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December 16, 2014

Wikinews interviews Asaf Bartov, Head of Wikimedia Grants Program and Global South Partnerships

Wikinews interviews Asaf Bartov, Head of Wikimedia Grants Program and Global South Partnerships

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Buenos Aires, ArgentinaWikinews interviewed the Wikimedia Foundation‘s Asaf Bartov, the Head of Wikimedia Grants Program and Global South Partnerships, at the Fourth Ibercoop — Ibero-American Wikimedia Summit; where, hosted by Wikimedia Argentina, a cooperative group of wiki contributors and supporters from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America met to foster collaboration and experience sharing related to the Wikimedia Foundation movement in these countries. The Wikimedia Foundation is a US non-profit and charitable organization, that encourage Wikipedia readers to become contributors and editors of the Internet encyclopedia that ranks in the top-ten most-visited websites worldwide,

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Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Besides your assistance as a representative of the Wikimedia Foundation, in what other ways does the Foundation support Iberoconf?

Asaf Bartov: So, the Wikimedia Foundation supports Iberoconf because we see value in having Wikimedians with a shared culture, mostly shared language, get together and be able to share experiences and form collaborative plans in their own language. This is something very unique to Iberoconf in terms of the size. There are very few groups other than the Ibero-American group that share a language and ability to communicate in that way. That’s why we support it. The ways we support it is, well, we fund it, we provide the funding for having this meeting, the travel, […] etcetera, and we support it by being here, by taking the time to attend the conference and be available to have conversations, both group conversations and one-on-one conversations with the delegates, many of whom do not have other opportunities to speak to us face-to-face. So this is the opportunity. Even though we live in the 21st century, the world is digital and technological, and theoretically we could do a lot of communication on video-calls, etc., and we can, the truth of the matter is that a lot of people feel distant from the Foundation, hesitant to approach, even though we are very welcoming and friendly I hope, a lot of people need to see us and talk to us, and have dinner with us, before they feel comfortable approaching us with issues and problems and things, and so there is value just in the social aspect which is being here, and being accessible, and being human. But in addition to that, we are here to also share our knowledge, our expertise, our suggestions, in the more formal part of the program. This particular year I am here with two colleagues of mine. […] Both of them also speak Spanish so they can contribute more freely and have delivered presentations on their topics of expertise. This is support that Iberocoop gets and all other Wikimedians can get. So I think it’s a valuable opportunity.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which positive aspects of Wikimedia Argentina do you value at this Iberoconf?

Asaf Bartov: First of all, they have done a great job organizing the event. Everything is running smoothly as far as I can tell. The venue is really good. The program is running according to schedule more or less. So that’s good; and they did this in a fairly short schedule after there was some uncertainty about who would host the conference. So that was good. More generally, I really appreciate their successful transition with the new Executive Director, who has been able to assume all of the responsibilities, including, crucially, their submission to the FDC [Funds Dissemination Committee] process like their proposal which was good as we have just learned this weekend when the FDC published its recommendations which are granting Wikimedia Argentina practically the budget that they requested. Which is a very strong positive signal from the FDC that Wikimedia Argentina is on the right track, its programmatic approach is good and its planning is solid. This is all very high praise, this is all hard to achieve; it’s is not as easy as it seems. Most specifically, I would say Wikimedia Argentina has some interesting partnerships, these educational partnerships that we have heard about yesterday are promising. I like that they are working… they are not just doing, you know, the Wikipedia education program — going to classrooms, having students write articles — but they are collaborating with other external non-Wikimedia organizations towards free culture and free knowledge. That is a very powerful mechanism for growth of impact. So that they are not bound only by the volunteers you have but they also leverage the external part.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png I am from Costa Rica, and Costa Rica is the smallest of the groups represented during this Iberoconf. What should Costa Rica learn from Iberocoop to reach the same degrees of success that have reached the rest of the chapters?

