Friday, October 12th 2012 - 05:57 UTC

Argentina sends top level political mission to Ghana after the ARA Libertad

Argentina is sending a top level ministerial delegation to Ghana to discuss the release of the Navy’s tall vessel ARA Libertad, retained in the African country following a Thursday court ruling which confirmed the seizure on the complaint from a hedge fund.

Deputy Ministers Zuaim and Forti will try to convince Accra authorities

Deputy Foreign minister Eduardo Zuaim and Alfredo Forti are on their way to Accra where they will try to convince government and judicial authorities to release the vessel arguing that the seizure is contrary to international law and conventions.

On Thursday an Accra court rejected the plea put forward by Argentina to release the ARA Libertad training ship, which has been detained with its crew since October 2nd.

“There are no sufficient grounds for the plaintiff (Argentina) to disallow a court sentence. The motion has been rejected,” stated Judge Richard Adjei Frimpong, of the Accra Commercial Tribunal.

“This decision is in violation of international law which support the immunity of the tall ship since it is a war vessel belonging to a sovereign country” argued the Argentine Foreign ministry in an official release.

It adds that the decision compromises the international responsibility of Ghana and adds to the “judicial situation a political dimension with impacts on bilateral relations”.

Despite the judicial appeal to be implemented immediately, “both ministries have decided that Deputy Ministers Forti and Zuain travel to Ghana for a joint presentation before the highest officials the government of African nation”.

The Argentine government trusts that the reply from the authorities to the presentation will quickly enable the end of the current controversy triggered by the action of a “vulture fund”. If not Argentina reiterates its firm decision to use all available resources both bilaterally and internationally for the recognition of its sovereign rights”.

“Argentina will not yield sovereignty to the vulture funds and the illegitimate impounding of the frigate ARA Libertad or to those who are intent in imposing a global system which has the peoples of the world subject to speculative funds”, concludes the release.


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1 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 06:10 am Report abuse
Waste of a trip - can't buy Ghanian judges...
2 LEPRecon (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 06:14 am Report abuse
Since their court case failed I wonder if the Argentine government will attempt to bribe the Ghanaian authorities.

Of course, Ghana is ranked 69 on the world corruption index, whilst Argentina is ranked 100. This means that, should they try to bribe the authorities, they may find themselves in for a shock, as they are booted out of the country, whilst Ghana announces what they have tried to do to the whole world. Of course the Ghanaians would have to seize the bribe money as 'evidence'. ;-)

No, I think the Argentine government will pay up quietly, then announce loudly to the world that Argentine diplomacy has worked, that they have defeated the evil corrupt vulture fund, and that Ghana supports them in their spurious claims to the Falkland Islands.

It will be quite interesting to see how this pans out.
3 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 06:20 am Report abuse
There's no way around it - no matter what, Argentina will need to pay some big bucks, and even more money if they want to come out of it well, politically.

4 Viva Las Falklands (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 06:41 am Report abuse
A wooden sailing ship as a warship - really. Argentina does need to bring its navy out of the 19th century .
5 Teaboy2 (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 08:44 am Report abuse
Typical Argentina thinking politians are above the rule of law and therefore they can persuade Ghanas politicians to order the release of the ship in contradiction to a court ruling.

Sorry argentina, but Ghanas politinians (and yours for that matter) do not have the pwer to over rule an order made in a court of law, as no one, not even politicians are above the law - Clearly argentina likes to think they are.
6 Idlehands (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 09:10 am Report abuse
They'll probably be seeking some sort of enabling act to allow the vessel to leave. Unfortunately they have little leverage over Ghana no matter how much fuss they make.
7 ElaineB (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 09:14 am Report abuse
I suspect there was a crush at the door with volunteers to 'go and sort out the problem'. Who would want to be around the narcissistic monster when someone has told her no?
8 Idlehands (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 09:38 am Report abuse
Today I am proud to announce I am the co-winner of this years Nobel Peace Prize. I don't think it was for my posts on here.

I look forwrd to receiving my cheque
9 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 10:15 am Report abuse
They probably brought they political negotiating tools with them.......a suitcase of U$ dollars. I wonder if they flew commercial or charter? lol
10 ElaineB (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 10:26 am Report abuse
@8 LOL! Congratulations.

@9 They will not fly in on anything Argentine owned. : )
11 yankeeboy (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 10:28 am Report abuse
CFK must think the rest of the world is as corrupt as Argentina. No politician would get involved once a court has decided.
She must be in some fantasy world no one can jolt her out of.
Kind of like most of the Rg posters here
I still think Toby is CFK
12 Steveu (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 11:32 am Report abuse

They could always ask the RAF !

13 Islander1 (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 11:32 am Report abuse
11- hit the nail on the head! She assumes that as she has sacked all the straighter judges in Arg. and replaced them with her paid cronies - same system works elsewhere! Ghana probably has its legal system based on the British one that was there before so she may well be in for a shock when she funds that judges there perhaps do NOT like politicians trying to tell them what to do!
14 briton (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 11:47 am Report abuse
CFK will send her ministers, and they will demand , demand , demand , or else,

if ya dont give us back our boat, we will let you humiliates us again, and go home,

bla bla bla , talk talk talk .


when the tongue wiggles words are just words.
15 CJvR (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 12:02 pm Report abuse
Stupid circus! Just post the bond required, get the ship out of there with as much dignity as can be salvaged and then contest the claim in court. Does Argentine really enjoy looking like a fool? It certainly seems so!
16 KretinaKK (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 12:03 pm Report abuse
Kretina thinks that the government of Ghana are going to accept Choripan sausage sandwiches and Tetra paks of cheap wine, to get them to release the ship. Hey it's the same crap she feeds the crew of people she gets to vote for her and cheer her on at these 3rd world SUDAKA rallies:
Kind of reminds me of footage from Berlin, 1939 - guess which political party was ruling then? Very similar style to today's Argentina.
I commend the government of Ghana, they should be commended for being honest and a world-stage player and not buy into the propaganda of Kretina's KaKa nation!
17 surfer (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 12:44 pm Report abuse
Shame really it's such an elegant ship, all those guys on board must be gutted too.

It's like the whole Olympic advert debacle, it's the decent guys who get caught up in the middle and pay the price for the country's awful mismanagment.
18 agent999 (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 12:56 pm Report abuse
The guys on board are having a great time
19 Idlehands (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 01:02 pm Report abuse
The Ghanian port authorities are getting rather fed up with a 100m long ship blocking one of their loading areas. It's starting to cost them money. They need to find somewhere else to hold her.

Would be rather cool if it became the new palatial plaything of the hedge fund. They could entertain clients and also advertise what happens to those debtors who don't pay up.
20 yankeeboy (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 01:16 pm Report abuse
19. New York harbor is big enough to hold Libertad. It would make a pretty hotel too.
21 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 01:58 pm Report abuse
We have Old Ironsides...the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor. An awesome ship and 200 years old and still a commissioned vessel. I would want to sail her around the Falklands before taking her to NYC though, just for haha's
Idlehands, I read that always. She berthed in there largest pier and taking valuable space. I suspect that Ghana is going to want her moved rather soon. I am sure no one is paying her harbor fees either.
22 ChrisR (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 02:54 pm Report abuse
Standby for another HUGE embarrassment to TMBOA and her laughingly called 'government'.

The Ghanaians have gained immense kudos in the financial world over this and I cannot see them backing down just because two pretend AG gangsters turn up with yet more lies.

I wonder if this pair will ask for political asylum when they are told the law is the law in Ghana and they are worried stiff about going back to face the parachute less drop over the Plate?
23 Steve-32-uk (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 03:39 pm Report abuse
'The Argentinian ambassador to the U.S. had lunch with students in I-House and discussed the Malvinas islands.'

