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Natasha Zaretsky, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist focusing on human rights, genocide, migration, and the politics of memory and truth in the Americas. Her forthcoming book, Landscapes of Memory and Impunity (co-edited with A.H. Levine, Brill 2015) examines the aftermath of the AMIA Bombing in Argentina. Currently she is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University, where she co-leads the Argentina Trial Monitor and chairs the Latin America Working Group.
President Macri signed a decree prohibiting the application of the 2×1 law to repressors from the Dirty War, following the public outcry that would have placed these crimes on an equivalent level as common crimes and not crimes against humanity.
A #SanctuaryCampus movement has taken hold across U.S. universities. By collectively supporting and providing a voice to undocumented students’ fears and demands, a new process of inclusion is taking shape.
Today, President Obama will stand in the Park of Memory in Buenos Aires, along the edge of the River Plate, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the day the military seized power in Argentina, beginning the Dirty War.
It’s been one year since Alberto Nisman was found dead on the very morning he was due to testify before the Argentina Congress about his investigation into the AMIA bombing. Nothing much has changed since, just more questions.
Despite the shrinking size of their community over the years due to emigration, Cuba’s remaining Jews have done their best to sustain their ritual and community spaces. Reforms in the 1990s allowed outsiders to visit on religious grounds, including visits, cultural exchanges and support from American Jews. As small as the Cuban community is today, it was, and is, sustained in many ways by the support of those abroad. Their story points to the importance of contact across borders—embodied in the recent U.S.-Cuba changes—and how it builds and sustains the values of tolerance and pluralism.
July 18th will mark the 21st anniversary of the 1994 AMIA bombing. Sadly, that case remains unsolved. On August 6th a new trial will start to investigate high-ranking public officials of covering up one of the worst terror attacks in the Americas. Unfortunately, that trial still won’t bring to justice those who committed the act, nor get to the bottom of the death of Alberto Nisman the prosecutor who had led the investigation and died this past January under mysterious circumstances.