ARGENTINA: Blessed Are the Eavesdroppers

"Blessed be the queues," said Juan Perón in a speech six weeks ago. At that time, meat, milk, beer, wine and fuel were scarce as a result of drought and the government's economic mismanagement. The President's idea was to convince Argentines that standing in line would assure them a fairer distribution of goods.

It did not work out that way. With tired, angry shoppers comparing gripes by the hour, the queues became the focus for popular discontent. Last week, before 500 leaders of the Peronista Women's Party, Evita Peròn, looking pale and thin after her operation, took back her husband's blessing...

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