What we learned this week: September 5 to 12
12-09-2020 09:33 Key stories that caught our eye during the last seven days in Argentina.
12-09-2020 09:33 Key stories that caught our eye during the last seven days in Argentina.
27-06-2020 07:48 On March 20, President Alberto Fernández told the nation in a televised address that all citizens would enter a mandatory quarantine period in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Though restrictions in some regions have now been loosened, many Argentines are today waking up this morning to their 100th day of lockdown. Here’s a look back at how the pandemic has changed our lives.
20-06-2020 11:11 Taxation dates from this country’s earliest days even if customs dominated revenue in colonial and 19th century Argentina, the root cause of the incredible centralisation persisting today.
13-06-2020 10:21 PAMI is huge, serving some 4.5 million pensioners and accounting for 70 percent of all public hospital payments since the elderly obviously have more health problems. Its total budget is some US$7.7 billion.
06-06-2020 10:19 The non-ministerial officials named by President Alberto Fernández exactly half a year ago will focus on the trident working directly under him – presidential Chief-of-Staff Julio Vitobello, Legal and Technical Secretary Vilma Ibarra and Strategic Affairs Secretary Gustavo Beliz – plus the new Treasury Attorney Carlos Zannini.
30-05-2020 10:49 Congress was Eduardo Enrique “Wado” de Pedro main training-ground, where he developed an image as the least abrasive of the La Cámpora leaders. He has mellowed considerably since his extreme youth when in 1997.
23-05-2020 10:03 A protectionist model in an increasingly protectionist world conspires against the success of agricultural exports, even though more vital than ever.
16-05-2020 08:47 Few ministers are more clearly identified than Tristán Bauer with the vice-presidential rather than the presidential wing of the ruling coalition.
09-05-2020 10:28 The problem of climate change has been overtaken by the pandemic but when we can finally forget about coronavirus, we should not forget climate change.
02-05-2020 10:58 Although always working with centre-left administrations, Kulfas has no political militancy or factional loyalty with his presence in the Cabinet entirely due to his personal links to President Fernández, as a leading member of his Grupo Callao think tank.
25-04-2020 12:15 Martín Guzmán only entered the running for the economy minister post just six weeks before the Cabinet was named, when paying one of his quarterly visits to Argentina in the penultimate week before the October elections.
18-04-2020 10:41 The mission impossible of defending employment against the pandemic will make the Labour, Employment and Social Security Ministry a hot seat in the months and years to come.
11-04-2020 10:42 Born in the Greater Buenos Aires district of Morón, Social Development Minister Daniel Fernando Arroyo has made social policy his exclusive focus since starting his university studies (UBA) more than three decades ago.
04-04-2020 10:28 A decade of work in housing and urban planning in Rosario municipal politics, prior to becoming Peronist lieutenant-governor of Santa Fe Province, gives María Eugenia Bielsa the credentials for her new portfolio.
28-03-2020 10:48 The Science, Technology and Productive Innovation Ministry was created on the very first day of the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner presidency in 2007. In the ensuing eight years of that controversial regime, it is difficult to find any initiative of hers which commanded approval across so wide a spectrum.
14-03-2020 10:23 The problems in healthcare are basically organisational – Argentine medicine as such is world-class and the envy of many more developed countries.
07-03-2020 14:24 Elizabeth Victoria Gómez Alcorta has defined her two policy priorities as the campaign against gender violence and the defence of equality and diversity, creating three departments to cover them – all headed by women.
29-02-2020 11:28 The prospect of classes starting almost everywhere this Monday and last Wednesday’s return of national collective bargaining to the chronic problem of teacher pay for the first time since 2017 are ample reason to make education the choice for today’s “Ministry Positions” column.
23-02-2020 15:38 Agustín Rossi has returned to the Defence Ministry he previously headed between 2013 and 2015. This familiarity with the post might seem reason enough for the appointment within a Cabinet where such experience is in relatively short supply – but the real aim of this move might well have been to ease him out of a position where he has far more years under his belt...
15-02-2020 11:29 As a Radical backed by one of the last entries into the Frente de Todos coalition, Mario Meoni seems to lack the political momentum to make any footprint, while the fiscal pressures from the debt crisis dominating the agenda are already making themselves felt.
08-02-2020 12:38 At a time when the government is trying to minimise the sovereign debt falling under foreign jurisdiction, it would not be a smart move to go monkeying around with the Argentine legal system and undermine its credibility yet further.
08-02-2020 09:50 Keen sportsman and born actor was a sharp mind, which he devoted to tireless work for Anglo-Argentine community life, beyond a successful business career.
01-02-2020 09:23 The revival of a Public Works Ministry after almost three decades suggest a direct defiance of the accumulation of court corruption cases during the Macri years.
