Geopolitics

Kirchner Tells Cameron UK Must Hand Falklands Back To Argentina

BUENOS AIRES HERALD, CLARIN (Argentina), THE GUARDIAN (UK)

Worldcrunch

BUENOS AIRES – Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has sent a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to hand over the Falkland Islands.

In the letter, writes Clarin, Kirchner asks Cameron to comply with a 1960 UN resolution that “proclaimed the necessity of ‘bringing to an end colonialism in all its forms and manifestations,’” to pass sovereignty to Argentina of the archipelago referred to there as the Malvinas Islands.

In 1982, after Argentina had invaded the islands, British forces sailed southward and a two-month-long War between the two countries resulted in the surrender of all Argentine forces and the return of the islands to British administration.

The letter, published as an advertisement in the British press Thursday, the 180th anniversary of the day the UK took over the disputed territory, states that “Argentina was forcibly stripped of the Malvinas Islands, which are situated 14,000 kilometers (8700 miles away from London,” writes the Buenos Aires Herald,

UK to Falklands - Map Wikipedia

“The Question of the Malvinas Islands is also a cause embraced by Latin America and by a vast majority of peoples and governments around the world that reject colonialism,” writes Kirchner.

The Argentinian president also urges Cameron to abide by a 1965 UN resolution calling for Argentina and the UK to negotiate a solution to the sovereign dispute, reports the Buenos Aires Herald.

Kirchner’s letter follows the British government’s decision last December to name a large chunk of Antarctica after Queen Elizabeth, a move considered by Argentina as a provocation, according to the Guardian.

The letter published in the Guardian:

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Dutch Cities Have Been Secretly Probing Mosques Since 2013

Revelations of a nationally funded clandestine operation within 10 municipalities in the Netherlands to keep tabs on mosques and Muslim organizations after a rise in radicalization eight years ago.

The Nasser mosque in Veenendaal, one of the mosques reportedly surveilled

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At least ten Dutch towns and cities have secretly used a private agency to probe mosques and other local religious organizations, Amsterdam-based daily het NRC reports in an exclusive investigation.

The clandestine operation — funded by NCTV, the National Security Services, the Netherlands' leading counter-terrorism agency — was prompted by the social unrest and uncertainty following multiple terror attacks in 2013, and a rise in Islamic radicalization.


The NCTV, which advises and financially supports municipalities in countering radicalization, put the municipalities in touch with Nuance by Training and Advice (Nuance door Trainingen en Advies, NTA), a private research agency based in Deventer, Netherlands. Among the institutions targeted by the investigations, which came at a cost of circa 500,000 euros, were the Al Mouahidin mosque in the central Dutch town of Ede, and the Nasser mosque east of the city of Utrecht, according to NRC.

Photo of people standing on prayer mats inside a Dutch mosque

Praying inside a Dutch mosque.

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Broken trust in Islamic community

Unlike public officials, the private agency can enter the mosques to clandestinely research the situation. In this case, the agents observed activity, talk to visitors, administrators, and religious leaders, and investigated what they do and say on social media.

All findings then wound up in a secret report which includes personal details about what the administrators and teachers studied, who their relatives are, with whom they argued, and how often they had contact with authorities in foreign countries, like Morocco.

Leaders of the Muslim organizations that were secretly probed say they feel betrayed.

It is unclear whether the practice is legal, which is why several members of the Dutch Parliament are now demanding clarification from the outgoing Minister of Justice and Security, Ferd Grapperhaus, who is said to be involved.

"The ease with which the government violates (fundamental) rights when it comes to Islam or Muslims is shocking," Stephan van Baarle, member of the leftist party DENK, told De Volkskrant, another Dutch newspaper.

Leaders of the Muslim organizations that were secretly probed say they feel betrayed. Hassan Saidi, director of one of the mosques investigated, said that the relationship with the local municipality had been good. "This puts a huge dent in the trust I'd had in the municipality," he told the Dutch public broadcaster NOS.

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