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Box office: "Tron: Legacy" races to top with $43.6 million

By John Young, EW.com
December 20, 2010 -- Updated 0054 GMT (0854 HKT)
  • "TRON: Legacy" led with $43.6 million
  • "Yogi Bear" came in second with $16.7 million
  • "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" dropped to third

(EW.com) -- First the good news. "TRON: Legacy" raked in some thoroughly respectable numbers opening weekend, pulling in $43.6 million. Undaunted by enh reviews, CinemaScore audiences awarded the Disney reboot starring this weekend's SNL host Jeff Bridges a solid B+ rating. IMAX and TRON made excellent teammates, as the movie earned $10.3 million - a quarter of its weekend kitty - in 234 IMAX theaters.

But now, let's cue a wet raspberry sound. "How Do You Know," the big-budget, star-laden romantic comedy from James L. Brooks, came in at the No. 8 spot, making a lousy $7.6 million at over 3,061 theaters. That's miserable news for everyone involved, especially considering the fact that "Black Swan," starring a crazy-eyed Natalie Portman, made more money on some 2,000 fewer theaters. The Darren Aronofsky film, pirouetting into the No. 7 spot, jumped to 959 theaters this weekend with an impressive $8.3 million haul. (Consider that "Black Swan," which cost just $13 million, already has a cumulative gross of $15.7 million in three weekends of limited release. "How Do You Know" cost north of $100 million, and at this rate will be lucky to make a quarter of that back in domestic grosses.)

Oh "Yogi Bear," you hoped more friends would show up to the picnic. The talking bear flick came in at No. 2 with $16.7 million. That's a far cry from Squeakquel numbers, the "Alvin & the Chipmunks" period piece that opened to $48.8 million on last year's Christmas weekend. But at least it's slightly better than "Marmaduke's" fate, which opened in June to just $11.6 million.

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" headed south to No. 3 with $12.4 million, bringing its cumulative two-week gross to $42.7 million. But how "The Fighter" swung for that top 3 spot. The boxing opus, aglow with six Golden Globe and four SAG award nominations, had a very good round this weekend, pulling in $12.2 million on 2,503 screens to land at No. 4.

Check back here next week for big Christmas weekend results. "True Grit" and "Little Fockers" open nationwide on Wednesday, December 22, with "Country Strong" hitting in limited release.


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#NEWS :Activist's fears over Belarus election

Belarus is holding a presidential election on Sunday, which is widely expected to see Alexander Lukashenko re-elected for a fourth term.

After 16 years in office, Lukashenko has become Europe's longest serving leader.

Marina Bogdanovich, an opposition activist who says she was intimidated by the government and put under surveillance for her activism, voiced concerns to Al Jazeera that the post-Soviet state will continue to not have the same freedoms as other western countries if Lukashenko is re-elected.

Neave Barker from Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

[December 19, 2010]


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#WikiLeaks obtém documento sugerindo que José Dirceu estaria envolvido com esquema de caixa dois

Publicada em 19/12/2010 às 14h08m

O Globo

RIO - O ex-ministro José Dirceu foi "captado" em mensagens confidenciais da diplomacia dos EUA obtidas pelo WikiLeaks. A informação foi revelada pelo próprio Dirceu ao amigo Paulo Coelho, durante um almoço realizado no sábado, e acabou no blog do escritor antes mesmo de serem vazadas pelo site de Julian Assange. O GLOBO publica nesta segunda-feira matéria com o conteúdo completo dos telegramas que citam Dirceu.

Entre os supostos documentos, um telegrama ao governo dos Estados Unidos diria que Dirceu conversou com um funcionário do Departamento de Estado americano sobre a criação de caixa dois - ação negada pelo ex-ministro na conversa, segundo Paulo Coelho.

No blog, o escritor ressalta que Dirceu não viu os telegramas, mas que, durante uma entrevista a um jornal (que Paulo Coelho não sabe identificar), um jornalista leu os telegramas ao ex-ministro. O escritor afirma que conheceu Dirceu em 2005, após sua saída do governo, e a conversa ocorreu durante um almoço neste sábado.

