Monday, July 20, 2009
TRIBUNE: Santiago Roncagliolo
Recent events in Guatemala, Honduras and Peru the credibility of liberal democracy and reinforcing the popularity of Chavez. Millions of poor and indigenous people point out that liberalism does not offer justice
Santiago Roncagliolo 20/07/2009
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The victim of a murder back from death to blame the president for his country. A group of armed military takes another president of his bed and put on a plane in pajamas. Law enforcement is facing a group of poor farmers and kill dozens of them. No, this is not the James Bond film a dreaded dictator ally against terrorism. It is the only Latin American politics. The first case occurred in May, when a video of the accused lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg from the grave to Guatemala President Alvaro Colom and his environment have planned his murder. Weeks later, in the Peruvian town of Bagua, the protests of indigenous people against the adoption of legislation permitting privatization of land resulted in a dozen dead, according to the government, indigenous leaders have over 30 - and the resignation of Interior Minister. And in early July in Honduras, the clashes between riot forces and followers of deposed president Manuel Zelaya killed a young protester. The political and judicial systems of these cases are determined. But in terms of public opinion, mark a turning point in the political discourse of the region. For years, the major alarms democratic governance in Latin America, have jumped in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, whose leaders to follow in handling complaints by regular judicial, legislative, executive and even elections. Yet in the three cases mentioned, these are the institutions involved. It is democracy that has opened fire on civilians.
This paradox explains the popularity of Evo Morales and Hugo Chávez among the poorest in many countries. To its critics, the draft constitutional ruling that these are only a drive way to his re-election indefinitely. But its advocates consider essential tools for the legal protection of sectors of the population defenseless. His texts establishing new models of public ownership, reinforcing the role of government to the private traders and defend the right of indigenous peoples to decide on their land. By contrast, the clashes of Bagua state that in a democratic state farmers have to die and kill to defend that right. But if a case has given legitimacy to the discourse of the leader of Latin America, has been to Honduras. The new president, Roberto Micheletti, has been careful to describe his taking command as a "constitutional succession", based on a judicial ruling against the president-elect Manuel Zelaya. The reason for this ruling was to call a referendum. Indeed, the fit of the constitutional referendum was quite doubtful. But the image of a battalion avoiding bullets is not about elections to be much more digestible. To remove the elected president, the institutions put in question the very definition of democracy: government of the people, the system in which citizens can participate in decisions that affect them, some as basic as who is their president. Micheletti feared that if Hugo Chávez won office in Honduras, you can rest easy. Thanks to him, Chavez has gained legitimacy in the region. The Venezuelan president was the first to impose economic sanctions on Honduras, and has demanded a more resolute attitude of lukewarm United States, which had reversed the usual roles. As if this were not enough, their warnings of murders and conspiracies that could be ruled out until June as a paranoia, have become reality. Nobody could have done a favor so big and so like the bolivarian Micheletti. Chavez's speech was the main beneficiary of the facts of Guatemala, Honduras and Peru because the credibility of all democratic institutions. The balance of power system and universal suffrage is desirable because it allows the social changes made without blood. So when you need to spill blood to defend it is a sign that something very bad. The PRI's overwhelming victory in recent elections seems to confirm the depletion Mexican citizen with the unfulfilled promises of a system that at the beginning of the nineties was presented as the direct path to development and prosperity. At birth of the French Revolution, democracy was born with a triple motto: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity." The fraternity was already too much to ask, but the conflict between freedom and equality, between liberalism and socialism, defined the twentieth century and continues today at dividing the region with the greatest social inequality on the planet. The political project of Hugo Chávez is to create an egalitarian system, even at the expense of institutions that guarantee individual freedoms. In contrast, the liberal political project has focused on ensuring individual liberties, crucially, private property, even at the expense of social equality.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Research and analysis of the global economic crisis in a series of "Sarasota Herald Tribune, local newspaper of Sarasota, Florida.
This is the first analysis based on field work by researchers living in the place and witnessed the events of the deep roots in the city center of the economic disaster now suffering in the world, which started the current global economic crisis. The value of this analysis is that it lets us know on the inside as when and where the gear began to disintegrate in the world economy and which errors can be prevented in the domestic economy of any country, they were here in Sarasota, Florida.
Sarasota, Florida is the hepicenter of 30's' The Great Depresion and the current global economy crisis.
This is the first day, today, the local Sarasota newspaper published the first chapter of a serial about the hepicenter global economy crisis. A team of journalist: Michael Braga, Chris Davis and Matthew Doig, Staff Writers take a year researching about this phenomena that start for first time in the 30's, before this crisis, in the same city of Florida, The Great Depressioin of the 30's influencing the market around the world as the same happen today.(If you want to buy the newspaper paper based online, click here:http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/99999999/misc/809169998
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I particularly think it is because of a cultural main reason the city of Sarasota is the hepicenter before Columbus of Indian Florida Native culture and then in Florida is the Florida American Heritage hepicenter with an industry with retail stores and shops "Beals", but, more, there are a strong Irish inmigrant component since the period of father Felix Varela that brings the essence of the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century in England. Sarasota is pretty closed to Tampa port ery connected with cuban and caribbean area history, I considered this factors makes this town a center of influence worldwide for its strong identity in the Americas, the balance of the economy in Mexico and Canada cultural cross-over.(Actually, canadian and british inversionist and bankers are deeply old fashion investors in this area, before the crisis)
Dear friends of this blog, is now reported that the local newspaper of Sarasota, Florida, where I live for almost ten years now begins to publish a series of research analysis on the real estate crisis from which the whole world today suffers from a crisis global economy.
