“There is no consensus”, stated the Brazilian foreign minister, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, speaking about the European proposal for the UN’s resolution to condemn the Syrian regime for the violent repression of demonstrations. The diplomat stated that “it is unclear whether Lebanon, the only Arab country on the Security Council, would support it or not. ”
European countries of the UN executive body (France, Britain, Germany and Portugal) supported by the United States have submitted a draft resolution to the 15-member Council to condemn the government of Bashar Assad. However, both China and Russia have veto power. Both of them and Brazil have expressed their misgivings.
The 15 countries were due to reconvene on Wednesday to address the issue, although the vote could take several days. At present the highest international security body is composed, in addition to the above countries, also by Bosnia-Herzegovina, Gabon, Nigeria, Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa.
China has supplanted the US as Brazil’s biggest trading partner, a boom repeated across the region. Once almost invisible in Latin America, China has seen its trade here rise from $10bn a year in 2000 to well over $100bn today. Latin officials are rolling out the red carpet to Chinese delegations and hopping on planes not only to Beijing but also Guangzhou, Nanking and Shanghai. Unlike the Russians, who grab attention by sending warships to visit anti-US leaders, such as Venezuela‘s Hugo Chávez, but struggle to deliver economic deals, the Chinese are all business. They are importing soy from Argentina, copper from Chile, iron ore from Brazil and zinc from Peru, and export clothes, cars and electronic equipment across the region. The trade helped Latin America to weather the global economic crisis, but there is concern about a “neo-colonial” pattern in which the region’s commodities are sucked abroad while industry loses out to cheap imports aided by China’s undervalued currency. When Argentina accused China of dumping goods, Beijing bared its teeth and banned Argentine soya oil, citing safety concerns.
Just yesterday, Chávez announced more investments from China:
President Hugo Chavez has announced an agreement with China that would have the Asian economic giant devote $20 billion to financing long-term development projects in Venezuela. The Venezuelan president says the financing would go toward industrial and infrastructure projects, among other development plans. He spoke Saturday during a televised appearance attended by China’s natural resources minister. Chavez is providing few other details about the investments.
This change is related with the lack of Human Rights’ requirements China imposes.
Chavez raises sword before militia loyalists (seattletimes.nwsource.com). Chavez rallied the civilian militia at an outdoor speech while marking the anniversary of a failed 2002 coup against him. Organizers estimated about 35,000 militia members in the crowd, which filled a downtown avenue in Caracas… “If they were to do it … you know what you would have to do. Simply take all power in Venezuela, absolutely all, sweep away the bourgeoisie from all political and economic spaces, deepen the revolution,” he said.
“Thousands of Brazilians who live on Bolivian territory are suffering the threat of banishment, because Evo Morales, under the claim of guaranteeing his country sovereignty, wants to settle 4 thousand peasant families from La Paz and Cochabamba, onto 200 thousand hectares located in the bordering region.
The first victims are poor Brazilian settlers’ families , who have been expelled from the Pando department. Around 40 families have already arrived in the town of Plácido Castro, 97 kilometers away from Rio Branco, Acre’s capital. Here, the state of Acre (the Brazilian side) and the department of Pando (the Bolivian side) are divided by the Abunã River.”
Imagine if Uribe would have done this… 😦
“Legal documents, seen by The Daily Telegraph, have accused the EU of indirectly funding Palestinian terrorism because of a failure to “prevent the misuse of European funds by non-profit organisations which use these funds to finance terrorism”.
Mr Katorza has demanded EU “reparations for lost job income, reparations for physical and psychological damages, reparations for property damages, monies for reinforced buildings against missiles or any other military projectiles”.”
“Leaders of China’s elite state industries are renowned for their power, influence, and — in several recent cases — corruption. Increasingly, they are paying the price.
On Friday, the former head of the company that runs airports in Beijing and more than 30 other Chinese cities was put to death after the People’s Supreme Court upheld his sentence in a $16 million bribery and embezzlement case.”