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Cristina Fernandez administration accused of corruption and waste by farm leaders

Monday, July 29th 2013 - 03:40 UTC
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Claiming the government of President Cristina Fernandez has wasted opportunities with ‘cheap politics and extended corruption’, the Argentine Rural Society, SRA president Luis Miguel Etchevehere inaugurated this weekend the Rural farm show in Palermo, the largest event of its kind in Argentina. Read full article


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  • Troy Tempest

    Saw this one coming!!

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 05:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    “The national government wasted opportunities and misspent subsidies with cheap politics, corruption and populist actions”

    Wow!! Really?? KFC's government is corrupt and only in power to make a quick buck???

    You would have thought it........................

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 08:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • agent999

    70% of Argentinians believe there will be no improvements in the economy in the coming year.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 09:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Every public and lots of private “hard asset” wealth has been stolen, misused and squandered by the Kirchners.

    Argentina has more debt and less assets than in did in 2001.

    I get the feeling something spectacular is right around the corner.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 11:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Optimus_Princeps

    This news is precisely what we've known all along.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 11:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    Told you so....

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 11:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Baxter

    The President of the Rural Society should be careful . Tomorrow they will check his tax payments . Then his properties . It is a brave man who takes on the “Monster” .

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 12:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    It is just one step away.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 01:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Never mind she will be able to sell all the farms she confiscates to the Chin.

    That should double her money!

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 01:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JamesS

    They should rally with the cacerolazo organisations on 8th of August...

    then again she'll just ignore it.... Victory Front are good at doing that!!

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 02:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Baxter

    9 . Why not sell to the British . I understand that Prince Charles is looking for investment opportunities !

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 03:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • axel arg

    Anybody can agree or not on the ideas of the rural society, but nobody can deny that it has always had such a great ideological coherence along the years, that's why it has been the same reactionary, authoritarian and antidemocratic entity since it was created more than 100 years ago. In fact, it supported all the coup d'etats of last century, and it has always conditioned all constitutional governments.
    In some way, it's coherent that although the agrarian sector had very high profitablilities thanks to c.f. k's policies, and to international prices of comodities, etchevere, and all the rest of his partners reject absolutly the policies of kirchnerism, because both have very contrary interests.
    However, there is something that etchevere, and all the rest of his reactionary partners must understand once and for all. If argentina wants to have a sustainable industrial project, which is the purpose of kirchnerism, it's absolutly necesary to continue charging rents to the agrarian sector, in the same way that it's also necesary to charge taxes to financial activities, because we need a more progresive tributary structure, the actual actual one is less regressive that the structure of the decade of the 90's, but it's still regressive.
    The country won't be an industrial nation, if the government allows powerful masters to waste the profitablity of the agrarian sector again, like in other decades..
    On the other hand, at the same time that they consider the last 10 years as a lost decade, it was anounced a few weeks ago a record in corns productions, so, although the rural society cries, it continues counting more and more counting, thanks to the policies of lady who it hates histerically.
    Some of our regional economies have serious problems, but they won't be solved with the ideas proposed by the rural society. It's necesary to continue helping them with more credicts and subsides.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 04:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Ahh Axel agreeing with Statist/Marxist ideals that are ruining his country.
    You do realize that my guess that you'll be making less than U$250/mo as a teacher by eoy is filling right into place right?
    BTW what happens when ALL of the Wealth is stolen and the gov't can't pay salaries?
    You know FORD, GM, DOW are about ready to pack it in don't you.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 06:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    I don't understand. Everybody knows that CFK's “administration” is corrupt and criminal. But there is PROOF! Just look above. “axel arg” is spouting his incomprehensible support. “Support” from a brainless lard-arse. And he has said he's a “teacher”. A “government” brain-washer, shit and general turd. Any “believers”?

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 07:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Optimus_Princeps

    @12 People like you are sickening Argentina. You can't observe events for yourself, and even repeat the same diluted political drivel that the K's are known for.

    The farmers are sick of having over a third of their income stolen, only to be handed over to lazy barbarians that rape, kill and steal for fun. There are no more profits in Argentina. The tax burden has already destroyed businesses all over the country.

    Lastly, this post is more for the others in this forum with some mental capacity. K's are deaf to reason and common sense. In 2015, you will change your political alignment when being a K is no longer acceptable.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 07:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    Lets hope the change starts in October. Remove her control of the congress.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 07:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @12 Axel Grease

    “However, there is something that etchevere, and all the rest of his reactionary partners must understand once and for all. If argentina wants to have a sustainable industrial project, which is the purpose of kirchnerism, it's absolutly necesary to continue charging rents to the agrarian sector,”

    Ha ha, Axel!!!
    “which is the purpose of kirchnerism,”
    Oh, that is too much.

    The purpose of Kirchnerism is to enrich Kirchner and her cronies!!

    Maybe that includes you???

    If not, all these policies are at YOUR expense.

    You are either a liar or a dupe!!

