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Una foto del activista Santiago Maldonado en las afueras de la morgue en Buenos Aires, el viernes 20 de octubre de 2017 Credit Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

Pregúntele a un argentino quién mató al fiscal Alberto Nisman. O qué pasó con el artesano Santiago Maldonado. ¿Habrá sido suicidio o asesinato la muerte del hermano de Eva Perón? ¿Quién profanó la tumba de Juan Domingo Perón para robar sus manos? ¿Alfredo Yabrán mandó a matar al fotógrafo José Luis Cabezas y forjó su propio suicidio? ¿Y qué decir de la caída del helicóptero en que viajaba Carlos Menem Jr.? ¿Y cómo cayó de su departamento la exsecretaria del cuñado de Menem, Lourdes Di Natale?

Estos casos tienen en común que son crímenes de fondo político y ninguno ha sido aclarado satisfactoriamente por la justicia.…  Seguir leyendo »

People light candles next to a sign that reads “I am Nisman” during a protest over the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, at the Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Argentina, mired in corruption and ineptitude, has swallowed Alberto Nisman – and the truth.

The stunning death of the federal prosecutor, the day before he was to testify before the Argentine congress about his allegations against the country’s president and a more than decade-old unsolved bombing, has confirmed — as if more proof were needed — that Argentina is its own worst enemy.

Argentina entered the modern world with great expectations. Its European genealogy and natural resources were taken as virtual guarantees of prosperity and progress. Visitors to Buenos Aires produced a literary genre of their own, fawning over the “sumptuous boulevards” of a cosmopolitan city that was heralded as “the capital of the continent.”…  Seguir leyendo »

Argentina-Irán Vaivenes comerciales, políticos y judiciales

El lunes 19 de enero de 2015, la opinión pública argentina se vio sacudida por la muerte de Alberto Nisman, fiscal de una de las causas judiciales más controvertidas de las últimas décadas: la investigación por el atentado terrorista a la AMIA, Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, cometido en julio de 1994.

Cinco días antes de su muerte, Nisman había acusado públicamente de encubrimiento a la Presidenta de la Nación, al Canciller y a una serie de personas ligadas directa o indirectamente al Gobierno. El fiscal reveló una operación a gran escala para encubrir a los supuestos autores del atentado a cambio de obtener un acercamiento geopolítico con Irán, restablecer relaciones diplomáticas y comercializar petróleo iraní en contrapartida de granos argentinos.…  Seguir leyendo »

Cómo se suicida la verdad en Argentina

Los “suicidios” políticos son tan comunes en Argentina que se les ha inventado una palabra especial.

Pregúnteles a varias personas en Buenos Aires y quizá no estén de acuerdo si el fiscal militante Alberto Nisman fue asesinado o si se quitó la vida. Pero la mayoría estará de acuerdo en que Nisman “fue suicidado”, la víctima más reciente de una centrifugadora oscura que con siniestra regularidad escupe cadáveres en esta dividida nación.

El registro histórico no es de buen augurio para esclarecer el caso de Nisman. Juan Duarte, el hermano mayor de la santa política de Argentina, Eva Perón, “se suicidó” en 1953, nueve meses después de que la prematura muerte de su hermana, a causa del cáncer a los 33 años de edad, lanzara al país en un paroxismo de dolor.…  Seguir leyendo »

Political “suicides” are so common in Argentina that a special word has been invented for them.

Ask different people in Buenos Aires today and they may disagree whether the crusading prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered or took his own life. But most everyone will concur that Mr. Nisman was “suicided,” the latest victim of a dark-power centrifuge that with sinister regularity spews out dead bodies in this divided nation.

The historical record does not bode well for clarity in the Nisman case. Juan Duarte, older brother of Argentina’s political saint, Eva Perón, committed “suicide” in 1953, nine months after his sister had thrown the nation into a paroxysm of grief over her own early death, at age 33, from cancer.…  Seguir leyendo »

El fiscal Alberto Nisman recibió sepultura el jueves pasado en el sector del cementerio de La Tablada que la comunidad judía destina a sus héroes y mártires. Sus restos descansan entre los caídos en defensa de Israel y los muertos en el ataque terrorista contra la AMIA, que él investigaba. Esa distinción es una toma de posición. A Nisman se le despidió como se despide a la víctima de un crimen político.

La presunción de que Nisman fue asesinado, o de que alguien le indujo a matarse, es casi la única certeza disponible hoy en la Argentina. Todo lo demás es duda y pesadumbre.…  Seguir leyendo »

Last week’s mysterious death of federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head, has drawn international attention to the troubling connections between Argentina’s security-state past, and its present.

Nisman died one day before one of the most important days of his life. On Jan. 19, he was due to present to the Argentine congress evidence for his accusations against the country’s president Cristina Fernandez. Nisman accused her of offering the Iranian government a free pass for its alleged role in the bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994. In exchange for the fabrication of “innocence,” Nisman said shortly before his death, the president asked for Iranian oil.…  Seguir leyendo »

On Jan. 14, a prosecutor named Alberto Nisman accused Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and her foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, of covering up Iran’s alleged role in a 1994 terrorist attack.

Mr. Nisman was found dead four days later, just hours before he was scheduled to present his findings to Argentina’s Congress. Newspaper headlines around the world suggest that the government is somehow responsible for one of these tragedies or both. I don’t buy it.

Before he was found with a bullet in his head, Mr. Nisman had spent almost a decade investigating the worst terrorist attack in Argentina’s history — the bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people in July 1994.…  Seguir leyendo »

“When heads of state become gangsters, something has to be done.” Winston Churchill said that. It’s a proposition not many people nowadays endorse. Fewer still take it upon themselves to stand up to the thugs-cum-statesmen.

Alberto Nisman was an exception — right up until last week when he was found dead, a .22-caliber bullet in his brain. Shocking? Yes. Surprising? Hardly. He and those who knew him (myself included) were always keenly aware that this was possible — perhaps likely. To say he was courageous would be a gross understatement.

A little background: Mr. Nisman, 51, was an Argentine federal prosecutor, chief investigator of the 1994 bombing of AMIA, a Jewish cultural center, in Buenos Aires.…  Seguir leyendo »

Occurring suddenly in the midst of Oscar season, the mysterious death of Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman is the kind of real-life whodunit that Hollywood producers dream of putting on the big screen. But for those who for more than two decades have sought justice for the 85 people who lost their lives, and for the 300 wounded, in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Nisman’s passing makes that search even harder.

He was, in a way, the 86th victim.

Investigating the worst terrorist act committed in the Western Hemisphere before 9/11 required an individual determined to uncover the truth.…  Seguir leyendo »