Nisman returns to the agenda, Dujovne and Caputo lay out their arguments and a New Year without peaceFriday, January 6, 2017
FRIDAY. The rerun of late prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s accusations concerning the 1994 AMIA Jewish community centre terrorist bomb attack ends up where the charges first started — with Federal Judge Ariel Lijo (who rapidly passed the parcel the first time round). Robert Potash, veteran historian of the 20th century Argentine military, dies in his native Boston at the age of 95.
LAST WEEKEND. New Year’s Eve and Day as 2016 turns into 2017. Peaceful enough here but not in Istanbul where a terrorist attack on a discotheque celebrating the new year’s arrival slays 39.
MONDAY. Treasury and Finance Ministers Nicolás Dujovne and Luis Caputo officially start their new jobs with the former stressing the need to slash labour surcharges among other tax cuts. December revenues soar 90 percent from the close of 2015, thanks in large measure to the 106 million pesos of arrears accruing from the tax whitewash (97.8 billion dollars by the end of 2016).
TUESDAY. The government kicks up a minor storm by announcing its intention of decreeing 25 billion pesos of funds for Buenos Aires province to compensate for its raw deal in federal revenue-sharing.There is also a meteorological storm with contrasting effects ranging from floods in Santa Fe province to forest fires in La Pampa.
WEDNESDAY. The government proposes lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 14.
THURSDAY. A strike halts “C” subway line, thus slowing down an uneventful summer’s day yet further.