Category Archives: Argentina

Strauss Kahn Can’t Escape

Dominique Strauss Kahn(DSK) is a powerful man who used to head the International Monetary Fund and was considered a strong candidate to become president of his nation. The weird events surrounding his encounter with a maid at a New York City hotel are still being debated although it appears likely the District Attorney will drop rape charges. DSK was all smiles yesterday but a report from France suggests he might prefer remaining in America rather than returning to his love lives in France. The very attractive author, Tristan Banon has indicated she might file rape charges stemming from an encounter with the virile man who tried to unbutton her jeans while ripping off her bra. At the time, she decided not to create a “scene” and remained quiet. However, events in New York aroused her desire for action.

Although one spending a year in France, this blogger admits not to be in the class of French lovers. DSK has power, he has money, he has important friends. For some reason, left wingers who support Palestinian rights simply do not care one bit for the rights of women. I suspect if Ms. Banon went ahead with her charges, DSK would never see the inside of a jail.

Right vs Left In Peru Election

The presidential election in Peru is a classic left vs right choice in which the population appears to be leaning slightly to the left of things. Former general Ollanta Humala lost his bid several years ago because of anti-capitalist rhetoric and fears he was Hugo Chavez, light. His opponent, Keiko Fujimori carried the burden of a father who was ruthless while president and violated the Constitution in his determination to have all power to rule. Early poll results indicate that Humala most probably will win the election by about three percentage points. The stock market is reacting with a downward trend due to fears he seeks to impose a government modeled after Hugo Chavez in Venezuela whose authoritarian rule is gradually eroding democratic rule in the nation.

Humala would be wise not to gaze north but to gaze east toward Brazil. Brazilian business interests feared the election of Lula but once in power, he made certain there would be no take over of the business section and democracy would be respected. Look in that direction, general.

Are Trains An Example Of Socialism?

Every so often one comes across another statement by those supporting the Republican Party which raises questions not only about their intelligence but about their knowledge of American history. George Will, an intelligent man and one versed in history, wrote a column condemning President Obama’s request for high speed trains as an example of Socialism in action because it furthers the concept of “collectivism.” I assume Will means forcing people to use the same means of transportation. I assume George Will is familiar with actions by that noted, “Socialist,” Abraham Lincoln to fund construction of the inter-continental railroad in order to allow the West to be settled and assist individual farmers in getting their produce to market. Of course, little did western farmers realize by using railroads instead of getting in their wagons and driving their crops to market they were simply agents of SOCIALISM! One can understand opposition to construction of high speed railroads, but when knowledgeable people like George Will write this type of argument, it makes one wonder if all Republicans have gone stark raving mad.

I was raised in New York City, which like Chicago or San Francisco or a dozen other cities had subways and trolleys to convey people. Little did we know by using these means of transportation we were being denied of our right to drive a car and further individualism in America. Is stupidity a disease which can only be caught by card carrying members of the Republican Party?

Send Palestinians South Said Rice!

The impact of Wikileaks continues to reverberate throughout the world, and now it has created new issues concerning the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reportedly told Palestinian negotiators the refuge problem could be solved by sending Palestinian refugees to either Argentine or Chile which already host hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Most probably, Rice did not know that the vast majority of Palestinians in South America were Christian as are the vast majority of Palestinians in America who arrived before the 1960s. Palestinian leaders in Chile were shocked by the suggestion which they, politely termed, “wrong.” Argentine leaders were very blunt and termed the Rice proposal”an extension of a long campaign of ethnic cleansing.” Naturally, release of these comments has aroused anger among Palestinians who do not know if their negotiators gave serious consideration to the American proposal.

Ironically, Christian Palestinians, as has been the case among Iraq Christians, have been confronted by prejudice and violence –not by Israelis–but by their Muslim neighbors. Half the Iraq Christian population has fled the country since 2003 to escape violence at the hands of Muslim religious fanatics.

From Desegregation To Ending DADT

Those of us who lived through the end of segregation in the armed forces understand the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which prevents gay and lesbian soldiers from serving will end, not with a bang, but with a whimper. I served in the US army during the Korean War and wound up working on the desegregation plan for the US 7th Army in Germany. There were some white soldiers who opposed the concept of having black soldiers in their units, but after we told them their choice was being in an integrated unit in Germany or being in an integrated unit in the mountains of Korea the overwhelming majority decided having a black bunk mate was not that awful. I recall the day our first Negro soldier entered the headquarters and within days, boys from Georgia and Alabama and Virginia were playing basketball with him on the “Southern team” which played against the “Yankee team.” Oh, there were cries of ending military discipline, there were worries our fighting men would not perform well if whites had to fight alongside black skinned men, but they fought together in the hills of Korea and they shared water and blood transfusions.

The issue of ending DADT is not whether it will occur, but when. Every survey offers proof the majority of Americans accept ending this stupid law. We Americans have changed regarding ideas about gays and lesbians and it is time the John McCain types in Congress accept reality. After all, who in 1951 would have imagined a Colin Powell would one day lead our US Army?