Asaf Bartov: That’s a good question. I would say, if I were in your shoes, one interesting question I would ask of everyone here is, when did you feel, what do you feel was the inflection point, the turning point, in the growth of the community in your country — like, was there an event, or was there a — like, not necessarily even a Wikimedia event, like maybe it was, you know, the National Elections of 2008 — was there something that you feel triggered a lot of growth, was there a moment where you feel, yeah there was all of the history up to that point, and then there was growth. It would be interesting to learn from all our colleagues here what that moment was for them, if they can think of one, and then see if some of those stories may be relevant for Costa Rica. Maybe there is something you can do, maybe something you can think about. Other than that, there’s just the general solutions for all in our movement: trying to have regular meet-ups, trying to collaborate with allies groups like free software groups. These are more generally solutions, but specifically to learn from Iberocoop I would ask people to think about their early stages and see if they can offer you some advice.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png The Wikimedia Foundation funded the assistance in Iberoconf of two persons per group. Is it possible in the future for the Foundation to fund the assistance of more than just two?

Asaf Bartov: The answer is, maybe. [chuckles] The reason we stick to two is to keep to the total size of the event manageable. Not just in terms of how much it costs, although that’s also a consideration, but also in terms of keeping the sessions effective. Think about the session we’ve just had […] — that was a complex conversation to have with no preparation, this wasn’t discussed for a lot of weeks in advance or something, and even the size we already have now was too big; we were broken into groups, to come out with something and then try and mash it together, which was an effective way to do it. But that shows you that very large groups is not very effective for discussion and so the balance between not having just a single point of view from each country represented and between having just an unmanageable two-hundred-people conference — because that becomes like a happening, like Wikimania, instead of a working conference. They’re different types of events. And so two is a good balance between them, with at least two people, there are two tracks they can go to, have parallel sessions and bring the most value back to their community. The one exception I can think of is for chapters that have staff to also include one staff member; so, next year wherever we hold it, if it’s not in Argentina for example, I think it would make sense for two board members of Wikimedia Argentina to come and [one staff].

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March 19, 2013

Madrid visited by IOC as part of 2020 Olympic bid process

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission is in Madrid, Spain this week as part of the city’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Sir Craig Reedie of Great Britain is leading the IOC delegation who were greeted by Spanish President Mariano Rajoy at the start of their inspection process. Of the fourteen member bid delegation, five have been through this process before as part of the city’s failed bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics bids.

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On a cold but sunny day yesterday, four sites were visited by the IOC on their first inspection date including Real Madrid‘s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Buen Retiro park and bullfighting ring Las Ventas. Today, the IOC is scheduled to visit the proposed venues for the Olympic village and stadium. The inspection is scheduled to last four days.

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While at Santiago Bernabéu, IOC members met the Spanish national football team captain Iker Casillas and were given Real Madrid jersey’s with their names printed on the back.

As Spain is currently undergoing severe economic problems at the moment, with unemployment that currently stands at 26% and public debt in 2012 at 84% of the country’s gross domestic product, the €1.5bn (USD$1.961bn, £1.297bn) costs of the Games have been a highly visible aspect of the city’s bid process. Security costs are estimated to add another €148m (USD$192m, £127m) to organizing costs. Proponents of the bid, including Madrid’s mayor Ana Botella, believe the Games would provide an economic boost to the city and the county. IOC President Jacques Rogge is also on the record as stating that he does not believe Spanish economic problems will play a part in the IOC’s decision making process. On Sunday, Rogge was quoted by Spanish newspaper El Mundo as saying, “The crisis does not affect it, because substantial facilities have in most cases already been built. No major investment is needed.”

Botella outlined some of the costs, and is quoted by the Associated Press as saying during the IOC visit as saying, “The budget that remains for the construction of infrastructure, some (euro) 1.5 billion divided between the three administrations responsible and over a period of seven years, is a perfectly affordable amount.”

