Uneasy lies the head that wears the coronavirus
25-04-2020 12:12 Politics has returned among the pandemic.
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.
25-01-2020 10:38 President Alberto Fernández has chosen a destination laden with profoundly ethical symbolism for his first journey abroad, and yet the pragmatic prism through which he appears to view every issue seems to have tinged most of the analysis.
18-01-2020 14:53 The baffling death of special AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman, exactly five years ago today, qualifies as a magnicide precisely because it is so much more than that – a milestone in Argentine history but also yet another link in a chain of impunity.
28-12-2019 10:17 The professional optical term for normal or perfect eyesight is “20/20 vision” – but the year lying ahead of us is anything but normal, perfect, visionary or clear.
21-12-2019 13:56 Especially in this country we are accustomed to a top-down mentality of expecting everything from the government, also assigning the blame accordingly, but saving the planet needs to be the reverse process. And so it is proving to be.
14-12-2019 12:12 Alberto Fernández has at least two advantages over his predecessor as he heads into his first full week as president – a dominant position in Congress and a lack of any definite commitments.
07-12-2019 13:13 Confidence-building is also crucial in the political sphere in the form of power-building. No analysis is free from speculation over his dependence on a future vice-president who named him candidate and will now anoint him president.
30-11-2019 12:56 Last Monday, in the highly conservative province of Mendoza, there was a landmark verdict sentencing two priests to over 40 years in prison on 25 counts of sexually abusing deaf-mutes at their Instituto Antonio Próvolo school during nearly a decade – sentences far exceeding most homicides.
23-11-2019 13:54 The potential difficulties of President-elect Alberto Fernández go far beyond picking a Cabinet (the main focus of media speculation in the past week) but as if these were not enough on the domestic front, events elsewhere in the region are raising the bar even higher.
16-11-2019 13:28 Almost everybody seems to be reducing Bolivia’s highly complex crisis to a four-letter word – everything hinges on whether there was a “coup” or whether Evo Morales was not the real coup-monger, the architect of his own destruction with his constitutionally cavalier pursuit of presidential eternity.
09-11-2019 12:11 His future Cabinet remains a mystery while his road map for a stricken economy does not go beyond a broad socio-economic agreement, with a 2020 wage and price ceiling of 35 percent widely floated but far from confirmed.
02-11-2019 12:39 Macri not only escaped political obliteration last weekend but also improved his fallen image by proving a good loser, in contrast to the bad winners in at least two of the three main victory speeches – he thus stands consolidated as the future opposition leader, for now
26-10-2019 13:16 Yet we should not limit our focus to the excitement of tomorrow’s voting – Monday could be just as important or even more decisive for Argentina’s future.
19-10-2019 13:49 If climate change clearly topped the agenda at last month’s United Nations General Assembly, it is being given extremely short shrift at tomorrow’s presidential debate.
12-10-2019 13:33 Chubut is thus an extreme example of the Argentine conundrum of a rich country brought low by fiscal insolvency – all the royalties from over a century of oil wealth around Comodoro Rivadavia have not prevented the province from being crippled by protests against public-sector pay arrears for the last 14 weeks now (and counting).
05-10-2019 11:32 The Mendoza result was welcome from at least two angles – the resounding victory of a Macri coalition ally (only the second this year) brings us slightly closer to a contested election while the crushing defeat of the ardently Kirchnerite opposition candidate distances Alberto Fernández further from being a puppet of his running-mate, former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
28-09-2019 03:47 It is not the aim of this editorial to go into the intricacies of Mendoza local politics (whose importance should never be underestimated) nor to eye the opinion polls (whose credibility was badly tarnished by last month’s PASO primaries) but rather to view tomorrow’s race in the context of this year’s provincial voting.
21-09-2019 12:17 The tragic crisis paralysing the oil-rich Patagonian province of Chubut is an extreme example of problems overhanging this country as a whole
13-09-2019 22:58 Contradictions have been constant in the five weeks since the PASO upset conferred frontrunner status on Fernández – an upset which has triggered sporadic market mayhem and massive downtown picket protests.
07-09-2019 01:11 With no market mayhem to crowd out all other news (as August’s weird alternation of calm one week and chaos the next now continues into its second month), food was one common denominator of the past week’s main issues.
31-08-2019 00:07 The government is trying to neutralise populism with populism but history teaches us that fighting fire with fire is playing a dangerous game.
24-08-2019 09:05 The government quickly denied that fiscal targets were in jeopardy since the inflation inevitable from the recent devaluation also inflates revenues but the controversy took a new and unexpected turn in the form of a provincial rebellion.
17-08-2019 12:09 Today is the 169th anniversary of the death of Independence hero José de San Martín but all the talk in Argentina this week has been about a far more recent demise – namely, President Mauricio Macri’s re-election bid.
10-08-2019 08:59 The PASO primaries were created by Law 26,571 in late 2009 during the first term of the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner presidency with both an institutional and a hidden agenda.
03-08-2019 09:11 With one side having a hidden agenda of impunity from corruption, while the other views crime-fighting from the standpoint of the police precinct rather than the courtroom, a serious modernisation of the judicial system is an orphan of this campaign but remains an urgent need.
27-07-2019 11:49 this editorial is an appeal to all candidates to give the country’s logistics the urgent priority they deserve if Argentina is to have a truly federal and national economy.
13-07-2019 10:38 The AMIA bombing was the bloodiest attack against the Jewish Diaspora anywhere in the world since the Shoah and also marks this city’s biggest loss of life in any disaster, apart from the Cromañon rock club.
06-07-2019 08:09 Rather than enter into this week’s round of the electoral hurly-burly, this editorial would like to step back and take a look at an area absolutely central to the world of the 21st century: science and technology.
29-06-2019 11:03 Rather than leaders of parties, there are now parties of leaders. A prime reason for the failure of the Alternativa Federal of Pichetto & Co was that it was just such a party of leaders without grass-roots.
22-06-2019 10:46 Although in theory anything could change in the next few hours, the big picture seems firmly defined with most candidates running behind the new polarisation resulting from two surprise moves from Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Mauricio Macri.
15-06-2019 09:54 Until now the battleground has been provincial elections (and will continue to be so tomorrow in Santa Fe, San Luis and Tierra del Fuego) with a strong case for arguing that this tail is wagging the dog in the formation of alliances.
08-06-2019 12:22 Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Mauricio Macri would seem to have a lot in common – but not their appointment diaries.
01-06-2019 11:47 The strike was even illusory as an index of labour militancy. This always tends to be lower in times of recession when the defence of jobs invariably takes priority over wage claims.
25-05-2019 11:26 Beyond Kirchnerism, the Peronist panorama is confused between Roberto Lavagna, Sergio Massa and various others with its strongest candidate, recently re-elected Córdoba Governor Juan Schiaretti, not even in the running. Even the Fernández-Fernández ticket is not engraved in stone.
08-12-2018 13:26 L ast weekend’s G20 Leaders Summit may have delivered blockades and diversions for porteños but for President Mauricio Macri it brought so much more.
24-11-2018 10:00 Next weekend this nation, albeit temporarily, will become the centre of the world. In celebration, we’re branching out our humble 16-page English-language newspaper into a bigger, bolder, one-off special edition.
03-11-2018 10:43 How should we define this enormously prestigious judge after this latest move? As a kamikaze lunatic? An opportunist? An idealist?