Forwarded from Nestor (reply to Juan and Tom)
lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Feb 20 06:47:06 MST 2003
Been reading Juan F.´s and Tom O´L.´s contributions on the
Both Juan and Tom are right _and_ wrong. But it is not their fault. They
have been caught in the slimy terrain of Argentinean media and media
Let us begin by the only dignified character in this whole mess.
Argenpress.info is an Internet press agency that has been mounted by
Emilio Corbiere, an Argentinean Socialist journalist who belongs to the
Left wing within the root of the Old Socialist party (a "leftist
reformist", if you prefer). He is also a permanent flirter with the
national camp, and a friend of mine. Emilio is also working for Prensa
Latina, and -a piece of friendly gossip- his French sounding family name
is, actually, French. He comes down from an old Communard of the many
who migrated to Buenos Aires after the fall of the Parisian Commune.
Thus, he is a pacifist and sometimes he can be a little bit naive when
it comes to Peronists.
_Clarín_ is the largest multimedia in Argentina. They have launched
themselves in support of Duhalde, to the degree of moral revulsion.
Thus, they present an image of a "progressive" Duhalde, a "working"
economy, a "non alligned" Presidency, and so on. Whatever they say is
Duhalde, and on this he is better than Menem (oh, great feat!) attempts
to align Argentina behind the United States, but without arousing the
extended anti-imperialist feelings that have taken root in the mass of
the people. Thus, he follows a "middle course" policy whereby he tries
to present a "peaceful" solution while promising support for
"humanitarian reconstruction". That the President of a country where
the toll of children who die of hunger grows day after day will promise
"humanitary reconstruction" to Irak is anything but funny.
The Duhalde-Clarín-Corbiere piece sounds thus _both_ against and for
agression on Irak.
Hope made things neater, not fuzzier.
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