Abaixo, a transcrição da publicação de Paulo Coelho em seu blog:

"Peguei um caderno que sempre carrego comigo ( Moleskine, tradição de escritor) e comecei a anotar nossa conversa. Abaixo o que está nos telegramas e o verdadeiro conteúdo das conversas, segundo José Dirceu.

A] são vários telegramas, porque são vários interlocutores

B] Em um deles, em churrasco na sua casa em Vinhedo, o ex-funcionário do Departamento de Estado Bill Perry, comenta sobre eleições no Brasil. José Dirceu e Bill conversaram durante toda a tarde, sobre uma infinidade de assuntos. Mas no telegrama enviado ao Departamento de Estado, a conversa foi resumida nos seguintes ítens:

1] que José Dirceu tinha feito Caixa 2 (uma conclusão do interlocutor );

2] que não falou de reforma política (segundo Dirceu, foi um dos assuntos dominantes);

C] O mesmo Bill Perry, no apartamento funcional de José Dirceu em Brasília, teve outra longa conversa, que resumiu em algo como "José Dirceu afirmou que Lula não seria candidato a um segundo turno, já que achava que iria perder as eleições". Dirceu afirma que tudo que fez foi traçar os cenários que a oposição estava desejando naquele momento;

D] Em outra mensagem, o então embaixador americano relata conversas com Dirceu sobre a ALCA, mas se limita a dizer aquilo que lhe interessa. Todas as explicações dadas por Dirceu - posição do governo brasileiro e do PT sobre a inviabilidade da ALCA - se resumiu a uma referência no telegrama, sobre a concordância do Brasil de um novo encontro a respeito;

E] Ainda o embaixador americano na época: Dirceu defende a posição da Venezuela e do governo Chávez, mas o embaixador resume toda a conversa em uma opinião de Dirceu - que o Chávez devia se concentrar nas questões econômicas do país e não em um conflito com os EUA."


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Key right to say cables would 'embarrass'

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:43p.m.


By Tova O'Brien

Cables leaked by WikiLeaks have offered a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at New Zealand politics as seen through American eyes - how and why some deals are done and the contrary stories told to the public.

Of the 250,000 secret documents obtained by WikiLeaks, about 1600 relate to New Zealand.

Prime Minister John Key pre-emptively said they might lead to embarrassment, and he was right.

"I think it'll make people a bit more cynical about foreign affairs," says political commentator John Pagani. "I think it's exposed that there is some cynicism in the Government."
Most of the cables were sent when Labour was in power, and one suggests that then Prime Minister Helen Clark sent troops to Iraq to maintain Fonterra's lucrative United Nations dairy contract.

"The real reason the troops were sent and claimed by America was to help advance the trade deal," says the Greens' Keith Locke. "That is unprincipled politics and the Labour Party should be ashamed of it."

Ahead of the 2008 election, Mr Key committed to meeting the Dalai Lama. But cables show Mr Key assured the Chinese premier that neither he nor his ministers would meet the exiled spiritual leader when he visited last year.

"It's a history of duplicity and fooling the public who is very much supportive of the Dalai Lama and would like our Government to meet him," says Mr Locke.

Other cables show that senior Government officials undermined New Zealand's nuclear-free policy, suggesting to Washington that it could be reversed.

"There's a perception that it's anti-American and those perceptions are wrong," says Mr Pagani, "until people understand that we're not going to move past it, so that's a big failure for our diplomatic core."

The cables have given New Zealanders a unique insight into the workings of Government, and although they may come as a shock to some people, political commentators say they're not likely to cause any long-term damage.

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Julian Assange: The Outsider - The WikiLeaks movie trailer

Watch: Spoof Trailer for “WikiLeaks: The Movie”
Posted by Nick Butler in Fan Made, Viral Videos tagged with parody, Trailer, Viral video, Wikileaks

You’ve probably heard of WikiLeaks, the organization that has been leaking classified government documents to the public over the last few years in order to keep governments “open.” Well, A spoof trailer that dramatizes the entire WikiLeaks story is on YouTube, and it’s pretty good. Check it out after the break.


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Jimmy Wales: 'It's not about how many pages. it's about how good they are'

The Monday Interview: As Wikipedia celebrates 10 years as an unrivalled source of knowledge, its founder talks to Ian Burrell

Monday, 20 December 2010

Jimmy Wales in London last week.


