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Tragic Patagonia: Territory for Debt

Tragic Patagonia: Territory for Debt

By Liliana Venanzi

More than once, the inhabitants of this land hear about "neo-colonization" projects, such as the Andinia Plan. The perfect excuse for this new domination is Argentina's foreign debt.

To speak of Argentine Patagonia is to say blue mountain range, eternal snows, millenary glaciers, lenga and araucaria forests, crystal clear water, mirrors like endless lakes, prolific land, waterfalls and mountains that caress the sun ...

It is embracing the Atlantic sea, stony beaches, sea lions bathing on the coasts, whale watching in Madryn, foam and shells, dancing seagulls ...

It is also to say plateau, sheep grazing, sunset of silences, overflowing waters, backwaters and valleys, land of apples.

It is also crying for Malvinas, the lost little sister, since that English ship outraged its coasts, back in 1833 or fighting for the rights over part of the white continent, which Argentina claims for itself before international organizations.

But Argentine Patagonia is not only the rainbow palette with which nature painted the south of the American continent. Its mere mention accounts for the extraordinary resources that inhabit its skin and its entrails: gold, silver, oil, uranium, coal, natural gas, the possibility of generating hydroelectricity and unconventional energy (hydrogen and wind). It is synonymous with hundreds of kilometers of territorial sea with an abundance of marine species such as shrimp, krill, squid, hake, plankton, to name just a few.

However, it is not only its immeasurable landscape and the wealth that it lavishes that makes it so special: Argentine Patagonia is one of the largest reservoirs of uncontaminated water on the planet. UNCONTAMINATED WATER AND ALMOST UNEXPLOITED TERRITORY, here are the two keys to its potential.

More than once, the inhabitants of this land hear about "neo-colonization" projects, such as the Andinia Plan. At another time, there was talk of Japanese settlers who would come to populate our south, through an agreement with the national government. The perfect excuse for this new domination is Argentina's foreign debt.

Says the national economist Adrián Salbuchi, in "Argentina Privatized or the imminent swap of debt for territory":

"... it seems that, for various reasons, our country has been chosen especially as a leading case - a kind of" witness case "or guinea pig (from the East Indies, it is understood) -, to revive this old colonial methodological model . It can be inferred that the fact that we are being "honored" in this way is part of the process of warning and additional punishment that Argentina must continue to suffer for our "sins of the past", which have made ours an annoying country. reliable and potentially dangerous.

Indeed, "our past condemns us": from the independent foreign policy of Hipólito Yrigoyen in the 1920s, then our pro-German neutrality in the 1930s and 1940s; going through our claims of regional power under the government of Juan Perón in the fifties and, finally, our audacious and insolent audacity in the Falklands exactly twenty years ago, they have been lighting yellow lights - perhaps with some reddish flash - on the power board world. The decision seems to have been made: Argentina must be weakened, devastated, bowed and brought to its knees, and this should not be achieved with direct military or political intervention - always so hateful when seen on the 6 p.m. newscasts - , but through local agents aligned with the interests of the new world order, conveniently inserted and entrenched in the structures of the State. "

"... the Council on Foreign Relations has been proposing a new concept: that of swapping debt for territory. And what better asset can a large country, rich in natural resources and sparsely populated like Argentina, have than to exchange debt for territory? Today we are only 37,000,000 Argentines, very, very poorly distributed in a national territory that should have at least twice the population. For example, in Patagonia Argentina the sum of the populations of the provinces of Tierra del Fuego, Santa Cruz, Chubut, Río Negro and Neuquén barely reach 1,500,000 inhabitants: 4% of the national population and less than that of a Greater Buenos Aires party such as La Matanza.

Argentine Patagonia is the natural candidate for a broad "territorial mega-swap". This has been in the works for decades. "

This operation is already underway, says Salbuchi. Meanwhile, an advisor to President Duhalde, Mr. Norman Bailey, advises through a report that Argentina use a debt swap scheme using government land and provincial assets. In a note that appeared in the newspaper "El Cronista Comercial", Baley explains: "... the Government could establish a National Development Corporation capitalized with these public lands ... The Corporation would exchange these assets for debt bonds presented by interested investors, who could allocate them to industrial, agricultural and real estate uses ".

