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    Argentina: Massive Protests Against Statism and Corruption

    Dubbed by organizers as “the Protest of 8N” (for November 8), thousands—perhaps hundreds of thousands—of Argentines jammed the streets of Buenos Aires last night to protest against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Argentina’s biggest anti-government demonstration in years. A spokesman for Buenos Aires’s Justice and Security Ministry estimated the … More

    Argentina's Ship of State Hits Choppy Waters

    It’s Spring Break in Argentina, and tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest the policies of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Argentineans are angry—about rising crime, corruption, and the virtual ban her government has imposed on the purchase of foreign currencies as it attempts to … More

    Argentina: Kirchner's Policies Undermining Economic Growth

    This Friday, the government of Argentina will announce with great fanfare the last payments on “Boden” bonds issued during the so-called corralito. That was the decade-long process imposed in response to the 2001 financial crisis that included a freeze of bank accounts and the forcing of those with dollars to … More

    Barack Obama's Unwelcome Jubilee Present to Britain

    Barack Obama was all smiles in his carefully scripted message of congratulation to Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee. But at the same time as he recorded his message, his administration was actively undermining Great Britain at the annual meeting of the Organisation of American States (OAS), held in Bolivia. The OAS General Assembly, which includes the … More

    Bolivia: Iran's Newest Friend in Latin America

    Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has long been Iran’s greatest ally in the Western Hemisphere, but as Chavez’s cancer grows and his country’s future becomes increasingly uncertain, Iran may need to find a new best friend in Latin America—and fast. Enter Bolivia. Since Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad first visited Bolivia in 2007, … More

    Council of the Americas Honors Argentine Government in Wake of Repsol/YPF Seizure

    Argentina’s vice president, Amado Boudou, is confirmed to speak tomorrow at the annual Council of the Americas (COA) meeting at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. COA is an association of international businesses founded in 1965 by David Rockefeller that promotes “open markets, the rule of the law, and democracy … More

    Argentina, and Obama, Make Us Want to Cry

    Standing before a mural of Eva Peron Duarte (wife of Argentina’s legendary strongman Juan Domingo Peron and the “first lady of populism”) Argentina’s recently re-elected President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner unveiled a plan to seize majority ownership in Argentina’s chief energy company YPF and return it to state control. “We … More

    Falklands War, 30 Years Later: Argentina Still Gunning for Control

    Thirty years ago today, the Argentine army invaded the Falkland Islands, a sovereign British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic. A brutal military regime in Argentina calculated that a weakened United Kingdom, increasingly stripped of the elements of national power, would be unable to respond to a military fait accompli. … More

    Obama Administration Knifes Britain in the Back over Falklands

    In yet another display of disdain for the Anglo-American Special Relationship, the Obama administration has weighed in on the mounting tensions between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. Just two days after Prime Minister David Cameron issued a robust statement in the House of Commons vowing to defend … More

    What Kirchner’s Win in Argentina Means for the U.S.

    It came as no surprise when Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner swept the election on Sunday, earning herself a second term. After all, polls had projected her win for weeks beforehand, predicting that she would take anywhere from 52 percent to 57 percent of the votes. In the end, … More