In this Saturday’s edition of the Buenos Aires Times, we tackle crime and punishment, the subject that’s dominated the news agenda over the last two weeks.
From Washington, Santiago del Carril brings us a report from Security Minister Patricia Bullrich’s trip to the United States, detailing a question and answer session with the government official that took place on Friday. Bullrich explains the close ties between police forces in the US and Argentina and addresses the government’s approach to policing, including the ‘change of doctrine’ that seems to have emerged in the wake of the Luis Chocobar case.
Meanwhile, Associated Press’ Debora Rey explores the strong reaction to the government’s hosting of Chocobar – the policeman who shot dead a thief and has been placed under investigation to determine if he used an “excess of legitimate defence,” an incident that has stoked a new public debate over the actions of the officer and whether he committed a crime.
Perfil’s Julián D’Imperio also talks to a series of experts, lawyers and penal rights campaigners to get their take on the incident, the government’s reaction to it and the question of whether Chocobar’s actions were a legitimate form of self-defence.
Columnist Agustino Fontevecchia also gives his take on the government and its tough-on-crime stance.
Moving on, we also tackle the biggest subjects of the week, including union unrest, the CGT, Hugo Moyano and President Mauricio Macri’s meeting with the relatives of the crew-members of the missing ARA San Juan submarine. We’ll also cover the last few days of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Latin America and cover the renewed turmoil in Venezuela, where pro-government officials have set April 2 as the date for the next presidential election.
In our economic coverage, we look at inflation and the private consultancy firms that are already predicting how this year’s rate will top government estimates.
We’ll also feature an exclusive op-ed from Britain’s Ambassador to Argentina Mark Kent, who discusses bilateral relations between the UK and Argentina, alongside our regular columnists, Michael Soltys and James Neilson.
Finally, we welcome back Carolina Barros to the pages of the Times, who will address the United States and Latin America, in the wake of Tillerson’s tip.
All in all, it’s another packed edition of the Buenos Aires Times. Find us this, and every Saturday, inside the Perfil newspaper!