More than a month’s passed since our last post on media coverage of Iran in Argentina. Time for an update.
Guess the most recent development to address was this week’s Congressional hearing on “Iran’s Extending Influence in the Western Hemisphere.” Didn’t get much coverage, but to tell you the truth we can understand why: it was far from being a bipartisan event…
Actually, there was at least one newsworthy story to come out: Argentina’s prosecutor of the AMIA bombing, Alberto Nisman, was prohibited by his country’s authorities from participating. In his letter informing of the decision, Nisman writes that his superiors decided the hearing’s subject has “no relation” to his work.
That hearing was conducted against the backdrop of the legislation signed by President Obama earlier this year, which also required the State Department to issue a status report on the issue. According to its recent findings:
“As a result of diplomatic outreach, strengthening of allies’ capacity, international nonproliferation efforts, a strong sanctions policy, and Iran’s poor management of its foreign relations, Iranian influence in Latin America and the Caribbean is waning.”
At the end of the day, developments on the ground are what count. Since we increased our own focus on media coverage of Iran-Argentina/AMIA-Latin America, we cannot shake the feeling that something’s happening there. Those who are not satisfied with Nisman’s warnings should not ignore reports ranging from nuclear to missile to academic/media cooperation.
No amount of whitewashing by Cristina – who legitimized a couple of prospective Iranian presidential candidates implicated in the AMIA bombing – can obscure that fact. The media just needs to do a better job of scrutiny.