Given the importancia of journalistic investigation that lasted a year of fieldwork, to economists, university professors and heads of governments and given the seriousness of the journalists on the "Sarasota Herald Tribune" high quality professional experience and below we refer directly to the paper:
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Queridos amigos de este blog, ahora les informo que el periodico local de Sarasota, Florida, donde vivo hace casi diez anos comienza a publicar hoy una serie de analisis investigativos sobre la crisis inmobiliaria a partir de la cual el mundo entero hoy padece una crisis la economia mundial.Fue aqui, en Sarasota, Florida, el centro de la actual crisis mundial y fue en esta misma ciudad por donde empezo la crisis economica de La Gran Depresion en 1930.Dada la impoortancia de esta investigacion periodistica que duro un ano de trabajo de campo, para economistas, profesores universitarios y jefes de gobiernos y dada la seriedad de los periodistas del "Sarasota Herald Tribune" de alta calidad profesional y reconocida experiencia a continuacion le damos la referencia directamente del periodico:
Saturday, July 18, 2009
July 18, 2009 00:58:14 GMT
Confess the first Royal Ballet dancer from Spanish into English an exclusive interview with "JUVENTUD REBELDE", Havana, Cuba.
No longer surprised to see Spanish dancers leading the posters of the largest companies in the world. Now the Cubans have had the enviable opportunity to applaud with admiration as the fabulous Yanowshy Zenaida as Natalia Petrovna in A month in the field; Tamara Rojo in the audience crazy with their endless pirouettes in the pas de deux from Don Quixote and Le Corsaire, which Laura Morera-impressive impressive Chroma of McGregor and his countryman Jose Martin offering a kind of style in a clever way of two Voices of Spring.
First all dancers from the Royal Ballet, unquestionably the most famous dance groups of all time, one wonders how it is possible that Spain produces so many dancers of the highest quality technical and interpretative, still fails to show a ballet company classic reputation. One possible answer to this question is offered exclusively to the Juventud Rebelde Morera.
; It is obvious that in Spain the money goes to other sites, before using it on promoting the ballet. Possibly the limited resources for dance located in the Flemish dance, which has more to do with our roots. Either way, it's a shame. I often wonder if my country again, and I say sincerely that I love to dance in my home as a guest artist, but I think I no longer integrated into any company, unless things change a lot, and I see little probable.
Like many other dancers, Laura Morera began in this world at a young age because "I wanted to be with my friends. But when I got the shoes and I was in front of the mirror, I discovered that this was exactly what I wanted to do in my life. Henceforth I never doubt in that regard. "
For 11 years, entered the Royal Ballet School. What your teacher you need more training?
-I've been in London 20 years, so I feel very British when it comes to dancing. As expressed, the 11 years since I tried to take possession of the style of Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan, and the truth is that I am proud when people says that my dancing is very English.
"While I can not deny that just on my way to dance I owe to my Spanish professors Africa and Maria Jose Guzman, who prepared me seriously until the age at which left for London. They gave me a very strong base, without which I could not face the Royal.
- Being in the Royal school of course means that will integrate the company?
At all. First, at the end of each course and conduct a review, you may miss if you do not meet the requirements of the school. And then when you reach the top level, at 16, you can also block for the same reasons. To have an idea when I came to my hearing, there were 16 in my group, and only agreed to two. So, nothing is certain. In addition to proven talent also need a little luck.
- Did you find many obstacles in your way to becoming a prima ballerina?
-It is not easy. I was three years of corps de ballet, first as an artist, and I think one or two solo, four solo ... first, until two years ago, I became prima ballerina. That is, that my career has gone up gradually, so that when they finally protagonicé Manon, Kenneth MacMillan, for example, had already taken all the papers that great choreography. And that is a great way to learn.
"It is true that sometimes live a very complex but, without doubt, this experience has made me the dancer I am today. So always tell the girls that are beginning, although this is a race that demands much sacrifice, hard, even if the love is worth the effort. "
- Pasarte 'both' time 'stopped' in the same category was too strong for you?
I always had very clear, my goal, what happens is that sometimes I question if it should not look elsewhere, where everything happens faster. However, the Royal Ballet has always been my great passion for history, how to dance ... When I thought more carefully concluded that, if it wished to belong to that company, had no other choice than to use its best endeavors, and hope that the luck was with me, then have the opportunity to deliver all art that is in me.
- What are the roles with which you feel more identified?
-The Royal offers the opportunity to interpret often MacMillan. This year, for example, made his debut in Manon, an event that filled me with joy. That is the kind of roles that attract me: anyone who allows me to invite the public to join in a fabulous journey. This also happens with Onegin, Mayerling or Voices of Spring, Ashton, a piece that requires a very determined not to have a lot of people. Those are the roles that fascinate me.
-Voices of Spring here danced with José Martín, a magnificent dancer, does not have your own category ...
