This 3 December 2018 video about football says about itself:
Dog saves goal in the Argentine third division
This video says about itself:
G20 protests take over Buenos Aires streets
Protesters and demonstrators took to the streets of Argentina’s capital on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, as the world’s top leaders meet in Buenos Aires to address global issues, including trade, human rights, climate change and migration.
By Rafael Azul:
Police repression in Buenos Aires for G20: a dress rehearsal for dictatorship
1 December 2018
As the presidents of the Group of 20 nations (G20), representing the world’s top economies, were preparing to travel to their 13th economic summit in Buenos Aires, this weekend, Argentine authorities were in the process of rounding up and forcibly expelling homeless families who reside in downtown Buenos Aires.
The violent expulsion of the homeless has been accompanied by naked repression and the suppression of democratic rights. Buenos Aires and federal officials are using the G20 meeting as a dress rehearsal for police-state measures appropriate to a military dictatorship.
Página 12, a Buenos Aires daily, quoted Martín, a 19-year-old homeless resident who told a reporter from the Telam press agency, “They are closing the neighborhood because of the G20.” Martín, his 18-year-old companion and their baby were expelled together with all the homeless who sleep in the parks and doorways of the city center. “We moved here six months ago because we could not afford to pay rent anyplace,” declared the youth, who works gathering and recycling paper and cardboard discarded by downtown offices. “I earn enough to eat, but not enough to pay for even a tiny room,” he added. Non-governmental organizations estimate that 7,300 homeless now live in the city of Buenos Aires, a 30 percent increase over 2017.
The removal of the homeless is part of an operation by Federal police and security forces who erected a perimeter around government buildings in Buenos Aires city center in anticipation of mass protests.
More than one thousand homeless live in the targeted zone. “Government workers came by and told us that because of the visit of the presidents, we would have to leave,” said Sergio, a single dad who with his four children occupies two mattresses in Plaza de Mayo square, across from Argentina’s Government House.
Among the leaders arriving for the summit was Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was given a warm welcome Thursday morning by Argentina’s foreign minister Marcelo Fauri; the prince, with an entourage of over 1,000 men, was among the first to arrive.
There is a pending demand by Human Rights Watch in the Argentine courts for the arrest of the Saudi prince for war crimes in Yemen involving “indiscriminate air raids aimed against civilians” and for the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi; none expect that this protégé of Trump and imperialism will be detained during his two days in Buenos Aires.
In Argentina there is increasing mass opposition to the austerity policies imposed by the administration of President Mauricio Macri in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund. The measures demanded by the IMF to rescue the Argentine economy require dictatorial policies.
The G20 summit is taking place under the most repressive conditions in Argentine history. Throughout the week, thousands of police placed barriers and established three concentric security zones. Twenty thousand gendarmes are in place in addition to the five thousand police assigned as personal guards to the summit delegates.
City authorities declared that this Friday, the opening day of the summit, would be a no-work holiday and advised residents to leave the city. Subway lines and metropolitan rail service have been suspended. All domestic flights into Buenos Aires have been cancelled. Auto traffic was re-routed around the security perimeter.
A 460-kilometer circumference air traffic exclusion zone was imposed over Buenos Aires, presumably including the La Plata River and part of Uruguay, further restricting flights. Buenos Aires is truly a city under siege. President Macri has threatened to shoot down airplanes flying overhead.
While the immediate target of the massive security apparatus may be a protest march on Congress repudiating the G20 summit and the agreement between Macri and the IMF—organized by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and dozens of civil rights organizations—the real target is the repudiation by the working class and large sections of the middle class of the Macri government, its neo-liberal and corrupt policies and its prostration to imperialism.
Throughout this week there have been mass rallies and protest marches by workers and students in the context of a collapsing dollar, ever increasing prices, job cuts and increasing misery. Industrial production in Argentina is now at the same level that it was in 2002, during the last financial and debt crisis.
