Too cool for school, or too hot?
16-01-2021 07:27 Education is the real orphan of the debate on systemic change.
16-01-2021 07:27 Education is the real orphan of the debate on systemic change.
09-01-2021 08:04 The government’s actions speak louder than his words – the elections above all else.
02-01-2021 08:34 At a stretch 2020 could almost be summarised by one single C-word – next year is a little more difficult, but the midterm elections will undoubtedly be a defining moment.
19-12-2020 10:16 In recent weeks the Sputnik vaccine has become something of a fetish for this government, while at the same time demonised by opposition media in particular, but neither extreme is justified.
12-12-2020 09:08 A bigger game-changer than coronavirus could hardly be imagined, but Argentina remains very much the same country behind the face-masks.
05-12-2020 09:10 There is a need to look beyond the eternal rivalry of Buenos Aires City and Province to the nation as a whole. This is not a simple zero-sum game of robbing Peter to pay Paul between a middle-class city and a Peronist province.
28-11-2020 09:09 Argentina’s greatest sporting idol born and died in the same metropolis, yet the contrast between the Villa Fiorito slum of his birth and the San Andrés gated community of his death could hardly be greater – renewed testimony to this country’s extreme social inequalities.
21-11-2020 10:51 With the government falling into line with the quarantine fatigue felt by much of the nation, a vacuum has opened up in the public agenda. There was already plenty of jostling last week to fill it – from both wings of the coalition government.
14-11-2020 09:09 When Charles I met his end, his studied dignity evoked that Shakespearian Macbeth line: “Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it” – today in the United States, Donald Trump continues to resist any such epitaph to his presidency.
31-10-2020 10:48 Viewing current affairs at home and abroad from this perspective of witches and saints seems as good an approach as any right now.
24-10-2020 08:22 Covid-19 poses a “problem without passports” to end all such problems, but the supreme paradox is that this first truly universal disaster finds globalisation in full retreat.
17-10-2020 08:24 Today’s 75th Peronist Loyalty Day does not find the movement in its happiest moment amid coronavirus pandemic, economic slump and monetary chaos. But Peronism has known other grim anniversaries too.
10-10-2020 09:41 Burning as all these problems are, literally so in the case of the fires and metaphorically in the case of the economic and monetary crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, none of them are really being faced by a government seeking or obsessed with another agenda.
03-10-2020 09:27 It is a sad reflection on a general resignation to economic decline that this confirmation of massive poverty failed to act as a national wake-up call in most circles.
26-09-2020 09:22 More than superb ammunition for gossip columnists or an accident waiting to happen with the technological hazards of virtual sessions, this disgrace might well prove to be the match lighting a new “Begone with them all” powder-keg.
19-09-2020 09:11 The intensified capital controls so rattling market confidence may have been a hasty improvisation but were in no way on the spur of the moment – on the contrary, they stem from months of procrastination and denial.
12-09-2020 09:08 The solution can all too often be the problem. It’s a paradox which applies to this week’s federal revenue-sharing shuffle at the chief opposition district’s expense, to appease a mutinous Buenos Aires provincial police.
05-09-2020 09:59 Neither respect for the law nor acute housing needs should be denied – and nor should they form the opposing sides of a new grieta.
29-08-2020 09:31 One of the oldest tricks in the book in Argentina is to sneak through some controversial or predatory decree on the brink of the weekend. Let us take a closer look at that telecommunications decree.
22-08-2020 09:39 Why is anybody even talking about judicial reform? Putting the economy back on track evidently requires more than successful debt negotiations.
15-08-2020 11:10 Opposition to judicial reform is not enough – it must be accompanied by calls for state reform.
08-08-2020 09:22 The quality of this haircut falling on interest rates way above recent levels rather than capital deserves praise, as does abandonment of the absurd three-year grace period exempting this administration from any payment.
01-08-2020 09:07 The judicial reform bill announced this week suffers all the problems of Caesar’s wife – it must not only be honourable but seen to be so, a challenge which neither its context nor origin nor timing favour.
25-07-2020 09:13 The issues raised by Portland may be on the backburner here, but while this pandemic will eventually go away, the state mechanisms reared against it are likely to persist.
18-07-2020 09:10 The bloodiest attack against the Jewish Diaspora anywhere in the world since the Shoah, the AMIA massacre still marks this city’s biggest loss of life in a single day.
