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Coup in Maldives

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02/15/2012 11:27 AM

Is the point A.) That Wikipedia isn't always accurate or B.) That politicians say things in exchange for money or C.) That the US tries to influence others to its policy views? Because none of that seems surprising unless I'm missing something ... On Feb 14, 2012, at 8:14 AM, Jerry Barnes <criticalj@gmail.com> wrote: > > 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. > > > > http://www.democracynow.org/2012/2/7/headlines/maldives_president_resigns_amid_protests_police_mutiny > > 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. > > > http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/12/wikileaks-reveals-us-dirty-business-climate-change-talks > > http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/251174 > > 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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