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Mar 15, 2013 Vatican Rejects Claims of Pope’s Ties to Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’

QUOTE: Reacting with unusual swiftness, the Vatican on Friday rejected any suggestion that Pope Francis of Argentina was implicated in his country’s so-called Dirty War during the 1970s, tackling the issue just two days after the pontiff’s election.

New York Times
Feb 20, 2013 Trial Offers Rare Look at Work of Hezbollah in Europe

QUOTE: less than two weeks after he was taken into custody, a bomb blew up alongside a bus at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, killing five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian driver — an attack similar to the one he seemed to be planning, experts say, and one that the Bulgarian authorities later tied to Hezbollah.....significance for the European Union, which has thus far resisted following Washington’s lead in declaring the group a terrorist organization.

New York Times
Nov 26, 2011 In Argentina, Violence Is Part of the Soccer Culture

QUOTE: The unrest in part reflects an increasingly violent Argentine society, where street crime has been on the rise. But much of the violence can be traced to hostilities between rival factions of barra bravas, the Argentine version of hooligan fan groups that use fists, firearms and knives, and operate like mini-mafias. They engage in legal and illegal businesses, including selling drugs, often with the cover and complicity of the police, politicians and club officials...

New York Times
Apr 18, 2011 Victims break chains of slavery

QUOTE: A vast network of workers who are lured from Bolivia to Argentina on empty promises… Most endure long and brutal journeys before being sent to work in clandestine clothing factories under oppressive conditions…

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 26, 2010 Conflict Over Squatters Divides Argentina

QUOTE: a series of land invasions by thousands of people in the last few weeks that have pushed the capital to the brink of crisis. The ostensible cause, analysts said, is a shortage of low-income housing that has been exacerbated by high inflation and a boom in immigration. But scratch the surface and there are mind-twisting layers of maneuvering and intrigue that one resident called “Alice in Wonderland” politics, in which the president and the mayor of Buenos Aires are blaming each other.

New York Times
Oct 10, 2009 Argentina Enacts Law on Broadcasters

QUOTE: While many media experts have said the old[media] law [in Argentina] was outdated and in need of reform, analysts say the move by the Kirchner government seemed intended to give the executive branch significant discretion in the regulation of broadcasters.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2009 Doctored Data Cast Doubt on Argentina: Economists Dispute Inflation Numbers

QUOTE: in a globalized world, where a pensioner in Italy might be as likely to invest in Argentina as in Fiat, the suspected modifications [of socioeconomic data by the Argentinian agency National Institute of Statistics] are being felt far beyond this city [Buenos Aires].

Washington Post
May 24, 2009 Spain's Judges Cross Borders in Human Rights Cases: U.S. Officials Among Targets

QUOTE: The judges have opened the cases by invoking a legal principle known as universal jurisdiction, which under Spanish law gives them the right to investigate serious human rights crimes anywhere in the world, even if there is no Spanish connection. International-law advocates have called the judges heroes for daring to hold the world's superpowers accountable.

Washington Post
Oct 07, 2007 The World: Living in Exile Isn’t What It Used to Be

QUOTE: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti and Venezuela are all discussing ways of bringing former leaders out of exile to face human rights or corruption charges, and legal experts expect these various efforts to be energized by a ruling by Chile’s Supreme Court ordering that Mr. Fujimori be sent to a jail cell in Peru to await trial.

New York Times
Sep 14, 2007 In Rural Argentina, the Legacy of Migration: Exodus to the Cities Increasingly Exposes Those Left Behind to Hunger, Poor Health Care, Isolation

QUOTE: The isolation of small towns has attracted attention in Argentina not merely as a demographic trend but as a human rights issue. Thousands of demonstrators from the provinces gathered in Buenos Aires this year holding signs proclaiming "Hunger Is a Crime." Here in the northern province of Chaco, during a five-week period that ended last month, 11 people died of what local activists labeled starvation.

Washington Post
Jan 08, 2007 Falkland Islands An Unsettled Issue 25 Years After War: Contending Claims by Argentina, Britain Burden Relations as Anniversary Nears

QUOTE: [Falkland Islands--Ed.] known in Argentina as the Malvinas. That sentiment is not lost on the nation's political strategists. Many historians say Argentina's military dictatorship started the war 25 years ago in a desperate effort to save itself; the government was buckling under heavy public opposition, and it clutched at the most convenient unifying national cause it could find. On April 2, 1982, the military launched attacks from the port city of Rio Gallegos to begin the doomed invasion.

