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  • Argentina Fines Walmart for Not Stocking Price Controlled Products that Don’t Exist

    02/17/2014 11:02:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is going down to Chavezville by repeating the same errors as Venezuela. The only way that she could mess up Argentina any further would be by actually starting a war with the UK. Last month, retailers agreed to freeze the prices of around 200 basic goods–ranging from detergent to milk to condoms–to fight inflation that economists say likely surpasses 30% annually. Obviously there’s a problem here. Passing price controls doesn’t mean that the products will actually be available. At the time, retailers said the agreement could lead to supply problems if manufacturers of certain goods...
  • President Of Argentina Takes Convoluted Way To Rome So Her Plane Won't Be Impounded - Hedge Fund

    03/20/2013 2:11:23 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-20-2013 | Linette Lopez
    President Of Argentina Takes Convoluted Way To Rome So Her Plane Won't Be Impounded By Hedge Fund Managers Linette LopezMar. 20, 2013, 1:35 PM Newly minted Pope Francis is Argentine, and though he and the country's socially liberal President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner have had their differences, she went to see him in Rome on his first days. That sounds pretty standard, but it's the way she got to their visit that's strange. Instead of flying the state plane to Rome, Fernandez de Kirchner stopped off in Morocco, dropped off her jet, and then boarded a commercial flight to Italy,...
  • South America Goes Critical: Now Chavez Devalues Currency

    02/09/2013 11:15:53 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 8 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/9/2013 | Marc Slavo
    [To Admin Moderator: I couldn't fit title in completely - here is the rest: “This May Well Be the Lighting of the Proverbial Fuse… Everywhere.”] While Europe’s fiscal woes seem to be on everyone’s financial radar recently, and rightfully so, there is instability everywhere. This is a global economic crisis and it’s affecting hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Earlier this week Argentine President Cristina Kirchner responded to her country’s sky-rocketing inflation rates by freezing prices on food, a move Forbes magazine says will soon lead to widespread corruption in the business community and government. In Venezuela,...
  • Embattled Argentine president (Kirchner) poses in Viet Cong tunnels used to kill Americans

    01/23/2013 1:10:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/23/13 | Alana Goodman
    Embattled Argentine President Cristina Kirchner cheerfully mugged for photos in the Cu Chi tunnels used by the Viet Cong to ambush United States troops during the Vietnam War and likened Ho Chi Minh to George Washington during a visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on Sunday. Kirchner playfully peeks her head out of one of the spiderholes in one photo. She sits cross-legged and grinning outside the tunnel, dressed in guerrilla-style fatigues, in another.
  • Argentinian Leadership Screwing w/ Britain in Falklands Again- 'cuz It Worked-Out SO Well Last Time

    01/13/2013 10:02:53 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 27 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 13 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Today the Telegraph is reporting that British Royal Navy strategists take seriously the nationalistic trash-talk emanating from leftist twit Cristina Kirchner: there's already planning for contingencies ranging from a simple show-of-force to another direct military challenge to British sovereignty in the Falklands (which Argentinians refer to as El Malvinas).... In a situation that eerily echoes that of today -except replace 'left wing' with 'right wing'- in April 1982 the South American country had a failing right-wing junta in Buenos Aires -desperate for some populist appeal/diversion to quell domestic (economic) unrest- attempt to buoy public support through an ill-advised nationalistic military conquest. And it worked, for a while: not...
  • What lies behind renewed tensions over the Falkland Islands?

    01/04/2013 9:28:18 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thu January 3, 2013 | Barry Neild and Dave Gilbert
    London (CNN) -- Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has again opened the dispute over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, accusing the British government of blatant colonialism. Known to the Argentinians as Las Malvinas, the two countries went to war over the territory in 1982 after the then military government in Argentina landed troops on the islands. In an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron and published in British newspapers Thursday, the Argentinian leader said "Britain, the colonial power, has refused to return the territories to the Argentine Republic, thus preventing it from restoring...
  • Argentina Deploys Troops to Contain Looting

