Costanera Sur, Argentina wildlife, one hour video


This video says about itself:

One hour raw ambient footage of some of the prettiest wildlife of the Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur located in the city of Buenos Aires and around the International Airport Ezeiza of the Argentinian metropolis.

Footage was filmed in 4K UHD during the month of December [2018].

I was in this beautiful area many years ago.

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Argentine dog prevents football goal


This 3 December 2018 video about football says about itself:

Dog makes incredible goalline save

Watch the incredible moment a dog stops a shot on the line in an Argentine third division match between Defensores de Belgrano de Villa Ramallo and Juventud Unida.

Argentine investigation of Saudi crown prince’s crimes


This 28 November 2018 video says about itself:

🇦🇷MBS arrives in Argentina for G20: Will he be a pariah?

Saudi Arabia‘s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, has landed in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires for the G20 summit, which begins on Friday.

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.

Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Argentina yesterday. This weekend he will be participating in the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

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.

Yemen and Khashoggi

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.

Macri bringing Argentine military dictatorship back?


This October 2016 video says about itself:

Stolen children of Argentina’s dictatorship search for the truth

Imagine discovering that your surname, first name and date of birth are all lies? That your family is not your real family?

Hundreds of Argentineans born during the dictatorship of General Videla, from 1976 to 1983, have faced this horrifying discovery. FRANCE 24 went to meet them.

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.

Macri wants to use the military to address domestic threats, such as drug crime and terrorism.

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.

Argentina-Iceland 1-1, celebration with birds


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.

Vestmannaeyjar means ‘islands of the Irish people’. As the original inhabitants of the archipelago were ‘maroon‘ Irish runaway slaves.