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Tue Aug 26, 2014, 09:41 PM

Argentina plays hardball with the vultures

Colonization by Bankruptcy: The High-stakes Chess Match for Argentina

Posted on August 25, 2014
by Ellen Brown

If Argentina were in a high-stakes chess match, the country’s actions this week would be the equivalent of flipping over all the pieces on the board.
– David Dayen, Fiscal Times, August 22, 2014


Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds, which have been trying to force it into an involuntary bankruptcy. The vultures are demanding what amounts to a 600% return on bonds bought for pennies on the dollar, defeating a 2005 settlement in which 92% of creditors agreed to accept a 70% haircut on their bonds. A US court has backed the vulture funds; but last week, Argentina sidestepped its jurisdiction by transferring the trustee for payment from Bank of New York Mellon to its own central bank. That play, if approved by the Argentine Congress, will allow the country to continue making payments under its 2005 settlement, avoiding default on the majority of its bonds.

Argentina is already foreclosed from international capital markets, so it doesn’t have much to lose by thwarting the US court system. Similar bold moves by Ecuador and Iceland have left those countries in substantially better shape than Greece, which went along with the agendas of the international financiers.

The upside for Argentina was captured by President Fernandez in a nationwide speech on August 19th. Struggling to hold back tears, according to Bloomberg, she said:

When it comes to the sovereignty of our country and the conviction that we can no longer be extorted and that we can’t become burdened with debt again, we are emerging as Argentines.

. . . If I signed what they’re trying to make me sign, the bomb wouldn’t explode now but rather there would surely be applause, marvelous headlines in the papers. But we would enter into the infernal cycle of debt which we’ve been subject to for so long.


The Endgame: Patagonia in the Crosshairs

The deeper implications of that infernal debt cycle were explored by Argentine political analyst Adrian Salbuchi in an August 12th article titled “Sovereign Debt for Territory: A New Global Elite Swap Strategy.” Where territories were once captured by military might, he maintains that today they are being annexed by debt. The still-evolving plan is to drive destitute nations into an international bankruptcy court whose decisions would have the force of law throughout the world. The court could then do with whole countries what US bankruptcy courts do with businesses: sell off their assets, including their real estate. Sovereign territories could be acquired as the spoils of bankruptcy without a shot being fired. ............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://ellenbrown.com/2014/08/25/colonization-by-bankruptcy-the-high-stakes-chess-match-for-argentina/



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 09:46 PM

1. Liberals applaud what Iceland did but when Argentina bucks the banksters the response is lukewarm.

Why the double standard?

Same with Venezuela, they both seized back their sovereignty from the multinationals that rival them in GDP.

The pattern of denunciation leaking steadily from the corporate mass media is eerily familiar.

I applaud President Fernandez, she is a true leader of proud nation emerging from under the yolk of imperialism and fascism.

." . . If I signed what they’re trying to make me sign, the bomb wouldn’t explode now but rather there would surely be applause, marvelous headlines in the papers. But we would enter into the infernal cycle of debt which we’ve been subject to for so long."

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 11:27 PM

5. This is great for Argentina and I'm happy to

see that they are fighting back.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 10:01 PM

2. K & R

I believe that this is a good move by the Argentines.

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Tue Aug 26, 2014, 10:07 PM

3. The Vultures Should Get Nothing, Sir, Not Even Their Investment Back

I support Argentina's attempt to thwart the ruinous and misguided decisions of U.S. courts, and hope they succeed in the effort. In addition to changing the trustee as described above, they have brought suit in England to force the London branch of the Mellon bank to pay out immediately to the creditors who agreed to the settlement.

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Tue Aug 26, 2014, 10:50 PM

4. "Vultures" they are not. Vultures don't behave like these big money people.

These big money people are parasites, something more akin to tapeworms, botflies and ticks.

They destroy the viability of an economy and leave the corpse to rot.

Then they move on to their next victim.

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