Argentina

Argentine teachers launch protest strike

By Rafael Azul, 17 April 2017

Last week’s national teachers strike against police repression was part of growing struggles against the government’s attacks on jobs, living standards and democratic rights.

National strike in Argentina as opposition to austerity grows

By Rafael Azul, 6 April 2017

Argentina’s trade union bureaucracy has collaborated with the government, facilitating the imposition of attacks on wages, jobs and democratic rights.

Argentina: Macri’s immigration decree brings back the politics of the Videla dictatorship

By Rafael Azul, 9 February 2017

President Macri’s executive order on immigration streamlines deportations and creates legal barriers to immigration from neighboring countries.

“Left populism”: An attack on socialism by the Argentine pseudo-left

By Andrea Lobo, 8 February 2017

The pseudo-left FT-CI advocates “left populism” to subordinate the interests of Latin American workers to the more affluent sections of the middle class.

Italian court sentences ex-Latin American dictators for Operation Condor

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2017

While convicting the ex-military rulers of Peru and Bolivia, the court absolved a confessed Uruguayan torturer residing in Italy, the one defendant it had the power to punish for his crimes.

Financial parasites feast on Argentina’s economy

By Andrea Lobo, 16 January 2017

Under conditions of an economic recession, financial investors in Argentina feast on high interest rates, while unions and the pseudo-left prevent an independent response by workers.

Argentine court sentences Plan Condor defendants

By Rafael Azul, 1 June 2016

Plan Condor was responsible for the rendition, torture and deaths of tens of thousands of left-wing Latin American workers and youth.

Obama’s pivot to Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2016

Behind Obama’s empty human rights rhetoric, Washington is prepared to carry out new and bloodier crimes in Latin America in pursuit of US profit interests.

Obama hails Macri’s attacks on Argentine workers

By Rafael Azul, 24 March 2016

Obama’s trip is aimed at cementing closer military and economic relations with the right-wing Macri government.

Argentina: President Macri’s first 100 days

By Rafael Azul, 19 March 2016

The antidemocratic and austerity measures enacted by the Macri administration are in continuity with those of the Videla junta 40 years ago.

Argentina sinks Chinese fishing vessel

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2016

The attack on the Chinese ship has triggered the first foreign policy crisis for Argentina’s new right-wing president.

Right-wing presidential candidate Mauricio Macri elected in Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 26 November 2015

Far from being a popular endorsement of Macri, the results of last Sunday’s elections are a mass repudiation of Peronism and the administration of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Argentine election goes to run-off in blow to ruling Peronist faction

By Rafael Azul, 28 October 2015

It is an open secret in Argentina that whoever forms the next government will usher in austerity measures and attacks on wages and jobs.

The Argentine general elections and the Workers’ Left Front

By Rafael Azul, 24 October 2015

Like Syriza in Greece, the Workers’ Left Front, composed of various pseudo-left organizations, is a trap for the Argentine working class.

Argentina charges US interference in crisis over prosecutor’s death

By Rafael Azul, 21 February 2015

The CIA and other foreign intelligence agencies were intimately involved in the investigation headed by Alberto Nisman, who was killed on January 18.

Political conflict between Argentinian president and intelligence agencies intensifies

By Rafael Azul and Eric London, 7 February 2015

President Cristina Fernandez has blamed the Argentinian intelligence agency, SIDE, for the mysterious death of senior prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

Cables document relations between Castro and Argentine junta

By Marc Wells, 28 November 2014

According to recently released cables, diplomatic exchanges occurred in 1977 between Cuban President Fidel Castro and the Argentine military ruler.

Argentine general strike hits rising prices and job cuts

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2014

The government, which has adopted a nationalist pose in relation to US hedge funds, denounced the workers for staging a “political” strike.

US court forces Argentina into default

By Bill Van Auken, 1 August 2014

The action threatens to worsen Argentina’s economic conditions, while setting the stage for far more explosive debt crises internationally.

US Supreme Court backs hedge fund against Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 24 June 2014

Following a New York court decision, Argentina faces financial default and a payments crisis for the second time since 2001.

General strike in Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 12 April 2014

Mass participation in the April 10 general strike expressed working class anger over government austerity measures.

Argentina: Tens of thousands of striking teachers protest in La Plata

By Rafael Azul, 21 March 2014

As inflation rages in the country, teachers in five provinces are on strike over cost of living increases.

Argentina on the brink of a social explosion

By Rafael Azul, 24 February 2014

Argentina’s devaluation and inflationary crisis are rapidly undermining living standards.

