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Al Jazeera Video: Argentina Persecutes Economists

July 20th, 2011 | 09:26 PM

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Al Jazeera has a nice video here describing how the government has been persecuting economists in Argentina. For an in-depth look at the latest charges, check out my recent article here for The Wall Street Journal.


Argentina Bans Sex Ads in Newspapers

July 5th, 2011 | 09:04 PM


Bad news for all the hookers and pimps out there.

President Cristina Kirchner signed a decree banning the publication of sex ads in local newspapers.

Kirchner said the decree will help end discrimination against women who are “humiliated” through sexual exploitation and objectification.

Prostitution is legal in Argentina and Kirchner indicated she wouldn’t do anything to change this, saying she won’t penalize women for exercising the world’s oldest profession. Click here for a post I did back in 2007 about the legality of prostitution in Buenos Aires.

“Let it be clear: We’re never going to condemn any woman because most of the time they don’t choose the life that they’re living,” she said in a speech Tuesday.

But Kirchner indicated the decree offers another added benefit, at least from her point of view. Newspapers, she said, make a lot of profit by selling sex ads to prostitutes.

By banning the ads, Kirchner has taken away another source of income from the ever-despised coup-mongering, opposition media like Grupo Clarin.

Of course, banning the publication of sex ads may do little to prevent the kinky skin-friction business from thriving. Countless local websites offer opportunities (warning: this is a graphic, XXX link) for prostitutes to reach their clientele.

Some local whorehouses even use Google Maps to woo Johns into their pleasure palaces.

The ban on newspaper ads seems so old-school when today’s pleasure pushers are so Web 2.0.


1st Annual Buenos Aires Chili Cookoff

July 2nd, 2011 | 08:07 AM


Get ready for a “Historic Moment in Buenos Aires Spicy Food. Everyone is invited to celebrate Fourth of July Weekend with that quintessentially United States dish, CHILI.”

That’s right boys and girls, Buenos Aires will see its first ever annual chili cookoff this Sunday in Palermo. Want to chow down on some delicious chili, cornbread or cookies for as little as five pesos? Or how about just hang out with great people and down a few beers?

There will be “more than 10 cooks, teams and chefs” competing for the first best-chili prize ever awarded in the history of South America. Ok, that’s probably not true. I just made it up. But this probably is the first big chili event of it its kind in Argentina. So check it out.

As of this posting, 320 people had registered for the event on Facebook.

Where: GENO Beer Bar, Guatemala 5499, Capital Federal
When: Sunday, July 3, 1-5pm

To learn more, click here.

*Special thanks to Yanqui Mike for letting me rip off his Chili banner. I didn’t even ask him for permission! Check out Mike’s site for “mini biographies” of some of the chefs who will be competing.

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