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  • HMS Illustrious is greeted by thousands of well-wishers as she docks for final time

    07/22/2014 12:04:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 22 July 2014 | MARK DUELL
    'Lusty' has returned home after 32 years of service with decommissioning ceremony to be held later this year Will be replaced by HMS Ocean which has received Ł65m refit until next generation of aircraft carriers are built Illustrious was rushed into service for the Falklands War, and has served in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Lebanon Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones praises her 'long and proud history' and says she has 'protected nation's interests' 685ft-long vessel Illustrious could be turned into floating museum in tribute to decommissioned class of warship Greeted by waving bikini-clad women standing in the water, it was...
  • China Backs Argentine Claim Over 'Malvinas' (Falklands)

    06/18/2014 7:36:00 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 12 replies
    China has endorsed Argentina's position over the Falkland Islands affirming that the current situation "seriously harms the economic capacity of Argentina". During the two-day G77 summit held at the weekend in Santa Cruz, Bolivia at which China was a "special invitee", a statement was unanimously approved supporting Argentina's calls for dialogue to solve the "Malvinas Islands question". "We reaffirm the need for the governments of Argentina and the UK to resume negotiations on the 'Malvinas Islands question' in conformity with the principles and objectives of the United Nations and pertinent resolutions, so as to find a timely, peaceful solution to...
  • "A most ungentlemanly act"

    05/24/2014 5:15:18 PM PDT · by Vanders9 · 18 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8th Nov 2013 | BBC
    Based on actual accounts, this film portrays the days and hours before and during the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina, which eventually lead to the Falklands War.
  • Argentina Prepares to Go to War Against Britain or Argentines

    02/23/2014 9:56:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | February 23, 2014 | Jerry Nelson
    Argentina is preparing for a war either against Britain or Argentines. No one is sure as the country acquires military hardware that includes, jet fighters, anti-aircraft guns and specialized radar. The news came late Saturday night, just a few months before oil drilling begins in the Falkland Islands area. Besieged by runaway inflation, corruption and inefficiency in government as well as being impotent to stop rampant crime, Argentina’s failing President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, seems to be taking a page from history’s playbook. In January she created a new cabinet position, Secretary for the Malvinas, Argentina’s name for the Falklands....
  • Blood on brain, rest ordered for Argentine leader

    10/05/2013 7:55:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 5, 2013 10:40 PM EDT | Michael Warren
    Doctors ordered a month’s rest for Argentina’s president on Saturday after they found blood on her brain due to a head injury. President Cristina Fernandez’s spokesman issued a statement Saturday night saying she had suffered a previously undisclosed blow to the head on August 12. … The statement said problems surfaced Saturday after Fernandez, 60, went to a hospital for checks on an irregular heartbeat. Because she was suffering headaches, they looked at her skull again, too, and found a subdural hematoma. …
  • Thomas Sowell: Obama is a truly great phony

    09/09/2013 3:38:02 PM PDT · by sopwith · 25 replies
    union leader ^ | September 02. 2013 7:35PM | Thomas Sowell
    Home » Opinion » Columns September 02. 2013 7:35PM Thomas Sowell: Obama is a truly great phony Many years ago, I was a member of a committee that was recommending to whom grant money should be awarded. Since I knew one of the applicants, I asked if this meant that I should recuse myself from voting on his application. "No," the chairman said. "I know him too — and he is one of the truly great phonies of our time." The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything — provided that they...
  • 'Ed Miliband could lose Britain the Falklands'

    09/02/2013 8:08:18 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    dailystar.co.uk ^ | September 2, 2013
    The warning came from a top Tory after MPs backed down over joining a missile strike at Syria. Former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the South Americans could stage a second invasion because the UK showed it was unwilling to go to war. Mr Rifkind blamed the Labour leader for failing to back David Cameron’s missile offensive against Syrian tyrant Bashar al-Assad. Sir Malcolm, 67, said: “This will not affect our determination to defend the Falklands. “But that had better be made clear to the Argentin-ian government, especially by Mr Miliband.” Prime Minister David Cameron, 46, was defeated after...
  • Spain considering alliance with Argentina over Gibraltar, Falkland Islands