Jimmy Wales in London last week. The American plans to make the city his home

It’s not yet the tenth day of Christmas and time for lords to start leaping, but one of the great aristocrats of the internet, Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales, can be forgiven for having a spring in his step as he walks the London streets.

A decade after he founded Wikipedia, the apparently limitless trove of online information has grown to 17 million articles and attracts a monthly audience of 400 million users, making it the fifth most popular website in the world.

He is unconcerned by the extreme cold in Britain, having recently returned from a trip to Russia where he met President Dmitry Medvedev, one of the many international excursions he makes to promote and explain a project that depends on the dedication of an army of unpaid contributors. Besides, Wales needs to acclimatise to the British winter weather, intending as he does to make London his future home.

This Anglophile streak extends to a fixation with the House of Lords which, somewhat bizarrely, is identified by the Alabama-born digital media entrepreneur as the subject area he spends most time studying on Wikipedia, sometimes editing the articles himself. He has become acquainted with numerous peers including Lord Mandelson, whom he met last week.

If Wikipedia – which some estimates have valued at $5 billion - were not a non-profit venture, shunning advertisers and overseen by a charitable foundation (of which he is emeritus chairman), Wales would possess unimaginable wealth. He is making his annual appeal to Wikipedia users for added funding, this year seeking $16m, in order to maintain independence by avoiding dependence on major benefactors.

He made his own small fortune as a futures and options trader in Chicago before even dabbling in the Internet. And, having established Wikipedia with his then partner Larry Sanger on 15 January 2001, Wales has since set up a separate for-profit business, Wikia, which carries advertising and caters to more than 100,000 “wiki” groups with specialist interests ranging from The Muppet Show to the cult computer game World of Warcraft.

Speaking to The Independent at a London hotel, Wales, 44, admits that the scale of Wikipedia’s growth has outstripped even his famous self-confidence. “[With] 400m people a month visiting the site it has become really a fundamental part of the information infrastructure of the world,” he says.

“I didn’t imagine this. It just didn’t occur to me, sitting at my computer, that I would end up travelling all over the world. That bit escaped my thought process.”

Before starting Wikipedia, Wales’s only foreign trips had been to Canada and Mexico. Now he travels to speak at global economic events and his social network includes Bono, Richard Branson, Al Gore and Jimmy Carter.

But as he spreads his gospel internationally he must overcome an unforeseen and potentially damaging misapprehension: the comparatively common view that Wikipedia is in some way attached to WikiLeaks, the scourge of the Western establishment for its publication of millions of confidential documents, exposing diplomatic secrets and covert military operations. While Wales has been hobnobbing with British politicians in London, the WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, spent much of last week across town in Wandsworth prison fighting extradition charges over accusations of sex offences.

“The most important message... is that we have absolutely nothing to do with WikiLeaks,” says Wales, who is irritated by the name of Assange’s site. “What they’re doing is not really a wiki. The essence of wiki is a collaborative editing process and they’re just getting documents from people and releasing them. There’s no collaborative editing going on. The fundamental of what they’re doing is not really a wiki. It’s unfortunate. I wish they were called Open Leaks.”

That’s not to say that, as a champion of free speech, he doesn’t have some sympathy with WikiLeaks in its current position. “It’s complicated. In open and free societies it’s really important that people who have evidence of wrongdoing have some avenue to make that known. I think that’s a good and healthy part of democracy,” he says.

“At the same time I would echo some of the concerns raised by Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders, and counsel that WikiLeaks should be thoughtful and careful about the ramifications of what they’re releasing and work with people to make sure that what they’re doing is providing a useful public service.”

Wikipedia, he has no doubt, is doing just that. The site was once widely lampooned for the untruths that resulted from allowing anyone to edit its entries. Wikipedia’s own Wikipedia page contains the acknowledgement that “some media sources satirise Wikipedia’s susceptibility to inserted inaccuracies”. The Onion, the American satirical newspaper, once published a prominent article headlined “Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years of American Independence”.