    12/21/2012 2:51:31 PM PST · by docbnj · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 21 Dec 2012 | Ken Parks
    Looters attacked supermarkets in several Argentine cities Friday in the latest challenge to President Cristina Kirchner, who is struggling to revive a weak economy and maintain her control over the ruling Peronist Party. What started with the ouster Thursday afternoon of a supermarket in the Patagonian resort town of Bariloche quickly spread to other parts of the country, with thousands of looters attacking supermarkets and shops in the cities of Rosario, Campana and Zárate. In the central city Rosario, two people were killed during the incidents and 137 people arrested.
  • Argentina Politicizes the Olympics with Commercial shot stealthily on the Falklands

    05/03/2012 6:35:52 PM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 7 replies
    Argentina has riled the Falkland Islands by broadcasting a political advert filmed on the territory without authorisation. The advert features an Argentine athlete training in the Falklands ahead of the London Olympics in July. It ends with the slogan: "To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil." Falklands legislator Ian Hansen dismissed it as a piece of "cheap and disrespectful propaganda". The advert - broadcast in Argentina on Wednesday night - is the latest measure by Argentina to reassert its claim to the British overseas territory it calls the Malvinas.
  • Argentina’s President Kirchner Flunks Economics

    04/23/2012 5:42:35 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 4/23/2012 | Jaime Daremblum
    Back in February, after Argentine authorities inexplicably seized the contents of a U.S. military plane that was delivering equipment for a routine police-training exercise, a local official in the Buenos Aires city government summed up [1] the dismal state of her country’s foreign policy: “Our only friend right now is Hugo Chávez.” On April 16, President Cristina Kirchner poisoned yet another bilateral relationship when she announced the nationalization of a majority stake in Argentina’s biggest oil company, YPF, which is owned by the Spanish firm Repsol. Her move prompted outrage in Madrid and threats of retaliation. Meanwhile, the Spanish technology...
  • The Other Obama Columbia Summit Debacle (w/ Argentina)

    04/18/2012 6:21:27 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | netwmd Staff
    Does U.S. President Obama have a foreign policy or should we call it a "dangerous farcical policy." Is he even control of the White House? By now, most people have heard the story of how, "11 Secret Service agents" and "as many as 10 U.S. military personnel," hired prostitutes, drank alcohol, and possibly used illicit drugs -- all in "security preparation" for the president to attend the Summit of the Americas in Columbia. Besides the security debacle, Obama's diplomatic effort, "wasn't exactly smooth sailing." But there's a subtle clincher to Obama's ridiculous Columbia trip which belies his true incompetency, a...
  • Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives

    04/16/2012 5:58:10 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 48 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:50PM BST 16 Apr 2012 | By Jonathan Gilbert in Buenos Aires
    President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name. Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls off that lie off the South coast of India. Cristina Kirchner, the Argentine president, has renewed her country's sovereignty claim to the Falklands in the build-up to the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the islands, which triggered the Falklands War, on April 2. She has accused David Cameron of maintaining a "colonial enclave"...
  • White House Stunned By Argentine Oil Expropriation

    04/17/2012 4:52:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 17, 2012
    Diplomacy: After a weekend of cavorting in Colombia, the White House was caught flat-footed by Argentina's takeover of a big oil company whose loss will hike gas prices, harm Spain and slam U.S. investors. Lucky us. Never was a response to a global outrage more mealy-mouthed than the one from the U.S. after Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, standing under a portrait of Evita Peron, announced a brazen grab for YPF, the Argentine oil company that's 57% owned by Spain's Repsol. Markets fell, world leaders denounced the violation of contracts and economically battered Spain rallied European Union support. But...
  • Argentina to Seek Takeover of YPF (Nationalizes Spanish Energy Company)

    04/16/2012 11:21:03 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/16/12 | MATT MOFFETT And TAOS TURNER
    President Cristina Kirchner, in a move that marks a watershed in expanding the state's grip on the economy, said she will send a bill to Congress to nationalize Argentina's largest oil-and-gas company, YPF SA. Under the proposal, which declares the petroleum industry of "national public interest," Argentina's federal and provincial governments would take 51% of the company, now majority owned by Repsol YPF of Spain. The move is sure to be approved in Argentina's Congress, where the leftist Mrs. Kirchner's governing Peronist part holds a majority. The nationalization marks the culmination of a months-long battle between YPF and the Kirchner...
  • Falkland Islands newspaper calls Cristina Fernández de Kirchner a *itch (edit mine)