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 08:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A_V0ice

    When will it end?
    People have become weary of corruption scandals at the highest levels of government.  Public Works Minister Julio De Vido, for instance, is at the center of a scandal accusing him of running a system of bribery in public work contracts.  When former Economy Minister Roberto Lavagna publicly accused De Vido, then president Néstor Kirchner promptly fire him… Lavagna, that is!!  
    Vice President Amado Boudou, in turn, was under investigation for shady dealings through front-men in his take-over of a major currency printing company, Ciccone Calcográfica, which the government continues to award multimillion dollar contracts to print Argentina’s currency (in ever-increasing demand due to inflation!). Then expropriated it.....they paid Boudou.
    But the gem in the Kirchner Crown of Corruption and Fraud involves President Cristina Kirchner herself: the almost complete disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds in her native Santa Cruz province in the Patagonia region, at the hands of her deceased husband, former President Néstor Kirchner back in the early nineties when he was Provincial Governor. 

    The personal wealth of the Kirchners, their relatives and key business and political associates rose dramatically: in her recent sworn statement of personal assets, Cristina Kirchner admitted having a net worth of over $ 70 million.  When asked how she had managed to amass such a huge fortune with her modest salary as congresswoman and then President, she explained this was the result of her “successful career as a lawyer”.  However, she has never been able to produce evidence that she even graduated from Law School, nor evidence of any lawsuit in which she collected substantial lawyer’s fees.  
    Argentina ranks 105th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (it is on the same level as Algeria, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Senegal).

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 08:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Baxter

    12 Great little post .Now I know why the country is in such a mess . Do you work for Moreno or Boudou ?

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 08:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Trunce!

    @11 & 18

    And your buddy accused me of trolling ; )

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 09:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ayayay

    @21 yb wow

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 09:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Soy is trading below U$500, and if I remember correctly that's breakeven for the Farmers.
    Rut Ro

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 10:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Baxter

    20 And they day that it will continúe to fall !

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 11:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • axel arg

    Beyond that i didn't expect a serious analysis from many of you, in fact, i just expected the usuall insults or the mediocre analysis based on distorted information, or on too partial interpretations, published in the press, especially in clarin and la nación, i want to tell you that i don't pretend most people in this forum to think like me, because it's evident that our ideologies are very different, however, it doesn't mean that you have to defend the interests of such a reactionary entity like the rural society, don't worry, because while you defend it's posture, they continue counting more and mre money, thanks' to the policies of the lady who you and the rural society hate so much.
    Interpetations will always be free, but facts are sacred, although i don't omit the serious problems of some of our regional economies, that's why i said that it's necesary that the state continues helping small farmers with more credicts and subsides, however, it's also true that this year we are going to have a record in korns production, which will bring many remitances for the country.
    On the other hand, i agree on discussing abut the corruption cases that involve c. f. k's government, in fact i never omit them, however, if you like debating about corruption, you should know that the place where the rural society is located, in palermo city in capital federal, was sold fraudulently during the decade of the 90's, beside, there is a denounce in the supreme court.

    Jul 30th, 2013 - 08:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Axel Grease

    What is your point?

    What are you trying to say?

    Please write short specific statements.

    All that you seem to say is:

    - We are “mediocre” because we come to different conclusions than you.

    - despite high production, nobody is allowed to make profit from farming except CFK

    - CFK is corrupt

    Jul 30th, 2013 - 08:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Verbosity is some people's nature, like politicians and extremist. Some people are clueless about the KISS principal Troy. Why say in 10 words when they can say it with 259 words, is their philosophy.
    I saw the farmer building in Palermo when I was there early this year with the roping around the building just after the government stole it back. It' is still empty and collecting dust.

    Jul 30th, 2013 - 11:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    K.I.S.S. ???

    Kirchner Installed SS ???

    Jul 30th, 2013 - 06:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A_V0ice

    The effects of a kleptocratic regime or government on a nation are typically adverse in regards to the faring of the state's economy, political affairs and civil rights. Kleptocracy in government often cripples prospects of foreign investment and drastically weakens the domestic market and cross-border trade. As the kleptocracy normally embezzles money from its citizens by misusing funds derived from tax payments, or money laundering schemes, a kleptocratically structured political system tends to degrade nearly everyone's quality of life.

    As the economy tightens and more foreign investors pull out of the country, many people are finding themselves out of work. Individuals holding the equivalent of American Masters Degrees are forced to take jobs working the counter at McDonald's -- if they are lucky. Just like the youth led the way in The Arab Spring and to a lesser degree the Occupy movement in America, Argentina's youth are at the forefront of creating an atmosphere and dialogue ripe for revolution.
    K-Corruption” – good old-fashioned bribery, massive theft, and aggressive money-laundering at the highest levels of the Kirchner Government – is acknowledged to be a key factor in the “capital flight” that we’ve lately seen from Argentina. The swift exodus of wealth and money from Argentine can no longer be solely attributable just to President Kirchner’s isolationist and confiscatory policies, her repudiation of the country’s debt obligations, the historic censure by the IMF, or, the pervasive fear that another massive default waits just over the horizon. -

    Following the investigation, public works’ funds reaching more than 70 million dollars were laundered through a Panama connection. One of the witnesses, recorded with a hidden camera, affirmed that the illegal maneuver would have actually involved the “5 billion dollars fortune” of Lazaro Baez, Kirchner's alleged front m

    Jul 30th, 2013 - 08:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Please continue “A_Voice”

    any Internet links for us??


