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Argentine dinosaur may shed light on huge beasts
6 September 2014 - Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur -- a creature that was bigger than seven bull elephants -- have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus, or 'fearing nothing'. Scientists hope its unusually well-preserved bones will help reveal secrets about some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth. (more)

Coastal wildlife paradise declared biosphere reserve in Argentina
15 July 2014 - Conservationists are celebrating the announcement that UNESCO has dubbed Argentina's PenĂ­nsula Valdes a biosphere reserve under the Man and Biosphere Programme (MBA). A hatchet-shaped peninsula that juts out into the Southern Atlantic Ocean, the world's newest biosphere reserve is home to a hugely-diverse collection of both terrestrial and marine wildlife. (more)

Argentina: 'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered
16 May 2014 - Fossilised bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth have been unearthed in Argentina, palaeontologists say. Based on its huge thigh bones, it was 40m (130ft) long and 20m (65ft) tall. Weighing in at 77 tonnes, it was as heavy as 14 African elephants, and seven tonnes heavier than the previous record holder, Argentinosaurus. This giant herbivore lived in the forests of Patagonia between 95 and 100 million years ago, based on the age of the rocks in which its bones were found. (more)

Agriculture workers in Argentina protest Monsanto pesticides, promote local foods
15 May 2014 - Residents in Argentina, along with workers who regularly come into contact with Monsanto's products, are calling for the suspension of the use of the company's pesticides, claiming they cause adverse health effects. They seek to promote local food and agriculture and 'educate about the dangers of GMOs and Monsanto's products'. (more)

Argentina cricket programme targets slum poverty
24 March 2014 - Children living in a slum in Argentina's capital are playing cricket as part of an initiative to help them escape poverty and crime. The kids playing the ball-and-bat sport in a dirt training ground say they've found new hope in a sport that is mostly restricted to Argentina's upscale private schools. (more)

Argentine activists win first round against Monsanto plant
26 January 2014 - Residents of a town in Argentina have won the first victory in their fight against biotech giant Monsanto, which is building the world's biggest maize seed treatment plant in the town. The court ruled that the municipal ordinance authorizing construction of the plant in Malvinas Argentinas -- a mostly working class town of 15,000 people -- was unconstitutional. The labour court has ordered an environmental impact study and a public hearing. (more)

Argentina: US boy, 9, is youngest to reach Aconcagua summit
27 December 2013 - A 9-year-old boy from Southern California has become the youngest person in recorded history to reach the summit of Argentina's Aconcagua mountain, which at 22,841 feet is the tallest peak in the Western and Southern hemispheres. Tyler Armstrong of Yorba Linda reached the summit on Christmas Eve with his father Kevin and a Tibetan sherpa, Lhawang Dhondup, who has climbed Mt. Everest multiple times. 'Any kid can really do this, all they have to do is try. And set their mind to the goal,' said Tyler, who worked out twice a day for a year and a half to prepare for the climb. He also held fundraisers, not only to defray the cost but to raise money for CureDuchenne, which funds muscular dystrophy research. (more)

Monsanto halts work on Argentine corn processing plant
1 October 2013 - US-based seed giant Monsanto Co halted construction of a planned corn processing plant in Argentina after protests by environmentalists disrupted entry of work supplies, the company told Reuters on Tuesday. Protesters from an environmental group called 'The Argentine Malvinas Assembly' blocked access to the construction site over objections to Monsanto's work with genetically modified crops. (more)

Argentina: 'Golazo!' Disabled children revel in soccer
9 August 2013 - Powerchair Football, which began in France in 1978 and now has active leagues in the United States, has finally reached football-mad Argentina, providing an enjoyable outlet for quadriplegics and others who can't walk. Playing four-on-four on spaces the size of basketball courts, they use special front fenders on their chairs to maneuver a ball twice the size of normal soccer balls. (more)

Argentina: Women will now collect welfare money
6 July 2013 - After spending billions on welfare to families that keep children vaccinated and in school, President Cristina Fernandez has made a key change: From now on, mothers will collect welfare payments instead of fathers. 'It's well-known that transferring the resources to women results in a greater empowerment for them inside the household and a better use of resources, including food and clothing for their children,' said Nora Lustig, professor of Latin American economics at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. (more)


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Maharishi Towers of Invincibility: Construction, planning progressing in Argentina, Bolivia
1 March 2011 - Construction of a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility is progressing in Argentina and in Bolivia, along with accompanying projects for Maharishi Invincibility Schools, as well as communities built according to Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture). (more)

Video displays architectural plans for Vastu community in Argentina
4 January 2010 - A new video displays detailed plans for the soon-to-be-established Vastu community in Florencio Varela, Argentina, near Buenos Aires. The community, designed and to be built according to principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda (Vedic Architecture), will include a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility, two Maharishi Invincibility Schools, and 100 Vastu homes. (more)

