The Kirchners’ Greatest Fear (La Nación)

A piece in Buenos Aires’ leading newspaper today, printed before anyone knew Nestor Kirchner had died, argues that corruption would undo the career of the once and (wanted-to-be) future Argentine president. De mortuis nil nisi bonum (never speak ill of the dead), a Roman aphorism in which I have never believed, now has an entirely new meaning, one that may occur to Nestor’s widow, sitting President Cristina Kirchner.

Click here for the whole news analysis (it’s in Spanish).

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Not in the News Today (Nowhere)

“Over one million workers will be cut off unemployment insurance in just one month, starting November 30th, unless Congress continues the federal emergency extensions for jobless Americans,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. “These are people who have been laid off through no fault of their own and are desperately looking for jobs, but would be snapped from the lifeline of jobless benefits just as the holiday season kicks into high gear.  Congress will have to act fast when it reconvenes to avoid a catastrophe.  The clock is ticking.”

Zimbabwean man drugged, raped by gang of women (Mail & Globe)

In a country where, legally, only men can rape women, here’s man bites dog, or bitch bites man, as it may be. If true, I wonder how they did it. After all, an erection is a delicate and ephemeral state.

Read the story here.

Mystery surrounds award for Swazi prime minister (Mail & Guardian online)

The kingdom of Swaziland was conned into announcing that Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini will today be given a “World Citizen Award” for “contributions to humankind” — by a group that seems to be a just Florida phone number and website. Reverse Nigerian scam!

After police riot in Ecuador, two people reported two people dead (La Nación, Bs.As.)

Imagine the state of social decomposition that led members of the Ecuadorian equivalent of an FBI/National Guard combo to consider holding their president hostage to demand cost-of-living pay raises.