Argentine farmers begin Monday a new chapter of their 84 day conflict with the government over agriculture and taxing policies: beginning at ten in the morning they have invited workers, businessmen, professionals, students and anybody who supports their claims to strike until mid day.
Franca whales are back in Argentine Patagonia, more precisely at Peninsula Valdes and the provincial government of Chubut has resorted to internet video to share whale watching with a world audience.
The Argentine government unilaterally modified on Thursday the controversial soy and grain export tax system, which has sparked a serious almost 80 days conflict with farmers and a serious political crisis.
Argentina again faces a winter shortage of energy and has been forced to cut the provision of natural gas to 300 manufacturing establishments given the rise in domestic consumption of fuel for home heating.
Although Argentine official inflation statistics are considered non reliable and there's no national consumers price index, some provinces, --outside the realm of the President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner administration--, have kept local statistics branches operational and their numbers are considered a valid reference.
Argentine former Economy minister Roberto Lavagna said that the current conflict of the government with the farmers helps to over shadow other critical issues for Argentine consumers such as inflation.
The Argentine 78 day conflict between farmers and government over tax policies seems on track to an inevitable collision following the latest events with moderates on both sides continuing to loose ground.
The Argentine Senate unanimously approved on Wednesday a bill that severely sanctions fishing companies and their vessels illegally operating in the Argentine Sea (South West Atlantic), in other words without Argentine awarded licenses, reports the Buenos Aires press.
Argentine farmers are back on the road protesting following the government's decision to cancel Monday's scheduled meeting to discuss sliding export levies on oil seeds and grains. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's administration alleged that farmers' leaders had been particularly offensive during the massive rally held on Sunday in Rosario and which convened over 300.000 people.
Chile's Minister of Energy Marcelo Tokman announced Wednesday that because of low production problems Argentina will not be pumping natural gas for several days, although he said that home and commercial provision was guaranteed.