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by Fran on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 01:49:06 AM EST
RIGHTS-COLOMBIA: Paramilitarism Alive and Well
BOGOTA, Apr 1 (IPS) - "If their slogan was land, dignity and peace, this time it will be terror, murder and hell," said a threat sent to human rights defenders and trade unionists who took part in a Mar. 6 march in homage to the victims of Colombia's far-right paramilitary groups.

Since the march, four of the organisers have been murdered and another survived an attempt on her life. In addition, more than 50 people and organisations have been named in written threats distributed by a group calling themselves the "Black Eagles", who say they will be "implacable" with those who organised the demonstration.

The Mar. 6 protest was convened by the Movement of Victims of Crimes of the State (MOVICE), made up of hundreds of associations, and was backed by trade union federations and a number of other social movements.

"Land, dignity and peace" was the theme of a two-day march by people displaced by Colombia's four-decade civil war, who reached Bogotá to take part in the larger Mar. 6 demonstration.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 02:32:35 AM EST
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BBC:  Zimbabwe election pressure mounts
Four days after elections in Zimbabwe, pressure is growing on the country's electoral commission to issue results.

Amid intensifying global scrutiny, Morgan Tsvangirai said his Movement for Democratic Change would issue its own results if the commission did not.

Mr Tsvangirai has said he is convinced he defeated President Robert Mugabe, but that he will not claim victory until the official count is known.

He denied rumours of a secret deal allowing Mr Mugabe to step down.

by IdiotSavant on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 02:32:55 AM EST
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Mr Tsvangirai seems to have changed his mind as he's now claiming victory according to the BBC one o'clock news.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 08:05:06 AM EST
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At NATO summit, Bush likely to get some of what he wants | csmonitor.com

George W. Bush arrives at a NATO summit in Bucharest Wednesday focused on both the details and the big picture of his presidency's transatlantic policy.

His ability to get what he wants from the three-day gathering of NATO leaders - on boosting the alliance's combat presence in Afghanistan, advancing a continental missile-defense program, and extending the prospect of NATO membership to Russia's neighbors Ukraine and Georgia - will be challenged by his status as a lame-duck president.

While the trip is unlikely to be much of a victory tour, Mr. Bush is making what may be his last major European trip as president with his legacy intact as an American leader who helped expand eastward the reach of democracy and freedom on the Old Continent.

"Against the backdrop of ... a foreign policy that overall looks threadbare and that will hand off two land wars to his successor ... this president's expansion of the freedom agenda to the newer democracies of Europe has the semblance of success," says Wess Mitchell, research director for the Center for European Policy Analysis.

Note: Center for European Policy Analysis.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 03:15:08 AM EST
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Oh, he'll get what he wants cos there isn't a single figure in Europe willing to do anything other than roll over for tummy tickles.

But the rest of that stuff was cobblers

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 07:38:47 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | Politics | Ashdown warning over Afghanistan

The Nato-led alliance is "getting pretty close" to losing control of Afghanistan, Lord Ashdown, the former UN envoy to Bosnia has warned.

The peer, who was blocked from being UN envoy to Afghanistan by President Hamid Karzai, says it will take more than extra troops to quell the fighting.

He spoke as Gordon Brown flies to Romania for Nato's biggest summit.

"I'm not saying for a moment that we have lost... I'm saying that we're getting pretty close to it," he said.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 04:41:09 AM EST
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It would help if we could identify what it is we are losing. ie what is the single over-riding purpose of this mission to which all other aims are subservient ?

The difficulty is that the few there seem to be are expressed in vague meaningless terms with obviously contradictory sub-requirements.

Still, whilst idiot apologists for NATO still think we are defending western freedom doing what we are doing, there will never be progress

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 07:36:39 AM EST
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FT.com: Rush to restrict trade in basic foods

Governments across the developing world are scrambling to boost farm imports and restrict exports in an attempt to forestall rising food prices and social unrest.

Saudi Arabia cut import taxes across a range of food products on Tuesday, slashing its wheat tariff from 25 per cent to zero and reducing tariffs on poultry, dairy produce and vegetable oils.

On Monday, India scrapped tariffs on edible oil and maize and banned exports of all rice except the high-value basmati variety, while Vietnam, the world's third biggest rice exporter, said it would cut rice exports by 11 per cent this year.

The moves mark a rapid shift away from protecting farmers, who are generally the beneficiaries of food import tariffs, towards cushioning consumers from food shortages and rising prices.

by das monde on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 05:33:59 AM EST
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The AP: China Alleges Tibetan 'Suicide Squads'
China has branded the Dalai Lama a "wolf in monk's robes" and his followers the "scum of Buddhism." It stepped up the rhetoric Tuesday, accusing the Nobel Peace laureate and his supporters of planning suicide attacks.

That's a spin...

by das monde on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 05:37:29 AM EST
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that's quite desperate stuff. Do they expect the USA to declare the Dalai Lama a terrist leader ? Cos it ain't gonna happen.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 07:43:52 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | Americas | World views US 'more positively'

The average percentage of people saying that the US has a positive influence has risen to 35% from 31% a year ago, according to the survey.

Those saying the US has a negative influence fell five percentage points to 47%.

The poll, part of a regular survey of world opinion, interviewed more than 17,000 people in 34 countries.

Hey, we rank ahead of Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and North Korea.  USA!  USA!  USA!

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 08:11:26 AM EST
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The real shocker is that country (you know which one I mean, 'The Unidentified North Western Islands Territory', UNWIT for short) is at 50% positive...the same as France, and almost at the EU average! Who the hell did they ask to get that result?

Member of the Anti-Fabulousness League since 1987.
by Ephemera on Wed Apr 2nd, 2008 at 01:19:13 PM EST
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