Hodjanernes Blog

28 april 2012

Falkland Islands tensions: UK bans exports to Argentine military

Filed under: EU, Europa, Historie, Internationalt, Sydamerika, UK, Våben — Tags: , — Hodja @ 10:49

All UK exports to Argentina’s armed forces are being halted amid continuing tension over the Falkland Islands.

The UK government said the move should “ensure no British licensable exports or trade have the potential to be used by Argentina to impose an economic blockade” on the islands.

Since 1998, the UK has sold products only that would maintain, rather than enhance, Argentina’s military.

Mere på BBC

Vidste du, at der i dag er flere arabere i Argentina, end de oprindelige indbyggere indianerne?

21 marts 2012

Falklandsøerne vs. Argentina

Filed under: Internationalt, Sydamerika, UK — Tags: , — Hodja @ 10:33

DanMarx Radio beretter indimellem fra Sydatlanten om konflikten mellem Falklandsøerne, UK og Argentina.

De vakler lidt i neutraliteten, men Niels Lindvig på DDR P1 Orientering er ikke bleg for lidt manipulation af de historiske kendsgerninger, som vi tidligere har beskrevet. DDR synes at ville have konflikten til at dreje sig om de slemme imperialistiske briter mod de stakkels argentinere.

Men der kommer nok ikke meget suppe af den sten:

The government of the Falkland Islands has opened up to counter Argentina’s recent threat to take legal action against companies involved in oil exploration, and said it has had no effect whatsoever on business as usual in the islands.

Stephen Luxton, the Falkland Islands’ government’s director of mineral resources, told Interactive Investor: “There isn’t any significant risk of military action – the Argentines say so themselves – neither the will nor the military hardware exist in Argentina to do the job.”

It is known that, however, the UK government maintains a credible deterrent against any perceived threat.

Luxton added: “Despite Argentine media hysteria suggesting otherwise, there’s actually been no militarisation of the South Atlantic at all. The Typhoons replaced the Tornadoes which replaced the Phantoms, and the Type 45 warship HMS Dauntless is coming here to replace HMS Montrose as part of the Atlantic Patrol Task (South) which has been a part-time deployment to this region for as long as I can remember.”

But it is of the political shield-banging coming from Buenos Aires for which Luxton reserves his most vivid indifference.

“The political noise has of course increased and the Argentine government’s illegal economic blockade against the Falklands continues with various initiatives being announced from time to time by the Argentine government, the latest being the threat last week to take oil companies operating here to court.”

Even with 8,000 miles of Ocean you can almost hear the sigh: “It’s hard to imagine how this can gain any momentum; the simple fact is that no provisions exist for enforcing domestic Argentine legislation in Falkland Islands territory where it has no jurisdiction, and so no court outside Argentina is likely to entertain the idea.

“The Falklands has the absolute right to develop its own resources (hydrocarbons, fisheries or indeed anything else) under the basic principle of self-determination and this principle has the full support of the British government.”

7 marts 2012

Åbent brev om argentinsk imperialisme

Will no one listen to us Falkland Islanders?

I would like to take this opportunity to correct some common myths about our history. First, the Falkland Islands had no indigenous population prior to their settlement by our ancestors – the islands were unoccupied. Argentina claims the Falkland Islands form part of the province of Tierra del Fuego – an area that was not claimed as a part of the Republic of Argentina until after two generations of Falkland Islanders had been born and raised.

There is no truth to Argentine claims that a civilian population was expelled by Britain in 1833. The people expelled were an illegal Argentine military garrison, who had arrived three months earlier. The civilian population of the islands, who had sought permission from Britain to live there, were invited to stay. All but two of them, with their partners, did so.

We are not an implanted population. Our community has been formed through voluntary immigration and settlement over the course of nearly 200 years. We are a diverse society, with people from around the world having made the islands their home.

The UN charter enshrines the right of all people to determine their own future, a principal known as self-determination. It is in exercising this right that we have chosen to retain our links with the UK. This fundamental right is being ignored by the Argentinian government, which is denying our right to exist as a people, and denying our right to live in our home.

We are not a colony of the United Kingdom; we are a British overseas territory by choice, which is something entirely different. We are not governed by Britain, but are entirely self-governing, except for defence and foreign affairs. We democratically elect our legislative assembly members – they are chosen by the people of the Falkland Islands to represent them and to determine and administer our own policies and legislation.

We are economically self-sufficient, except for the cost of defence – for which there would be no need were it not for the claim made by an aggressive neighbour. Through our own efforts, our economy allows us to enjoy excellent health services and education provision, with Falkland Islanders studying for their A-levels and degrees overseas, paid for by the Falkland Islands government. It is testament to the strong bond our young people have with their home that nearly all return on completion of their studies.

Læserbrev i The Guardian – mere her.

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