I know, I know, it got cold. Very cold. Since your fingers were too frozen to access the news on your phone you spent the weekend avoiding your friends who have succumbed to the flu and spending quality time with your heating.
- After Thursday’s cacerolazo — a pot- and pan-banging protest — against the steep rate hike in utilities implemented by the Macri administration, government officials and 20,000 volunteers took part in a timbreo, or “doorbell-ing.” This activity, which Cambiemos is well known for doing, involves government officials ringing the doorbells of locals and listening to their troubles and suggestions. Buenos Aires Province Governor María Eugenia Vidal and Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña took part in the timbreo, which spanned 2,000 cities. Read more: Argentines Bang Out Anger Over ‘Tarifazo,’ Macri Administration Underplays It
- It was revealed that Vice President Gabriela Michetti was robbed at home on November 22nd of last year: the same day that Macri won the ballotage elections. The burglars, one of which was allegedly Michetti’s bodyguard, stole AR $245,000 and US $50,000. Michetti has been criticized for not disclosing the event to the public and questioned over where the money came from. In a statement on Facebook, Michetti said that the money was declared in her tax statements. Read more: A Guide: Gabriela Michetti For Beginners
- Former head of Argentina’s Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI, formerly known as SIDE) Oscar Parrilli has been called in for questioning by Federal Judge Ariel Lijo for protecting Ibar Esteban Pérez Corradi, the man accused of being the brains behind the triple murder of General Rodríguez. Evidence arose over the weekend, exposed on TV show La Cornisa, showing that he had full knowledge of Pérez Corradi’s whereabouts from as early as August 2015 but did not follow through with a proper investigation.
- On his TV show Periodismo Para Todos, journalist and TV personality Jorge Lanata did an exposé on former Planning Minister Julio De Vido’s cook, Nélida Caballero, who allegedly enjoyed a vast increase in wealth that “cannot be justified,” including multiple cars, a ranch, luxurious parties and a lottery franchise. He also showed the increase in wealth of the Kirchners’ gardener and chauffeur, but Caballero’s case has gained more traction in the media. According to Congressman Gabriel Hernández, Caballero has “around AR $1.5 million to AR $ 2million in cars alone, which she registered at De Vido’s home address.“
- A website was published over the weekend , La Caja De Flor, or “Flor’s Box,” poking fun at the fact that US $4.7 million were found in the safety deposit boxes of Florencia Kirchner, daughter of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, on Friday. The website calculates how long it would take you to make the same amount of money with your current salary: how’s that for some extra Monday fun? Or depression, depending if you’re a glass-half-empty kind of person or not. Read more: US $4.7 Million Found In Florencia Kirchner’s Safety Deposit Boxes
- If you’re feeling particularly guilty for not having read the news this weekend, or just need another conversation starter, yesterday was the coldest day of the year in the City of Buenos Aires while more than half of Argentine cities had temperatures at or below zero. You’re welcome. Read more: Yesterday Was The Coldest Day Of The Year In Buenos Aires. Go Winter!
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers! Bundle up!