    02/10/2012 6:38:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | February 8 ,2012 | Rory Carroll and Uki Goni
    The Falkland Islands newspaper the Penguin News has triggered uproar on Argentinian social networks by calling President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner a *itch. The newspaper's website uploaded a photo of Fernández briefly using the insult as a file name on Wednesday, a day after she accused Britain of militarising the south Atlantic islands. (edit mine)
  • Argentina Trying to Screw with Britain in the Falklands Again ('cuz It Worked-Out SO Well Last Time)

    02/09/2012 7:13:42 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 34 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 09, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Back in April '82, a failing right-wing junta in Buenos Aires  -desperate for some populist appeal/diversion to quell domestic (economic) unrest- attempted to buoy public support through an ill-advised nationalistic military conquest. And it worked, for a while: not only was the planned invasion and occupation of the Falklands launched prematurely (for political reasons) with lightly-trained troops, the military government -under the command of General Leopoldo Galtieri- severely underestimated the steely resolve of PM Margret Thatcher in attacking what they refer to as the 'Malivinas', a small group of British-held islands 300 miles off the Argentine coast (then subsequently the inhospitable South Georgia Islands +840 miles further out to...
  • Flashpoint Falklands: Britain dusts off war plans amid calls to send a nuclear submarine

    12/22/2011 5:05:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 22nd December 2011 | Tim Shipman and Ian Drury
    Flashpoint Falklands: Britain dusts off war plans amid calls to send a nuclear submarine after Argentina joins forces with Brazil and Uruguay to blockade islands By Tim Shipman and Ian Drury Military chiefs are dusting off their plans for the defence of the Falklands after South American countries banned ships from the islands docking in their ports. Sources fear Prince William's six-month deployment to the South Atlantic as an air-sea rescue pilot next year could provoke more sabre-rattling. Yesterday Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed Britain was ready to use its military to steal natural resources 'anywhere, anyhow'. She...
  • Argentine Government Takes Control Of Newsprint

    12/22/2011 6:12:10 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12/22/11 | By SHANE ROMIG
    BUENOS AIRES–Argentina's senate passed a controversial bill Thursday that gives the government control over newsprint, boosting the power of President Cristina Kirchner's administration in its battle against the opposition media. The legislation gives the state control over Papel Prensa SA, the country's leading producer of paper used to produce newspapers.
  • Economists Quake as Argentina Votes

    10/22/2011 7:01:21 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 22, 2011 | MATT MOFFETT
    BUENOS AIRES—As Cristina Kirchner heads for an expected landslide re-election in Sunday's presidential voting, few Argentines are resting more uneasily than 12 economic consultants who face sanctions from her government for contradicting its calculation of the inflation rate. In a bitter showdown, the 12 consultants are fending off government investigations, accompanied in most cases with fines of 500,000 pesos ($119,000) under an obscure consumer-protection statute called the "commercial loyalty law." Three of the most outspoken consultants have been singled out for additional criminal charges under a financial-speculation law. Their offense, in the eyes of the government, is insisting in press...
  • Argentina's president will use Falklands as key to re-election

    03/13/2011 2:29:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 45 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/13/2011 | Robin Yapp, Sao Paulo
    Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina's president, is using her refusal to appoint an ambassador to Britain as demonstration of her hardline on the Falkland Islands, a key plank of her platform for election in October. Tensions over the sovereignty of the Falklands have increased since British companies began drilling for oil in the region just over a year ago. Argentina responded last August by abandoning plans to install a new ambassador in London and reports in Buenos Aires now indicate that none will be appointed this year. Political analysts said the decision suggested that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner could...
  • Argentina Confiscates U.S. Air Force Cargo

    02/15/2011 11:33:10 AM PST · by Islander7 · 42 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | Feb 14, 2011 | By TAOS TURNER
    Argentina's relations with the U.S. worsened sharply Monday as the South American country continued to hold military equipment it confiscated last week from a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane sent as part of a training course for local police. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, called on Argentina to return the property without delay. "It's absolutely necessary that they immediately return that material. It makes no sense for it to have been confiscated this way. This material was intended for a joint exercise in training people to rescue hostages," Mr. Valenzuela Monday said on...
  • Otto J. Reich: 21st Century Socialism - The attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.

