Magazine article New Internationalist

Are There Lessons to Be Learned from Argentina?

Magazine article New Internationalist

Are There Lessons to Be Learned from Argentina?

Article excerpt

It's a journalist's nightmare.

You've just spent weeks taking notes, recording interviews, shooting photos, gathering material for a series of articles.

And then you lose it.

As two muggers were trying to tear my bag - with most of the contents of this month's main theme - from my back, that nightmare seemed to be coming true.

It happened a few hours after I'd arrived in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, across the River Plate from Buenos Aires. My attackers' technique was rough, but as poor as my bag was tough. My body less so - as several fractures and a punctured lung were to testify.

But the content of this month's special report on neighbouring Argentina remained resolutely intact and on my back.

Argentina has been in the news a fair bit recently - for its battle with financial speculators, politely described as 'holdouts', more graphically as 'vulture funds'. …

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