A federal court in Argentina recently sentenced 12 former military officers to life in prison for crimes against humanity carried out at the ESMA Navy Mechanics School, one of Latin America’s most notorious torture centers.
The killing of 23-year old labor activist Mariano Ferreyra has sparked massive protests in Argentina. The country’s rich labor history has been plagued with violent episodes. This death sends an ominous reminder of the legacy of union bureaucracy and violence against workers.
The wind has changed in Argentina with the government taking on a number of initiatives to target corporate media in an attempt to democratize media ownership and access.
Argentina approved a gay marriage law early this morning, making the country the first in Latin America where same-sex couples can wed. Same sex couples will now be granted the same rights, responsibilities and protections that married couples have. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s government supported the bill and defied the Catholic Church’s opposition to the law.
US intervention continues to haunt Latin America, a region overrun with brutal military dictatorships during the 1970’s and 80’s. Dictatorships coordinated torture, assassinations and disappearances under a US-backed program in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. The program, called Plan Condor, was a shared strategy in Latin America's Southern Region during the 1970s and 80s and had Washington involvement.