The series of demonstrations have been met with police repression that in the last week resulted in two deaths and many wounded.
In a police station in Esteban Echeverría, eight people in “preventive detention” were left to die when a fire took place and police officers abandoned the prisoners.
Police used rubber bullets against protesters occupying vacant land in the town of Jose Leon Suarez, wounding several.
On November 22, a member of the Federation of the Workers of the People’s Economy (CTEP), Rodolfo Orellana, was killed by police during an attempted eviction.
In the city of Cordoba, labor activist Marcos Jesús Soria was beaten and killed by government security agents. According to CTEP, Soria, after being beaten, attempted to hide in a horse stable, but was shot in the back by the police who then threatened eye-witnesses to the crime, ordering them not to reveal what had happened.
A CTEP communiqué condemned the “hunting down of activists in the context of increasing repression by the government of Mauricio Macri and his Security Minister, Patricia Bullrich.”
The police repression extends to strikes and occupations. Last week police violently ended an occupation by workers at a factory of consumer durables, Siam, injuring workers and their supporters. In each of these cases the security forces have acted with total impunity.
Officials in charge of security have warned that they will strongly repress any incidents considered violent, that police will not stand idly by and will react against any act that it considers provocative. The latest turn of the screw authorizes police forces to use live ammunition against demonstrators.
This police-state response in the context of the G20 summit and the far broader social struggles gripping Argentina represents an abrogation of the democratic right to assemble and protest and the adoption of dictatorial forms of rule.
G20 papers over differences as economic conflicts intensify: here.
This 28 November 2018 video says about itself:
🇦🇷MBS arrives in Argentina for G20: Will he be a pariah?
The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is hanging heavily over Prince Mohammed, as he arrives in Argentina for the G20 summit of world leaders. Human Rights Watch has filed a legal complaint in Argentina over the Khashoggi allegations and it also wants MBS to be prosecuted over civilian deaths in Yemen.
Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from Buenos Aires.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
An Argentinian judge is starting a preliminary investigation into Mohammed bin Salman. He responds to the request of human rights organization Human Rights Watch to prosecute the Saudi crown prince for crimes against humanity.
Judge Ariel Lijo agreed with the prosecutor’s request to establish whether investigations are being conducted against Mohammed in other countries as well. He also asked Human Rights Watch to give more details about the accusations against the Saudi. The judge will decide at a later time whether he will start a formal investigation.
Human Rights Watch submitted the request to prosecute Mohammed on Tuesday. According to the human rights organization, he has committed crimes in [the war on] Yemen … . The organization also wants to prosecute him for the murder of the journalist Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
US President Donald Trump’s trip to the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina has been accompanied by an outpouring of jingoism throughout the US political establishment, targeting not just Russia, but with ever-greater belligerence, China: here.
This October 2016 video says about itself:
Stolen children of Argentina’s dictatorship search for the truth
In Argentina, during the dark days of the dictatorship, almost 500 babies were forcibly taken by the military junta from their parents, who were left-wing dissidents opposed to the regime. The parents were tortured and often executed.
The young mothers, accused of “being active militants of the machinery of terrorism”, in the words of the dictator Videla, were killed or thrown into the sea from a military plane. According to human rights campaigners, around 30,000 dissidents were killed or disappeared during the junta’s rule from 1976 to 1983.
Newborns, who were often born in jail or in clandestine maternity wards, were given as spoils of war to military families or those close to the regime. Once adopted, they were given a new name and a new date of birth: a false identity.
In 1983, as the dictatorship came to an end and a civilian government was democratically elected, one group of women, “the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo“, actively set out to find their missing grandchildren.
Today, forty years after the 1976 coup that brought the junta to power, and thanks to a monumental investigation, witness testimonies and DNA tests, 119 people have discovered their real identity and biological families.
