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This Happened - February 17: Michael Jordan Is Born

On this day in 1963, Michael Jordan was born. Many consider him the greatest basketball player of all time.

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What was Michael Jordan's childhood like?

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, was born in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Wilmington, North Carolina as a young child. He was the third son of James and Delores Jordan.

He was a good student and excelled as an athlete in three sports: Football, baseball, and basketball. As a 5 foot 9 inch sophomore at Laney High School, he was cut from the Varsity team, which would be a lifelong motivator for Jordan. Later he became the first player in high school history to average a triple-double (double digits in points, assists and rebounds) and led his team to the State Championship.

What awards and honors has Michael Jordan received?

Jordan won six NBA championships, all with the Chicago Bulls. He won his first championship in 1991, and then won five more consecutively from 1996 to 1998. Jordan has received numerous individual awards and honors throughout his career, including: 5 MVP awards, 10 NBA scoring titles, 14 All-Star selections and Hall of Fame inductee in 2009.

What is Michael Jordan's net worth?

As of 2021, Michael Jordan's net worth is estimated to be around $2.1 billion, making him one of the wealthiest athletes in the world. He has also made a significant amount of money through his various business ventures, including his partnership with Nike.

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An End To Venezuela Sanctions? The Lula Factor In Biden's Democratization Gamble

The Biden administration's exploration to lift sanctions on Venezuela, hoping to gently push its regime back on the path of democracy, might have taken its cue from Brazilian President Lula's calls to stop demonizing Venezuela.

Photo of a man driving a motorbike past a wall with a mural depicting former President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela

Driving past a Chavez mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Leopoldo Villar Borda


BOGOTÁ — Reports last month that U.S. President Joe Biden's apparent decision to unblock billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets, frozen since 2015 as part of the United States' sanctions on the Venezuelan regime, could be the first of many pieces to fall in a domino effect that could help end the decades-long Venezuelan deadlock.

It may move the next piece — the renewal of conversations in Mexico between the Venezuelan government and opposition — before pushing over other obstacles to elections due in 2024 and to Venezuela's return into the community of American states.

I don't think I'm being naïve in anticipating developments that would lead to a new narrative around Venezuela, very different to the one criticized by Brazil's president, Lula da Silva. He told a regional summit in Brasilia in June that there were prejudices about Venezuela — and I dare say he wasn't entirely wrong, based on the things I hear from a Venezuelan friend who lives in Bogotá but travels frequently home.

My friend insists his country's recent history is not quite as depicted in the foreign press. The price of basic goods found in a food market are much the same as those in Bogotá, he says.

He goes to the theater when he visits Caracas, eats in restaurants and strolls in parks and squares. There are new building works, he says. He uses the Caracas metro and insists its trains and stations are clean — showing me pictures on his cellphone to prove it.

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