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AS/COA | Who's Coming to the Summit of the Americas?, 6 June

This [Summit RSVP] tracker was initially published on May 25, 2022, and has since been updated.[table]
Le Monde (EN) | Summit of the Americas highlights US disconnect with Latin America, 7 June paywall
The ninth Summit of the Americas will be officially opened by President Joe Biden in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 8. The final list of participants in this gathering, which has been held every three or four years since 1994 and is supposed to bring together the heads of state of the whole continent, was the subject of controversy until the last minute. At issue was the refusal of the United States, the 2022 host country, to invite Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, on the grounds that they do not respect democratic principles.

The decision raised an outcry in the region. ...

yahoo! Hill | Harris to announce nearly $2B in private investment to help stem migration, 7 June
The new commitments come from dozens of companies that will invest in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to boost economic growth and expand opportunities for low-income and at-risk communities in those countries.

Among the new investments is $150 million from Gap Inc. to increase its sourcing in Central America to support more manufacturing [?] jobs. SanMar, an apparel company, will invest an additional $500 million in the region that will support 4,000 additional jobs. Telecommunications company Millicom will invest $700 million in the region to boost broadband networks. And Visa will spend $270 million to increase its digital infrastructure in the area.

The investments, to be announced Tuesday in Los Angeles ahead of the Summit of the Americas, bring the total commitments secured from the private sector to $3.2 billion since Harris was tasked last year with addressing root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle region. ....

archived Harris, Hispanic Caucus meet on Central America 2021

doctrinal reference
"The US decision is formally based on Article 19 of the Inter-American Democracy Charter, imposed in the Organization of American States in Lima, 2001, by former US Secretary of State Colin Powell."

by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 04:41:10 PM EST
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APsplainin Biden, Bolsonaro to hold first meeting amid election worries, 7 June conditional RSVP
• a private meeting (ghosting Trump-Zelensk* 2020)
• no criticism over deforestation
• no criticism of electoral system reliability
• no mention of Supreme Court of Brazil
A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department did not address questions about the requested preconditions. [...] Brazil's presidential palace did not respond to a request for comment about the tenor of the Burns meeting. The CIA declined to comment.
WNN | Brazil resumes uranium mining at Caetité, Dec 2020 locationm, location, location
A ceremony was held yesterday at the mine site, during which a detonation was carried out, symbolising the beginning of open pit mining in a new area, the Engenho mine.
He added: "Today, INB is resuming production of uranium in Caetité, generating with this jobs in the order of 600 direct and about 1800 indirect. With this, there will be an injection of financial resources in the local economy of approximately 76 million reals (USD14.6 million) per year and almost 30 million per year in the collection of state and municipal taxes."

Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, who attended the ceremony, said: "This resumption is the first phase to consolidate our proposal to make Brazil self-sufficient and a yellowcake exporter."

DE | Uranium mining given greenlight in Brazil, 7 June
Uranium mining was long banned in the Brazilian state of Ceara. But shortly after the start of the war in Ukraine, Jair Bolsonaro allowed mining to start.
by Cat on Tue Jun 7th, 2022 at 05:51:27 PM EST
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El Pais | The US expects Spain to take in a 'significant number' of Central American refugees, 2 June
The Spanish foreign minister will attend the Summit of the Americas in LA and the pledge is expected to provide a political boost to the Biden administration.
The resettlement of Central American refugees in Spain was addressed at the first meeting that the Spain-US Working Group on Central America held in Madrid on May 25, with two delegations chaired by Spain's Secretary of State for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Juan Fernández Trigo, and the US State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Emily Mendrala.

According to a source at the Foreign Ministry, the delegations discussed "proposals and actions in order to address jointly and with the countries of the region the challenges posed by forced displacement and movements of irregular migrants from Central America."