'Alicia Castro, today described as insulting to Argentina and for all countries in the region to reject a colonial enclave',ca65134c6274a310VgnCLD2000000ec6eb0aRCRD.html
24 Idlehands (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 03:41 pm Report abuse
I trump your USS Constitution with HMS Victory - the oldest commisioned warship in the world - a 104 gun First Rate Ship of The Line
25 adorable (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 04:00 pm Report abuse
@21 Conqueror/Captain Poppy= same UK wimp
I repeat. You are nothing more than an old irish man! Stop claiming you are residing in the USA....I am the only one posting in mercosur residing in the USA!
Referenced to the ship situation...
the one who is an idiot is Mr. Singer lending money to the Argentine goverment when he knew very well aboutthe bad economic situation this country is having because of the former argentine president Carlos Menen decision to borrow monies for projects not needed.
26 Chicureo (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 04:11 pm Report abuse
From an earlier post:

Being now an inactive officer in the Chilean Navy, I'm sincerely saddened to see the pride of our Argentinian brothers being caught up in this scandal caused by a corrupt thieving government that was clearly democratically elected. The English have a saying, “You reap what you sow...” and most certainly the humiliation CFK is experiencing is pure schadenfreude for me. (I only wish it had been Tango One instead.).
As for the crew, there having an experience of their lives to tell thir grandchildren. (Although the Captian must be furious...)
One last note: the nasty and racist comments regarding Africans and Jews is repulsive and should be removed by the editor.
Let's hope they pay the 20m and let the issue fade.

BTW: I had my ski vacation with my family in Argentina and was able to pre-pay at a heavy discount here in Chile resulting in about a 32% savings on about 70% of the normal cost. We paid cash gratuities and purchased clothing “sin boleta” at almost all the shops. As good Chileans, we decided to pretend to think like Argentinians and avoid paying taxes, it was fun! However, upon returning to Santiago, it was back to being “normal” and paying our 19% VAT.
27 KretinaKK (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 04:16 pm Report abuse
VATAYON MILITANTE - The Argentine government under Cristina Fernandez de Kircher and The Argentine National penitentiary service, takes inmates out of jail without judicial permission, to attend and participate in political events of Kirchner. The prisoners are paid an “allowance” of $2700 per month for joining this political group. The creation of this Vatayon militante group which are CONVICTED AND INCARCERATED for everything from murderer to armed robbery is becoming the Kirchner government's militant force of the future. If things get rough for Cristina, these prisoners have nothing to lose for defending the Kirchner movement with violence. They also have access to guns and drugs, and prostitues all courtesy of the Kirchner government. The prisoners who are chosen attend these events, is left up to the to the head of the Argentine National Penitentiary Service, Victor Hortel who is a very close ally of Cristina's government He is a former prisoner himself and has very close ties with prison gangs, and has been known to release prisoners at night to go out to steal and even kill, in exchange for drugs, sex and money. Rewarding criminals and prisoners for political purposes, violating all sorts of rules and laws, is proof of the form of government that Argentina is living with and will only get worse in the months and years ahead, especially if Cristina moved forward with her proposal to change the Argentine constitution to allow for her re-re-election for an unlimited amount of presidential terms.
28 Think (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 04:38 pm Report abuse
(26) Chicureo

Firstly I want to say that I’m glad that you and your family had a nice holiday in Argentina…….
Hope your ”thing” is getting better……

Now, I have a question ……
If you were in Capitán Carlos María Allievi shoes……
Would you surrender her or scuttle her?
Would appreciate a sincere, judicious answer.

Your ”not enemy” from Allende la cordillera
El Think
29 Simon68 (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 04:41 pm Report abuse
26 Chicureo (#)
Oct 12th, 2012 - 04:11 pm

Glad to hear your skiing holiday was a success, all the best.
30 atk357 (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 04:54 pm Report abuse
If i were her Captain, I never would have dock the ship!! Anchored at a distance. Never allow to be held like that....and certainly scuttle the ship as a last resort!! The sensible thing to do is to pay $20 million and get out of Dodge! I think CFK pride is too high for that, better to admonish and save face. A blunder like this could easily justify a military coup....just a thought! ...will she last until 2015?...
31 Terence Hill (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 04:58 pm Report abuse
Well, I found the reason for the Ghanian court's reason for setting aside the ship's immunity. Argentina had herself wavered the immunity in an agreement with her creditors.
32 Pirat-Hunter (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 05:01 pm Report abuse
20 million Argentine pesos are on the way to repay the 600 million pesos debt. Please bring back the receipt we intend to deduct it from the total. If the court doesn't accept it live the Ship in ghana and use the 20.000.000 Argentina pesos to start working on a nuclear defense program in Argentina under the name Libertad. If this official pay the 20.000.000 dollars please hung them high and pay their whole family a friendly Argentine visit.
I say Argentina should send the army to ghana destroy the settlement and declare the land stateless and post 3000 Argentine's to claim self determination over the stateless land. That's how is done. Do as the white people do and let them have a taste of their own medicine.
I wonder if the british still rape and murder the children of their black slaves in Ghana, I am sure some british master is molesting this judge's children.
33 ElaineB (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 05:10 pm Report abuse
@32 What a brilliant plan! CFKC would come up with something similar. Are you related? Now run along an execute it at once.

@31 Yes, the judge said that in the judgement. Singer has had a whole legal team working on this for some time. He has deep pockets and endless determination to get the money Argentine owes. If he gets his money this time, anything of any value belonging to Argentina should stay in Argentina if they want to keep it.
34 yankeeboy (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 05:15 pm Report abuse
It is very hard to have an International Airline wholly owned by the Gov't stay inside of its borders.
That has got to be the next target once this one is behind him.
35 KretinaKK (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 05:25 pm Report abuse
LA CAMPORA - a semi military terrorist organization led by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's son - MaximoKirchner. It became politically influential after the death and state funeral of Néstor Kirchner. Maximo used state public funds to further the organization and take part in expropiations of private property, the oil company YPF, which Argentina expropiated (stole) from the government of Spain, and Aerolineas Argentinas expropiated (stolen) from the government of Spain. The airline is going to be renamed “Aerocamporas Argentinas”. They have already begun to repaint the logo on the airplanes at a cost of $400,000 US dollars. La Campora hopes to imitate the terrorist organization which Cristina Kirchner belonged to when she was young, called Montoneros. Montoneros was responsable for kidnappings, murders, armed robberies of business owners and members of the opposition government in Argentina in the 1970s. They follow methodologies of state sponsored terrorism. They go into schools and “indoctrinate” children and make them wear La Campora t-shirts, reading material and force them to participate in rallies promoting their demagoguery and decisions made by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. The methodology of the modern group is very similar to the Montoneros, aiming to harass, destroy and silence critics of the Kirchner administration and promote their allies in blogs, Facebook, by internet and to steadily encroach on key positions in the state.
36 Condorito (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 05:38 pm Report abuse
If Allende were the capitán, the ship would have lost its way on the high seas and the cadets from educated families would have had their food rations stolen to be redistributed amongst the officers. But let say you make it across the ocean and find yourself in Capitán Carlos María Allievi would order your men to fight to the death and never surrender to the capitalist devils, then you would hide in your cabin until your men lost control of the ship...then blow your brains out with your service revolver in the hope that you would become a martyr.

Mind you if Capitán Carlos María Allievi followed in the noble traditions of the institute that employs him, he would have sedated Allende and thrown him overboard.

But putting hypothetical Capitan Allende scenarios to one side...failing a legal victory, the only honourable thing to do is scuttle the ship.

I don’t think it will come to that. I don’t have as much faith in the incorruptibility of the Ghanan legal system as many posters on here. If Ghana is ranked 69th in the global corruption index, that makes it highly likely that a suitcase of cash will fix the problem. One of Chavez’s peons is probably on his way right now.

