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I know, I know. It’s cold, it’s Monday and although it’s sunny outside, you’re stuck in the office. What’s worse, a lot happened over the weekend and you didn’t have time to read up on the news. Leave this tab open and get yourself some coffee. I can wait.

We all need hugs on Mondays. Gif via Mashable
We all need hugs on Mondays. Gif via Mashable

Ready? Here we go.

  • Basically, the main topics over the weekend were two televised interviews/faux pas. The first happened on Saturday, during an interview conducted by mathematician Adrián Paenza of the head of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Alejandro Ceccatto, about the State-owned channel TV Pública. While Paenza showed concern for the scientific community (and a potential lack of funding for it) due to the arrival of President Mauricio Macri’s administration, Ceccatto revealed that subsidies had not been paid since 2013: the host could not conceal his shock and said, “I’m finding out about this now.” Paenza had made headlines last week after criticizing the government on air: “I don’t want to work for Macri’s administration.” [Note: working for TV Pública is not equivalent to working for the administration.]

  • Macri’s ever-controversial advisor and campaign manager, Jaime Durán Barba, made headlines over the weekend as a guest star on Mirtha Legrand’s TV show, Dining with Mirtha Legrand. Durán Barba said that, “The idea that people are dying of hunger isn’t real, it’s a more bourgeois point of view.” This angered a fellow diner, actor Joaquín Furriel, who accused Barba of denying reality: Durán Barba’s reponse was to challenge Furriel by asking, “Have you seen anyone die of hunger? Have you seen a dead person?” Legrand was also highly critical of Durán Barba, later stating that, “[Cambiemos] should get rid of him.” Read more: Two Year Old’s Death In Salta Brings Malnutrition Issue Back To Headlines

Photo via The Washington Post
Photo via The Washington Post
  • News arose over the weekend that the government will push for primary elections, known as PASOto become optional in terms of voting. The Cambiemos administration is moving forward with various electoral reforms and one of the main objectives is to reduce the amount of times that citizens have to vote in one year (in 2015, some went to the voting booth six times). They are expecting to present proposals in the next few days. Read more: Electoral Reform Talks Go Smoothly With Political Parties 
Cambiemos is seeking to implement electoral reforms, including the introduction of an electronic ballot. Photo via El Sol
Cambiemos is seeking to implement electoral reforms, including the introduction of an electronic ballot. Photo via El Sol
Photo via taringa.net
Photo via taringa.net
  • Assuming you didn’t actually go (you wanted to, really), you should know that there was a march in downtown Buenos Aires on Saturday. There have been a lot of protests lately but this one was special because it demanded the Argentine government lift the ban on Justin Bieber entering the country due to legal issues. No, seriously. Hundreds of Beliebers with signs reading “Argentina Needs Purpose Tour” and “Argentina Needs Justin” marched to the Palace of Justice and congregated around the Obelisco. Read more: Justin Bieber Tweets His Love For Argentina

At least you would have known all the chants in this march. Don’t try to deny it. Now go forth and show yourself to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!