Welcome back from hibernation! Here’s to hoping your forced venture into the freezing outside world hasn’t been too much of an ordeal and that the workplace is sufficiently heated.
Let’s take a look at what happened over the weekend for those who didn’t huddle under the blankets the whole time.
- It has been seven years since Argentina passed a law authorizing same-sex marriages at 4 AM, July 15 2010 (the anniversary was on Saturday). According to the Homosexual Community of Argentina (CHA) and the National Registry Office, over 16,200 couples have tied the knot since, with half of the unions taking place in the city and the province of Buenos Aires. However, CHA President César Cigliutti outlined that there is a lot more ground to cover: “We can get married, change our names in the registry according to our gender, but we do not have the legal tools to confront acts of discrimination and violence due to our sexual orientation and gender identity.” Argentina was the first country in the region to legalize same-sex marriages.
- In informal voting stations across Buenos Aires, Venezuelans joined millions of their compatriots worldwide in opposing President Nicolás Maduro’s proposal to create a committee which could potentially have the power to dissolve state institutions and rewrite the country’s constitution. In yesterday’s cold, there were several blocks of Venezuelan expatriates waiting to vote across Capital Federal in places like Abasto, Tribunales, Las Cañitas, and Microcentro.
- Social media over the weekend reflected the fact that there is now less than a month to go before the PASO primary elections, with First Lady Juliana Awada publishing photos of Antonia Macri: President Mauricio Macri’s daughter featured prominently on her parents’ social media throughout the presidential campaign and the PASO is set to have a similar pattern. Macri, meanwhile, took part in a timbreo or doorbell-ringing session in the province of Buenos Aires with the province’s governor María Eugenia Vidal. In line with the much-anticipated release of the seventh season of Game of Thrones yesterday, Ahora Buenos Aires (a left-wing alliance in Buenos Aires City) released a political campaign mimicking the popular series’ trailer. No uncomfortable Ed Sheeran cameo, though: maybe they’ll save that for election day. Read more: Three Rallies and ‘Door-belling’: Parties Officially Launch Their Election Campaigns
— Jonathan Thea (@JonathanThea) July 16, 2017
- Another raid, another load of Nazi stuff and another sense that something isn’t quite right lately. Following on from the biggest seizure of Nazi artifacts in Argentine history last month and the arrest of “narco-nazis” last week, a house in Alta Gracia (Córdoba province) was raided over the weekend and, you guessed it, objects linked to the infamous party were found. Among the books, paintings and magazines, Nazi memorabilia included a weather vane with a swastika and a symbol representing the SS 7th Mountain Regiment. The authorities had been tipped off by a journalist. Read more: Government Refuses to Give AR $20 million to Biondini’s Neo-Nazi Electoral Front
- According to the Argentine Chamber of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (CAME), 42 percent of revenue made by small and medium-sized businesses (PYMEs) is allocated to paying taxes. The percentage arises from a study made on 250 industrial small and medium sized businesses across economic sectors: Fabián Tarrío, the head of CAME, said that “It’s well known that the Argentine tax burden has made [the] competitiveness [of PYMES] unfeasible.
- Sunday nights host some of the most popular shows on Argentine TV and last night, the country’s biggest diva Mirtha Legrand appeared on the political show La Cornisa with Luis Majul. Among the highlights was Legrand’s phrase: “I’d give my life for Kirchnerism not to come back and for [Peronist youth group] La Cámpora never to appear again.” Meanwhile, TV personality and journalist Jorge Lanata’s Periodismo Para Todos covered the disappearance of a machine for making drugs that disappeared from the Posadas Hospital, a hospital located in the Greater Buenos Aires Area that is no stranger to controversy, in 2015. The machine can make 50,000 pills an hour: “if a private manufacturer has it and they want to commit a crime and make ecstasy, they could make it on an industrial scale.”
- You don’t need to read about it here, but it got cold over the weekend. While the city streets emptied somewhat, there were snowstorms across the South, so the highways to Bariloche (Río Negro province) and San Martín de los Andes (Neuquén province) were closed off. The airports in both cities were closed as well: although they have since reopened, make sure to double check if you’re planning to travel there!
— SMN Argentina (@SMN_Argentina) July 15, 2017
“Shocking images from Bariloche’s meteorological station. Almost 40 centimeters of snow and a minimum temperature of -9.2ºC” — Argentine National Meteorological Service.
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!