    04/23/2010 9:58:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 343+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 23, 2010 | Otto J. Reich
    21st Century SocialismThe attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.  The Obama administration started out on the wrong foot in world affairs. It used techniques better suited for domestic political campaigns — popularity contests — in its foreign policy. In our own hemisphere, the result was confusion for our allies and our enemies alike. The overriding objective of U.S. policy — in Latin America and elsewhere — should be to advance U.S. national interests, not to curry favor with foreign leaders. If we can be liked while advancing our interests, so much the better. But when we try to befriend...
  • Argentina enters new political era as Kirchner dies

    10/28/2010 6:30:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 28, 2010 | Maximilian Heath
    Hundreds of Argentines waited in line on Thursday to pay tribute to Nestor Kirchner, the powerful former leader whose death robbed President Cristina Fernandez of her husband and most trusted ally. Kirchner, 60, was widely seen as the most influential figure in his wife's government, which has maintained the same statist economic measures that supporters say lifted the country out of the doldrums after a 2001-2002 crisis.
  • Hugo Chavez Demands Queen returns Falkland Islands to Argentina

    02/22/2010 11:22:44 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies · 1,886+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/10 | Tom Leonard
    President Hugo Chavez delivered a bizarre attack on the Queen when the firebrand Venezuelan leader demanded Britain return the Falkland Islands to Argentina.The outspoken Mr Chavez used his weekly television and radio show Alo Presidente to rally Latin America behind the cause of his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner by making a direct appeal to Buckingham Palace. "Look, England, how long are you going to be in Las Malvinas? Queen of England, I'm talking to you," said Mr Chavez. "The time for empires are over, haven't you noticed? Return the Malvinas to the Argentine people." Still addressing the Queen, he went...
  • Argentina calls CIA comment "irresponsible" ( Leon Panetta )

    02/26/2009 6:39:10 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 967+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 27, 2009
    Argentina on Thursday blasted the head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency for saying the country, along with Ecuador and Venezuela, could be pushed into instability by the global economic crisis. Lumping Argentina together with Ecuador and Venezuela, both led by leftist anti-Washington firebrands, raises concern in this country, where center-left President Cristina Kirchner is trying to keep the economy from stagnating.
  • Ecuador aligns itself with Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba

    01/15/2007 2:45:15 PM PST · by StJacques · 36 replies · 1,351+ views
    El Mundo ( Bolivia ) ^ | January 15, 2007 | AP wire service in Spanish ( translated by self )
    Ecuador aligns itself with Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba In speeches against imperialism and neoliberalism, the presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and Bolivia, Evo Morales, and the Ecuadoran President-Elect Rafael Correa, who should assume the government of his country Monday, expressed common ideological and political agreement Sunday. Chavez, Morales, and Correa, who also exalt the figure of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, met together in Zumbahua, an indigenous [Ecuadoran] locality 90 kilometers south of Quito, for a symbolic inauguration of Correa before the indigenous peoples [of Ecuador]. In a speech before a multitude congregated in the central plaza, Correa emphasized that "[Latin]...
  • Argentine Leader Eyes Poll Loss (Conservatives Winning)

    06/29/2009 1:28:45 AM PDT · by anymouse · 12 replies · 721+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 29 June 2009
    First official results in Argentina's mid-term legislative elections suggest President Cristina Fernandez's party has lost control of Congress. The results suggest the ruling Peronist party has lost its majority in both the lower house and the Senate. Ms Fernandez' husband Nestor Kirchner conceded a closely-watched battle to win the populous Buenos Aires province. The polls were seen as a referendum on the popularity of the presidential couple, our correspondent says. (snip) With most of the votes counted, Nestor Kirchner conceded defeat to a dissident Peronist, wealthy businessman Francisco de Narvaez. (snip) The elections took place against a backdrop of deep...
  • Chavez implicated in "suitcase scandal": U.S. witness

