June 2013

Argentina's challenge - doing it differently



Is your business going bust?
Then kick out the bosses and run it yourselves!
Are the big beasts of international finance wiping the floor with your economy?
Tell them to take a running jump!
Argentina has been where some Western economies are now - broke and on its knees.
But its people devised bold and creative ways to deal with their problems - solutions that persist to this day.
The challenges have not gone away, there is still a lot to do, and the reality is far from perfect.
But there have been some major victories - especially in the area of jobs, quality of life and civil liberties. From being one of Latin America's cruellest military states the country has become a human rights pioneer.
Next month's issue takes you to the complex land of the tango, where frustration and inspiration continue to do a fiery pas de deux.
















Stories making the news this month
6 Colombia: Justice knocks at general's door
6 G8 comes to town
7 Adidas pays up
7 Reintroducing Serzh Sargsyan
7 Trouble every day in Central African Republic
8 LGBT boldly go
8 Free the Eritrean captives
9 Britain’s secret courts
9 Frackademics
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone, and Reasons to be cheerful.

Mixed Media
32 Music reviews
South Sudan Survivors by General Paolino featuring Mama Celina; and Quercus by Quercus.

33 Film reviews
Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley; Night of Silence, directed by Reis Çelik; and The Stoker, directed by Aleksei Baladanov.

34 Book reviews
Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani; Brothers at War: the unending conflict in Korea by Sheila Miyoshi Jager; What the River Washed Away by Muriel Mharie Macleod; and Paralysed with Fear by Gareth Williams.

35 Also out there...

The Big Story
10 Argentina’s challenge
Stormy times in the world’s eight largest country. Are there lessons to be learned? asks Vanessa Baird.

13 Since 1946...a short history of coups, crises and Peronism.

14 Who needs a boss?
A timely remedy for bankruptcy.

16 Speak truth
Argentina's love affair with co-operatives has its ambiguities.

18 Facing the vultures
Unorthodox economics is put to the test.

21 Not one step backwards
Impunity in the dock as progress is made on human rights.

23 Trans revolutionary
Activist Lohana Berkins explains how Argentina is pioneering transgender rights.

25 A clash of dreams
A bad place to be indigenous. But Argentina’s 'original peoples' are gathering momentum.

Regular Features
4 Letters

5 Letter from Botswana
Scratch the surface of the country's alturism and you will find intolerance, says Wame Molefhe.

28 Country profile: Malawi

36 Making Waves
Veronique Mistiaen talks to Iraqi environmentalist Azzam Alwash.

30 Ghosts on our own land
Ollie Milman reports from Indonesia on how palm oil plantations are threatening the lives and livelihoods of local farmers and workers.

37 Mark Engler
Provoking an American climate crisis.

38 Steve Parry It’s party time.
Plus: Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon




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