Local organizers have promised to follow the legacy of London, using utilizing historical landmarks and existing venues with 80%, 28 of the proposed 35 venues, of them already in place, and providing a roadmap for future development of Olympic sites to avoid any white elephants that are unused after the Games, a situation that happened with a number of Athens Olympic venues. Madrid’s bid Chief Executive Victor Sánchez is quoted by the Agence France-Presse as saying, “Projects that have no real use for citizens after the Games have finished. That is why we have given priority to existing infrastructures and then to other infrastructures that the city has a direct need for. Finally, where a future use cannot be guaranteed, we have opted for temporary solutions. Only three such temporary solutions will be used, while a mere four permanent facilities remain to be built. The result is lower costs, reduced environmental impact and less disruption to the everyday lives of the people of Madrid, all with government backing at central, regional and municipal level.”

Local organizers are preparing to contend with protesters trying to draw attention to Spain’s labor situation who planned to picket outside the Hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower where IOC members are staying. The planned protest is over cuts to the Municipal Government budget. Protesters did not picket yesterday because it was a holiday in Madrid. Bid organizers and the government feared potential strikes by people working for the public transport system. Botella explained to the media that protests and work stoppages should not be seen as evidence that Spaniards would not welcome the Games but over unhappiness with local economic issues, which Botella said the Games should help fix. Spain’s current unemployment level is the highest of any European country and the worst the country has faced since the 1970s. Botella’s view is supported by an IOC survey, which found 81% of Spaniards supported Madrid’s bid for the Games.

Madrid is one of three cities currently competing for the 2020 Games. The IOC visited Tokyo, Japan earlier this month and is scheduled to visit Istanbul, Turkey later this month. The host city will be formally selected at a meeting of the IOC on September 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Shortly after that, Rogge is scheduled to step down from his position as IOC President.



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Madrid visited by the IOC as part of 2020 Olympic bid process

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission is in Madrid, Spain this week as part of the city’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Sir Craig Reedie of Great Britain is leading the IOC delegation who were greeted by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the start of their inspection process. Of the fourteen member bid delegation, five have been through this process before as part of the city’s failed bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics bids.

Inside of Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
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On a cold but sunny day yesterday, four sites were visited by the IOC on their first inspection date including Real Madrid‘s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium stadium, Buen Retiro park and bullfighting ring Las Ventas. Today, the IOC is scheduled to visit the proposed venues for the Olympic village and stadium. The inspection is scheduled to last four days.

While at Santiago Bernabéu, IOC members met the Spanish national football team captain Iker Casillas and were given Real Madrid jersey’s with their names printed on the back.

As Spain is currently undergoing severe economic problems at the moment, with unemployment that currently stands at 26% and public debt in 2012 at 84% of the country’s gross domestic product, the €1.5bn (USD$1.961bn, £1.297bn) costs of the Games have been a highly visible aspect of the city’s bid process. Security costs are estimated to add another €148m (USD$192m, £127m) to organizing costs. Proponents of the bid, including Madrid’s mayor Ana Botella, believe the Games would provide an economic boost to the city and the county. IOC President Jacques Rogge is also on the record as stating that he does not believe Spanish economic problems will play a part in the IOC’s decision making process. On Sunday, Rogge was quoted by Spanish newspaper El Mundo as saying, “The crisis does not affect it, because substantial facilities have in most cases already been built. No major investment is needed.”

Botella outlined some of the costs, and is quoted by the Associated Press as saying during the IOC visit as saying, “The budget that remains for the construction of infrastructure, some (euro) 1.5 billion divided between the three administrations responsible and over a period of seven years, is a perfectly affordable amount.”

