Argentina's 'Mothers' Cheer Cristina's Decision to Run as VP

"Cristina understood that the best thing for Argentines is for her to participate," said Ex-Senator of Buenos Aires and Minister of Education, Daniel Filmus.

The news that Argentina’s first female president, Cristina  Fernandez de Kirchner (CFK) would be running as vice president, spread quickly through the region and was received with great enthusiasm, generating responses from some of the most influential activists in the country, the Mothers of the Plaza.

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In an official statement, the president of the Mothers of the Plaza organization, Hebe de Bonafini, wrote:

“We Mothers are very happy because, although we know that the future president will have a hard time rebuilding the country, Cristina will be by his side and by our side, giving the strength that is needed to get out of this horror and fright left by the current repressive government.”

On Saturday, Fernandez announced her entrance into the race for vice president in the upcoming October elections via a 12-minute video.

She will be accompanying presidential candidate Alberto Fernandez, also from the Justice Party and aligned with the Victory Front.

CFK said she made the decision because the "situation of the people and the country is dramatic." The current legislator added that she is "convinced" that she and Fernandez will be the "best formula for Argentina at this moment to summon the broadest political and social sectors."

Ex-Senator of Buenos Aires and Minister of Education, Daniel Filmus, said, "Cristina understood that the best thing for Argentines is for her to participate. Alberto is a thoughtful leader, when he was chief of staff he always sought to open the border of our political space."

(Alberto) Fernandez served as chief cabinet of ministers of Argentina under late President Nestor Kirchner and for CFK during her first year in office. He later aligned himself with current President Mauricio Macri. In the video, CFK says she has had her "differences" with Fernandez who she has known for 20 years, saying she knows they are both capable of reaching the widest possible consensus within the government.

The announcement comes as a surprise and a disappointment for many who, for the past year, had hoped the ex-leader would announce a presidential re-run.

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Argentina: Military Dictatorship Victims Will Not Be Forgotten

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo called to remember the 43 anniversary of the 1976 Military coup d'état.

The Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo launched a massive march on March 24 on the 43 anniversary of the 1976 U.S.-backed military coup, known as the Dirty War, during which time, about 30,000 persons were arrested and disappeared.

RELATED: Mothers of Argentina's Disappeared March to Keep Memory Alive

"Forty-three years after the military coup, everybody to the Plaza!" the Mothers' Association said, adding despite efforts by several right-wing governments have tried to erase what transpired, "our memories build our homeland" and Argentina's history.

Now a commorative date in Argentine history, on the "Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice," human rights defenders, workers, politicians and students will stage two marches towards the Plaza de Mayo.

The first will begin at 2:00 pm, headed by the Grandmothers and Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. One hour later, left parties and organizations like the Coordinator against Police and Institutional Repression (Correpi) will congregate outside the National Congress before marching to the Plaza de Mayo. Other marches will also take place throughout the country, local media LV12 and ViaPais reported.

24 de marzo, un nuevo aniversario del golpe genocida y las van a estar en la calle, junto al pueblo, como desde hace casi 42 años. "Ayer contra los milicos, hoy contra lxs vendepatria. A 43 años del golpe, la lucha continúa".

"March 24, a new anniversary of the genocidal coup and the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo will be on the street, next to the people, as they have been for almost 42 years. Yesterday against the military, today against those who sell the country. 43 years after the coup, the fight continues.

During the pair of demonstrations, Argentines wil also be protesting the nation's current economic crisis, which has only grown worse under President Mauricio Macri's administration.

"On Sunday, March 24, we will take to the streets again in repudiation of the genocidal coup of 76, against the repression and impunity of yesterday and today," said Johana Gomez, leader of the Socialist Workers' Party. The march is also against "adjustments... imposed by the IMF and executed by Macri ... and in rejection of the interference of US imperialism in Venezuela and Latin America," Gomez added.

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Messi Back to his Argentina National Team

Argentinians received Thursday the news on the return of Lionel Messi, who, commanded by coach Lionel Scaloni, will play in two friendlies with the national football team.

The new head coach of the Argentinean national team convoked Messi, nicknamed 'The Flea' and other national team stars, for matches against Venezuela (March 22) and Morocco (march 26). The list of convoked players included Domingo Blanco (midfielder) and Matias Suarez (forward).

