewed push by Argentina for control of the territory. In a speech that illustrated how the diplomatic battle showed no signs of abating, she attacked the UK’s “colonial” ambitions, saying:

“It is unjust that, in the 21st century, there are still colonial enclaves such as the one we have here a few kilometres away. There are only 16 such colonial enclaves in the world, 10 of which are British.”

Meanwhile, Mr Cameron who, like Ms Kirchner, included the enemy dead in his anniversary message, insisted Britain was no less committed now to than in 1982 to protecting the right to self-determination. Read the rest of this entry »

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Falkland Islands Anniversary: Argentina Demands Handover Of ‘Las Malvinas’ 30 Years After War

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 2, 2012

USHUAIA, Argentina — President Cristina Fernandez’s campaign to force Britain to hand over the Falkland Islands may have reached its high point with Monday’s 30th anniversary of Argentina’s failed occupation of the remote South Atlantic archipelago.

Fernandez prepared to lead hundreds of patriotic rallies nationwide with another major speech urging Britain to concede sovereignty of the islands Latin Americans know as “Las Malvinas.”

Leftists, meanwhile, called for a march on the British embassy in Buenos Aires. Nobel Peace Prize winners accused Britain of militarizing the islands, and union leaders were celebrating their boycott of British cargo and cruise ships. In recent weeks, her Cabinet ministers have urged companies to find alternatives to British imports and threatened to take British investors in the islands to court. Other Latin American countries have closed ranks around Argentina as well.

But none of these moves seem to be bringing Argentina any closer to recovering the islands, which it claims British forces stole from them in 1833 and ran as a colony for 150 years.

Britain says there is nothing to negotiate: The islands are now a self-governing British Overseas Territory and the people who have lived there for generations will determine their own fate. The islanders themselves overwhelmingly say they want to remain British. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘The Iron Lady’ Panned By Critics In Argentina

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 12, 2012

Meryl Streep may have been nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, but Argentine critics have panned the film during its premiere in Buenos Aires.

The film opened in Argentine cinemas amid a furore over the Falkland Islands, over which Thatcher’s Britain and Argentina fought a brief war 30 years ago.

In the movie, Thatcher is shown ordering the sinking of the Argentine warship Belgrano, which killed 323 sailors and remains controversial because the ship was considered to be outside the war zone.

She also dismisses the entreaties of the American ambassador to settle the dispute peacefully, suggesting that as a woman, she has had to “go to war every day” to maintain her hold on power. Reducing the decision to wage war to a question of feminism “is absurd, to say the least”, the newspaper Clarin wrote in a review. Read the rest of this entry »

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Falkland Islands: UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon Appeals To Britain And Argentina For Calm

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 11, 2012

Unnecessar­y ego and greediness are the main masters for all these games:

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General has appealed for calm in the escalating dispute over the Falkland Islands, as Argentina took their claim of sovereignty to the General Assembly and Security Council.

In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about the “increasingly strong exchanges between the governments of Argentina and the UK”.

It added that he had: “Expressed the hope that the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom will avoid an escalation of this dispute and resolve differences peacefully and through dialogue”.

Argentina’s foreign minister arrived in New York on Friday to officially protest about Britain’s “militarisation” of the seas around the disputed islands.

It comes after Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner hit out at the UK’s decision to send the Duke of Cambridge and one of its most modern navy warships to the South Atlantic region.

In a speech to an audience including Falkland war veterans on Wednesday, she said the move posed a risk to “international security” before announcing the official complaint would be made.

Addressing politicians yesterday, Ms Kirchner said: “In a few hours our chancellor leaves for New York to make a presentation to the United Nations about the militarisation and the introduction of nuclear arms in the zone.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Argentina Accuses UK Of Deploying Nuclear Weapons Near Falklands In Statement To United Nations

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 11, 2012

Argentina tonight accused the UK of deploying nuclear weapons near the Falklands.

Foreign minister Hector Timerman made the claim as he urged the United Nations to intervene in the long-running dispute over the islands.

He said Buenos Aires had intelligence that a Vanguard submarine had been deployed in the area.

“Thus far the UK refuses to say whether it is true or not,” Mr Timerman told a press conference in New York through a translator. “Are there nuclear weapons or are there not?

“The information Argentina has is that there are these nuclear weapons.”

Mr Timerman accused Britain of using an “unjustified defence of self-determination” to maintain a military base on the Falklands, which allowed her to dominate the Atlantic.

“It is perhaps the last refuge of a declining empire,” he insisted. “It is perhaps the last ocean that is controlled by the UK.”

He said Britain had been “colonialist throughout (her) history”, and should now “give peace a chance”.

