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Lionel Messi: The Impossible Athlete

Lionel Messi is, without a doubt, one of the best footballers who has ever lived. According to Nate Silver’s blog, his abilities are unprecedented.

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Colonization by Bankruptcy: High-Stakes Chess for Argentina

Territories were once captured by military might. Today they are annexed by debt. Destitute nations are driven into international bankruptcy courts that could do with whole countries what bankruptcy courts do with businesses: sell off their assets, including real estate. Sovereign territories could be acquired as the spoils of bankruptcy without a single shot being fired.

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Cry for Argentina: Fiscal Mismanagement or Pillage?

Argentina has now taken the U.S. to The Hague for blocking the country’s 2005 settlement with the bulk of its creditors. The issue underscores the need for an international mechanism for nations to go bankrupt. Better yet would be a sustainable global monetary scheme that avoids the need for sovereign bankruptcy.

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Greg Palast: How Obama Could End Argentina’s Debt Crisis

“The ‘vulture’ financier now threatening to devour Argentina can be stopped dead by a simple note to the courts from Barack Obama,” investigative journalist Greg Palast writes Thursday at The Guardian. “But the president, while officially supporting Argentina, has not done this one thing that could save Buenos Aires from default.”

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Clintonians Join Vulture Flock Over Argentina

Likely leaders of a Hillary Clinton administration are helping hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer wring hundreds of millions of dollars out of Argentina, a move that could derail the country’s long climb back into solvency and undermine debt settlements worldwide.

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Argentine Generals Convicted of Bishop Slaying

Two retired army officers face dying in prison after receiving life sentences for the 1976 murder of a Roman Catholic bishop during Argentina’s junta rule.

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Argentina Alleges Extortion After Court Sides With ‘Vulture Funds’

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Argentina over its $1.5 billion debt in a ruling critics say validates predatory behavior by “vulture funds.” “Democracy Now!” looks at the case that is being called the “trial of the century” in how poor countries repay sovereign debt.

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Argentine Debt Appeal Rejected

The U.S. Supreme Court handed Argentina two major disappointments Monday “in cases brought by bondholders who refused to accept reduced payments after the country’s 2001 default,” The New York Times DealBook reports.

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Jon Stewart Explains Why Republicans Aren’t the Only Politicians Who Are Corrupt

Despite Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives, personally telling the “Daily Show” host that only Republicans are swayed by money, Stewart has a few examples in the shape of ambassador nominees that prove otherwise.

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Argentina’s Peso Devalued

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Is Argentina Entering an Economic Crisis?

Argentinians are fearing a new financial collapse as the peso suddenly dropped this week.

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Greg Palast: Between Two Vultures

International gumshoe reporter Greg Palast tells RT’s Max Keiser how the fate of the Argentinian economy will be decided by a legal battle between the White House and Paul Singer—“the great vulture speculator in America” and “probably the top donor, or organizer of donors for the Republican party”—over the profits of big banks.

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Pope Francis

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Argentine Tango

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Haunted Pontiff

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Questions From a ‘Dirty War’

They are impolite questions, but they must be asked: What did Jorge Mario Bergoglio know, and when did he know it, about Argentina’s brutal “Dirty War” against suspected leftists in which thousands were tortured and killed? More important, what did the newly chosen Pope Francis do?

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Did You Hear the One About the Pope and the Dirty War?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: All about Francis: Do we even need a pope? And did he collaborate with a brutal military dictatorship? Also: Why corporations don’t pay taxes, and more.

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Did You Hear the One About the Pope and the Dirty War?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: All about Francis: Do we even need a pope? And did he collaborate with a brutal military dictatorship? Also: Why corporations don’t pay taxes, and more.

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Pope Francis as a Gaucho

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Meet the New Pope

As The New York Times points out, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years.

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Bolivia Nationalizes Electrical Grid

As neighboring Argentina brings its oil supply under state control, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced last week that his government has placed the country’s electricity sector under public ownership by seizing the main power grid from a Spanish company.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Oil as a Public Good: Coming to Argentina

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has infuriated Spanish oil barons by proposing a bill that would recover a majority share of a petroleum company from a foreign firm that has owned it since the early ’90s.

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Homosexuality May Become a Felony in Liberia

Liberia is considering two proposals that would make consensual same-sex acts punishable with jail time; NATO refuses to get involved in the crisis in Syria; and a Jewish journalist killed by terrorists was baptized posthumously by the Mormon Church. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



Obama Avoids Alignment With Israel Against Iran

Obama dodges Netanyahu’s attempts to suck the U.S. into a war against Iran; Stephen Colbert’s many fictional faces are interfering with real world politics; meanwhile, the Argentine LGBT community is combatting the country’s deep-rooted stereotypes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



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The Argentine Model

While politicians from Athens to Washington are pushing through devastating austerity programs, Argentines voted in droves Sunday to re-elect their populist, welfare queen of a president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. (more)

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Naomi Klein on Riots and Resistance

Britain’s riots were not political, we are assured, and looting is simply un-British, but “Shock Doctrine” author Naomi Klein takes a different view: From Iraq to Argentina, when corrupt elites pass the bill to the struggling masses, civil unrest is to be expected.

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America’s Disappeared

Torture, prolonged detention without trial, sexual humiliation, rape, disappearance, extortion, looting, random murder and abuse have become, as in Argentina during the Dirty War, part of our own subterranean world of detention sites and torture centers.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Che’s Motorcycle Amigo Is Dead

Alberto Granado, companion to Cuban revolutionary icon Che Guevara on a 1950s journey of discovery by motorcycle across Latin America, has died in Havana at the age of 88.

