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Therapy-Speak Seeps Into The Land Where Everyone Seems To Have A Shrink

Argentines readily discuss their moods and states of mind — and that's a good thing, as long as we don't pretend to actually diagnose each other, writes a psychologist.


BUENOS AIRES — Here are a few typical moments in Argentina : a girl is unwell, but her friend tells her it's all "psychosomatic." Another calls her partner "a narcissist ." Your mood changes; you conclude you must be bipolar. You forget something and call it a "memory lapse."

I heard someone tell a friend they were doing things "unconsciously," while in debates ahead of Argentina's presidential elections on Oct. 22, viewers are looking out for a "Freudian slip" from one of the candidates.

Every day we keep hearing people use terms meant, essentially, for the world of psychology and therapy. And that is due to psychology's increasing popularity in modern society — and especially in Argentina.

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Argentine Chefs Dream Up A Luxury Kobe Sausage

Hot dog-loving Argentines even have a high-class sausage made entirely of tender Kobe beef, to be enjoyed without a thought for its price.

BUENOS AIRES — Argentines love sausage. They love them in a bun, as in the classic choripán , the local hot dog, or grilled at barbecues alongside its "other half," the blood sausage, or morcill a . And while the sausage is part of the day-to-day fare in this haven of carnivores , fancy sausages containing prime beef are also available, at up to five times the price.

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The standard chorizo criollo — or typical sausage mix of the southernmost part of South America — has beef and pork with a good 25-30% fat content, and is flavored with white wine and spice, and sometimes with red pepper and crushed chiles. Its upmarket cousin is all beef — and not just any kind, but Kobe beef, one of the most expensive in the world.

Kobe beef, made from the Wagyu cow breed, is Japanese and loved for its juicy tenderness and marbled texture. It arrived in Argentina 25 years ago, thanks to Luis Barcos, a vet and beef production specialist. That is when Argentines came to know of such exquisite cuts as the Wagyu ribeye steak, a prized item at any high-level barbecue .

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In The Shantytowns Of Buenos Aires, Proof That Neighbors Function Better Than Cities

Residents of the most disadvantaged peripheries of the Argentine capital are pushed to collaborate in the absence of municipal support. They build homes and create services that should be public. It is both admirable, and deplorable.


BUENOS AIRES – In Argentina , the increasing urgency of the urban poor's housing and public services needs has starkly revealed an absence of municipal policies, which may even be deliberate.

With urban development, local administrations seem dazzled, or blinded, by the city center's lights. Thus they select and strengthen mechanisms that heighten zonal and social inequalities, forcing the less-well-off to live "on the edge" and "behind" in all senses of these words. Likewise, territorial interventions by social actors have both a symbolic and material impact, particularly on marginal or "frontier" zones that are the focus of viewpoints about living "inside," "outside" or "behind."

The center and the periphery produce very different social perceptions. Living on the periphery is to live "behind," in an inevitable state of marginality. The periphery is a complex system of inequalities in terms of housing provision, infrastructures, facilities and transport.

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Patagonian National Park, A Fragile Beauty At The End Of The World

The Patagonian National Park is a spectacular and unique landscape that illustrates the outstanding beauty of nature. But it is at risk of becoming a victim of the climate crisis.

SANTA CRUZ — The northwestern corner of the Argentine province of Santa Cruz is the setting for the Patagonian National Park, an exquisitely neglected part of a region that has become a byword for escapism.

The songwriter Atahualpa Yupanqui called this windswept plateau, with its elevated floodplains and wetlands, the "night watchman of the Americas." Every day the sun shakes up an explosion of earthy colors here before night returns to cast over them a veil of subtle, indefinable mystery. In this merging point of glaciers and the eternal snows of the Zeballos peak, water in so many forms, a Yellow Cliff ( Cerro amarillo ), prehistoric artworks, volcanic cones and a star-lit sky, only one thing is certain — that nothing is still in this ethereal part of the earth.

Around the Lake Buenos Aires plateau , the park hosts a unique ecosystem of rare and endemic species such as the hooded grebe, and was the home of several prehispanic cultures that left their petroglyphs. The park has three entry points, with camping sites, bathing facilities and even catering options in peak visiting periods.

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Sincericide, When Speaking Your Mind Can Kill A Relationship

We all know good communication is the bedrock of a healthy relationship. Here's why keeping some of your thoughts to yourself, and a practiced lack of utter sincerity, is a bedrock of a healthy couple.

BUENOS AIRES — We know we can often be hard on ourselves, even if our perpetual, and private, self-evaluation can help us reassess our conduct and do better.

