Masotta at the MACBA

I saw the Saw the #oscarmasotta exhibition at the @MACBA_Barcelona  today. On the one hand, he was  a classic Argentine chancer, a chamuyero on the make, disseminating/playing with ideas he never could be bothered to understand properly, at least according to Correas, who was in a position to know. On the other, his half baked … Continue reading Masotta at the MACBA


Of Pension Reforms and Soft Coups

You may have read about disturbances in Buenos Aires yesterday and last night, you'll have read that they were protests against changes to the law governing how pensions are calculated. The law was passed this morning after an exhausting 18 hour session. So, job done. But the disturbances yesterday and last Thursday were never *really* about … Continue reading Of Pension Reforms and Soft Coups

Bonadio Day

A few quick thoughts on the detentions and indictments ordered by Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio arising from his investigation into the criminal complaint first made by murdered Federal Prosecutor Alberto Nisman According to Nisman the purpose of the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding signed between Argentina and Iran was not to bring to justice those Iranians … Continue reading Bonadio Day

The ESMA Mega-Trial Verdicts

Of course jail is the proper place for these guys. however there's something that rings  a bit false in the orgy of celebration from the "human rights community", for want of a better term, in Argentina. A healthy reaction would include asking why  such a large part of society welcomed the 1976 coup, supported the … Continue reading The ESMA Mega-Trial Verdicts

Lagomarsino Testifies…

1. Not much has leaked so far because of the “secreto de sumario” imposed by Judge  Ercolini. 2. Lagomarsino was not detained. I guess that he is not thought of as having a chance to interfere with the investigation(unlike prominent kirchnerista politicians detained recently) and isn’t a flight risk as he has the tracker gadget … Continue reading Lagomarsino Testifies…

Lagomarsino and the End of Impunity for the Nisman Murder

Nearly three years  after  the murder of AMIA Special Prosecutor Alberto #Nisman in January 2015. we have his death finally classed as homicide.  And we have Diego Lagomarsino, an accomplice to the crime, subpoenaed by Judge Ercoloni for next Tuesday and four of Nisman’s bodyguards for later in the month. So we’re now at the … Continue reading Lagomarsino and the End of Impunity for the Nisman Murder

Things Catalan Nationalists don’t give enough thought to; No 1. of an occasional series

The majority of Spanish people don’t regard Catalonia as  a somewhere else that Spain happens to control and could, therefore, abandon control of if it chose to, they regard it as an integral part of their country, despite some of its inhabitants  having non-Spanish names, speaking a language other than Spanish and feeling improbably great … Continue reading Things Catalan Nationalists don’t give enough thought to; No 1. of an occasional series

Catalan Nationalism and Big Boys’ Rules

A polite address to the Catalan nationalists remanded in custody in Madrid this afternoon:  Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Josep Rull  Carles Mundó, Meritxell Borràs,  Joaquim Forn and Dolors Bassa. You’re citizens of a European state that has been around for hundreds of years. You think your region of it is special.  You think it’s … Continue reading Catalan Nationalism and Big Boys’ Rules

Sinn Féin and Catalan Independence

They're mad for it. Here's Gerry saluting last Friday's pound shop declaration of independence. They've  repeatedly  brought it up in the Dáil and the European Parliament. Top Provo (emeritus) Danny Morrison is very keen on it. This is strange.  The kingdom of Spain received and educated generations of Irish Catholics fleeing from British oppression. The whole … Continue reading Sinn Féin and Catalan Independence