Wales believes the quality of articles has markedly improved. This is partly due to protection measures recently introduced for the most sensitive articles (such as the biography of George W Bush), where all changes are subject to a delay so that they can be reviewed by an established Wikipedia editor. “Where we’ve gotten to now is fairness. We don’t get these stories that we are a crazy bunch of people and it is complete garbage,” says Wales, acknowledging that an institution of the scale and influence of Wikipedia is rightfully held to account. “We do get criticised where there are errors and I do think it’s a valid subject, a really important subject, for broad public dialogue.”

Where Wikipedia can improve, he admits, is in the diversity of its contributors. Around 100,000 volunteers are involved in editing on at least a monthly basis, allowing the site to operate with only a tiny staff of around 45. But editors are “over 80 per cent male and tech-savvy”, he says, meaning that subjects such as “sociology or Elizabethan poetry” can be neglected. “Whatever 26-year-old tech geek males are interested in we do a very good job on. [But] things that are in other fields we could do with some more users participating.”

So Wikipedia will begin its second decade by making it easier for less tech-minded users to edit pages. In future, users are likely to be encouraged to give ratings to the pages they read, encouraging them to be more interactive with the site.

Not that Wales wants everyone to be an editor. “We’ve never been about participation for participation’s sake. We are trying to build an encyclopaedia.” Similarly, he is unconcerned that growth in new articles on English Wikipedia appears to be slowing. “All of the easy topics have been written about years ago. But it’s good to slow down a bit. It’s not about rapidly creating the maximum number of pages - that’s not the point. The point is to create useful pages.”

His focus is moving to the east, specifically to India where in the next six months Wikipedia will open its first office outside of America, probably in Mumbai or Bangalore. Increasing the number of articles in Indian languages is “really key”, he says. “We have 50,000 articles in Hindi and tens of thousands in other languages, so we already have active communities there but we are still very far behind the European languages.”

There is still so much to do. Africa remains largely undocumented by the site, especially in native languages. Around 20,000 articles have been written in Swahili (and a similar number in Afrikaans) but Zulu accounts for barely 100 entries. “One of the big keys is increasing the diversity of the contributor base,” says Wales. He cites a need for more contributions in Arabic but is pleased that the linguistic breadth of Wikipedia – which has 262 language editions – gives it a remarkable reach in the developing world.

Where many of the great digital media brands have lost their way – AOL, MySpace, Yahoo! – Wikipedia has maintained its relevance. According to Sergey Brin, a founder of Google, Wikipedia is “one of the greatest triumphs of the internet”.

Wales does not have the same profile as some of the other great online pioneers. He has not had a Hollywood film made about him like the creator of Facebook. But as a character he is more red-blooded than other famous nerds such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. After working as a futures trader, Jimbo set up Bomis, a male-oriented dot-com business focusing on “babes” and sport. He has been married twice and has a daughter with his second wife. When he broke up with one girlfriend, Rachel Marsden, she delighted internet gossips by selling off his clothes – on eBay.

His first marriage was to the former work colleague in a grocery store who he wed when he was 20. Back then in Alabama – where he had grown up as the son of a store owner and had spent long hours poring over the Encyclopaedia Britannica – he had the ambition of being rich and living in Britain, seeing a photograph of an English castle and telling his young wife Pam: “Yeah, we’re going to have that one day.”

He achieved a geek’s dream recently by visiting old Albion’s ancient seat of governance and dining with Merlin. Awesome dude! In fact, although the Wikia empire has an entire community dedicated to the mythical wizard featured in the BBC/NBC series, the Merlin that Wales went to see was Merlin Hay, the 24th Earl of Arroll, who invited him to lunch at his beloved House of Lords. He later realised he had edited the Wikipedia page of the earl’s father, Sir Rupert Iain Kaye Moncreiffe of that Ilk. A visit to the meticulously edited article reveals that “of that Ilk” is “a contraction of Moncreiffe of Moncreiffe”. It is this level of factual detail that Wales likes to see in his online encyclopaedia.

It seems strange that the man behind a concept that gives everyone the chance to contribute to a unique knowledge resource should be in awe of a chamber that is still derided for being undemocratic and anachronistic.

