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Shark Fin Soup's Decline And The Eternal Chinese Pursuit Of Success

From the Ming Dynasty to Hong Kong gangsters, shark fin was once the symbolic ingredient of Chinese people of wealth and status. But times and tastes are bound to change.

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Wang Huanhuan

BEIJING - I ate shark fin once. Just after my husband and I got our marriage certificate, my father-in-law invited my parents to a celebration. The shark fin was served to each person in fine porcelain bowl decorated with a peony pattern and a gilt edging. The extravagance was compelling.

My husband and I both come from ordinary families. None of us had eaten shark fin before. I remember asking my father: "So was it good, the shark fin?" My father raised his eyebrows and said: "It's shark fin! How could it be bad!"

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

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Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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