    08/12/2013 12:08:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/12/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The dispute over the Falkland Islands may get a boost at the UN, thanks to Spain’s designs on Gibraltar. According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais and reported in the Telegraph, Spain’s foreign minister has traveled to Argentina to discuss the possibility of both countries supporting each other’s territorial ambitions at the expense of the UK — and self-determination: Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo will use a trip to Buenos Aires next month to raise the possibility of forging a joint diplomatic offensive with the South American country over the disputed territories, sources told Spain’s El Pais newspaper.Spain’s foreign...
  • Argentina's Fernandez raises Falklands with Pope Francis

    03/20/2013 8:02:58 AM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 March 2013 Last updated at 13:10 ET | BBC
    Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner says she has asked for the Pope's intervention in the Falklands dispute between her country and the UK. Visiting the Vatican, Ms Fernandez said she had asked the Pope to promote dialogue between the two sides. Argentine Pope Francis was elected last week and will be formally installed as pontiff at a Mass on Tuesday. In the past he has said the Falkland Islands, a UK overseas territory, belong to Argentina. Before Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected, the 76-year-old was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Relations between him, Ms Fernandez, and her late husband...
  • 99.8% of Falkland Islanders Vote to Retain British Rule

    03/12/2013 9:09:27 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 14 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | March, 12th, 2013 | Timothy Knight
    With 92% of registered Falkland Island voters coming out to vote in their just held two-day referendum on whether they want to retain British rule over these small, barren Islands that fueled a brief, and bloody war between Great Britain and neighboring Argentina over three decades ago, the results are breathtaking. 99.8% of Falkland Islanders, the majority residing in the capital city of Stanley, voted to retain British rule, while only three people on the entire Island voted against. Their point: to show the Argentine government they are British and proud of it and to hopefully gain sympathy from the...
  • Falkland Islands vote shows 99.8 percent want to stay British

    03/12/2013 7:17:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/12/2013
    STANLEY, Falkland Islands – An overwhelming 99.8 percent of Falkland Islands voters have backed keeping their government just the way it is: a British Overseas Territory. Of the 1,517 valid votes cast, only 3 islanders voted "no" to the question: "Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?" One vote was somehow lost, officials said Monday. The referendum was aimed at showing the world that the residents' self-determination must be considered in any discussion about the future of the remote South Atlantic islands that are claimed by both...
  • Falkland Islanders vote to stay British

    03/11/2013 9:48:22 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies
    cnn ^ | March 12, 2013 | Dana Ford, Catherine E. Shoichet and Laura Smith-Spark,
    Residents of the Falkland Islands voted overwhelmingly to remain a British Overseas Territory, an official said late Monday. The question put to voters was: "Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?" More than 99% of voters said yes, according to Darren Christie, public relations manager for the Falklands Islands government. Just three people voted no. Turnout was 92%. "Speaks for itself, I think," Christie said about the vote. Monday marked the final day of a two-day referendum on the disputed Falkland Islands, which Argentinians call Las Malvinas....
  • John Kerry Sails into a New Falklands Conflict in London

    02/27/2013 6:13:04 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 53 replies
    Time ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | Catherine Mayer
    The FCO organizes press conferences like weddings, visitors on one side, hosts on the other, and inevitably the first question that came whistling from the British side of the aisle was about the Falklands’ planned March 10 to 11 referendum. Islanders will be asked, “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an overseas territory of the United Kingdom?” That they will answer with a resounding “Yes!” is not in doubt. That’s the sort of enthusiasm Brits wanted from Kerry too. Instead they got this: Let me be very clear about our position with respect...
  • Falklands will be under our control within 20 years, says Argentina

    02/05/2013 1:09:17 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5 February 2013 | Patrick Wintour, political editor
    The Falklands Islands will be under Argentinian control within 20 years, the South American country's foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, has said in an interview with the Guardian. Visiting London for the first time, he ruled out a military solution to the 130-year-old sovereignty dispute but claimed the world increasingly recognised that the islands were a product of colonialism. He accused the British government of being motivated by a fanatical desire to hold on to the islands and claimed "the United Kingdom has never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity to find a solution for the Malvinas". He said: "I...
  • Argentine destroyer that led war against Britain sinks, a symbol of decay for once-proud navy