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BP Sheds Latin Oil Producer

British Petroleum is still sloughing off assets to help cover its $40 billion fiasco in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil giant just sold a majority stake in Pan American Energy for $7 billion, putting its running total of recent asset sales at $21 billion.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


A Cry From Argentina: ‘Close Guantanamo’

“Gitmo is going to remain open for the foreseeable future,” said an unnamed White House official to The Washington Post this week. For guidance on the notorious U.S. Navy base in Cuba, President Barack Obama should look to an old naval facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Cristina Kirchner and Late Husband Nestor

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Argentina Makes Gay Marriage Official

As of Wednesday, we can add Argentina to the list of nations that has beaten the U.S. to the enlightened punch by sanctioning gay marriage. In so doing, Argentina also gets the prize for being the first country in South America to make it legal.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Dirty War’ Dictator Goes on Trial

A former military dictator of Argentina is on trial again. Gen.  Jorge Videla, who helped lead the country’s “Dirty War” of state terror in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is one of more than 20 defendants being tried for the 1976 murders of 31 jailed dissidents.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 READ MORE



Pink Pork Edition

Why pork is the new Viagra, tech companies need to stop treating women like girls and what documentarians do when the cameras are off. All this and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Argentine Couple Wed in Latin America’s First Gay Marriage

After they encountered resistance in Buenos Aires earlier this month, Argentine couple Alex Freyre and Jose Maria di Bello found an alternative location for their wedding, and they sealed the deal Monday in Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost state in their country, making theirs the first same-sex marriage in Latin America.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


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No Impeachment for South Carolina Governor

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s affair with an Argentine may have exacted a personal cost and made him more vulnerable politically, but it looks as if his conduct won’t cost him his job. A panel of his state’s lawmakers have decided his indiscretions don’t merit impeachment.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Ethics Troubles Loom Large for S.C. Governor

Looks like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s extramarital activities, which were brought to light last summer after a faux Appalachian Trail excursion (by way of Argentina), aren’t going to be wiped from the record anytime soon. Sanford is now looking at 37 ethics charges, at least a few of which appear related to his affair.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


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60 S.C. GOP Reps Want Sanford Out

Although he’s been trying to hang tough as South Carolina’s governor ever since this summer’s infidelity drama unfolded, Mark Sanford has some new impediments—60 of them, to be exact—that could keep him from serving out his term.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


DRUG SHARKS
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Is the ‘War on Drugs’ Ending?

Mexico and Argentina’s recent decisions to decriminalize the personal use of drugs mark a growing trend across Latin America to reject the now-40-year-old, U.S.-led, Nixon-founded “war on drugs” as both harmful and ineffective.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


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The Making of Iran’s New Cabinet

The Iranian parliament has approved the first woman Cabinet minister, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic. Parliament also gave its blessing as defense minister to a man wanted in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Stone Goes ‘South of the Border’

A new documentary by Oliver Stone called “South of the Border” follows his earlier trajectory of “Salvador” (1984), “Comandante” (2003), and “Looking for Fidel” (2004) as he talks to several Latin American leaders to understand what is happening on the continent and how U.S. perceptions of our own backyard are skewed.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Sanford Won’t Be ‘Hangin’ Up the Spurs’ Before His Term Ends

The pressure on South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to resign hasn’t let up since his revelation earlier this summer of his extramarital escapades in Argentina, but for his part, Sanford says he’s staying put for the remainder of his term, thank y’all very much.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


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S.C. Lieutenant Governor Pushing Sanford to Step Down

Looks like Mark Sanford’s days as governor of South Carolina could well be numbered. Despite his public shows of contrition and creative application of biblical themes to the particulars of his life, Sanford can’t seem to get past his Argentine assignation, as least in the eyes of his detractors—one of whom is the state’s No. 2, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Zelaya’s Plane Barred From Landing in Honduras

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya made an attempt to return home to Honduras, but he ended up doing a flyover on Sunday when authorities blocked his plane from landing at the Tegucigalpa airport. On the runway, Zelaya supporters clashed with military and police forces. At least one person was reported killed.

Posted on Jul 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Did Taxpayers Fund Sanford’s Love Jaunts?

U.S. taxpayers twice paid for Mark Sanford’s trips to Argentina, though they occurred before he met his mistress there. Another trip to the land of gauchos was funded by South Carolinians and took place after he met his lover, though before he claims to have, er, danced the tango with her.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE



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Governor Admits Argentine Tryst

Turns out Mark Sanford was not hiking in Appalachia, naked or otherwise, during his mysterious seven-day vanishing act. As the governor admitted during the obligatory tearful news conference Wednesday, he spent Father’s Day weekend having an affair with a “dear, dear friend” in Argentina. Family values strike again.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


Welcome to the Third World, America

Here’s a question I’d like to ask Barack Obama and John McCain: Is the United States destined to look and feel increasingly like a “developing country”? Is this the way it’s going to be?

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


Douche With Knife: Luciano Menendez
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Argentine ‘Dirty War’ Murderer Gets Life

Former Argentine army officer and current scumbag Luciano Benjamin Menendez finally got what should have happened to him 30 years ago: a life sentence in jail for the kidnap, torture and murder of anti-dictatorship activists in 1977.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Rice Snubs Argentina

In response to the strengthening of ties between Hugo Chavez and recently elected Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government, Condoleezza Rice will skip the country on a two-day trip to South America. The snub further underscores a divide between the U.S.‘s traditional Latin American allies and a growing movement in opposition to U.S. policy in the region.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


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