Wednesday, January 21, 2015


"No gunpowder traces found on Nisman’s hands, tests ordered on alleged weapon"

"Supporters doubt Argentine prosecutor killed self"

"Argentine Leader Criticizes Dead Official":
"As her investigation continued, the government authorities suggested that Mr. Nisman’s death had been a result of an elaborate plot, perhaps involving vengeful former intelligence officials and the Clarín Group, a news organization critical of Mrs. Kirchner.
Jorge Capitanich, Mrs. Kirchner’s cabinet chief, said investigators needed to verify whether Mr. Nisman had received threats from “current, displaced or foreign” intelligence agents.
In a statement, the Clarín Group rejected any connection to Mr. Nisman’s findings or his death, calling such positions “conspiracy theories.”"

"Conflict between Kirchnerism and the media"

"Ernestina Herrera de Noble"

"The other victims of the Dirty War"

"Argentine media-government conflict turns ugly"

"Children of the Dirty War":
"Marcela’s story begins with the story of Ernestina Herrera de Noble, the woman who adopted her, in 1976. Herrera de Noble was the widow of Roberto Noble, the founder of the Clarín media empire, which began as a newspaper, Clarín, and now includes radio and television stations and the most popular Spanish-language news Web site in Latin America. Herrera de Noble, who came from a humble background and was twenty-three years younger than her husband, was appointed owner and titular director of Clarín when he died, in 1969, though the actual running of the company was left in the hands of a circle of male executives whom Noble had trusted. (Noble’s only child, a daughter with another woman, accepted a settlement in exchange for relinquishing all ownership claims to Clarín.) In 1976, when the junta came to power, Herrera de Noble was fifty, and apparently in a full-blown midlife crisis. She was reportedly prone to wild mood swings and drinking, and was spending her days on yachts with new friends. According to the journalist Graciela Mochkofsky, who last August published, in Argentina, a book titled “Original Sin: Clarín, the Kirchners, and the Fight for Power,” the inner circle at Clarín, concerned about the future of the company and their careers if something happened to Herrera de Noble, approached her with a proposal. She should adopt two children, they said, and appoint them heirs to Clarín. Then, if Herrera de Noble died before the children reached adulthood, the men could serve as regents until the children were ready to inherit the company. Herrera de Noble agreed to the plan. The executives at Clarín included Rogelio Frigerio, who had been the second in command in the Ministry of Economics from 1958 to 1962, and a lawyer named Bernardo Sofovich. These men took charge of finding two babies for Herrera de Noble, a girl and a boy, and that summer a juvenile court granted her the guardianship of the children, who would become Marcela and Felipe Noble Herrera, heirs to a fortune that is now worth many millions.
Clarín never openly opposed the military regime, and, in 1976, the company profited from its friendly relations with the junta when it was offered a partnership in the country’s first paper plant, Papel Prensa. (Most competing newspapers still had to import paper.) The deal ignited Grupo Clarín’s economic expansion, which was guided by Héctor Magnetto, the company’s former accountant and its future C.E.O. By 1985, Clarín was one of the highest-circulation Spanish-language newspapers in the world."
"Mystery deepens in Argentine prosecutor's death" Rather large and violent protest.
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