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Sunday, March 20, 2016
US President’s schedule in Cuba
WASHINGTON — Apart from the US President Barack Obama’s bilateral meeting with Cuban President Raúl Castro, he will meet with members of civil society, businessmen and Cubans from different walks of life, the White House informed in a recent press release.
Below the preliminary schedule of Obama’s visit to Cuba:
Obama and the First Lady arrive at José Martí International Airport in Havana, 4:50pm
Meet-and-greet at US Embassy, 5:50pm
Family sight-seeing in Old Havana, including the Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana, 6:40pm
Wreath-laying at the José Martí Memorial, morning
Official welcoming ceremony, Palace of the Revolution, morning
Meeting with Cuban President Raúl Castro, morning
Entrepreneurship summit, afternoon
State Dinner at the Palace of the Revolution, evening
Address to the Cuban people at El Gran Teatro de Habana, morning
Meeting with dissidents and civil society leaders, morning.
Baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Cuban National Team at Estadio Latinoamericano, 2pm.
Departure from José Martí International Airport en route to Buenos Aires, Argentina, afternoon.
Film on the BsAs Hearald during Bob Cox Era during the Junta’s Horrors
http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/211043/the-herald%E2%80%99s-legacySunday, March 20, 2016
The Herald’s legacy
Messenger on a White Horse, the documentary that presents the Herald’s efforts to report the crimes that were being committed during the 1976-1983 dictatorship, had a 20-minute preview at the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo’s Casa por la Identidad at the Navy Mechanics School (ESMA) memorial yesterday during the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the last military coup. Former Herald staffer Jayson McNamara — who wrote and directed the documentary — attended along with Editor-in-Chief Sebastián Lacunza, former staffer during the dictatorship Uki Goñi and Manuel Gonçalves Granada, who recovered his real identity thanks to the efforts of the organization headed by Estela Barnes de Carlotto. Human rights activists praised the role played during the era of state terror by former editor Bob Cox, who reported the cases of abductions and forced disappearances and also welcomed the Mothers at the Herald’s newsroom. “The Herald cannot disappear. It helped us to break the silence,” Vera Jarach of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo — Founding Line said yesterday.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Mamet: Obama’s visit will lead to closer ties
US president to discuss human rights situation in Venezuela with President Macri
US Ambassador to Argentina Noah Mamet expressed optimism yesterday that US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Buenos Aires from March 22 to March 24 will help usher in an era of stronger bilateral relationships.
Although no specific announcements in the field of trade are expected during the visit, the ambassador said that the US president would likely be making a broad statement on the matter. As such, announcements regarding discussions about a a free trade agreement between Buenos Aires and Washington have been ruled out even if there is an interest in increasing trade between the two nations. Beef exports and investments in renewable energy sources were mentioned as possible areas of greater cooperation.
Addressing the media at the US residence at an event organized by the Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales (CARI) ‘s Group for Political Communication, Ambassador Mamet noted that the US Embassy is working hard to finalize the details so that not only the president’s visit goes well but also that the entire First Family enjoys their time.
“In fact, it has been four or five years since Obama took a trip with his family. That shows how important this trip is, because it is the first time in history that a US president travels exclusively to visit Argentina and not another country in the region,” the Ambassador said.
As such Mamet confirmed that First Lady Michelle Obama will have an agenda of her own including a speech to girls and young women about education, with a particular emphasis on science and technology.
Obama is also scheduled to participate in a Town Hall-style event on March 23 at La Usina del Arte in La Boca, where he will take questions from students and young entrepreneurs.
A head-to-head meeting with leaders of the opposition has not been scheduled but there will be an opportunity for President Obama to meet them during a gala dinner to be held at the Centro Cultural Kirchner.
While a visit to Buenos Aires City’s Memorial Park to victims of the dictatorship on March 24 has been confirmed, Mamet ruled out a visit to the AMIA Jewish community centre. The AMIA was the target of a bombing in 1994 that killed 85 people.
Although there were few details, Venezuela is also expected to be on the agenda. President Mauricio Macri has consistently called for the release of opposition leaders such as Leopoldo López who have been incarcerated by the Venezuelan courts on charges of stoking violence, and the relationship between Caracas and Washington has been hostile for years. Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was an ally of both Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chávez.
Visa waiver on the agenda
Also yesterday, Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra said that “work had begun” on finding a way for the United States to waive tourist visa requirements for Argentines.
