Between all the Christmas eating, last-minute gift buying, mandatory movie watching, mourning George Michael and reeling from the shock over Carrie Fisher, this festive weekend was more distracting than most for catching up on what was going on news-wise.
Not to worry, The Bubble is here with the Weekend Roundup in case you don’t want to remind the office about last week’s Christmas party.
- In her Christmas message to Malvinas residents, Prime Minister Theresa May said that the UK is “resolutely committed to [their] right to self determination,” while also alluding to progresses made with Argentina throughout the year and calling for improved relations. “A better relationship with Argentina is in everyone’s interests, and in time, I hope you will reap the rewards through benefits to your economy, improving trade and tourism, and developing your hydrocarbons and fisheries industries,” reads the message. Read more: Argentina And The UK Agree To Re-Establish Air Travel To The Malvinas
- Christmas greetings all around! Politicians and celebrities spent most of the weekend sending their best wishes to everyone: as is his tradition, President Mauricio Macri went to Los Piletones, a soup kitchen run by Margarita Barrientos, before heading to Villa Langostura in the South on holiday until January 8. There were various posts across social media throughout the day to mark the occasion.
Visitando a Margarita Barrientos en Los Piletones pic.twitter.com/J7N6ypWuRB
— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) December 24, 2016
- Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner took to Twitter on Saturday to wish everyone a merry Christmas with a picture of her granddaughter and former President Néstor Kirchner: on Sunday, she continued to post on Twitter to criticize Macri and Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña among others.
Con el mismo compromiso y amor de siempre.
Feliz Navidad, compatriotas. ? pic.twitter.com/3IpT77VKpr
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) December 24, 2016
- San Luis province Governor Alberto Rodríguez Sáa did more than post on social media: in a surprising move, he visited Milagro Sala in jail both on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. The Tupac Amaru leader’s imprisonment since January 16th has generated international outcry over what many consider to be her illicit detainment. Read more: Jujuy Police Beating FpV Deputy At Milagro Sala Trial
- The holidays and the month of December in particular are historically a time of social unrest and looting. The shooting of a 14-year-old boy, Brian Fernando Aguinaco, in the neighborhood of Flores shook the city of Buenos Aires and confirmed everyone’s worst fears that this trend would continue into 2016. He was shot in the head by at least one of two robbers, who had stolen from two women on the street beforehand, as he was riding in a car with his grandfather: the suspects are still at large and his condition is critical. Read more: Bullrich On December: ‘There Are Political Sectors That Want A Chaotic Month’
- Santa Fe was reeling once again over the weekend as details of a killing spree came to light: 25-year old Marcos Feruglio allegedly attempted to kill his ex-wife Romina Dusso and murdered both her parents, her sister and her stepfather. The judicial system is being criticized for failing to prevent the tragedy because Dusso had pressed charges the night before, after he beat her up in a conflict allegedly linked to a disagreement over where their children would spend Christmas. Feruglio refused to testify yesterday and has been formally charged with murdering his former father in-law and sister-in-law. Read more: December Femicide Watch: Every 24 Hours A Woman Has Been Murdered In Argentina
- The tradition of pyrotechnics during the holiday unfortunately comes with an annual count of injuries and damages. Over 80 people were reportedly treated in three hospitals alone with severe burns and injuries: many of the patients were minors. In addition, a chemical wholesaler for perfumes and cleaning products was set on fire in Don Torcuato by stray fireworks (although investigations are underway to rule out foul play).
- Before leaving for his holiday, Macri went to footballer Carlos Tévez’s wedding reception on Saturday and was spotted dancing once again with his signature moves: it’s kind of his thing. Tévez unexpectedly returned to play with Boca after a career in Europe and was recently offered an insane amount of money to play for Shanghai Shenhua football club in China. Read more: Boca President Issues Warning To Fans Fearing A Tevez Departure
- Yesterday, is was revealed that Tévez may have company in China: another Argentine football player, Angel Di María is also in Shanghai Shenhua’s sights (Di María currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain). The amount offered to Di María has not yet been revealed and like Tévez, he has asked for time to think. Neither have confirmed their departure. Read more: Boca President Issues Warning To Fans Fearing A Tevez Departure
- Congress finally agreeing on the Income Tax Reform has meant that Clarín’s optimism indices took a turn for the better politically, but the numbers compiled by the consulting firm Management and Fit revealed that the economic optimism index continues its decreasing tendency. Read more: Finally: Argentina’s Income Tax Reform Passed By Congress
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!