Argentina: Building Maharishi Tower of Invincibility is significant for entire world - Dr Bevan Morris addresses inaugural ceremony
30 December 2009 - In an inspiring address to 200 guests at the ceremony inaugurating construction of a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility in Florencio Varela, Argentina, Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minster of the Global Country of World Peace, explained that students in two schools connected with the Tower would create invincibility for their nation. He also praised Dr Julio Pereyra, Mayor of Florencio Varela, as well as others who have greatly supported the project. (more)

Argentina: Maharishi Tower of Invincibility, Peace Colony projects inaugurated in grand ceremony
25 December 2009 - Two hundred leading guests enjoyed the recent grand, official inauguration of the project to build a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility in Florencio Varela, Argentina. (more)

Argentina: Construction of first Maharishi Tower of Invincibility to begin 21 December
20 December 2009 - The first Maharishi Tower of Invincibility featuring a school on either side--one for boys and one for girls--will be built in the centre of a Maharishi Peace Colony, in the city of Florencio Varela, Argentina. Mayor of the city, Dr Julio Pereyra, together with the architects and Dr German Martina, National Director of Argentina for the Global Country of Peace, will launch the Peace Colony and start excavation for the Tower of Invincibility on 21 December, the auspicious day of the beginning of summer in the southern hemisphere. (more)

Peace colony, schools will promote progress towards Invincibility in Argentina
7 May 2008 - Dr Jose Luis Alvarez, Raja of Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace, reported recently on the rise of Invincibility for the 30 million people of Argentina, and announced that Dr Julio Pereyra, mayor of Florencio, has given 12 hectares of land in his city to build a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility and 150 homes built according to Vedic Architecture. (more)

Building Maharishi Towers of Invincibility in Latin America
10 March 2008 - Speaking on a recent Global Family Chat broadcast by satellite and the Internet on the Maharishi Channel, Dr Jose Luis Alvarez, Raja (Administrator) of Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace, spoke about the new Towers of Invincibility in Latin America. (more)


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Drug cartels find Argentina attractive transit way
10 November 2014 - The interception of a drug shipment earlier this year called attention to a worrying trend in Argentina, the increasing use of its roads and ports as a trade route for cocaine and other drugs bound for markets in the US, Europe, and beyond. Bordered by long stretches of sparsely developed land to its north and west, and 3,100 miles (nearly 5,000 kilometers) of Atlantic coastline on the east, Argentina is proving attractive for traffickers exporting cocaine from neighbouring Bolivia and from nearby Peru, which in 2012 surpassed Colombia to become the world's biggest cocaine producer. The rising use of Argentina as a passageway is also leading to greater consumption within the country, fuelling growing violence between gangs battling to control turf and markets. (more)

Are pesticides linked to health problems in Argentina?
14 May 2014 - Could pesticides -- their use and abuse -- increase levels of cancer and birth defects? It is a question asked across the vast belt of Argentina where GM crops are grown. Argentina has become one of the world's largest producers of GM soya, with some 20 million hectares under cultivation. It is the nation's leading export. The biotechnology revolution in agriculture began to transform Argentina in the mid-1990s. And it is the agrochemicals that support the crops that worry people. In local research published in 2012, of those surveyed in Avia Terai, nearly a third said someone in the family had cancer in the last 10 years. In comparison, in one of Chaco's ranching communities, just 3 per cent of those asked said they had a relative with cancer. One of the report's authors was Dr Maria del Carmen Seveso, who noticed something else too -- a rise in the number of pregnant women with eclampsia, a life-threatening condition. Another doctor has charted the increase of children born disabled. 'I'm talking about all kinds of disability -- some had missing limbs, others had aberrations of their sex organs,' he says. (more)

Argentines link health problems to agrochemicals
20 October 2013 - American biotechnology has turned Argentina into the world's third-largest soybean producer, but the chemicals powering the boom aren't confined to soy and cotton and corn fields. Poisonous sprays drift into schools and homes and settle over water sources; farmworkers mix chemicals with no protective gear; villagers store water in pesticide containers. Doctors are warning that uncontrolled pesticide applications could be the cause of growing health problems among the 12 million people who live in the South American nation's vast farm belt. A nation once known for its grass-fed beef has undergone a remarkable transformation since 1996, when the St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. promised that adopting its patented seeds and chemicals would increase crop yields and lower pesticide use. Today, Argentina's entire soy crop, and nearly all its corn and cotton are genetically modified. Agrochemical first declined, then bounced back, increasing ninefold from 9 million gallons (34 million litres) in 1990 to more than 84 million gallons (317 million litres) today, as farmers squeezed in more harvests and pests became resistant to the poisons. Overall, Argentine farmers apply an estimated 4.3 pounds of agrochemical concentrate per acre, more than twice what US farmers use. (more)