In FRANCE 24’s documentary, our reporter Bertrand Devé went to meet these men and women who have discovered the truth of their past, with some of them finding out the horror of who their “adoptive” parents really were. We joined them on their journey to reconnect with their roots and rebuild their identities.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Controversial measure by the president of Argentina: domestic deployment of the military
The Argentine president Macri wants to deploy the army inland. That is sensitive in the South American country; Argentina suffered in the late 1970s, early 80’s under a military dictatorship, where tens of thousands of people disappeared under mysterious circumstances or were killed or tortured.
Authoritarian rulers usually have very wide definitions of terrorism. In this blog post, we have already seen Argentine dictator Videla, calling opposition to his dictatorship ‘terrorism’. The British conservative government does not know the difference between journalism and ‘terrorism’. Neither does the absolute monarchy in Bahrain.
Right-winger Macri, or some coup d’état general succeeding Macri as president, very probably don’t know the difference between terrorism and environmentalism; between terrorism and advocacy of workers’ rights; and between terrorism and advocacy of indigenous people’s rights; with consequences like for indigenous rights activist Santiago Maldonado, murdered during the Macri administration.
He also wants the army to guard sensitive areas, such as nuclear power stations. In a speech at a military base, Macri said that the military would mainly provide logistical support in border areas.
Defending the country’s borders
From 1976 to 1981, junta leader Videla was in power in Argentina. He used the army to suppress his own people. In 1983 the military dictatorship ended. With this history in mind, a decree was adopted in 2006 in which the role of the army was limited to defending the national borders.
The plans of conservative Macri, leading the country since 2015, are criticized by the opposition and human rights organizations. A wider use of the army can lead to military espionage, repression and more violence.
Criticism by human rights organizations
Former Minister of Defense Rossi says that separation of national security and internal security since 1983 is state policy and that should not change. According to him, it does not work either. He points out that Mexico, Colombia and Brazil have deployed the army in the fight against drug crimes, but those countries now seem to turn back from it.
The Buenos Aires Center for Legal and Social Studies says it is right behind the separation of military and domestic security issues. Messing that up poses a danger to both civil and human rights, says the organization.
The government wants to introduce the new rules through a decree rather than through a law which would have to be approved by Congress.
Argentinians hit the streets to protest against increasing militarisation: here.
ARGENTINA VOTES DOWN BILL TO LEGALIZE ABORTION The Argentine senate has rejected a bill to legalize abortion, pushing back against a groundswell of support from a surging abortion rights movement. [Reuters]
Woman dies following illegal abortion in Argentina: here.
The crisis of the Turkish lira, driven by the strengthening of the US dollar, combined with the increase in US interest rates in recent months and sharply exacerbated by the Trump administration’s imposition of punishing trade tariffs, has spread to a number of “emerging markets” economies, which borrowed heavily during the years of low interest rates. Argentina has now joined Turkey in imposing currency mega-devaluations, threatening a national economic collapse: here.
After a brief respite, turbulence has returned to so-called emerging markets. The Argentine central bank raised interest rates to 60 percent yesterday to try to halt the slide in the peso. The Turkish lira also fell, moving toward the record lows it reached earlier this month: here.
This 2015 video is about birds in Iceland.
This 2015 video is called 1000 reasons to visit Argentina. Birding in Argentina.
To celebrate today’s World Cup football match Argentina-Iceland, these videos. One bird video for each country, as they both made one goal.
This video is called Argentina vs Iceland 1-1 All Goals & Highlights 16/06/2018.
This is a surprisingly good result for small country Iceland against Argentina, one of the favourites. The Icelandic goalie stopped a penalty by Argentine star player Lionel Messi.
The coach of Iceland is part-time coach, part dentist on the Vestmannaeyjar islands.
This video says about itself:
U.S. Army Is Back In South America
4 May 2018
The United States military, who helped overthrow numerous democratically elected governments in Latin America in favor of brutal right-wing dictators who supported U.S. interests, is in Argentina without approval from the Argentine Congress.