Argentine journalist Roberto Guareschi analyzes the state of the Kirchner administration during the run-up to the June 28, 2009, parliamentary elections.
Argentina took just a year and a half to start crawling out of its self-induced economic collapse in 2001, thanks in part to the country’s exceptional agricultural prosperity and the increased value of commodities on the international market. Today, Argentina is flirting with a new crisis, but this time, the country’s private problems could combine with a worldwide recession. “Recovery” from the 2001 collapse merely meant the return of a certain degree of normalcy in the political, financial, and economic institutions. The wounds from this crisis are still evident in persistent and unjustifiable levels of indigence: for millions of Argentines, the crisis continues.