Operation Condor on Trial in Argentina

March 7, 2013 Marcela Valente 0

Under Operation Condor, as the coordination between the military dictatorships in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay was known, opponents of the regimes were tracked down, kidnapped, tortured, transferred across borders and killed – including guerrilla fighters, political activists, trade unionists, students, priests, journalists or mothers demanding to know what had happened to their missing sons and daughters.


Argentina Profunda: Extractivism and Resistance

“The root of the land conflicts lies in the dispute over the use and control of territorial space stemming from the imposition of one culture over another. On the one side is agribusiness, where land is a space to produce and do business. On the other side there is indigenous and peasant culture, where land is understood to be a place for life,” stated the Chaco Argentina Agroforestry Network (REDAF) in a recent report.


Interview with Darío Aranda: Extractivism, Resistance, Repression, and Journalism in Argentina

Darío Aranda, I think, is a bit like Rodolfo Walsh. Like Walsh, Aranda has no place on the editorial staff of newspapers and media companies, even those that still fly the flags of the Open Letter to the Military Junta. He still works closely with campesino and Indigenous communities who resist in defense of their ancestral territories and ways of life. He doesn’t tolerate being enclosed in an editorial office, writing or editing what “reliable” news agency cables tell him to write.


A Year of Progress in Argentina’s Human Rights Trials

December 30, 2012 Marcela Valente 0

This year Argentina’s justice system made strides in speeding up human rights cases, and dozens of defendants were convicted, three decades after the end of the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Figures from the “prosecution unit for the coordination and monitoring of cases involving human rights violations committed during the state terrorism” indicate that nearly 400 suspects were tried this year, and that 86 of them were sentenced, 72 of them for the first time.


Argentina’s Biggest Human Rights Trial Begins

December 3, 2012 Marcela Valente 0

The biggest trial for human rights crimes committed by Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship began Wednesday in Buenos Aires, with 68 people accused of crimes involving nearly 800 victims of the Navy Mechanics School (ESMA). For the first time, six pilots who flew the so-called “death flights” – where political prisoners were dumped from planes, drugged but alive, into the ocean – will be tried.


New Media Law, New Voices in Argentina

November 6, 2012 Marcela Valente 0

“We don’t need other people to speak for us any more. We have our own voice now,” Armando Kispe of Queta, a Kolla indigenous community, said enthusiastically at the Pachakuti radio station. Radio Pachakuti is the first indigenous station to be licensed under the media law that was passed by the Argentine Congress three years ago and which is designed to guarantee access to the media by all segments of society and fight the growing concentration of media ownership by limiting the number of broadcasting licenses in the hands of media giants.


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Agribusiness as Usual: The Death of Peasant Farming in Argentina

November 1, 2012 Hugh Davies 0

On October 10, Miguel Galván was murdered, stabbed to death in the doorway of his own home. Almost one year earlier, Cristian Ferreyra had been shot and killed in his house. Both men were peasant farmers from the northern province of Santiago del Estero and members of the National Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero – Farmers’ Way (Mocase-VC) an organisation which fights for the land rights of peasants and indigenous people.



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