In this week’s edition of the Buenos Aires Times, we’ll be focusing in on two stories: the future of Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the shocking child abuse and prostitution scandal that is sweeping through the nation’s sports clubs.
Already, investigators say they are probing allegations of wrongdoing concerning players at some of the nation’s biggest football clubs, including Independiente, River Plate and most recently, a third club: Temperley. Investigators are also looking into allegations concerning the nation’s gymnastics squad too. Last weekend, in a shocking new twist, further unsubstantiated claims were aired on a national TV show and while, for the most part, they seem to have been dismissed by prosecutors, this scandal shows no sign of dropping off the news agenda.
In the following pages of this week’s edition, we’ll also get to grip with Finance Minister Luis Caputo’s explosive session in Congress, where a handwritten note on a piece of paper drew attention away from the important issues being discussed by lawmakers.
We’ll also pay close attention to the economy, exploring the impact of the drought that has severely damaged hopes for the season’s soybean and corn harvests. With the impact of the severe dry spell set to wipe out up to a percentage point of Argentina’s growth estimates, farmers are asking for help.
Next up, in an extended two-page feature, we will begin to take a look at some of the institutions and people that make up part of Argentina’s English-speaking community. We start this week with Asociación Escuelas Lincoln, more commonly known as the Lincoln private school located in La Lucila, Vicente López. The only US-accredited school in Argentina, the institution is renowned for its international outlook. Jacob Meschke walks us through the institution and its history in a special feature.
In World news, there’s one story making the headlines in Latin America – and it’s still developing as we go to print. Former Brazil president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stands on the brink of jail after the nation’s top court rejected an appeal. Will he be behind bars by the weekend?
In Culture, we’ll take a look at the film featuring Argentine legend Ricardo Darín that will open this year’s Cannes Film Festival, while Michael Soltys looks at the the new exhibition in the capital featuring aboriginal art from Australia, presented with the assistance of the Australian Embassy.
When is a crisis not a crisis? In Sports, Dan Edwards explores the strange sensation that’s surrounding league-leaders Boca Juniors. How does a team that’s top of the league and still in the Copa Libertadores find itself under pressure?
We close up this week’s edition with three of our famed columnists. Agustino Fontevecchia tackles Luis Caputo’s hearing and more, James Neilson tells us how Team Macri is winning the culture wars and Michael Soltys looks at INDEC and the economy.
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!