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Argentine Leader’s Bid to Rein in Military Causes Clash

From the moment Néstor Kirchner became president of Argentina three years ago, sectors of the military have chafed under his criticism and tough human rights policy. But as the president moves ahead with plans to overhaul the armed forces and reduce their authority, those tensions are breaking into the open. At an Army Day ceremony here on Monday, a few officers turned their backs on Mr. Kirchner and another walked offstage as he delivered a speech attacking the armed forces for their past associations with “state terrorism” and for a recent case in which military intelligence was found to be spying on politicians and reporters. The wife of a recently dismissed officer even stood and publicly challenged Mr. Kirchner’s version of the military’s history. Full Story

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