A drum from the Argentine Pampas fuels the music of Sofia Rei in this video: The way Franco Pinna has it incorporated into a traditional drum set serves as a musical metaphor for the music Rei performs alongside Pinna and guitarist/bassist JC Maillard.
Rei carries the accent and spirit of her native Argentina in her jazz-infused vocals. She’s successfully carved out a spot for herself within a small and exclusive group of vocalists from Latin America who, after spending their formative years in their own countries, came to the U.S. to blend folklore, jazz and classic influences into singing that feels both familiar and new. For about 20 minutes one sunny afternoon, the NPR Music offices were converted into a small Latin American folk club, where Rei treated us to stellar musicianship and genre-bending music. Que les difruten! —FELIX CONTRERAS
“Todo Lo Perdido Reaparece”
Producers: Felix Contreras, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Becky Harlan; photo by John Poole/NPR
The new Pope is a 76-year old cardinal from Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and he has chosen the name Francis.
And the official Pontifex Twitter account has been reactivated:
HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM
Time to wake up this joint with a little bit of “Ula Ula” by Argentina’s Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas.
Another transitional fossil—an intermediate species that shares characteristics with two distinct groups of animals—has been discovered in Argentina: an omnivorous dinosaur.
BUENOS AIRES (AFP) — Scientists have found fossil remains of an omnivorous dinosaur in Argentina — a missing link to the carnivores, a researcher said Monday.
“It is an omnivore — in other words it ate everything (plants and meat) — which is the missing link between carnivorous dinosaurs and giant four-footed herbivores,” said Oscar Alcober, also director of the Natural Sciences Museum in San Juan, 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) west of Buenos Aires.
“This is a very important piece of the puzzle on the origin of dinosaurs,” said Alcober.
Alcober and Ricardo Martinez, chief of the museum’s paleontology division, found the remains three years ago in the Ischigualasto-Valle de la Luna park, north of the provincial capital San Juan. They released their findings Monday in the online journal of peer reviewed science plosone.org.
(The paper doesn’t seem to be posted at the PLoS ONE site yet.)
UPDATE at 2/16/09 3:44:13 pm:
Here’s the paper, if you really want to read it, with the sexy title: A Basal Sauropodomorph (Dinosauria: Saurischia) from the Ischigualasto Formation (Triassic, Carnian) and the Early Evolution of Sauropodomorpha.
(Hat tip: Dom.)
Here’s an amazing graffiti animation by an Argentinian street artist, Blu.
(Hat tip: Killgore.)
International non-governmental organizations, helping mass murderers and genocidal fanatics escape justice for more than 50 years: Nazi Eichmann’s passport found in Argentina.
The passport used by notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to enter Argentina in 1950 has been found by accident in an archive in Buenos Aires.
The passport, still in good condition, was issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.
Eichmann was one of the main executors of Adolf Hitler’s ‘final solution’, the Nazi genocide of Jews during World War II.
(Hat tip: LGF readers.)
Reports about Hizballah and other militant Islamic groups operating in the Tri-Border area of South America have been circulating for years, but of course NBC is promoting this as some kind of breaking news: Hezbollah builds a Western base.
CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay - The Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia has taken root in South America, fostering a well-financed force of Islamist radicals boiling with hatred for the United States and ready to die to prove it, according to militia members, U.S. officials and police agencies across the continent.
From its Western base in a remote region divided by the borders of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina known as the Tri-border, or the Triple Frontier, Hezbollah has mined the frustrations of many Muslims among about 25,000 Arab residents whose families immigrated mainly from Lebanon in two waves, after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and after the 1985 Lebanese civil war.
An investigation by Telemundo and NBC News has uncovered details of an extensive smuggling network run by Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim group founded in Lebanon in 1982 that the United States has labeled an international terrorist organization. The operation funnels large sums of money to militia leaders in the Middle East and finances training camps, propaganda operations and bomb attacks in South America, according to U.S. and South American officials.
(Hat tip: LGF readers.)
UPDATE at 5/9/07 8:05:49 pm:
Here’s a much better, more detailed report from 2002 by New Yorker writer Jeffrey Goldberg: A Reporter At Large: In The Party Of God (Part II). (Hat tip: alec.)
UPDATE at 5/9/07 8:19:55 pm:
Here’s another scary report from last year by LTC Joseph Myers and Patrick Poole: Hezbollah, Illegal Immigration, and the Next 9/11.
Great news from Argentina, where government prosecutors have finally charged Iran and Hizballah with the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center: Argentina charges Iran, Hezbollah in 1994 Jewish center bombing. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentine prosecutors charged Iran and the Shiite militia Hezbollah with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities office in Argentina that killed 85 people and injured 300.
Prosecutors demanded an international arrest warrant for then-Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and six other top Iranian officials at the time of the attack, and a former Hezbollah foreign security service chief, Imad Fayez Moughnieh.
In a country with a murky record in pursuing the 12-year-old case, relatives and friends of the victims called on President Nestor Kirchner to take swift and strong action to bring it to trial.
In a statement, Argentine chief prosecutor Alberto Nisman declared: “We deem it proven that the decision to carry out an attack July 18, 1994 on the AMIA (the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association, a Jewish charities association headquarters in Buenos Aires) was made by the highest authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran which directed Hezbollah to carry out the attack.”
Gateway Pundit has pictures.