    07/06/2008 4:04:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 175+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/6/08 | Michael Connor
    MIAMI (Reuters) - A lawyer for a defendant in the Argentine "suitcase scandal" said a U.S. government witness has sworn that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was personally involved in the affair, according to a U.S. court filing. The government witness, Carlos Kauffmann, pled guilty in March to U.S. charges arising from the seizure of $800,000 in a suitcase in Buenos Aires and agreed to testify against former associate Franklin Duran in exchange for lighter punishment. U.S. prosecutors have indicated that they had been told the $800,000 was intended for the election campaign of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the former first...
  • … Galtieri Took the Union Jack

    04/03/2008 9:23:37 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 10 replies · 135+ views
    The Minority Report ^ | 3 April 2008 | .cnI redruM
    N.B. Apologies to Pink Floyd for my lyric thievery in the title… The old adage that history repeats itself gets too much airplay and too frequently obscures the dynamics at work in a particular era. However, some things do seem to happen with a depressing regularity. Even when Thome has homered in the first and again in the 3rd, every roster in Major League Baseball has at least one idiot who would gladly pitch to him again in the 5th or the 6th instead of issuing the intentional walk. Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner seems to be winding up and preparing...
  • A Hollywood Yarn Unravels

    01/14/2008 2:58:36 AM PST · by The Raven · 9 replies · 117+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | editorial
    It was Christmas week in the Colombian city of Villavicencio and the events, as they were set to unfold, had all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. If only the "heroes" hadn't been exposed as liars. A 3-year-old boy, his mother and another woman, all hostages of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), were about to be freed. Credit for their release was to go to Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela. Former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner had flown up from Buenos Aires to take part in the show. Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone was on hand too, eager to document...
  • Argentina's Fernandez calls U.S. cash probe "garbage"

    12/14/2007 10:46:38 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies · 63+ views
    National Post ^ | 12/13/07 | Cesar Illiano
    Argentina's new President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner attacked U.S. foreign policy on Thursday and said American claims that Venezuela smuggled $800,000 into Argentina to fund her election campaign were "garbage." Three Venezuelans and a Uruguayan were arrested in Miami earlier this week on charges of covering up a scandal that began in August when a Venezuelan-American businessman tried to enter Argentina with a suitcase full of undeclared cash. U.S. prosecutors say the suspects represented the anti-U.S. government of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez and the money was to help finance Fernandez's campaign for the October 28 presidential election. Fernandez, who easily...
  • Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires Rages Against Abortion "Death Sentence"

    10/07/2007 7:47:41 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 1 replies · 209+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | October 5, 2007 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires Rages Against Abortion "Death Sentence" Calls the related abuse of children "demographic terrorism" By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman BUENOS AIRES, October 5, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the wake of a clandestine abortion performed on a retarded woman with the help of the nation's health minister, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio and other Catholic authorities have let loose a torrent of criticism against the promoters of the "death sentence" for unborn children in Argentina, as well as other anti-life policies and customs. In a speech given to a gathering of priests and laity on October 2nd, the cardinal pointed...
  • Argentine Legislators Seek to Establish Abortion as Protected "Right"

    09/22/2007 8:26:33 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 245+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 18, 2007 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Argentine Legislators Seek to Establish Abortion as Protected "Right" Constitution prohibits all abortions but penal code does not punish abortions for rape, health or life of mother By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman ARGENTINA, September 18, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Hearings were conducted yesterday in the Argentine Congress on several measures that would protect the practice of abortion in a broad number of cases, including the "health" or life of the mother, fetal deformities, and pregnancies caused by rape. The Penal Legislation Commission of the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of the Congress), heard testimony from four legal experts yesterday, two pro-abortion...
  • Argentina asks Iran to help in 1994 bombing probe

    09/22/2007 6:02:33 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 253+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | Sep 22, 2007
    Argentina asks Iran to help in 1994 bombing probe Sep 22, 2007 BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Nestor Kirchner on Saturday asked Iran to answer petitions for arrests and information in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center, state news agency Telam reported. Argentina has accused former high-level Iranian officials in the bombing in Buenos Aires and last year asked for their arrest. Iran denies any involvement in the attack. In a speech set for Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly, Kirchner is expected to criticize Iran for failing to collaborate in the investigation of the...
  • Venezuelan government denies link to cash-filled suitcase scandal

