September 18, 2006

News Round Up

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U.S. faults Bolivia anti-drug efforts Open this result in new window
AP via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 35 minutes ago
The Bush administration on Monday noted disturbing trends in Bolivia's cooperation with efforts to combat illicit drugs.

Bolivia Names Villegas Hydrocarbons Minister to Replace Soliz Open this result in new window
Bloomberg.com - Sep 17 2:22 PM
Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Bolivia's government named Carlos Villegas, former minister of planning, to head President Evo Morales's efforts to exert more control over foreign oil and gas facilities.

Iran, Bolivia urge promotion of ties Open this result in new window
Islamic Republic News Agency - Sep 16 11:10 PM
Iran - Bolivia - Meet Iran and Bolivia here Saturday urged expansion of relations in all fields including oil and energy.

Bolivia's hydrocarbons minister resigns Open this result in new window
AP via Yahoo! News - Sep 15 7:29 PM
The minister leading Bolivia's efforts to nationalize Bolivia's oil and gas operations resigned Friday after his government backed down in a dispute with Brazil's state-run energy company, the industry's biggest investor.

Bolivia energy minister resigns after Brazil spat Open this result in new window
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Sep 15 4:36 PM
Bolivia's energy minister resigned on Friday after the government suspended a resolution nationalizing refineries owned by Brazil's Petrobras, a letter from Minister Andres Soliz to President Evo Morales showed.

Bolivia's energy minister's resignation casts doubt on nationalization bid( 11:53 a.m.) Open this result in new window
Chinapost.com.tw - Sep 15 9:09 PM
President Evo Morales' ambitious plan to nationalize Bolivia's energy sector suffered another setback as the minister spearheading the effort resigned after his government backed down in a dispute with Brazil's state-run energy company.

Memorandum for the Secretary of State Open this result in new window
[Press Release] White House News - 24 minutes ago
SUBJECT: Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2007: Pursuant to section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY03 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries: Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Colombia,

Latin American art on view Open this result in new window
AP via Yahoo! News - 50 minutes ago
The culture clash between Old Europe and the New World produced extraordinarily rich and diverse works of art.

Bolivia Backpedals in Dispute with Brazilian Oil Giant Open this result in new window
Rigzone - Sep 15 1:04 PM
The government temporarily suspended a decree giving state-owned YPFB a monopoly on fuel distribution in Bolivia after protests from Brazilian petroleum giant Petrobras - also a state enterprise - and officials in Brasilia.

Reuters via Yahoo! News - Sep 15 7:06 PM
Just hours after Bolivian President Evo Morales said he trusted "differences" could be worked out with Brazil's Petrobras, riled by a move to seize its refinery revenue, Morales' energy minister resigned.

Nonaligned nations blast Israel attacks AP - Sun Sep 17, 1:57 AM ET
HAVANA - Representatives of 118 Nonaligned Movement nations condemned Israel's attacks on Lebanon and supported a peaceful resolution to the U.S.-Iran nuclear dispute in the final declaration Saturday of a summit that brought together some of the United States' staunchest foes.