Washington Post
Jun 07, 2006 C.I.A. Knew Where Eichmann Was Hiding, Documents Show

QUOTE: The Central Intelligence Agency took no action after learning the pseudonym and whereabouts of the fugitive Holocaust administrator Adolf Eichmann in 1958, according to C.I.A. documents released Tuesday that shed new light on the spy agency's use of former Nazis as informants after World War II.

New York Times
Dec 18, 2005 Two Farmers, Two Worlds, Two Outlooks on Tariffs and Global Trade

QUOTE: France's romanticized view of its farmers has helped make the nation one of the most protected agricultural economies in the world. However, at a World Trade Organization meeting now underway in Hong Kong, France and other European nations are facing pressure to slash farm subsidies and open their markets to foreign competitors.

Washington Post
Dec 18, 2005 The World: Latin America Looks Leftward Again

QUOTE: ...a new leftward tide now rising in Latin American politics. Tired of poverty and indifferent governments, villagers here are being urged by some of their more radical leaders to forget the promises of capitalism and install instead a community-based socialism in which products would be bartered. Some leaders even talk of forming an independent Indian state.

New York Times
Dec 16, 2005 Unresolved Murders of Women Rankle in Mexican Border City: New State Officials Seek Justice in Hundreds of Bungled Cases

QUOTE: For years, the mysterious deaths and disappearances of women have frustrated officials and terrified families in Juarez, a transient city where thousands of women live in shantytowns and work in maquiladoras...More than 100 of the murder cases remain unsolved because of bungling by inept or corrupt officials...

Washington Post
Nov 24, 2005 Pinochet Faces New Charges: Chile's Ex-Dictator Accused of Tax Evasion, Illegal Accounts

QUOTE: Chile's former dictator, Gen. Augusto Pinochet, was arrested Wednesday in Santiago and charged with tax evasion, passport forgery and other crimes associated with his possession of hundreds of illegal bank accounts, many of them in the United States.

Washington Post
Nov 22, 2004 Gatekeepers: Shaping Nations' Wealth: Credit Raters Exert International Influence

QUOTE: ...changes in the global economy have further strengthened the gatekeeping role of Moody's and its main competitors, Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings.

Washington Post
Jan 17, 2004 Economic Crisis Leaves Many Adrift: 'Culture of Not Working' Is Changing Society

QUOTE: There is a feeling of drift and despair in Argentina that is entirely the fallout of our economic crisis.

Washington Post
Dec 17, 2003 Ex-Leader Told Not To Leave Argentina

QUOTE: "...congressional aide testified that he delivered suitcases filled with $5 million to opposition lawmakers in 2000 in exchange for their approval of unpopular labor legislation..."

Washington Post
Nov 20, 2002 Argentina's New Wireless Problem

QUOTE: "We thought it was really unusual," said Major Ramón Galván, the airport chief. "We went to check the lines, and found out we had lost all external phone communications. All the area's telephone cables had been stolen during the night."

Wired
Sep 29, 2002 IMF Advances 'Sovereign Bankruptcy' Concept

QUOTE: Top economic policymakers attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank agreed yesterday to speed efforts to develop a "sovereign bankruptcy" procedure for countries in debt crises.

Washington Post
Jan 02, 2002 Argentina Gets a New President -- Again: Protectionist Vows to End 'Immoral' Economic Policies

QUOTE: Duhalde blamed the financial collapse of Latin America's third largest economy on the failings of U.S.-backed free-market policies adopted in the 1990s... promised to quickly break with what he called an "immoral" economic model that he held responsible for decimating Argentina's middle class...

Washington Post
Aug 22, 2001 Argentina Gets $8 Billion Aid From the I.M.F.

QUOTE: The plan could put pressure on American banks and other lenders to take losses on bonds and loans to Argentina...

New York Times
Jul 08, 2001 Accountability in Argentina

QUOTE: The indictment last week of Carlos Menem, the former president of Argentina...encouraging advance for legal accountability in a country where the powerful have too often enjoyed impunity from prosecution for their misdeeds.

New York Times
May 20, 2001 Dam Project in Paraguay Mirrors Rift Over Riches

QUOTE: Both Yacyretá and Itaipú, an even larger dam built farther upriver in partnership with Brazil, were conceived in the early 1970's by Paraguay's dictator at the time, Gen. Alfredo Stroessner, who promised that the projects would make this poor, landlocked country of five million people "an energy superpower." A small group of businessmen, construction magnates and lawyers with close ties to Paraguay's long- ruling Colorado Party did indeed become rich, though few other Paraguayans have benefited.

New York Times