Argentina

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Forty years ago today, Argentina experienced a military coup that threw out then-president Isabel Perón. What followed was seven years of military dictatorship, where tens of thousands of people "disappeared.”

But they didn’t simply disappear – they were tortured and killed by the militia. The military claimed these people were from violent guerrilla groups, threatening Argentina's democracy, but many were college students, professors, priests, and social workers – anyone who was deemed a threat or spoke out against the Argentine government, a dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to 1983.

Some say human rights violations had been taking place even before the military officially took power.


Mauricio Macri, the former mayor of Buenos Aires, will be the next president of Argentina, after a close election that brings the 12-year rule of the Peronist Party to an end.

As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports, Macri's win sways the country to the right. Lourdes filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"This is a politically polarized country and it was a hotly contested race. For the first time ever in Argentina's history there was a second round of voting in a presidential election.

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The exotic sounds and moves of Tango Buenos Aires are coming to San Antonio. 

 

Rosario Bauza is the Director of Tango Buenos Aires. Their show tells the story of Eva Peron, but through music and dance.

 “The singer is Lucia Alonzo, and the music is original for the show. We have two instruments—two bandoneons, the typical instrument for the tango, and a violin.”

 The Bandoneon is the accordionlike instrument associated with Tango (hit "Listen" above to hear it).

  Bauza says that Tango is at the same time both romantic and melancholic.

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