That's right, but that does not worry me at all. To me what matters is that I be a good artist. There are many people that I love to dance, like him or other Spanish named Ricardo Cervera. They show the same level of interpretation that I, alone, in my case, I had the chance to interpret more principal roles. For me the bottom line is talent. José Martín, for example, is a very experienced dancer with whom I feel completely calm on stage, someone who is always there, and this allows me to act freely, without worry that I will leave "to go."
"This was your first contact with the Cuban public. How did it go?
-I had heard that the Cuban government is the most knowledgeable and friendly in the world, and I have seen these days. Made me feel wonderfully well, I got the impression that they were completely involved in my performance and I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed dancing to them. It has been a great pleasure to be here. Now just hope you invite us again.
Already a first-dancer. So what's your next goal?
-After that you're a prima ballerina of the company you want to be, the goal is personal. Now just think about that every time you exit the stage, reaching the highest level. If this fails, then there will be a good day. Now my goal is to overcome at every show to me, and try to get the roles I want for the public to appreciate the best of me.
It is clear that the Royal is not like other companies, where to get a lead dancer in addition to the proven talent, you must have gone through almost all the roles ...
In the Royal roles are granted depending on how you see the artistic director. That means that to assume from what you consider that you do better if the roles created by MacMillan and the main Swan Lake or The Sleeping Beauty, for example. Either way, the English public know that you are a dancer first and he recognizes you as such, regardless of how many ballets that have played in your career.
- Have you ever thought dedicate to education?
Well, my husband, who was the first soloist of the Royal Ballet courses taught by different sites, showing the style of the company. During my summers, I join him for help and I am pleased to do so much to teach what I learned all this time.
When a person dancing look very happy ...
And I am in life and on stage. My smile is born of the soul, inside.
Zakaria el-Agha, member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, said that the seventh and final round of Palestinian dialogue between Fatah and Hamas movements on July 25.
Meanwhile, senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath said that Egypt gave another chance to the Palestinian dialogue and it decided to host another round of the dialogue.
Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in mid June 2007, and it has been ruling the enclave since then, after its militants routed Abbas' security forces and cracked down on his Fatah movement.
Egypt's intelligence chief Omar Suleiman informed the two groups' negotiators that whether they agreed or not, they should sign a reconciliation agreement on July 7. Officials of both sides traded accusations that each is trying to thwart the dialogue.
The two movements have been unable to bridge their gaps, which prevent the foundation of a unity government restoring political unity to the Palestinian territories.
Two years ago to be exact, the storms and thunder of the neocons were engulfing the world and then US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice told India to forget about the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). She told the US-India Business Council that NAM, which India led, has lost its meaning and India should "move beyond old ways of thinking" and build on the future of Indo-US relations.
Rice said NAM might have made sense during the Cold War, but she asked what it meant when people of every race and culture were embracing political and economic liberty.
NAM is an international organisation of 118 states which consider themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. India was a main founding member of the movement along with Egypt and the former Yugoslavia.
The Indian government reacted to Rice's comments equivocally. "There is no apparent contradiction in expanding cooperation and democracy in the world and the Non-Aligned Movement," said then external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee.
With the preparations underway for the 15th NAM Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh 11-16 July, Indian VP Hamed Ansary stressed that the organisation was as vital as ever: "The basic agenda remains the same. We need a more equitable relationship between the developed and developing countries," though he added, "the issues we were talking about in the 1950s and 60s are not the issues we are talking about today."
Ministry of External Affairs Secretary N Ravi said: "NAM member countries have had varied experiences and have the opportunity to use them to build a framework for closer cooperation on the level of South-South. Today's world is very intensely interconnected, travel has become extremely common."
Defence analyst GuptaArvvind calls for NAM to be less confrontational and for it to help usher in a new world order addressing climate change, water and food security and justice.
(Updates with Treasury spokeswoman declining to comment in last paragraph.)
By Chad Bray Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--A New York man filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the U.S. government's restrictions on spending by American citizens and permanent residents while traveling to Cuba.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, alleges Zachary Sanders was fined after he failed to respond to a March 2000 request by the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control for information on an alleged June 1998 trip to Cuba and travel while he was there.
The complaint claims that people who respond to OFAC's request open themselves up for potential criminal sanctions.
"The penalty imposed against Mr. Sanders is unlawful because the Fifth Amendment prohibits the government from punishing failure to obey any regulation that requires a self-incriminating act," the lawsuit said.
An administrative law judge recommended Sanders be fined $1,000 in 2008, according to the lawsuit. OFAC had proposed a fine as large as $10,000.
OFAC appealed the judge's ruling and a designee for then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson affirmed the penalty and increased it to $9,000 on Jan. 16, the Bush administration's last day in office, according to the lawsuit.
The complaint, filed on behalf of Sanders by the nonprofit Center for Constitutional Rights, is seeking a declaration that OFAC's policy is unlawful, enjoining OFAC from issuing such penalties and setting aside the fine to Sanders.
The lawsuit names Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as a defendant.
A Treasury spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday, saying Treasury policy is to not comment on pending litigation.
-By Chad Bray, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-227-2017; firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Egypt has ceased efforts to mediate the formation of a national unity government between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.
