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An ATM in Buenos Aires
An ATM in Buenos Aires
Martin Grosz

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina's "inflation effect" is being blamed for the "intensive" use of ATMs in the country. Or at least the attempts to use them, because dispensers are increasingly breaking down or spitting out receipts instead of cash.

For an increasing number of customers, what they are mostly good for is putting people in a foul mood. "We are seeing increasing difficulties in the use and availability of ATM tills in Argentina," a study by consultants Quantum Finanzas says.

It appears that inflation, currently around 40%, is prompting people both to withdraw more cash and to use dispensers more frequently, though Quantum points out that banking transactions have been increasing over the past few decades anyway.

Because authorities haven't printed anything larger than the 100-peso bill so far, the average number of bills being withdrawn in transactions is 13, compared to an average of 4.5 elsewhere in the world. And while 90% of the 16,000 bills stuffed into every ATM every day are 100-peso bills, Argentine banks are currently unable to meet demand.

The "intensity" of their use is apparently wreaking havoc on the lifespan of ATMs, forcing banks to replace 4,000 of the country's 16,000 machines every year.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

Claudia Andrade

NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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