But Wales responds by trying to draw an analogy between the internal structure of Wikipedia and the United Kingdom’s system of government. He talks of the lack of a written constitution, refers to the website’s highest body (its arbitration committee), and notes that “if you become an administrator in Wikipedia, you are pretty much in for life as long as you behave yourself”.

Then he refers to his own role. “I’m working as hard as I can to make it as ceremonial as possible, much like in the UK... a constitutional monarch where I have certain reserved powers,” he says, hinting at the egotism for which he is sometimes criticised.

Sitting here in the hotel drinking from a glass of water, he’s just an ordinary looking bearded guy in an open neck shirt. He might not be quite the king of the internet but for millions of users of Wikipedia, there’s something quite noble about the peer-loving Jimmy Wales.

Life in brief


7 August, 1966, Huntsville, Alabama


Randolph School, Huntsville; Auburn University, Alabama, University of Alabama; Indiana University


While a student Wales worked at a grocery store, where he met his first wife. Made his fortune as a futures trader in Chicago before deciding to become an internet entrepreneur, setting up Bomis, a search engine aimed at young men. The prototype Nupedia morphed into Wikipedia after Wales hired Larry Sanger, who introduced the "wiki" concept that allowed outside contributors to create and edit the pages. Today the site has 400m monthly users and runs to 17m articles


Twice married, with one daughter from his second marriage, Wales lives in Florida. Has a girlfriend with a home in London


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#WikiLeaks: Urânio em Portugal

Um angolano alertou, em Julho de 2008, a embaixada dos Estados Unidos em Lisboa de que um ex-general russo radicado em Portugal estaria a tentar vender no País uma placa de urânio (usado em bombas nucleares e ‘sujas’) com 25 quilos.

O alerta foi passado para Washington pelo embaixador Stephenson, revelou ontem o jornal britânico ‘Guardian’, citando mais um telegrama revelado pelo WikiLeaks. O material seria proveniente de Chernobyl e estava em Portugal em localização “não apurada”.


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Jornalistas fazem manifestação de apoio a Assange


Jornalistas do Rio de Janeiro realizaram hoje uma manifestação de apoio ao australiano Julian Assange, fundador do site Wikileaks. De forma descontraída, os manifestantes distribuíram máscaras com o rosto do ciberativista aos banhistas nas praias de Ipanema e Leblon, na zona sul.

"Ele conseguiu tornar públicas informações que eram cifradas e escondidas. Virou nosso ídolo, nossa referência. Quem sabe não aprendemos e criamos um Wikileaks no Brasil?", defendeu o jornalista Marcos Almeida. Através do Wikileaks, Assange publicou centenas de telegramas secretos da diplomacia americana.

Cem máscaras foram distribuídas. Os banhistas, que lotaram as praias e enfrentaram forte calor, demonstraram apoio à manifestação.

Assange se entregou à polícia sueca no início do mês, mas foi libertado na última semana. Ele é acusado de cometer crimes sexuais. Ele nega as denúncias e diz que está sendo alvo de uma campanha "difamatória".


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#wikileaks #cablegate The WikiWeek: December 17, 2010

Posted By Charles Homans



Zimbabwe's first lady is suing a local newspaper over its reporting on a WikiLeaks cable detailing her involvement in the black-market diamond trade. (And apparently doesn't read FP.)

When FP wrote about Africa's failed states this summer, we didn't know the half of it.

Pretty much everyone involved in last week's cable about bribery in the Ugandan oil business denies bribing anyone in the Ugandan oil business.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir allegedly has $9 billion in oil money stashed in Britain.


American diplomats at the United Nations don't like to talk much about human rights anymore.

The Cuban government misjudges the WikiLeaks cables, which show the U.S. government misjudging the Cuban government.

Joking about Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, or even above Venezuela, is ill-advised.

How Brazil got pharmaceutical companies to hand over cheap HIV/AIDS drugs.

Diverticulitis may have nearly done in the Castro regime, but Cuba's political dissidents probably can't.


WikiLeaks is banned there.


The Red Cross reported extensive torture of Kashmiris at Indian detention centers in Kashmir to the U.S. embassy in New Delhi in 2005.

Singapore's government owes an apology to basically every major country in Asia.

