TITLE

Falcon Crest

AUTHOR(S)
Mencimer, Stephanie
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;6/23/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 24, p38
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The capital of Argentina has a different flavor. Portenos, as Buenos Aires's residents are known, drive late-model European imports, as befits the city's once-large upper-middle-class population. Or they drive vintage Ford Falcons. When I visited Buenos Aires in May, the sight of the Falcon cruising Buenos Aires was a bit unsettling. During the dictatorship of the late '70s and early '80s, after all, the Argentine military used the Falcon to abduct people suspected of anti-government activity. The spacious trunk was perfect for a body. After picking up its targets, the Falcon would be driven to the Navy Mechanics School, where the trunk's occupant would be deposited for torture. While Argentines seem to forgive the Falcon, however, they are less willing to forgive Carlos Menem, the former president who dominated Argentina's political scene during the 1990s. Though they preferred him to Menem, Argentines appear to have little more love for Nestor Kirchner. Argentina is not fond of the American president and refer to him as "borracho"--the drunken president. Like most commercial institutions in Recoleta, Hooters seemed to be doing a booming business--surprising in a country where 60 percent of residents now live below the poverty line. In fact, during my visit, the benefits of defaulting on $141 billion in foreign debt became readily apparent.
ACCESSION #
10016210

 

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