ARGENTINA: Alone on the Job

President Juan Perón, a wide black mourning band on his left sleeve, sat for the first time last week behind Evita's old desk, ready to take up his duties as the new head of the Eva Perón Social Aid Foundation. As always, hundreds of applicants were waiting outside the Ministry of Welfare & Labor to beg favors. Though only a few were admitted, the President was at his smiling best.

"How are you, my daughter?" he asked his first petitioner, a mother with five children clustered round her. "Pretty good, my general," the woman replied. "I'm out of work and have...

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