Archive for ‘BBC’

August 3, 2007

Belarus turns to Chavez to clear gas debt

By Isabel Gorst in Moscow and Richard Lapper in Sao Paulo

Belarus is turning to Venezuela to help pay back a $456m debt to Russia for gas supplies after Moscow threatened to halve its gas deliveries, Alexander Lukashenko, Belarusan president, said yesterday.

“I have instructed the government to reach into the reserve fund for $460m [€337m, £227m] to pay Russia for gas. Hugo Chávez [president of Venezuela] and our other friends can give us credits today. Even foreign commercial banks are prepared to lend to Belarus now,” Itar-Tass quoted Mr Lukashenko as saying.

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July 3, 2007

US firms reject Venezuelan deal



Good for them, one cannot be going making deals with people that will eventually hurt you big time.


Hugo Chavez visits oil workers on the platform of an oil drill in the Orinoco oil belt region

The Chavez government is taking majority control of operations

Two major US companies have rejected a deal that would keep them working in Venezuela’s most important oil field, according to state oil firm PDVSA. The government is taking over majority control of operations in the Orinoco Belt, as it extends state control.


PDVSA said four firms – BP, Chevron, Total and Norway’s Statoil – had signed deals to take minority stakes, but Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips had not.


President Hugo Chavez set Tuesday as a deadline for foreign firms to agree.



Exxon Mobil said it was “disappointed” that it was unable to reach an agreement on the terms of a joint ownership structure, but added that it was in discussions with the Venezuelan government on a way forward.

Complete history here

July 3, 2007

On tour with Chavez and Ahmadinejad

By Jon Leyne
BBC News, Tehran


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Iran.

The two presidents revel in anti-Western rhetoric

It was the helicopters that fooled us. We had waited for two hours in the blazing heat of Iran’s Gulf coast for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to arrive.


So when two helicopters landed in a cloud of dust and sand, all us journalists and cameramen naturally assumed – or hoped – that the two leaders had finally arrived.


But these two are not ordinary presidents. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez are self-declared “revolutionaries”, united both by their contempt for the United States and by their concern, they insist, for the ordinary people of their own countries.

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July 2, 2007

Rwanda: How the genocide happened

Genocide memorial site guardian Danielle Nyirabazungu next to skulls of genocide victims

Some 800,000 Rwandans were killed in three month

Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days.

Most of the dead were Tutsis – and most of those who perpetrated the violence were Hutus.

Even for a country with such a turbulent history as Rwanda, the scale and speed of the slaughter left its people reeling.

The genocide was sparked by the death of the Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994.

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July 2, 2007

Bush spares Libby from jail term

It is sad to see justice evading destinty … I guess that I just have to accept the fact that politiccians are a different class. One subject to different rules.



US President George W Bush has intervened to prevent Lewis Libby, a convicted former vice-presidential aide, from serving a prison term.

President Bush described as “excessive” the 30-month sentence Libby was facing for obstructing an inquiry into the leaking of a CIA agent’s name.

Though no longer required to go to jail, Libby is still due to serve a period of probation and pay a fine.

A leading Democratic politician said Mr Bush’s decision was “disgraceful”.


History will judge the president “harshly” for using his power to benefit his vice president’s former chief of staff, Harry Reid, the leading Democrat in the US Senate, said.

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June 19, 2007

García desafía a la CIDH

Ok, acá tenemos un conflicto serio. Acá vamos a leer que el actual gobierno del Perú, democrático, de avanzada, etc, etc – no esta dispuesto a acatar un fallo de la Corte InterAmericana de Derechos Humanos. Y la excusa es que no puede cobrársele a los Peruanos.

Bueno señor García, vamos a dejar la demagogia, y la hipocresía. Claro que se paga con los impuestos, por que ese es la fuente de los recursos de los gobiernos del mundo. Su gobierno es responsable de acatar esta orden, sino quiere que lo paguen los Peruanos, entonces págueles Usted. Tal vez le sirva a los Peruanos para entender que uno debe pensar por quien votar. Por cierto lección no aprendida en mi propio país Venezuela.

