Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bolivia/Russia: Have You Noticed the Interest Both Russia, China are Showing Toward the Amerícas?

According to The Latin American Tribune, Russia’s Vladimir Putin offered during talks with Bolivian President Evo Morales to assist the Andean nation in its plans to develop a peaceful nuclear energy program, Bolivia’s economy minister Luís Arce emphasized.

The economy minister made the statements to Bolivian state radio from Brazil, where he joined Morales for the Union of South American Nations-BRICS (Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa) summit last Wednesday.

Russia offered both assistance with nuclear energy technology transfers and permanent training for Bolivian technicians in various stages of the program, Arce said.

Putin said his country also is open to cooperating with Bolivia on installing thermoelectric and hydroelectric plants and to Russian companies carrying out those projects in the South American nation, the economy minister said.

COMMENT: Three weeks ago, most global observers hadn't even heard of the acronym BRICS, the Union of South American Nations forgetting the fact that Russia, China and India don't logically belong in South America, yet, there it is.

Back in 2008, when then Senator Barack Obama said he was formidably going to change the United States, few Americans couldn't even begin to comprehend what he was  referring to, yet  most of us could not even begin to comprehend the United States into. 

Of course, we now know all too well what "formidable" actually meant, what with the emergence of US Border Patrol agents now changing diapers on the US border when in fact they should be keeping illegal immigrants out of the US.

Then, of  course, we now have Obamacare which we were told all too often: "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period….if you like your health care coverage you can keep it. Period." 

According to REUTERS, a train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on Tuesday (July 22) on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families. 

Five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags reached the city of Kharkiv after pro-Russian separatists agreed to hand over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian authorities and the bodies to the Netherlands, where many victims had lived.

MH Flight 17 was en-route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down on July 17 near Donetsk, a stronghold of pro-Russian rebels, where fighting with Ukrainian troops flared up again on Tuesday. 

Western governments, including EU ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, threatened Russia with broader sanctions for what they say is its backing of the militia although they are struggling to respond.

President Putin said he would urge the separatists to allow a full investigation which the Netherlands said it would lead. Malaysia said it would send the black boxes to a British lab for analysis. 

Diplomats say more serious sanctions against whole sectors of the Russian economy will depend largely on the line taken by the Dutch, because of the large number of Dutch victims.

At the United Nations, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Monday demanding those responsible "be held to account and that all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability." It also demanded that armed groups allow "safe, secure, full and unrestricted access" to the crash site.

In  a related development, leftist Bolivian President Evo Morales says he plans to develop a "peaceful" nuclear energy program if he is elected to a third term in the October 12 presidential election.

The Bolivian government has already sought assistance from Argentina and France with a view to launching an alternative energy program.