Category Archives: Buenos Aires

On This Date in Latin America – September 16, 1976: Argentina’s “Night of the Pencils”

Given the recent discussion of memory and military dictatorships, it seems worthwhile to recall one of the many horrific events of Argentina’s military dictatorship: La Noche de los Lápices, or “Night of the Pencils.” The Night of the Pencils had … Continue reading

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On the Selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francisco

As most are aware by now, Catholic cardinals selected Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope, the first time a Pope is from Latin America. (In addition to being the first Latin American pope, he’s also the first Jesuit pope.) There … Continue reading

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Around Latin America [Human Rights Edition]

There has been a recent wave of stories regarding human rights in Latin America in both the past and present worth covering. Mexico -With the ongoing issue of the disappeared in Mexico in the 21st century, and, after a tortuous … Continue reading

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Argentina and Iran Agree to Investigate 1994 Terrorist Attack

Last November, Iran and Argentina initiated talks that included discussions on investigating the 1994 bombing of Buenos Aires’ Associación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) that left 85 dead and over 300 wounded. Those talks were apparently serious, as yesterday, the two countries … Continue reading

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Argentine-Iranian Relations and the Concerns of Argentine Jews

The New York Times has a good piece up on Argentinian-Iranian relations and the Jewish response in Argentina. The two countries have recently and slowly begun improving diplomatic ties through both informal and formal talks, as Argentina seeks to turn to new … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-In the wake of his re-election this past Sunday, Hugo Chávez has named Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro his new vice president. I originally suggested that, in the wake of the election, one of the big questions would be whether Chávez … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Following Argentina’s nationalization of YPF, Bolivia marked International Workers’ Day by nationalizing its electrical grid, appropriating the Spanish Red Electrica company in order to assert greater national control over energy. Unsurprisingly, both Spain and the European Union are condemning the … Continue reading

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Authorities Find Remains of Argentine Victim Who Had Asteroid Named After Her

Thirty-six years after 21-year-old college student Ana Teresa Diego disappeared during the first year of the Argentine military dictatorship and four months after an asteroid was named after her, her remains were found in an unmarked grave in Buenos Aires. … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Brazilian truck drivers have gone on strike over restrictions on which roads they can use when, and South America’s largest city is feeling the pinch, as São Paulo has begun to run low on fuel. -In yet even more incredibly … Continue reading

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Argentina’s “Angel of Death” Gets Life Sentence

In Argentina, a court has sentenced twelve Argentine military and police officials to life in prison for their roles in the torture, murder, and disappearance of Argentine citizens during the military dictatorship of 1976-1983. Among the twelve is Alfredo Astiz, better … Continue reading

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