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Heaven or Hell

April 9, 2016

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The “Panama Papers” affair seems to become an unexpected letdown for its promoters. While they initially highlighted the presence of “unfriendly” politicians of the like of Russia’s Putin and Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez, their names turned to be loosely  involved through other individuals. Instead,  it happen to be found other names as owners of secret offshore […]

E.U. and Mercosur hardships

March 6, 2016

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Illustration for a leading article (in Spanish) about the present state of the two blocks. While the South American one (Argentina’s Macri and Brazil’s Rousseff in the bottom line) try to overcome falling prices of commodities that are their main exports, they don’t look at their European counterpart as a model. The European Union has […]

Fidel Castro and Pope Francis

September 19, 2015

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May be when old Fidel will meet Francis he’ll remember of those Jesuit priests of his student days. Or, maybe, he’ll recall other Argentinians who played key roles in his life. Ernesto “Che” Guevara, of course; but also Jorge Masetti and Rodolfo Walsh. Masetti was the first journalist reporting the guerrilla warfare from the Sierra […]

Einstein’s tour to South America

May 19, 2015

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Ninety years ago, between March and April, 1925, Albert Einstein spent four weeks in Argentina and then another one in Uruguay and Brazil. This article (in Spanish) recall his journey here and the hectic schedule he would achieve. He was received like a “rock star” and gave a lot of conferences trying to explain his […]

World Cup: soccer, stars and money

July 4, 2014

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The World Cup entering its final stages gives some food to chew.  As a beautiful sport this cup showed some improvement. Mainly from some “lesser” participants while some of the “big ones” showed the  poisonus side of money: as they can buy players they fail to promote local youngs to the front. England, Spain and […]

Pope Francis goes to Rome

March 19, 2013

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  So, you wonder what kind of Pope will my fellow countryman Jorge Bergoglio (aka Francis) be? In two words: a very, very political one. Unlike his predecessor Ratzinger, this is not a man of cabinets but a man of the streets. He was the typical regular boy raised in the typical lower-medium class neighborhood […]

Judge Griesa & the Vultures

December 24, 2012

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  No, not a bad-test-named band of the Sixties, but a bad-test reality of the financial way of keeping nations under the yoke. When Judge Thomas Griesa (an octogenarian appointed by Nixon in ’71) decided to block Argentina’s payments of its restructured debt in behalf of the “vulture funds” (demanding full payment of bonds they […]

Bradbury’s nightmare revisited

June 6, 2012

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I was never a fan of Bradbury. But I had to recall his compelling metaphor in Fahrenheit 451 last April, when a turmoil aroused in Argentina following a sudden restriction on imported books and magazines. While the government probably was trying to save some bucks imposing controls on the tons of non-sold magazines regularly shipped […]

The Summit ends on low key

April 17, 2012

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Possibly the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, will be remembered as the most opaque until now. And one of the most embarrassing for the United States.Not only because of the embarrassing question of the relation of some security officers with prostitutes. The summit ended with sharp political differences between the U.S. and Canada with the rest of the continent with regard to the future inclusion of Cuba and support to Argentina over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) occupied by Britain. Moreover, the absence of the radical group of […]

J. Edgar Hoover spies again

March 14, 2012

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The public disclosure of the NYPD activities spying on citizens of muslim faith stirred an outcry as it should do. But, to be frank, it hardly could be otherwise given the role of the US in the world; as they say: “A nation who oppresses others can’t be itself free”. In fact, this is a […]

USA, Latin America and the End of Globalization

December 22, 2011

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Two decades ago, when the Soviet Union imploded, the prevalent opinion in the press as well as in the Academy, was that time had arrived for a unified or “globalized” world. In tune with this spirit, a series of “global” forums and institutions turned to become a regular feature. Some of them (like the World […]

#Argentinesuccess concealed by Wall Street

October 25, 2011

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Argentina’s incumbent President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner re-election by a landslide 54,4% sends a message to other politicians: “bail the people instead of the banks; in the end, it pays better on the ballots”. This is a message that the Big Media aren’t eager to spread, but the whisper has started to jump over the […]

Jews, Zionism and conspiracy theories

July 15, 2011

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Sergio Bergman (2nd from right) is an Argentine rabbi of frequent media appearances who associated himself with local center-right politicians. He endorsed the movement headed by Mr. Blumberg (who’s son died when kidnapped) for “security” against marginalized youngsters. Then organized an NGO to raise money from wealthy Jews and contend in the community elections. Last […]

Nestor Kirchner’s departure

December 1, 2010

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This blog went silent during the last month following Argentina’s former president’s sudden death. It was a shock both inside and outside the country.  He was at the center stage of local politics for the last eight years and there was a sense of orphanhood even to his foes. His initiatives broke the chain of […]

Diego Maradona, the Hand of God

July 26, 2010

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Diego Maradona is one of the most exciting and disconcerting characters of our time, not just in sports. Truly the greatest soccer player of his generation in a time when the game went to full globalization, he chose to contend the bureaucrats at the international management board (FIFA) for the sake of the players and […]