While much attention in the recent week was focused on the resistance to the Bush agenda and US empire on the streets of New York City during the Republican National Convention, as has historically been the case, activists in the global south were confronting neoliberalism at far greater risks while receiving little attention from the corporate media. Thousands of people took to the streets of Buenos Aires on August 31st as Rodrigo Rato, managing head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), met with Argentine president Nestor Kirchner. Rato was in Argentina to urge the country to set aside more money for debt payments that the country defaulted on after the IMF pulled its financial support in 2001. Both the government and the public in Argentina blame IMF-backed economic policies and lending programs for its economy’s collapse in 2001.
Background Information: Z Net’s Argentina Watch