Officials who met with the senior echelon of Egyptian intelligence said that Cairo is instead proposing that two separate governments ? the Hamas regime in Gaza and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank ? continue to function until general elections are held.
In parallel, Egypt would like to see the Palestinian factions agree on the formation of a committee that will lay the groundwork for the next elections as well as the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported.
Hamas has informed the Egyptians that it is demanding that Fatah release all of the group’s members that are currently in Palestinian Authority prisons before the resumption of reconciliation talks in Cairo, which is scheduled for to take place in two weeks.
There have been a lot of contradictory signals being sent in recent weeks – Egypt is bent on reconciliation by July 7, then negotiations set to restart on July 25; Shalit about to be transferred to Egypt and Mubarak says he is fine, then Egypt says Israel scuttled deal while Hamas says Mubarak has no idea about Shalit’s status; Hamas and Fatah reconcile, then a West Bank crackdown on Hamas intensifies (and vice-versa in Gaza); and so on. How to make sense of it all?
The important thing, in my opinion, is that this report is probably the most accurate you can get: there will be no Palestinian reconciliation until after elections are held, by January 2010, if they are held. But it’s important for the Egyptians to have a mechanism to keep Palestinian reconciliation talks alive, and a mechanism for easing the blockade on Gaza (given that Egypt will not unilaterally do that, for its own interests and because of fear of Israeli and US retribution). Thus the coordination mechanism, which will also be an opportunity, depending on how it is formed, for continuous Fatah-Hamas interaction. There are those within Hamas and Fatah (I have spoken to some of them) who are looking to the post-Mahmoud Abbas period in which reconciliation may be possible. Mahmoud Abbas is politically finished among his constituency (Fatah), for the most part, but has survived because he is most acceptable to Israel, the US, and the weak Europeans. At least when combined with the acceptable “competent” technocrat Salam Fayyad.
Palestinian reconciliation may or may not be possible in principle (I think it is with new leadership in Fatah and some humility and mea culpas from Hamas), but right now both sides appear to have more to gain fighting each other rather than fighting the larger battle for Palestinian freedom. The international context is key: Egypt wants Palestinian reconciliation eventually — it does not want a permanent “Islamic Emirate of Gaza” where Israel could easily create a humanitarian crisis sending Gazans into Sinai — but cannot have it now, because having Palestinian reconciliation now necessarily means presenting the Obama administration with a unity government they are not able to accept (although they should) for domestic political reasons, i.e. the Israel lobbies (I think AIPAC and J Street would sing to the same tune here). Not that they would have to fund it — of course the US and probably the EU would not send money to a government that included Hamas — but it’s that the entire US push for a Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) would fall apart. Egypt wants, and it is delighted to see, such a process once again taking place seriously, with the US involved in the region in a more positive way. Its own relationship with Washington, from the regime’s perspective, has been substantively improved (the topic of another post) and it wants to maintain that momentum.
Hence, no Palestinian reconciliation, but instead a return to a full-blown MEPP with Mahmoud Abbas taking the lead on negotiations, with the possibility that he might be able to convince Hamas to accept a final status solution. What Obama is trying to engineer is, partly building on the work of the Bush administration, a moving of the goalposts for such a solution: in other words, to reduce Palestinian expectations on such a deal. Palestinian elections might then be taken as a referendum on the peace deal, although I very much doubt such a deal is possible by January 2010, and remove Hamas’ claim to be representing the majority of Palestians (at least those in the OPTs). Even so, an election rigged for Fatah, or genuinely won by Fatah (which will be buoyed by aid cash), or in which Hamas can be convinced to take a lower profile (perhaps in exchange for a lesser grip on Gaza) would reassert Mahmoud Abbas’ moral authority and ability to negotiate a deal with Israel.
Readers of this blog know that I do not believe Israel is capable or willing to produce a deal remotely acceptable to Palestinians at this time (and even so, I still resist being a one-stater! Sometimes I wonder why.) But that’s not the case of other people, those who are either optimistic or simply cynical about imposing a deal on Palestinians. And for Egypt at least, there is value in stretching out the peace-processing: even if no deal is reached, the Egyptians have put themselves at the core of this round of MEPP negotiations as Hamas’ only accepted (by the international community) interlocutor and, increasingly, as a tacit ally of Israel on geostrategic issues (even if Egypt and Israel will remain each other’s natural enemy for a long time). At stake here are not only Iran’s rise, but more generally the discrediting of the “moderate” Arab regimes in the eye of their populations and the ease by which movements like Hamas and Hizbullah (and the cynical government of Iran) can manipulate it.
To take a more long view, it is also about the American presence in the Middle East; these regimes are incapable to imagine a world without it, an idea that has become increasingly powerful not only for Osama bin Laden (who wanted the US out of the Gulf) or Iran (ditto for different reasons), but also for the engaged Arab citizen for whom the US presence is equated with war, invasions, and support for authoritarian regimes.
This — and not an end to the Israeli-Arab conflict being in sight — is what the revival of the MEPP and the shenanigans and feints of mediators like Egypt are about.
