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Hezbollah And Latin America: A Scar That Won't Heal 25 Years On

Hezbollah and its patrons have spread their tentacles to South America with help from local friends including Venezuela's socialist regime. Argentina is belatedly backing the Western stance against the international Islamist group.

Hezbollah parade in Beirut, Lebanon, on May 31
Hezbollah parade in Beirut, Lebanon, on May 31
Miguel Wiñazki

The bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 remains the worst terrorist attack on Argentine soil, and is still causing repercussions today. This month, Argentine authorities have ordered the freezing of Hezbollah assets in the country and designated the Lebanese Islamist group a "terrorist" organization. They blame Hezbollah and Iran for the 1994 AMIA bombing in which 85 people died. Hezbollah and Iran have denied their involvement. Argentina also blames Hezbollah for a 1992 attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires that killed 29 people.

The decision coincided with a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as Argentina marked the 25th anniversary of the bombing on July 18. Under the presidency of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina distanced itself from U.S. policies. But President Mauricio Macri has been relatively close to Donald Trump — the two know each other from business ventures. This decision may lead neighboring countries to join Argentina in putting more pressure on Hezbollah and Iran, and on its allies in the region

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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