Challenging “All Forms of Injustice”? Who is the “Real Pope” Francis I? ARGENTINA OPERATION CONDOR

Pope Francis I has been portrayed in chorus by the Western media as a champion of “Liberation Theology” committed to global poverty alleviation.

Pope Francis has urged world leaders to challenge “all forms of injustice” and resist the “economy of exclusion… the throwaway culture, … and the “culture of death,” [which] … sadly risk becoming passively accepted.”  

Who is the Real Pope Francis I ?

 Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis I) was one of the main supporters –within the Catholic hierarchy– of Argentina’s military dictatorship which came to power in a CIA supported coup in 1976.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio not only supported the dictatorship, he also played a direct and complicit role in the “Dirty War” (la guerra sucia”) in liaison with the military Junta headed by General Jorge Videla, leading to the arrest, imprisonment, torture and disappearance of progressive Catholic priests and laymen who were opposed to Argentina’s military rule.

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Venezuela formally joins Mercosur trading bloc

South American leaders wave as they pose during the official photo shoot at the annual summit of the Mercosur trade bloc in Mendoza, Argentina, June 29, 2012.

Venezuela has become a full member of the Mercosur regional trading bloc following a six-year-long delay.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is now set to take part in a ceremony in Brasilia, which celebrates Caracas’ membership in the South American trade bloc.

The visit to Brasilia will be Chavez’s first official trip abroad in a year after his being diagnosed with cancer in June 2011 and his treatment process in Cuba.

Mercosur is an economic union and political agreement between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay founded in 1991. Its purpose is to promote free trade and the fluid movement of goods, people, and currency.  Continue reading

‘Politics darkens the 2012 London Olympics’

By Adrian Salbuchi for RT

Politics has crawled into the London Olympic Games. Some countries are taking the occasion to question British foreign policy; others reject possible hidden agendas. The result: the Olympic Spirit may not shine so bright this summer in London.

Last week, for instance, yet another diplomatic row broke out between Argentina and the United Kingdom over a TV advertisement commissioned by Argentina’s Government, showing Argentine Olympic Hockey Team captain Fernando Zylberberg working-out and running through the streets and fields of Port Stanley/Puerto Argentino in the Falkland/Malvinas Islands.

The ad’s slogan is strong: “To compete on English soil; we are first training on Argentine soil,” the insinuation being that the Malvinas Islands are Argentinean territory.

The ad ends with a message from the Argentine President’s Office paying tribute to “our heroic dead and veterans of the Malvinas War” between Argentina and the UK.

Immediately, the advertising agency which prepared the spot – New York-based Young & Rubicam – issued a statement saying, “It has come to our attention that our agency in Argentina created an ad for the Argentine government that has deeply offended many people in the UK and around the world. We strongly condemn this work and have asked the Argentine government to pull the spot.”

Hopefully, Argentina’s government will not pull the spot, particularly after recent heated diplomatic exchanges over the Falkland/Malvinas which pitted both countries in a brief 74-day war in 1982.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague accused Argentina of using the upcoming Olympic Games for political aim, pointing to President Cristina Kirchner’s diplomatic failure in claiming sovereignty over the islands. In turn, Sebastian Coe, president of the 2012 Olympic Games Committee, criticized the ad saying the Games “are not a political affair” but rather a gathering “to celebrate sports.”

They’re probably both right: the Argentine government’s unrealistic and lukewarm strategies over the Falklands are poor at best.

As the undersigned wrote to the London Telegraph on May, to balance things out maybe Young & Rubicam should issue a further statement saying something like, “It has come to our attention that the UK continues to illegally occupy the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, something that has deeply offended many people in Argentina and around the world. We strongly condemn this occupation which should cease, and will ask the British government to pull out of the Falklands/Malvinas.”

The ad was secretly filmed on the Falkland/Malvinas on March 18, when Zylberberg posed as just another runner in a marathon held that day on the Islands.

But this is not the only case where the Olympic Games, due to start July 27, have attracted political turmoil.