At a separate press conference immediately afterwards, Britain’s ambassador to the UN, Sir Mark Lyall Grant said the Government did “not comment on the disposition of nuclear weapons, submarines etc”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Falkland Islands: Argentina Takes Dispute To United Nations

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 8, 2012

Argentina is to make a formal complaint to the United Nations Security Council after accusing Britain of “militarising” their long dispute over the Falkland Islands.

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said the UK’s decision to send one of its most modern navy warships to the South Atlantic and to post the Duke of Cambridge on military duty in the region posed a risk to “international security”.

Her announcement comes amid simmering tensions between London and Buenos Aires in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Falklands war, which saw Argentinian forces invade the archipelago in a row over its sovereignty.

Speaking to an audience including Falkland war veterans and other politicians at Argentina’s presidential residence yesterday, Ms Kirchner said: “I have instructed our chancellor to present formally to the Security Council of the United Nations and before the General Assembly of the United Nations this militarisation of the South Atlantic which implies a great risk for international security.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Margaret Thatcher Iron Lady Archives Reveal Behind The Scenes Battles Hidden For 30 Years

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

Margaret Thatcher’s bitter battles within her cabinet over the economy, with the military over defence cuts, the Argentinians, the French and their concerns about the abuse of parliamentary expenses have been laid bare in secret documents published for the first time.

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The remarkable records reveal how the former prime minister faced a near carbon copy of problems faced today by David Cameron.

The files, released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule that governs the publication of official government papers, come as interest in Thatcher has been re-ignited by the soon to be released biopic The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep.

Previously unseen, the documents cover the divisive leader’s 11-year period in power between 1979 to 1990, which saw a radical transformation of British society and economy.

While famous for insisting she would stick by her economic policies, declaring that “the lady’s not for turning” and expelling the so-called “wets” who opposed a squeeze on spending from her cabinet, the files reveal some of Thatcher’s supporters in cabinet apparently feared she was in danger of “going soft” herself.

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Argentina Brands Prince William’s Posting To Falkland Islands A ‘Provocative’ Act

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 12, 2011

The Duke of Cambridge’s posting to the Falkland Islands has been branded a “provocative act” in Argentina.

William, a Flight Lieutenant with the RAF, will be deployed to the remote outcrop in the South Atlantic for six weeks to fly search and rescue helicopter missions next year.

But Argentine official Sebastian Brugo Marco said the country could not ignore the “political” implications of his move, which comes shortly before the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s defeat in the Falklands War.

Mr Brugo Marco, who has responsibility for the South Atlantic territory, told Argentine newspaper La Nacion: “It is one more provocative act that shows Britain’s military presence in a zone of peace where there is no armed conflict.”

Argentina still claims sovereignty over the islands, which it refers to as Las Malvinas. “One cannot ignore the political content of this military operation bearing in mind that the prince forms part of the Royal Family,” Mr Brugo Marco added.

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Cristina Fernández a Safe Bet to Continue As Argentina’s Leader – But Not Latin America’s

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 21, 2011

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Like most Latin America correspondents, I’ve marked my calendar for October 23: Argentina’s presidential election. Then

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner waves to supporters after winning the primary elections in Buenos Aires on August 14, 2011, ahead the general elections to be held on October 23. (Photo: Alejandro Pagni / AFP / Getty Images)

again, maybe I can just watch NFL games that day, since the race actually seems to have been all but decided last Sunday, Aug. 14. Argentina held its first (and compulsory) open primary voting; but since most parties had already picked their candidates, it turned out instead to be a dress rehearsal for October’s general election. And the result stunned everyone: President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner trounced the field, scoring more than 50% of the vote compared to just 12% for her closest October competitors, former President Eduardo Duhalde and Ricardo Alfonsín, son of former President Raúl Alfonsín.

Given how tumultuous her first term has been, few expected Fernández, 58, of the populist Peronist party, to sweep Sunday’s balloting so convincingly and make herself a seeming shoo-in for re-election. But a number of factors favor her. She continues to draw on a huge wave of sympathy resulting from last year’s death of her husband and presidential predecessor, Néstor Kirchner, whose leadership most Argentines credit with rescuing them from one of the worst economic crises in their history. Today, despite growing inflation and a host of other fiscal dangers, Argentina’s economy is robust, and Fernández can claim it’s because she opted for Peronist-style investment and social spending over IMF-style austerity. Lastly, her opposition is just plain lame.

And yet, it’s hard from abroad not to feel a certain sense of disappointment. Not because Fernández looks all but assured of a second four-year term. But because, at this juncture anyway, she seems to have fallen decidedly short of the regional and hemispheric leadership potential we all saw in her four years ago, when she campaigned for her first term. Read the rest of this entry »

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96-Year-Old Charged With War Crimes

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 15, 2011

Grand pa, what you did?
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Argentina Earthquake Strikes On New Year’s Day

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 1, 2011

A magnitude 7.0 is big, however; it is good news that not so much loss.
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