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by Douglas Farah
Published on February 27th, 2013
REPORTS

Argentina’s flamboyant president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was indignant when, during a U.S. tour last year, a student at Harvard asked her how her personal wealth had grown more than 900 percent in less than a decade. “I don’t know where you get those figures, but that is not how it is,” the president responded.

Such is Argentina in the time of Fernández de Kirchner, where official obfuscation and denial of facts are routine, unexplained acquisition of wealth is the norm, official accountability is rapidly disappearing, the rule of law is eroding, and political enemies are publicly attacked as traitors. During her time in office, Fernández de Kirchner has built a massive patronage system, consistently rewarding close political allies with lucrative business opportunities, often at the expense of foreign investors whose properties have been expropriated in violation of international agreements.

Read the full report: Download file Back to the Future: Argentina Unravels

Read the Spanish language version: Download file Volviendo al Futuro: Argentina se deshilacha

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