Sun, sun, sun, here it comes! Spring (or summer?) seems to have finally received the memo and arrived in Buenos Aires. So all that sun-bathing probably meant that the neuronal connections which usually implore you to read the news were probably fried, right?
No matter, The Bubble is here to walk you through what happened while you were unearthing your flip flops and getting sunscreen.
- There were two instances of multiple femicides over the weekend, both in the province of Entre Ríos. The first happened in Paraná on Saturday, where Navy officer Orlando Ojeda shot two women in their homes with his standard-issued firearm. He first shot his ex wife Norma Milessi, who died on the way to hospital. Milessi was in the process of divorcing Ojeda, and they had three children. About 20 minutes later, he killed his ex-girlfriend, 35-year-old mother of two Romina Miriam Ibarra: they had broken up a month ago. There will be a protest today to demand justice over the deaths. Read more: Women’s March In Argentina Proves Ni Una Menos Is Truly Here To Stay
- As if that weren’t enough, at 1 AM last night there was a quadruple homicide in Concepción de Uruguay to further shake the province up. Juan Pablo Ledesma broke into his ex wife Johana Carranza’s house and stabbed her to death, along with their two daughters, aged seven and five, and Carranza’s new boyfriend. Ledesma then tried to commit suicide, but was found alive by the police with the knife in his lung. “We’re all shocked, eight people have died this weekend for gender-related reasons,” said Javier Aragón, a journalist for La Voz de Paraná. Read more: Victim #19: Woman Stabbed To Death As Córdoba Experiences Surge In Femicides
- Former Victory Front (FpV) presidential candidate, Daniel Scioli has been in the spotlight because once again, his university degree has come into question and charges have been filed, accusing him of “fraud” and a “cover up.” Scioli got his degree last year and what is being denounced is a) the fact that the UADE university recognized courses he had completed 40 years ago and b) that Scioli managed to pass nine courses in nine months (including his thesis) during which he was campaigning heavily for the election. Charges filed against former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner claiming that her law degree is fake were dismissed by a judge earlier this year. Read more: Judge Bonadio Dissmisses Charges Against Cristina Regarding ‘Fake’ Law Degree
- Vice President Gabriela Michetti signed a bilateral treaty with the Qatari Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani yesterday sealing a US$1.3 billion infrastructure investment deal between the Qatar Investment Fund and the social security agency ANSES. As part of the agreement, a Qatar fund would invest US$1 billion in infrastructure while the Argentine agency’s Sustainability Guarantee Fund (FGS), would put up the rest. Read more: Macri Goes To Qatar And China (On A Private Plane)
Firma de tratado bilateral de inversiones entre Argentina y Qatar con el Jeque Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, ministro de economía y comercio. pic.twitter.com/Mm2fJtRCKl
— Gabriela Michetti (@gabimichetti) November 6, 2016
Signing of the bilateral commercial treaty between Argentina and Qatar with the Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, the economy minister
- Former world number-three tennis player David Nalbandian lost control of his car during the Maxi Rally Cup race in Entre Ríos: the car rolled twice before crashing spectacularly. Before you watch the video, rest assured that both him and his co-driver somehow managed to walk away without a scratch.
- The current Argentine ambassador to the US, Martín Lousteau, has announced that he will once again be running for Buenos Aires City Mayor in 2019. He will be running with his party, ECO. “Argentina has serious issues like inflation, a 32 percent poverty rate after 30 years of democracy, lack of security, drug trafficking and corruption. These challenges are almost pre-ideological, meaning that if we don’t solve them, we don’t have anything to start from,” said Lousteau, who ran for City mayor in 2015 but lost to current Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
- The Secretary for Human Rights Claudio Avruj surprisingly came out and defended Senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto, who last week made some startling xenophobic remarks against immigrants and defended an excessive salary increase by lawmakers. “We agree with Pichetto’s statements on immigration […] In the last few years, thanks to previous authorities, the necessary protocols outlined by the immigration laws have not been upheld,” said Avruj. A jab at the previous administration and backing Pichetto: he may have been jealous that we gave Pichetto the fictitious Award for Argentina’s Biggest Jerk of the Week. Read more: The Award For Argentina’s Biggest Jerk Of The Week Goes To: Senator Pichetto
- Clarín’s Political and Economic optimism indices were published yesterday, with statistics compiled by the Management and Fit consultancy, and with increases in both. According to Management and Fit, the increase can be attributed to the positive results of the tax amnesty on Monday and the slew of corruption cases in Comodoro Py (which by contrast allegedly makes the government look better). Read more: Tax Amnesty: Good For State Coffers, But What About Investment?