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The Black Widow of Argentina - President Christina Elisabet Fernandez De Kirchner:
Spinning a Web of Controversy, Corruption, and Cronyism
Andrew Kahn

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Christina Elisabet Fernandez de Kirchner  is Argentina’s first elected female President, the second woman to hold the position (after Evita Peron 1974-76). She was first elected President in 2007, then re-elected in 2011. Critics of Kirchner’s administration charge it with corruption, crony capitalism, falsification of published government statistics (an accusation by the IMF‘s Christine LaGarde), harassment of Argentina’s independent media (such as La Nacion & Clarin newspapers), and the use of federal taxing powers to censor political opponents. She has been embroiled in controversies with Argentina’s head of the Central Bank, the leader of the Agricultural Workers' Union, and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (over the gay marriage issue) before he became Pope Francis. Public records show that since 2003, President Nestor Kirchner (deceased 2010) and President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s personal financial assets have increased by 572%, causing charges of embezzlement to be filed by a Buenos Aires attorney. Cristina Kirchner is known for her highly combative style of speech which has had a polarizing effect on Argentinean politics. She identifies with (in her own words) “the Eva Peron of the hair in a bun and the clenched fist before a microphone.” Kirchner is popular among the urban working class and the rural poor. The urban middle class generally regard her as a left-wing radical. As part of an anti-poverty program, CFK initiated a national social welfare benefit for poor rural families that helps keep their children in school, similar to Brazil’s Bolsa Familia. In 2010, TIME magazine listed CFK as 4th on a list of the top 10 female world leaders.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Andrew Kahn has studied political and social science on the undergraduate level at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and on the graduate level at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Maryland and at New York’s New School University. He has taught at St. Cloud University in Minnesota and Western Connecticut University. He was a James Madison Fellow in Constitutional Law at the University of Indiana and a Commonwealth Fellow in American and European History at Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges in Pennsylvania. Mr. Kahn has taught a variety of global-issue series for the Lifelong Learning Society at FAU in Boca Raton and Jupiter.

WPL361
Time: 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of seven events
Door price member/non-member - $25

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