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Argentina: Dictators, Solidarity & Culture

Preston C. Enright
The list author says: "Argentina is a fascinating country with a rich history. It also has some inspiring social justice struggles taking place today. The World Bank made this wealthy country a debtor nation, and then the International Monetary Fund imposed strict austerity measures on its people. These measures included deep cuts in social services and the privatization of government jobs and industries. This is the standard 'disaster capitalism' of neoliberalism that Naomi Klein has written about. Klein also produced a documentary called 'The Take,' which goes into the details of Argentina's economic problems, and the remarkable efforts of some workers to claim abandoned factories.
Before the economic collapse, Argentina suffered through a 'Dirty War' where thousands of dissidents and leftists were disappeared. As usual, many of the military leaders that took part on the Dirty War were trained at the 'School of the Americas' at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Despite all the financial duress and the trauma of the Dirty War, Argentinian people continue to create art, dance, share yerba mate tea and otherwise thrive; so much so, that they are the topic of a film about hope: 'Argentina: Hope in Hard Times' (available from Bullfrog Films).
Here are some resources to learn about Argentina's culture, history and struggles for justice."
Che Guevara Reader: Writings on Politics & Revolution
Che Guevara Reader: Writings on Politics & Revolution
"Che was born in Rosario, Argentina."
The Take
The Take
"An excellent film produced by Naomi Klein and her husband. It documents the efforts of workers to claim their abandoned factories."
En Vivo En Argentina
En Vivo En Argentina
"This legendary Argentine singer is known as the 'voice of the voiceless.'"
Misa Criolla
Misa Criolla
Nueces Para el Amor
Nueces Para el Amor
Miedo a La Libertad
Miedo a La Libertad
"This 'neo-tango' group is based in Buenos Aires.  This CD's title comes from Erich Fromm's classic essay, 'The Fear of Freedom.'"
Mafalda inédita
Mafalda inédita
"Mafalda was created by Argentinian cartoonist Joaquin Salvador."
The Rough Guide to Music of Argentina (Rough Guide World Music CDs)
The Rough Guide to Music of Argentina (Rough Guide World Music CDs)
Tango
Tango
Martha Argerich: The Legendary 1965 Recording
Martha Argerich: The Legendary 1965 Recording
"Pianist Argerish was born in Buenos Aires."
30 Ans de Chansons
30 Ans de Chansons
Imagining Argentina
Imagining Argentina
Postmemories of Terror: A New Generation Copes with the Legacy of the "Dirty War" (Palgrave Studies in Oral History)
Postmemories of Terror: A New Generation Copes with the Legacy of the "Dirty War" (Palgrave Studies in Oral History)
Sonrisa Macabra [Explicit]
Sonrisa Macabra [Explicit]
"Thus far, only this MP3 is available, but fans of conscious hip-hip will want to seek out YouTube material of this thoughtful trio from Buenos Aires."
The Official Story
The Official Story
Mass Atrocity, Ordinary Evil, and Hannah Arendt: Criminal Consciousness in Argentina's Dirty War
Mass Atrocity, Ordinary Evil, and Hannah Arendt: Criminal Consciousness in Argentina's Dirty War
Confessions Of An Argentine Dirty Warrior: A Firsthand Account Of Atrocity
Confessions Of An Argentine Dirty Warrior: A Firsthand Account Of Atrocity
The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival
The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival
A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture (Oxford World's Classics)
A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture (Oxford World's Classics)
Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (The Americas)
Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (The Americas)
"Timerman's family emigrated to Argentina in 1928. He edited the left-leaning 'La Opinion' and criticized the government's human rights abuses and then was arrested by the military in 1977.  He chronicles his horrid experience in this book."
Behind the Disappearances: Argentina's Dirty War Against Human Rights and the United Nations (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights)
Behind the Disappearances: Argentina's Dirty War Against Human Rights and the United Nations (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights)
The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas (American Encounters/Global Interactions)
The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas (American Encounters/Global Interactions)
Latin America: From Colonization to Globalization
Latin America: From Colonization to Globalization
Circle of Love Over Death: The Story of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
Circle of Love Over Death: The Story of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
Revolutionizing Motherhood: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Latin American Silhouettes)
Revolutionizing Motherhood: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Latin American Silhouettes)
Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's "Dirty War"
Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's "Dirty War"
Love in a Time of Hate: Liberation Psychology in Latin America
Love in a Time of Hate: Liberation Psychology in Latin America
"Psychologists who experienced political repression, including some in Argentina, discuss liberation psychology."
A Force More Powerful: A Century of Non-Violent Conflict
A Force More Powerful: A Century of Non-Violent Conflict
"This book includes a segment on the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo."
Peron and the Enigmas of Argentina
Peron and the Enigmas of Argentina
The Mystery of Eva Peron
The Mystery of Eva Peron
The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The Latin America Readers)
The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The Latin America Readers)
Blessed By Fire
Blessed By Fire
"A movie about the Falkland Islands war."
Crane World
Crane World
This Craft of Verse (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)
This Craft of Verse (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)
"Borges was born in Buenos Aires."
The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory (Penguin Classics)
The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory (Penguin Classics)
Mi Buenos Aires Querido (My Beloved Buenos Aires): Tangos Among Friends
Mi Buenos Aires Querido (My Beloved Buenos Aires): Tangos Among Friends
"Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires."
The Magic Bean Tree: A Legend from Argentina
The Magic Bean Tree: A Legend from Argentina
Traditional Yerba Mate Loose Tea
Traditional Yerba Mate Loose Tea
"Yerba Mate is the official beverage of Argentina."
Las Empanadas Que Hacia la Abuela
Las Empanadas Que Hacia la Abuela
"Empanadas are a staple of Argentina's diet."
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