Without prior warning,
Mauricio Macri shook the hornet's nest
and turned the already convulsed political scene upside down.
The saying is known: a troubled river, fishermen gain.
But it would not be good if the announcement that the former president is withdrawing from the competition distracts attention from an accumulation of mischief of all kinds perpetrated by the ruling couple and which, once again, lead Argentina to the news in
. for the worst reasons
The scandal with Ecuador was not enough.
The incredible escape from the Argentine embassy in Quito
of the former Rafael Correa official sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption who appeared overnight at the Argentine embassy in Caracas and the consequent diplomatic shock was not enough.
Nor was the Ecuadorian government's decision to kick out the Argentine ambassador to that country, Gabriel Fuks.
Neither the declarations of the chancellor or President Guillermo Lasso seemed to be enough.
"Collaborating with the escape of a fugitive person contributes to impunity," Lasso told
, about the escape of former minister María de los Angeles Duarte, after reminding him: "You should not have authorized the granting of political asylum to a person sentenced by the Ecuadorian Justice.”
Not satisfied with this escalation, in a letter that the Argentine president sent to his Ecuadorian counterpart from this conflict,
he had no better idea than to undertake it against Chile
If we do it, we do it well, seems to be the motto of the Casa Rosada, from paper to paper, inside and outside borders as well.
In the letter in question, accusing Lasso of declaring Fuks persona non grata,
Alberto Fernández accused the Chilean Justice of persecuting opponents
The answer was immediate.
From the other side of the mountain range, the government of Gabriel Boric
described Fernández as "impertinent"
It was not the first diplomatic crossing with Chile, nor the first time that he criticized the Justice of that country.
He had done so in February, by signing a letter from the Puebla Group condemning the delays in a trial against former presidential candidate Marco Enriquez-Ominami, for allegedly illegal financing of candidacies and parties by one of the most important mining companies in the country. .
In that text it was stated that the accusation against the politician came from "prosecutors directly linked to the former right-wing president Sebastián Piñera."
Once again, waving the
President Boric was blunt in his response.
"I respect the institutions, I expect the same from my colleagues."
Chilean foreign minister
also said her thing, describing
Fernández's statements as "absolutely inadmissible."
There had been more precedents of rudeness, linked to actions of the Argentine ambassador in Santiago, Rafael Bielsa.
On the one hand, he had a controversial intervention in the case of the Mapuche leader Facundo Jones Huala, which was being processed in the Chilean Justice.
In 2021, the diplomat defended Huala, who was detained and sentenced to nine years in prison for participating in an arson attack in that country, in the Paroles Commission of the Temuco Court of Appeals.
This attitude earned him and Alberto Fernández questions.
There would be more friction, which became clear when some time ago and by mistake, an audio was leaked from the person who was the Minister of Foreign Affairs saying about Bielsa: "He does what he wants
when he feels like it."
Of minor institutional consequences, but of unlimited clumsiness, it is worth remembering that of Fernández, erroneously quoting Octavio Paz, when affirming that "
the Mexicans came from the Indians, the Brazilians from the jungle
, but the Argentines from the boats."
The poet will have stirred in his grave...
From the United States arrived last week the annual report of the Department of State on the situation of human rights in the world.
It did not go very well for Argentina.
The chapter dedicated to our country noted "
serious problems with the independence of the Judiciary"
"serious government corruption
It notes that "the government took limited steps to identify, investigate, prosecute, and punish officials who committed human rights abuses or participated in acts of corruption."
And he cites the case of
Cristina Kirchner in the Highway case.
Prepared before the vice president's 6-year prison sentence was known, the report mentions her explicitly and says that she and "nine main defendants were accused of receiving
bribes, paying bribes, or both
, in public works contracts between 2008 and 2015, when Fernández de Kirchner was president”.
, the date that
Kirchnerism decided to misappropriate
and incidentally turned into a self-celebration and a reason for agitation of the "operative outcry" for Cristina, the vice again tweeted against Justice: "Hundreds of thousands march for Memory, Truth and Justice to defend Democracy and say Never Again to the Judicial Corporation”.
Once again, the reinterpretation and
the K story pervading everything.
Precisely speaking of human rights,
Human Rights Watch
urged the Government of Alberto and Cristina Fernández.
Weeks ago, the director of the organization for the Americas, and the director for the UN in Geneva, sent a letter to Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero in which they asked that, on certain international issues and specifically in the case of Nicaragua, Argentina " consistently apply human rights norms
without double standards.”
It is that, to baffle the world, nothing like the management of the Fernández.
A few days ago, the weekly
put a question in China's mouth for Argentina: "Where is the meat?", and said in its article that our country
"is wasting the great opportunities that China offers
"They should be a perfect couple, like a steak and a glass of Malbec," wrote the journalist, to review the many twists and turns of a business relationship.
Ironically, the magazine recalls that in 2021, three years after the Chinese opened their market to Argentine meat, our country "self-banned" meat exports.
"Where Argentina has a comparative advantage -says the note- the Fernández government erodes it."
And he concludes that Argentina seems more interested in being China's ally than in being its supplier.
The strangeness does not stop there: “The incentive to invest in energy, the article continues, is clouded by price controls.
Households barely pay for electricity and waste it copiously.
Power outages are frequent.
Argentina model 2023, as difficult to understand for themselves as for others.
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