The Dalai Lama says fighting climate change is more important for Tibet than political independence.

The heir to the Gandhi family political dynasty thinks Hindu extremists are a bigger threat to India than Muslim ones.

Turkmen strongman Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov doesn't like people who are smarter than him.

A former Thai prime minister says Thailand's queen had a hand in the country's 2006 coup. The country's leaders also have their doubts about the crown prince.

Eric Clapton's weirdly persistent influence on North Korean politics.


Sweden told the State Department in 2008 that the country didn't have to worry about terrorism. They're probably not saying that now.

Silvio Berlusconi for the win?

The German government is still not digging L. Ron Hubbard.

The Stockholm embassy discusses Sweden's WikiLeaks-enabling Pirate Party in a particularly meta cable.

The Azeri first lady's plastic surgery creates confusion among U.S. diplomats in Baku.

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko is "bizarre" and "disturbed."


Do Arab leaders actually care about the Palestinians?

Hosni Mubarak thinks his son is a perfectionist.

Is the Egyptian military in "intellectual and social decline"?

The Arab League doesn't like Steven Spielberg.


Julian Assange is released on bail after a media-circus-attracting hearing, but not before Michael Moore manages to get involved. Now that he's out of jail, Assange is pretty chatty -- as is Vaughan Smith, the journalist and WikiLeaks supporter who's hosting him until his next court date.

Things are not going nearly so well for alleged Assange document source Bradley Manning.

Australian police determine WikiLeaks hasn't broken any laws in the country, but Assange's lawyer says a grand jury in the United States is considering indicting him.

WikiLeaks is already inspiring imitators around the world, and counterfeit cables are turning up in Russia -- because, you know, that worked so well in Pakistan.

FP's WikiLeaked is too hot for the U.S. Air Force.

Someone posts a manifesto on behalf of Anonymous, the ad-hoc group of hackers that has cyber-attacked an array of targets in solidarity with WikiLeaks over the past two weeks. The manifesto quotes KISS bassist Gene Simmons. A Greek web designer is arrested for it.

Governments may be scared of WikiLeaks, but the Pakistani feminine hygiene industry isn't.


A lot of people think Assange should have been Time's 2010 person of the year. Richard Stengel, the magazine's managing editor, isn't one of them.

Portrait of the hacker as a young man: Julian Assange during his couch-surfing and email-stalking days.

Would Henry David Thoreau join Anonymous?

Congress considers WikiLeaks.

Mark Prendergast, ombudsman for the U.S. military's official Stars and Stripes newspaper, argues that military personnel should be allowed to read the cables.

If WikiLeaks doesn't get things rolling a little faster, we'll be writing this blog for another 7.6 years.



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Brazilian defense minister knew FARC was on Venezuelan soil

Posted By Elizabeth Dickinson

According to a 2009 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil's outgoing defense minister "all but acknowledged" that the FARC, a Colombian leftist rebel group that the State Department considers a terrorist organization, was present in Venezuela despite Brazilian leaders' consistent refusal to say so in public.

This is big news. Brazil has always played the cool mediator between unfriendly neighbors Colombia and Venezuela, taking neither party's side in their often-heated dispute over the FARC. In recent years, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has repeatedly denied that the rebels are on his country's soil, while the Colombians have insisted otherwise, and Brazil has kept mum to avoid being seen as biased. The incoming president, Dilma Roussef, has said that FARC is not Brazil's problem.

As the defense minister, Nelson Jobim, put it, "were he to acknowledge its presence [in Venezuela] 'it would ruin Brazil's ability to mediate,'" according to the cable.

That's not to say, however, that Brazil is on Colombia's side. In fact, the WikiLeaks documents show signs that the Brazilians were frustrated with both parties. The Nov. 13 cable refers to Brazil's "insistence on painting [then Colombian President Álvaro] Uribe as the primary source of Andean tensions." And Jobim is seen blaming each side for making inflammatory statements about the other to drum up political support at home.

"Jobim also was critical of Uribe seeking a third term, a move which he thought set a bad precedent for the 'Bolivarists,'" the cable reads, referring to Chávez and his acolytes in Ecuador and Bolivia. (Another cable from Paris quotes French diplomatic advisor Jean-David Levitte as saying that Chávez is "crazy" and that "even Brazil wasn't able to support him anymore.")

