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García Márquez, A Writer's Lifelong Obsession With Medicine

Health and medicine were constant themes of the famed Colombian novelist. He also spent his life trying to understand how the human brain works, and why the memory breaks down...until he himself was afflicted by Alzheimer's.

The author of Love in the Time of Cholera counted doctors amongst his closest friends
The author of Love in the Time of Cholera counted doctors amongst his closest friends
Nelson Freddy Padilla

BOGOTA — Death may be the most obvious recurring theme in the works of Gabriel García Márquez, who died three years ago at the age of 87. But the famed Colombian novelist also had a lifelong obsession with medicine.

His father tried but failed to become a doctor. Many of his close friends were doctors. And until his later years, when his mind was too clouded by Alzheimer's to write, he tried hard to understand how the human brain works, and why the memory breaks down. Despite his curiosity, Márquez's works suggest he had a poor opinion of physicians, at least those he saw peddling their services in the rural Colombia of his childhood.

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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