But what if it's your spouse or partner criticizing you? How harsh can they be without harming or even killing a relationship? Ours is a time of limited tolerance for dissent (with a brisk tendency to cancel and "unfriend") and polls show younger generations are keener than before to meet kind and empathetic partners.

While we can always state our views and discuss a point of discord without offending, it is also crucial to understand why and when we feel we are justified criticizing a partner's conduct or decision. Because even the plain truth, blurted out freely and once too often, can do irreparable harm. Some call it "sincericide."

Psychoanalyst and therapist Irene Fuks told Clarín that the dangers of "sincericide" are in the word itself, which combines sincerity with homicide and suicide.

"There's something deadly at work," she stresses, as words become darts . And while some people like to boast they say things "as they are," we need to stop a moment, says another analyst Erika Salinas, and "ask ourselves, this thing I'm going to say, does it add up, is it necessary or does it contribute something?" It is one thing to disagree, she adds, and another "to tell [your partner] what they 'are' or 'are not'," which can be hurtful.

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Anne-Sophie Goninet and Laure Gautherin

Le Weekend: Barbie Ban, Sziget Festival Kicks Off, Salvator NFTi

👋 Oraire ota!*

Welcome to Saturday, where we take a look back at what’s been happening in the culture world this week, from the Barbie movie getting banned in Kuwait and Lebanon to the start of Hungary’s Sziget Festival and the transformation of a famous painting into an NFT . For our special Summer Reads edition of Worldcrunch Today, we feature an article by Wieland Freund in German newspaper Die Welt — and three other stories from around the world on animals.

[*Nkore, Uganda]

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Sergio Rubin

Synod Forecast: How Far The Pope Will Go Toward A More Inclusive Catholic Church

Two synods by the Catholic Church, to be held in Rome in late 2023 and 2024, are to debate possible and even radical changes to the Church's practices and rules in line with the Argentine pope's vision of a social and inclusive Church.


BUENOS AIRES — Pope Francis wants to press ahead this year with some of the bold reforms he envisages for the Catholic Church. Ample debate is already taking place on issues and likely to be aired in two synods to be held in Rome.

These include the rule of priest celibacy, allowing married men of proven faith to become priests in parishes with an acute shortage of vocations , women as deacons (the level below priesthood), full recognition of remarriage for divorced Catholics , a place for homosexuals in the Church and greater care and attention to the poor and socially excluded.

The Church wants to hold a synod (or clerical assembly) in two phases — in October 2023 and October 2024 — so it began organizing in 2021 a broad-based consultation among its clergy and flock worldwide, to promote internal dialogue "in the light of faith."

In what is itself a "synodal process," Catholics are being asked their views on a range of issues including thorny ones, and while this vast exercise will yield no resolutions, it will act as a reflector of the Christian mood on matters and act as a useful pointer ahead of the first synod.

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Guadalupe Rivero

"They Thought Sofia Was Copying Me" — The World's First Trans Twins Share Their Story

Identical twins Mayla and Sofia were 19 when they became the first twins to transition together. Now, two years later, and living separately, the two Brazilian trans women talk with Argentine daily Clarín about how family support and their love for each other have helped them through hard times.

BUENOS AIRES — A lot has been said about the special bonds that exist between twins. In the case of Mayla and Sofia, 21-year-old twins born in Brazil , the two have also made history together. They are the first twins in the world to undergo gender-affirming surgery (GAS), and the youngest Brazilians so far to have done it.

A documentary made about them depicts the challenges, joys and grief they faced along the way, though never alone. In 2021, at the age of 19, the sisters had surgery in a clinic in the city of Blumenau in southern Brazil . It wasn't simple or affordable, and their grandfather sold his home to pay for it. Today, Mayla lives in Buenos Aires where she studies medicine and Sofia lives in São Paulo studying engineering.

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According to statistics from Brazil's ANTRA , a trans advocacy organization, 151 members of the collective were murdered in Brazil in 2022. The NGO, which provides help and advice to the community, also reports high levels of violence and bullying against transgender children and teenagers at school. The twins were no exception in that respect. Every school day, including playtime activities where they should have been able to make friends, became challenging, a setting for mindless hostility. Luckily, they say, they were together.

As children, they found adults to have "closed minds and preconceptions," which meant there was little help or advice available to them. Teachers had no particular gender perspective or sense of diversity. One schoolmistress said the school should have separate bathrooms for trans women, Sofia recalls.

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Mariana Rolandi Perandones

Domestic Violence: Why Do Some Women Retract Accusations?

Fears of reprisal mixed with emotional guilt prompt some of the women battered at home to withdraw accusations against an aggressor. In Argentina, however, depending on the gravity of allegations, the state must investigate household violence regardless.