The politician and writer Juan Gabriel Labaké, adds more information on this worrying topic:

"... Simultaneously, President Duhalde, by decree No. 533/2002 (Official Gazette of 03-22-02), has also hired three Anglo-American companies to advise him internationally on foreign debt issues and to" prepare and implement a strategy ... to obtain international financing. "That is, such US consulting firms, in fact, will be in charge of drawing up a renegotiation plan for Argentina's foreign debt, and carrying it out. Worst of all is that a One of those companies, the so-called ZEMIC COMMUNICATIONS, is owned by our well-known Mr. Henry Kissinger, and he has agreed to "collaborate" in that task.

Kissinger is not only the mentor of the payment of "debt with assets", which has brought us so many calamities, but he is also one of the main (if not the main) ideologue of the debt system as an instrument of domination of our peoples. "

In this context, there is a survey carried out in various cities of one of the Patagonian provinces: Chubut. The consulting firm Giacobbe y Asociados is the one who carries it out. One of the people surveyed warns about the tenor of the questions, 30 in total, which have more to do with the assessment of local and national politicians and officials and with strategic-political issues that are related to the principles of economic and political sovereignty of the country , that with the supposed interests that a private company could have with a view to establishing itself and developing a productive activity in the country, according to the owner of the company, Jorge Giacobbe.

In dialogue with Radio 21, (station of Caleta Olivia, province of Santa Cruz), Giacobbe, said that the drafting of the questions was made by a European company that wanted to know "the thinking of Argentines before deciding on an investment", refusing to give the name of those who have hired him, based on the supposed secrecy and professional ethics.

Some of the questions were the following:

Question No. 12: "Would you agree that Argentina hand over the rights to its territories in Antarctica to totally cancel the country's foreign debt?"

Question No. 14: "Would you agree to assign Chubut fiscal territories to cancel the provincial public debt?"

Question No. 15: "Would you agree to the unification of Río Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego into a single province or region?

Question No. 16: "What is your specific position regarding the proposal that Argentina be economically administered by an official of the IMF or some other international organization?"

Question No. 17: "Due to the crisis situation that Argentina is experiencing today, do you want to leave the country?"

Dr. Labaké points out that only one newspaper in the region warns on the subject. But strangely, no other means of national reach, raised the news to make it known.

Thus arises the request sent to the network by the subscriber, called S.O.S. PATAGONIA. In it, we try to draw attention to what is happening in this southern part of the world; we wanted to warn our compatriots of the danger that looms over our sovereignty and our territory. It was a desperate request for help for the richest region of Argentina, but so far from the great populated centers of the country and from the armchairs where "the great national policy" is cooked, many times to the detriment of the few Argentines who inhabit the region.

As a corollary, we are left with a question: who commissioned the survey?

The relationship of the pollster with the current president gives the questionnaire a lot of smell of an official office of hierarchy. I explain? And of course, the vultures are attentive and hope that there will be a new surrender of our national leaders to rise up with the only thing that we Argentines have left: the wealth of our territory.

* Liliana Venanzi
Patagónica, born in San Carlos de Bariloche. For fifteen years he has been doing radio journalism in Caleta Olivia, pcia. of Santa Cruz. 11/11/92 DISTINCTION AS AN OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN THE NATIONAL FIELD, granted by the Honorable Chamber of Deputies of the Nation Reason for the election: democracy and pluralism in the exercise of journalism. September / 96 ASOCIACIÓN ARGENTINA DE TELEVISIÓN POR CABLE (ATVC) 1st PRIZE "PERIODISMO DE OPINION" to the Citizen Opinion Program, broadcast by Channel 2 Caleta Video Cable, where she works as a producer.
July / 98 1R. DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL RUBRO PRIZE, for the work "PRIVATIZED DEATH", presented by Canal 2 Caleta Video Cable. Director: Liliana Venanzi
Julio / 98 DOCUMENTARY SELECTED AS SOLE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE A.T.V.C. TO COMPETITION IN THE GAVA ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL, SPAIN. Title of the Work: "LA MUERTE PRIVATIZADA". July / 98 JURY GOLD PRIZE awarded by the Argentine Cable Television Association. Work selected from the winners of all categories for the same documentary.
She is also an unpublished writer, with several regional awards to her literary credit.


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