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Argentinian Releases Olympic Propaganda

Over the last few days there has been some controversy over an advert that the Argentinian government has put out on national television to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Falklands/Malvinas war. The advert is also strangely promoting the Argentinian olympic team at the same time.

See the advert here:

I am not usually a fan of using loaded words such as propaganda, but I feel that in this case it is justified because of the nature of the content of this advert. While I definitely sympathise with the issue, this kind of trite nationalism turns my stomach. How this type of action will help in Kirchner’s fight to regain the islands, I have no idea. I would think that her constant bashing on about the issue will only raise expectations in Argentina, and they are expectations that she has no realistic chance of fulfuling.

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Morales Expropriates Electricity: Evo Shows Kirchner How It’s Done

Evo Morales announces expropriation of TED
Source; La Razón

Bolivian President Evo Morales announced yesterday that he was nationalising Transportadora de Electridad (TED) owned by the Spanish company Red Eléctrica Española (REE). Certain new sources, such as El País, have made a direct comparison between Morales’ actions and the expropriation of YPF a few weeks ago. There are, however, important differences between the two.

First, Morales used the same justification as Kirchner: that the Spanish company had not invested enough in Bolivia. ‘This company was profitable, but there was almost no capitalisation, almost no investment. In 17 years they had only invested $81 million,’ he said. Whereas Kircher’s claim that Repsol had not invested enough is difficult to sustain, Morales’ statement seems much more credible. Second, the tone that Morales used was much less aggressive than Kirchner’s. In his original announcement he said that he would be negotiating with REE to ensure that an agreement will be reached. Kirchner’s aggressive rhetoric and the poorly managed expropriation has caused significant tension between Argentina and Spain, and now Spain wants to impose economic sanctions. Third, Bolivia has the necessary expertise and capital to run and expand the country’s electricity network; the country does not require large quantities of foreign investment to ensure a good supply of electricity. On the other hand, the Argentinian government, by deterring foreign investment, has jeopardised the country’s future ability to fully exploit its reserves of shale oil and gas.

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Top Argentinian Judge Forced Out by Kirchner Government

Esteban Righi
Source: mercopress

The Esteban Righi, head of the Argentinian judicial system, has left his post after Argentinian Vice-President Amado Boudou accussed him of trading in influence. In the letter in which he renounced his post, he said that he was ‘aggravated,’ and that Boudou had neglected ‘the interests of the nation’ in favour of his own. Whether or not Righi is guilty of the crimes that Boudou accusses him of is still unclear, and will not be clear until a future trail takes place (if it ever does). Nevertheless, this is yet another worrying sign for the state of Argentinian politics.

Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has already confirmed Daniel Reposo as Righi’s replacement. Reposo allegedly has close ties with Boudou and has shown strong bias toward the Kirchner government in the past.  Kirchner has already manipulated the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censo and forced them to undereport inflation. Now, it seems that her government is taking a stab at asserting its control over the judiciary. With each day that passes the label of  ‘authoritarian’ becomes a little more apt for the Kirchner government.


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