Argentine farmers see green light for more GMO corn to China
29 August 2013 - Argentine farmers expect China to soon approve their one remaining variety of genetically modified corn yet to be certified for import by the commodities-hungry Asian country. Corn growers across Argentina's vast Pampas farm belt want to push quickly into the Chinese market while fellow grain exporter Brazil is stuck on the sidelines, waiting for Beijing to approve its genetically modified corn varieties. China, whose corn market has long been dominated by the United States, allowed its first major Argentine shipment of the grain to enter the country earlier this month. Traders in Buenos Aires said the 60,000-tonne cargo included some corn of the MIR-162 strain, which has not yet gotten approval from Beijing. But apparently not enough, if any, MIR-162 was in the cargo to cause problems with Chinese customs. 'It's called asynchronicity,' said Fabiana Malacarne, biotechnology chief at Argentina's ASA seed industry chamber. 'Importing countries permit a low-level presence of non-approved strains.' (more)

Argentina's gmo soy said to be poisoning the land
14 March 2013 - For much of the past decade Argentina has seen a commodities-driven export boom, built largely on genetically-modified soy bean crops and the aggressive use of pesticides. Argentina's leaders say it has turned the country's economy around, but many say the consequences are a dramatic surge in cancer rates, birth defects, and land theft. (more)

Government food price claims baffle Argentines
17 January 2013 - Six pesos a day. That's all it takes to eat in Argentina, at least according to the government. But on the streets of the capital, 6 pesos doesn't stretch beyond a pack of chewing gum, or a cup of yoghurt, or a single 'alfajor' cookie. Argentina's traditional caramel-and-chocolate treats are tasty, but don't provide what the government calls the 'minimum calories and proteins needed to sustain a moderately active adult.' As the International Monetary Fund moved closer Thursday to sanctioning Argentina for inaccurate inflation data, The Associated Press checked prices in Buenos Aires, and couldn't find a can of soda for less than 8 pesos. The official inflation rate is based in large part on what the national statistics service says is the total cost of 27 items in a basic food basket—a measure of the bare minimum that an extremely poor person needs to consume. Monday's update said that a monthly basket for an indigent family of four cost 719 pesos in December. That works out to 5.99 pesos per day, per person. The IMF has lost patience with these numbers after urging Argentina for years to improve this consumer price index, which lost credibility in 2007 after President Cristina Fernandez's husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner, replaced career statisticians with political appointees. IMF experts and Argentine economists have spent months working privately with government officials to recommend very detailed ways to get accurate numbers again, but the government has yet to adopt them. (more)

Monsanto expands GMO in Argentina
2 August 2012 - Global seed giant Monsanto Co expects Argentine corn output to jump more than 40 per cent in the upcoming season thanks to high commodity prices, a new planting schedule, and state support of biotechnology, a company official said. Monsanto -- the world's largest seed company and a developer of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops -- is building a $100 million corn-processing plant in Cordoba province set to open in 2014. Environmental groups have raised concerns about genetically modified, or GMO, foods and have accused agribusiness of pursuing profit without concern for potential environmental hazards and human health. (more)

Corruption scandal hits Argentina's Mothers group
9 June 2011 - The influential rights group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo is struggling with a corruption scandal that forced it to fire a top executive accused of misusing taxpayer funds meant to build housing for the poor. The scandal could have political consequences with only months to go before the 23 October election. Since 2008, the government has given the Mothers group about $187 million for more than 2,000 housing and related construction sites. Fernanda Reyes, a deputy with the opposition Civic Coalition, said that since 2004, only 35 per cent of housing that should have been built with taxpayer money was actually finished. Sergio Schoklender, the right hand of the Mothers' President, is accused along with his brother Pablo and more than a dozen others of fraud, money laundering, and illegal enrichment. Prosecutor Jorge Di Lello's complaint alleges Schoklender made a series of suspicious operations that shifted taxpayer funds into businesses he owns. (more)

Monsanto signs royalty deals with Argentine farmers
7 June 2011 - US seed giant Monsanto is asking Argentine farmers to sign contracts promising to pay to use the company's new seed technology. The farmers accuse Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, of trying to monopolize production in Argentina and of effectively excluding smaller farmers from using new seed technology by demanding too much in royalty payments. Monsanto has genetically modified corn, soy, and other crops to tolerate treatment with its glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide. (more)

Students protest education in Argentine capital
16 September 2010 - Thousands of young Argentines marched to the presidential palace on Thursday to protest the quality of public education, joining a student rebellion that accuses politicians of neglecting schools and universities that were once the envy of Latin America. High schoolers have occupied about 30 public schools in Buenos Aires to protest their deteriorating conditions. The takeovers later spread to public universities, with students occupying a half dozen, this week, teachers joined the rebellion, putting 700,000 students out of school. Students carrying a giant model of a pencil on their shoulders like a coffin and crosses symbolizing the death of public education on Thursday marched from Argentina's Congress to the presidential palace. They cite abysmal conditions in schools, including a lack of heating gas, poor electrical systems, leaky ceilings, and broken windows, among other problems. (more)

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