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What lies behind renewed tensions over the Falkland Islands?
The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thu January 3, 2013 | Barry Neild and Dave Gilbert

Posted on 01/04/2013 9:28:18 AM PST by MinorityRepublican

London (CNN) -- Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has again opened the dispute over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, accusing the British government of blatant colonialism.

Known to the Argentinians as Las Malvinas, the two countries went to war over the territory in 1982 after the then military government in Argentina landed troops on the islands.

In an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron and published in British newspapers Thursday, the Argentinian leader said "Britain, the colonial power, has refused to return the territories to the Argentine Republic, thus preventing it from restoring its territorial integrity."

The British government was swift to respond, insisting that there would be no discussions over sovereignty "unless and until such as the time as the islanders so wish."

It is the latest in a recent series of incidents that has raised tensions between the two countries.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: argentina; falklandislands; falklands; kirchner; presidentkirchner

1 posted on 01/04/2013 9:28:22 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican
Analysts have previously pointed to Argentinian politicians seeking to divert voters from the pain caused by inflation and reduced subsidies on oil, gas and electricity.

"The government is being squeezed from lots of different areas, so one way to distract from the economic problems facing the country is to raise the Malvinas issue," Professor Mark Jones, an expert in Latin American politics at Rice University in Texas said last year. "It's one of the few issues outside football that you can get universal consensus on."

2 posted on 01/04/2013 9:32:42 AM PST by kabar
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To: MinorityRepublican

Oil............


3 posted on 01/04/2013 9:33:40 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I remember that our Secretary of State Mrs Clinton stirred that pot about three years ago, she had some meetings with Argentinians and made some public comments.

This was at the beginning of Dear Leader’s benevolent reign when it looked like our administration would do anything to hurt or embarrass the United Kingdom.


4 posted on 01/04/2013 9:35:51 AM PST by DBrow
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To: Red Badger

Yup, lots of oil.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4271600/British-oil-strike-off-the-Falkland-Islands.html


5 posted on 01/04/2013 9:36:09 AM PST by Justa
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To: MinorityRepublican

It’s what always happens in Latin America when you have a Communist dictator who promised them endless prosperity and then gave them the very opposite, to distract the peons from poverty, hunger, and despair. The people are angry, and that anger has to be directed elsewhere.

The Falklands were never Argentine. Basically, they were pretty nearly uninhabitable until British shipping made it possible to reach them.

David Cameron is a wuss, but evidently he realizes that giving up the Falklands and betraying the islanders would not gain him any votes even on the left.


6 posted on 01/04/2013 9:38:33 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Red Badger; MinorityRepublican; kabar

kabar
“The government is being squeezed from lots of different areas, so one way to distract from the economic problems facing the country is to raise the Malvinas issue,”
Red Badger
Oil............

Ding , ding , ding !!
We have a winner !!
You are both right !!


7 posted on 01/04/2013 9:40:32 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Disclaimer - the opinions above merely reflect the writers restricted ability to observe reality)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Oil, Obama, Hilliary, and Chavez stirring up trouble.


8 posted on 01/04/2013 9:55:19 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: MinorityRepublican
"What this country needs is a short, victorious war to stem the tide of revolution."

V.K. Plehve, Russian Minister of the Interior on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War

How did that work out the Russians?

9 posted on 01/04/2013 9:58:16 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: MinorityRepublican
Answer is easy: it's because our Dear Reader now has more "flexibility", as he told Medvedev. Hitlery likely said the same to Kirchner when she rattled her saber at Britain last year. Besides, she wants to be the new Chavez when he finally dies of syphillis cancer.
10 posted on 01/04/2013 10:16:33 AM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Answer is easy: it's because our Dear Reader now has more "flexibility", as he told Medvedev. Hitlery likely said the same to Kirchner when she rattled her saber at Britain last year. Besides, she wants to be the new Chavez when he finally dies of syphillis cancer.
11 posted on 01/04/2013 10:16:33 AM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Oil...and the fact that the president of Argentina is probably in deep trouble domestically.This is simply what banana republic thugs do.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 10:18:54 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Senkaku is to China/Japan as Falkland is to Argentina/UK.

Interesting times...


13 posted on 01/04/2013 10:22:15 AM PST by gaijin
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To: MinorityRepublican

Cristina is ‘wagging-the-dog’ to make her citizens forget about the miserable economy.


14 posted on 01/04/2013 10:24:13 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Kirchner's own private jet is in danger of being re-po'd. She had to lease another one (British) for her planned tour of Asia. The "Botox Evita" is now shown to be a total hypocrite as she forbade Argentinian companies from doing business with British firms.

However, I do not believe the people of Argentina desire another drubbing. Especially if Brits go "downtown Buenos Aires..."

15 posted on 01/06/2013 8:56:51 AM PST by donozark (Kim Kardashian had her baby. Triplets! She named them Wilson, Spaulding and Rawlings.)
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To: MinorityRepublican; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle
Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner


16 posted on 05/26/2013 1:58:17 PM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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To: Gamecock

Comment censored.


17 posted on 05/26/2013 3:32:49 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

The socialists have destroyed the economy and now they need a foreign enemy. This always seems to happen.


18 posted on 05/26/2013 3:35:37 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Because they just now saw Brokeback Mountain and think that sheep need love too?
19 posted on 05/26/2013 3:36:15 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Kartographer

BUMP


20 posted on 05/26/2013 3:36:29 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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