By Richard A Crooker
Describes the background, geography, executive, financial system, humans, and tradition of Argentina.
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By far the largest Jewish community in Latin America, it is also the second largest in the Americas (following New York). In Buenos Aires, the Jewish community has been the target of several terrorist bomb attacks. The Israeli embassy was bombed in 1992. Two years later, a terrorist bomb killed 87 people and destroyed the city’s Jewish cultural center. Arabs and Asians add to Argentina’s diverse population. There are about 1 million people of Arab descent. About 700,000 of these people are Lebanese Christians.
Argentina’s economy was in shambles. Inflation was running 400 percent, meaning the price of goods were four times higher than during the previous year. Moreover, terrorist organizations representing both radicals and conservatives continued to kill one another and innocent bystanders. These were bloody times that would severely challenge even the most experienced politician. In 1976, military leaders arrested Isabel Perón and took over the government. At first, many Argentines celebrated. However, the bloodshed increased as the military carried out “The Dirty War” (1976–1983).
UNSTABLE POLITICAL CLIMATE The governments that followed Perón faced increasing social unrest. Living costs soared. There were riots, revolts, strikes, and bombings. Government secret police arrested, tortured, and murdered opposition members, who were mainly Perónist politicians, union leaders, and student activists. In response, extremists kidnapped and assassinated conservative politicians, judges, and journalists. Argentine governments shifted between civilian presidents and military dictators.
Argentina (Modern World Nations) by Richard A Crooker