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Loading comments... 0 Vote up Vote down mink · 2 days ago
"Not that they would have to fund it — of course the US and probably the EU would not send money to a government that included Hamas"
Then how else could it survive? The main PA sources of funding are aid and tax and customs money collected by Israel (from Palestinian workers inside Israel, and customs money for goods going to the PA). Assuming both would be denied, then there is very little to pay salaries with. And paying public sector salaries is the main - perhaps the only - source of legitimacy for the PA.
I think the 2010 elections are a major conundrum, I can't see a convincing solution. Reply 3 replies · active 2 days ago
I should have been clearer - it can easily survive through Saudi, Qatari and other Gulf Arab funding.
Not much to say. Just your usual mink.
Theoretically it could work. In practice, though, haven't we been there already, with the June 2007 unity government? The Gulf didn't step in to save them then, and I don't think they would do now. Either the new government is given a US green light, and then they will have no funding problems, or if they are not palatable to the US, the Gulf is not going to prop them up. Back to square one. The problem is that the 2010 elections may appear as illegtimate. The only man who can keep the show running is Marwan Barghouti runing from prison, I think he will get elected and probably be released afterwards.
You think Barghouti can get elected while in prison?You may be right about Gulf funding, it can only work with US approval (for instance if the president wanted to have a unity govt but knew Congress would not approve funding. Then it would work.) But that was the point of my post - that as long as the US president opposes a NUG, no regional state will really push for it.
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53p · 2 days ago
I should have been clearer - it can easily survive through Saudi, Qatari and other Gulf Arab funding. Reply 0 Vote up Vote down mink · 2 days ago
Theoretically it could work. In practice, though, haven't we been there already, with the June 2007 unity government? The Gulf didn't step in to save them then, and I don't think they would do now. Either the new government is given a US green light, and then they will have no funding problems, or if they are not palatable to the US, the Gulf is not going to prop them up. Back to square one.
The problem is that the 2010 elections may appear as illegtimate. The only man who can keep the show running is Marwan Barghouti runing from prison, I think he will get elected and probably be released afterwards. Reply Follow arabist 53p
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You think Barghouti can get elected while in prison?
You may be right about Gulf funding, it can only work with US approval (for instance if the president wanted to have a unity govt but knew Congress would not approve funding. Then it would work.) But that was the point of my post - that as long as the US president opposes a NUG, no regional state will really push for it.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Royal Ballet dancers are due tomorrow to start a five-day programme which the Cuban government has billed as a landmark cultural event. Tickets are sold out and at least three of the performances will be shown on big screens outside the Gran Teatro in central Havana. Officials from the New York Philharmonic visited the city in recent days to investigate performance venues and logistics following an invitation from the culture ministry, a rare opening to a high-profile US institution.
"With these invitations the Cuban leadership is indicating a desire to expand the field of contact with musical and cultural leaders from the US and EU, which may lead to greater diplomatic contact down the road," said Dan Erikson, author of the Cuba Wars and an analyst at the Inter-American Dialogue.
The Obama administration has responded in kind by granting the orchestra an exemption from the draconian US embargo, a four-decade old policy designed to isolate the island. Vice-president Joe Biden said the proposed trip was a "wonderful project", Zubin Mehta, the orchestra's president, told the New York Times.
London's Royal Ballet Director Monica Mason (L) attends a news conference with Kevin O'Hare, administrative director of Royal Ballet, in Havana July 11, 2009. View Photo »
Saturday, July 11, 2009
टाइम्स ऑनलाइन, भारत, राष्ट्रपति Zelaya होन्डुरस लाभ के अंतरराष्ट्रीय समर्थन करते हैं.
From Times Online,India. July 6, 2009
Michael Binyon: Analysis
The abortive attempt by Manuel Zelaya, the Honduran President bundled out of the country in his pyjamas in a military coup last week, to fly back to Tegucigalpa has raised tensions in the impoverished central American state.
Thousands of his supporters gathered at the airfield on Sunday but were confronted by armed troops who opened fire, killing two people. And as President Zelaya, his arrival blocked by military vehicles parked on the runway, diverted to El Salvador, international pressure on the coup leaders increased.
The United Nations Secretary-General again called the coup unacceptable. Venezuela announced a cut-off of all oil shipments. European Union members prepared to withdraw ambassadors. And the Organisation of American States (OAS), which suspended Honduran membership, cut off aid and favourable trade arrangements. So too did the World Bank.
Despite this overwhelming outside pressure the coup members remained defiant. They insisted that they had acted only to protect the constitution after President Zelaya had planned an illegal referendum on his plans to stand again for election in November. They said that they would not be bullied into action nor back down in face of pro-Zelaya demonstrations.
EgyptSanto.- الاحد الرئيس ليونيل فرنانديز أمس
مجددا على التزامها الديمقراطية للشعب أمريكا
وطالبت بالعودة إلى الحكم الدستوري في جمهورية
هندوراس ، حيث كان الرئيس مانويل زيلايا وأزيل
أبعدت من البلاد من خلال الانقلاب العسكري الذي وقع في
اثني عشر يوما.
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Santo Domingo. Dominican Republic, Caribbean, "ListinDiario" .- President Leonel Fernández yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to democracy of the people of America and demanded the return to constitutional rule in the Republic of Honduras, where President Manuel Zelaya was dismissed and banished the country by a military coup twelve days.
