Archive for the 'Political' Category

Argentina, Political

The Symbolism of Hugo Chávez

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

The death of Hugo Chávez brings a more long term perspective to contemporary Latin American politics. Sure this man wielded a big ego that at times did more harm than good, but his rise in Venezuela marked the beginning of a grand shift in the power structures in practically every Latin American country. Today no [...]


Argentina, Arty, Political, Soft

Vos Sos Bienvenido, El Graffiti

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Another puzzling ad from the conservative mayor of Buenos Aires (other ad here). One would expect the administration responsible for such tight control over the use of city plazas and the presence of homeless people, to be less welcoming to graffiti.


Argentina, Arty, Political

Once Libre

Monday, May 30th, 2011

As an artist transplanted from New York, I came to Buenos Aires trying to connect with a community of other artists. To collaborate, commiserate, to evolve and hopefully to show work. From my involvement with two related groups, Once Libre and Articultores, I have begun to achieve all of this. However, on May 17 this [...]


Argentina, Español, Political

Vos sos bienvenido, al infierno

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Cartel de Mauricio Macri para jefe de gobierno de la ciudad de Buenos Aires. La traducción de la remera dice “Bienvenidos al Infierno.” This is a photo I snapped of a campaign poster for the re-election of the current mayor of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mauricio Macri is a conservative, pro-big business politician [...]


Argentina, Political

Barack Obama & Las Madres

Friday, September 24th, 2010

President Brarack Obama mentions “The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo” in his address to the UN. As an example of how much more powerful my birth country is to my adopted country, those few words made headlines here and were also the subject of debate on television. When they lunched together, the Argentine President thanked [...]


Argentina, Political

Thrown Out

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

This morning I took my dog Clyde to a plaza nearby for his morning walk. While there, there was an operation in progress to “clean up” encampments of cartoneros living under the freeway adjacent to the plaza. The cartoneros have a big presence in Buenos Aires. The name comes from the word “carton,” or cardboard. [...]


Argentina, Political

A Nation Built on Contradictions

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Today is a holiday here, as it marks a very important anniversary in Argentina. On March 24, 1976 a military coup took place, officially putting control of the country in the hands of a dictatorship. This is commonly known as the Dirty War. It is estimated that between then and the return to democracy in [...]


Argentina, Political

Living with Inflation

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Summer vacation just ended here, and it’s a new year as well. As businesses get back to full steam, you notice how everything costs a bit more than it did last year. Everyone here is used to prices creeping up a little at a time, but some things suddenly. Right now there is a big [...]


Argentina, Political

Beef good, Tofu bad

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

An article today in the New York Times, though talking a lot about the rise of the beef industry in Uruguay, also says plenty about what is happening in Argentina, where beef production is retreating to make way for more soybean production. This article does not fully explain this is happening. While it points to [...]


Political

Love US, but don’t touch US

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro was chosen to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games over a few other cities, including the United States candidate of Chicago. This was played up in the press as a failure of the US Olympic Committee. But living overseas one detail of the process stood out, a question [...]