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Growing uproar in Argentina with the concession trains and transport system

Friday, February 24th 2012 - 21:37 UTC
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Argentina’s Auditor-General Leandro Despouy stated that TBA which holds the Sarmiento and Mitre train lines’ concessions should automatically lose all contracts after the fatal train crash that killed 50 and left more than 700 injured in Once Central Station in downtown Buenos Aires. Read full article

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  • ElaineB

    Who are the government going to blame when the Aerolineas planes start dropping out of the sky due to lack of maintenance?

    Feb 24th, 2012 - 10:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    nationalisation perchance?

    Feb 24th, 2012 - 10:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    “What happened is not new. By 2008 the audit we ran revealed that the company levels of failure to comply with orders and procedures were high. Actually the Executive branch could have easily terminated the concession contract.”

    So did they fix the problems 4 years ago or did someone in government just pocket a slab of cash?

    When utilities are privatised in well organised societies the government keeps a very close eye on them.... at least they do in the well organised society I live in...

    Feb 24th, 2012 - 11:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @3 Yes. In 2008 they knew it was all focked and they did nothing *cough* corruption *cough* . Now lots of people have unsurprisingly died, and the government who did nothing is claiming to be representing them in court (in order to prevent themselves for being sued).

    Feb 25th, 2012 - 10:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    KFC seems to have gone into hiding... maybe looking for divine guidence from Kim Il Nestor re the next move on the Falklands.... http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/93725/cfk-flies-to-santa-cruz-to-reappear-in-rosario-on-monday
    National Fag Day ... thats sounds like a gay old event.... lets all jump on the 'Rosario Express' and go have a look.. then again... maybe not....

    Feb 25th, 2012 - 10:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • J.A. Roberts

    KFC... Hilarious!

    Feb 26th, 2012 - 12:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mrlayback

    Its´s not exactly doing her image much good now is it, I mean at least make a public speech mourning the innocent victims or was she to busy doing something else ! wonder what that could be.......

    Feb 26th, 2012 - 02:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @7 Dear Leader KFC, Soon to be Leader Fat-nestor and Lady-gaga have gone to speak to Eternal Leader Nestor to get some ideas on how to not have to open her financial books to third party scrutiny, and so disturbing her while this takes place is seen as bad taste in Argentina.

    Also, if she pokes her head about the parapet, she might get it shot off. In office she's made herself fantastically rich from property deals and failed to invest in rail safety for years and years and years. Political maneuvering is required at this point, like ranting on about malvinas and squid.

    Feb 26th, 2012 - 10:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #5“President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner kept her silence over the train crash in Once....

    Meanwhile, the President once again made no public comments regarding the train crash in Once that killed 51 people and injured 702, following her Thursday meeting with Transport Secretary Juan Pablo Schiavi.

    She has thus far only mentioned the tragedy in a communiqué released late Wednesday night, in which she expresser her deep sorrow and sent her condolences to the victims’ families.”

    What a mendacious report, basically trying to give the impression throughout that Cristina has been derelict in responding to the crash before admitting virtually in small print that she has already released a statement and sent her condolences to the victims as well as dealing with the incident with the transport minister.

    Looks like some people are exploiting the tragedy to attack Cristina. Sick

    Feb 26th, 2012 - 06:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @9 We understand you're on the defensive and being a victim, because that's just what you do. But she's their president, so where is she?

    Feb 26th, 2012 - 08:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @10. We know she is not up to the job. She was a puppet of Nestor and now has to telephone Chavez on a daily basis because she HAS NOT ONE CLUE how to run Argentina.

    The woman has severe mental health issues - Argentines will tell you this @9, if you actually bothered to visit the place> Why not pick a pop star to be your 'spiritual leader'? Then you can live in a fantasy land of idealism that will not affect the lives of millions when CFKC drives that country off a cliff.

    Feb 26th, 2012 - 09:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #11 The “mental health” canard issue is a lie, no madwoman could do what Cristina has managed to do. She seems to have been very proactive over the crash, if you didn't hate her so much you wouldn't be using it to score points, quite disgracefully

    Feb 26th, 2012 - 10:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @12 No it is not a lie. It is a well-known fact in Argentina, something you should know. I did not say she was 'mad' but had mental health issues. She is bi-polar and has an uncontrollable temper (she has admitted this).

    She has not achieved anything. Nada. Absolutely jack shit. Her late husband ran the country until he died. He was due to run for President again; not her.

    You sound very young and idealist with no life experience to set it against. Continue running your fan club but, seriously, you need to visit Argentina and see the reality.

    Feb 26th, 2012 - 11:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @12,13 on that note, can we have a list of things that she's accomplished while in office other than grooming her son to be next president and buying a lot of shoes like Imelda Marcos?

    Feb 27th, 2012 - 09:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    The bottom line is there is little to gain from involving yourself in a disaster where lots of people died.

    Give it 30 years and it'll become a useful political tool to beat somebody about something.

    Feb 27th, 2012 - 10:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @15 In 30 years time their history will have been altered to say that KFC saved most of the train with her thought rays, but her laser beams weren't able to save everyone, because the evil British robots were attacking her. This will be daily reading for children in school who will have to chant about KFCs bravery at this time.

    Feb 27th, 2012 - 11:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #11 I should have pulled you up on this before, but when Nestor was in they said he was a puppet for his wife didn't they?! She was on the national, as opposed to state, political scene before him wasn't she?

    As for Chavez he said at an international gathering that Cristina's the only one who tells him off when he goes too far, so it doesn't sound like she's taking orders from him either, if they are on the phone every day maybe she's the one giving him advice =) I love Chavez for his courage but as a politician Cristina is even canny and more clever, and probably the ideal representative for the left, both for her beauty and her brains.

    As for what she's achieved - jailing the junta, defying the IMF, securing a quick recovery and economic growth, improving the lot of the poor, enshrining the inclusive society as a national consensus, and I could also mention other things like gay marriage etc. Not bad in its own terms, even better when compared to most leaders who back the elite and either do nothing or make things worse

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 10:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    @17 next thing you will be saying was that she used to bash him up and not v/v

    Mar 01st, 2012 - 12:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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