viernes, 29 de octubre de 2010

The Death of a President

Bold, divisive but never reserved Néstor Kirchner (1950 – 2010), represented to many the archetypal militant politician. His legacy of determined street-politicking and defense of downtrodden peoples brought hope and vigor to many sectors of a society who had previously suffered terrible repression yet his aggressive, unflinching partisanship has indelibly scarred the national political arena for many years to come.

For almost three days the streets surrounding the Plaza de Mayo, the public square in front of the Presidential Casa Rosada, have been thronging with people paying their respects to this ex-president of Argentina (2002 – 2007). His sudden death shocked the country and inspired a massive outpouring of support for the current president and his widow Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner with tens of thousands of Argentines visiting the Salon de los Patriotas de Latinoamerica to salute the coffin and chant political slogans and passionate cries of loyalty as she sat choking back the tears alongside her children and the solidarity of the presidents of Latin America. Along the route of his funeral cortege to the airport the passage was almost completely choked with raucous supporters smothering the hearse, singing, tossing flags and flowers and reaching out to touch the passing vehicle.

There can be no doubt watching these scenes that Néstor was a beloved figure but as we find so often in Argentina his was a career of dualities and extremes. He nobly ordered the police to stand down from confrontation with protestors and thereon gifted the streets to the diverse groups of social and political activists, in stark contrast to contemporary European politicians who prefer things to be resolved exclusively in the Parliament. However the extent to which this dynasty bribed demonstrators and trade unionists to attend their rallies has always been a point of much suspicion and the vitriolic attacks on rival or dissenting politicians fermented a culture of bitter disputes and unseemly bickering.
Kirchner literally gave his own life for his ideological vision for the country. Despite a history of coronary complications in recent years he never drew back from his grueling commitments and relentlessly championed the implementation of a populist Peronist agenda at home as President, Senator and Leader of the Justice Party, simultaneously working towards the Bolivarian dream of a more united continent as president of the UNASUR.

Much will be asked of the current president, now left to continue the fight without the presence of her mentor and confidant, the real power behind the throne as many believed him to be. Soon our attentions will turn to the future and the coming year’s elections and the opposition will not wait long to capitalize on this weakening of the current regime. Serious electioneering amongst the presidential front-runners must begin soon and the recent show of public support may be utilized by rising union leaders to garner support.

This tragic event heralds a new, exciting dawn in Argentine politics. Suddenly stripped of this massively important figure how the country quarrels over dividing the political spoils will be crucial to the future of this ever fractious nation.

lunes, 11 de octubre de 2010


I spend so mch of my life running a film reel of future situations in my head and therefore  generate a very realistic impression of what will happen and what we will say in said encounters, but so often despite all of my convincingly constructed confidence in my own premonitions I am left stunned and surprised by what actually occurs. Preconceptions can delude me and I must learn - as Gabriel seeks to teach me - that prejudging things before they happen leaves me open to making a damned fool of myself. Better to be open to any possible eventuality and rest happily pleased by successive events, sitting, aware of the world and the beautiful people who dispel the myths I'd created in my head... Life is what we make it but I would challenge the metaphysicists and rather live it as we evolve around each other, revolve through our thoughts and spin into wonderful shocks together and from a distance.

Left feeling recharged as a reloaded gun following the empty barreled impotence I step out into the streets envigorated and anticipating future events. I'll have a pancho and buy "In Cold Blood" and watch a Mapuche protest march. But I know of what I'll be thinking, imagining.

viernes, 8 de octubre de 2010

La Búsqueda...

Reseteamos la cuenta regresiva a cero nuevamente. Un nuevo comienzo arranca al aterrizar en el Aeroparque Jorge Newberry y otra fresca aventura poreña abre delante mio.

Provisionalmente estoy de vuelta para ayudarle a Benito con la edición de la película pero despúes de nuestra primera reunion dudo de lo cuanto me va a bancar y lucho contra mi instinto que comienza a creer que nada va a salir de esta avenida. Mientras sigo empujandole a darme la milagrosa apertura al cinema que tanto quiero hoy día hay que mantenerme racional y considerar otras oportunidades. Que suerte que Matt tiene contactos afuera de ese grupo y ya tengo una pista para laburar con David Garret, un entrepreneur Yankee que vive en BA. Es probable que tome muchos tazos de café acá...

Me levanto hoy, refrescado, con ganas, y salgo a la calle a buscar habitaciones. Necesitaré donde vivir si de verdad me voy a instalar en esta puta ciudad hermosa.

Como siempre he creido me siento muy cercano al ave fenix viviendo así, volviendo a nacer en formas distintas y (lamentablemente) quemando los rastros del pasado para subir de las llamas hacía arriba. Este estilo de vida me invigora pero la genética de mi madre asegura que no son pocas las mariposas atormentando mi estomago mientras choco de un encuentro a otro. Es un tiempo de incertidumbre pero tambien de esperanza. Vuelvo a los viejos habitos en tales situaciones: trato a no obsesionarme con el pasado, a tener un régimen de ejercicio que me ayuda a funcionar, a pensar positivamente, y a ser simple, más zen, en mi vida cotidiana.

Esperamos los resultados con un creciente ansiedad...