Some other players premiereing in the Argentine national team, are Ivan Marcone (Boca Juniors), Gonzalo Montiel (River), Juan Musso (Udinese, Italy), Matias Zaracho (Racing) and Lisandro Martinez (Defensa y Justicia).

The match against Venezuela will be on March 22 at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium while the one on March 26 will be in Rafat.

List of Players:

Goalkeepers: Archers: Franco Armani , Esteban Andrada , Juan Musso and Agustin Marchesin.

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado , Renzo Saravia , Gonzalo Montiel, German Pezzella, Lisandro Martinez Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi , Walter Kannemann, Nicolas Tagliafico and Marcos Acuña .

Midfielders: Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes , Ivan Marcone, Guido Rodriguez , Matias Zaracho , Manuel Lanzini.

Forwards: Lionel Messi , Paulo Dybala , Lautaro Martinez , Matias Suarez , Gonzalo Martinez ,and Angel Correa.

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Messi Eyed by Argentina's Coach to Play Cup America

Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, at present member of Spanish team Barcelona, could be part of the national selection, from which he was excluded for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

It was known through sources close to the whiteblue team that the coach, Lionel Scaloni had Messi in mind to play Argentina's friendly match against Venezuela scheduled for March 22.

If the news is confirmed, would dress the whiteblue shirt with the higher aim of the year's main goal, the Cup América that will be based in Brazil from June 14 to July 7.

Messi would not be the only one of those established to be called by Scaloni, as Paris Saint Germain midfielder Angel Di Maria, Manchester City striker Sergio 'Kun' Agüero, as well as his teammate Nicolás Otamendi, are included in the options he values the strategist facing the shock.

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Argentine Minor Raped by Neighbor, Forced to Give Birth

Despite a law that states abortion can be carried out until the 24th week of pregnancy in the province of Jujuy, a 12 year-old child gave birth via caesarean section, and subsequently gave her baby up for adoption.

The 12 year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was forced to give birth by caesarean section despite requesting an abortion in the Argentine city of San Pedro, in the province of Jujuy.

RELATED: Argentina: Outrage Over State Inaction After Gang Rape of 13-Year-Old Girl

An Argentine minor requested an abortion after an initial ultrasound following a heinous rape in the city of San Pedro. She was denied by doctors who feared for her health.

The child was sexually assaulted by a neighbor, who claimed he'd kill both the victim, and her family should she report it to authorities.

A spokesperson at the hospital reported that both the victim and the newborn were in good condition, and that the baby would be put up for adoption.

"The caesarean is done ... a girl was born who did not need resuscitating, and is in neonatology; both are well, "the spokesperson said to Clarin Health Minister of Jujuy, Gustavo Bouhid.

Last week, Argentine's took to the streets of Jujuy to protest the lack of legislation for abortion, with the Fundación Más Vida, a pro-life group, lodging an injunction with Jujuy's courts last Wednesday to stop any related medical intervention on the girl.

During the march, pro-life groups clashed with abortion activists outside the Hospital Materno Infantil "Héctor Quintana."

In May 2018, a 10-year-old girl in the province of Salta continued with her five-month pregnancy with the support of her family. Her situation made national headlines after her mother took her to hospital over stomach pains. When doctors confirmed her 21-week pregnancy, the girl confessed that she had been raped by her stepfather, according to the Buenos Aires Times.

There are 2,700 births to “girl mothers” between 10 and 14 years old each year in Argentina, according to UNICEF data, which equates to 3.6 percent of all births in the country.

According to the adolescent pregnancy care protocol of the Government of Jujuy, "any pregnancy in a girl under 13 is a product of sexual abuse and can access a legal interruption of pregnancy." Despite this, doctors claimed there would be a "danger to the life of the mother" if the abortion were to proceed.

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Mothers of Argentina's Disappeared March to Keep Memory Alive

"Do not give up, do not negotiate, do not be silent, do not forgive, do not forget, and always fight" —the slogan for mobilizing Argentine human rights defenders. 

The Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo gather Thursday for the "March of the Resistance" in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They march for justice for those disappeared during Argentina's dictatorship.