11-07-2020 08:27 Quarantine saves thousands of lives but lockdown spells meltdown – both these truths are irrefutable and yet completely in conflict despite the efforts to present this as a false dilemma.
04-07-2020 08:32 The pandemic is a curious ally of ultra-nationalism, feeding the notion that Covid-19 will destroy globalisation and the private sector in a world dictating a self-sufficiency of which very few countries can even dream.
27-06-2020 08:46 Behind closed frontiers in most cases with the nation state in full revival, each government lurches into its own response in a global patchwork of quarantine strategies amid total uncertainty.
20-06-2020 09:37 Arguing for and against the state has been overtaken by events – the debate can only be over how to better the state.
13-06-2020 08:30 Whether taking the kindest or the harshest view of Monday’s intervention of the food conglomerate, the government stands to lose either way.
06-06-2020 08:24 The use of the word “pandemic” in the first sentence was quite deliberate. Racism is everywhere, including here in Argentina, with police brutality also in common.
30-05-2020 09:44 No country in the world can envisage the post-pandemic world with any clarity but, at the risk of going down the long-trodden road of Argentine exceptionalism, perhaps no nation carries uncertainty to the same extremes as here.
23-05-2020 09:39 It is still well worth asking why it has come to this. The government’s debt strategy of pressing for a settlement in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic baffles any conventional wisdom.
16-05-2020 08:57 The institutional monstrosity of allowing governments to choose anti-corruption officials entirely in the presidential (or vice-presidential) pocket puts both sides on the same sordid level.
09-05-2020 08:32 All too many people seem to think that there is nothing to lose with default, given the absence of any overseas credit or investment, but even in these desperate times anything would be better.
02-05-2020 11:45 If social distancing goes on for as long as the more hawkish epidemiologists recommend, it will be just as discriminatory as the virus.
02-05-2020 11:09 With a trade volume of just over 30 percent of its economy, Argentina already ranks among the seven most- closed economies in the world – shutting it down yet further does not look like the way ahead.
25-04-2020 12:12 Politics has returned among the pandemic.
18-04-2020 10:36 The government said everything and nothing on Thursday but it might as well have said nothing, given the extreme flux in which the economy is drifting both here and abroad. This seems to have been implicitly recognised by debtor and creditors alike.
11-04-2020 11:08 Today, post-pandemic Argentina can only be written in the future tense – but what does Argentine history 33 Easters ago tell us?
04-04-2020 11:17 Perhaps everything will revert to type after the crisis is over, but this Easter might just give humanity a new resurrection.
28-03-2020 11:57 There can be no doubt that we are at war with a coronavirus epidemic which is causing death, destruction and panic on a par with military hostilities – that is the language being used by governments worldwide.
21-03-2020 10:46 The common responsibility against coronavirus leaves no room for political strife, which has been refreshingly absent in recent days.
14-03-2020 10:29 The collateral damage accompanying the coronavirus pandemic has taken on a life of its own this month.
07-03-2020 09:25 A quilt with room for more than tomorrow’s two marches: Femicide is worse than ever with one every 23 hours as against every 29 hours as recorded in last March’s editorial, with the post mortem indignities of last weekend’s murder in Catamarca adding a new dimension of horror.
29-02-2020 11:06 The coronavirus pandemic – and panic – worldwide is providing easy meat for some sensationalist media but it also needs to be placed in perspective.
22-02-2020 11:55 A birthday gift for Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner? Well, perhaps not quite – the International Monetary Fund’s concluding statement last Wednesday (the day the ex-president turned 67) might have fully endorsed the insistence of President Alberto Fernández and Economy Minister Martín Guzmán that Argentina’s foreign debt is “unsustainable,” but did not go quite as far as explicit mention of a “haircut” (least of all for the IMF itself, as stridently demanded by the veep from Cuba).
15-02-2020 10:53 A major actor compounding the appalling neglect suffered by the Wichi indigenous population is the 1,500 kilometres separating them from the corridors of power in an overcentralised country.
08-02-2020 12:59 Much has been said about the ideological differences between the pragmatic and extremist wings of the ruling Frente de Todos coalition but last week the contrast was clearest in style and strategy – the smooth soap of presidential showcasing with the top political leaders of the European mainland at all odds with the wild roller-coaster lurches of Buenos Aires Province Governor Axel Kicillof out of all proportion to the tiny bond he was scheduled to pay last month.
01-02-2020 10:07 Brexit is finally a reality, ending almost half a century of British membership in the European Union.