Fernandez received Zelaya yesterday at the National Palace with honors from his high office of President of Honduras. The Dominican president was accompanied by officials of his cabinet, top military and police, and more than a thousand state employees who filled the front steps of Government House to welcome visitors and cheered.
The Dominican President reiterated its repudiation of the coup in Honduras and stressed that it can not be allowed to consolidate this situation in Honduras, because it could occur in any other country in Latin America, and warned that "we would be exposed to a convulsive and of ungovernability. "
The president traveled from Honduras to Costa Rica. He came to the country to ask its Dominican counterpart representing him in the XV Non-Aligned Summit, which opens next Wednesday in Egypt and which Zelaya said he had been invited. "PresidentFernández to deliver a document to read it in my name in the Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, said.
Fernandez presented a letter and a firm and clear position that they have about the coup d'état the peoples of Central America and members of the Rio Group.
Fernandez announced that next week, also hopes to gain support for the Zelaya of the African Union and the Arab League, as well as has the American community.
At the press conference that was broadcast live by television Dominican Fernandez presented Zelaya as "the legitimate President of Honduras" and highlighted the support provided by the international community to the Honduran president following the coup d'état.
Fernandez added that Dominican Republic is party, as a signatory to the OAS Democratic Charter, the concept of collective defense of democracy.
"In defending democracy in Honduras, defends democracy in Dominican Republic and throughout Latin America," he said.
At the wheel was the foreign minister of Honduras, Patricia Rhodes, and the ambassadors of the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for Latin America and the Caribbean (ALBA), the Dominican Republic Vice President Rafael Alburquerque, the Secretaries of the Presidency, César Pina Toribio, Administrative Luis Manuel Bonetti, director of the Press, Rafael Núñez, and the administrative secretary, Bolivar Tapia Cunillera, among other officials.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
www.chinaview.cn 2009-07-07 10:02:01
SANTIAGO, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Alberto Van Klaveren has warned Honduran ambassador in Santiago Francisco Martinez to "face consequences" after the latter hinted his support to the interim Honduran government led by Roberto Micheletti.
"If the Honduran ambassador considers himself a representative from the interim government, we are going to review his situation. We do not accept representatives from the interim Honduran government, that is our policy, and we are going to act according to that policy," Van Klaveren said Monday.
"We are not going to accept representatives from the interim government and if someone is identified as a representative of the interim government, he will have to face the consequences," Van Klaveren said.
Martinez told local daily El Mercurio de Santiago published on Monday that Chile has decided to sever its diplomatic ties with Honduras till ousted President Manuel Zelaya returns to office.
"The Chilean ambassador was called to give a report, we are not going to have any ties with the interim government, we severed our diplomatic ties," Van Klaveren said.
"We think this is a matter of time. These processes are complex, are difficult. The situation over there is difficult, but here the international community is reacting in a solid way," Van Klaveren added.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Gorillas usurping power by force in Honduras should be prosecuted before international tribunals or lost credit ... The United Nations
Zelaya convoca protestos em Honduras e pede aos EUA que intervenham Folha de São Paulo Brasil http://www.folha.com.br/07/07/2009 - 09h56
Entenda os conflitos
golpe em honduras
Presidente deposto de Honduras convoca protestos e pede aos EUA que intervenham
Departamento de Estado dos EUA nega encontro com governo interino, mas confirma reunião com Manuel Zelaya.
Com apoio de Obama, Zelaya reúne-se com Clinton
Honduras usa web para protesto contra golpe
Chanceler acusa manifestantes por duas mortes
Golpe não vai durar nem três meses, diz Amorim
Meanwhile, the government de facto appointed by Micheletti remains committed to denying the obvious. His favorite jaculatoria - "this is not a coup d'etat" - joined the other even more bizarre: "The military did not fired on the demonstrators." Do not mind that journalists from around the world witness the live load, or that tens of bushes were collected and displayed by the demonstrators in front of the cameras. His theory of suicide protesters sound funny if it was not until today that it will land on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa Isis Obed Murillo, a 19-year-old looking boy.
An NNN-Caribbean Net News FeatureGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (NNN-Caribbean Net News) -- The 30th Heads of Government Conference of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which was expected to be contentious, with migration and intra-regional trade rows threatening to disrupt the discussions, ended last evening with significant progress being made in several areas.
Global Economic and Financial Crisis
Recognizing that several countries in the Caribbean have been adversely affected by the global economic and financial crisis, the Heads of Government have taken the bold step of establishing the first ever regional Task Force of a political nature to find solutions for the region.
The Task Force, which comprises Prime Ministers Patrick Manning of Trinidad & Tobago, Bruce Golding of Jamaica, Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, David Thompson of Barbados and President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana, who will be the Chairman of the Task Force, is expected to be set in motion soon, considering the urgency of the issues it seeks to address. Additional technical members of the Task Force include the CARICOM Secretary-General; President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); Director-General of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS); and the Director of the Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance (CCMF).
The tourism industry in the Caribbean, which is a significant revenue earner for countries such as The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and others, has been decimated with fewer persons around the world travelling, and the financial service sector has been faced with difficulties stemming from the financial meltdown in the developed world and from the failures of the CL Financial and Stanford Groups. Additionally, the real sectors have been affected by the contagious effect of the global downturn.In response, many countries do not have the budgetary space to conduct counter-cyclical spending to ease the effects of the crisis.
