It’s Friday, yay!
Adrian Bono is still missing so once again it’s up to us, the Unpaid Intern collective, to save the day. And if you have stayed away from the news lately, let me tell you… it was quite a week!
This is what you need to know:
- President Mauricio Macri gave his first State of the Nation speech (no, it’s a thing, seriously) before Congress as it began its legislative year. And it was no walk in the park. Not only were the K’s disgusted with him being the new President, but he also made a mistake and read a paragraph twice. Oops! Whatever, that’s anecdotal. Better luck next time, Mr. President!
- We’ve reached a deal with the vultures! This is, like, huge. However, there are dark forces at large (the Kirchnerites or the Macri administration, depending on where you stand) that don’t have our best interests at heart. Former Economy Minister Axel Kicillof is horrified by it, but our own Bianca Fernet is not.
- This week on the Nisman Case: Well, let’s just say that spymaster Antonio Stiuso is back and testified and the whole thing feels like January 2015 all over again. First, he accused former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of being involved in Nisman’s alleged assassination (Iran too) and accused the Quebracho organization of carrying it out. He also — just to make this whole thing more creepy — called a live TV show and threatened prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo. Yes, because House of Cards is apparently not enough to fill your political thriller quota.
- Barack Obama’s visit continues to be controversial to some, and after Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel asked him not to come to the country on March 24th, we have now learned that the US president will be spending that day in Bariloche to avoid the protesters that will totally miss him when he’s gone and Donald Trump takes his place.
- Sorry, humans! Dengue is here to stay. Although apparently bats are now a new hope against those disease-carrying mosquitoes. So don’t believe that insane, fake WhatsApp audio that’s been making the rounds.
- Aerolíneas Argentinas is no longer flying to Río Gallegos or Brasilia, two destinations you probably never cared about anyway.
- Another controversial article this week is the one published by our own Colin Docherty: “Did Vanoli, Kicillof and Cristina heist Argentina’s Central Bank?” We report, you decide.
- Ugh. That sounded like Fox News. Gross.
- Clarín is reporting that the Buenos Aires Herald will end its print version soon. Which, if true, would definitely suck.
- In other horrible news, the Subte fare may be going up soon.
- The Pope met with Mauricio Macri and damn, that was awkward.
- Want a rooftop bar to enjoy the summer? You’re welcome.
- Want to enjoy a good wine in Palermo (who wouldn’t?!)? Let Sorrel Moseley-Williams tell you where to go this weekend.
- Last but not least, football is awesome this weekend so why not let our own Sam Kelly tell you what you need to know in his Friday Football Preview.