Local organizers have promised to follow the legacy of London, using utilizing historical landmarks and existing venues with 80%, 28 of the proposed 35 venues, of them already in place, and providing a roadmap for future development of Olympic sites to avoid any white elephants that are unused after the Games, a situation that happened with a number of Athens Olympic venues. Madrid’s bid Chief Executive Victor Sanchez is quoted by the Agence France-Presse as saying, “Projects that have no real use for citizens after the Games have finished. That is why we have given priority to existing infrastructures and then to other infrastructures that the city has a direct need for. Finally, where a future use cannot be guaranteed, we have opted for temporary solutions. Only three such temporary solutions will be used, while a mere four permanent facilities remain to be built. The result is lower costs, reduced environmental impact and less disruption to the everyday lives of the people of Madrid, all with government backing at central, regional and municipal level.”

The bidding cities for the 2020 Olympic Games (Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo) are represented by red dots, and their respective countries (Azerbaijan, Qatar, Turkey, Spain and Japan) are filled in in black.
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Local organizers are preparing to contend with protesters trying to draw attention to Spain’s labor situation who planned to picket outside the Hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower where IOC members are staying. The planned protest is over cuts to the Municipal Government budget. Protesters did not picket yesterday because it was a national holiday. Bid organizers and the government feared potential strikes by people working for the public transport system. Botella explained to the media that protests and work stoppages should not be seen as evidence that Spaniards would not welcome the Games but over unhappiness with local economic issues, which Botella said the Games should help fix. Spain’s current unemployment level is the highest of any European country and the worst the country has faced since Spanish dictator Franco was in power.

Madrid is one of three cities currently competing for the 2020 Games. The IOC visited Tokyo, Japan earlier this month and is scheduled to visit Istanbul, Turkey later this month. The host city will be formally selected at a meeting of the IOC on September 9 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Shortly after that, Rogge is scheduled to step down from his position as IOC President.



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IOC visits Madrid as part of 2020 Olympic bid process

IOC visits Madrid as part of 2020 Olympic bid process

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission is in Madrid, Spain this week as part of the city’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Sir Craig Reedie of Great Britain is leading the IOC delegation, whom Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy greeted at the start of their inspection process. Of the fourteen-member bid delegation, five have been through this process before as part of the city’s failed bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics bids.

Buen Retiro park in Madrid
Image: Onanymous.

On a cold but sunny day yesterday, the IOC visited four sites on their first inspection date including Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Buen Retiro park and bullfighting ring Las Ventas. Today, the IOC is scheduled to visit the proposed venues for the Olympic village and stadium. The inspection is scheduled to last four days.

Inside of Santiago Bernabeu
Image: Chris Brown.

While at Santiago Bernabéu, IOC members met the Spanish national football team captain Iker Casillas and were given Real Madrid jerseys with their names on them.

As Spain is currently undergoing severe economic problems at the moment, with 26% unemployment currently and public debt in 2012 at 84% of the country’s gross domestic product, the 1.5bn (US$1.9bn, £1.3bn) costs of the Games have been a highly visible aspect of the city’s bid process. Security costs are estimated to add another €149m (US$192m, £127m) to organizing costs. Proponents of the bid including Madrid’s mayor Ana Botella believe the Games would provide an economic boost to the city and the country. IOC President Jacques Rogge is also on the record as stating that he does not believe Spanish economic problems will play a part in the IOC’s decision-making process. Spanish newspaper El Mundo quoted Rogge saying, “The crisis does not affect it, because substantial facilities have in most cases already been built. No major investment is needed”.

Botella outlined some of the costs, quoted by the Associated Press during the IOC visit saying, “The budget that remains for the construction of infrastructure, some 1.5 billion [euros] divided between the three administrations responsible and over a period of seven years, is a perfectly affordable amount.”

Local organizers have promised to follow the legacy of London, using historical landmarks and existing venues with 80% of proposed venues, 28 of 35, already in place, and providing a roadmap for future development of Olympic sites to avoid any “white elephants” that are unused after the Games, a situation that happened with a number of Athens Olympic venues. Madrid’s bid Chief Executive Victor Sánchez, quoted by Agence France-Presse, explained they avoided “[p]rojects that have no real use for citizens after the Games have finished. That is why we have given priority to existing infrastructures and then to other infrastructures that the city has a direct need for. Finally, where a future use cannot be guaranteed, we have opted for temporary solutions. Only three such temporary solutions will be used, while a mere four permanent facilities remain to be built. The result is lower costs, reduced environmental impact and less disruption to the everyday lives of the people of Madrid, all with government backing at central, regional and municipal level.”