Mosque Issue Angers Muslim

As right wing pundits denounce the betrayal of those who died on 9/11 and demand an end to any consideration of allowing Muslims to construct a new mosque where a current mosque exists, this explosion of anger and hate sends a message throughout the world. In Afghanistan, General David Petraeus argues the United States cares about Muslims and is able to differentiate between terrorists, who are a tiny minority, and the vast majority of peaceful Muslim citizens. Of course, he now has to explain to people who are told by the Taliban and al-Qaeda that Americans despise the Muslim people. A carefully orchestrated program of hatred has been initiated by Fox News and the Republican Party for one reason– destroy the Democratic party and persuade Americans that President Obama is a secret Muslim agent of al-Qaeda. Yesterday, newspapers in Indonesia, Kuwait, Egypt, and a dozen other Muslim nations reported how Muslims are being depicted in the US media and Congress. How does a Muslim react to Newt Gingrich comparing Muslims to Nazi, Germany, or ministers who refer to their religion as one centered in hate and intolerance.

This outpouring of of invective is rather strange coming from Christians who were responsible for the murder of six million Jews during WWII, the murder of over fifty million in their conquest of the New World, their destruction of Indian people in the American west, and one could throw in a few Inquisitions. The message from American leaders is coming across –do not trust Muslims. If a Muslim in Saudi Arabia commits a crime, then all Muslims in the world are equally guilty. If one used this logic regarding Germans, then the obvious conclusion is: since the German nation killed six million Jews and over thirty million other people during WWII, including gays, lesbians and Roma, every single person in the USA of German heritage is also guilty of these crimes. I can not understand how we allow the German language to be taught in schools!

Just remember, the only good German is a dead one.

Respect Dignity Of Prostitutes

The Chinese police recently issues a warning to police officers to respect the dignity of prostitutes while enforcing laws against prostitution. This is an admirable thought and, hopefully, it will be considered by Americans this fall when they go to the polls. We have a Congress filled with men and women who daily prostitute themselves before the gods of business in order to secure money that allows them to remain in office in order that they can obtain money from business lobbyists in order to get elected. It it time for a federal law to protect the rights of members of Congress who are among the most blatant prostitutes on this planet. Most prostitutes seek the cover of darkness or hidden corners in order to ply their wares. Congressmen hit out for the most expensive restaurant, not only to get an expensive meal, but the money they need for continuing in public office. Of course, while on the subject of selling out for money, we could include the executive branch.

Of course, when considering the president and his associates, the easiest way to get them to do anything is simply to loudly shout: “If you don’t do as I say, it will be on Fox News, tonight. What does on term prostituting oneself before Fox News?

It’s OK To Be Gay In Argentine

One has images of Argentine in which people are dancing a samba or lovers embracing to the sound of music. Perhaps, I am a romantic, but Buenos Aires has always been a symbol of love and laughter. The Argentine legislature passed a bill that makes legal gay and lesbian marriages and confers all legal rights to match those now possessed by heterosexual couples. The vote was 33 to 27 and the long deferred rights for gays and lesbians is now official. The Catholic Church was adamantly against the law, but was unable to prevent it from happening. Argentine simply joins a host of other countries which have turned away from ancient beliefs and powerful emotions. Ironically, humans have most probably employed every form of sexual relationship during our evolutionary process.

Relax, people of Argentine, the sun will arise tomorrow and night will fall. In fact, there will be more couples dancing the samba.

If There’s Oil, We Care

The Falkland islands lie thousands of miles away from the United Kingdom and it is doubtful if during the past twenty years anyone in England has spent a second of their daily lives feeling proud these islands are part of what once was known as the British Empire. But, recent geological reports indicate the Falkland islands just might possibly posses large amounts of oil off its shores. For decades, Argentine has insisted the islands belong to them and even engaged in a disastrous war over that issue in the 1980s. Prime Minister David Cameron has the misfortune during the G-20 meeting to come in contact with Argentine President Cristina de Kirchner, gave a nod and later issued a statement making clear, the issue of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands is not open for discussions or even a conversation.

Cameron was in a feisty mood and even had a statement issued telling the government of Iran “we expect the government of Iran to respect the rule of law and freedom of expression as outlined in the international parties to which Iran is a party.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Argentine and the UK could jointly develop oil deposits and witness success between two nations working together?

US ‘War On Drugs” Policy Kaput!

The tide of drug madness has finally crested in Latin America as several nations move toward decriminalizing the use of drugs by people. In Argentine, the Supreme Court ruled that “each adult is free to make decisions without intervention of the state” and if they desire to smoke marijuana for their own use, it is perfectly legal. Mexico is moving toward decriminalizing and there are reports a similar effort is underway in Brazil and Ecuador. Former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso who has been urging an end to the criminalization of drugs noted: “the tide is clearly turning” because the famous US strategy of a “war on crime” has failed.

In the 1970s, President Nixon launched the war on crime and in 2001, President Bush initiated the war on terrorism. These wars suffer from the same problem– they have no rationale in reality since people daily use drugs purchased legally at the pharmacy that are similar to those deemed, “illegal.” The only thing the war on drugs accomplished was to enrich drug lords and cost the American taxpayer billions of dollars each year. The only thing the war on terror ever accomplished was to increase the number and power of terrorists.

How about Barack Obama truly ushering a new era in which government has a monopoly on use of drugs like marijuana and uses that power to further drug education, not drug incarceration?