Third class countries?
|From:||=?UNKNOWN?Q?Agust=EDn?= Venzano |
Dear Histonetters: My dear fatherland, the Argentine Republic, belongs to
the South American "Third World" a rather despective topic referred to in a
Digest. You are right, we belong to the Third World, but just as to our
awful economic status. Don't you ever make the mistake to judge a foreign
country on the basis of material aspects, leaving aside its human being's
Many Argentine cytizens are as valuable as First World's people and they are
certainly as clever as, or even more intelligent than them!
We Argentine researchers form part of the Argentine Republic, so the above
mentioned principles should be applied to us as well. Do you know what's the
major difference between Argentine and American, European or Japanese
Just one= The budget they have at their disposition, including their wages'
level. Let's put forth an example :Our Institute, the National Institute of
Agricultural Research (INTA) is
formed by top level specialists ( Please make a proper interpretation of the
term "Specialists" as this one is meant for both scientists and technics) in
Veterinary, Biological, etc. Sciences. Most of us have achieved a MSc or PhD
or attended training courses abroad. All of us do love our job, but due to
our spoiled economy
the funds of all Argentine federal Institutions such as INTA have been
so we often have to perform miracles to carry out our duties. The current
INTA's budget is hardly enough to pay salaries and basic operating services
such as electric power, gas, telephone and Internet. There are no funds for
Investigation! All research groups get financial support through cooperation
agreements with private companies or with fully developed foreign countries,
instead by performing charged analysis.
I'm sure that my country's situation will improve in the future,
otherwise all of us should commit suicide! But there are the love of our
wives and children, the love of people suffering hunger and misery, the love
for our jobs, the love for our fatherland and many other values, which help
us keeping up with Argentina's economic disaster.
Sincerely yours Histonetters
Agustin Jose Venzano Halliburton
INTA Castelar, Argentina
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