At the closing press conference on Saturday evening, the Chairman of CARICOM, President Jagdeo, stated, “It was recognized that we have to do a series of things but some of them would have to be very urgently done.”
The tasks before the Community are to mobilize the resources necessary to assist these countries and develop medium-to-long-term development strategies to set them on the right path.
Earlier Saturday, the President had highlighted two options to obtain the resources needed. The President had stressed that the mobilization of CARICOM internal resources could be pivotal. “We have significant reserves that are all held outside of the region. I think we have to make sure that we have a policy to invest those reserves. I think we can use our own resources to try to push forward development in our region,” he stated. However, the Head of State pointed out that such reserves belong to individual member states in the Community, and the investment of those reserves is therefore a sovereign decision. He noted that any investment of these reserves must meet two criteria – safety and liquidity.
The other option available to the Caribbean proposed by the President was making the region much more attractive to investments from non-traditional sources, such as the Arab sovereign funds and from countries such as India, China and Brazil.
The CARICOM Chairman also explained that a forum will be held shortly that will examine comprehensively the difficulties faced by these countries. “We’ll provide an opportunity in the very near future for countries to fully explain their difficulties and hopefully, tell us more about their own efforts so that this regional Task Force can work with these countries using their own plans to mobilize more resources,” he said.
The Regional Marketing Plan, which will assist in bringing more visitors to the Caribbean region, has been identified as a priority for implementation. The Plan was established at the previous Heads of Government Conference but its implementation was delayed because of the lack of funding. “That marketing plan has been developed for a while now. The plan is developed and approved but with countries having fiscal difficulties (with) so many requests for finances, which will have to come from the Treasury, there is that difficulty of funding all of these new initiatives that are coming on board,” President Jagdeo had stated earlier on Saturday. Heads of Government reiterated their deep concern with regard to the proposed Air Passenger Duty (APD) as it applies to travel from the UK to the Caribbean as it would not only greatly increase the cost of travel from the UK to the Region but would also put the Caribbean at a disadvantage in relation to other more distant destinations. The Heads of Government agreed to continue pursuing vigorously the matter with UK policymakers to ensure that a more equitable band of the APD is applied to Caribbean travel. President Jagdeo and CARICOM Secretary General Dr. Edwin Carrington during the first business session of the Heads of Government Conference on July 3. Agriculture and food security Heads of Government reaffirmed their commitment to providing financial and other support measures for agriculture. They underscored the importance of agriculture for food and nutrition security and for the development of Caribbean economies. In the declaration issued on agriculture and food security, the Community recognized agriculture as an important contributor to rural development, GDP, employment, export earnings and to the overall sustainable development of the Member States of the Caribbean Community. However, it was pointed out that this sector is inhibited by key binding constraints, including a reduction in development support and investment. Further, it was recognized that financing for agriculture development is proving to be the major limitation which is affecting the speed and effectiveness of dealing with the other constraints. As a result, the Heads of Governments renewed their commitment to pursue a strategic approach to transforming the agriculture sector into an internationally-competitive sector with increased capacity to contribute to the sustained economic development of the Region, the economic livelihood of entrepreneurs, the rural sector and to food and nutrition security. ServicesA Regional Symposium on Services will be held in Antigua and Barbuda from 15-17 July and it was agreed that delegations to the Symposium from Member States should include ministerial and senior public sector officials. A Draft Strategic Plan for Services and the Plan of Action for the next five years which is to be considered by Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will also be presented at the next Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference scheduled for Dominica in 2010. Information and communication technology for development (ICT4D)Heads of Government agreed to mandate the Ministers with responsibility for information and communication technologies to lead the process in developing the long-term strategy and plan of action for the ICT sector into 2020 which should be presented to the Conference at the next Inter-sessional Meeting. CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME)Heads of Government received the information on the audit of the CSME implementation and agreed to hold a convocation on the CSME involving all stakeholders, which would give full consideration to that report. It was also agreed that Member States would immediately implement the entry procedures for right of establishment and temporary movement of service providers, particularly in light of the potential for increased extra-regional competition resulting from the implementation of the EPA and other agreements. Free movement of people Heads of Government re-affirmed the goal of free movement of persons as expressed in Article 45 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and that free movement is an essential element of the CSME, but given the current global economic and financial crisis, its full implementation at this point in time will be challenging for some Member States. They agreed that the schedule of free movement of persons within the Single Market would be reviewed at the CSME Convocation to be convened in October with a view to advising on the timetable for full free movement. They also agreed that household domestic workers who have obtained a Caribbean Vocational Qualification or equivalent qualification will be allowed to move with effect from January 1, 2010.Heads of Government further agreed on the importance of training and sensitizing Immigration Officers on the implementation of the Region’s approach to free movement and hassle-free travel. Crime and securityHeads of Government agreed to re-activate the security facilities put in place for Cricket World Cup 2007 and the Fifth Summit of the Americas for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2009 and ICC World 20/20 Tournament to be held in the Caribbean in 2010.They also agreed to proposals for implementing the CARICOM Travel Pass (CARIPASS); the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) and the programmes for the control of small arms and light weapons associated with violent crimes and gang violence. The pledge of US$30 million made by the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama during the Summit of the Americas to support the joint development of a strategy of co-operation, mutually beneficial partnership and information-sharing with the Caribbean was discussed, and the way forward to engage the United States was determined. They further agreed to the re-activation of the Resource Mobilization Sub-Committee (RMC) to manage the US Assistance in the area of security and other offers of assistance. Climate change Heads of Government noted the progress of negotiations of a new global Climate Change Agreement leading to the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in December, and agreed on the Region’s priorities, which include the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions; mitigation and adaptation; the transfer of technology; renewable energy; forest conservation and avoided deforestation (and carbon capture and sequestration). They endorsed the Caribbean Challenge in its efforts to protect the Region’s marine resources and in its work towards fulfilling the UNFCCC ecosystem-based management and adaptation recommendations, and implementing the Millennium Development Goals related to reducing biodiversity loss. According to President Jagdeo, over 40 items on the agenda were discussed over the three days.The Conference began with a pre-summit caucus to deal with items that take a long time to discuss but are not contentious or very important. It was followed by the opening ceremony later the same day. The Heads of Government spent the next two days in all-day sessions, working towards a consensus on several areas.--NNN-Caribbean Net News
Monday, July 6, 2009
With brutal transgesores of public international law and the Vienna Convention should only exist International Court of Justice.
