Argentina: 'No Reason to Fear Fernandez', Weisbrot Says

Last week, the international capital markets responded negatively to an economic crisis which Mauricio Macri has been blamed for. 

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) codirector Mark Weisbrot stated on Monday that there are no real reasons to fear the rise of Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez in Argentina.

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"From an economist or social scientist’s perspective, it is not clear why Kirchnerism should inspire fear. Looking at the most important economic and social indicators, the governments of the Kirchner presidencies were among the most successful in the Western Hemisphere," he said.

The U.S. economist also recalled that the Argentinian economy grew substantially and poverty was significantly reduced during the time in which Nestor Kirchner and then Cristina Fernandez held office (2003-2015).

“Independent estimates show a decline of 71 percent in poverty and an 81 percent decline in extreme poverty... According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), gross domestic product per person grew by 42 percent... Unemployment fell by more than half, and income inequality also fell considerably. The 12 years the Kirchners held office resulted in large increases in living standards for a vast majority of Argentines."

After losing by more than 15 percentage points in the primary elections held on August 11, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri tried to blame former president Cristina Fernandez for the ongoing economic crisis, which was expressed by a further devaluation of the Argentinian currency last week.

This South American country's conservative media echoed his words in an attempt to halt the electoral advance of the opposition candidates, who are the favorites to win the election on October 27.

Nevertheless, Weisbrot, who is also the Just Foreign Policy president, explained that recent movements of the international financial markets are most probably related to the failure of the Macri administration.

"In the case of last week’s news, we have electoral losses by a government whose economic policies have clearly failed."

Similar opinions were held by Joseph Stiglitz, the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, who attributed the current Argentine economic crisis to austerity policies implemented by the right-wing government.

"The problem was that the policies to which the Government committed were not conducive to economic growth," Stiglitz said and added that "austerity and tight budgets lead to low growth and that makes debt less sustainable."​​​​​​​

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Cristina Fernandez Thanks Argentineans for Supporting Frente de Todo

Former President and vice presidential candidate Cristina Fernandez thanked Argentineans for supporting the Frente de Todos Party in the primary elections held on Sunday.

In a message from the Patagonian city of Rio Gallegos, where she cast her vote, the former president expressed her commitment to a new era.

She appeared calm and happy in a video posted on social media, but called on the government to provide real and true data in these elections.

Indeed, the figures we have make us very happy and optimistic, she said in reference to the 47.22% of the vote secured by Frente de Todos, according to the preliminary count.

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Argentina eliminated from Lima 2019 women's basketball event after team kit mistake

The Argentine Basketball Confederation (CABB) will consider the resignation of two officials after their women's basketball team were eliminated from the Lima 2019 Pan American Games after being forced to forfeit a match against Colombia due to having the wrong team kit.

Argentina had been required to wear a white shirt in the second Group B match of the tournament, with Colombia due to wear dark blue at the Coliseo Eduardo Dibos venue today.

Both teams ultimately were seen in blue kits, leading to discussions as to whether the match could go ahead.

The CABB said the distance between the Pan American Games village and the venue prevented them from bringing the correct shirts to the venue within the time frame required by Panam Sports for the match to take place.

"The team showed up with a blue jacket when they had to do it with the white one and, after exceeding the stipulated waiting time, lost the points to Colombia," a CABB statement read.

"The Argentina women's national team lost the points of their match against Colombia, after having failed to choose the color of clothing required by the tournament organisation. 

"The team had to present themselves with the white coat and arrived at the stadium with the blue one. 

"The serious mistake was attempted to correct but the hour of distance between the Pan American Village and the stadium did not allow the corresponding shirts to arrive within the regulatory deadlines. 

"The Colombian delegation claimed the points and, exceeding the expected waiting times by Panam Sports, it was decided to give up the game 20 to 0, decreeing, in this way, its elimination from the Pan American Games in Lima."

Argentina were due to wear a white kit for their group match with Colombia ©Lima 2019
Argentina were due to wear a white kit for their group match with Colombia ©Lima 2019

The walkover meant Argentina had lost back-to-back matches at the tournament.