On May 1, Iran’s global news service PressTV complained that “the London Olympic Games have turned into a political game even before the start of the events, with…(its) official website removing the countries’ capitals from their profiles on the orders of Israel… The official website had described Israel as a country without a capital…(because) the space for Israel’s capital… had been… left empty as Jerusalem (Al-Quds) was listed as Palestine’s capital.”

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US condemns Argentine expropriation of YPF Oil Company

The US has joined Spain and Britain in condemning Argentina’s expropriation of the Spanish-owned oil and gas company, YPF, Press TV reports.

The US State Department spokesman Mark Toner condemned Argentina’s nationalization of the oil company, saying his country views the act with negativity.

Toner also warned that the move would ultimately hurt Argentina’s economy.

However, the Argentine government has responded firmly to the criticism, arguing that the decision was taken based on the country’s national interests.

“The project aims at certain states’ rules to lead a strategic company. We do not govern on behalf of the US and the Spanish people,” Argentine Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo said.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has slammed the company for failing to re-invest in local oil and gas production, which forced Buenos Aires to pay more than USD 9 billion to import fuel last year.

On Monday, Fernandez announced the decision to reclaim YPF, which was formerly a state-owned Argentine oil company, at a meeting with her cabinet and provincial governors. She said that Argentina had to take back the oil company since it is the only nation in Latin America “that does not manage its natural resources.”

The move to declare YPF Gas a public utility by taking 51 percent of its shares is an extension of the takeover of YPF Oil Company, the major subsidiary of Repsol.

Repsol President Antonio Brufau said on Tuesday that the company would take legal action against Argentina, seeking compensation of about $10 billion.

Meanwhile, the Spanish government has also criticized the move by claiming that Argentina is taking a risk of becoming “an international pariah” if it takes control of the YPF, in which Repsol has a 57.4 percent stake.

Spain is Argentina’s largest foreign investor. Last year YPF, the main oil company in Argentina, announced a major find of 1 billion barrels of shale oil.

Los desafíos de la nueva YPF

Escrito por Claudio Klatz

Los voceros locales de REPSOL afirman que la expropiación ahuyentará las inversiones. Pero el desarrollo petrolero de Argentina nunca provino de los capitales foráneos

La intervención de YPF y la introducción de una gestión estatal de la empresa son medidas necesarias para comenzar a revertir la depredación energética. Pero constituyen tan solo un punto de partida para recuperar los recursos petroleros. Durante una década REPSOL lideró el vaciamiento de pozos, reservas e instalaciones pre-existentes. Extrajo lo máximo posible sin invertir y expatrió ganancias en forma escandalosa. Esta conducta no irritó a ninguno de los críticos neoliberales de la expropiación en curso. Ahora cuestionan la “violación orden jurídico”, olvidando el total incumplimiento de los contratos por parte de la firma. Esta doble vara es congruente con su habitual aprobación de los atropellos contra los derechos de los asalariados o jubilados. Nunca extienden a estos sectores los principios de la seguridad jurídica.

FALACIAS NEOLIBERALES

Los derechistas están recreando los fantasmas del 2001-2005 y repiten los mismos argumentos que difundieron luego del default. Advierten contra las terribles consecuencias de “aislarse del mundo”, omitiendo su récord de pronósticos fallidos. Algunos exculpan a REPSOL afirmando que sufrió un castigo de precios desfavorables. Pero silencian los sucesivos ajustes de los últimos años, la autorización para liquidar divisas en el exterior y el permiso para exportar a costa del auto-abastecimiento. Las objetadas retenciones móviles a las ventas externas fueron una tenue compensación del terrible drenaje que sufrió el país. Tampoco recuerdan que la falta de inversiones se remonta a los años 90, cuando el combustible era muy caro en dólares. Continue reading

YPF recuperada: los “españolazos” están nerviosos

Por Carlos Aznares

Son de lo que no hay estos españolazos. No sólo roban y matan, sino que todavía protestan cuando sus víctimas se resisten

Los habitantes de las Islas Canarias, enclave africano conquistado por la Corona de Castilla a fines del siglo XV y principios del XVI, después de una encarnizada resistencia de sus habitantes originarios guanches (a los que los invasores asesinaron por montones), identifican aún hoy a los invasores con el nombre de “godos”.

