OTRO ARTICULO EN INGLES DEFENDIENDO A LA SECTA ESCUELA DE YOGA, ES GRACIOSO PORQUE AL TRADUCIRLO ME ENCONTRE CON UN MONTON DE MENTIRAS, COMO QUE LA MITAD DE LOS ALUMNOS DE LA SECTA SON JUDIOS, CUESTION QUE LOS JUDIOS AHI ADENTRO ERAN CONTADOS CON LOS DEDOS, PERO ESTA TACTICA DE DENUNCIAS HACIENDOSE VICTIMAS POR PARTE DE JUAN PERCOWICZ ES BASTANTE NORMAL Y FRECUENTE, OTRAS MENTIRAS POR EJEMPLO DICEN QUE ESTE GRUPO FUE PERSEGUIDO POR SER UNA MINORIA POR EL GOBIERNO CORRUPTO DEL PRESIDENTE CARLOS MENEM...NO ES QUE DEFIENDA A MENEM COMO QUE NO HAYA SIDO CORRUPTO PERO LO GRACIOSO QUE EL PROPIO MENEM DECLARO DE INTERES NACIONAL A UNA CONFERENCIA EN EL SHERATON DE JUAN PERCOWICZ !! JAJAJA ENTONCES?? DESPUES LO DE SIEMPRE QUE TODAS LAS DENUNCIAS ENCONTRA DE ELLOS FUERON MENTIRAS INFUNDADAS Y QUE NUNCA PASO NADA, AHH Y ENCIMA LOS MEDIOS NI NADIE REFLEJO QUE LUEGO TODO ESTO QUEDO EN LA NADA! QUE INJUSTO QUE SON CON LA SECTA !!POR FAVOR!! ME PARECE QUE ESTO SE MERECE UN JUICIO EN EL PAIS DE ORIGEN POR ESTAS DECLARACIONES INJURIOSAS SOBRE UN CASO EN EL QUE HAY CIENTOS DE VICTIMAS A CAUSA DE ESTA SECTA, CREO QUE TODA ESTA GENTE QUE SALIO A FAVOR DE UNA SECTA QUE DAÑO Y DAÑA A UN MONTON DE GENTE DEBERIAN CORRER LA MISMA SUERTE QUE LA CUPULA DE LA SECTA! GRACIAS A TODOS ELLOS SEGUIMOS CADA VES MAS AÑOS SIN JUSTICIA!
Seeking Justice for BAYS (Buenos Aires Yoga School)
Illustrative of Argentina’s chronic and profound historic difficulties with the concepts of democracy, combating intolerance and insisting upon an open society, has been the status of Argentina’s relatively large and influential Jewish Community. At the same time, it has been targeted for many years by followers of a venomous neo-Nazi creed that has a firm foothold in the country’s political life. Characteristic of this feverishly applied anti-Semitic factor has been the experience of the Buenos Aires Yoga School (Escuela de Yoga) or BAYS, located in the nation’s capital. Even though only approximately half of its 800 members are Jewish, BAYS became an instant and inevitable target for the wrath of some of the most dubious elements of Argentine public life. BAYS, a prominent Buenos Aires social and education circle, is a private club, mainly composed of middle-aged professionals, academics, and artists. Throughout the corrupt Menem presidency, BAYS was harassed by Argentina’s venal judicial system, with the gun smoke of anti-Semitic motivation hanging over the assaults against it.
Under BAYS’ internationally-respected guru, Dr. Juan Percowicz, and its brilliantly gifted legal defense team, the group fought off meretricious and defamatory charges coming from the dark margins of Argentina’s deeply flawed society. These alleged that BAYS was a cult, had broken up families and had sanctified moral turpitude. In fact, an independent investigation showed that all of those charges were totally invented and without merit. Disgracefully, rather than coming to the defense of BAYS, the Argentine media all-but ignored the hugely symbolic importance of the case, with the organization being finally vindicated in 2005, when the legal accusations against it were voided just before the court’s Chief Justice was impeached by the Argentine Congress on similar charges. Because the Argentine political, human rights, religious and media institutions were largely silent during BAYS travail, one of the first post inaugural acts of the new Fernandez de Kirchner administration should be to bestow some act of recognition of BAYS’ stalwart courage in warding off the authoritarian attributes that have so hobbled the nation and at whose hands BAYS had so grievously suffered.
It is important to remember that such towering 19th Century figures as President Sarmiento and General Julio Roca aggressively favored European immigration to Argentina to keep it an all-white population and in the case of General Roca, led the efforts to eliminate as many of the indigenous population in the Northeast part of the country, geographically known as the Pampas region, as possible. Troubled race relations are not simply a matter of ancient history. The manner in which Argentina incorporates its many minority groups into society is critical, and will play a key role in shaping the country’s future direction. In certain respects, the government is working very diligently to improve its stained reputation, and there have been some successes. But Argentine society has a long way to go, for the problem is often endemic, if not systemic, and when it’s there, discrimination infringes as much on the letter as the sprit of the law. A look at the country’s handling of the struggle for indigenous rights, along with management of the intolerance that has been directed at some of Argentina’s minority groups, can lead to insights that could help clarify the nation’s past legacy and future direction.