    08/10/2007 10:36:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,273+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/10/07 | Fabiol Sanchez - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela – The Venezuelan government on Friday denied any link to a businessman who was stopped at an Argentine airport carrying a suitcase filled with nearly $800,000 in cash. The Venezuelan businessman, Guido Alejandro Antonini Wilson, carried the money from Caracas to Buenos Aires on a flight chartered by the Argentine government, and the undeclared funds were seized by customs agents last weekend. “We don't have anything to do with that plane or with that trip ... nothing to do with that businessman,” Venezuelan Finance Minister Rodrigo Cabezas told reporters. The incident has shaken the Argentine government, prompted one...
  • I'm no Hillary Clinton: Argentine front-runner

    08/02/2007 8:21:41 AM PDT · by llevrok · 28 replies · 1,047+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/2/07
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Argentina's first lady and front-runner in the October presidential election rejected on Wednesday comparisons with U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton despite both women's hopes to follow their husbands into office. Sen. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Clinton, a Democratic senator from New York, also are lawyers who met their husbands at universities but Fernandez said the comparisons ended there. "Hillary was able to position herself nationally because her husband was president. She didn't have a political life beforehand and that isn't my case," Fernandez de Kirchner said in an interview with CNN en Espanol, referring to...
  • Argentina criticizes US border fence ("an insult to all Latin Americans")

    07/31/2007 9:35:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,094+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/07 | AP
    MEXICO CITY - A U.S. plan to expand fences along the Mexican border to stem illegal immigration is an insult to all Latin Americans, Argentine President Nestor Kirchner said Tuesday during a visit to Mexico. "It's not just an insult to our sister nation of Mexico, but to all the nations of Latin America and all the nations of the world," the leftist president said to the applause of Mexican lawmakers. President Bush and Congress have approved plans for a 700-mile fence along the border. The Department of Homeland Security is committed to completing 370 miles by the end of...
  • Chavez's anti-US rhetoric draws crowds (Sort of pro-American).

    03/10/2007 5:15:05 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 15 replies · 728+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2007 | Daniel Schweimler
    !-- S IIMA --> Chavez attacked Bush in front of the Buenos Aires crowd It was the kind of situation that the Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, loves - 40,000 flag-waving supporters joining him in hurling insults at the US President, George W Bush.He was at a football stadium in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, leading what he called an anti-imperialist rally to coincide with Mr Bush's arrival in neighbouring Uruguay. Most of the crowd were members of trade unions, left-wing and human rights organisations, those who already supported Mr Chavez and what he calls his brand of socialism for...
  • `Pinguino` or `pinguina`? Argentina`s version of Clintons

    02/06/2007 1:16:50 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 3 replies · 487+ views
    MercoPress (Uruguay) ^ | 6 Feb 2007 | Staff
    Argentina`s first couple, a power pair often compared to Bill and Hillary Clinton, won`t say whether it will be a his or hers candidacy in this year`s presidential election. President Nestor Kirchner boasts soaring approval ratings amid an economic recovery. His wife, Sen. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is also popular — and unlike Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, she established her own political career long before her husband became president. With both Kirchners doing well in the polls, they`ve been floating the idea that she should run to succeed him while he`s still in office. Cristina Kirchner flew off without her...
  • Hugo Chavez Lashes Out and Insults Mexico and Felipe Calderon

    02/04/2007 7:00:07 AM PST · by StJacques · 47 replies · 7,396+ views
    Mexico News ^ | February 2, 2007 | Mexico News Staff Article
    Chávez lashes out at Mexico On the same day the Calderón administration took steps to ease rocky relations with Venezuela and Cuba, Venezuela´s Hugo Chávez on Thursday hurled personal insults at his Mexican counterpart Wire reports El Universal Viernes 02 de febrero de 2007 On the same day the Calderón administration took steps to ease rocky relations with Venezuela and Cuba, Venezuela´s Hugo Chávez on Thursday hurled personal insults at his Mexican counterpart. Chávez´s ire was raised as he attacked Calderón for comments the latter made in Davos, Switzerland, last week criticizing countries that "nationalize industries" and "interfere in the...
  • Chavez helps leftist ally Argentina ward off Soros ( Confused ? )

