Argentinian poem on Falklands/Malvinas war


This music video by British anarchist punk rock band Crass says about itself:

Crass – Sheep Farming In The Falklands

28 jun. 2007

Some images and footage from the Falklands War… just as stupid and needless as the current Iraq war… Politicians take note… 1 2 3 4 We Don’t Want Your Fuckin’ War.

The lyrics of this song are here.

Poem by Argentinian Leo Boix, living in England:

Archipelago

Saturday 2nd April 2016

I was seven

when the teacher

unfurled the map

for us all to see:

“The Malvinas are Argentine.”

And I so little,

imagined those islets,

as savage beasts

as swimming dogs

facing that immensity,

of all the oceanic

blue.

So small

the lost islands,

a war

we watched as a family

on a 22 inch

Hitachi

television,

in full colour

illuminating the dining room

and the armchairs made of cane.

Little lead soldiers

in a frozen landscape,

bombs fell,

ships sunk,

we played

a battle

inanimate

of the opposing sides,

under the shadow of the flowerless

rubber trees.

“The Malvinas are Argentine,”and nearby

the neighbours

put together

a rag doll

of the Iron Lady,

filled with paper and dry straw,

with old high-heel shoes

and buttons sawn to the head.

She had a stitched

bag, and was tied to a stick

to keep her

so imposing.

But still

the fire

ended up consuming

rapidly

the effigy

Thatcher.

And we the children danced

in a circle singing

while the soldiers fell

on the road to Port Stanley,

flashes in the sky,

wounded,

the battle

Goose Green,

the general announcing: “We are winning.”

But the dead kept coming

upon us

as if unearthing shame.

And when the deceit

ended,

the screen announced

Argies go home.”

Nobody won,

we all lost,

and they did not come back from the South Atlantic.

It’s hard to believe,

I was seven

and still remember

that freezing April,

the box of chocolates

that we sent

to the islands,

so that the cold

wouldn’t end up

freezing

the apathy

of bewilderment.

Argentinian right-wing government censors TV network for criticism


This video from Latin America says about itself:

Dossier 3/28: Macri Government Threatens Telesur in Argentina

29 March 2016

Hosted by the journalist and war correspondent Walter Martinez, Dossier offers us news with its own view, including international events and news currently unfolding that have resounded on a global level.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Latin America: Macri government’s ban on Telesur sparks angry reaction

Wednesday 30th March 2016

POLITICIANS and journalists lined up on Monday to condemn the ban on left-wing TV network Telesur imposed by Argentinian President Mauricio Macri’s government.

Communications Minister Hermann Lombardi claimed that “there was no pluralism at Telesur” as justification for taking the channel, which has harshly criticised Mr Macri, off the air.

Uruguayan journalist Victor Hugo Morales, who described his recent dismissal from Argentinian radio as a similar act of censorship, said: “Macri doesn’t allow the transmission of Telesur in Argentina because he is afraid of the truth.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said: “They can’t make Telesur disappear. If they prohibit the channel in Argentina, millions of of Argentines will watch it on the internet, on social media.

“Telesur will continue bringing the truth, defending the true freedom of expression of the people, in the face of this attack from the right, emboldened by its time in the spotlight,” he said.

Johan Cruyff: How Can You Play Soccer Next to a Torture Center?


JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  TeleSUR
24 March 2016

cruyff 1Cruyff was the star of the Holland team of the 1970s which invented the style of “Total Football.” | Photo: AFP

Cruyff dazzled fans with this trickery and rejected Argentina’s brutal dictatorship in an unmatched soccer career.

Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest soccer players of his generation, and perhaps ever, missed the 1978 FIFA World Cup held in Argentina as he didn’t want to play close to the torture chambers the right-wing government had set up to house dissidents of the regime.

RELATED: Johan Cruyff Father of Modern Day Soccer Dies Aged 68

Dictatorship in Argentina

“How can you play soccer a thousand meters from a torture center?” he is quoted as saying before the tournament.

The South American nation was in turmoil at the time of the competition after a right-wing coup, led by General Jorge Rafael Videla, Admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera…

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Extremely big dinosaur discovery in Argentina


This 22 January 2016 Argentine TV video, in Spanish, is about the recent discovery of the Notocolossus gonzalezparejasi dinosaur.

From Nature:

A gigantic new dinosaur from Argentina and the evolution of the sauropod hind foot

18 January 2016

Abstract

Titanosauria is an exceptionally diverse, globally-distributed clade of sauropod dinosaurs that includes the largest known land animals. Knowledge of titanosaurian pedal structure is critical to understanding the stance and locomotion of these enormous herbivores and, by extension, gigantic terrestrial vertebrates as a whole. However, completely preserved pedes are extremely rare among Titanosauria, especially as regards the truly giant members of the group.

Here we describe Notocolossus gonzalezparejasi gen. et sp. nov. from the Upper Cretaceous of Mendoza Province, Argentina. With a powerfully-constructed humerus 1.76 m in length, Notocolossus is one of the largest known dinosaurs. Furthermore, the complete pes of the new taxon exhibits a strikingly compact, homogeneous metatarsus—seemingly adapted for bearing extraordinary weight—and truncated unguals, morphologies that are otherwise unknown in Sauropoda. The pes underwent a near-progressive reduction in the number of phalanges along the line to derived titanosaurs, eventually resulting in the reduced hind foot of these sauropods.

A Culture24 top ten of the best dinosaur museums and collections in the UK: here.

Argentine grandmother finds granddaughter, stolen by dictatorship, after 39 years


Clara as a baby, photo used to find her again. Photo by Fundacióm Anahi

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Argentine grandmother finds after 39 years her grandchild back

Today, 15:05

In Argentina, a grandmother after a search of 39 years has been reunited with her granddaughter. The girl was kidnapped during the dictatorship when she was three months old and housed by supporters of the military regime. Her parents were murdered, they were members of a leftist opposition group.

Her grandmother, the 92-year-old Maria Mariana, was one of the founders of the human rights group Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, which searches for missing children. She sought for 39 years incessantly for her granddaughter Clara.

Letters

Her search was highlighted because Maria during all those years wrote open letters to Clara. “They tried to convince me that you’ve just been killed like your mother, but I know you’re alive. My dream is to hold you and to recognize myself in your eyes,” wrote the almost blind Maria in her last letter last March.

In her letters she added baby pictures in the hope that Clara would recognize herself. Eventually Clara reacted and it was confirmed by DNA testing that she is the granddaughter of Maria. Clara is the 120th missing child reunited with relatives.

Military regime

In Argentina from 1976 to 1983 a military regime was in power. Opposition members and people with leftist convictions were arrested and disappeared often without trial.

An estimated 30,000 Argentines were murdered and 500 children were stolen from their parents. Their children were given for adoption to supporters of the regime.

See also here.

UPDATE: Amother DNA test says the women are not family.