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Archive for the Month of March, 2005.
Viewing International Affairs NEWS articles 1 through 25 of 25.
- Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the streets here to celebrate the sharp break with the past. Until Dr. Vázquez, a Socialist, won a narrow victory in balloting, two traditional parties that had become increasingly difficult to distinguish from each other had alternated in power for more than 150 years.
- Bush’s administration gave Israel the go-ahead to attack Syria in retaliation to Tel Aviv bombing that took place last weekend, killing 5 Israelis.
- The London mayor accused Israel of "ethnic cleansing" and said its prime minister should be imprisoned. He also accused Israel of demonising Muslims.
- A $70 billion gas deal has brought Tehran and Beijing closer together. And
that could spell trouble for the U.S.
- Johnson said he told the president: "Syria is the problem. Syria is where those weapons of mass destruction are, in my view. You know, I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on 'em and I'll make one pass. We won't have to worry about Syria anymore."
- Evo Morales and the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), the country's second-largest force in Congress, leads a movement to pass a new energy law that would raise royalties paid by multinationals from 18 to 50 percent. Twenty-six companies including Total (France), Petrobras Brazil), British Gas (Britain), Exxon Mobil (US), Repsol (Spain) and Plus Petrol (Argentina) risk seeing their contracts in Bolivia cancelled if the law is passed.
- Venezuela will have no problems finding buyers for its oil if President Hugo Chavez halts exports to the United States if U.S. aggression against his country takes place, Venezuela's oil minister said Monday.
- Hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Lebanese have flooded central Beirut for a pro-Syrian rally called by Hizb Allah. This rally dwarfed any previous anti-Syria protests.
- More than 2,000 supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched through a slum in Haiti's capital Friday, accusing police of killing two men during a recent protest. "We are living a nightmare under this de facto government. All they do is kill Aristide supporters."
- Bolivian lawmakers unanimously rejected a resignation offer by President Carlos Mesa, granting crucial support to his government after days of street protests. Morales, a prominent insisted he had not been seeking the president's ouster but instead wanted a modification of the oil tax law.
- Lloyd Axworthy, former Canadian foreign minister, fires back at U.S. -- and Canadian -- critics of our Ballisitic Missle Defence decision in An Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
- "Iran has every right, like many other countries, to develop its atomic energy, to continue their investigations in this field." Chavez said today in a televised speech from the presidential palace in Caracas.
- The Bush administration came out in support of the coup. Chavez had antagonized the Bush regime by questioning the anti-terror strategy of the US and had traveled all over the world striking friendship with anti-US players including Saddam Hussein. Chavez also enraged Bush and Co. by openly praising Cuban President Fidel Castro, who has himself weathered a forty year-long campaign by the US to dislodge the communist rule from Havana.
- Hundreds of thousands of people turned out for a Hizbollah rally against the United States on Sunday.
- Washington is "hallucinating" if it thinks Iran will scrap its nuclear fuel production plans in return for economic incentives, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying Sunday.
- Israel has drawn up secret plans for a combined air and ground attack on targets in Iran if US threats fail to halt the Iranian nuclear programme.
- As oil prices remain above $45 a barrel, a major market mover has cast a worrying future prediction. Energy investment banker Matthew Simmons, of Simmons & Co International, has been outspoken in his warnings about peak oil before. His new statement is his strongest yet, "we may have already passed peak oil".
- The United States has charged that China continues to supply unconventional weaponry and dual-use technology to Iran, despite numerous appeals.
- The USA has claimed that North Korea sent nuclear materials to Libya. What really happened was that North Korea sent material to Pakistan, not to Libya. It was Pakistan, the US's ally in the "war on terror", that gave this material to Libya, without North Korea's knowledge.
- Iran may face naval blockade in Arabian Sea and "Island Occupation" issues - will there be a worldwide show of force?
- South Korean believe U.S. officials overstated the North's nuclear activities. The flap roughly parallels the disputes over Iraq.
- How can a leader of a country who instituted a program that has taught almost two million former illiterates to read and write within a year be called a tyrant? How can a leader of a country who incorporated land reform that has been a huge success be called evil? How can a leader of a country who has been instrumental in eradicating diseases that once ravaged the nation be called troublesome? By having the name of Hugo Chavez, that’s how.
- The United States is beefing up its military presence in Afghanistan, at the same time encircling Iran. Washington will set up nine new bases in Afghanistan in the provinces of Helmand, Herat, Nimrouz, Balkh, Khost and Paktia.
- Letter from 59 former envoys implores the Senate not to confirm John Bolton as ambassador to the UN.
- A tsunami of biblical proportions roars out of the Indian Ocean, kills up to 300,000 and prompts the public to empty their pockets like never before as media coverage goes into overdrive. In contrast, war in Democratic Republic of Congo kills nearly 4 million and leaves thousands traumatised by rape and machete massacres, yet hardly registers in the global media.
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