    01/25/2013 1:00:39 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2013
    <p>Argentina’s defense chief expressed shame Wednesday after a Navy destroyer sank at its moorings, putting on display the declining fortunes of a once-proud fleet.</p> <p>The ARA Trinidad led Argentina’s 1982 sea war against Britain, but has long been mothballed and used for spare parts to sustain what’s left of Argentina’s Navy.</p>
  • Argentinian Leadership Screwing w/ Britain in Falklands Again- 'cuz It Worked-Out SO Well Last Time

    01/13/2013 10:02:53 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 27 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 13 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Today the Telegraph is reporting that British Royal Navy strategists take seriously the nationalistic trash-talk emanating from leftist twit Cristina Kirchner: there's already planning for contingencies ranging from a simple show-of-force to another direct military challenge to British sovereignty in the Falklands (which Argentinians refer to as El Malvinas).... In a situation that eerily echoes that of today -except replace 'left wing' with 'right wing'- in April 1982 the South American country had a failing right-wing junta in Buenos Aires -desperate for some populist appeal/diversion to quell domestic (economic) unrest- attempt to buoy public support through an ill-advised nationalistic military conquest. And it worked, for a while: not...
  • Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands

    01/13/2013 9:21:37 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | 13 jan 2013 | Sean Rayment,
    A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies. It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islands’ future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west London are also said to include a “show of force” such as conducting naval exercises in the South Atlantic. These could involve the deployment of the Royal Navy’s Response Task Force Group, a flotilla comprising destroyers, a frigate,...
  • Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands

    01/12/2013 2:58:56 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands Defence chiefs have drawn up new contingency plans designed to prevent hostile action by Argentina towards the Falkland Islands. By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent 9:00PM GMT 12 Jan 2013 A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies. It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islands’ future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west...
  • What lies behind renewed tensions over the Falkland Islands?

    01/04/2013 9:28:18 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thu January 3, 2013 | Barry Neild and Dave Gilbert
    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...
  • Argentina's leader tells UK to give up Falklands

    01/03/2013 4:26:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 5:53 AM EST
    Argentina’s president called on Britain on Thursday to relinquish control of the Falkland Islands, accusing London of taking part in an act of “blatant colonialism” in claiming the wind-swept archipelago. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner published an open letter in the Guardian newspaper urging Prime Minister David Cameron to honor U.N. resolutions which she says backs her case for the return of the islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas. She has made several similar demands in the past. …
  • Falklands governor Sir Rex Hunt dies

    11/14/2012 6:30:45 PM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 November 2012
    Sir Rex Hunt, who was governor of the Falkland Islands during the Argentine invasion in 1982 which triggered the Falklands War, has died aged 86. A statement said Sir Rex, who had retired to Stockton on Tees, died in hospital on Sunday night. The Legislative Assembly of the Falklands said he would be forever remembered for his years of service. He was captured by the Argentine invasion force during the Falklands War and expelled from the islands. He was granted the Freedom Of Stanley in 1985 to recognise his contributions to the islands. Sir Rex, who grew up in Redcar...
  • Falklands governor who defiantly refused to shake Argentinian general's hand... dies aged 86

    11/12/2012 12:33:28 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12th November 2012 | Amanda Williams
    Sir Rex Hunt, who was in charge of the Falkland Islands when Argentina invaded in 1982, has died aged 86. Sir Rex was considered a hero in the Falklands for his courage in organising the resistance to the Argentine invasion. He was taken prisoner by the Argentine invasion force and expelled to Uruguay. But when Britain recaptured the islands following the 74-day war he returned as Governor and remained in post until 1985. The Falkland Islands Government said it had received the news with 'great sadness'. In a statement it added: 'He will forever be remembered in the islands for...
  • Assange: How a cosy chat with the president of Ecuador turned into a diplomatic headache for Britain

    08/19/2012 12:15:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | August 19, 2012 | Harriet Alexander, Philip Sherwell in New York and Hugo Carro in Quito
    One was an Australian computer hacker; the other a head of state. They did not speak each other’s language; and their first encounter was a videolink conversation across 6,000miles. ....“Welcome to the club of the persecuted!” a beaming Mr Correa[President of Ecuador]told the grinning Australian. ...on Mr Assange’s Russian television chat show in May, the Ecuadorean discussed at great length his resentment of American“imperialism”, and his vehement dislike of big business, media barons and “elites”. ..........Mr Assange nodded knowingly....... The two men laughed and joked as they congratulated each other on their pariah status. ......On Thursday, Mr Correa’s government announced...
  • Revealed:Reagan Planned to Give Thatcher U.S. carrier for '82 Falklands

