Cablegate: Media Reaction; Terrorism; Globalization and Argentina;
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FM AMEMBASSY BUENOS AIRES
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION; TERRORISM; GLOBALIZATION AND ARGENTINA;
PRESS FREEDOM IN ARGENTINA; 09/06/07; BUENOS AIRES
1. SUMMARY STATEMENT
Leading international stories today include Europe's expected
reaction to the threat posed by terrorism; how Argentina should
manage globalization in order to fully "deploy its potential for
development;" and the Argentine Supreme Court's verdict on
government spending in the media.
2. OPINION PIECES AND EDITORIALS
- "A challenge that places Europe at a crossroads"
Silvia Pisani, daily-of-record "La Nacisn's" Madrid-based
correspondent, writes (09/06) "If there is something everyone knows
in Europe it's that the terrorist threat is real. What does not seem
to be so clear is whether Europeans are willing to change their
lifestyle and enormous respect for privacy in order to improve
"The series of (terrorist) attacks and attempts is enough proof that
Europe is a declared target of this international scourge...
"Additionally, there are common points between yesterday's aborted
terrorist attacks in Germany and those that occurred the day before
yesterday in Denmark. Both have been attributed to Al Qaeda and the
lead is in remote Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden, the feared leader
of Al Qaeda, is hiding.
"Many analysts hinted that terrorists could be organizing a
spectacular attack against the US on the anniversary of the
September 11 attacks. German police pointed out that it had detected
more activity than normal among Islamist groups.
"... And faced with the question 'Why is Europe a target of
terrorism?,' most believe there are two reasons - one, European
reticence to sacrifice personal rights, and the other, greater
openness of European borders vis-`-vis those of the US...
"Experts believe that it still is much easier to enter Europe than
"In contrast, there are those who believe that terrorist attacks
against Europe are fed by the discontent of ethnic and religious
minorities, who feel discriminated against.
"The case would be the opposite of the US, traditionally considered
the land of opportunity for immigrants. Nevertheless, it is possible
that since the September 11 attacks, things are neither very open in
the US nor exclusive in Europe.
"What is clear is that Europe is a target of terrorism, its people
know it and, perhaps, the basic question is what Europe is willing
to lose in exchange for better security, if it is willing to lose
- "How Argentina should manage globalization"
Business-financial "BAE" ("Buenos Aires Econsmico") front-pages an
opinion piece by its editor-in-chief, Dr Aldo Ferrer, who writes
(09/06) "Neo-liberals believe that an irreversible transfer of power
has taken place in the world. Currently, financial markets,
multinational corporations and the governments of a small number of
powerful industrialized countries (first of all, the US) are
reported to be the ones who have the power to decide how to
distribute income and allot resources in world economy.
"As a consequence, globalization would be made up of a number of
trade, investment and finance networks managed by those who hold
power. In this framework, 'peripheral' countries are reported to
have lost the ability to decide about their own fate - in other
words, reportedly, they may not decide how to manage globalization
and plan their own development and insertion in the world.
"... Argentina was the country that took this approach to the
extreme in managing its economic and international policies. It
began implementation with the 1976 military coup d'etat and the
entire process ended with the decisions made during the '90s... Such
a stance culminated in the 2001/2002 economic meltdown...
"... Experience reveals that globalization can be managed to (every
country's) benefit while broadening ties to the world economy, as
demonstrated by Asian emerging economies such as Korea, Taiwan and
Malaysia and, in a gigantic dimension, by China and India.
"Managing globalization is necessary to meeting Argentina's economic
potential and holding a equal, not subordinate, position in
international relations. For such a purpose it is indispensable to
have the house in order. All countries successfully deploying their
potential for development in the world maintain strong fiscal
solvency, as well as a surplus in the current account of their
balance of payments, a high level of real international reserves
(not based on debt), monetary systems based on their national
currency, exchange types sustaining profitable export goods...
"... However, managing globalization not only calls for keeping the
house in order, but also expanding it through investment and
sustained accumulation of technology, management capability and
creative synergy between the public and private sectors, all of
which is based on increasing domestic savings...
"In this new stage, (Argentina) should establish, along the lines of
successful countries, institutions and regimes that boost savings in
order to be able to meet its economic potential...
"... Countries should be built from inside and not the other way
round, as previous governments attempted here with the consequences
everyone has seen."
- "Limits are set on (Argentine) Governmental (media) publicity"
Daily-of-record "La Nacisn" front-pages an opinion piece by lawyer
Adrin Ventura, who writes (09/06) "The (Argentine) Supreme Court of
Justice decided that the Government may not eliminate or
substantially reduce the publicity it assigns to mass media in an
arbitrary or unreasonable way.
"The Supreme Court's verdict supported the position of the 'Ro
Negro' newspaper in its complaint against Neuqun Governor Jorge
Sobisch because in 2003 he decided to reduce official publicity
assigned to the paper because it had revealed an alleged corruption
"The judicial decision goes beyond the provincial case - in recent
years, many governments not only increased their publicity budgets
but made arbitrary decisions regarding its (press publicity)
distribution and used public funds to punish some independent
"Constitutionalist lawyer Gregorio Badeni, a lawyer from ADEPA
(Asociacisn de Entidades Periodsticas Argentinas) (Argentine
Association Journalistic Institutions), said that 'the verdict is
most important because it changes the Court's case law and forbids
the Government to behave in a discretionary manner vis-a-vis the
"... Regardless of the impact of the case in the province, which
will have to submit a plan for the distribution of its publicity
budget to the Federal Court within thirty days, the verdict includes
general principles of protection for the mass media's freedom of
expression vis-`-vis the Government abuse at a time when several
provinces as well as the Federal Government are accused of using
public funds in a discretionary way."
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