Fmr Ecuador President Rafaell Correa: Latin America is now experiencing an aggressive return to its neoliberal past

Rafael Correa is charismatic man who knows how to communicate. Two qualities that helped him to reach the presidency of Ecuador in 2007, a nation that up to that point had been on unstable political ground. Before Correa at least seven presidents had alternated between scandals, popular protests and replacements – until the Palace of Carondelet had as its occupant this economist turned leader. During the 10 years of his tenure in office he promoted a Citizen Revolution which improved the conditions of the poorest Ecuadorians with a vast improvement of social programs. Working now as journalist with Russia Today Correa has been able to reflect on what it takes to be a strong decisive leader. “It isn’t about if someone dislikes me or not, I have no control over that. I never looked at my job as President as trying to please everyone it was about what was needed to move the country forward.” With that same clarity Correa warned during our interview in Caracas that, “what we have in Latin America now is an onslaught; an aggressive return of the neo liberal past. It is a terrible neo conservatism that respects absolutely nothing, neither democracy nor human rights, nor constitutional order and with an impressive double standard at the inter-Americanism at the world level.”

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Papers of President Woodrow Wilson now online

The papers of President Woodrow Wilson, from his time in the White House and as a scholar and governor of New Jersey, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress 100 years after his presidency. Documents from Wilson also are featured in the Library’s exhibition ‘Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.’ Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the digitization today at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which is the nation’s living memorial to the 28th president and is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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US protests Syria’s turn at presidency of international disarmament conference

Formed in 1979, the Conference on Disarmament is a multilateral disarmament forum established by the international community which rotates its presidency according to the alphabetical order of countries’ English names every four weeks. Now, it’s Syria’s turn to take a whack at the Presidency of the international forum. The Americans, still sticking to the chemical weapons attack in Douma narrative, despite the overwhelming evidence that there was no chemical weapons attack in Douma, much less a CW attack carried out by the Assad regime, and which conducted a missile strike on Damascus and surrounding areas, to negligible effect, is walking out and speaking out in protest of Syria’s turn at the forum’s presidency. The US is widely known to have employed depleted uranium munitions in its Iraq war, which war has led to the deaths of over 1 million Iraqis. Either the bad guys had a military of 1 million strong, or else lots of innocent people prematurely met their maker because America needed to make them more free and to find those WMDs Saddam happened to be hiding somewhere. Syria is ‘audacious’ for taking up its role in the international conference, according to the Americans, who are ‘outraged’ at Syria’s alleged malign activities, apparently for daring to attempt to purge its nation of destabilizing and murderous forces, preserve its territorial integrity and that of its government.

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Syria Assumes Presidency of UN Disarmament Conference

The United States on Tuesday walked out of the Conference on Disarmament to protest Syria’s assumption of the rotating presidency of the 65-member U.N. body. Before staging his walkout, U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood told journalists that handing the gavel of the presidency to Syria marked a sad and shameful day in the history of the conference.

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Diplomatic Ballyhoo: Syria Takes Rotating Chair on UN Disarmament, U.S. Livid

Syrian ambassador Hussam Edin Aala, left, with Vladimir Gratchev, representative of Secretary-General of the UN Conference Syria has taken the rotating presidency of the United Nations ‘s Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, prompting disruptive objection by the United States. The chairing of the Conference on Disarmament rotates alphabetically among the body’s 65 members every four weeks, and Syria’s turn came on Monday.

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BiH major party elects its candidate for upcoming general elections

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s main Bosniak party, the Party of Democratic Action elected its veteran member Sefik Dzaferovic as the candidate for member of BiH tripartite presidency at upcoming general election here on Saturday afternoon. At the Convention that marked 28 years of party’s existence, Chairman of BiH Presidency and President of SDA Bakir Izetbegovic announced the economic and political goals the party aims to fulfill until 2026.

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BiH’s SDP party elects candidate for upcoming general elections

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Social Democratic Party on Sunday elected its vice president Denis Becirovic as the candidate for member of BiH tripartite presidency at the upcoming general election. After the referendum that took place on May 24-26, 29,126 members of SDP party chose the candidate that will represent their interests in BiH Presidency.

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