    12/05/2006 6:46:33 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 978+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 5, 2006 | Alejandro Lifshitz
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday stepped in to help his leftist ally Argentine President Nestor Kirchner by bailing out an Argentine firm to prevent its purchase by a fund involving billionaire investor George Soros. Chavez, whom Kirchner wished good luck before his landslide re-election on Sunday, said he would lend $80 million to Sancor, a struggling private cooperative dairy sought by Adecoagro, a fund in which currency speculator and philanthropist Soros has a stake. "The capitalist magnate wanted to buy it out. Now I have signed the first part of the deal. We are going to issue credit of...
  • Art Appreciation/Education "class" #4: Expressionism

    06/16/2005 8:02:07 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 37 replies · 13,611+ views
    6/16/05 | republicanprofessor
    Okay, today our theme, for this fourth "class," is emotional expressionism. This developed in the first decade of the twentieth century and features Matisse, as a French Expressionist (or Fauvist, if you want to get really picky) and the two branches of German Expressionism: the Bridge and the Blue Rider. They are all inspired by the work of van Gogh and Cezanne which we saw in the last “lesson”: the emotional power of van Gogh and the strong composition of Cezanne. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) dropped out of a career as a lawyer. He became a leader of the Fauves (which...
  • Venezuela's Oil-for-MiGs Program

    09/24/2004 6:11:33 AM PDT · by OESY · 12 replies · 1,586+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 24, 2004 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    ...Russian news services are reporting that both U.S. and Colombian military sources have confirmed that Venezuela's defense ministry has purchased several advanced MiG-29 fighters and that that U.S. sources have detected them on training missions. ..."Venezuela plans to spend approximately $5 billion on acquisition of Russian fighters including purchase of armament, airdrome and airborne equipment." ...UPI: "letters addressed last year to the director general of Russian Aeronautic Corp., Nicolai F. Nikitin, the Venezuelan air force requested the 'latest version' of the MiG-29 SMT equipped with high-tech weaponry, including radar-guided missiles and 2,000-pound bombs." UPI: "The plane must have the capacity...
  • Castro speech canceled in Argentina

    05/26/2003 8:43:19 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 236+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers | May. 26, 2003 | Kevin G. Hall
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Thousands of Argentine supporters of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro broke through security Monday night, creating pandemonium and forcing authorities to cancel Castro's first speech in Argentina. The University of Buenos Aires Law School was slated to host Castro's speech in the homeland of fellow revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevarra. Authorities late Monday were trying to arrange for Castro to address the country via a televised broadcast. Supporters of Castro overran security to overflow an auditorium beyond double its 3,200-seat capacity. People fainted and were trampled in the chaotic confusion. There were no reports of deaths or...
  • Thousands of Argentines crowd Buenos Aires boulevard to hear Cuba's Fidel Castro speak

    05/26/2003 9:10:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 244+ views
    Associated Press | May 26, 2003 | KEVIN GRAY
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - To the cheers of thousands of screaming Argentines, Cuban leader Fidel Castro criticized U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and Latin America in a speech Monday. Castro, who attended Sunday's inauguration of President Nestor Kirchner, was on his first trip to this economically troubled South American country since 1995. Dressed in a dark blue suit and tie, Castro drew shouts of "Ole! Ole! Ole!" and "Fidel! Fidel!" as he spoke for more than two and a half hours outdoors on a crisp winter night. Castro began by paying homage to Argentina-born revolutionary Ernesto...
  • Argentina's Chief Is Sworn In and Comes Out Fighting

    05/26/2003 2:45:12 PM PDT · by liberalnot · 16 replies · 210+ views
    the new york times ^ | 05.26.03 | larry rohter
    Argentina's Chief Is Sworn In and Comes Out Fighting By LARRY ROHTER BUENOS AIRES, May 25 — Promising to "reconstruct our identity as a people and a nation" after the worst economic crisis in Argentina's history, Néstor Kirchner was sworn in as president today. He immediately issued strong challenges to foreign creditors, the armed forces and the political establishment, which has opposed his unexpected rise to power. In a 50-minute inauguration speech, Mr. Kirchner, who for the past dozen years has been the governor of a remote and sparsely populated province in Patagonia, took a markedly nationalist tone. He made...