Sunday, October 05, 2014

Argentine's Cristina Fernández escalates her verbal battle against the vulture funds

Argentina´s President Cristina Fernández gave a militant speech this past week, which Télam provides here with English subtitles, Speech by Argentina´s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner–30 September 2014:

She suggested that some of the local Argentine oligarchs are colluding with the US vulture funds to "overturn" her government. (CFK: US to blame if I’m hurt Buenos Aires Herald 10/01/2014; Daniel Merolla, US could topple my government, kill me: Argentina's Kirchner AFP 10/01/2014))

The Obama Administration officially rejected the suggestions. Big surprise there. (US: CFK warnings‘cannot be taken seriously’ Buenos Aires Herald 10/03/2014)

After that presentation, she reinforced her patriotic message that she would defend "la bandera y la soberanía" (the flag and sovereignty) in a speech to young activists of her Peronist party. (Cristina, ante la militancia, aseguró que la bandera y la soberanía no serán negociadas Télam 30.09.2014)

Nixon-appointed zombie judge Thomas Griega later in the week escalated again, with another fool ruling telling Argentina it can't pay its legitimate creditors. (U.S. judge orders Argentina to stop servicing exchange bonds locally Reuters 10/03/2014

Cristina was unusually dramatic last week. But she seems to take very seriously the possibility that her government may be facing a US-backed (or US-tolerated) regime-change operation aimed at sabotaging the Argentine economy. She also replaced the head of the Argentine central bank with a loyalist. (Cuevas de golpistas InfoNews 02.10.2014; Pino Solanas: "Hay sectores que quieren desestabilizar a la Presidenta" Télam 01.10.2014)

The Obama Administration isn't exactly the Nixon Administration. But it also hasn't been exactly pursuing a Good Neighbor policy in Latin America. Mark Weisbrot discusses how Hillary Clinton's memoirs of her time in the State Department reveal that the Administration was far more sympathetic to the 2009 coup in Honduras than they claimed in public. (Hard Choices: Hillary Clinton Admits Role in Honduran Coup Aftermath CEPR 09/29/2014)

He writes:

In “Hard Choices,” Clinton describes her role in the aftermath of the coup that brought about this dire situation. Clinton’s first-hand account is significant both for the confession of an important truth and also a crucial false testimony. ...

First, the confession: Clinton admits that she used the power of her office to make sure that [ousted Honduran President Mel] Zelaya would not return to office. “In the subsequent days [after the coup] I spoke with my counterparts around the hemisphere, including Secretary [Patricia] Espinosa in Mexico,” Clinton wrote. “We strategized on a plan to restore order in Honduras and ensure that free and fair elections could be held quickly and legitimately, which would render the question of Zelaya moot.”

This may not come as a surprise to those who followed the post-coup drama closely (see my commentary from 2009 on Washington’s role in helping the coup succeed here, here and here). But the official storyline, which was dutifully accepted by most in the media, was that the Obama administration actually opposed the coup and wanted Zelaya to return to office. ...

Now for the “thing which is not”: Clinton reports that Zelaya was arrested amid “fears that he was preparing to circumvent the Constitution and extend his term in office.” This is simply not true. As Clinton must know, when Zelaya was kidnapped by the military and was flown out of the country in his pajamas on June 28, 2009, he was in fact trying to put a consultative, non-binding poll on the ballot. The poll was supposed to ask voters whether they wanted to have a real referendum on reforming the constitution during scheduled elections in November. It is important to note that Zelaya was not eligible to run in that election. Even if he had gotten everything he wanted, it was chronologically impossible for Zelaya to extend his term in office. But this did not stop the extreme right in both Honduras and the United States from using false charges of tampering with the constitution to justify the coup.
Other Argentine news items from last week:

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