Between the ridiculous weekend weather and the stressful maneuvers you had to implement to get to work today because of the transport strike, it’s clear that on arriving to the office you’re less than up to date on what’s going on beyond the coffee machine.
So shake the street chaos off and let The Bubble help you out with an update.
- In yet another horrific femicide, Misiones province is in shock after the death of Irma Ferreyra Da Rocha yesterday afternoon in a similar way to the infamous murder of Lucía this year. She was admitted to hospital in the capital Posadas at 01:30 AM and died due to organ failure after being forcefully penetrated by a tree branch. Two suspects have been arrested but the Misiones police force has been heavily criticized for not alerting the public regarding what happened until after she had died (about 12 hours after the attack). Read more: Less Outrage For Brutal Rape, Murder Of 16-Year-Old Than Graffiti?
- Over 30 environmentalists were arrested in San Juan province on Saturday for protesting against the Canadian mining company Barrick Gold, which had two substantial cyanide spills in less than a year in its Veladero mine. They cut off access to the mine for 12 hours demanding for it to be closed before the company pressed charges in the local judiciary and San Juan police removed them by force. Read more: Well, That Was Quick: Barrick’s Veladero Mine Is Back In Action After Spill
- According to the Latin American Legislative Transparency Index, Argentine Congress has a long way to go: in its ranking of 13 regional parliaments and congresses, Argentina came second to last with a measly score of 39 out of 100. President Mauricio Macri can at least be celebrate beating Venezuela, which scored 20.
- The governor of Jujuy province, Gerardo Morales, said in a Clarín interview that international organizations asking for Milagro Sala’s release should “stop giving their opinion and read the case [files], behave responsibly and [stop being] partial.” The Tupac Amaru leader’s imprisonment since January 16th has generated international outcry over what many consider to be her illicit detainment. Read more: Day 1 Of Trial: Sala ‘Apologizes’ To Governor For Being ‘Black And Indigenous’
- According to La Nación, Argentina’s top trend of 2016 on Twitter was #NiUnaMenos while the top Google searches were Río 2016 and Pokemon Go. It makes for quite an interesting read as the top question asked of the search engine was how to make a pancake. Read more: Pokémon Go Linked With Higher Rates of Petty Crime In Argentina
- One of Argentina’s most recognizable football players, Carlos Tévez, played what could have been his last match with Boca Juniors football club yesterday. This year, he unexpectedly returned to play with Boca after a career in Europe and was recently offered an insane amount of money to play at an unnamed Chinese club. Don’t get your Kleenex out just yet, though: nothing has been confirmed and Boca coach, Guillermo Schelotto, has said “the Chinese should wait six months.” Still, yesterday was allegedly an emotional moment for Boca fans after Tévez played a great match at la Bombonera. Read more: Could Tevez Leave Boca And Become The World’s Highest-Paid Footballer?
- Macri wrote a column for the Spanish newspaper El País, called “Argentina turns a new page,” stating that there is optimism for 2017: “Today, most Argentines have hope, there is an optimistic outlook for next year and most people believe that we will be better off as a country. He also cited a “very productive year” in Congress and “difficulties in the transition.”
- Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner also shared an article, by an unspecified author, on social media called “Ideas shouldn’t be killed.” The piece likens the administration to its trademark use of balloons, “empty with false promises,” and cites Macri’s “spontaneous” bus ride (which turned out to be fake) as “a summary of its communication strategy […] to sell lies.” Read more: Shocker: Macri Didn’t Actually Ride A Bus In Pilar
- After a dramatic fall last week, Clarín’s Political and Economic optimism indices showed a slight improvement in Macri’s numbers yesterday: at least they’ve stopped decreasing. Merry Christmas, Mac.
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!