25-01-2020 11:28 Curiously enough, ever since the ministry’s birth in late 2010, Argentina’s “top cop” has always been a woman apart from six months.
18-01-2020 10:57 A political science graduate, politics has been his entire life apart from brief stints in legal and banking work plus an unsuccessful book-shop venture. For Santiago Cafiero, life now begins at 40.
11-01-2020 10:38 Felipe Solá has no known background in the diplomatic field – which did not stop him from being the frontrunner to head the Foreign Ministry from the moment Frente de Todos loomed as Argentina’s next government.
28-12-2019 08:10 Economic turmoil, poverty soars, the peso plunges. The IMF, inflation, post-PASO meltdown. A presidential campaign decided by its trial run. Protests, Peronism unites and Massa returns to the fold. Alberto wins, but does Cristina call the shots? And what about Mauricio? Here's a round-up of the biggest stories in Argentina over the last 12 months.
14-12-2019 11:20 The British Hospital’s 175th anniversary celebrations reached their climax in style at the Teatro Colón on Monday evening.
07-12-2019 12:38 No less than 14 governors sought re-election but two were frustrated by the Supreme Court while the other two were at the wrong end of a change of government.
30-11-2019 12:21 Why Lacalle as the only alternative to the Frente Amplio in two consecutive elections? The answer has some bearing on Argentina’s by immediate future.
30-11-2019 09:08 Felicity Jane Bagnall Kirkwood, who became the first woman president of the Hospital Británico just over 13 months ago., talks to the Times.
23-11-2019 13:13 In the 30 months of his presidency Moreno has clashed with the Correa heritage from the start, confronting first the policies and then by the man himself.
16-11-2019 12:32 It is this column’s contention that Evo Morales was the greatest president in Bolivian history, but yet he crossed the line long before the forces toppling him.
09-11-2019 11:50 In Chile a pro-market approach has never hinged on the electoral result – when the right loses an election, the country is assured of a broadly similar set of fiscal, monetary, trade and other economic policies.
02-11-2019 11:00 Senate under new government’s control but Macri’s comeback leaves Lower House hanging in the balance.
02-11-2019 10:54 Last Sunday saw a much closer and more complex result with Greater Buenos Aires playing a far more decisive role than in August, supplying almost 80 percent of the winning margin of two million votes.
26-10-2019 10:19 Fernández developed a close relationship with Menem’s economic czar Domingo Cavallo (a champion of privatisation and deregulation, ideas fully shared by Fernández at that time), resigning with him in 1995.
26-10-2019 10:15 At the start of the century opportunity knocked in the form of Argentina’s 2001-2002 economic meltdown leading to a total “begone with them all” disenchantment with politicians and a political vacuum, into which Macri stepped.
24-10-2019 18:40 Ambassador Mark Kent leads tributes to late journalist, editor and author, with remembrance from former Buenos Aires Herald editor Robert Cox and cousin John Hunter, and a musical tribute.
19-10-2019 13:27 Should a populist government emerge next weekend, it might well find itself quoting Groucho Marx in saying: “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”
12-10-2019 11:52 Argentina’s current relationship with the ILO needs to be viewed through the prism of over seven decades of Peronist trade unionism.
05-10-2019 11:27 Before 2017 very little has been written about Argentina in the WTO. A prime reason why Argentina’s footprint there has been so small is, quite simply, that this country is not much of a trader as one of the most closed economies in the world.
28-09-2019 04:05 The vastly experienced Rafael Mariano Grossi, 58, Argentina’s ambassador to the IAEA who has held senior disarmament posts since 1997, is backed by the Americas from top to bottom. Respected by China, he also enjoys support from the Commonwealth countries and even some Europeans.
21-09-2019 11:01 For Carlos Menem in the last decade of the century the UN was central to integrating Argentina into the world. The Kirchners regularly attended the General Assembly but coverage was dominated by their mixed messages on Iran.
14-09-2019 00:41 The world’s biggest regional development bank, the BID is unusually homogenous for an international organisation with only four official languages and four presidents over its six decades.
14-09-2019 00:35 Former Central Bank governor publishes analysis of fiscal policy under Macri administration.
07-09-2019 01:44 The World Bank lent some US$8 billion in over 50 credits to both the tail end of the 1976-1983 military dictatorship and the elected Raúl Alfonsín Radical government.
31-08-2019 01:00 It might be an exaggeration to talk of “Braxit” but Brazil has been conveying the impression that it has outgrown Mercosur throughout this century and not just now.
24-08-2019 12:21 The first president in hock to the IMF was Arturo Frondizi, who signed the first standby arrangement (for a now paltry US$75 million) in late 1958.