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Paris's BIUS boasts some 350,000 books

Portrait Of A Young Parisian Custodian Of Old Books

PARIS – He first visited libraries as a researcher, before crossing on to “the other side of the mirror.”

That's how Philippe Galanopolous describes his life as a curator for the Inter-University Science Library of Paris (BIUS), one of the world's best collection of science texts and documents.

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"Free them now!!"

Why Amnesty International Got It All Wrong On Latin America


SANTIAGO - If we based our knowledge of Latin America on Amnesty International’s latest global human rights report, we would believe that there is no real justice in the region, violence is on the rise, police regular torture citizens, that there are multiple attempts to exterminate indigenous groups, and organized crime is gaining ground.

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Breaking the barriers of linguistic isolation, one fairy tale at a time

Teaching Deaf Children To Read With Help From Seniors Who Know How They Feel

BUENOS AIRES – When she was young, Rita would browse through books in her house and not understand a thing. Why did Sleeping Beauty wake up? Why did Little Red Riding Hood open the door for the wolf?

Rita would stare at the illustrations but her mother and father didn’t know how to tell the stories: like 95% of deaf children, she was deaf but her parents were not, and they didn’t know sign language.

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Where there's smoke...?

Before The Eruption: Surveying The Argentine Ghost Towns Of Copahue Volcano

CAVIAHUE – In this ghost town, the houses are empty and windows are boarded shut.

The red foxes and cauquenes geese are in hiding and no condors circle the sky above. Since last week, there has been no movement in Caviahue, southwestern Argentina, aside from the tremors of the nearby Copahue volcano, spewing gas.

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Kirchner's fight with Clarin dates from before she was elected president in 2007

Control The Printing Presses, And Other "Dictatorial Ambitions" Of Cristina K

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has it in for top Buenos Aires daily Clarin. But it's part of much grander plans to extend her power well past the line of legitimate democracy.


BUENOS AIRES – A few days ago, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner presented a new bill to raise the government’s stake in Papel Prensa, the country’s largest newsprint manufacturer, from 28% to 52%.

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Giving Argentinian schoolchildren the tools to express their emotions

Schools In Argentina Adding *Emotional Education* To Curriculum

BUENOS AIRESEmotional education is a teaching concept that helps students learn self-awareness (recognizing their emotions) and self-regulation (managing their emotions).

While employed by some teachers to help children to gain more confidence and learn more efficiently, "educación emocional" has recently become so popular among educators in Argentina that a debate has been opened up about whether to officially incorporate it into the national school curriculum.

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Jarritos, a popular brand of sodas in Mexico
food / travel

Weighing The Price Of Latin America's Soft Drink Epidemic

The sweet (and unhealthy) underbelly of the region's economic growth.

BUENOS AIRES - Just as many Latin American countries are leading the world in economic growth, they are also leading in other, not so positive aspects, like soft drink consumption.

According to a study published by market research firm Euromonitor International, Argentina, Chile and Mexico are the top three consumers of sodas and soft drinks in the world, with Uruguay ranking seventh.

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Cuba's only 18-hole course -- so far...
food / travel

How History Swings: Cuba Turns To Golf, Luxury Tourism For Economic Survival

HAVANA – Black-and-white images of Che Guevara and a clumsy Fidel Castro, dressed in military attire, leaning on his golf club a few feet away from the hole, gave way to many years of ostracism towards golf in Cuba.

Cubans still don’t know why golf courses were suddenly converted into public institutions. Was it because golf was considered a bourgeois game – a symbol of capitalism – or after the Cuban leader lost that game of golf against the Argentine revolutionary?

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Live on Mars?

Why I Decided To Become The First News Correspondent On Mars

And why I won't be coming back...


SANTIAGO - I have taken the irreversible decision to be a part of the first group of earthlings that will move to Mars.

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Traditional Argentinian dishes (here, empanadas) tend to be somewhat heavy...

It's Heritage Vs. Health In Argentina's Gastronomical Battle

BUENOS AIRES – Eating is no longer just the primitive act of satiating hunger. It is a process that includes production, consumption, and evaluation for preparation of the next gastronomical experience.

It’s a hedonistic experience with a concern for nutritional value, especially as the ”o” word – obesity – keeps cropping up. For most people, importance is put on eating things that are healthy, tasty, and new.

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Inner Peace, Incense And Eco Warriors: Buddhism Without Borders


LUMBINI - Happy belated birthday, Buddha! The birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama is a holiday traditionally celebrated in Mahayana Buddhism on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month. This year it fell on May 17, and that got the peace and party started from Sioux City to Sri Lanka.

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Fiji in Melanesia, South Pacific Ocean
New Caledonia

The 'Micro' Pacific Islands Paying The Price Of Major Environmental Abuse

From Fiji to the Marshall Islands, it's time to react to the effects left by emissions from large industrialized nations.

NOUMEA - The constellation of islands and atolls scattered across a vast swath of the Pacific Ocean micro-states are among those most exposed to the consequences of global warming: ocean acidification, multiplication of natural disasters, coral reef degradation, rising sea-levels.

These little islands, which account for a total of about 10 million inhabitants, are paying for the environmental irresponsibility of the world’s great powers.

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