Killing the population of Ghana. That would really teach those white people a lesson. Now get back to work on your nuclear bomb. With brains like yours that nuclear program will be ready before Iran's.
37 Clyde15 (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 05:44 pm Report abuse
How good are your army at swimming ? They would need to be.
Ghana has various defense treaties with some rather powerful countries. Your “force” would be wiped out by “friendly powers” before it could get half way across. In addition, you would piss off the whole of Africa. Certainly worthy of a master strategist like you.
It may have escaped your notice, but Ghana is a sovereign country with an indigenous BLACK population - unlike Argentina which is a former colony of Spain.
Use 20 MILLION argentine pesos ? Who is going to accept this abroad for the material you would have to import to start your pet project.
As to molesting children, you seem to have a fixation on this subject. Is this your hobby when you are not foaming at the mouth in impotent rage. I am sorry you cannot be British but we have rather high standards to keep.

A suggestion, post a copy of this to the Ghana news agency and a copy to your foreign office delegation now in Ghana.
DEMAND that your wishes be carried out. I am sure they will acquiesce.
38 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 06:30 pm Report abuse
@35 KKK
Good message - not well delivered.


What time does TeleToon Channel show “Pinky and the Brain”??

Turn off the TV. Get outside during the day - skateboard, or push over old ladies, or torture kittens, or whatever you do.

You need to spend more time in the real world.
39 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 06:35 pm Report abuse
“20 million Argentine pesos are on the way to repay the 600 million pesos debt. Please bring back the receipt we intend to deduct it from the total. If the court doesn't accept it live the Ship in ghana and use the 20.000.000 Argentina pesos to start working on a nuclear defense program in Argentina under the name Libertad. If this official pay the 20.000.000 dollars please hung them high and pay their whole family a friendly Argentine visit.”

You really are argentine, nobody else would talk this imbecilic!

“I say Argentina should send the army to ghana destroy the settlement and declare the land stateless and post 3000 Argentine's to claim self determination over the stateless land. That's how is done. Do as the white people do and let them have a taste of their own medicine.”

What army is argentina going to hire? Go back in your cave before your master finds out what you are doing.

40 Chicureo (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 06:36 pm Report abuse
First, a big thank you and abrazo to all the wonderful people of Argentina who made my family stay at Valle de Las Leñas so wonderful. Although we saved money on taxes, we made sure to support the local economy and gladly paid generous gratuities in Dollars to the staff we came into contact with. The service was of the highest level and we were all treated extremely well. Not one person we met had a kind word for the current CFK government.
My children insisted I take a few runs on the mild days (alas no black diamonds anymore) and I can eat again beef. What incredible steaks and fantastic Malbecs I sampled! Better than any resort in Chile, by far.

And yes... We understand that when we're not paying taxes, we're actually committing a crime, but we prefered not to voluntary give it to a corrupt government either.

I must admit that I'm enjoying the humiliation that CFK is experiencing, and feel she deserves it, but obviously I have mixed feelings on the detention of such an important national image. Chile has a similar beautiful ship as well. I'd be outraged.

As far as the captain in command of the 'noble Libertad, unless a time of active belligerence, his first responsibility is to the saftey and welfare of his crew. National honor must be maintained, and the captain should not relinquish command without careful admiralty protocol, which every cadet has to study. The government of Ghana I trust will act in a correct manner, and I assume the captain will do everything to comply with his admiralty command. If the admiralty in BA orders the captain to relinquish custody of the ship, but is allowed to disembark “with sword” honor is retained. If the captain is ordered by his commander to surrender, he would be humiliated.

Unfortunately, the simple act of quietly paying a settlement does not seem to be what CFK will pursue, so I assume this will drag out for some time. Bad press for CFK, and 20m is minor compared to letting this escalate.
41 Pirat-Hunter (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 07:01 pm Report abuse
Here we send the $ Argentine pesos to pay our debt. Send us our recipt for the 20.000.000 pesos or leave the 10.000.000 $ worth of firewood in Ghana, but we still want our 20.000.000 $ recipt. Or we will occupy the ghana embassy to demand our tax money back.
42 Think (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 07:20 pm Report abuse
(40) Chicureo

Wonderful place ?
Highest level service?
Extremely well treated?
Incredible steaks, fantastic Malbecs ?
Better than any resort in Chile; by far?
Impossible..., you must be a troll working for the corrupt Argentineans ;-)

You didnt answer my question though....
Let me reformulate it....:

If ”YOU” were in captain Salonio or captain Allievi shoes……
Having recieved the proper orders of , exercising utmost care of not damaging or endangering Ghanian property or lives, to scuttle her……
Having insured the well being and safety of your crew and guests……
Would you obey orders, risking a lenghty prision sentence in a warm African country?

To finish; a little picture to warm your hearth…
Nice hearing you are on steaks again…..
Keep strong
43 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 07:29 pm Report abuse
Nice post


“Here we send the $ Argentine pesos to pay our debt. Send us our recipt for the 20.000.000 pesos or leave the 10.000.000 $ worth of firewood in Ghana, but we still want our 20.000.000 $ recipt. Or we will occupy the ghana embassy to demand our tax money back.”

Hey, good of you Alex, to take a leadership role, inciting civil disobedience ( possible arrest) in BA by others while you watch the Cartoon Channel in Canada.

There are those that might say that's cowardly.
You could prove them wrong - take your Argentinian flag down to the nearby Ghanian Consulate on Younge Street in Toronto.

Here's the address and contact info:

Mr. Kodjo A. Mawutor
Consul / First Secretary

Mr. Kwame Owusu-Banahene

Ms. Crescentia Alisah

4665 Yonge Street
Suite 205/206
North York, Ontario, M2N 0B4
Tel: (416) 848-1014 and (416) 848-1015
Fax: (416) 848-1017
Jurisdiction: Metropolitan Toronto

Please be sure to make a video of the event and add it to your YouTube posts as inspiration to other outraged Nationalists.
44 ElaineB (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 07:36 pm Report abuse
@40 It is highly embarrassing for the Argentine government - I think that is the idea.

The debt won't just disappear and the Argentine government's refusal to pay, despite losing in the courts has led to this rather dramatic step. CFKC crowed about being above international law but this demonstrates that she is wrong.

Her feckless attitude to debt is not a good example to set. What if all Argentines decide that they are just not going to pay their debts anymore? Because they just don't want to. Imagine.

Glad you enjoyed you trip.
45 Pirat-Hunter (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 07:39 pm Report abuse
If ghana want their crown jewels back they better let go of Libertad. Or else we will melt them tomorrow and send them to become a gold bar by barrick in San Juan Argentina lol. And from now on ghana better keep everything withing their lpborder. Lol as a matter of fact no everything in ghana is up for grabs by Argentines. I will like to thank the Norwegian connections for their help resolving the issues with the UK slaves boot licker.
46 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 07:49 pm Report abuse
@45 PH. ALEX Vargas

Are you taking credit for theft from Ghana now??
Why don't you give them your brave ultimatum in person?
You have the address and phone numbers for the nearest Ghanian High Commission, in Toronto.

What? You're NOT going to occupy their Consulate until they return the Libertoad?

