Tue Mar 21, 2017, 12:11 AM
tenorly (1,502 posts)
Noam Chomsky, Danny Glover, and 88 others sign open letter against Argentina's Macri
U.S. writer Noam Chomsky and actor Danny Glover joined 88 other academics, artists, and activists from 22 countries to protest against “the neoliberal policies” of Argentine President Mauricio Macri and the corruption scandals that have emerged from him and his administration.
The letter, titled “Against Macri's Abuses: The World Stands with Argentina,” was sponsored by Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity.
“He triggered thousands of layoffs in the public and the private sectors, devalued the currency, stripped workers of labor rights as well as benefits for retirees and their free prescription drugs,” stated the document among other issues.
“The steep decline of economic activity, particularly in industry, is evident as poverty continues to grow with two million new poor since the beginning of Macri’s presidency.”
Macri’s neoliberal economic reforms have also seen the price of goods and services skyrocket in the South American country. Inflation in Argentina rose sharply, from 23% in November 2015 - the last full month before Macri took office - to 45% a year later.
Inflation has since eased to 36%; but the affordability of key staples such as beef and dairy have fallen by one third, while that of vegetable oil and bread has plummeted by half despite record harvests.
The signatories criticized Macri for his involvement in corruption scandals such as the Panama Papers, the Odebrecht scandal, as well as for agreements with Avianca airline and the Argentine postal company Correo Argentino that amount to self-dealing.
They also condemned the illegal detention of Indigenous leader Milagro Sala and expressed their solidarity with former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who “suffers from an attack from the justice system and the media that gets worse and worse, turning into a serious attack against democracy.”
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Tue Mar 21, 2017, 12:44 AM
Judi Lynn (111,572 posts)
1. They are all respected voices for democracy in our world. Thank goodness they are watching,
and don't intend to look the other way.
Macri and his cluster have been swift and destructive. Two million newly poor people in Argentina, during the same time Macri and his cohorts became even far wealthier.
Hope these voices will be joined by those of other well-respected, enlightened people, soon, and often. The world needs to be awakened, even as the corporate-owned "news" media work to white-wash these Thanatos-serving, predatory perverts and ghouls.
Thanks for this welcome article, tenorly.
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Tue Mar 21, 2017, 12:53 AM
tenorly (1,502 posts)
2. Glad you liked it, Judi.
I thought of you when I saw it.
The trick now will be to make sure Macri and his congresscritters don't push their plans for mandatory, nationwide electronic voting through. They were very much counting on that for the next mid-terms in October - and haven't completely given up on it despite its defeat in Congress last November.
Cybersecurity expert Joaquín Sorianello and the electronic ballot he helped defeat.