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The Conversation

Galapagos: how to protect the islands’ amazing marine life from huge Chinese fishing fleets

More than 300 foreign fishing ships, almost all Chinese, have been sitting in international waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands since late July. The islands, nearly 1,000 km from the coast of Ecuador, are best-known for their unique wildlife.

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EFE

Argentine Research Project in Antarctica Exploring Limits of Telemedicine

BUENOS AIRES – Thousands of kilometers separate Buenos Aires from the Argentine scientific research stations of Carlini and Belgrano II, located in the remote and harsh polar region of Antarctica.

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FiveThirtyEight

Cuban Players Are Powering The White Sox

The Chicago White Sox haven’t had a winning season since 2012 — and it’s been even longer since they were truly relevant. The last postseason series the South Siders won came in the 2005 World Series, when they beat the Houston Astros for their first championship since 1917. As a general rule, the Pale Hose are practically never among the most electrifying teams in baseball.

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Jerusalem Post

How is the Buenos Aires Jewish community coping with COVID-19?

BUENOS AIRES — Since March 20, Argentina has imposed one of the world’s strictest COVID-19 quarantines, and its capital city, home to most of the country’s Jewish community, isn’t opening back up anytime soon. Jewish schools and synagogues have been closed for five months — but so have most of the city’s industrial and commercial activities. It has led to a local economic crisis that’s affecting most of the city’s businesses, Jewish and non-. The first half of 2020 showed an inflation rate of approximately 20 percent and now the peso, the local currency, is quickly losing value:

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Mongabay

Can we predict where Amazon fires will occur? And to what end?

But being able to predict where Amazon fires might occur is only a first step. A strong, proactive government response is also needed to prevent and control fires, and in order to apprehend and prosecute those who set them ablaze in the Amazon.

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New York Times

As Politicians Clashed, Bolivia’s Pandemic Death Rate Soared

TARIJA, Bolivia — So many people were dying that the government’s numbers couldn’t be accurate.

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TechCrunch

Eduardo Saverin on the ‘world of innovation past Silicon Valley’

Eduardo Saverin will forever be known for cofounding Facebook 16 years ago with four other Harvard classmates (one of whom is still running the company).

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El Jefe by Alan Feuer

‘El Jefe,’ by Alan Feuer: An Excerpt

It came in off the street one day—a tip, a lead, a rumor—whatever you cared to call it, it was one of the strangest things they had heard in their careers. Chapo Guzmán, the world-famous drug lord, had hired a young IT guy and the kid had built him a sophisticated system of high-end cell phones and secret servers, all of it ingeniously encrypted. The unconfirmed report—perhaps that was the best way to describe it—had arrived that Friday in June 2009 when a tipster walked into the lobby of the FBI’s field division office in New York.

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The Conversation

Latin American women are disappearing and dying under lockdown

It’s a pandemic within the pandemic. Across Latin America, gender-based violence has spiked since COVID-19 broke out.

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Mic

How did vanilla come to mean boring? Blame colonialism

Vanilla gets a bad rap. One of the most complex spices, its delicate, sweet-yet-spicy flavor lends itself to woody, berry-like, floral, and rummy notes. Yet, calling something “vanilla” in 2020 is a pointed insult. Vanilla, as an ingredient, is luxurious, imported, and multi-layered in flavor — it makes almost everything better and yet the word has come to mean boring. You probably won’t be surprised to find that vanilla most likely has come to mean boring because of colonialism.

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