Stories about Argentina from December, 2005
Toutatis remembers the first anniversary of the Cromañón tragedy, when 194 concertgoers died in a blaze at the República Cromañón concert venue. Toutatis remarks that the tragedy “has changed the way nightclubs, rockclubs and bars in the city are controlled and granted permits” as well as influenced the impeachment trial...
Mariano Amartino has a summary of blogs “celebrating” El Dia de los Inocentes – the Spanish speaking world's version of April Fool's Day. As such, Definitely Maybe announced that Google bought Yahoo.
El Boomeran(g) (ES) is a new group blog by eight critics and writers spread across Latin America and Spain. Sponsored by media conglomerate Grupo PRISA (owners of Spain's largest daily El Pais), the site is divided by: 1.) novels in progress 2.) criticism 3.) the “chronicle” and 4.) a forum.
Jeff Barry celebrates what would have been Argentinean novelist, Manuel Puig's 73rd birthday by picking up his most well-known novel, The Kiss of the Spider Woman. Barry also notes that Puig‘s translator, Suzanne Jill Levine is one of the best and that Puig himself wrote a novel in English which...
Expat Argentina gives an Argentinean perspective of South America's “march leftward” while Matt explains why he is “the chicken.”
Both Toutatis and Robert Wright try to get to the bottom of President Kirchner's surprising announcement that the country's IMF bill would be paid off by the end of the year.
Doug congratulates the Boca Juniors for becoming champions of the Argentine football league while The Global Game is accepting submissions for a “forthcoming anthology of literature on world soccer, women’s soccer and culture.”
If you're tired of the consumerist Christmas spirit, Nick Buxton recommends giving a “Bolivia gift,” which he promises to divide between four development projects.
Jorge Gobbi of Buenos Aires returns to the topic of internet anonymity following recent criticisms of Wikipedia.
Ben Dangl spreads the word of a planned email flood today in hopes of preventing the eviction of a worker's cooperative currently occupying the space.
Jorge Gobbi takes out his video camera to “show you a part of the city that usually doesn’t appear in documentaries or brochures.” Robert Wright takes out his digital SLR to continue documenting the city's stencil art.
ZonaIndie highlights Argentinean quartet, Ram Venus. Their entire 2004 album, El Universo es un Lugar Maravilloso (the universe is a wondeful place) can be downloaded for free.
Robert Wright has a three part series on how Kirchner is (mis)using his political capital and what forces lie behind the scenes.
Robert Wright, playing on the word “forro,” which can mean either “condom” or “idiot” in Argentine slang, has more photos of the famous obelisco in Buenos Aires covered by a pink condom.
Jorge Gobbi describes what he refers to as “touristic essentialism” at this past weekend's International Fair of Tourism held in Buenos Aires.
Argenautas has a photo of what they describe as the “super condom” that was draped over Buenos Aires’ famed Obelisk to commemorate World AIDS Day.
GoodAirs takes a look at Argentina's current economic status.