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Ah, long weekends, when you have the equivalent of two Sundays to relax and try to forget about work without reading the news. For those more news-conscious readers who spent some of their precious weekend time Googling the Cuban Revolution after learning about Fidel Castro’s death — way to fight the mould. You did your part.

Here's to hoping your Google search was a bit more mature. Gif via Imgur.
Here’s to hoping your Google search was a bit more mature. Gif via Imgur.

Not to worry, The Bubble is back with an update of what happened while you were enjoying your feriado.

  • The death of the famous leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, was the outstanding international news, and will surely have a strong impact on Latin America as a whole. President Mauricio Macri will not be present at Castro’s funeral, which the Argentine ambassador to Cuba, Ernesto Pfirter, said was because the funeral was for “those who shared a friendship [with Castro] and are part of the Bolivarian Alliance” (an intergovernmental organization that seeks the union of Latin America and the Caribbean under Simón Bolivar’s ideology of one “Great Nation”). Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra will be present at the ceremony and the province of San Luis has declared three days of mourning in Castro’s honor.

  • The main story that took over the weekend in Argentina was the final matches of the Davis Cup (the men’s tennis equivalent to the football World Cup): after beating Croatia 3-2, Argentina won the tournament for the first time ever. If you’re a tennis fan, highlights and re-runs are worth the watch. In their frenzied celebration, the team managed to break what Argentine media call the “Silver Salad Bowl,” the top part of the enormous Davis Cup (it looks more like a monument). Oops.

Photo via Télam
Photo via Télam
  • Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner arrived in Buenos Aires yesterday in order to go to the Comodoro Py federal courthouse this afternoon over the Future Dollars case. There’s been quite a standoff after Cristina refused to heed previous summons from federal judge Claudio Bonadio to come to Buenos Aires, who had issued a subpoena for her to show up or he would arrest her in Santa Cruz province. That subpoena was extended until today. After a YouTube video and a slew of Tweets, Cristina will be present at the courthouse today and asked her supporters not to accompany her.

“By this point, the economic disaster and political mess these people (government) has made means that they only have provocation left […] which is why I ask that you don’t go to Comodoro Py tomorrow […] Please, let’s leave them alone to exhibit, once again, their inefficiency and mediocrity…”

  • Jorge Lanata’s political TV show Periodismo Para Todos aired its final show of the year on Sunday and won’t be back until April. The show included a 20 minute interview with the controversial and flamboyant Radical lawmaker Elisa Carrió, in which she said that “Cristina is [a] nobody,” accused Renewal Front’s (FR) Sergio Massa of being a “demagogue.” There was also an interview with social leader Margarita Barrientos, the founder of a soup kitchen called “Los Piletones” in the City of Buenos Aires known to be on friendly terms with President Mauricio Macri. Barrientos warned of the dire situation of the needy as the amount of people going to her soup kitchen has multiplied exponentially this year.

  • After a compelling column by Caroline Aguirre on domestic abuse that she suffered at the hands of her ex boyfriend moved the country last Sunday, actress Malena Guinzburg revealed on her Facebook page that she had been abused by the same man. According to Guinzburg, the fact that the man was casting doubts on Aguirre after the column’s publication pushed her to call the women’s hotline a year after the abuse had happened.  “I know a lot of women who suffered the same thing with the same man. And I saw him playing the victim in public, and I said “[This must] stop.” I felt that remaining silent meant complicity,” said Guinzburg in a TV interview.

“I hope we all pluck up the courage to speak up. And I hope they believe us.”

  • Clarín’s Political and Economic optimism indices were published yesterday, with statistics compiled by the Management and Fit consultancy firm, revealing a decrease in the political index by 0.5 points and a stable economic index.

Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers! I know it’s Tuesday, but it feels like a Monday. Start things off by feeling well informed.