Category Archives: International Relations

Venezuela

Date: July 22nd 2013

Following a series of criticisms from a US diplomat regarding Venezuela’s human rights record, the Venezuelan government is ending talks with the United States to restore diplomatic relations between both countries. Washington’s UN ambassador-designate Samantha Power compared Venezuela to Cuba, Iran, and Russia by stating that they were guilty of “crackdowns on civil society”.  The Venezuelan foreign ministry ...

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Argentina

Date: July 18th 2013

The UK has confirmed that they will not be supporting World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank loans that would benefit Argentine government. UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening stated that due to constant attacks from the Argentine government regarding the ownership of the Falkland Islands and the UK’s position as a major shareholder in the WB and ...

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Venezuela

Date: July 15th 2013

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has confirmed that they have received an asylum request from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. No word has been released as to how Snowden will carry out the request logistically, and President Maduro hinted that he may have to arrange for his own travel into the Bolivarian country. During a speech regarding their new pro ...

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Uruguay

Date: July 15th 2013

Uruguayan foreign minister Luis Almagro stated that as of August 15 Mercosur will be lifting Paraguay’s suspension from the regional political trade bloc. Minister Almagro stated that they have followed the necessary procedures to return Paraguay as a full member by waiting for their new government to take effect on August 15. Despite the end of the suspension, ...

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Paraguay

Date: July 15th 2013

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Jose Felix Fernandez stated that after Venezuela took the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur this past Friday, Mercosur has closed its doors to Paraguay. The inclusion of Venezuela and new position as pro tempore President of the block violates international law by excluding Paraguay’s vote from the process. Minister Fernandez also stated that by prolonging the return ...

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Ecuador

Date: July 15th 2013

Despite the deteriorating relations between US and Latin American countries regarding the Edward Snowden case, the state of US-Ecuador relations has not been as greatly affected as other South American countries. Though Ecuador is required, by law, to review Mr. Snowden’s asylum request, they have not gone as far as many other Latin American countries. A recent conversation ...

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Colombia

Date: July 15th 2013

The Colombian government is seeking answers from US agencies after leaked reports indicate that they were the target of NSA spying. The monitoring tactics are reported to have gone far beyond a military spectrum and stretched towards the “commercial secrets” of oil and energy. Colombian forces have reported that they have unearthed a shocking 21 000 roadside bombs ...

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Chile

Date: July 15th 2013

Chile’s largest labour union, the Central Union of Workers, hosted a massive strike through the streets of Santiago this week. The protestors were estimated anywhere between 30 000 to 150 000. The protests were in an effort to demand improved labour conditions and tax reform. Chile has also joined the list of Latin American countries seeking answers from ...

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Brazil

Date: July 15th 2013

Despite evidence indicating that the US government may have been spying on data regarding phone calls and emails, Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff stated recently that her upcoming trip to Washington was still scheduled to go ahead as planned. President Rouseff stated that this would not be affecting the good relations that Brazil currently shares with the United States ...

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