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Coup in Maldives

02/14/2012 11:14 AM

Mohamed Nasheed was recently ousted as the President of Maldives in a coup led by the vice president.  While he was president, Nasheed appeared to be a vocal leader on the threat of climate change, especially to small island states. Interestingly enough, the concern over the dangers of climate change may have been a little disingenuous.  It seems that Maldives signed the Copenhagen Agreement in 2009 only after the US offered to pay them 50 millions dollars. This was discovered after a document dump by wikileaks.  More interesting is that the document dump revealed that the US was using state department officials to spy on the representatives from other countries in order to find leverage to force them to  sign the agreement.  They also resorted to flat out bullying to get a consensus. Interesting stuff. I found most of this info a Democracy Now.  I appreciate their model for existence.  From wiki: The program is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations and does not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding If they would do away with funding from foundations, it would be a great source for news. Mohamed Nasheed, the president of the Maldives, has resigned after weeks of protests erupted into a police mutiny. In 2008, Nasheed became the first democratically elected leader of the Maldives. He gained international fame for his passionate warnings about the dangers of climate change to low-lying islands. His reputation was tarnished after the publication of a cable by WikiLeaks that suggested the Maldives signed on to the U.S.-backed Copenhagen climate accord in exchange for $50 million. J - Do we really think that a government-dominated education is going to produce citizens capable of dominating their government, as the education of a truly vigilant self-governing people requires? - Alan Keyes

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