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Salem-News.com (Dec-07-2010 01:11)

Argentina Recognizes Palestine as an Independent Country

Argentina follows Brazil in announcing support for the Palestinian state.

(BUENOS AIRES) - Palestine and Argentina flags Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman confirmed in a press conference that he country recognizes Palestine as a free and independent State, under the conflict with Israel.

“The decision is part of the Argentina willingness to promote the process of resolving the conflict” Palestinian-Israeli in the Middle East, the official said.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-28-2010 23:29)

Chimango Caracara, Milvago Chimango, Chimango

The several subspecies of chimango caracara occur throughout much of southern South America and are found in parts of Chile.

(PATAGONIA, Argentina) - Chimango Caracara photos by Gail Parker The chimango caracara is actually a falcon. Despite its great numbers, little is known of this raptor which is a common in southern South America.

It seems to take a similar niche to the Oregon crow, opportunistically eating carrion alongside roads, gleaning scraps near garbage dumps and following plows. It also consumes worms, insects and their larvae, small birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-12-2010 03:43)

Cheviot Sheep, Red Coats and Argentina`s Deserts

Recalling the irreversible damage from Britain's third invasion of Argentina.

(PATAGONIA, Argentina) - Sheep going to get communion?  One of the unusual sites in Patagonia photographed by Eddie Zawaski and Gail Parker for Salem-News.com. Watching World Cup Football with some neighbors here in NW Patagonia, I thought halftime would be a great opportunity to ask what their opinions were on the Falklands Islands controversy that seems to be heating up again.

Our hostess had trouble saying the word “Falklands” as the word got stuck in her mouth and just couldn’t come out.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-09-2010 15:20)

The Black -Faced Ibis, Bandurria, Theristicus Melanopis

Within my barrio and around the pueblo, are various bands that tend to sleep in the same roosting spots every night.

(PATAGONIA, Argentina) - The Black -Faced Ibis,  Bandurria, <i>Theristicus Melanopis</i> For me, the bird that symbolizes Patagonia is not my old nemesis the tero - who tried to spoil my pea crop last spring - but the goose-sized bandurria, or black faced ibis.

Morning and evening the plastic horn honk of the bandurrias tells me when it is time for their ritual gathering. A band of 26 roosts across the road in the bosque and they announce their intentions loudly.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-30-2010 17:24)

A Gothic Bird Story

The Black Vulture, Jote de Cabeza Negra, Coragyps atratus.

(PATAGONIA, Argentina) - Black-Vultures-gp “The important thing to remember about the Deepwater Horizon disaster is that it is environmental, not economic.” Joe Mysak, Bloomberg News.

Today, we have sad news of the first proof of oil migrating into the food chain. Harriet Perry of the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Center for Fisheries Research and Development reports evidence of oil in post-larval blue crabs contaminated from oil drifting into the coastal marshes.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-20-2010 22:47)

Colonialism, the Gift That Keeps on Giving

In today’s world, the extraction of resources is carried out by corporations owned by an investor class that knows no national boundaries nor is accountable for any liability as a result of their company’s actions.

(PATAGONIA, Argentina) - The British flag Britain is preparing to defend once again its colonial interest in the Malvinas Islands in the South Atlantic.

According to the UK’s Telegraph, since February, “Royal Navy ships have already been put on standby to protect commercial shipping heading to the region” in anticipation of conflict with Argentina over offshore oil drilling.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-18-2010 21:47)

BP and Falklands Oil Row

When the Sea Lion well blows, BP will tell all, as they did after deepwater horizon, that it wasn’t their well...

(PATAGONIA, Argentina) - Falkland's Oil Row If you haven’t heard enough of BP executives proclaiming innocence over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, get ready for act two.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-17-2010 23:13)

By Many Names, Still the Same Egret

Ardea ibis Linnaeus, 1758, Ardeola ibis, Bubulcus bubulcus, Buphus coromandus, Cancroma coromanda, Egretta ibis (Linnaeus, 1758) & Lepterodatis ibis (Linnaeus, 1758)

(PATAGONIA, Argentina) - The Ardeola ibis is actually a type of heron, but unlike most herons, it can be found away from water.

Commonly called the cattle egret, it is familiar from wildlife documentaries hitching a ride, and a lunch, on the back of a rhinoceros. Since a mere 150 years ago, it has expanded widely from its original range, and is now familiar to most of us.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-04-2010 12:04)

Slavery and Argentina

Official figures indicate that half of the Argentina's 165,000 textile workers labor in conditions of "slavery."

(BUENOS AIRES) - Argentine textile factory Police in Argentina have arrested 14 illegal Bolivian and Peruvian workers, after storming eight unregistered factories in Buenos Aires Province.

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Salem-News.com (May-20-2010 22:37)

Birds and Flying Dinosaurs

Continual reports of new dinosaur fossil discoveries appear in Argentine newspapers to this day.

(PATAGONIA, Argentina) - Salem-News.com There is a restaurant on Calle San Martin in El Bolson named after Martin Shefflield. This Texan gained fame by becoming the first sheriff of El Bolson, for shooting the heels off of ladies shoes, and for inducing the famous scientist Dr. Clemente Onelli to help finance a search for live dinosaurs.

Sheffield may have been nothing more than a self-serving pseudo-scientific adventurer, but his efforts have left a permanent mark on Patagonia.

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