I'd like to pinpoint your attention today to an international issue, of little significance up north, but quite important southways.
Quite objective news article
Argentine Chief Admiral resigns due to crisis
I won't lie to you: I'm quite anti government right now. But we have here quite a situation. In case you don't know, Argentina is enjoying for the first time in it's history a 30-year period of uninterrumpted democracy with free, secret and compulsory voting. Our armed forces are minimal, our economy is growing due in no small part to soy exports, and there is a lot of political and social tensions between anti and pro government, much like it's happening in Venezuela. We have a (self-proclaimed at least) leftist parlamentary republic.
Our external debt is relatively huge, and we have a modest amount of reserves (40 billion dollars, kept inmobile "just in case"). We had some funds in the US Federal Reserve seized by order of US Judge Thomas Griesa, the US goverment suggested the move was wrong, the whole thing was later undone to preserve the trust in the Federal Reserve.
We had a huge crisis in 2001 when the financial system cracked from pressure due to outdated currency rates, banks crashing because of mass withdrawals (and a prohibition to extract more money than a tiny amount in a non-electronic currency economy), loss of social control, and corruption. Mass riots, looting, police deserting, it was grim. We're only just done licking those wounds.
What do you guys think? Is it licit to seize a military vessel on debt grounds? Is it an act of war? Is it a violation of sovereignty? Is it a national security issue?