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Assange to UN: ‘It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks’ (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 28, 2012

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on the United States to move from words to actions, and put an end to its persecution of WikiLeaks, its people and its sources. He made the statement during an address to a panel of UN delegates.

Addressing the representatives of the United Nations’ member countries, the WikiLeaks founder spoke of the difference between words and actions, praising US President Barack Obama for his words.

“We commend and agree with the words that peace can be achieved… But the time for words has run out. It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks, our people and our sources.”

Assange was highly critical of US involvement in the Arab Spring, denouncing Obama as audacious for exploiting it. He added that it is “disrespectful of the dead” to claim that the US has supported forces of change. Read the rest of this entry »

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Live on RT: Assange to address UN on human rights

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 26, 2012

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. (AFP Photo / Miguel Medina)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. (AFP Photo / Miguel Medina)

Julian Assange will address permanent representatives to the UN General Assembly at a high-level talk on the legal and ethical legitimacy of diplomatic asylum. RT has exclusive rights to broadcast the event live from the UN headquarters in New York.

Among those joining Assange for the panel discussion at the 67th General Assembly Debate on Wednesday will be Ricardo Patino, Foreign Affairs Minister of Ecuador, and Baher Azmy, the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Ecuador’s sponsorship of the event is linked to their mid-August decision to grant Assange political asylum, a move that sparked worldwide debate over the legal and human rights dimensions of diplomatic asylum.

Assange took shelter in Ecuador’s London embassy in June after losing his court battle to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault. The WikiLeaks founder fears he will be extradited to the US after arriving in Sweden for his role in leaking thousands of secret US diplomatic and military cables. Washington and Stockholm denied Assange’s allegations. Read the rest of this entry »

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CEBR: Russia to be one of the world’s top five economies by 2020

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 28, 2011

Meanwhile, the UK's rating went down one place to seventh position as a result of the continued growth of the Brazilian economy (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Kudenko)

Russia may well improve its standing in the list of the world’s most powerful economies in the next eight years, says the UK-based Center for Economics and Business Research.

According to the Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), Russia would rise to fourth spot from its current position of ninth. With India and Brazil also forecast to climb the ratings, the BRIC economies will take four out of the six top positions in the list. The USA, China and Japan are expected to hold their respective first, second and third places.

The agency says the eurozone crisis is going to be the major contributor to Russia’s ascent. The European Union’s economy is expected to contract by 0.6 per cent in 2012 at best, but by as much as to 2 per cent “if the euro problem is not solved.” The other factor is Russia’s economical slant to the export of natural resources.

The CEBR’s ratings for 2011 included a disappointment for the UK, whose rating went down one place to seventh position as a result of the continued growth of the Brazilian economy. Brazil has surged up to sixth position owing to its vast reserves of natural resources and a rapidly growing middle class, while the UK is gripped by a national-debt crisis and a lack of bank credit.

Brazil has beaten the European countries at soccer for a long time, but beating them at economics is a new phenomenon. Our World Economic League Table shows how the economic map is changing, with Asian countries and commodity-producing economies climbing up the league while we in Europe fall back,” said CEBR chief executive Douglas McWilliams as quoted by The Daily Telegraph newspaper.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Latin America unites in new bloc, US not invited

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 4, 2011

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, Bolivia's President Evo Morales, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Cuban President Raul Castro (From Lto R, first row) pose for the family picture of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit on December 2, 2011 in Caracas (AFP Photo / LEO RAMIREZ)

Thirty-three Latin American leaders have come together and formed a new regional bloc, pledging closer economic and political ties. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) pointedly excludes the US and Canada.

On the second day of a summit in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, all Latin American leaders, both right and left, officially signed into effect the formation of the CELAC bloc. The foundation of the bloc has been praised as the realization of the two-centuries-old idea of Latin American “independence” envisioned by Simon Bolivar.

Analysts view CELAC as an alternative to the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS) and as an attempt by Latin American countries to reduce US influence in the region.

“As the years go by, CELAC is going to leave behind the old and worn-out OAS,” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said at the inauguration of the bloc on Friday.

“It’s the death sentence for the Monroe Doctrine,” said Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega said.

However Washington does not see CELAC as a replacement to OAS. US Department of State spokesman Mark Toner said the US will continue “to work through the OAS as the pre-eminent multilateral organization, speaking for the hemisphere.”

Political analyst Omar Jose Hassan Farinas told RT’s Spanish channel the US views CELAC as a potential threat to its hegemony in the region.

Chavez also read out statement opposing the US trade embargo on Cuba. Havana, which is not a member of the OAS, has joined the new regional bloc.

“No more interference. Enough is enough! We have to take shape as a center of the world power and demand respect for all of us as community and for each one of our countries,” Venezuelan leader said.

The 33 leaders pledged to withstand the financial crisis that has struck Europe and other developed countries.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The world’s top ten most desolate countries

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 13, 2011

by Justin Delaney (RSS feed)

most desolate

According to a Harvard study
, the earth’s population will hit seven billion humans in a few months. Earlier this summer, Gadling labs profiled the effects of increasing populations on finite land resources by showcasing the world’s most crowded islands. The earth is, in its own way, an island, and 21st century humanity will be presented with the challenge of adapting to rising population levels and static resources.

While countries like India have wrestled with the conundrum of feeding and housing booming population levels in Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai, the countries on this list bear no similarities to the billion strong Indian subcontinent. These countries are the ones with open space – lots of it. Countries like Greenland and Mongolia may someday be utilized for their vast expanses of open terrain, but today they are simply great places to go when you have tired of other human beings.

So while this extraordinarily hot summer may have included elbowing your way through thronged midtown Manhattan in 100 degree heat or hesitantly inhaling the stink rising off the sweaty crowd at Bonnaroo, this list is intended to take you way away from the crowds. From riding a horse through the empty steppes of Mongolia to exploring the glacial highlands ofIceland, each of these countries offers exercises in sweet sweet solitude. None of these countries have more than ten people per square mile.

10 Mauritania
Location: Northwest Africa
Population: 3,069,000
Population density: 8.2 humans per square mile
Primary Airport: Nouakchott International Airport
Primer: Mauritania is a sand swept country offering desolation and one of the lowest GDPs on the African continent. Even the well-traveled must consult an atlas to correctly place the country on their mental map. Heavily mined in the east with empty beaches in the West, the country is one of the least visited locations on the planet. Credit cards are not readily acceptable, rain is scarce, and desert covers over half of this one time French occupation. Throw in strained African/Arab relations and you get a very challenging country to visit.

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Peru Presidential Election: Ollanta Humala Favored

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 10, 2011

In this decade lots of unpredicta­ble things will be happened
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Rediscover Rupununi In Southern Guyana, A Wildlife Haven (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 5, 2011

Wonderful photos.
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Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Filmed, Governments Take Notice (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 4, 2011

Really incredible footage. They seem frightened with the plane over them. They could be enlightene­d very quickly as compared to other modern people if we could manage meditation lessons for them.
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