Too much to expect from you, I suppose.
47 Ayayay (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 07:49 pm Report abuse
Lol @8! :))
48 Pirat-Hunter (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 08:17 pm Report abuse
#46 I already warned you that, I don't like homosexuals stalking me. And in regards to the guayana embassy I couldn't plan the the expropiation of their royal crown jewels if I ended up in a Canadian jail could I?? I am sure I will have all the support in Argentina when I get back. I am sure I can show them a thing or two on how CIA, Mi6 and mossad operates. Trust me the foreign firms will not walk way from Argentina they will run away faster then Ben Johnson on steroids. The day USA and EU fight a war man to man rather then murdering Muslims women and children from planes I will go myself to the gayana embassy Untill then I must follow the terrorists foot steps, and for the same reason I support a nuclear defense program for Argentina.
49 Britworker (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 08:25 pm Report abuse
I just think this is such a sad commentary on the state of Argentina today, they must be worried about the same thing happening their aircraft, that's got be next. Very sad and very funny :-)
50 Condorito (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 08:46 pm Report abuse
Poor pie-humper doesn't seem to know that Guyana and Ghana are different countries on different continents.
51 ChrisR (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 08:50 pm Report abuse
Wikipedia entry for the ship has been updated to show its detention in Ghana:

At least the argies USED to be able to make something worth having, unlike now.
52 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 09:21 pm Report abuse
@48 P-Humper ALEX VARGAS

“ The day USA and EU fight a war man to man rather then murdering Muslims women and children from planes I will go myself to the gayana embassy Untill then I must follow the terrorists foot steps, and for the same reason I support a nuclear defense program for Argentina.”

Yes, I've heard of your “terrorist footsteps” on FB - cowardly vandalism and petty shoplifting, “ anything to strike a blow against the Canadian economy”

Really? :-)

I expect you're one of Walmart's 'most-wanted' LOL

Mall Security at the Eaton Centre is constantly on the alert, for you. How many stolen CD's was it, last time??

BTW, when you try to demand Argentina's boat from Guyana, they won't know what you're on about - it was G H A N A that recovered the vessel for the new owners. Good luck with that.

Oh, take the TTC downtown, it's faster than your bicycle and you won't risk having it stolen by a “terrorist”.

53 Chicureo (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 09:53 pm Report abuse
Thanks for the kind comments about my trip. Argentinians are great people, they just seem to have bad luck in choosing political leaders.

Early in my Naval service, I served briefly as a second officer on a fast attack craft. As young officers, we all agreed we’d rather die than ever “strike ones colors” and surrender to an imaginary overwhelming Argentinian attack. (In those days, Argentina had a vastly superior fleet and we were foolish.)

In the Naval Academy we studied naval history and I wrote a long paper on the events leading up to the scuttling of the Graf Spree by the very honorable Captain Hans Langsdorff. (His loyalty was not to Hitler, as mine would not be to CFK either.)

Sinking ones ship in port is almost as humiliating as surrender. A commander of a war vessel has great responsibilities and is honor bound to fight to the death, especially if ordered to do so. If the admiralty of the fleet gave a specific order to scuttle the ship, I would have to comply. (I would note it would be very stupid, complicated and would require at least the assistance of my second officer.) If scuttled at dockside, the ship could be refloated in a week.
54 yankeeboy (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 09:55 pm Report abuse
I thought I saw in article the RG captain has been removed but the rest of the crew remains on board...
55 racherkore (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 10:07 pm
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56 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 10:24 pm Report abuse

“And in regards to the guayana embassy I couldn't plan the the expropiation of their royal crown jewels if I ended up in a Canadian jail could I?? I am sure I will have all the support in Argentina when I get back. I am sure I can show them a thing or two on how CIA, Mi6 and mossad operates”

Oh, I should have paid more attention.
You must be a very high-level operative, and a very valuable asset to CFK.
You must be on a very secret assignment, with far-reaching objectives if you are operating under deep-cover in Canada.
When are you returning to Argentina? Is there a reason you cannot return immediately? If you tell me, will that jeopardise your mission?
57 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 10:28 pm Report abuse
PH is like a piss hole in a snowbank
58 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 10:35 pm Report abuse
@deep ??
59 saphira (#) Oct 12th, 2012 - 11:57 pm Report abuse
60 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 12:20 am Report abuse
He tells us he is brown
61 St.John (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 02:49 am Report abuse
Poor Idlehands who is about to become severely desillusioned, you would get NKK 1 000 000/503 000 000 people = 2 pence or 2.5 Euro cents :- D
62 Don Alberto (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 03:09 am Report abuse
@ 32 Pirat-Hunter

“use the 20.000.000 Argentina pesos to start working on a nuclear defense program in Argentina”

It is 20 MILLION US dollars (app 130 million pesos), not the 20 BILLION US dollars (app 130 billion pesos) it would cost to establish a nuclear defense program in Argentina.

20.000.000 Argentina pesos is hardly enough to cover the coima (bribes) needed for a nuclear defense program in Argentina.

“the 20 million dollars in ransom that New York hedge fund dealer Paul Singer is demanding ”
63 St.John (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 03:16 am Report abuse
@ 32 Pirat-Hunter who writes: “Argentina should send the army to ghana destroy the settlement”

If Argentina cannot afford 20 mio. dollars to bail out the ship, how could she afford to hire an army to invade Ghana?

How is this army of your imagination to be moved to Ghana?
In 'Libertad'? but she is already there.
64 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 03:24 am Report abuse
65 St.John (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 03:34 am Report abuse
@ 45 Pirat-Hunter

“If ghana want their crown jewels back they better let go of Libertad.”

They'll get it back.

The Norwegian police is about to arrest every Argentine in the country and look under their matresses where they know the really smart Argentines hide their loot absolutely sure nobody would ever guess that.
66 Think (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 03:41 am Report abuse
53 Chicureo

Thanks for your sincere, (if somehow”reticent”) answer…….

Well…. That’s why I mentioned both captains’ names……..
I would expect a little core of voluntary personnel to rest on board until the last moments.
You should know that there are many ways of rendering her unsalvageable…..

Could be interesting to read that old paper from a foolhearted young Chilean naval cadet and compare with the few bits of info one has about the GS…….
67 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 04:00 am Report abuse
Stop it!!

You're spoiling his plans for world domination.

68 Frank (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 08:31 am Report abuse
I see KFC has flown to Santa Cruz in a private plane because Tango One is 'having an overhaul in the US.'

Two questions.... has Tango One also been arrested


is it true that RGland cant maintain planes let alone build them??
69 Think (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 09:36 am Report abuse
(53) Chicureo

I would like to add....................

Kapitän Langdorff's loyality was, to the last moment, with his Men, his Ideals and his Commander.
Don’t try to rewrite his history……
No need to….

“Ich werde uns nicht von einer Übermacht in Stücke schießen lassen. Für mich sind tausend junge Männer lebend mehr wert als tausend tote Helden.”
70 Frank (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 09:53 am Report abuse
@69 You aren't really comparing Graf Spee with some old sailing boat arrested for debt are you??????

So.... how did KFC get home from Harvard?
71 ChrisR (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 10:14 am Report abuse

Gold plated broomstick Dahling! LOL
72 Clyde15 (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 10:48 am Report abuse
For examples of courage in naval actions, look up HMS Glowworm, HMS Jervis Bay, HMS Rawalpindi. Despite having no chance of survival, they carried out suicidal attacks to protect others.
73 Think (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 11:14 am Report abuse
(72) Clyde15

You say:
“For examples of courage in naval actions………….…… they carried out suicidal attacks to protect others.”

I say:
When the Germans did anything of the sort, they were called: ”A nation of automatons” (Dad's Army© :-)
When the Japanese did anything of the sort, they were called: ” Soul-less suicidal pilots”
When the Afghans do anything of the sort, they are called: “Ignorant, fanatical, fundamentalist Muslims”

But, when the British do anything of the sort, it suddenly becomes: “Courage in naval actions…. to protect others “

Brainwash anybody?
74 Clyde15 (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 12:53 pm Report abuse
I presume you did not bother to look at these accounts.
The vessels involved just carried out what was expected of a RN ship.
An Argentinian would not know what courage is - it must have been bred out of them over the generations with a few exceptions.

Argentine navy ran for cover. They could have continued with their surface vessel attack
Army, ran for cover and surrendered.
The air force was the only arm with any cojones.

Did you realise that Dad's army is a comedy show where the British laugh at themselves..

