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

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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

Catalonia and a People Without a State

I'm just back from the second large anti-independence demonstration in Barcelona in recent weeks. As the National Police and Guardia Civil helicopters cruised up and down the Passeig de Gràcia   they were cheered to the echo by those present. "That's our police", some shouted. Over the last three decades anti-seccessionist Catalans have seen the national state … Continue reading Catalonia and a People Without a State

The Mid-Term Elections: It’s All Over For Kirchnerism

The "Dictator Macri" and "Santiago Maldonado, victim of forced disappearance" fairy stories put about  by the residual Kichernista media and their timid camp followers in other outlets didn't work. Cristina came second to Esteban Bullrich, a block-headed, craw thumping toff (cousin of the current Security Minister Patricia Bullrich and also cousin of Abdul Karim Paz, who … Continue reading The Mid-Term Elections: It’s All Over For Kirchnerism