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Argentine rappers Brian Molina and Maximiliano Fernandez
Argentine rappers Brian Molina and Maximiliano Fernandez
Nahuel Gallotta

BUENOS AIRES — Brian Molina and Maximiliano Fernández, two of Argentina's emerging rap stars, met in jail.

Molina was 11 years old when he wrote his first song. It was May 2005, and he was living at the Borchez de Otamendi home for minors in Buenos Aires. When he performed his song for friends, teachers and guardians at the youth facility, Molina was rewarded with soccer time in the courtyard. A couple of minutes after the game began, as planned, the ball was kicked over the wall, giving the group of friends a chance to jump over it, and flee.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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