RELATED: Grandmothers Of Plaza De Mayo Celebrate 41 Years Of Fight

"Despite our canes and wheelchairs ... we continue and will continue standing up [for our rights] because we are not alone," Taty Almeida, 88, one of the founders of the movement, said according to El Periodico.

The Mother's annual event will be supported by political organizations, workers' unions, and student associations that will mobilize themselves under the slogan "do not give up, do not negotiate, do not be silent, do not forgive, do not forget, and always fight."

Since 1997 the mothers and grandmothers of the victims of state-sponsored terrorism gather in the Plaza de Mayo, a square facing Argentina's presidential palace that has always been an important meeting point for political activism.

Ayer se cumplió 41 años de la desaparicion de Azucena Villaflor de Vincenti Madre de Plaza de Mayo, desapareció el 10 de diciembre de 1977. Fue la fundadora del Movimiento Madres de Plaza…

"41 years have passed since the disappearance of Azucena Villaflor de Vincenti, a mother of Plaza de Mayo who disappeared on Dec. 10, 1977. She was the founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Movement."

The "March of the Resistance" is accompanied by cultural activities which aim to remember thousands of Argentines who disappeared amid a "Dirty War" against leftist social and political organizations.

"To have memory, to obtain justice, and to know the ultimate truth ... (Governments) sometimes want to erase our memory. ... We are offended when they distort the number of disappeared", said Estela De Carlotto, one of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.

According to the non-governmental organization Madres y Abuelas, 8,754 cases of disappearances have been formally filed and 30,000 cases were not reported during the last Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983).

After 41 years of continuous searching for the disappeared, which even resorted to elaborate studies into DNA, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo discovered the true identities of 128 of the 500 infants snatched from their parents and given to other families.

"We are getting the truth little by little ... Where are the hundreds of victims who were murdered and thrown into the sea or buried?," De Carlotto asked and stressed that "we will not aim to solve everything. [However] we already have relays, we have the disappeared's children, our grandchildren."

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Argentinean Auto Industry Shrinks 19 Percent in November

Buenos Aires, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) The auto industry in Argentina shrank nearly 19 percent in November, compared to the same period in 2017, while wholesale sales to the domestic market also decreased.

According to a recent report from the Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ADEFA), quoted by several news websites, wholesale sales plummeted 57.9 percent compared to the same period last year.

The national production of vehicles was 36,808 units in November, 4.8 percent less than in October and 18.6 percent below the same month in 2017, ADEFA said.

The report states that in wholesale sales, the sector sold 33,095 vehicles, a volume that was 11.1 percent below November's record and 57.9 percent less compared to November 2017.

Finally, the Association stated that with a total of 633,398 vehicles marketed between January and November, the sector recorded a year-on-year decrease of 20.2 percent compared to total wholesale sales.

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BREAKING: Missing Argentine Submarine Found

On Thursday, Argentina remembered the crew members from the ARA San Juan submarine, one year later.

SoThe Argentine navy has announced that the missing ARA San Juan submarine has been located deep in the Atlantic, one year after the vessel disappeared.

RELATED: One Year Later: Relatives of Argentine Sub Crew Seek Justice

Early Saturday the navy said the vessel was detected 800 meters below waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia. The submarine has been missing for one year.

The submarine, which disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard, was found by a remote-operated submersible from the American ship Ocean Infinity and is a "positive identification."

Argentine ARA San Juan submarine crew. Photo: Ezequiel Salas
South African Seabed Constructor vessel from Ocean Infinity found the lost submarine.

The vessel was discovered just two days after families of the missing sailors held a commemoration one year after the sub disappeared, on Nov. 15, 2017.

On Thursday, Argentina remembered the crew members from the ARA San Juan submarine. Relatives of the crewmen had expressed disappointment with President Mauricio Macri's Administration, indicating that they were still awaiting some concrete answers about the fate of their loved ones.

The #MinisterioDeDefensa and #ArmadaArgentina inform that on the day of the date, having investigated the point of interest No. 24 reported by Ocean Infinity, through the observation made with an ROV at 800 meters deep, positive identification has been given to # AraSanJuan

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