Alan Garc�a.

Alan García dice que es imposible acatar la orden de la CIDH.

El presidente de Perú, Alan García, prometió desafiar el fallo de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, CIDH, que ordenó al Estado pagar U$20 millones para resarcir a los familiares de los rebeldes de Sendero Luminoso muertos por fuerzas del gobierno. El mes pasado el organismo jurídico ordenó también que el gobierno debería realizar un homenaje público en honor a las víctimas del ataque armado a la cárcel de Castro Castro que había sido tomada por los reclusos.

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June 19, 2007

Justicia aconseja entregar a Fujimori

GRACIAS Chile … Se les agradece de corazón. Gracias a la recomendación de esta jueza, acorde con lo que percibimos desde afuera, Fujimori debe ir preso.

Andrea Henríquez
Santiago de Chile

Alberto Fujimori

Keiko Sofía: “mi padre regresará”

Fiscalía: “esto apenas empieza”

Perú reacciona ante el fallo

La fiscal de la Corte Suprema de Chile, Mónica Maldonado, dio a conocer este jueves un informe en el que recomienda acoger la solicitud de extradición a Perú del ex presidente de ese país, Alberto Fujimori. Fujimori, quien llegó desde Japón sorpresivamente a Chile en noviembre de 2005, es requerido por la justicia peruana, que lo acusa de violaciones a los derechos humanos y hechos de corrupción ocurridos durante su gobierno.

En absoluto he pensado en escapar”, aseguró el ex mandatario al diario chileno El Mercurio.

“Me encuentro tranquilo y sereno”, señaló Fujimori, quien rechazó que el informe de la fiscalía sea un revés.

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June 18, 2007

‘Iraq drives’ global refugee rise

Afghan refugees in Peshawar

Afghans still make up the majority of the world’s refugees

The number of refugees worldwide has risen for the first time in five years, largely because of violence in Iraq, according to a United Nations report. The total number of refugees rose by more than 14% last year to nearly 10 million, the UN refugee agency says.

The number of internally displaced people also reached a record high of almost 13 million, the report says.

Besides Iraq, conflicts in Lebanon, East Timor, Sudan and Sri Lanka were blamed for the rise in refugee numbers.

The figures released by the UN do not include some 4.3m Palestinians displaced by the conflict with Israel.

The current total is the highest since 2002, when the UN reported there were 10.6m refugees worldwide.

“For the first time since 2002, a declining trend in the global figures was reversed,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ report, 2006 Global Trends, said.

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June 18, 2007

How Cubans heal their economic ills

By Robert Plummer
Business reporter, BBC News

Elderly man selling Cuban newspapers in Havana, 28 November 2006

Elderly Cubans re-sell newspapers to supplement their incomes

My defining experience of Cuban economics came during a visit to the island in 1999.

I was following the Havana tourist trail by visiting the Floridita bar on the Avenida Belgica, where American author Ernest Hemingway used to go for his regular double frozen daiquiri with no sugar.

Suddenly an old man came into the bar carrying a stack of copies of the official newspaper, Granma.

I offered him the cover price, a mere 20 Cuban centavos, but he angrily demanded more.

I assumed he was charging over the odds because I was clearly not a local, and went away thinking that if a Cuban was trying to cheat a tourist over the price of the Communist Party newspaper, revolutionary idealism was definitely dead.

I later discovered that I could not have been more wrong – about the cheating, at any rate.

It is established practice in Cuba for elderly people on low state pensions to buy copies of the newspapers and re-sell them to the public for one peso each.

It helps them to make ends meet and allows their fellow Cubans to assist them without compromising their dignity.

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June 14, 2007

Hamas ‘in full control of Gaza’

Hamas says it has taken full control of the Gaza Strip, hours after President Mahmoud Abbas sacked the Hamas-led government and declared an emergency.

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