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A "Dirty War" Orphan's Open Letter To The Argentine President

The daughter of a couple kidnapped during Argentina's Dirty War chastizes the country's leader for appointing a suspected war criminal as army head.

Dear Cristina K,
Dear Cristina K,
Victoria Donda*

From 1976 to 1983, Argentina was mired in the so-called “Dirty War.” Amnesty International estimates that some 20,000 people suspected of being opposition activists or leftists were kidnapped and/or killed by the military junta. They are known as the desaparecidos — literally, the disappeared.

When the junta was overthrown, the leaders of both the army and the resistance guerrillas were tried, although many were granted freedom upon the introduction of pardon laws in 1986 and 1987 by President Carlos Menem.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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