Stories for March 2003
The Falklands should return to Argentina”. Under this title, and in coincidence with the 21st anniversary of the Argentine troops landing in the Falkland Islands, (April 2), the Sunday edition of La Nación from Buenos Aires published an extensive interview with Simon Jenkins, described as one of Britain's most respected and influential political analysts with a long career as journalist, columnist and editor in the Evening Standard, The Times and The Economist.
With just over three weeks for the coming Argentine presidential election next April 27, governor Néstor Kirchner leads in the polls with 21,2%, and for the first time since the campaign began a candidate managed to cross the psychological 20% threshold according to the latest Ipsos Mora y Araujo poll published last Sunday in La Nación.
Headlines:Magallanes Region census results; Businessmen criticize; Forest fire protection agreement; Chilean tourist industry recovering; Good news, bad news.
Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent a letter to the three partners of Mercosur, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, calling them to maintain unity, and convergence in trade negotiations. In exchange Brazil commits itself to eliminate trade barriers inside the block.
In one of its main editorials this week Buenos Aires daily La Nación warns about the overexploitation of squid in the South Atlantic and recalls the recent Argentine experience with the collapse of the Hubbsi hake fisheries that is threatening the whole industry.
A moving message to mothers of British fighting men and women in the Gulf has been written by the mother of Simon Weston, the Welsh guardsman badly burned when Argentine aircraft set the troop landing ship Sir Galahad ablaze in the Falklands War.
According to the Argentine Statistics and Census Office, Indec, last year 14,486 billion US dollars fled the country, a 246% increase over the 4,668 billion of 2001. The situation can be explained by the 12,097 billion US dollars the negative balance of the country's private non financial sector that amassed assets overseas estimated in 10,384 billion.
Headlines: Sandy challenge for Graham in the Gulf; Farmers complain 'outbid by FLH'; Companies pay up; Investments viewed; Education report release; Ross Road's clearway; Asbestos investigations; Ram production contract; MPA Road accidents.
Titulares: Arenoso desafío para Graham en el Golfo; Queja de productores contra Landholdings; Pesqueras están pagando; Revén inversiones; Informe sobre Educación; Zona blanca en Ross Road; Investigación sobre asbestos; Producción de carneros; Accidentada ruta a MPA.
The Argentine government announced a plan Thursday for the gradual return of dollar-denominated bank deposits effectively frozen since the devaluation of the peso in January 2002.