If these putschists who are massacring the population of Honduras in complete impunity, so far, gives legitimacy to the public international law, both the Organization of American States, as the United Nations would cease to exist as an agency for peace and Security in the Americas, because we have criminals who are violating international law with the same behavior of gangs of drug traffickers in Mexico, this is not a problem Zelaya or Chavez's influence in the continent, is a problem in early the moral and ethical foundations of democracy in America-Caribbean area to the international community.
With criminals, with actors of crimes against humanity, there is nothing to discuss, there is nothing to negotiate with these subjects of criminal case only requires the action of international judges.
Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34233.
Si ces putschistes qui massacrent la population du Honduras dans l'impunité la plus totale, jusqu'à présent, donne une légitimité au droit international public, à la fois l'Organisation des États américains, comme l'Organisation des Nations Unies ne cessent d'exister comme une agence pour la paix et la la sécurité dans les Amériques, car nous avons des criminels qui violent le droit international avec le même problème de gangs de trafiquants de drogue au Mexique, ce n'est pas un problème Zelaya ou l'influence de Chavez sur le continent, est un problème au début de l'année la morale et des fondements éthiques de la démocratie en Amérique-Caraïbes pour la communauté internationale. Avec des criminels, avec les acteurs de crimes contre l'humanité, il n'ya rien à discuter, il n'ya rien à négocier avec ces sujets d'affaire criminelle ne nécessite que l'action des juges internationaux. Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34233.
Se estas putschists que estão massacrando a população de Honduras, em total impunidade, até agora, dá legitimidade ao direito internacional público, tanto a Organização dos Estados Americanos, como as Nações Unidas deixaria de existir como uma agência para a paz e Segurança nas Américas, porque temos criminosos que estão violando o direito internacional com o mesmo comportamento de gangues de traficantes de drogas no México, este não é um problema ou Zelaya Chávez influência no continente, é um problema no início os fundamentos éticos e morais da democracia na América-Caribe espaço para a comunidade internacional. Com criminosos, com atores de crimes contra a humanidade, não há nada a discutir, não há nada para negociar com esses temas de processo penal exige apenas a ação de juízes internacionais. Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34233.
Si a estos golpistas que estan masacrando a la poblacion de Honduras con entera impunidad, hasta el momento, se les da legitimidad ante el derecho internacional publico, tanto la Organization de Estados Americanos, como, las Naciones Unidas dejarian de existir como organismos de paz y seguridad en Las Americas, precisamente porque estamos ante criminales que estan violando leyes internacionales con el mismo comportamiento de las bandas de narcotraficantes en Mejico, este no es un problema de Zelaya o de la influencia de Chavez en el continente, es un problema de principios de las bases morales y eticas de la democracia en el area America-Caribe ante la comunidad internacional.Con criminales, con actores de crimenes contra la humanidad, no hay nada que conversar,no hay nada que pactar,con estos sujetos de causa criminal solo se requiere la accion de jueces internacionales.Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida, 34233.
Als deze putschists die bloedbad de bevolking van Honduras in volledige straffeloosheid, tot nu toe, geeft legitimiteit aan het publiek internationaal recht, zowel de Organisatie van Amerikaanse Staten, de Verenigde Naties zou ophouden te bestaan als een bureau voor vrede en Veiligheid in de Amerika's, want we hebben criminelen die het schenden van het internationaal recht met hetzelfde probleem van de bendes van drugshandelaren in Mexico, is dit geen probleem Zelaya of Chavez's invloed op het continent, is een probleem in het begin de morele en ethische grondslagen van de democratie in Amerika en het Caribisch gebied naar de internationale gemeenschap. Met criminelen, met acteurs van misdaden tegen de menselijkheid, is er niets te bespreken, is er niets te onderhandelen met deze onderwerpen van strafbare geval vereist alleen het optreden van internationale rechters. Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34233.