Category: Argentina

New oil discovery reignites dispute over Falkland Islands, reins in U.S.

A recently-discovered offshore oil deposit that could contain more than 500 million barrels has reignited the dispute over the Falkland Islands’ sovereignty. Las Malvinas, as they are known…

2012, the year of land-related protests in Latin America?

As the new year begins, members of the media, researchers, academics and politicians are all trying to guess what will happen in 2012 (recently I was interviewed about…

The United States and the Wealth Gap

A Reuters analysis, “In debt row, hints of emerging-economy crisis”, highlights the point that the United States’ current debt ceiling stalemate, brought on by highly factionalized political camps,…

The Peso Paradox

One of the more troubling signs of financial difficulties in Argentina has been the recent news that the government has fined economists for publishing inflation rates that do…

Cristina Will Run (and Probably Win)

A little less than three years ago, LatAmThought wrote a commentary questioning the viability of the at that time new Kirchner administration. CFK was less than one year…

Cristina and the Campo: Round Nine

EFE has a detailed report on a fresh round of protests by Argentina’s agricultural sector. It is the ninth such strike since March 2008, when a tax increase…

Argentine Government Increases Advertising Spend

In a nation famous worldwide for its creativity – in fields as varied as literature, cinema, and official economic statistics – an increase in advertising spend could be…

The Creative Nexus of Beer Branding and Nationalism: Quilmes’ Places Campaign

A friend recently drew my attention to a new advertising campaign from Quilmes, one of Argentina’s leading beer brands. The beer derives its name from the town where…

A Shortage of Meat in Argentina?

The Economist magazine published an interesting article this week about the rise of vegetarianism in a nation known internationally for its love of meat. According to the article,…

Round 2 for Cristina and El Campo

“This is it” Analia declared in a hushed voice equal parts frustration and disbelief. “The people won’t support this government’s greed any longer.” Analia, a middle-class Argentine who…

Argentina’s Latest Nationalization

  The current Argentine government clearly agrees with this 2006 advertisement for Aerolineas Argentinas. Less than two months after Argentina announced the state would be taking control of…

Argentina and the Drug Trade

The nation most known for its meat and tango is facing the possibility of adding something more to the notoriety list: a haven for drug smuggling. Within the…

Argentina’s Recent Debt Payment

The news on 2 September that the Argentine government paid back close to US$7 billion dollars in debt to foreign creditors came as a surprise. This is the…

The Viability of the Current Kirchner Administration

When Cristina Fernández de Kirchner replaced her husband on 10 December 2007 as president of Argentina, she inherited a relatively favorable position in Argentine politics. On the heels…

Protests Continue in Argentina as Citizens Take to the Streets

On July 15, 2008, one could hear the rumblings of the pro-Kristina rally from several blocks away. It began as a deep reverberation, like a distant earthquake. Getting…

101 Days of Agricultural Protest in Argentina

After 101 days, four strikes, countless roadblocks, and many arrests, it seems that the conflict in Argentina over agriculture has finally come to a head. Today, the entire…

Cristina, the Church, and Ciudad Juárez: A Survey of Women’s Issues in Latin America

As someone concerned with women’s issues, I thought it might be a good idea to step back from narrow policy discussions and consider women in Latin America more…