The Japanese had a different mind set from the rest of the world.
They would commit suicide without any military advantage.

The Afghani Talibans kill more of their own people for their own misbegotten faiths. Strapping bombs to young children and sending them into market squares to kill as many as possible is murder by proxy - then, I suppose you approve of these things, being morally bankrupt.
75 Chicureo (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 01:06 pm Report abuse
Good morning all,

Regarding scuttling the Liberdad. “Think” it would be entirely insane.

Patriotic men that still feel the of honor to their homeland, but tempered with common sense, would carefully consider with great anguish the destruction of one of the few classic naval cadet training vessels in existence, especially due to political and financial corruption. It would cost OVER 20 it today's modern world to replace the Liberdad with a proper cadet training vessel which is a part of the Argentinian national image.

There are many ways of destroying a vessels hull, but even if some foolish diplomat was able to smuggle explosive, via diplomatic pouch, into Ghana the key would be to get the vessel into deeper water. And imagine that it's discovered in transit? Another scandal as well. And for what? The honor of a corrupt politician? My stomach turns at the thought, but I also know that as an officer I would be bound to follow Admiraly orders. (It's a bit more complicated of course as there is modern international law that defines criminal actions that an officer could be rightfully prosecuted.)
There are MANY issues and comments I would add to this conversation, but yes, I prefer to remain reticent.
If I recover, I'm sincerely thinking about revising the text and publishing in in an ebook format. Unfortunately it's all typewritten and would have to be scanned, converted with software to electronic text and then re-edited.
I have three other “papers” in addition, of which one would be of interest about the post Falklands War. There is now fascinating declassified material (30 year rule) that would fill in the blanks of much I wrote about in the late 1980's.
BTW, today's breakfast is Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon.
76 Think (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 01:40 pm Report abuse
75 Chicureo

Are you telling me that you, in similar circumstances, would surrender the Esmeralda?

A box of matches and some rags soaked in fuel oil would suffice, I “Think”.

Only one important question remains to be answered...................

Farmed or wild?
77 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 02:39 pm Report abuse
Thinking that it's a typical south american deal, I wonder how many suitcase of U$ they brought with them and how much they think they can keep for themselves?
If it's a warship, why did it not defend itself.....smirk, smirk
78 Chicureo (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 05:18 pm Report abuse
Farmed Rainbow applewood smoked, but certified sustainable...what ever that really means.  The English muffin was acceptable, but the fresh dill, Greek yogurt/sour cream and superb  Hollandaise sauce was world class. The smell of freshly ground “Free-trade” Costa Rica Arabica beans through the expresso machine alerted me that breakfast would be special.
79 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 06:22 pm Report abuse
@77 Poppy

This is NOT like Julian Ass-ange over-staying his welcome in the Ecuadorian Embassy.
When Ghana sees that Argentina does not want to reclaim their ship by paying a relatively small bond, worth only a fraction of the vessel's value, it will be released to creditors.

Elliott will get a bargain and sell it on the open market - legally!

Argentina may not even get credit for its value against their debt.
How embarrassing for Argentinians. I feel sympathy for the average AR citizen. Even when a symbol of national pride is in jeopardy, but offered back with reasonable terms, CFK's government still has a public tantrum.
They have made this situation far worse than it could be. And more public.

Have they no dignity? Pay up the nominal amount quietly, and take your ship home.
80 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 06:58 pm Report abuse
Troy I still think the argenturds think they can hand a judge a million greenbacks. Does you suppose they CHARTERED a jet to fly If I was Singer, I would keep the ship and put it in the waterfront as a museum. A nice large plague with it's history and how it was claimed as a debt seizure.
81 redpoll (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 07:20 pm Report abuse
Think. While I heartily concur with your assessemet of Hans Langsdorff, who got his ideals from his mentor Admiral Graf von Spee and possibly from the captain of SMS Emden, so lets leave the Esmeralda out of this discussion. Both Arturo Prat and Grau of the Huascar were fine men who died in some of the most bloody naval battles in service of thier countries, most of which are unknown outside South America. Lets not squabble about who owns the Huascar. She is a fine ship and a fitting monument to the courage of both men and thier crews and lets leave it at that
82 Pete Bog (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 07:21 pm Report abuse
“I am sure I can show them a thing or two on how CIA, Mi6 and mossad operates.”
You haven't even worked out what a pirate is yet, so the chances of you working out what a secret agent does is extremely slim.

Good Luck with your fantasy.
83 ChrisR (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 08:19 pm Report abuse
“Argentina willing to 'take Frigate Libertad Ghana seizure to international courts' Ha, ha, ha.
”Gabriel Fuks, (I think there is an 's' missing here) president of the Cascos Blancos Committee insisted that “Argentine is willing to go wherever is necessary” in order to ratify its stance and achieve the release of the Navy’s flagship vessel.“
“There are some very strong arguments over the fact that a training ship of this kind can’t be detained. That is why Argentina is willing to take the conflict to courts if necessary. We will take this issue wherever we need to, even if it may take a long time to solve it,” Fuks added.
“The Foreign Ministry’s press release was very harsh on its terms and the President has been closely monitoring the situation. There are two high ranking officials working over there and we are hoping that we can solve the situation from a political stance,” he concluded.”

Well, the Ghanaians are in for it now. TMBOA is personally looking at it so that is going to lead to a complete balls up.

The court has already decided over what can be admissible as evidence and AG had not got any.

BTW either the ‘Flagship’ has its transponder turned off or it does not have one (more likely in order to save money).

So, AG sticks two fingers up to the International Courts when the judgement doesn’t go their way, BUT in matters like this they rush to them rather than pay the ‘Get out of Ghana card fee (USD 20 M plus USD 497,000 and counting dock fees). I wonder where they will go if it ever gets that far?

Under American Law, which in this case is based on the original English Common Law in terms ot treatment, there is an outstanding writ of execution for enforcement of the judgment issued by a NY Court and substantiated by the UK judgements in favour of Singers companies. Apparently there have been no setoffs or counterclaims in favour of the judgment debtor (defendant).

It see
84 Think (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 08:28 pm Report abuse
(78) Chicureo
1) If it was called “Farmed Rainbow” it was probably not Salmon but Trout…..
(Trout or salmon, I prefer mine wild and ”Gravad”, not smoked)…..

2) It’s “Fair Trade” Costa Rica Arabica beans not “Free-trade” Costa Rica Arabica beans....... It means the opposite…..
(I prefer my Espresso with as much Robusta beans as possible…. Much more Caffeine in them…)

3) Dismissed ;-)

(81) redpoll
My dear Scottish/Uruguayan , Argie hating oligarchic latifundist……

It was the newer Esmeralda I was referring to…..

So…. Yes;, we ”leave it at that”.
85 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 09:12 pm Report abuse
Pete......piss hunter, like all la campora trolls has spent too much time thinking utube and xbox is real. He is still trying to stop wetting the bed so I don't know why is momma let's him out.
86 Chicureo (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 10:06 pm Report abuse
Think, you are correct about it being trout.  Regarding the coffee, mountian grown Arabica is my personal favorite.  What it claims on the label can be read at:
Who knows in the end?

Perhaps a brilliant solution would be for Monsanto Argentina to “quietly” post the 20 million Dollar bond that allows the ship to escape. Then after a careful investigation by the Argentinian government, the “later discovery” that it was made as a show of good will on the part of the patriotic people at Monsanto... Or whomever... 
87 ChrisR (#) Oct 13th, 2012 - 11:56 pm Report abuse

It seems the next step is for Singer to request from the Ghanaians enforcement in their court by means of a ‘found as a fact’ decision allowing the transfer of ownership to take place. There is a time limit of 90 days for the owner of the property to be seized to present payment.

So AG have 90 days left from Thursday 11th October 2012 to pay the amount in full (or as agreed with Singer) or lose the ship.

