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This sad-looking Bonobo lives inside the San Diego Zoo
This sad-looking Bonobo lives inside the San Diego Zoo
Chico Felitti

SÃO PAULOWhen Jorginho wakes up in the morning, he has a breakfast of fruits and yogurt to get his bowels moving. Then he takes an anxiolytic to ease the worries of a stressful day ahead in the big city. Around the corner is Bino, who has a weekly session of acupuncture on his back, as well as a relaxing massage to deal with the pain caused by scoliosis and lordosis.

Jorginho and Bino would be just two common overwhelmed fellows living in São Paulo, if they didn’t happen to live at the zoo. Jorginho is a tamanduá, an anteater mammal native to South America with a long snout and narrow tongue. Bino is an albino alligator from Pantanal, a large swamped area in central Brazil.

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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.

Julio Borges

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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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