In Argentina, the latter part of the week has been dominated by the government’s freshly inked deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and that’s where we’ll start in this week’s edition of the Buenos Aires Times.
Late last night, Nicolás Dujovne and Federico Sturzenegger faced the press to go over the details of the deal, which has yet to be approved by the institution’s authorities in Washington. In this week’s Times, we’ll begin by going over the deal, exploring reaction to it and explaining what it means for the government’s economic plans and policies. In his weekly column, Agustino Fontevecchia will also look at what this means for the Mauricio Macri administration and what lies ahead.
Continuing with local news, we’ll go through what we learned this week update you on the unions and next week’s potential strike and cover the tragic death of Queen Máxima’s younger sister.
Next up, in the first of three long-form features, Valentina Iricibar will bring us a report on next week’s historic vote in the Lower House of Congress on the abortion reform. Talking to people on both sides of the debate, we meet the campaigners who are nervously awaiting the ballot’s outcome.
Our second feature comes from Charles Newbery, who uses the story of one surfer’s quest to clean up Argentina’s beaches to tell a wider tale of environmental warning. Nearly a decade ago, Gastón Caminata decided to do something about the trash on the beaches near his home. While his efforts are starting to pay off, Caminata says much more must be done.
In our third feature, we visit Cuauhtémoc with journalist María Verza. In Mexico, distrust of the authorities run deep – more than 20,000 have gone missing in the last six years alone. Verza brings us the story of the Argentine forensic investigators who are using bone fragments to try and discover the fate of the disappeared. As the team work tirelessly to identify some of the missing, the families of the disappeared remain in limbo, waiting endlessly for news as to the fate of their loved ones.
We then turn our attention to the World Cup and its geopolitical implications.
One of the biggest stories of the week was the cancellation of the Argentine national football team’s friendly against Israel in Jerusalem. The Argentine Football Assocation’s (AFA) decision to suspend the game, just days before it was due to be played, plunged the national team into the middle of Middle East politics. We bring you the story of how the furore unfolded, while our sports writer Dan Edwards looks at what this means for the players, with the tournament less than a week away.
Next, in Culture, we bring you a travel special as writer Wayne Bernhardson shares his experience of visiting Patagonia. Wayne has traversed Argentina’s south on many an occasion for work, but he has never visited the region with his wife. But that changed recently, when they visited Ushuaia and the Parque Nacional de los Glaciares.
Finally, we close this week’s edition with two of our regular columnists, Michael Soltys and James Neilson, who bring us their own experienced take on things.
All in all, it’s another packed edition of the Buenos Aires Times. Find us this – and every – Saturday inside the Perfil newspaper.