Local organizers are preparing to cope with protesters trying to draw attention to Spain’s labor situation who planned to picket outside the Hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower where IOC members are staying. The planned protest is over cuts to the Municipal Government budget. Protesters did not picket yesterday, which was a holiday in Madrid. Bid organizers and the government feared potential strikes by people working for the public transport system. Botella explained to the media that protests and work stoppages should not be seen as evidence that Spaniards would not welcome the Games, but rather unhappiness with local economic issues, which Botella said the Games should help fix. Spain’s current unemployment level is the highest of any European country and the worst the country has faced since the 1970s. Botella’s view is supported by an IOC survey, which found 81% of Spaniards supported Madrid’s bid for the Games.

Madrid is one of three cities currently competing for the 2020 Games. The IOC visited Tokyo, Japan earlier this month and is scheduled to visit Istanbul, Turkey later this month. The host city is to be formally selected at a meeting of the IOC on September 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Shortly after that, Rogge is scheduled to step down from his position as IOC President.



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March 14, 2013

Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires elected as Pope Francis

Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires elected as Pope Francis

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The Roman Catholic Church has elected Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as the new pope. He is to take the papal name Francis and take over from the recently retired Benedict XVI.

White smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel chimney at 7:06pm (Rome time) yesterday, signifying that the conclave had elected a new pope after four unsuccessful attempts. Following his election, he appeared at a balcony in St. Peter’s Square to greet crowds of onlookers.

Introducing himself in St. Peter’s Square, Francis was jovial: “Brothers and sisters, good evening. You know that the work of the conclave is to give a bishop to Rome. It seems as if my brother cardinals went to find him from the end of the earth. Thank you for the welcome.” He went on to say: “Let’s begin this long road from the Bishop of Rome to the people. Let us all behave with love and charity. Let us pray always not just for ourselves, but for others, for everyone in the word”.

Born in Buenos Aires on December 17, 1936 and now aged 76, the new pope became a bishop in 1992, and was elevated to cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. As a child, he lost a lung due to an infection. He is the first Jesuit pope and the first from the Americas. He was the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina from 2005 to 2011.

US President Barack Obama made a statement about the election of the new pope: “On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy.” Obama’s statement noted the new pope was a “champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us”, and “[as] the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world”.

US House Speaker John Boehner also pointed out the new pope came from the Americas: “I think that reaching out beyond the traditional continent of our church is another big step in the right direction of our church.” British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the papal election was “a momentous day for the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world”.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the election of a new Pope was of “great significance to Christians everywhere, not least Anglicans”. He went on to describe the new pope: “Pope Francis is well known as a compassionate pastor of real stature who has served the poor in Latin America, and whose simplicity and holiness of life is remarkable. He is an evangelist, sharing the love of Christ which he himself knows.”

In Argentina, he was outspoken against socially liberal policies including the provision of free contraception and gay marriage. Bergoglio said plans to legalize gay marriage in Argentina were “a plan to destroy God’s plan” and “a move by the father of lies to confuse and deceive the children of God”.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Francis would be known as Pope Francis; “It will become Francis I after we have a Francis II”.



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March 13, 2013

Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires elected as Pope Francis I

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pope Francis I, then Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, in 2008.
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The Roman Catholic Church has elected Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as the new Pope. He will take the name Francis and take over from the recently retired Benedict XVI. White smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel chimney at 7:06pm (Rome time), signifying that the conclave had elected a new Pope after four unsuccessful attempts. Following his election, he appeared at a balcony in St Peter’s Square to greet crowds of onlookers.