“We have started to work to eventually go back to the situation where we were a while back, and that Argentines not need a visa to visit the United States,” Malcorra said in conversation with Radio Nacional.
Noting that border controls in the United States were heightened after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Malcorra conceded that much work was needed before the visa requirement be lifted. Mamet, for his part, confirmed that talks are in progress.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Groups play down gov’t role
The declassification of military and intelligence files announced by the White House was celebrated by Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo yesterday. The organization headed by Estela Barnes de Carlotto did not mention in its press release the Mauricio Macri administration though officials referred to the announcement as an achievement made by the Pink House. “This is a result of the human rights groups’ efforts,” Taty Almeida of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo — Founding Line said. Hebe de Bonafini, for her part, played down the disclosure and said that the presence of US President Barack Obama in the Memorial Park on March 24 represented an “affront.”
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Human rights documentary Messenger on a White Horse gets preview
Former Herald editor Robert Cox interviewed outside the Pink House for Messenger on a White Horse.
An indie project financed through crowd-funding and the unflinching support of human rights organizations, Messenger on a White Horse, written and directed by former Herald staffer Jayson McNamara, is scheduled to get a 20-minute preview today at 3pm at the premises of the Casa por la Identidad de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo (former ESMA, Av. del Libertador 8151. Tel: 4702-9920). Herald Editor-in-Chief Sebastián Lacunza has been invited by the Casa de la Identidad de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo to speak at the event.
The film documents the Buenos Aires Herald’s human rights stance during the dark years of the Proceso military dictatorship through extensive interviews with former editor Robert Cox and human rights leaders.
Proving that it was a phallacy to say that the Buenos Aires Herald, a centenary newspaper by the mid 1970s, was just a British community medium, the first three years (1976-1979) of the brutal military dictatorship saw the English-language news outlet soar to unprecedented heights when it took a fierce stance against human rights violations perpetrated by the military.
While the rest of the media, later referred to as the prensa cana-lla, looked the other way and ignored the brutalities being committed in the name of the fight against terrorism, the Buenos Aires Herald, with Robert Cox at the helm, bravely reported on the thousands of cases of “disappearances,” described verbatim by other media as Armed Forces press releases about “shootouts in which terrorists were killed.” The Herald was the one and only news outlet to receive the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, an organization that had just started to take shape in order to find answers to questions the military government, Catholic Church dignitaries and society at large consistently refused to confront.
McNamara’s film, still in postproduction, is expected to be ready for release in the film festival circuit by September. The 20-minute reel to be shown today here was already screened in October at the Inter-American Press Association’s annual conference.
“The reel was very well received by the audience a the IAPA conference,” McNamara says. “It was a very special moment for me because it was the first time Bob had seen our work and we got to share it with his entire family, except for one of his sons, Robert Andrew.”
“We would have liked to have finished the film earlier to time it with the 40th anniversary since the 1976 coup. But I am extremely happy to be sharing this trailer at the ex ESMA. I’m very honoured about this wonderful opportunity. It seems fitting that the very first screening of our material should be at the ex ESMA,” he said.
“The last military dictatorship remains a very complex period that hosts a wealth of content for storytelling purposes. Of course, this isn’t enough to stand out. I think Bob Cox’s personal experiences as a foreigner who witnessed the brutality of the era up close is where this story’s potential lies,” McNamara told the Herald last year, when the documentary was being shot.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Church to declassify dictatorship files
Pope Francis meets with Estela Barnes de Carlotto in 2014 after she found her grandson.
Days before 40th anniversary of coup, CEA official says Vatican willing to help probes
Days after the White House announced that it will be declassifying dictatorship files requested by human rights organizations, the Vatican is set to follow the trend on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the last military coup.
“The archives related to dictatorships will be opened up,” Carlos Malfa confirmed yesterday, the secretary-general of the Argentine Synod (CEA) that is expected to be issuing a message today.
The announcement was celebrated by human rights leaders such as Ángela “Lita” Boitano, who last year met with Pope Francis to ask him to cooperate with the ongoing judicial investigations.
“These files are fundamental, so are the ones that are in the hands of the armed forces,” Boitano said yesterday. The human rights leader who travelled to Rome in April 2015 requested that the Holy See speed up the process after Malfa said that the files were being put in order before being released.
