In this week’s edition of the Buenos Aires Times, we’ll be focusing on what everybody else is, and it’s the not the weather: Argentina’s shaky economy.
The Mauricio Macri government is battling on all fronts, from the economy right through to political and social tension. The IMF, through which the government will seek to secure “stand by” financing, has a bad name in Argentina... and Macri’s isn’t fairing too well either.
We’ll also look at the bankruptcy of Oil Combustibles S.A., the jewel in the crown of disgraced businessman Cristobal Lopez’s oil and media empire. A commercial court has stripped the jailed tycoon of his assets.
In other local news, the DAIA Jewish political umbrella is suffering a crisis. Its ousted president Ariel Cohen Sabban has apologised to actress Esmeralda Mitre over alleged sexual advances. Mitre’s reputation has also suffered a blow since her comment denying the amount of dictatorship and Holocaust victims.
In international news, we’ll focus on the many facets of the Donald Trump phenomenon... this week's chapter, at least. The US president turned his back on the Iran nuclear deal, just as a date was set for his meeting with North Korea’s dictator. For that breakthrough, some are calling for the Nobel committee to award Trump the Peace prize.
We close up this week’s edition with four of our famed columnists. Agustino Fontevecchia looks at the ghosts of Argentina’s economic past, James Neilson focuses in on the overall performance of the Macri government at a crossroads, Michael Soltys crunches the numbers and Robert Cox returns to talk up the importance of quality journalism in limiting self-delusion.
All in all, it's another packed edition of the Buenos Aires Times, Argentina's only English-language print publication. Find us, each and every week, inside your copy of the Perfil newspaper this Saturday!