Pope Francis said: “Let’s begin this long road from the Bishop of Rome to the people. Let us all behave with love and charity. Let us pray always not just for ourselves, but for others, for everyone in the word”

Born in Buenos Aires on 17 December 1936 and now aged 76, the new Pope became a bishop in 1992, and was elevated to cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. He is the first Jesuit to become Pope, as well as the first non-American. He was the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina from 2005 to 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama made a statement about the election of the new Pope: “On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy.” Obama’s statement noted that the new Pope was a “champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us”, and that as “the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world”.

US House Speaker John Boehner also pointed out that the new Pope came from the Americas: “I think that reaching out beyond the traditional continent of our church is another big step in the right direction of our church.” British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the papal election was “a momentous day for the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world”.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the election of a new Pope was of “great significance to Christians everywhere, not least Anglicans”. He went on to describe the new Pope: “Pope Francis is well known as a compassionate pastor of real stature who has served the poor in Latin America, and whose simplicity and holiness of life is remarkable. He is an evangelist, sharing the love of Christ which he himself knows.”

In Argentina, he was outspoken against socially liberal policies including the provision of free contraception and gay marriage. Bergoglio said plans to legalize gay marriage in Argentina were “a plan to destroy God’s plan” and “a move by the father of lies to confuse and deceive the children of God”.



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November 9, 2010

Argentine admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera dies at age 85

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Massera died after suffering from an episode of cardiovascular arrest. He was one of the three men to rule Argentina from 1976 to 1983. Some human rights groups said that up to 30,000 people were killed during hi military rule.

As Commander of the Navy Massera, along with General Jorge Rafael Videla and Orlando Ramón Agosti toppled the then Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón. The three ran the country under military rule for 7 years.

Massera ran the torture centre at the navy mechanical school in Buenos Aires. There he oversaw the death of thousands of political prisoners. In 1985 at the trial of the junta leaders, Massera was sentenced to life in prison on charges of murder, torture and robbery. He only served five years of his sentence after he was released under an amnesty law.

However, in 1998 he was placed under house arrest. He was charged with the stealing of babies born to political prisoners, a crime not protected under amnesty law. He had his life sentence reinstated in 2007, but due to a stroke he suffered in 2002, he was deemed too ill to face prosecution.



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September 2, 2009

Wikimania 2009 held in Buenos Aires

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After three days of presentations, discussion and general community interactions, the fifth annual Wikimedia conference, Wikimania, has completed, and attendeess are returning home. Wikimania 2009 — held in Buenos Aires, Argentina — was the first Wikimania held in the southern hemisphere as well as the first in a Spanish-speaking country.

Over 80 presentations, panels and workshops were held over the three day conference. Among the many topics presented were presentations on the Wikimedia Communities, how Wikimedia and related projects operate within Latin America, and the technology which relates to Wikimedia and free content. There were also panels on Wikipedia’s Growing Pains, Wikimedia chapters, and Semantic MediaWiki. Many presentation offered simultaneous live audio translation into English and Spanish.

Richard Stallman presented the opening keynote titled “Before, after, and around Wikipedia”. In his keynote, he discussed what he calls the four freedoms. He also addressed what he perceives to be the issues with Wikipedia, and particularly with the Spanish Wikipedia.

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikimedia, also presented his annual report on the The State of the Wiki.

In her keynote, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, Sue Gardner addressed a number of the concerns within the Wikimedia Foundation. Among these concerns, she noted that Wikimedia sites currently underperform in Asia. According to a comScore report, approximately 16% of Internet users in Asia use Wikipedia compared with the approximately 1/3 world average.

