May 16, 2012

Demise of Transparency in Argentina

Freedom House, Freedom House

AP Photo

At a rally commemorating the ninth anniversary of the electoral victory of her late husband, former president Néstor Kirchner, President Fernández sang the praises of Argentina’s vibrant democracy and political progress. Under the slogan “United and Organized,” her fiery 45-minute speech was enthusiastically received by the estimated 100,000 supporters in attendance. However, most in the Argentine media would beg to differ with their president’s depiction of the current level of democracy in the country. Indeed, contrary to Fernández’s idealistic portrayal, freedom of speech in Argentina is in a dismal state, and is poised to worsen before it improves.

 

Legal maneuvers and harassment of the press

 

For the past few years, the Fernández...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Argentina

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

May 13, 2012
Dismal Economics of Resource Nationalism
Fabio Fiallo, The Commentator
Resource nationalism is condemned to join other 'progressive' economic recipes in the dustbin of history. Sadly, for Latin America, many of its people will find out the hard way. more ››
May 12, 2012
Around the World, Energy War Heating Up
Michael Klare, The Nation
Conflict and intrigue over valuable energy supplies have been features of the international landscape for a long time. Major wars over oil have been fought every decade or so since World War I, and smaller engagements have... more ››
May 7, 2012
What's Wrong with Argentina?
Matthew Shaffer, National Review
When President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner initiated the nationalization and expropriation of the Argentine assets of YPF, an oil company owned mostly by Spanish interests, it came as no surprise to anyone who has... more ››
May 4, 2012
Kick Argentina Out of the G-20? Absurd
Jorge Heine, Toronto Star
Argentina's partial renationalization of its oil company, Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales (YPF), has triggered a veritable frenzy of anti-Argentine sentiment. Ironically, this has been more pronounced in the British and... more ››
May 4, 2012
Argentina the Outcast
Luiz Lampreia, Project Syndicate
Roughly 20 years ago, an important Argentine minister startled a newly arrived Brazilian ambassador by telling him that 'Argentina is prodigal in three things: meat, wheat, and insane gestures.' The decision to expropriate 51%... more ››