    06/27/2012 10:20:18 AM PDT · by Saint X · 28 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | June 27, 2012 | U.S. Naval Institute
    While publicly claiming neutrality between Argentina and the U.K. during the 1982 Falklands War, President Ronald Reagan’s administration had developed plans to loan a ship to the Royal Navy if it lost one of its aircraft carriers in the war, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman, told the U.S. Naval Institute on June 26. Lehman and then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger agreed to support U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with the loan of the amphibious warship USS Iwo Jima , he said.
  • The Falkland Islands Are Going To Have A Referendum Over Their Union With The UK

    06/12/2012 6:33:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/12/2012 | Adam Taylor
    The Falkland Islands, the South American islands subject to a bitter territorial dispute between the United Kingdom and Argentina, are to have a referendum over their links to the UK. Here's a full statement from David Cameron, via The Guardian: "I have always said that it is up to the Falkland Islanders themselves to choose whether they want to be British and that the world should listen to their views. Thirty years ago they made clear that they wanted to stay British. That's why British forces bravely liberated the island from Argentine invaders. Now the Argentine Government wants to put...
  • Argentina to 'immediately launch' criminal proceedings against UK oil firms

    06/04/2012 7:02:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04 Jun 2012 | Philip Aldrick
    The Argentine foreign ministry on Monday declared "illegal and clandestine" the activities of Desire Petroleum, Falkland Oil and Gas, Rockhopper Exploration, Borders and Southern Petroleum, and Argos Resources on the grounds that they are drilling in Argentine waters. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said the companies were operating "in a sovereign area of the Argentine nation and as such fall within its specified laws and rules". The companies "are not authorised by the Argentine government under law 17.319 on hydrocarbons", she added. According to the Argentine foreign ministry, her declaration opened the way for the "immediate launch" of criminal proceedings....
  • The Obama Administration knifes Britain yet again over the Falklands

    06/01/2012 10:38:02 AM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/1/12 | Nile Gardiner
    In his talks with President Obama in March, David Cameron reportedly gained assurances from the White House that Washington would stop pressing for negotiations between London and Buenos Aires over the sovereignty of the Falklands. If such an assurance was given, it was surely worthless. As Mercosur Press (South Atlantic News Agency) has just reported, the State Department is once again calling for UK-Argentina negotiations, ahead of next week’s Organisation of American States summit in Bolivia:
  • The Obama Administration knifes Britain yet again over the Falklands

    06/01/2012 9:29:42 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | June 1, 2012 | Nile Gardiner
    In his talks with President Obama in March, David Cameron reportedly gained assurances from the White House that Washington would stop pressing for negotiations between London and Buenos Aires over the sovereignty of the Falklands. If such an assurance was given, it was surely worthless. As Mercosur Press (South Atlantic News Agency) has just reported, the State Department is once again calling for UK-Argentina negotiations, ahead of next week’s Organisation of American States summit in Bolivia: “Our policy is unchanged. We believe that this is a bilateral issue that needs to be worked out directly between Argentina and the United...
  • Not so Dauntless…(Royal) Navy's Ł1 billion warship blacked out by a Ł10 fuse

    05/11/2012 10:41:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:00 EST, 5 May 2012 | UPDATED: 16:00 EST, 5 May 2012 | Christopher Leake
    Bristling with cutting-edge technology and carrying an awesome array of weaponry, the Royal Navy’s new destroyer HMS Dauntless is said to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful warships. But the £1 billion ($1.61 billion) vessel was left helpless and stranded—when a £10 ($16) fuse apparently blew. Dauntless was left without power and plunged into darkness. According to one source on board, the ship was ‘drifting for several minutes’ before the fault was corrected. No official cause for the problem has been given, but Navy insiders suggested that the fuse blew because a complicated water-cooling system had not been...
  • Falklands: Argentina ambassador calls for Britain to hand back 'colonial enclave'

    05/06/2012 10:31:22 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 60 replies
    Alicia Castro tried to pull Argentina's immediate neighbours into the dispute, claiming UK diplomatic and business relations could be damaged if the islands were not handed over to Buenos Aires. She said Las Malvinas – Argentina's name for the Falklands – would be better off if they cut their ties with the UK.
  • Argentina Politicizes the Olympics with Commercial shot stealthily on the Falklands