Argentina on brink of new financial crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2014

The Argentine government has responded to last week’s run on the peso with new rules allowing dollar purchases to barely 20 percent of the population.

Argentine poet Juan Gelman dies in Mexico City at 83

By Rafael Azul, 29 January 2014

Argentine poet Juan Gelman died in Mexico city on January 14. Gelman was considered one of the most important Spanish-language poets, as well as a fighter against the Latin American dictatorships of the 1970s.

Following social unrest, Argentine government grants police wage hikes

By Rafael Azul, 31 December 2013

Responding to social unrest triggered by provincial police strikes, Argentine authorities granted the police substantial wage increases.

Secret minutes of Argentine military junta found

By César Uco, 23 November 2013

On November 1, Argentina’s defense minister, Agustin Rossi, announced the discovery of 1,500 documents including 280 sets of secret minutes of the brutal military dictatorship that ruled the country for six years.

Argentina’s ruling party suffers losses in congressional election

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2013

The ruling Peronist faction of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner saw its vote decline sharply in last Sunday’s elections, reflecting discontent with deteriorating economic and social conditions.

Spain blocks Argentinian attempts to prosecute Franco-era fascists

By Alejandro López, 22 October 2013

Argentinian judge María Romilda Servini de Cubría has issued arrest warrants for four former Spanish fascists from the regime of dictator General Francisco Franco.

Argentina’s ex-dictator Videla dead at 87

By Henry Allan, 23 May 2013

The 1976 coup led by Videla unleashed both economic devastation and mass repression against the working class.

Argentina’s General Videla and the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2013

Gen. Jorge Videla was undoubtedly mourned within military and intelligence circles as a pioneer in the “war on terror.”

Argentine court sentences rail union officials in the murder of Mariano Ferreyra

By Rafael Azul, 3 May 2013

In a contradictory and politically tainted decision, a Buenos Aires court sentenced rail union leaders to prison for the killing of left-wing activist Mariano Ferreyra.

Floods devastate Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 18 April 2013

Torrential storms and floods affected 450,000 people and killed 58 in Argentina.

The “Dirty War” Pope

By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2013

Placed on the papal throne is a man directly implicated in one of the greatest crimes of the post-World War II era—Argentina’s “Dirty War.”

Operation Condor trial begins in Argentina

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2013

The trial is the first to deal with the coordinated state terror campaign launched by Latin America’s US-backed dictatorships.

The extortionate operations of NML Capital

By Ernst Wolff, 11 December 2012

A New York court ordered Argentina to settle debts totalling $1.33 billion with hedge fund NML Capital by December 15.

Argentina partially re-nationalizes YPF oil company

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2012

The announced expropriation of a 51 percent share in YPF is only the latest episode in a protracted, politically driven looting and manipulation of the formerly state-owned oil company.

Popular protests sparked by deadly train accident in Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 1 March 2012

Popular anger has erupted in Argentina over evidence that a train accident that killed 51 people was the result of decades of neglect of the country’s passenger rail system.

UK-Argentine tensions rise over Malvinas Islands

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2012

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the war between Britain and Argentina, tensions over the Malvinas Islands are rising once again.

Latin stock markets hit hardest by US credit downgrade

By Luis Arce, 12 August 2011

Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.

Argentine victims of dirty war to sue Daimler Benz in US Court

By Rafael Azul, 23 May 2011

A US appeals Court has reinstated a suit against German carmaker Daimler Benz for its participation in the kidnapping and murder of workers at one of its Argentine plants during the so-called dirty war of the 1970s.

Top Argentine union leader arrested in murder of left-wing worker

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2011

Jose Pedraza, the president of Argentina’s Railway Union, was arrested Tuesday for the murder of Mariano Ferreyra, a left-wing worker, during a goon squad attack last October.

General strike in Argentina over killing of left-wing youth

By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2010

The general strike Thursday was organized over the murder of Mariano Ferreyra, a 23-year-old leftist youth, by thugs from the rail union, which works closely with the government.

British oil drilling off Malvinas escalates tensions with Argentina

By Paul Bond, 2 March 2010

Britain’s decision to begin exploratory drilling has stoked tensions with the Argentine government over control of the disputed Malvinas (Falklands) Islands, and the oil reserves on the seabed around them.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 November 2008

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Fearing default, Argentina moves to nationalize private pension funds

By Luis Arce, 24 October 2008

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner proposed legislation Tuesday to nationalize the country’s private pension funds—known in Spanish as AFJPs—in an attempt to stave off a new government default on its debt.

