The Argentinian government of Cristina Kirchner decided to renationalise the oil company YPF from Spanish multinational REPSOL. The Financial Times described it as "economic piracy" and thundered that her actions should not go unpunished. The Venezuelan government has supported the re-nationalisation and offered support on the basis of "sovereign control over natural resources".
To discuss the issues involved we are screening "Memoria del Saqueo" (Social Genocide http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0400647/), a documentary film by Argentinian director Pino Solanas (http://www.pinosolanas.com/memoria.htm), describing the process by which the country’s wealth was looted by the multinationals and Argentinian capitalists during the 1990s, including the privatisation of YPF to Repsol.
The film, 114 minutes long, is in Spanish with English subtitles. As this is a long film we ask all to be punctual to allow time for debate at the end.
Date: Wednesday 2 May
Venue: Bolivar Hall, 56 Grafton Way, London, W1T 5DL (nearest tube Warren Street)
Time: 18:30 – 21:30
Best Bolivarian wishes!