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Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
The shady history of Argentina’s Intelligence Secretariat
The agency, which president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner wants to dissolve, runs domestic spying on a scale to rival the communist bloc
mestic spying on a scale to rival the communist bloc
Alberto Nisman, the Argentinian prosecutor found dead just over a week ago. Photograph: Israel Sun/Rex
Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Tuesday 27 January 2015 02.28 GMT
On Monday night, Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, took the bold step of announcing a plan to dissolve the country’s Intelligence Secretariat and send to congress a draft bill for the “reform of Argentina’s intelligence service” in the wake of the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman nine days ago.
A possible explanation for Nisman’s death, which came only days after he announced charges that aimed to put Fernández on trial for an alleged conspiracy with Iran, seems to be hidden inside a complex saga of mind-boggling intrigue involving the intelligence agency she now intends to reform.
Created as the Information Division (División Informaciones) by Argentina’s strongman General Juan Perón in 1946, the service’s first task was to arrange the postwar transport of Nazi war criminals to Argentina, some of whom then went on to serve in Perón’s intelligence agency.
Since then, the service has changed its name a number of times, its latest incarnation being the Intelligence Secretariat, better known by its Spanish-language acronym SI. Under Fernández, Argentina’s secret service is alleged to have been involved in domestic spying on a scale rivalling that in Eastern European nations before the fall of the Berlin wall.
Nisman’s connection at the SI was Antonio, aka “Jaime” Stiuso, an enigmatic figure who for years reputedly ran a vast eavesdropping network that made him the most feared man in Argentina.
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Argentine Government'd Decison To Shut Down RT Channel 'Compulsive'
"Argentina's government has been 'compulsively' taking out media, such as the RT news channel, which offer a new angle on events, the Justice Ministry's former undersecretary told Sputnik on Sunday.
The pan Latin-American television network TeleSUR TV is also about to go off air after receiving a letter from RTA SE on June 7, saying it would be suspended in 15 days."
The renewed Yanqui push to reclaim the hemisphere and neutralize opposition voices continues..
Argentina: Workers Occupy Printing Plant
Printing plant workers in Buenos Aires showed up for their 6 a.m. shift as usual last Monday, only to find locked doors, police, and private security blocking their way. Grupo Clarín, the biggest media group in Argentina, had locked them out. The 380 workers were fired, with management planning to replace well-paid union workers with cheaper, non-union replacements.
Local union leaders quickly called an assembly, and workers unanimously decided to occupy the plant to demand their jobs back. The union says that Grupo Clarín is not in financial trouble, did not follow the steps the law requires for layoffs, and simply wants cheap labor.
The Buenos Aires-area graphic workers union that the local belongs to, the FGB, then called a 24-hour solidarity strike of all its members—and got an impressive 83 percent participation. Both the local, which is run by an opposition caucus, and the FGB called for solidarity marches. On Thursday, on two days’ notice, thousands of members of other unions marched through downtown to the Ministry of Labor.
INSIDE THE PLANT
Pablo Wowk works on a three-stories-high press that is the largest in South America. He says the Clarín plant’s machinery, which prints pamphlets, phone books, school books, and magazines, is modern but requires skill to operate—lots of “tricks” to make the machines run right.
None are functioning now, as workers settle in “until we get our jobs back,” said Ezekel Gatti, a member of the local leadership. He said management had given no prior notice of the planned lockout.
Union members from a mattress factory have brought mattresses to sleep on, replacing the cardboard used the first night, and Coca Cola workers have donated plenty of their own product. Other unions and activists are providing food. On Friday night, singers who are struggling to reform their musicians’ union performed opera solos including “O sole mio” in front of the plant gates, to great applause from the crowd of supporters.
On the occupation’s second day, police attempted to remove workers’ families and other supporters from outside the gates, a confrontation that was broadcast by a non-Clarín outlet. For now the union has obtained an order preventing the police from moving in....
Comments This was just one of many JaneSlaughter | 01/24/17
This was just one of many demonstrations at Grupo Clarin properties around the country. The Buenos Aires protesters blocked the highway for about 3 hours. Here is a song from supporters outside the occupied plant: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1211637032207054&id=10000082...
Lessons from the General Strike in Argentina
After a month of massive protests in the street, last Thursday, 482 days into Mauricio Macri’s administration, the largest labor union in Argentina, the CGT, carried out the first national strike against the economic policies put in place by the governing party Cambiemos.
The confrontation between workers and the government had been gaining momentum in the days leading up to the strike. The government, emboldened by a march of Macri supporters on April 1, launched a fierce campaign on social media calling on workers not to participate in the strike, questioning the legitimacy of the call to action, and threatening, in various media outlets, to repress any protesters blocking access roads to Buenos Aires.