Oswego News Now AP | White House plays up summit initiatives amid no-shows, 8 June
 "Los Angeles Declaration"
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 04:32:57 AM EST
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France24 | Biden, western hemisphere leaders announce migration plan at Americas summit, 11 June
It is a blueprint already being followed to a large extent by Colombia and Ecuador, whose right-leaning leaders were saluted at the summit for giving temporary legal status to many of the 6 million people who have left Venezuela in recent years.
by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 12:56:16 AM EST
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MercoPress | President says Argentina would like to join BRICS, 25 June
Argentine President Alberto Fernández Friday made a virtual appearance at this week's BRICS Summit, during which he asked that his country be admitted into the bloc alongside Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

"We are enthusiastic about the prospect of coordinating policies that enhance the agenda of the countries of the global South," the Argentine leader said. "We aspire to be full members of this group of nations," added Fernández, who also called "for peace in Ukraine," while Russian President Vladimir Putin was watching from his own end of the closed-circuit streaming. "As Pope Francis has pointed out, neither wheat nor food can become a weapon of war, nor can the human person become a bargaining chip," he added.[
Fernández stressed it was necessary to "achieve a lasting peace that definitively leaves behind the dynamics unleashed by the escalation of war" and called on leaders to put "an end to violence, resuming dialogue and reestablishing the value of solidarity are ethical imperatives that this time imposes on us." Fernández, who holds this year the pro-tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), proposed his country as a bridge to find a solution.

archived CELAC Forum Wang+ AG, AR, BS, BB, BZ, BO, BR, CL, CO, CR, CU, DM, EC, SV, GD, GT, GY, HN, JM, MX, NI, PA, PY, PE
The Argentine leader asked to explore "cooperation mechanisms, such as the currency swap that Argentina signed with China" and thanked Xi for the invitation and all the countries of the bloc for the "demand to peacefully negotiate the Malvinas issue with the United Kingdom."

Fernández also pointed out that "the expansion of the New Development Bank -of BRICS- can be a useful instrument to strengthen national infrastructures." He also called to "promote the creation of an International Risk Rating Agency, which puts in public hands what today is in the hands of private interests."

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on June 24, 2022
CCTV: The 14th BRICS Summit was held yesterday. President Xi Jinping chaired the meeting via video link and delivered important remarks. Can you share more information?
Wang Wenbin: ...The leaders believed that with the world facing uncertainties, BRICS countries should strengthen solidarity and elevate BRICS cooperation to a new level so that BRICS can play a bigger role in international affairs. The five leaders reached multiple important common understandings on deepening BRICS cooperation, upholding multilateralism, promoting world economic recovery, jointly responding to COVID-19, opposing unilateral economic sanctions and "long-arm jurisdiction", strengthening people-to-people exchange and other issues of mutual interest. The five leaders agreed on the need to continue "BRICS Plus" cooperation and advance the BRICS membership expansion process. These common understandings and outcomes are noted in The XIV BRICS Summit Beijing Declaration adopted and released at the event. ...
ispionline | For China, the 14th BRICS Summit Is a Chance to Sponsor Its World View, 22 June
The attendees -- alongside BRICS members -- included emerging economies from Latin America, Asia, and Africa such as Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, Senegal, the United Arab Emirates, and Thailand. In the case of a BRICS enlargement, China would score an important diplomatic victory as it would entail there are developing countries that don't fear aligning with China and Russia within a non-Western framework.
XIV BRICS 2022 Meetings Calendar
by Cat on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 01:45:14 AM EST
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Is this for real. The wrath of Joe Biden and next month's tour of the Middle East -- a direct flight (AF One) between Jerusalem (Sriheen Abu Akleh) and Riyadh (Jamal Khashoggi) pushing peace and human rights.

Making Russia and China pariah states. More trade barriers and sanctions.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 05:26:27 AM EST
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China, Russia welcome Iran's application to join BRICS, 28 June
Speaking on Monday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had forwarded a formal membership request to the group.

Back on Friday, Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi addressed the BRICS Business Forum's virtual summit at China's invitation, saying the Islamic Republic could serve as a "sustainable partner" connecting the BRICS to energy chokepoints and major markets around the globe given its unique geopolitical and geo-economic position.

