What a way to put a definitive end to a beautiful weekend: a tremendous thunderstorm and a crowded commute are enough to put a damper on anyone’s Monday. Now the rays of sun from Saturday and Sunday seem like a distant memory, but at least there’s a roundup of what happened over the weekend while you were trying to get a tan!
- Apparently there are no ISIS terrorists in Argentina. Phew! But it sure was embarrassing to get here. Security Secretary Eugenio Burzaco told the media in Misiones province on Sunday that there were Argentine terrorists that had been radicalized in Iraq and Syria…only to take it back a couple of hours later in a somewhat convoluted press release. Face palm. Read more: Could ISIS Be Interested In Targeting Argentina? A Specialist Weighs In
- The Anti Corruption Office (OA) has urged Energy Minister Juan José Aranguren to get rid of his AR$16 million worth of stock in oil company Shell, of which he was the CEO until June 2015. The head of the OA, Laura Alonso, said that “other public officials should take note” in an attempt to wave off criticisms leveled at her for being soft on Aranguren as she is a huge ally of Macri. Aranguren is just one of 32 public officials currently on the OA’s radar for potential conflicts of interest. Read more: Conflict Of Interest? Energy Minister Still Has AR $16 Million In Stock In Energy Company
- President Mauricio Macri wrote an open letter in Perfil with the title “A New Era.” In the letter, the president sounded an optimistic tone that his administration has “managed to correct [the country’s] course and move toward the country that we all want.” He also emphasized how the previous administration, without mentioning anyone’s name, left people worse off, allegedly not fighting drug trafficking or inflation or poverty: “for five years, the economy did not create jobs, with an inflation so high that it evaporated Argentines’ salaries.” Macri also mentioned that his administration has reopened Tecnópolis and emphasized foreign policy as a salient point that differentiates the current government from the previous one. Read more: Macri Accuses ‘K Inheritance’ For Current Economic Hardships Twice In One Day
- The political TV show, La Cornisa, revealed that federal prosecutor Álvaro Garganta is investigating former Buenos Aires province governor and presidential candidate Daniel Scioli. The case? Scioli allegedly got rid of evidence in the Buenos Aires Province Court of Audit to cover up misuse of public funds, taking four airplane trips of around AR$350,000 for personal use or for his 2015 political campaign. He’s not the first Victory Front (FpV) politician to be under fire for taking advantage of governmental transport benefits: former Vice President Amado Boudou was also sent to trial over two helicopter flights he allegedly hadn’t paid for back in 2011. In the end, the case was thrown out. Read more: Important Court Cases To Be On The Lookout For In 2016
- The iconic (and highly controversial) head of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo organization, Hebe de Bonafini, is set to have a movie based on her life that will be filmed by actor and director Pablo Echarri. It’ll be quite a challenge to find an actress to play one of the most emblematic women of recent Argentine history. Read more: Hebe De Bonafini Refuses To Be Taken To Court To Testify, Insults Everyone
- Clarín’s Political and Economic optimism indices, with statistics compiled by the Management and Fit consultancy, were published yesterday and it’s not good news for Macri’s government. Both indices have fallen due to what M&F director Mariel Fornoni said was “unclear leadership from Macri.”
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!