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In Buenos Aires, English Charm Of Latin America's Top Boutique Hotel

Vintage wallpaper and other Old World touches meld into chic Buenos Aires surroundings to push Home Hotel to be named the region's top boutique address.

The pool at Home Hotel in Buenos Aires
The pool at Home Hotel in Buenos Aires
Vivian Urfeig

BUENOS AIRES — When Patricia O'Shea and Tom Rixton moved to Buenos Aires from Dublin, in 2000, they kept their eyes open for a property to turn into a hotel. The couple had plans to get married, so they also hoped it would be a cool place to host their wedding guests.

They found what they were looking for in an old furniture warehouse on Calle Honduras (Honduras Street), in the city's hip Palermo district and two years later opened Home Hotel. They've continued to work on the 20-room facility ever since, attracting attention and accolades in the process. This year, all that patience and perseverance resulted in their loftiest honor yet: the World Boutique Hotels Awards named it the best boutique hotel in Latin America.

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The "Corrosion" Strategy: How Ukraine Targets Russian Networks And Morale

Russia continues to shrink its ambitions in Donbas, as Ukraine doubles down on its strategy of guerilla attacks, interrupting supply and communication contacts and ultimately undermines the morale of the enemy.

Ukrainian soldiers sitting atop a tank in Donbas on May 22

Clemens Wergin

For years to come, military experts will be studying how Ukraine managed to push back a far stronger enemy and grind Russia’s major offensive in the east of the country to a halt.

Some military strategists are already trying to find a term to sum up the Ukrainians’ success. Australian military expert and retired army major general Mick Ryan credited Kyiv's stunning showing to "the adoption of a simple military strategy: corrosion. The Ukrainian approach has embraced the corrosion of the Russian physical, moral, and intellectual capacity to fight and win in Ukraine.”

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Ryan argues that while the Ukrainians have used the firepower they possess to halt the Russian advance, while aggressively targeting their enemy’s greatest shortcoming. “They have attacked the weakest physical support systems of an army in the field – communications networks, logistic supply routes, rear areas, artillery and senior commanders in their command posts,” Ryan wrote.

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