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Argentina sovereignty claims

Argentina submits a request to the United Nations for an extension of its continental shelf rights which conflicts with overseas territories of Chile and the United Kingdom.

British Overseas Territories

British Overseas Territories

Argentina claims part of Antarctica as Argentine Antarctica, an area delimited by the 25° West and 74° West meridians and the 60° South parallel. This claim overlaps the British and Chilean claims, though all territorial claims in Antarctica are currently suspended under the Antarctic Treaty System. Read More…

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LA migrant workers remittances

Slumping economies in the United States, Spain and Japan are causing reverberations in the countries of Latin America as migrant workers send less money home.

Latin America

Latin America

The Inter-American Development Bank reported that for the first time since they began tracking remittances in 2000, remittances to Latin America declined in the fourth quarter of 2008, dropping 2% relative to the fourth quarter of 2007.

In January, remittances declined further, with Colombia experiencing a 16% drop relative to 2008, Brazil suffering a 14% decline, Mexico 12%, and Guatemala and El Salvador each falling 8%.

These numbers come as 2008 saw an average 10% increase in remittances. Nearly US$70 billion was sent back to families in those areas in 2008. Read More…

Mass grave found at Argentine secret prison

During a seven-month search, the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) on Tuesday, confirmed more than 10,000 charred human bone fragments were unearthed between February and September, in a pit at Pozo de Arana, a former La Plata,

Argentina secret government detention center. The Arana prison or police station was used to torture prisoners during the so-called Argentina “Dirty War,” and was one of 300 used to interrogate Argentine prisoners. Read More…

On this day October 9, 1967

A day after being caught, Che Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.

Ernesto “Che” Guevara born on June 14, 1928 in Rosario, Argentina was a Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist, and guerrilla leader. After his death, his stylized image became a ubiquitous countercultural symbol worldwide.

In December 1956, he was among the revolutionaries who invaded Cuba under Castro’s leadership with the intention of overthrowing U.S.-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to Comandante, and played a pivotal role in the successful guerrilla campaign that deposed Batista. Read More…

On this day September 29, 1964

The Argentine comic strip Mafalda is published for the first time by Joaquín Salvador Lavado, better known by his pen name Quino, an Argentine cartoonist born on July 17, 1932 in Guaymallén, Mendoza Province. His comic strip Mafalda (which ran from 1964 to 1973) is very popular in Latin America and many parts of Europe.

MafaldaThe character Mafalda — whose name was inspired by David Viñas‘s novel Dar la cara — and a few others, were created by Quino in 1962 for a promotional cartoon that was intended to be published in the daily Clarín. Ultimately, however, Clarín broke the contract, and the campaign was canceled altogether.

Mafalda became a full-fledged cartoon strip on the advice of Quino’s friend Julián Delgado, at the time senior editor of the weekly Primera Plana. Its run in that newspaper began on 29 September 1964. Read More…

Funcionários da Aerolineas Argentinas apóiam reestatização

Pelo menos três das sete agremiações sindicais que representam os funcionários da companhia Aerolineas Argentinas e Austral afirmaram hoje (1º) que apóiam a iniciativa do governo argentino de reestatizar a empresa. Os trabalhadores também pedem que os parlamentares debatam o assunto de forma “séria e responsável” quando o projeto de lei estiver no Congresso. É o que informa a agência de notícias argentina, Telam.

Edgard Llano, da Associação do Pessoal Aeronáutico (APA), Rubén Fernández, da União de Pessoal Superior e Profissional de Empresas Aerocomerciais (UPSA), e Ricardo Frecia, da Associação Argentina de Aeronavegantes (AAA), concordaram que Read More…

On this day July 9, 1816

Argentina declares independence from Spain on July 9, 1816 by the Congress of Tucumán, the May Revolution of 1810 followed the deposition of the Spanish king Fernando VII by Napoleon. The revolution terminated the authority of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate and replaced it with the Primera Junta.

When the king returned in 1814, Spain was determined to recover control over its colonies in the Americas. The royals were victorious at the battles of Sipe-Sipe, Guaqui, Vilcapugio and Ayohuma, in what had been the Viceroyalty of Peru. From there they planned to attack the bases of José de San Martín, and to make their way to Buenos Aires. Read More…