Los mexicanos, que sufrieron el genocidio impulsado por Hernán Cortez en el Siglo XVI, cuando sus esbirros hicieron rendir a sangre y espada, el bastión de Tenochtitlán, los recuerdan con el despectivo apodo de “gachupines”.

Los indígenas peruanos que resistieron la invasión española y que eran liderados por Manko Inka, los denominaron “chapetones”, y recuerdan -en la memoria de cada una de sus etnias- los días de dolor y sufrimiento que les implicó semejante impostura colonial.

Los independentistas vascos, que han lidiado durante siglos con los hijos de Castilla, soportando invasiones, guerras sangrientas, y más cercano en el tiempo, cárcel, torturas, desapariciones y asesinatos, se refieren a ellos como “españolazos”. Maldicen su voracidad conquistadora, que siempre vino acompañada de un comportamiento bestial, y jamás han dejado de resistir a quienes así se comportan. Homenajean así aquellas jornadas en que sus antepasados defendieron heroicamente el Castillo de Amaiur, en Navarra, hasta su caída en manos de los sicarios de Fernando El Católico, pero también denuncian en estos días del mes de abril de 2012, el talante guerrerista de los súbditos del Borbón Juan Carlos, ese mismo que asesinó a su hermano menor Alfonso,para quedarse con la corona y que ahora caza elefantes en peligro de extinción en Bostwana, y se parte la cadera por exceso de consumo etílico. El rey y sus vasallos Rajoy y Rubalcaba, más algunos pajes menores, son los que siguen cerrando las posibilidades de una paz justa en Euskal Herria, afirman estos tozudos y nobles vascos.

Godos, gachupines, chapetones y españolazos nos son más que formas autóctonas para denominar una forma de ser de quienes a lo largo de los siglos han gobernado esa entelequia autodefinida como “España”, que en realidad no es otra cosa que el producto de territorios conquistados por los castellanos, sembrando muerte entre sus habitantes originarios. De la misma manera que hicieron aquellos que, llegados en barcos y carabelas, asolaron Indoamérica dejando un saldo de 90 millones de asesinados. Continue reading

Argentina Oil Reclamation: An International Debate

A woman holds an Argentine national flag in front of the presidential palace after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced that oil company YPF, controlled by Spain's Repsol, is subject to expropriation and that a bill being introduced would give the state a 51 percent share, in Buenos Aires on April 16, 2012. (AFP Photo / Daniel Garcia)

Is it theft on a grand scale or simply the legitimate re-nationalization of a country’s resources for the benefit of the people?

Argentina’s decision to take control of the country’s largest oil company YPF has created a schism in the international community—with winners and losers falling into place along the divide.

YPF, Argentina’s largest oil company, was privatized in 1993 and purchased at the time by Spain’s Repsol which up until this latest move owned 57% of the company.  Claiming Repsol had not lived up to an agreement to invest in the infrastructure of the country, Argentina’s President Christina Fernandez announced her intentions of reclaiming the energy company.

The new ownership structure would give the federal government 51% control of YPF, with the remaining 49% of the company divided amongst the energy producing governments of the country.  Repsol’s controlling interest in the company under this formula would be reduced to a paltry 6%.

Repsol is angered by the move calling it an “illegitimate and unjustifiable act.”  In recent weeks talks about the possibility of nationalization have been driving stocks for YPF down, but still a conservative estimate of the value of the company is more than $13 billion. As compensation for the nationalization of their privately held subsidiary, Repsol has asked for a sum of around $10.5 billion, but it is unlikely that the company will receive that amount if anything at all.

