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The Falkland defectors

BUENOS AIRES — British Prime Minister David Cameron claimed he was “delighted” with the results. Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, meanwhile, lambasted what she referred to as a vote by a “group of squatters.” The outcome of this week’s Falkland Islands’ referendum had, of course, been widely viewed as one of the most predictable plebiscites in history. And it didn’t disappoint: 99.8 percent of the islanders voted to remain a British Overseas Territory. Three lone voices — for now anonymous — voted the other way.

People, politics or oil: Who will win the Falklands?

  LONDON, UK — It’s barely visible on a world map. Penguins outnumber its 2,800-strong human population 500 to 1. And its economy mainly relies on sheep, fish and the few boatloads of tourists who occasionally pitch up on its distant South Atlantic shores. But this month, the territory known as the Falkland Islands to the British and Las Malvinas to Argentineans will once again become the focus of a bitter standoff spanning two continents that exploded into military conflict 30 years ago.

Falklands referendum: Islanders to vote on sovereignty

"We are holding this referendum not because we have any doubts about who we are and what future we want," Falklands politician Gavin Short said, "but to show the world just how very certain we are about that."

The 30th anniversary of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina continues to cause rumbles. As I've mentioned here before, Sean Penn has weighed in and Prince William has recently been deployed there with the RAF causing Argentine hackles to be raised.


British investors see profit in Falklands despite row with Argentina

LONDON — In the war of words over the Falkland Islands, the money’s on Britain.

UK summons Argentine diplomat over trade row

Argentina’s top diplomat in Britain has been summoned to the foreign ministry in London to explain his government's decision to urge 20 leading companies to stop importing British goods and supplies.

Argentina turns away British cruise ships after Falkland Island docking

Two British cruise ships were denied entry to the port of the southern Argentine city of Ushuaia after visiting the disputed Falkland Islands earlier in the week.

Sean Penn wades into Falkland Islands ruckus

Actor calls British deployment of Prince William to disputed islands "archaic colonialism."
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Sean Penn on a recent tour of South America (PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)

It is Sean Penn's curse to be a man of multiple extraordinary talents. He is arguably the greatest actor of his golden generation (This includes: George Clooney, Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt - all of them born within three years of each other). The films he directs show a deep understanding of the parts of American society that tend to be examined only in the songs of Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle.

Yet somewhere inside Sean Penn there is an op-ed columnist or Pacifica radio talk-show host yearning to break free.

Penn's vociferous activism for left wing causes frequently takes the shape of advocacy journalism. This explains his recent interest in the revived British-Argentine dispute over the Falkland Islands, or Las Malvinas, as Argentina calls them, which broke out recently while the actor was in Buenos Aires. Penn made some comments about Prince William's current deployment to the Falklands as an example of "archaic colonialism."


Argentina and Britain: heading for the UN?

Argentine President Kirchner ramps up Falkland anniversary war of words.
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speaking to Falkland War veterans yesterday in Buenos Aires (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner told a group of parliamentarians and Falkland war veterans that Britain was "militarizing the South Atlantic one more time."

She told the veterans, "We will present a complaint to the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, as this militarizing poses a grave danger to international security."


Falkland Islands in dispute over oil reserves

Now, with the recent discovery by a British energy company of major oil reserves in the waters off the islands, the dispute has taken on a new urgency.
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