    05/03/2012 6:35:52 PM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 7 replies
    Argentina has riled the Falkland Islands by broadcasting a political advert filmed on the territory without authorisation. The advert features an Argentine athlete training in the Falklands ahead of the London Olympics in July. It ends with the slogan: "To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil." Falklands legislator Ian Hansen dismissed it as a piece of "cheap and disrespectful propaganda". The advert - broadcast in Argentina on Wednesday night - is the latest measure by Argentina to reassert its claim to the British overseas territory it calls the Malvinas.
  • Life on Royal Navy's Falklands-bound HMS Dauntless

    05/01/2012 7:54:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 May 2012 | Jonathan Beale
    Life on Royal Navy's Falklands-bound HMS Dauntless It is one of the Royal Navy's most advanced and powerful warships, now on its way to the other side of the world; destination - the Falkland Islands. HMS Dauntless is the largest destroyer ever built for the Royal Navy, made from nearly 3,000 tonnes of steel. Its wide hull helps to support its two massive radar. This Type 45 destroyer is radically different in design from earlier warships. The sleek, angled lines means it appears no larger than a fishing boat on another ship's radar. It is the navy's first stealth warship....
  • 30 years ago today, one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time: a long range surprise attack

    05/01/2012 5:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | April 30, 2012 | Richard Clements
    30 years ago today, one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time: a long range surprise attack to the Falklands April 30, 2012 At 22.30, on Apr. 30, 1982, the first engine of some 13 Hadley Page Victor K2 Tanker aircraft spooled into life and announced the start of one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time. It all started a few weeks previously, when some Argentinean scrap metal merchants had claimed some remote British Islands called South Georgia in the name of Argentina. It culminated in General Leopold Galtiere invading the British dependency of the Falkland Islands...
  • Obama snubs Britain with Falklands neutrality

    04/27/2012 10:41:49 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 6 replies
    LOWELL SUN ^ | 04/27/2012 | Peter Lucas
    While President Barack Obama's latest gaffe at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena was largely overlooked by the national media, fixated as it is on the Secret Service hooker scandal, it was not lost elsewhere -- especially in the United Kingdom and in Argentina. The gaffe, if that is what it was -- and not a premeditated slap at the British -- came during the joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos after the conference. A Colombian television reporter asked Obama why it was that neither the issues of Cuba nor the "Malvinas" were taken up at...
  • Barack Obama's knife in the back over the Falklands should be a wake-up call for David Cameron

    04/19/2012 3:07:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Telegraph ^ | April 19th, 2012 | Nile Gardiner
    Barack Obama has no interest in standing with Britain over the Falklands ... Barack Obama's latest knife in the back for Britain – and there have been many - should be a wake-up call for David Cameron, whose recent trip to Washington was an undignified exercise in hero-worship toward a Left-wing president who doesn't even like the British. The prime minister should understand that Barack Obama is no friend of Britain and never will be. And nor is his Secretary of State, who has actively backed Argentina's calls for UN-brokered negotiations between London and Buenos Aires over the sovereignty of...
  • The Other Obama Columbia Summit Debacle (w/ Argentina)

    04/18/2012 6:21:27 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | netwmd Staff
    Does U.S. President Obama have a foreign policy or should we call it a "dangerous farcical policy." Is he even control of the White House? By now, most people have heard the story of how, "11 Secret Service agents" and "as many as 10 U.S. military personnel," hired prostitutes, drank alcohol, and possibly used illicit drugs -- all in "security preparation" for the president to attend the Summit of the Americas in Columbia. Besides the security debacle, Obama's diplomatic effort, "wasn't exactly smooth sailing." But there's a subtle clincher to Obama's ridiculous Columbia trip which belies his true incompetency, a...
  • Obama’s ‘Neutral’ Stance on the Falklands Is of a Piece With His Dictator-Coddling Foreign Policy