It followed their 70-62 defeat to the United States yesterday.

Argentina had finished fifth at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and the 2017 FIBA Women's AmeriCup runners-up were among the top four seeds in Lima.

The CABB confirmed the delegation's team leader, Hernán Amaya, and the director of women's basketball development, Karina Rodríguez, had offered their resignations following the incident.

The resignations are expected to be considered by the CABB board.

The walkover effectively confirmed Colombia's place in the semi-finals ©Lima 2019
The walkover effectively confirmed Colombia's place in the semi-finals ©Lima 2019

Writing on Twitter, Amaya said he had taken "full responsibility" for the mistake.

He also defended the CABB, insisting the organisation had been supportive of the women's national team.

The men's national team won Pan American Games gold three days ago.

"It is one of the saddest moments of my career," he tweeted.

"I take full responsibility for what happened. 

"I have already submitted my resignation.

"I just want to clarify that during all these years, CABB has worked as never before in support of our activity. 

"For the first time we were heard, they allowed us to grow, bet and invested in development. 

"May MY mistake not serve as an erroneous argument."

A Lima 2019 statement confirmed Colombia had been awarded a walkover.

"The Colombia team has been awarded a walkover in their preliminary round of women's basketball against Argentina, after the party authorities determined that the Argentine team did not have the correct shirts," Lima 2019 said.

"The tickets for this session will be valid for the Thursday morning session. 

"Ticket holders are also entitled to a full refund."

The result effectively secures Colombia's progression to the semi-final stage of the competition with two victories.

This will be confirmed should the United States beat the US Virgin Islands in their group match later today.

The group phase will conclude tomorrow.

Brazil and Puerto Rico won their opening Group A matches yesterday, beating Canada and Paraguay respectively.

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Nicolas Bruno of Argentina MVP at Lima 2019 Pan American Games

Argentinean captain Nicolas Bruno was named the Most Valuable Player MVP at the eighteenth Lima 2019 Pan American Games on Sunday at the Multisport Complex El Callao in Lima, Peru.

Argentina beat Cuba 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) on Sunday’s Gold medal match winning their second Pan Am Games Gold medal in a row and third overall title (1995, 2015) and Brazil won the bronze medal to Chile 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-21).

After receiving the MVP award, Nicolas Bruno said “this is a nice gesture, I am really excited for my team’s feat. If the team receives distinctions it’s nice, but it doesn’t compare with the joy of winning a championship”.

Dream Team

1st Best Outside Hitter Carlos Barreto (BRA)

2nd Best Outside Hitter Vicente Parraguirre (CHI)

1st Best Blocker Livan Osoria (CUB)

2nd Best Blocker Roamy Alonso (CUB)

Best Setter Matias Sanchez (ARG)

Best Libero Sebasitan Castillo (CHI)

Best Opposite Maurice Torres (PUR)

MVP Nicolas Bruno (ARG)

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Argentina sweeps Cuba in first victory at Lima 2019

Argentina swept Cuba 3-0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-22) in their first victory at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games on opening day at the Multisport Complex El Callao.

Despite Cuba’s solid 10-5 blocking advantage, Argentina subdued Cuba’s hitters in pool A as the party of points in the first set was intense. Both teams scored 47 points on attacks and Argentina scored on 25 points on opponent errors while limiting their own to 13.

Outside hitter Nicolás Bruno led Argentina with 14 points on 13 kills and one block, followed by middle blocker Gaston Fernandez and outside hitter Lisandro Zanotti with 9 points each. Cuba used a balanced attacking offense between outside hitters Marlon Yant (15 pts.), Miguel Lopez (14 pts.) and Osniel Mergarejo (11 pts.).

Argentina (1-0) will face host Peru (0-1) on day two of the Pan American Games, and Cuba (0-1) will play against Puerto Rico (1-0).