    Are you listening???

    Jul 30th, 2013 - 09:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    And the head of ANSES is now accused of filtering pension money to PDVSA of VeneCuba....never ends does it??

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 07:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • axel arg

    When i say that many of you just make misserable comparisons, or mediocre analysis, it's not because you don't think like me, in fact i don't expect people from this forum to think like me, because it's evident that we have deep ideological differences, however i say that many of your analysis are mediocre, because they are based on too partial reports, or on distorted information, beside, there is also so much hypocrisy in this forum, and i'm going to tell you why i think it, as i always do.
    Firstly, i agree on discussing about the corruption cases that involve c. f. k's government, in fact i never omit them, but i see so muc hypocresy in relation to this issue, because detractors of kirchnerims always complain about the causes that involve c. f. k's government, but they never say absolutly anything about the corruption cases that involve opponent politicians, this critic aims mostly to argentine forists, because they have a deeper knowledge about our reality than what people from other countries can have.
    If it soposes that detractors dont' want a government suspected of commiting corruption cases, shouldn't they criticise also the cases that involve opponent politicians?. This evident doble standar show that actually they are not worried about corruption, actually they just make a hypocritical manipulation of corruption, in order to criticise a government which ideology don't coincid with their's.
    On the other hand, if many of you are so detractors of kirchnerism, why don't you propose ideas, in order to solve the problems of the country?.
    For example, if you don't agree on charging taxes to the agrarian sector, then what should the government do, in order to continue reindustrializing the arg., and which measures should be taken to have a more progressive tributary structure?, beside, do you think we should protect our industrial production, or do you think we should sign a any free trade agreement?.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 11:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Propose ideas? WTF propose ideas? For many here that slam Argentina, it is not out country. We merely have a connection to it, like me via marriage. Corruption is so pervasive as every level in government and life there is not nearly impossible to impart change. Ministers to to eat at what is considered his end restaurants and expect not to pay. WHy do they get away with this? Because for the owner is is cheaper to give them a free meal than give them a bill which in turn will get inspectors into there place claiming a deficiency to be repaired......payoff, the AFIP, charges or another payoff, repair the made up deficiency....payoff, restoring cancelled deliveries....payoff. It never ends...and can't. Corruption is a genetic disease in Argentina. Only the people of Argentina can fix it and there are two kinds.....ones getting handouts and payoffs........and the others that are burnt out and jaded.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 12:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Axel, Somewhere you were pinning Arg hopes on a great corn crop. You may want to read Clarin today since it is saying Corn is going to be unprofitable to plant next year,
    No Corn, No Wheat, No Gas
    No fun

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 04:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    From BsAs Herald:

    “Fears increase as soy falls below US$500. By Andrew Hughes:
    The forecast of a good US soybean harvest and expectations of a record-breaking haul in Brazil have pushed down Argentine soybean prices in Chicago to US$496 per ton, generating concern in Argentina’s agricultural sector.”

    And by TMBOA best mate no less. Oh dear, never mind!


    Jul 31st, 2013 - 05:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A_V0ice

    Kirchner's alleged front man.  it has already started to affect the President’s approval ratings. 

    Recently forrmer Secretary of Transport Ricardo Jaime was prosecuted by Judge Claudio Bonadio, who also ordered that Jaime be held in custody as he awaits trial. Police are currently looking for Jaime in his homes of Puerto Madero, in Buenos Aires, and Córdoba.
    The former secretary is being investigated for defrauding the public administration and abuse of authority.  The judge indicated he is a flight risk and  could obstruction the investigation if left free. During his time as transport secretary, Jaime is suspected of having demanded an extra $2m on a public works contract involving the laying of tracks on the Belgrano Cargas railway line between San Miguel de Tucumán and Concepción. The original cost of the contract was of $8m, however Jaime allegedly demanded a payment of $10m. Jaime was Transport Secretary between 2003 and 2009 and now faces numerous legal charges for corruption. Amongs them is an accusation against him for his alleged mismanagement of the Sarmiento train line and possible  responsibility for the subsequent Once train tragedy.
    In response, Jaime and his successor, Juan Pablo Schiavi have denied responsibility for the mismanagement of the Sarmiento line funding.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 07:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ayayay

    @34 woah. it happened. as simple science and history predicted.

    Aug 04th, 2013 - 07:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Just wait until Monday floors open.

    Aug 04th, 2013 - 09:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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