    04/18/2012 3:39:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | Posted at 10:09 am on April 17th, 2012 | Mike McNally
    Yesterday Bryan Preston covered Barack Obama’s remarks on the Falkland Islands at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia. When asked about Argentina’s claim to the British-ruled islands, Obama said the U.S. would continue to observe a “neutral” stance, adding that “this is not something that we typically intervene in.” Taking a leaf out of the Sean Penn guide to diplomacy, he also attempted to refer to the Islands by their Argentinian name, Las Malvinas. Obama’s response attracted little interest here in Britain, and while the Smartest President Ever mistakenly called the islands the Maldives, I didn’t find Obama’s intention...
  • White House Stunned By Argentine Oil Expropriation

    04/17/2012 4:52:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 17, 2012
    Diplomacy: After a weekend of cavorting in Colombia, the White House was caught flat-footed by Argentina's takeover of a big oil company whose loss will hike gas prices, harm Spain and slam U.S. investors. Lucky us. Never was a response to a global outrage more mealy-mouthed than the one from the U.S. after Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, standing under a portrait of Evita Peron, announced a brazen grab for YPF, the Argentine oil company that's 57% owned by Spain's Repsol. Markets fell, world leaders denounced the violation of contracts and economically battered Spain rallied European Union support. But...
  • Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives

    04/16/2012 5:58:10 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 48 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:50PM BST 16 Apr 2012 | By Jonathan Gilbert in Buenos Aires
    President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name. Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls off that lie off the South coast of India. Cristina Kirchner, the Argentine president, has renewed her country's sovereignty claim to the Falklands in the build-up to the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the islands, which triggered the Falklands War, on April 2. She has accused David Cameron of maintaining a "colonial enclave"...
  • How the U.S. Almost Betrayed Britain

    04/01/2012 5:57:20 PM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/31/2012 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    Thirty years ago this Monday, Argentine marines invaded the Falkland Islands, killed or captured its British defenders and declared the islands to be Argentine territory: Les Malvinas. Britain dispatched a naval "task force" to regain them less than a week later. The Falklands War had begun. According to newly released documents from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., the U.S. almost took sides against its most important ally, driven by the diplomatic maneuvering of Secretary of State Alexander Haig... The most striking revelation from the meeting is the degree to which Haig's compromise favored the Argentines. The minutes are...
  • Argentina threatens to sue banks helping Falklands oil explorers as trade war with Britain escalates

    03/31/2012 8:05:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/31/2012 | James Quinn
    A group of British and American banks have been threatened with legal action by the Argentine government for advising and writing research reports about companies involved in the Falkland Islands’ Ł1.6bn oil industry. In what amounts to the start of a new trade war between the UK and Argentina, the banks - understood to include the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Capital and Goldman Sachs - have been warned they face criminal and civil action in Argentine courts. The threats were made in a series of letters sent to as many as 15 banks by the Argentine embassy in London...
  • Peru cancels visit by British frigate over Falkland Islands

    03/20/2012 9:33:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 20 Mar 2012 | Paul Carsten
    Peru cancels visit by British frigate over Falkland Islands Peru has cancelled an upcoming visit by a Royal Navy frigate to the country as tensions between Britain and Latin America mount over the Falkland Islands. HMS Montrose was scheduled to dock at Peru's El Callao naval base this week, but the visit has been cancelled by Peru in a show of solidarity with Argentina. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has criticised Britain’s territorial rights to the Falkland Islands, known in Latin America as the Malvinas. The dispute comes ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war in April,...
  • Pink Floyd's Roger Waters says Britain should return Falklands to Argentina

    02/29/2012 7:08:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies · 3+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:30PM GMT 29 Feb 2012 | Barney Henderson
    Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has reportedly stated that Britain should return the Falkland Islands, saying "Las Malvinas belong to Argentina". In an interview with Chilean television, Waters, who is on tour in South America, allegedly said he was "as ashamed as I possibly could be of our colonial past ... When we were out raping and plundering and stealing". The reported comments came as Argentina's industry minister called for all British imports to be banned as tensions escalate between the two countries ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. A journalist for the Chilean TVN state channel...
  • The price of cooking the books

    02/26/2012 4:44:22 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    The Economist ^ | Feb 25th 2012
    <p>HISTORY has left Argentines with more than their share of economic trauma. Having twice suffered destructive bouts of hyperinflation in the late 1980s, they are sensitive to rising prices. When they spot inflation their instinct is to dump the peso and buy dollars. But after the economy collapsed in 2001-02, horror at mass unemployment temporarily eclipsed the public’s fear of inflation. That has been the successful political calculation of the president, Cristina Fernández, and her late husband and predecessor, Néstor Kirchner. For years they stoked an overheating economy with expansionary policies. Faced with the resulting rise in inflation, their officials resorted to price controls—and to an extraordinarily elaborate deception to conceal the rise.</p>
  • Pride of Britain: Falkland Islanders stage 4x4 convoy to tell Sean Penn where to stick his views