Following requests from the rights groups and the Attorney General’s Office, Jorge Bergoglio had already agreed to cooperate with the investigations in the country, though the process was a bit complex, activists said.
“The Church has already been cooperating,” Estela Barnes de Carlotto, the head of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, explained to the Herald last week before the disclosure was announced.
“However, when you ask for a file you have to give detailed information and it has to be requested by judicial authorities,” she also said, noting that she trusted on Francis’ intentions to release the information.
According to Boitano, Bergoglio told her last year that the Church was going to critically assess its role during the era of state terror, when priests were seen in clandestine detention centres and there are reports that they even greenlighted the so-called death flights.
Bergoglio himself has been under fire for having reportedly been involved in the abduction of two priests and filed a written statement in the trial into the systematic plan for child appropriation amid suspicion that he could be aware of baby-snatching cases during the era of state terror.
A blessed announcement
“Putting the files in order takes time,” Malfa explained yesterday, but he made it clear progress were being made in the Holy See.
“In general, these are letters that were received requesting to know the whereabouts of the detained and the disappeared or some similar process. There are also newspapers clippings from that time,” he explained. However, the rights groups want the Church authorities to hand over internal files such as the ones Monsignor Emilio Grasselli had or individual records from priests and nuns who could have been in touch with prisoners.
For instance, during the 2012 trial into baby-snatching cases, a group of nuns appeared as witnesses as they looked after pregnant women who were taken to the Campo de Mayo military hospital to give birth to their babies while they were illegally held in that military garrison or in other clandestine detention centres.
The Attorney General’s Unit for Cases of Child Appropriation has also requested that the Church hand over baptism certificates as investigators believe that those who stole the babies sometimes acted as their godfathers.
“We cannot give a date but we are working,” Malfa affirmed ahead of the 40th anniversary of the coup that marked the start of the last military dictatorship, when thousands were forcibly disappeared and about 500 babies appropriated.
On March 23, Francis will be meeting a group of relatives of victims of enforced disappearances.
Marie-Noelle Erize Tisseau, whose sister Marie-Anne was kidnapped in San Juan province in 1976, will be shaking hands with Bergoglio along with Víctor Carvajal, whose brother Alberto was also abducted by a death squad in 1977. They will be joined by Genevieve Jeanningros, the niece of Leonie Duquet, one of the two French nuns kidnapped by Alfredo Astiz in December 1977 and taken to the Navy Mechanics School (ESMA). Duquet’s remains were identified in 2005 thanks to the efforts of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF)
Cecilia Romero, Salvadorian Monsignor Oscar Romero’s niece, will also participate in the hearing. Romero was killed in 1980 while he was delivering a homily.
According to daily La Nación, the CEA will be unveiling a message today aimed at praising democracy and calling on healing the past wounds.
Last year, sectors of the Church said it was time to limit the proceedings for crimes against humanity.
In September, the Catholic Church gave lukewarm support to continuing the trials against perpetrators of crimes against humanity yesterday, pointing out that forgiveness and reconciliation are “gifts from God.”
The head of the Argentine Synod, José María Arancedo, told human rights groups in a letter that was made public on September 4 that the Catholic Church did not endorse the suspension of proceedings against those who committed crimes during the 1976-1983 dictatorship.
“The position of the Argentine Synod has not changed,” Arancedo wrote in a letter addressed to the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), Mothers of Plaza de Mayo—Founding Line, Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo and Relatives of Detainees-Disappeared for Political Reasons.
The rights groups publicly wondered whether the Catholic Church had changed its mind on supporting trials against repressors after Bishop Emeritus of San Isidro Jorge Casaretto, who said at the UCA panel that reconciliation had to be a political goal after the end of the Kirchnerite era.
“No political force speaks about reconciliation these days. It is a taboo for elections, but reconciliation has to be in Argentina’s future agenda. We’ll have to wait until after the elections and insist,” Casaretto had said at the UCA conference.
“In Argentina, we prioritize justice but it is not totally impartial,” he had also stated, noting that the judicial proceedings against repressors often appeared to seek vengeance rather than justice.
In 2014, Arancedo shot a video alongside Barnes de Carlotto and her number two, Rosa Roisinblit, calling on parishioners to cooperate with information that could help the human rights organization founded in 1977 to find the babies snatched from their mothers during the last dictatorship.