BUENOS AIRES — On the morning of Dec. 10, 2011, Argentines were informed of another femicide in their country, this time in the province of La Pampa. Carla Figueroa, 18, was stabbed to death by her husband. Their two-year-old son witnessed his mother being stabbed 11 times.

The assassin, Marcelo Tomaselli, had been freed from jail a week earlier. Convicted on rape charges, he was "pardoned" with Carla's consent, which led him to marry her and then kill her.

His prior violence was no secret and had even made the news. According to Carla's family, the convict's lawyer "pressured" her to sign a conciliatory agreement or pledge of good conduct ( avenimiento ), allowing Tomaselli's release. This formula, envisaged as an extrajudicial solution to cases of domestic strife, was abolished in 2012, soon after the Figueroa case.

The norm came to be seen as sexist towards women and as "unacceptable in a democratic society that respects human rights," says María Laura Altamiranda, a judge at the Criminal Court Number 6 of Lomas de Zamora in Buenos Aires. Altamiranda, a veteran of household violence cases, told Clarín that, furthermore, it violated Argentina's international treaty commitments to "duly investigate and sanction culprits" for sexist crimes.

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Mariana Iglesias

Meet Blanca Alsogaray, The First Woman To Win Cuba's "Oscar Of Cigars"

For the first time, Cuba's prestigious annual cigar festival recognized a woman, Alsogaray, owner of an iconic cigar shop in Buenos Aires, as the top representative of this celebrated lifeline of the Cuban economy.

BUENOS AIRES — Cigars are traditionally reserved for a man's world. But this year, for the first time, a Latin American woman has won one of three awards given at the 23rd Habano Festival in Cuba.

Every year since 2000, the Festival has gathered the top players in the world of Cuban cigars including sellers, distributors, specialists and aficionados. A prize is given to an outstanding personality in one of three areas: production, communication and sales. The latter went to Blanca Alsogaray, owner of the Buenos Aires shop La Casa del Habano. She says these prizes are not unlike the "Oscars of cigars."

"It's a sexist world for sure, but I won," she said of a prize which was called "Habano Man" ( Hombre habano ) until this year, when the word was changed for her.

"It recognizes a lifetime's work, which I consider so important as Argentina isn't an easy place for business, and less so being a woman." She was competing with two men. "In truth," she added. "I really do deserve it."

Alsogaray opened her shop in 1993. At the time there were only two sellers anywhere of Cuba's premium, hand-rolled cigars, the other one being in Mexico. Now habanos are sold in 150 outlets worldwide. "I want to celebrate these 30 years, and the prize. We're going to have a big party," she said. The firm celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 16.

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Ricardo Iacub

An Ode To Gratitude — The First Step To A Better Life

Learning to actively be more grateful to those in our lives, even when it's hard, can change everything.


BUENOS AIRES — A medic and friend of mine recently told me he was trying to help a woman with medical tests. She had cared for him as a child and youngster, and now she needed surgery. I was struck by his sense of gratitude, but also by the fact that a friend of his had advised him against helping. Was it his problem, really? he had asked.

The conversation reminded me of the elderly people who feel their grown-up children don't appreciate the efforts they'd made in the past as much as they should. Despite the inherent difficulties of close relations and some further, "Oedipal" complications, such parents feel a little left behind, and may even see their affection and past service become a source of resentment.

I am not interested so much in the Manichean tale of long-suffering parents "who did everything" for their ungrateful children, as I am in observing how some entire societies can forge ties that include a lifetime of caregiving and support.

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Penélope Canónico

This Argentine Couple Turned A Road Trip Into A Way Of Life, 20 Years And Counting

After years of exploring the continent in a van, a couple from Buenos Aires asks: Should they ever go back to "normal" life?

BUENOS AIRES — Patricia Fehr and Germán de Córdova, a young Argentine couple, began exploring the American continent by van in 2003. They set out from San Nicolás de los Arroyos , near Buenos Aires, with plans to drive from southern Argentina to northern Alaska in a year.

That year turned into five years, and now, with Patricia, 48, and Germán, 56, they're still at it, currently in Mexico.
This modern Odyssey was driven in part by the couple's love of photography and their fascination with indigenous American cultures. Their trip has become an educational adventure for themselves and their now 14-year-old daughter , who has grown up her entire young life on the road.

The couple describe themselves as digital nomads and freelancers , and specifically amunches , which means traveler in Mapuche, an indigenous language in what is now Chile and Argentina. Their daughter is named Inti, which means sun in the indigenous Quechua language.

More than once, they told Clarín, they have parked their "house on wheels" near settlements where, they say, they "faced the problem of communication and were struck by the marginal status ... of people who were the original settlers and guardians of woods and rivers."

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