"This strike has already failed, because a large part of society doesn’t want it,” said Security Minister Patricia Bullrich on Wednesday.
The response of the working class was overwhelming. Millions of workers reacted to the threats by paralyzing the country and turning the action into a clear statement against layoffs, suspensions, inflation, and precarious working conditions. Even workers who had voted for Cambiemos as a result of their dissatisfaction with the Kirchner administration are now expressing their disappointment with the governing party’s unfulfilled campaign promises, such as its pledge to achieve “zero poverty” or end the tax on salaries.
Labor Minister Jorge Triaca’s refusal to report the the official data on the number of striking workers was clearly an unwitting admission of the action’s success. The images of empty streets and closed workplaces demonstrated the enormous power of the strike....
That is wonderful news. I actually know someone who may have voted for Macri, for that reason. Someone who is not remotely rightwing. But this person hates him now.
..yes wonderful news..for all the struggles on the continent.
eta..more from the piece. this is the lessons part i think.
As PTS leader Nicolás del Caño had explained the day before, the actions were carried out “to help the precarious workers, threatened with layoffs by their bosses, to strike tomorrow.”
At the same time, the actions carried out by the Left as part of its policy for a united workers’ front are aimed at showing an alternative to the union bureaucracy. The slogan “strike together, march separately,” implies in this case participating in the strike called by the union federations, but with active methods of struggle, without which the workers’ demands cannot be met.
The Left also puts forward a program to make the capitalists pay for the crisis, in contrast with the program put forth by the union bureaucracy. The bureaucracy’s program combines workers’ demands with those of national businesses, which exploit workers and subject them to precarious work conditions in the same way as the multinationals or to an even greater extent. The program proposed by the CGT (General Confederation of Labor) and the CTA (Argentine Workers’ Central Union) clearly serves the interests of the Peronist opposition groups Victory Front (the Kirchnerists) and the Renewal Front led by Sergio Massa.
The Left has also denounced that this Thursday in its afternoon press conference, the CGT failed to announce any plans to continue the struggle, even though President Macri himself stated that there was no “Plan B” for the economy, meaning that he will continue to govern for big business. The administration’s toughened stance, as shown in its refusal to improve teachers’ salaries after recent nationwide struggles and by the repression on the Pan-American Highway, should be met with new labor actions, launched with the strength of millions of workers.
The Left’s actions, both in preparing for the strike as well as during the strike itself, are aimed at winning workers’ demands and increasing the influence of workers who are independent of the union bureaucracy and the political parties that represent the capitalists.
In reference to the repression, last Thursday, Patricia Bullrich confessed: “It was very symbolic to us, because there is a cultural and political battle being waged here. We know that when there is no public transportation, many people don’t go to work, but it was symbolic to show that we were determined to remove them.”
The same people who supported the roadblocks organized by big agribusiness in 2008 against increased withholding taxes now believe that the “cultural battle” to be waged is the repression of the Left and the combative unions. On the flipside, the government has called for a “dialogue” with the union bureaucracy, which until now has remained inactive in the face of the administration’s austerity measures. The governing party has shown that its formula is to hold friendly meetings with the union fat cats and fiercely repress workers protesting in the streets. There has been no substantive break with the policies of the previous administration. Just a few years before, the Kirchner government had chosen the Pan-American Highway as the site where it would repress workers’ struggles.
The workers of Lear, Kraft, Bus Line 60 and others had firsthand experience with this policy, the precedents of which had been set earlier during the same administration, against the workers of the Casino Puerto Madero, Mafissa and many others.
These past events offer a clear explanation for Cristina Kirchner’s resounding silence in the face of last Thursday’s repression, which was repudiated by several leading human rights figures and organizations, but not by the former president. In spite of their rhetoric and electoral speculations, the current administration and the Kirchnerists agree on the need to repress the Left and the combative unions.
Workers Run This Hotel
Fourteen years ago workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, occupied a downtown hotel that its owners had abandoned. Ever since, they’ve operated the Hotel Bauen as a worker-run cooperative, making it not only a hotel but a center for union and other movement events, sought out by progressive visitors from around the world.
Four months ago, it looked like the co-op members would finally see the hotel’s legal status regularized. “Legally, we are considered usurpers,” explained Federico Tonarelli, vice-president of the co-op. “We are a legal cooperative that illegally occupied a building in plain sight.”
In November the Congress passed a law for the national government to expropriate the hotel, putting an end to the claims of former owners who had filed suit. The 120 workers would continue to operate the hotel with a signed agreement. But the law was quickly vetoed by the right-wing president, Mauricio Macri. And on March 1, a judge turned the hotel over to a former owner, with an eviction notice for April 14.
Workers’ challenge now is both to stop the eviction and to get a two-thirds majority in Congress to overturn Macri’s veto. They are calling on the many people who have supported them over the years to lend a hand once again....