    02/17/2012 2:10:17 PM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 17, 2012 | Lee Moran
    The Falkland Islands put on a show of strength against Argentine aggression and outspoken left-wing Hollywood actor Sean Penn - with a mile-long convoy of 4x4s. Dozens of Union Flag-waving Falklanders snaked their way out of the capital Stanley yesterday afternoon in a patriotic blur of red, white and blue. The procession, which looked at times like a summer carnival parade, is unlikely to scare Argentina into not launching an attack on the dispute archipelago. It is also doubtful it will force Penn, who has consistently backed Argentina in recent days, to keep his mouth shut. But it does act...
  • Shut up, Sean! Now big mouth Penn tells us we have NO right to send William to the Falklands

    02/15/2012 11:00:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2012 | Gerard Couzens
    Hollywood actor Sean Penn has criticised Prince William's deployment to the Falklands in a second attack on Britain in two days. Madonna's ex-husband was condemned as 'moronic' by Tory MP and former Army officer Patrick Mercer yesterday for claiming Britain's continuing hold on the Falklands was 'colonialist, ludicrous and archaic'. But the left-leaning actor showed he cannot keep his mouth shut over the islands by accusing the UK of 'insensitivity' for posting William to the disputed South Atlantic territory and labelling Britain a colonial dinosaur for the second day running.
  • Fumbling the Falklands (Obama Administration Knifes Britain in the back again)

    02/15/2012 10:47:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/15/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when Barack Obama promised to restore our standing with America’s allies and exercise “smart power” in diplomacy? Good times, good times. In the latest dispute over the Falkland Islands, Obama has failed to support our closest ally on the world stage even after their military and diplomatic support for our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in what the Telegraph’s Nile Gardiner called another knife in the back: First, military weakness is provocative. Argentina ramped up its aggressive rhetoric and diplomatic efforts to reclaim the Falklands only after P.M. Cameron announced massive cuts to the Royal Navy and British ground...
  • 'Britain is colonialist,.. and archaic': Sean Penn blasts UK for refusing to hand over Falklands

    02/14/2012 6:35:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 14, 2012 | Daniel Bates
    Sean Penn has branded Britain 'colonialist' for its refusal to hand over the Falkland Islands to Argentina. The notoriously left-wing actor said that the UK was being 'ludicrous and archaic’ by believing it could hold on to what he called ‘the Malvinas Islands of Argentina’. Penn, who has no personal connection with the islands at all, added that diplomacy was needed to resolve the issue but that he was firmly on the side of the Argentinians. His comments will incense Britons, Falkland Islanders and the families of those who died in the war in the South Atlantic almost 30 years...
  • Falkland Islands newspaper calls Cristina Fernández de Kirchner a *itch (edit mine)

    02/10/2012 6:38:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | February 8 ,2012 | Rory Carroll and Uki Goni
    The Falkland Islands newspaper the Penguin News has triggered uproar on Argentinian social networks by calling President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner a *itch. The newspaper's website uploaded a photo of Fernández briefly using the insult as a file name on Wednesday, a day after she accused Britain of militarising the south Atlantic islands. (edit mine)
  • Argentina Trying to Screw with Britain in the Falklands Again ('cuz It Worked-Out SO Well Last Time)

    02/09/2012 7:13:42 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 34 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 09, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Back in April '82, a failing right-wing junta in Buenos Aires  -desperate for some populist appeal/diversion to quell domestic (economic) unrest- attempted to buoy public support through an ill-advised nationalistic military conquest. And it worked, for a while: not only was the planned invasion and occupation of the Falklands launched prematurely (for political reasons) with lightly-trained troops, the military government -under the command of General Leopoldo Galtieri- severely underestimated the steely resolve of PM Margret Thatcher in attacking what they refer to as the 'Malivinas', a small group of British-held islands 300 miles off the Argentine coast (then subsequently the inhospitable South Georgia Islands +840 miles further out to...