Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Military Dictatorship – A Dark Chapter In Argentina’s History

In this neighborhood, Luis Canfaila was abducted on 10/12/1975.
Luis Canfaila - Cordoba Argentina
In the early 1970’s, a militia dictatorship swarmed through every province in Argentina and its neighboring countries.  Their goal was to end any idealism or dissident movements that could prove a threat to the governments of that era. The militia considered knowledge to be dangerous as it could potentially open the minds of the young to rebellious thoughts like freedom and democracy. They dismantled laboratories to suppress scientific knowledge. They even burned libraries and bookstores to do away with general knowledge altogether. They regulated what could and could not be taught at schools and universities.
Translation: For this, and other crimes, those responsible are being judged. Participate in federal court hearings. The tribunal is located at Concepcion Arenales and Paunero. Attending is a right.
 Anyone that the dictatorship found to be against the government was hunted down. The militia broke into the homes of suspected dissidents. They searched for books and papers containing insurgency or idealistic topics. Then they’d abduct their target. The families would never see or hear from them again. Of course, not all of those who were abducted were taken from their homes. Several protestors rallied out in the streets, only to have their clothes stained by the riot patrols and later picked off one by one.

 The abductees were subjected to unspeakable torture. Electrodes were attached to the genitals of men and women as a form of abuse. The militia often used these techniques with no true agenda other than for perverse pleasure. Women were gang raped. Those who became pregnant were kept alive until they gave birth. Then the babies were taken from them. It is said that the militia got rid of their captives by either hacking them to pieces and disseminating them everywhere, or burning them alive, and even weighing them and throwing them off a plane while they were still alive.

The province of Cordoba honored those that have disappeared by posting photos, and the date of their disappearance, in Plaza San Martin. 
Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo is a group formed by the mothers of those whose voices were forever silenced. To this day, these mothers gather at Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires every Thursday afternoon for the right to know what’s happened to their missing children, and perhaps to be reunited with them if they’ve survived.

The military dictatorship ended in 1983. It is believed that over 30,000 dissidents were abducted throughout South America. To this day, the whereabouts of these people remain a mystery.
Editor's addendum: Many of us take to facebook, twitter, and tumblr to voice our personal or political opinions, but we forget that in some parts of the world, freedom of speech was a crime. In some parts, it still is.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nueva Cordoba - Video Tour

I’m presenting a video tour of Nueva Cordoba to kick-start 2013. This is the ideal location for expats because of the modern city theme. You’ll find hotels, cultural hostels like Catre Diem Hostel, Irish Pubs, American style restaurants, international restaurants, Paseo Del Buen Pastor, which was once a women’s prison now turned cultural center.  You can even go to Casa De Buenos Aires, a museum/tourist building that has all forms of information on the capital. This is a great place to go if you are thinking of planning a trip to Buenos Aires.

The shopping mall, Patio Olmos is on the border of Nueva Cordoba. Aside, from McDonald’s and Burger King, you’ll also find the HOYTS Cinema, Yenny bookstore, a bowling rink, arcades, a private hospital, toy stores and an assortment of clothing stores, all inside the mall!