Nicolás Bruno, captain of Argentina: “The game was intense, both of us played at their highest level, it was interesting and we were stubborn in keeping our level to win in three sets. Yes there were errors, normal at the beginning of a tournament. This is a short event, so can’t miss anything”.

Horacio Dileo, Head coach of Argentina: “We needed to be tactical against them (Cuba) because they are stronger and better attackers. I believe it was a splendid tactical performance on our side, not easy to do against Cuba that has a high-leveled attack, we served well and our defense was strong as well, we have to correct in counterattacking”.

Marlon Yant, top scorer of Cuba: “We lacked some technical things that need to be corrected as the tournament develops and I believe we can improve. This is only one loss, our goal is set on winning a medal and tomorrow we will go out to look for the victory”.

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In an entertaining and heavily contested match, Brazil imposed their will on Argentina for a final score of 30 to 21 to win both a gold medal and a golden ticket to the Olympic Games next year.

Brazil and Argentina arrived at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games with their best Handball teams in search of tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. So it was not a surprise that both teams starred in the Grand Final of the Pan Am Games in Peru.

In an extremely exciting duel, there was no rest for either team and the score was deadlocked at 12 after the first 30 minutes of action, reflecting the parity of the teams.

However, during the halftime, the green and yellow squad made a tactical change, pressed harder and left everything on the court in search of victory.

They began to cement an insurmountable advantage over the team wearing the albiceleste flag in the second half. Crucial to Brazil’s success were the talented players Adriana Cardoso, Larissa Araujo and the goalkeeper Renata Arruda.

Finally, Brazil won by a clear 30 to 21 margin and Carnival broke out in the VIDENA sports complex.

Brazil not only has a new gold medal to their name, but also won the ultimate jackpot of reaching the top handball tournament in the world that will take place next year at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

After a hard fought final, Argentina took home the silver medal and the bronze went to Cuba.

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Argentinean Presidential Candidate Visits Lula in Prison

Buenos Aires, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) ''Lula's detention is a blemish on democracy,'' said Argentinean Presidential Candidate Alberto Fernandez, who visited the former Brazilian head of State in prison, where he has been held for more than 450 days.

According to local media, the candidate from 'Frente de Todos' arrived at the prison in Curitiba accompanied by former Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim to express his solidarity to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been in prison for alleged corruption and with whom he spoke about several issues that affect the region.

Lula is a victim of arbitrary imprisonment. I come to visit a man who is wrongfully in prison, Fernandez said minutes before entering the Superintendence of the Federal Police in Curitiba.

The Brazilian State does not realize that it is generating a blemish on the country by keeping Lula in prison, said Fernandez, who is running for the presidency of Argentina along with former President Cristina Fernandez.

After the meeting, the presidential candidate pointed out that Lula is very important for all of us. We Argentineans are very grateful to him and have great affection for him.

He added that Lula is a man about whose innocence he does not doubt and has the right to be free.

Brazil does not deserve a blemish like Lula's imprisonment. The Brazilian people do not deserve it,' he stressed.

Fernandez pointed out that he will always be on the side of the former Brazilian president and will do everything possible until the judicial system understands that citizens' rights and guarantees have to be respected. I demand that detention to end as soon as possible, he noted.

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Copa America: Brazil beats Argentina, through to Copa America final

Goals in either half from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino help Brazil down Argentina and progress to the Copa America final.

Brazil advances to the final of the Copa America for the first time since 2007. Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino were enough to defeat Argentina last night, although it was far from a classic performance from Tite's men. The Selecao were the more clinical side in the final third, taking their two clear-cut opportunities in front of goal. Argentina was made to rue its missed chances as Sergio Aguero struck the bar, while Lionel Messi was denied by the post. Brazil is still yet to concede in the tournament and it will take that defensive resilience into the final where it will play either Chile or Peru as it attempts to win the title for a fifth time.

Argentina has failed once again on the major stage, while Messi was also off the boil not for the first time in a leading tournament. It will have to pick itself up for the third-place playoff on Saturday to end its campaign on a high note.

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