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Buenos Aires News: Edition 9

I’ve decided to bring back the Buenos Aires News postings that I had previously been doing. I know it’s been awhile since Edition 8, but look for them to come more regularly now.

If you want up-to-the-minute Buenos Aires updates, follow the Buenos Aires Life Twitter account.

Can Argentina’s Diego Maradona work his magic? [Miami Herald]
Argentina’s World Cup hopes are riding on whether volatile coachDiego Maradona can work the same kind of magic he did as a player.

Messi, the surest bet to shine in South Africa [The Globe and Mail]
The Argentine star could set the world alight – if he survives Maradona’s madness.

Ugi’s PIzza Inflation Index [Buenos Aires Photographer]
The Argentine government continues to under-report the true level of inflation in Buenos Aires.  This blogger took matters into his own hands by reporting how much the cost of pizza at his favorite pizza place has gone up since the year 2000.

In Buenos Aires, tourists charged the same as locals [ToursHelp]
An older article, but interesting in that it recounts that the Buenos Aires tour bus was charging different prices for locals than for tourists. A consumer advocacy group complained, and now the price is the same – a higher $70 pesos for all.  Obviously, this means locals can pretty much no longer afford to take the bus ride. So, was justice done?

More American expatriates give up citizenship [NY Times]
Another older article, that is also interesting. “Amid mounting frustration over taxation and banking problems, small but growing numbers of overseas Americans are taking the weighty step of renouncing their citizenship.”

Sleep-in journalists aim to save newspaper [guardian.co.uk]
Journalists fighting to block the shutdown of the Argentine newspaper Crítica have been on strike since 29 April, when they received no pay cheques.

Per capita beef consumption drops to 56 kilos [The Argentine Post]
Argentine beef consumption has dropped from 70.3 kilos to 56.3 kilos in the first half of this year due to smaller supply and increased prices.

Domestic plane tickets hiked 15% [Buenos Aires Herald]
Plane tickets on domestic flights to all 30 destinations in Argentina went up by an average of 15 percent this past week.

The group of 10 Argentine soccer hooligans with criminal records deported from South Africa were greeted by police and news crews, and some were taken into custody.

Buenos Aires News: Edition 2

More interesting news from Buenos Aires this week:

Argentine court intervenes in Aerolineas Argentinas [Reuters]
An Argentine court agreed to oversee the day-to-day running of the country’s main airline on Friday amid signs the government is moving to expropriate the carrier from its Spanish owners.

Airline Grab Gains Ground in Argentina [The Wall Street Journal]
An Argentine congressional committee recommended that the government nationalize flagship airline Aerolíneas Argentinas, in a move likely to heighten investor concerns about the country.

Barack Obama Calls Cristina Fernández [The Argentine Post]
President-elect Barack Obama called Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez on Tuesday, November 18th and had a 10 minute conversation with her.  She had previously announced her preference that he win the presidency and sent a congratulatory note to him when he won.

Where is the Argentine Peso Headed [The Argentine Post]
A good summary of the peso’s decline, why it’s not declining faster, and what we might expect in the future.

Argentines react to pension nationalization [Washington Post]
Argentine officials on Friday praised the nationalization of $23 billion in private pensions as good news for workers, while opposition leaders called it more of a looting than a reform.

Buenos Aires to Get Tour Buses [Hostel Colonia]
One familiar site in NYC and many other major cities of the world are the double-decker Hop-On, Hop-Off tour buses that you see taking tourists around the city. They can be a convenient way to quickly see a lot of a city when you don’t have much time to spend there. (I’ve been on them in Barcelona, Dublin, and a few other cities.)  With the huge explosion of tourism in Argentina, it was surprising that there was no tour buses here.  Well, as of January, that will no longer be the case as 8 new buses are coming to take tourists from La Boca to Palermo.