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Trump Doubles Down on Plan to Make Mexico Pay for Border Wall during G20 Meeting with Peña Nieto

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jul 7, 2017, 2:35 pm
Trump Doubles Down on Plan to Make Mexico Pay for Border Wall
Donald Trump called Peña Nieto a “friend” and said their two nations were making progress on renegotiating NAFTA.  (Facebook)

EspañolOne of the most anticipated meetings at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany — United States President Donald Trump with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto — took place this Friday, July 7.

The meeting was actually scheduled prior to the official summit, which unites the 20 most powerful economies in the world.

Trump discussed his plan to build a border wall during the meeting, as well as how to address organized crime, immigration and renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

 

 

Peña Nieto said he is open to having a fluid dialogue “that allows us to advance in the renegotiation of what we want NAFTA to be, to keep working on matters of cooperation, especially for the sake of the national security of both countries, specifically on the borders.”

The Mexican President also said that both administrations are committed to “assuming joint responsibility in combating organized crime.”

Donald Trump said: “It is great to be with my friend, the President of México. We are going to negotiate NAFTA and some other things. We will see what happens, but I believe that we are making progress, so keep an eye on it. ”

Nevertheless, the polemic topic of the border wall did come up while taking questions from the press.

When a reporter asked whether the US still expects Mexico to pay for the wall, Trump said, “Absolutely.”

Sources: El Universal, Forbes México.

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Cuban Regime Resents Human Rights Clause in Bilateral Agreement with European Union

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jul 7, 2017, 1:32 pm
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EspañolThe Cuban regime said it considers the human rights clause imposed by the European Union unnecessary. Elio Rodriguez Perdomo, the island's representative to Europe and Canada, described the approval of the island's agreement with the EU as an overall "positive step," but recently took exception to the human rights clause included in it. The agreement was signed in Brussels in December 2016, making Cuba the last Latin American nation to reach a bilateral agreement with the European community. According to the official website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Rodríguez described the human rights clause as both "unnecessary" and as an "interference." The resolution seeks to improve the lives of Cubans by holding the island's government to higher human rights standards. Cuba is frequently listed as one of the nations most often violating international standards for human rights. The country often appears in last place worldwide for press freedom rankings. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The clause warns that the agreement signed with Europe will be suspended in the event of a violation of its human rights provisions. The persecution and imprisonment of anyone expressing their ideas, especially through peaceful political activity, would violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and thus require the release of any person imprisoned on those grounds. Read More: Cuban Regime Takes Swipe at OAS Following Helicopter “Coup Attempt” in Venezuela Read More: Trump’s Cuba Rollback is Paving the Way for Age of “Principled Realism” in Foreign Policy According to Rodriguez, the resolution damages "the principles of respect, equality and reciprocity" included in the agreement. The clause was also called "unacceptable" by the National Assembly of People's Power, which issued a statement Thursday, July 6 saying that the clause "misrepresents" the reality of the situation on the island. Sources: CiberCuba; Cubanet

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