Repsol may even be fined by the Argentinean government for environmental damage to the country’s interior—meaning Respol might have to pay Argentina for the government takeover. The company has also maintained that the move by President Fernandez is primarily a political one, to try and gain public support amidst a continuing energy crisis in Argentina.

Also, under the guidance of Repsol, YPF recently discovered vast amounts of shale rock oil reserves in the Vaca Muerta basin.  This important find puts Argentina on the map as the holder of the world’s third largest shale gas reserves behind China and the United States.  Repsol believes the current nationalization movement is nothing more than an obvious grasp for control of this major discovery.  Having been set up through privatization in the 1990’s, then allowed to develop the company for 20 years; the first “loser” in this complicated and controversial process would have to be Repsol. Continue reading

Venezuela respalda nacionalización de recursos naturales de Argentina

Este lunes la presidenta de Argentina, Cristina Fernández, anunció la nacionalización de la industria petrolera YPF, que era manejada por la española Repsol

El Gobierno Bolivariano, dirigido por el presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, respalda la decisión de nacionalización de los recursos naturales de la República de la Argentina, que este lunes anunció la recuperación de la industria petrolera YPF.

Venezuela fijó esta postura a través de un comunicado:

República Bolivariana de Venezuela

Ministerio del Poder Popular para Relaciones Exteriores

Comunicado

El Presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Comandante Hugo Chávez, saluda y respalda la decisión anunciada por el gobierno de la Presidenta Cristina Fernández, de nacionalizar la principal empresa petrolera argentina.

El gobierno de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela resalta la vigencia de la doctrina de manejo soberano de los recursos naturales, especialmente los recursos energéticos, ratificando así el rumbo que nuestros países estamos construyendo tanto bilateralmente como en el seno de la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (UNASUR).

La República Bolivariana de Venezuela rechaza las amenazas e intentos de intimidación que, desde Europa, se han formulado contra la República Argentina, y hace un llamado a que las naciones hermanas del continente acompañemos a la Argentina en el ejercicio de sus derechos soberanos. Continue reading

The Financial Collapse in Argentina planned by Globalists. Now It’s Europe’s Turn

Argentina tango lessons: Europe’s turn for financial danse macabre

By Adrian Salbuchi for RT

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Exactly ten years ago Argentina suffered a full-scale financial and governmental collapse. That was the end-result of over a decade of doing exactly what the IMF, international bankers, rating agencies and global “experts” told us to do.

Then President Fernando de la Rúa kept applying all IMF recipes to the very last minute, making us swallow their poisonous “remedies”.

It all began getting really ugly in early 2001 when De la Rúa could no longer service Argentina’s “sovereign debt” even after driving the country into full “deficit zero” mode, slashing public spending, jobs, health, education and key public services.

By March 2001, he had brought back Domingo Cavallo as finance minister, a post Cavallo had already held for six years in the nineties under then-President Carlos Menem, imposing outrageous IMF deregulation and privatization policies that weakened the state and led straight to the 2001 collapse.

Well, it wasn’t really De la Rúa who brought back Cavallo but rather David Rockefeller (JPMorgan Chase) and William Rhodes (CitiCorp), who personally came to Buenos Aires to tell/order President De la Rúa to name Cavallo… or else!

So, by June 2001, Cavallo – a Trilateral Commission member and Soros-Rockefeller-Rhodes protégé – tried to allay a default by engineering a new sovereign debt bond mega-swap which increased public debt by $51 billion, but did not avert total collapse that December.

What then? De la Rúa and Cavallo protected the bankers, avoiding a massive run on all banks by freezing all bank deposits. “Corralito” they called it – “the crib” – whereby account holders could only withdraw 250 pesos per week (at the time, equivalent to $250; after the 2002 devaluation, equal to $75).

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Syrian FM Meets Counterparts in NYC: Syria to Come Out Stronger

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moallem met Saturday with the Foreign Ministers of Lebanon, Argentina, and Kazakhstan, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, the official Syrian News Agency SANA reported.

Al-Moallem emphasized during the meeting that Syria will come out of the crisis stronger than before, and Continue reading