Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gringos and yankees

"Speaking ahead of Amazon summit, Lula calls on industrialised countries to provide financial help to halt deforestation. Brazil's president said today that "gringos" should pay Amazon nations to prevent deforestation, insisting rich western countries have caused much more past environmental destruction than the loggers and farmers who cut and burn trees in the world's largest tropical rainforest."

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez . . . one of the Palestinians' most vociferous defenders, denounced Israel as "a murderous arm of the Yankee empire" during a visit Wednesday by Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."

I thought it was no longer socially acceptable for political leaders to use ethnic slurs in every day speech. I guess it depends on which ethnicities are being slurred.

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