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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

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(I’m not an expert in Latin America or Argentina. However, I always had an interest in the region, its culture and I do speak Spanish as well. Usually I would not write about Latin America and focus on other topics instead, but since the Falklands topic was a lot in the news recently I decided to sum up my thoughts about it)

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Recently Argentina, with the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War (April 2012) approaching, has once again re-started the old debate about whom the Falklands (Malvinas in Argentina) should belong to. Once again the tensions between the two countries, Argentina and the UK have increased. Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner even accused the UK of militarizing the dispute by sending a naval ship into that region, and made a formal complaint to the UN.

This is nothing but a repetition of old patterns. The Falklands War in 1982 was started by the then-ruling Argentinian military junta. Amongst many other reasons, the main reason was to divert attention from domestic problems. Back then the Argentina was under rule of a military dictatorship of General Galtieri, so there were clearly political problems. But moreover there were economic difficulties which were undermining the military junta’s control. What could be a better diversion than a war? Later on the defeat in the war meant the end of the dictatorship.

Today the pattern appears the same. A need to divert public attention from domestic problems, means that  Argentina’s President is again spurring up the old debate. She convinced many other Latin American countries to refuse ships from the Falklands in their ports. She called UK and British Prime Minister David Cameron “neo-colonialist”.

Argentina does have domestic problems, and in my opinion this whole sabble-rattling  just proves that the internal problems are actually getting worse. Why else would Cristina Kirchner be diverting attention like this? Already back in 2010 Argentina was facing some economic and political difficulties. The Economist was fiercely criticizing the government’s policies. Both economic and political. (High inflation, control of the Central Bank, conflict with the media)

It is very unlikely that since 2010 the problems disappeared or things improved, if anything they most likely got worse. Recently when I talked to one young Argentinian he did say to me that in his opinion with Cristina Kirchner and her policies Argentina is “becoming Venezuela”.

To make a point, the Falklands never belonged to Argentina and the fact that they belonged to Spain before they became British does not change anything. And does anyone care what the inhabitants of the Falklands think? They do not want to be Argentinian, nor do they wish to discuss the sovereignty of the islands. Despite everything that Argentina says, its claims to those islands will never be legitimate.

One should not forget that oil is involved. No doubt Argentina would like to get piece of the action. If Argentina really wanted to control the Falklands or at least have some influence there, it should do the opposite and start cooperating with the UK: open its sea ports, its airports and its economy to the Falklands. Argentina and Buenos Aires, especially, would make an ideal land base for processing and further transporting the oil from the Falklands. Free movement of people between the islands and the continent would definitely enable many Argentinians to move onto the islands and this could make those, “really more Argentinian”. There’s great economic potential in cooperation for all the parties involved and it could finally make Argentina and the UK put their history of hostility behind them. The economic potential that this cooperation offers would benefit Argentina’s economy and help resolve its economic problems and Cristina Kirchner would not have to divert the public’s attention away from it by making populist claims.

Instead of trying to divert attention from a problem, it is better to try solving it.

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Hello,

The few of you who read my posts probably noticed that over a month ago I started adding links to a new link category called Cyber -Security on the right side of my blog webpage. I thought I should write a short post about why I started putting up these links.

I have decided to add these links for one simple reason. Cyber – Security happens to be one of my biggest interests and that is for one simple reason. It is one of the most important current topics. It is becoming increasingly a more and more important part of our every day life. Cyber – Security and Cyber Warfare which, not so many years ago, was partly science-fiction, is becoming more current and a more common security issue in International Affairs.

In this post I will not be writing a cliché narrative about how Cyber-Security and Cyber Warfare are becoming important. I won’t be writing loads of paragraphs about WikiLeaks, Chinese Cyber Espionage or other stuff that is constantly hitting the news and almost everyone already knows about. My bottom line is this: Cyber – Security and Cyber Warfare are important issues which will become predominant in just few years to come. It is one of my biggest interests and all these links are for those who are just as interested as I am and wish to learn more about it. This is just  a collection of articles by experts, videos, blog posts, links to organizations and interviews with experts that explain the entire spectrum of Cyber – Security. I have done a lot of work for those who are interested in cyber – security by managing all the traffic and selecting informative and relevant links.

I will be adding new links regularly and will find a new link in case one is broken or does not work. I welcome any feedback and any suggestions for a new link that you think is relevant and deserves to be put up.

Thanks a lot and I hope you enjoy finding out about Cyber – Security

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