There is no right under this law to ‘hold’ proceedings up while the debtor (AG) goes to an International Court. Can’t see on what basis they can proceed with any claim, but no doubt the weasels will come up with a try-on.

@86 Chicureo

Why would Monsanto waste USD 20 M when we all know how this is going to end for them?

TMBOA will instruct the tax people to expropriate enough money to break the company.

Serves them right for dealing with crooks.
88 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 12:10 am Report abuse
@87 Chris

90 days?

That's a long time in AR politics.

By then:
- CFK will turfed out by a popular uprising or a military coup
- CFK will have consolidated her Dictatorship and expropriated the needed funds from an “evil” foreign corporation she was “forced” to “nationalise”
- CFK will have lost even more Navy ships trying to invade the Falklands as a last desperate bid to hang onto power.
89 Think (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 01:20 am Report abuse
(86) Chicureo

The more I “Think” about that, the more I “Think” that scuttling her woud be the best political solution for Argentina.....

In the meantime, I can see that you ar sending captain Ronald Mc Intyre to help.......................... Thanks.

Now to something really important...:
Lindos los cuatro de Ecuador nocierto ché?

Chuckle chuckle©
90 Chicureo (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 01:29 am Report abuse
#87 Supposedly Monsanto officially owes 70m in “taxes” and will have to pay a percentage anyway under the table (as the norm) to politicians to lower the “multas” which could be the money to post bond with Ghana to allow the vessel to escape, without officially involving the Argentine government. CFK's pride would be unhurt. Monsanto would have great PR.
#88 Economic collapse: That is what I thought EIGHT months ago.
Invasion: What country? One little detail, all four of Argentina's modern German built destroyers are powered by Rolls-Royce turbines. The vessels are considered unseaworthy due to poor servicing... (Note: yes, they have up to 40% power capacity rating according to B+V, but that's not seaworthy in my books...)
Their six corvettes are a joke and the air force is a total disgrace. The UK “pirates” have four “little toy” fighters stationed in the islands and at least one “insignificant” vessel that could easily defeat all the combined forces of Argentina... Wait, I know, CFK will talk this to death...
91 Think (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 08:54 am Report abuse
(90) Chicureo
Luuuuuv your description of our Argentinean Armed Farces!
They have been like that for about what?........... 30 years now?
And what are the results of them being so piteously badly equipped?

Are the young military cadets from our neighboring Countries agreeing among themselves to rather die than surrender to an overwhelming Argentinian attack?…….............. Nope.
Are our neighboring Countries Armed Farces planning an attack on Argentina?……............................ Nope.
Is Argentina enjoying its longest period of democracy and internal peace ever?......................................... Juppp.

Respectfully rephrasing H.W.L :
“Für mich ist ein lebender junger Mann mehr wert als hunderttausend tote Helden.”

Jumping now to another topic………..:
“Argentina’s economy should have collapsed some eight months ago you “Think” ……”

You know what?……... What about a little wager…..?

I bet you a month pension that, eight months from now (01 July 2013) most, if not all, economical indicators (private and International ones; not INDEC) will look better than today.

Wager payable at: or

(I must caution you that, in the couple of years I have been posting here, I have won 3 similar wagers (although for a lesser amount of 100 RA$) and I have reason to believe that all those gentleman have paid their dues…..)
92 Frank (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 09:11 am Report abuse
@89 'The more I “Think” about that, the more I “Think” that scuttling her wou(l)d be the best political solution for Argentina.....'

Not real flash when it comes to 'thinking' outside your humpy are you Thicko?

Any action like that would see the captain in the slammer with the key thrown away....

'A box of matches and some rags soaked in fuel oil would suffice,' ....hmmmm maybe on an RG ship ... not on well run and maintained ship it wouldn't...

The best solution for argentina would be to pay up, meet their obligations, etc.
93 Think (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 09:32 am Report abuse
“Remembancer” to the Captain…..:

1) Remember to disconnect the fire alarms.

2) Remember to block the fire doors in their open position.

3) Remember to disconnect the sprinkler and inert gas systems.
94 Frank (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 10:01 am Report abuse
I doubt she has items mentioned at 2 or 3

#4 remember that a conviction for arson, etc etc etc, will see you spending a long time in an Accra jail.......

#5 remember that ship captains are considered guilty even before they do anything wrong...
95 Think (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 10:44 am Report abuse

The whole situation with the Argentinean ship is just a “precursor” for the Europeans about how those “Vulture Funds” operate.

Of course; Europeans couldn't care less, as long as “Vulture Funds” did operate against “Fringe Countries”.

But now, those “Vulture Funds”, all of them “incidentally”, based in the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands (the legendary “Tortuga” pirate Island:-) are beginning to operate against European Countries as Greece, Spain, Portugal and very probably Ireland in the near future.

That will mean that a significant percentage of the European Community monies will end in the pockets of some Billionaires based in UK territory...

Let’s see what the European politicians and citizens “Think” about that.....

Inform yourselves....:

96 LEPRecon (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 11:04 am Report abuse
@95 - Think

Boring! Yawn!

The problem isn't vulture funds, the problem is that Argentina owes that of money and refuses to pay it back.

What will you do if you don't get your ship back? Cry? Stamp your foot? Complain to the UN that the nasty Ghanaians are picking on you?

Pathetic, Think, just like your government.
97 ElaineB (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 11:13 am Report abuse
Vulture funds operate legally. Argentina's refusal to pay its' debts is illegal.

I don't know how CFKC is going to get out of this without egg on her face.
98 briton (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 11:15 am Report abuse
A lot of talk, a lot of arguments, mostly away from the facts,

1, Ghana has argentine ship,
2, argentina must pay or lose it to auction
The Falkland islander people could buy the ship, and display it on show,

Maker lotta money, mmmm

99 Think (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 12:03 pm Report abuse
(97) ElaineB

You say:
“Vulture funds operate legally.....”

I say:
Vulture funds are finding their operations being hampered by Western Courts more and more often....

I hope they are greedy enough to attack the European economiesas they attack African and South-American ones.....

The European response will surely be direct and swift.

I don't know how CFKC is going to get out of this without egg on her face.
100 yankeeboy (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 12:44 pm Report abuse
Think, The so called vulture funds have 100s of judgements against argentina all over the world. One of CFKs stupid minions directed the Ship to Ghana over the protests from the Navy. The Navy knew the ship could be taken at any time.
I hope you don't use Aerolineas Argentina to fly Internationally. you may get stuck somewhere soon.
101 Chicureo (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 01:30 pm Report abuse
Think:  Although I appreciate your offer to contribute to a very fine organization, I respectfully decline to wager.   I suspect also that CFK has “more magic tricks in her bag.” (Question: do your pension checks originate from an office addressed Av. 25 de Mayo?)

Costa Rica has about the best defense budget strategy in Latin America, but you can't rattle your saber and threaten other countries with nothing to back you up. 

After careful thought, under similar circumstances, as captain of the Esmerelda and with direct orders from the Chilean Admiralty to scuttle her, I would disobey.

Despite the tall the ship's tarnished image due to the incredible  poor leadership of the Chilean Admiralty in 1973, she remains an important symbol of our country.  

No matter how much fire damage you could create,  permanently scuttling the steel-hulled vessel would require several timed explosive charges preferably while in deeper waters.  As the ship would begin her death list, anyone within the range of her four masts could be easily killed.  Anyone harmed, no matter what their nationality, would be the legal criminal responsibility of the captain.  (That would include Ghanian port authorities or fishermen, as an example.)

