Monday, August 24th 2015 - 08:54 UTC

Pope Francis and the Malvinas

Francis’s generosity of word and openness has also made him an easy target for those who want to try and use his global popularity to push a particular cause

By Jimmy Burns - The snapped moment of encounter projected fast and globally on the world wide web has become as much as a characteristic of the Francis papacy, as his twitter account @pontifex. This is a papacy with a charismatic personality and instinctive communicator at its helm. It is also a papacy advised by media specialists and diplomats that know something about the opportunity offered by the digital age to spread a message with an impact that would have inconceivable just a few years ago.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 05:54 UTC

Malvinas pic controversy: “Francis spoke with his low tone but strong voice”

“With his low tone but strong voice he only asked for the United Kingdom and Argentina to sit to dialogue,” said cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez

Despite the controversy generated by Wednesday picture which showed Pope Francis holding a banner calling for dialogue between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, and later a spokesperson's dismissal of the significance of the incidence, the best definition of what really happened seems to have come from Argentina's cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez in his daily media conference, “the pontiff”, he said, spoke with his “low tone but strong voice”.

Thursday, August 20th 2015 - 07:30 UTC

Pope Francis quashes any attempt to foster Falklands/Malvinas dialogue

Pope's spokesman said the poster was handed during a weekly public gathering when lots of people give him things and “he had no idea what the item was”

Pope Francis was sucked into Argentina's dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands after an activist thrust a sign in his hands calling for dialogue between the two countries and President Cristina Fernandez jumped on the opportunity to rekindle the fight.

Thursday, August 20th 2015 - 07:28 UTC

Argentine and Chilean navies in Beagle channel joint sea and air exercise

“After 15 years of this exercise which means 'confidence' between our navies, the purpose is greater combined operation capability” said captain Galeazzi.

Argentina and Chile are holding their annual joint naval exercise in the Beagle channel, in the framework of the 1984 Friendship Treaty, to test their combined sea an air capabilities in the region. This includes emergency and humanitarian situations; maritime traffic control as well as search and rescue operations, operating from Puerto Williams in Chile.

Monday, August 17th 2015 - 07:18 UTC

Formal farewell for Argentine Malvinas Mirage aircraft, after 40 years service

A fly-past by the French built Mirage that fought during the Falklands' conflict

Last week the Argentine Air Force formally bid farewell to the remaining French built Mirage jet fighters, which saw combat during the Falkland Islands conflict in 1982, since in three months time they will be decommissioned after four decades service. The occasion was the 103 anniversary of the Air Force (10th August but celebrated on the 13th).

Monday, August 17th 2015 - 06:59 UTC

Argentine Air Force virtually grounded following drastic spending cuts

Minister Rossi caught taking a nap during the 103rd anniversary celebration of the Argentine Air Force

Difficult times for the Argentine Air Force, not only was the Minister of Defense Agustín Rossi caught asleep during the celebration of the service's anniversary, but also as of next Tuesday administrative staff at the headquarters Edificio Condor will be working a shorter shift, from 08:00 in the morning to 13:00 hours with the purpose of savings in power and other supplies as well as rationing catering.

Saturday, August 15th 2015 - 08:14 UTC

US dollar in Argentina reaches its highest mark so far this year: 15.10 Pesos

The recent primaries with no clear winner and possible alliances open to different situations have become stressful for the political system.

Argentina's foreign exchange market was quite active on Friday and the so called 'blue' or 'parallel' dollar hit the highest mark in the year at 15.10 Pesos. Meanwhile the official US dollar ended half a cent higher at 9.255 Pesos in banks and foreign exchange agencies.

Friday, August 14th 2015 - 09:44 UTC

Argentina: July inflation 1.92% and 27.15% annually says Congressional index

“It is clear that contrary to government's efforts to hide reality, the inflation index continues to climb”, said Bullrich

Argentina's July inflation for the private financial consultants climbed 1.92% and in the last twelve months reached 27.15%, according to the report released in Congress by opposition lawmakers. The so called 'congress index' is an average of the different private consultants which is released monthly by lawmakers to avoid fines and reprisals from government.

Friday, August 14th 2015 - 09:06 UTC

Highest PLO award to Cristina Fernandez for supporting Palestinian state

“It’s very significant that Argentina was on the forefront in leading the majority of the continent in recognizing Palestine,” said Saeb Erekat

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chief Saeb Erekat praised Argentine President Cristina Fernandez for her support and recognition of the Palestinian state as he paid tribute to the backing of the region’s leaders.

Thursday, August 13th 2015 - 07:05 UTC

Rain and floods in Buenos Aires province become a political challenge

In the north of the province, around 11,000 remained evacuated as a result of the rise of the Lujan, Arrecifes, Salto, Areco and Matanza rivers

Over 20.000 people are estimated to have been evacuated or suffering flooding because of continued rains in Buenos Aires province where a wind alert for the River Plate area and coastal zones is hampering draining possibilities, a situation which started last week and is expected to last until Sunday.


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