So if neither Venezuela nor Colombia is Brazil's favored regional friend, is it a win for Washington at least? Likely not. In the same conversation, Jobim comes across as furious about a recent U.S.-basing agreement signed between Washington and Bogotá. The pact was lambasted in Latin American as yet more Yankee imperialism; in conversations recounted in the cable, the defense minister says that a U.S. policy document on the bases evinced "a complete lack of understanding" of the region.

Both Colombia and Brazil have newly elected presidents, which will likely shake things up in the relationship -- probably for the better. But what's not likely to change is the the sense in Latin American capitals that Washington just doesn't get it.



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Rafael Correa en Cancún: Wikileaks, cambio climático y el intento de golpe de estado en Ecuador

Viernes 17 de Diciembre de 2010



Viernes 17 de Diciembre de 2010



  • Tras haber sido puesto en libertad en Londres, Julian Assange, fundador de WikiLeaks, promete continuar publicando documentos confidenciales


    El fundador de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, ha sido puesto en libertad en Londres después de que un alto tribunal dictaminara que podía ser puesto en libertad bajo fianza. Assange pasó los últimos nueve días en aislamiento tras ser arrestado por una orden de detención internacional para que respondiera de ciertas acusaciones de delitos sexuales en Suecia. En una breve declaración realizada al salir del juzgado, Assange dio las gracias a sus partidarios y prometió continuar con su trabajo.

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  • Documentos de WikiLeaks: Pfizer presionó al fiscal general nigeriano para debilitar la demanda por las pruebas de medicamentos con consecuencias mortales


    Las comunicaciones diplomáticas publicadas por WikiLeaks muestran que el gigante farmacéutico Pfizer contrató a investigadores para que encontraran pruebas de corrupción contra el fiscal general de Nigeria, a fin de presionarlo para que abandonara una demanda de 6.000 millones de dólares por pruebas ilegales de medicamentos con niños nigerianos. Los investigadores no consiguieron formularios de consentimiento firmados, y el personal médico asegura que Pfizer no informó a los padres que sus hijos estaban recibiendo el medicamento experimental. Once niños murieron, y otros sufrieron daños incapacitantes como sordera, mudez, parálisis, daños cerebrales, pérdida de visión y problemas del habla. Hablamos con el reportero del Washington Post Joe Stephens, que ayudó a destapar el caso en el año 2000, y con Musikilu Mojeed, un periodista nigeriano que ha trabajado en el caso para el periódico NEXT, de Lagos.

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  • Medicina mortal: la FDA es incapaz de regular la imparable industria de las pruebas de medicamentos en el extranjero


    Las empresas farmacéuticas realizan cada vez más pruebas clínicas de nuevos medicamentos fuera de Estados Unidos, sobre todo en países cuyas normativas son mucho menos restrictivas y las pruebas son mucho más baratas, lo que suele conducir a resultados mortales. Hace veinte años, sólo 271 pruebas de medicamentos pensados para ser usados por estadounidenses fueron realizadas en el extranjero. En 2008, la cifra había aumentado hasta casi 6.500 —muchas de ellas en zonas con sujetos de prueba pobres y analfabetos. El periodista Jim Steele nos acompaña para hablarnos sobre su investigación especial, que acaba de ser publicada en Vanity Fair.

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  • Estudio: las empresas farmacéuticas superan a la industria militar en defraudar al gobierno estadounidense


    Un nuevo estudio del observatorio ciudadano Public Citizen ha averiguado que la industria farmacéutica de los medicamentos se ha convertido en la mayor responsable de fraude al gobierno federal, superando a la industria militar. Public Citizen ha averiguado que la industria farmacéutica pagó casi 20.000 millones de dólares en multas a lo largo de las dos últimas décadas por violaciones a la Ley de Declaraciones Falsas, la herramienta legal más importante que tienen los contribuyentes para recuperar los millones de dólares que algunas empresas le roban al Estado cada año. Más de la mitad de las multas de la industria fueron pagadas por sólo cuatro empresas: GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Eli Lilly y Schering-Plough.

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