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Surprise in Argentina that Mujica should have said “Uruguayans don't go around bribing”

Thursday, May 15th 2014 - 01:01 UTC
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A top official from Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said that “Argentines do not bribe” and does not know why the Uruguayan leader Jose Mujica should have brought up that issue during his current visit to the United States. Read full article


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  • Mr Ed

    What on Earth could have led an Argentine political hack to think that the President of the Eastern Band was talking about Argentina? Denying something that you haven't been accused of is a good pointer towards guilt.

    Perhaps the old Marxist scoundrel felt that he could talk as was at a safe distance from his dangerous neighbour (and the Falkland Islands).

    May 15th, 2014 - 01:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    It is like being on a crowded subway and someone cries out “watch your purse”! Then then bag snatcher automatically out themselves.

    May 15th, 2014 - 02:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • La Patria

    A lot of crap usually comes out of CFK's government's mouth but claiming they are not corrupt is the biggest load of s**t ever.......they must even laugh at that statement.

    It really is testament that they live on another planet or believe that everyone else is stupid enough to believe them. It shows that people can go “crazy” with power.

    May 15th, 2014 - 03:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    If the cap fits

    May 15th, 2014 - 04:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redrow

    ”We're not very hard workers, so-so; we don't exhaust ourselves working, but we are not corrupt”
    Did an actual President really say that about his own country? I mean an actual elected President of a real-life modern day country? Who is Mujica's speech-writer - Gerald Ratner?

    May 15th, 2014 - 06:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • bushpilot


    He spoke “straight”. What did he say in that sentence that wasn't true. Should he have spoken “crooked” words with a forked-tongue, like the people he was addressing do? Of course he should have.

    Mujica was trying to show respect. Few in the world understand, speaking the truth and concisely is a sign of respect for the person you are addressing. Not doing so, is disrespectful. Forked tongued liars are not capable of understanding this.

    That is why Pepe shouldn't have spoken to them straight. Forked-tongued politicians don't understand it.

    Blowing roses and creamy smooth lies is usually the elevated standard of good oration and considered a necessity of the real world. But because it is necessary doesn't take away its bad smell and make it decent.

    My dog drops a big turd right on the sidewalk, a woman walking by tells me that is disgusting. I say, “No, no, it is beautiful, because it is a necessity of this real world we live in. Are you not inspired by that big beautiful pile of dog crap?”

    May 15th, 2014 - 11:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    The guilty always scream even when they are not identified. And cfk and her gang of crooks are soooo guilty.

    May 15th, 2014 - 11:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redrow

    In which case you pick it up and dispose of it without a fuss - what you don't do is take it to America shouting, “Look everybody, look what my dog did!”

    May 15th, 2014 - 12:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mick23

    Argentines not corrupt.... ??? Holy fook Batman ... We must be on another channel... I've been there...and suffered for it!!

    Many instances of tax fraud.. as well as not paying taxes at all...!!

    When there in the 90”s it used to cost the company $5000US / month to stay on the YPF bid list... He know's who he is but we'll never see him in the blog...

    When Repsol took over YPF they discovered some horrific number of employees that didn't exist except for in the books...And someone collected their monies too ...

    $20 Cash in hand traffic citations... Kept my MOTO out of the lock up a few times...

    There are so many examples I could quote..

    WHO is this woman? She lives in another world completely. Doesn't she understand why business' are so reticent to invest in her country... You can only rip off so many people until someone stands up an takes notice...

    Though honestly you wouldn't expect them to just stand up and say ... Yeah we have a few problems...!!

    Expats be aware... Things haven't changed from what I gather...

    Entirely laughable statement...!!!

    May 15th, 2014 - 12:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ѕtevіе

    You lot believe what you want. This is just another example of your press parroting a falsified story. Where is the audio for what Pepe is supposed to have said?

    You will never divide us.

    May 15th, 2014 - 12:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JoseAngeldeMonterrey

    Mujica might have said that for the poor record Latin America has on the matter. Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Chile and many other countries suffer from endemic corruption and bribing and kick backs are common.

    May 15th, 2014 - 12:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Τhe_Τruth_shall_B_Trolld

    Who cares what this scurrilous man says. Uruguayans are too lazy and uneducated to find Argentina on a map.

    May 15th, 2014 - 12:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Room101

    Odd, that. Who ever thought that Argentina was mentioned.

    May 15th, 2014 - 02:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Cat, pigeons.

    Reprisals from across the plate.

    Pepe has to kiss arse, to try and make up with Mrs Popeye.

    He never seems to learn.

    May 15th, 2014 - 03:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    The difference between, the long ranger and tonto,

    problem is,
    which is

    May 15th, 2014 - 06:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Does anyone know the nearest thing to silver?

    May 15th, 2014 - 07:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    Global Corruption Index scores - Uruguay 19th place
    Argentina 106th place

    Enough said.

    May 15th, 2014 - 07:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Answer: Lone Rangers bollocks.

    May 15th, 2014 - 07:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Is this not what he wants to be--the lone ranger,

    or the long one lol

    May 15th, 2014 - 07:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    He was on broadcast news in the US. Not once did he mention Argentina. They must have a guilt complex to assume he was talking about them.

    May 15th, 2014 - 09:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    @ 11 “Chile and many other countries suffer from endemic corruption and bribing and kick backs are common”.

    Are you f*ckin' kidding me? Try to bribe a chilean cabarinero (policemen), and we'll se how far you get. You will rather succeed in Spain, Italy and many other European nations than in Chile with that belief.

    May 16th, 2014 - 07:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @20 I thought that was a rather strange comment from @11. If anything people are warned not to attempt bribery. However, it is useful to know the right people in Chile if you want to get anything done quickly.

    May 16th, 2014 - 04:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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