Former Argentine generals sentenced to life

US links to the junta

By Debra Watson, 8 September 2008

At the end of last month two former Argentine generals were convicted of kidnapping, torturing and murdering a senator three decades ago, during the military dictatorship of General Jorge Videla.

Wall Street loots Argentine workers’ pensions

By Cesar Uco, 20 August 2001

One of the most important but least known aspects of the current Argentine crisis is the looting of workers’ pension funds by the Buenos Aires government, local banks and Wall Street. Billions of dollars in savings by public employees and other workers are to be put up as collateral as part of the government’s “patriotic call” to rescue Argentina from defaulting on its $130 billion foreign debt.

As markets applaud cuts

Argentine workers strike against austerity measures

By Bill Vann, 25 July 2001

International financial investors appeared satisfied, at least for the moment, with a new round of economic austerity measures that provoked crippling strikes by the Argentine workers last week. The Buenos Aires stock market continued a moderate rebound amid indications that the Peronist opposition as well as the petty-bourgeois left FREPASO coalition are prepared to support the “zero deficit” program advanced by President Fernando De la Rua and his economy minister, Domingo Cavallo.

Argentina: Congress grants Cavallo emergency powers

Wall Street's man in charge

By Bill Vann, 28 March 2001

After nearly three years of recession and facing a desperate foreign debt crisis, Argentina's Congress has voted to grant emergency powers to Domingo Cavallo, the newly installed economy minister and author of previous economic plans that plunged the country into a downward spiral of poverty, unemployment and homelessness.

General strike in Argentina

By Gerardo Nebbia, 28 November 2000

A 36-hour general strike called by three union federations in Argentina virtually shut down the nation of 37 million inhabitants last week. The mass walkout was a protest against austerity measures by the De la Rua administration that would cut Social Security benefits and freeze federal and provincial budgets for five years. President De la Rua and Labor Minister Patricia Bullrich denounced the strike.

Argentine debt crisis threatens global turbulence

By Nick Beams, 21 November 2000

In the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98, the government of Argentina won praise from the International Monetary Fund for its embrace of privatisation, government spending cuts and free market “reforms” of its financial system.

Growing hostility to Argentine government's austerity program

By Margaret Rees, 29 June 2000

Backed personally by US President Clinton, Argentina's President Fernando De la Rua is seeking to impose IMF-ordered spending cuts despite a general strike on June 9. About 60 percent of the Argentine work force—that is 7.2 million workers—participated in the 24-hour stoppage to oppose De la Rua' s decree of cuts totalling $938 million, announced on May 29.

Argentine police in violent attack on trade union demonstrators

By Will Marshall, 25 April 2000

Violent scenes erupted outside the Argentine Congress last week as police assaulted workers and trade unionists protesting against the De la Rua government's labour reform bill. Five police were caught on film clubbing a protester senseless as he lay on the sidewalk with blood pouring from his head. One police officer was filmed taking a knife from a protester and then slashing his back with the knife. Police also used tear gas and fired rubber bullets against the crowd of 500, which grew as news of the police brutality spread.

New Argentine government shoots down protesting workers

By Margaret Rees, 30 December 1999

Within a week of taking office, the government of Argentina's newly-elected President Ferdinand De la Rua quickly revealed its true face when paramilitary police shot dead two demonstrators and wounded 50 on December 17 in the provincial capital of the bankrupt Corrientes province.

Indictment of Argentina's military alarms political establishment

By Will Marshall, 30 November 1999

Outgoing Argentine President Carlos Menem has bitterly opposed moves by Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon to indict 98 former Argentine military officers for carrying out atrocities. Garzon's 282-page arrest warrant, issued in Madrid on November 3, documents some of the crimes committed under military rule from 1976 to 1983. During the military's “Dirty War” its officers killed about 30,000 people and illegally imprisoned and tortured many others.

Repudiation of Menem era

New Argentine president to deepen austerity policies

By Bill Vann, 2 November 1999

After a decade in power under the presidency of Carlos Menem, the Peronist party suffered a crushing defeat in Argentina's general elections held October 24.

Argentina's presidential candidates vow to slash spending

By Will Marshall, 18 October 1999

An ongoing economic crisis overshadows the upcoming October 24 presidential elections in Argentina. The country is in its deepest recession in 10 years, with the economy contracting by 3 percent during 1999. Complicating this, Argentina has seen its access to credit worsen since Brazil's currency devaluation in January destabilised and discouraged investment throughout the region.