It's a classic “Catch 22” situation:  To willfully destroy her due to corrupt political policy during peacetime and even despite official Admiralty orders, I would refuse.  My concern would be for my crew and making sure no one was harmed in the seizure of the vessel. (No pistol scene over the Chilean navy banner either.)  This would no doubt result in a devastating court-martial with disgrace and cause the destruction of the naval careers of a few of my serving officers as well.
102 KretinaKK (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 01:32 pm Report abuse
No matter what kind of warships, airplanes or weapons that Argentine armed forces has, even if they had the latest techology and weapons available to mankind, think have you ever been in close quarters together with a bunch of Argentine men? They would totally ignore the fighting part (they only like to yell and scream, maybe go as far as a slap on the face if they get really insulted), they would all be grabbing each other's crotches and trying to mount each other. They are a bunch of horny dudes and would RUN from the front lines into each other's arms. Argie men are really cute to look at, but luv to play “plug the poop chute” before anything else!
103 Think (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 02:38 pm Report abuse
(101) Chicureo

What about 100 Argentinean pesos then?
It's only 10,000 Chilean pesos!

Costa Rica has, indeed, the best defense budget strategy in Latin America.
They are not rattling any sabers nor threatening other Countries...
Neither is Argentina...

Unlike in Chile, in Argentina the commander in chief of the Armed Farces is the President.
Let's hope our Captain has more respect for the chain of command than you have.

Pretty as She is, She is just steel, brass and tree......
If She has to go, She will go as the symbol of a Country fighting a sick financial system.
Besides....The scuttling doesn't need to be total......
As long as the damage exceeds the eventual profit the Vulture Fund could get from Her, the mission will be accomplished.
104 yankeeboy (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 03:18 pm Report abuse
Typical Rg, resorting to selfish violence to prove a point.

If you don't agree with me I will take my toys home! Whaa Whaa

It is a country full of adolescents (maybe) in grown up bodies

You got caught pay up or don't you don't that ship is probably going to NYC harbour soon w/o any Rgs on bored.
105 Chicureo (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 03:19 pm Report abuse
Somewhat the opposite, when the collapse eventually occurs, I promise upon my questionable honor as a commissioned officer and gentleman, to make an undisclosed contribution to a charity in Argentina that provides assistance to an orphanage for children. I think they will suffer greatly and will need the help most. (The Cruz Roja unfortunately has become involved politically with the government and I think their administration costs world wide are too high..)

If the sailing ship were attacked in an act of belligerence I would not dare to strike my colors. However, wjust as the brave commanding German general who refused to obey Hitler and destroy the city upon abandoning Paris, I would do the same. It would be cowardly to scuttle your ship.
106 Think (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 03:41 pm Report abuse
(105) Chicureo

So; your theory about the imminent collapse of the Argentinean economy is not even worth 100 pesitos..... huhhhh?

About the Libertad....

1) You are comparing apples and oranges now........
2) You are introducing the “Reductio ad Hitlerum”; ergo you are losing.
107 Chicureo (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 04:03 pm Report abuse
108 Think (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 04:09 pm Report abuse
109 Chicureo (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 04:24 pm Report abuse
Computer bad entry.

No, I'm actully offering an olive branch. Your charitable contributions should go to whomever you decide. When the “currency correction” takes place, I plan to modestly assist an old age home, or orphanage IN Argentina during the crisis. They will probably need it the most.

I also plan to take advantage of a buying spree as in the past. As I mentioned, CFK has more tricks in her bag, so there is probably no imminent collapse.

BTW: Destroying a national symbol over a legal issue caused by a corrupt government is not honorable. (And yes, so is willfully disobeying orders. “Catch-22”)
110 ChrisR (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 04:27 pm Report abuse
@91 I don't Think aka The Turnip In Chief

Remember this:
Think (#)Oct 02nd, 2012 - 05:39 pmReport abuse
All the money in my wallet........

A 100 Argentinean pesos bill
16 Argentinean pesos in coins ( no Malvinas coin, sorry)
And a 5 Euro bill Iapparently forgot to put away on a landslide victory of at least 14% for Hugo Chavez next Sunday..........
As you lost, do I take it you paid the money into one of the above links?

Don't bother to think of an answer Think, we all think we KNOW the answer Think, what do you think Think?

111 Think (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 05:11 pm Report abuse
(110) ChrisR ( Mr. Razor sharp flick knife)

On Oct 02nd, 2012 on post No. (7) I wrote…..:
All the money in my wallet........
A 100 Argentinean pesos bill
16 Argentinean pesos in coins (No Malvinas coin, sorry)
And a 5 Euro bill I apparently forgot to put away on a landslide victory of at least 14% for Hugo Chavez next Sunday..........

Later, at post No. 13 I wrote….:
Apparently none of tMercoPress's American or British “Experts” in Latinamerican Affairs is willing to take my wager at (7)......
Wonder why?.....

1) I don’t remember anybody accepting my wager….
2) Hugo Chaves won……
3) Hugo Chaves won a landslide victory.
4) Hugo Chaves won a landslide victory in 23 of the 25 Venezuelan states with a 11.12% margin to Capriles.
5) My prediction was better than any Poll Company or even the CIA’s…

Not bad for an O’l Patagonian geezer……
So…… Where did I lose?
112 Chicureo (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 08:06 pm Report abuse
It is the will of the people to democratically decide who will govern them and outside interference should not be made as long as international human rights are maintained.

Therefore, the Venezulean people have decided and we should respect their rights. Their fate is their own decision, even if it is wrong from our perspective...
Sort of like the islanders of Puerto Rico, Bermuda and the Falklands.
113 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 08:38 pm Report abuse
11 % percent is considered a landslide in shit....I mean south america?
114 ChrisR (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 08:50 pm Report abuse
@111 I don't Think aka The Turnip In Chief
“victory of at least 14%”

It does not matter whether anyone took the bet, in fact I was going to but did not know how I would collect OR, in the event of you being correct, how I would pay.

9% is not 14%, so you lost the bet. It was not that Chavez would win as I think most people would have put money on that, even if Capriles had got 100% he would still have 'lost'.

Do you consider 5.0% a landslide? Do not overlook the fact that if just 5.0% were to have voted for Capriles he would have won and who is to say they did not?

But no-one can believe the 54% anyway, I think TMBOA wanted it that way as she obviously fancies him and wanted a 'pair' of results to keep it ‘in the family’, so to speak.
115 Chicureo (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 09:01 pm Report abuse
The only true loser was Venezula.
116 ChrisR (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 09:21 pm Report abuse
115 Chicureo

Well said.
117 Acchiappaladri (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 09:31 pm Report abuse
Your Comment@99
Senor Think,

“I say:
Vulture funds are finding their operations being hampered by Western Courts more and more often....”

Either you are ignorant (literally) or you are just writing poor Ladroprogresista propaganda.

As long as they abide by the law (as they usually do), junk-bond funds, distressed-bond funds, all kind of highly speculative/high risk investors are not bothered at all by Western Courts. [I regret that national and international financial regulations have not been reformed yet to restrict some financial operations that are detrimental for the global stability of the markets, but this has nothing to do with insolvent, arrogant, scafflaw Argentine government].

“I hope they are greedy enough to attack the European economiesas they attack African and South-American ones.....”
So??? What's new? They are “greedy” ... it's their business: they do “attack European economies” ... But even Greece has defaulted (great political shame for the E.U. ... really a dirty job), taking the lead over Argentina now just #2 rank with sovereign defaults, haircutting its NATIONAL law bonds in a 100% legal way.
Greece has nothing to do with “Western courts” ... Greece has duly paid ALL its foreign law bonds.

But “Western courts”, is the US, England, Germany are busier and busier lately ruling against Argentina ... and your government behaves as usual: SCAFFLAW !!!
You could pay cash (according to your own official declarations) billions and you don't pay one cent to your creditors even when international courts (chosen BY YOU!) confirm your obligation to pay! Sad to say, Argentina is a robber, period.

