LATINOSENLARED, OPINION (Bolivia), FORBES (USA)
Bolivian President Evo Morales has announced the end of Coca Cola in his country starting from December 21 2012, Latinosenlared website reports.
The date of the ban is symbolic, explains the South American website, quoting the Bolivian blog Nada nos libre de Escorpio. For the Bolivian government, this infamous date on the Maya calendar represents "the end of capitalism" and "the beginning of the culture of life."
Bolivia is not the only Latin American country criticizing the popular soft drink. Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez asked his citizens to avoid drinking Coke and to replace it with Uvita, a grape juice produced by a state-run company.
The Bolivian website Opinion reports two other countries have already banned the American soda: Cuba and North Korea.
Coca Cola is not the only American company who is not welcome in Bolivia. According to Forbes, Mc Donald's also had to leave the country last year, after ten years of presence.
— Freddy Bautista (@Friedducho) July 29, 2012
The photo reads: Drink Con-Science: There are reasons to believe in a better world but you won't find them in a soda.
Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.
The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.
Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.
Khamenei, where's our gas?
Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"
Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.
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