Gardner also said to help address that issue, the Foundation has been working with the Chinese government to help open lines of communication. To assist the development of Wikimedia sites in India, representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation visited India this year to conduct media interviews assist in holding a Wikipedia academy. They also discussed was to help the development of an Indian chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Starting August 25 and continuing throughout Wikimania, the MediaWiki developers were hard at work in the basement of the Centro Cultural General San Martín at the Wikimania Codeathon. Wikimedia developer Brion Vibber presented the highlights of the Codeathon in a presentation on the third day. Among the new features and changes are support for jQuery, allowing improved AJAX support, an overhaul of the maintenance scripts, new upload features including upload via url, several image editing functions, LiquidTreads and new AJAX editing helpers. Other features now under development are new maps support, an eventual migration to a database based configuration system, as well as a new system that allows for much quicker updates for translated MediaWiki messages.



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June 17, 2009

Swine flu deaths reported in Argentina

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Swine flu deaths reported in Argentina

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The first deaths from swine flu in Argentina have been reported. To-date there have been a total of four deaths tied to the disease. The first was a baby girl aged three months. According to a report from the government’s health ministry, she died in a Buenos Aires hospital, having been there since earlier in June.

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The Argentinian health ministry announced an additional 89 cases confirmed on Monday, bringing the total in the country to 733. As winter begins in the southern hemisphere, health officials believe that the virus will spread in the area.

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—Claudio Zin, Health official

The second person to die from the virus in Argentina was a 28-year-old man who had been receiving care after a bone marrow transplant. “He was a very severely immune-depressed patient. When a person gets a transplant, you have to depress his defense system, and so he is more vulnerable to agents that can cause illnesses,” said health official Claudio Zin.

There have been a total of four deaths to date tied to the virus in Argentina, however no information has yet been released on the other two deceased patients. According to Carlos Soratti, Vice Minister of Health, 138 newly confirmed cases has brought the total as of Tuesday to 871 in the country. Chile has a recorded 2,335 cases, and Argentina has the second-highest amount of recorded cases in South America.

Last week the World Health Organization announced a declaration that Swine flu has reached the level of a pandemic. According to the WHO, excluding the deaths in Argentina there have been 163 deaths globally attributed to the virus as of Monday. There are approximately 36,000 cases of the virus in 76 countries.



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June 3, 2009

Bomb threat delayed an Air France flight to Paris days before Flight 447 crashed

Bomb threat delayed an Air France flight to Paris days before Flight 447 crashed

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Wikinews has learned that Argentine media reported on May 27 that an Air France flight traveling from Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Paris, France, was delayed after the airline reportedly received a bomb threat, just days before Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

According to momento24, on May 27, authorities boarded Air France Flight 415, a Boeing 777 en route to Paris and searched the plane for a bomb, but found nothing. They were acting on a threat that had been phoned in. The search lasted for nearly two hours and none of the passengers were evacuated from the aircraft. Air France issued a statement saying the threat was later proven to be “false” and that the plane had only taken 32 minutes to search, and was then allowed to proceed to its destination.

“We have no signs so far,” that the cause of the crash is related to terrorism, said Herve Morin, France’s minister of defense in an address on Europe 1 Radio. He also added that “we can’t rule out a terrorist act since terrorism is the main threat to Western democracies.” Argentinian police say that there is no known link between the two events.

Air France Flight 447 was an Airbus A330 en route from Rio de Janerio to Paris on June 1, with 228 people on board, when it vanished from radar screens after entering an area with severe turbulence. The exact cause is still under investigation.

On June 2, wreckage from the plane was spotted in the Atlantic Ocean 650 kilometres from the coast of Brazil. An airplane seat and life vest were found floating in Atlantic waters on Tuesday. A French ship arrived at the area on the same day, and confirmed the debris.

All on board the aircraft are feared to have been killed in the crash. The main goal for search crews will be to find the cockpit voice and data recorder to help find out what caused the crash. French authorities have sent a vessel carrying two mini-submarines to attempt recovery of the flight data recorders, which can broadcast locator signals for up to 30 days. However, the Brazilian defence minister said on Tuesday that it may be hard to find them due to the depth of the ocean in the area, saying that “it could be at a depth of 2,000 or 3,000 metres [6,500 to 9,800 feet] in that area of the ocean.”



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