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Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Ashore In Southern Iran

ZAHEDAN — Three tons of "rotting" sardines were among thousands of dead fish from the Oman Sea that have washed onto Iran's southern coast in recent days, in and around the port of Konarak.

Local fishermen have blamed trawlers — the vast nets that sweep the sea floor in industrial fishing — and have urged authorities to investigate amid the spreading "stench in the area, the semi-official Mehr agency reported.

One fisherman told the agency that trawlers destroy "the entire sea floor" and were gradually pushing local fish stocks toward extinction. But the fisheries head for the province of Sistan-Baluchestan, Mohsen Ali Golshani, insisted that no trawler "was active in the region," and that they were not allowed to fish within eight miles of the coast anyway.

The dead fish are in any case too small for their nets, he told Mehr. He said tests so far had shown "no sign of poisoning or pollution that would have killed this amount of fish," and authorities were perplexed for now. "Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, three tons of sardines have died in this region."

Photo: Iranian boats at Konarak port — Amirhossein Nikroo

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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