Anglphone press corpse runs one headline, "Iran applies to join China and Russia in BRICS club"
by Cat on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 04:37:05 PM EST
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Multipolarista | Venezuela and Iran sign 20-year cooperation plan, Maduro pledges joint 'anti-imperialist struggle', 11 June
Iranian President Raisi said the document establishes formal "cooperation in the fields of energy, thermal power plants, repair and overhaul of refineries, exportation of technical and engineering services, economic, defense and military relations in the current government are indicatiative of the existence of many potentials and capacities in the two countries."
This agreement follows another historic 25-year cooperation plan that Iran signed with China in 2021, which has been estimated at $400 billion. Top Iranian diplomats signed similar deals with Nicaragua's Sandinista government in May.
Maduro announced that, as of July, there will be regular flights between Caracas and Tehran.

He added that a large oil tanker built by Iranian company Sadra was delivered to Venezuela. The vessel has a capacity of 800,000 barrels. Iran has helped Venezuela circumvent illegal US sanctions, breaking the blockade that Washington has imposed on the South American nation, which makes it difficult to export oil and import the lighter petroleum and diluents that Caracas needs to process its heavy crude.
Before his trip to Iran, Maduro also visited Algeria and Turkey. In his meeting with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Maduro said the leaders discussed "our firm solidarity with Palestine, support for the Saharawi people, and shared concern about the situation in brotherly Libya."

OPEC+ decides to speed up oil production hikes to offset sanctions on Russia, 12 June GRAPHIC WARNING
Crucially, Russia, isolated by the West over its invasion of Ukraine, approved the new policy, allowing OPEC to keep its main partner [RF] in the fold, while extending an olive branch to the US, which has pushed the alliance to pump more crude to tame soaring prices. In effect, however, most OPEC+ countries will be unable to fulfill the higher quotas, constrained by their own lack of upstream investment or internal instability. That would leave Saudi Arabia and the UAE able to capitalize as the two members holding any significant spare capacity.
archived Chevron and CELAC, China arms Algeria, consumer retail the gaps
by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 12:46:58 AM EST
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Nicaragua authorizes entry of Russian troops, planes, ships, APsplainin
Ortega will allow Russian troops to carry out law enforcement duties, "humanitarian aid, rescue and search missions in emergencies or natural disasters."

The Nicaraguan government also authorized the presence of small contingents of Russian troops for "exchange of experiences and training."

Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told the Russian news outlet Sputnik that the measure was "routine."

"We are talking about a routine -- twice a year -- procedure for the adoption of a Nicaraguan law on the temporary admission of foreign military personnel to its territory in order to develop cooperation in various areas, including humanitarian and emergency responses, combatting organized crime and drug trafficking," Zakharova said.

by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 01:58:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jun 13th, 2022 at 01:30:06 AM EST
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al Presidente interino de Venezuela

Our solidarity and support for the interim President of Venezuela
@jguaido, for the infamous attack by supporters of the dictatorship. We condemn the violence and persecution of which he has been a victim. We reiterate our call for the return of democracy in Venezuela.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 13th, 2022 at 07:32:09 AM EST
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REUTERS | Leftist [Gustavo] Petro wins Colombia presidential election, 19 June
a former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement who has vowed profound social and economic change, will be Colombia's next president after beating construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez in an election on Sunday.

Petro, a current senator and previous mayor of Bogota, won 50.8% of votes, figures from the national registry office showed, while Hernandez trailed by 797,973 votes, tallying 46.9%.

multipolarista | Colombia's first ever left-wing president: Gustavo Petro wins historic election. What does it mean?, 20 June report + podcasts inside
His presidential campaign brought together a broad coalition of left-wing parties, under the name the Pacto Histórico (Historic Pact), ranging from liberals to the Communist Party.

Petro will face many obstacles to governing. He does not have a majority in the bicameral Congress; both the Senate and Chamber of Representatives remain dominated by right-wing, centrist, and neoliberal parties.

Colombia's state security services, which are closely linked to paramilitary groups, and which killed thousands of civilians in the "falsos positivos" (false positives) scandal, are also openly antagonistic to Petro. The chief of Colombia's armed forces, General Eduardo Zapateiro, publicly attacked Petro on Twitter, violating national laws that stipulate that military officers cannot interfere in the electoral process....

by Cat on Mon Jun 20th, 2022 at 02:28:46 PM EST
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