“The European response will surely be direct and swift.”
It looks like you know nothing of today's E.U. and its countries.
Come here (you are welcome as long as you come well loaded with euro , USD, GBP, CHF, yen, ... leave your pesos home please) and spend some time with us and you will change your mind.
118 Think (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 10:06 pm Report abuse
(117) Acchiappaladri

Caro commendatore....:

Just a pair of recent examples of the “Ladroprogresista Propaganda” that this ignorant Patagonian old man is spreading....:

As you surely can read, I didn't even have to “walk very far away from my humble shed” to find the above examples....

I could find hundreds more like those for you but.....
I try to interact as little as possible with insulting Turnips.....

About “ Going to Europe” to change my mind......
Well......., I recently spent a couple of weeks in your Country (Camogli, Pcia de Genova) and my mind hasn't change....
I miss the Focaccia con Cipolla though..................
119 Chicureo (#) Oct 14th, 2012 - 11:56 pm Report abuse
Singer has more money than he knows what to do with, so he charitably hires lawyers to make corrupt deadbeat governments pay internationally recognized debts.  Personally, I'd squander my millions on caviar, truffles, great vintage wines and women... (Of course, both my wife and liver would never put up with this...)
In the end, I'm enjoying the “show” and applaud Singer's success in humiliating the mad empress without clothes.  I do feel some sympathy for the commanding officers, but this is an interesting life experience for the cadets. (The tales they'll tell for the rest of their lives...)
The schadenfreude of the imagined rage going on in the Casa Rosada is truly entertaining.
120 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 12:28 am Report abuse
@89 Think

“The more I “Think” about that, the more I “Think” that scuttling her woud be the best political solution for Argentina.....”


Scuttle your own Argentinian icon - I agree, best idea politically.
That'll show 'em!

That way CFK will be the most revered Argentinian 'Old Lady'. No more competition.

You will certainly stop the creditors from getting any value out of the boat either.

I'm sure they'll still credit you the full amount of her worth against your debt, too. :-D
121 Frank (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 02:27 am Report abuse
Why is Chile getting involved? They have arrested the ship...not the people on it.

I doubt Ghana will give 3rd parties the time of day... maybe just a simple 'How many Chileans did you say? OK... we will send a bus.... their plane leaves at 1300.......'
122 Pirat-Hunter (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 06:57 am Report abuse
#50 i am sorry son i didn't know your mom's name was pie.
#52 cowards who bomb innocent Muslim women and children from a plane or thousands of miles away could never call people who fight man to man cowards, everyone here knows the typical English value don't shoe shine sandals they will never become shoes.
#62 if all there is is pesos thats all there is. No bank gived Argentines their savings back in 2001 why should we give those banks dollars now.
TTC sounds familiar maybe you could elaborate a little.
#63 oviusly you not familiar with white elephants and Indian culture or the horse of Troy in the Greek mythology ?..
#65 good luck and keep me posted, I don't know how Norway could figure it out when half of the world population wear black, they are going to need a lot more clues then that.
#115 Correction It was Venezuelans who voted for chavez in other words Venezuela was the only winner.
123 Clyde15 (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 09:23 am Report abuse
#122 - 52 above.
If you want to rant please put it in ENGLISH so at least we can have a grasp of what you are saying.
“everyone here knows the typical English value don't shoe shine sandals they will never become shoes.”
The above quote is gibberish - it means nothing in English -or Canadian
124 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 10:16 am Report abuse him some slack. He was swinging in the trees in his jungle land much longer than he was walking and shining peoples sandals.
125 ChrisR (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 10:57 am Report abuse

“Navy Secretary General Luis María González Day, expressed confidence that the ”joint ministerial commission that went to Ghana to seek the release of the training vessel Libertad will reach a successful agreement.“

In addition, the official downplayed the fact that the ship is held: ”The delay continues to be another step in the journey.“

Regarding the situation of the crew, Day said: ”The crew is very well, they are in constant touch with their families, and hoping that the commission that went to Ghana will get the ship sailing again.“

Finally, Day denied that there is an evacuation plan for the crew of the Libertad frigate so sailors could return to the country.”

126 Pete Bog (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 11:37 am Report abuse
“call people who fight man to man cowards, ”

Explain why the Argentine pirates with more troops than the UK, surrendered to UK forces in 1982.

Explain why the Paras took Goose Green with 1/3 of the numbers of Argentine pirates based there?

Explain why when told they would not be attacked, the pirate escorts to the Belgrano ran away without picking up survivors from the Belgrano?

If all those Argetine pirates on the Falkland Islands in 1982 had really believed in their cause , they would have not surrendered, but luckily after being told right up to the last minute by Galteiri's Hitler- style propaganda they were winning, reality finally dawned on them.
127 briton (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 12:43 pm Report abuse
more toys you give 122
the more he will play with them.

ignore please.
he can come back when he reaches maturity.
128 Chicureo (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 01:25 pm Report abuse
You ask how a vastly smaller force defeated superior numbers in the Falklands?
Moral LEADERSHIP. The woman leading her country at the time contrasts to the foul corrupt and crazy zorra currently in the Casa Rosada...
129 ProRG_American (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 09:52 pm Report abuse
Mr Ministers. Please tell the “good Governance” leaders of Ghana that you would like your ship out of port in 48 hours else we will have the Sao Paolo and the ARA help you tow it out of harbor, and that the lights will be put out for 6 months as we leave.
130 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 01:41 am Report abuse
@129 PoRky Autism

131 Pirat-Hunter (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 05:30 am Report abuse
If people really want justice we better meet at the international courts of justice I am sure ghana's entire justice system was bought out by Vultures. Argentina really needs to give up collecting antiques and start investing in an all national nuclear defense program.
132 LEPRecon (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 06:43 am Report abuse
@131 - PH

Argentina has NEVER abided by a decision made by the international courts when it went against them. In fact, the Argentine government is constantly saying that the international courts have no jurisdiction over Argentina (despite signing treaties to the contrary), so why go to the international courts now?

Is it because their attempt at bribery has failed miserably?

And your continuing fantasies regarding nuclear weapons is so funny! I mean, Argentina can't even cough up the meagre amount of Us$20,000,000 to get its ship back, let alone develop a prohibitively expensive nuclear weapons programme. I mean if Argentina had nuclear weapons what would you do? Nuke Ghana? Not a good idea since Ghana is part of the Commonwealth and is therefore protected by the UK who would immediately launch a counterstrike against Argentina.

PH, you live in a make believe world where you believe that nuclear weapons will make Argentina powerful, feared and respected. Well, it won't. With or without nuclear weapons Argentina would be an impotent country, without respect.

How can Argentina gain respect? First you need to elect a government that cares more for Argentina and her people than they do about lining their own pockets. Then honour your debts. Start following intentional law instead of flouting it every time it becomes inconvenient.

Then encourage investment to develop and exploit your natural resources, and use the profits from those resources to improve the infrastructure, education, health, housing and the lives of ordinary Argentine citizens. You can use the money to give tax breaks to assist domestic companies in being competitive and to encourage foreign companies to open factories in Argentina, thus creating jobs. Jobs means people having disposable income, which in turn will make them want to spend money, thus helping the economy. It's not rocket science, it's simple economics.

Poor PH, who loves Argentina soooooooo much, he lives in another country.
133 Troy Tempest (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 07:41 am Report abuse
@131 PH ALEX

Wasn't that helpful of nice Mr. LEPRecon to give you advice.

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134 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 10:16 am Report abuse
#129 sussie are you typing in your sleep again? Well when they go to the international courts, in a year of so and they tell the RGs...“but you waived immunity rights on the loan”, what then RG's? The international courts are owned by the vulture funds? You RGs have no pride or know no shame, pay your debt, you borrowed the money, you took the money, you used the money.
135 niddenmiqu (#) Oct 19th, 2012 - 02:30 am
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