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Argentina's Leopoldo Luque (R) celebrates after scoring the 6-0 lead against Peru's goalkeeper Ramon Quiroga (L-down) during an Argentina '78 World Cup second-round match at Gigante de Arroyito stadium in Rosario, Argentina, June 21, 1978. EPA-EFE FILE/RA

Argentina made it back to the World Cup final after a 48-year drought with a 6-0 trouncing of Peru in a second-round match on June 21, 1978, but the host country's lopsided victory was marred by controversy.

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Melodic Contrasts

 12/07/2016 - 05:51

Adele vs. Beyoncé. Traditional vs Experimental. Unifier vs. Controversial.

The two famous Pop divas hold most of the nominations for the 2017 Grammy awards, despite their apparently opposite styles.

Adele's success is based on her appealing traditionalism. Her music acts as a unifier, making songs for kids and grandparents, pop obsessives and pop skeptics", reports The Atlantic. 

Beyoncé by contrast has lately been on a politically charged experimental kick, riling up what’s left of the American monoculture via racially conscious performances at the Super Bowl. 

"Tora, Tora, Tora!"

 12/07/2016 - 05:04

On December 7, 1941 - that is, 75 years ago-  Japanese torpedoes attacked by surprise the US military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawai. “Tora, tora, tora! (Tiger, tiger, tiger), Japanese soldiers ordered in the radio.

The Japanese attack provoked the involvement of the US in the Second World War, leading to disastrous events like the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and the killings of thousands of prisoners under general Tojo.

Dead Zone

 12/07/2016 - 04:12

According to the most recent census data, the uninsured portion of the United States population has fallen to 9 percent, with the sharpest drop registered among those living in households with incomes of less than $48,600 a year (for a family of four)  or $23,760 for a single person.

Disrupting Burguers

 12/07/2016 - 03:48

Can Silicon Valley disrupt the fast-food industry? Well, for those entrepreneurs who dream to 'save the world', motivations are strong: reduce meat consumption and eliminate foods that have big environmental and social impacts, like processed food or heavy dependent on intensive agriculture.  

Abuela at 26

 12/06/2016 - 04:38

In 2015 more than 135,000 babies were born in Colombia to 15 to 19 year old mothers.

This problem has less to do with social and cultural stigmas, but with extreme poverty, says Catalina Escobar, chair of Juanfe, an non profit organization in Colombia that works with teenager mothers living in extreme poverty conditions and has saved the lives of more than 300 new-borns since its foundation, in 2001.

Burning Man

 12/06/2016 - 04:08

Klaus Schwab wakes up every day at 6 am, then goes swimming, has breakfast with her wife and walks 5 minutes to his office, in Geneva. An ordinary and humble routine for one of the most influent men in the world.

Authoritarian Fashionistas

 12/05/2016 - 05:50

Fidel Castro has died, but we will not forget his cigars and his popular Adidas tracksuits.

Every political leader has it’s own fashion style. Qaddafi used to wear pilot sunglasses, Mao had his popular Chinese Liberation Army suit.

The Atlantic explores the fashion style of current living dictators, like Alexander Lukashenko, known as Europe’s last dictator, who dresses in sharkskin suits, greatcoats, military uniforms.

Nicolas Maduro, from Venezuela, frequently wears a jacket in the colours of the Venezuelan flag and track pants, imitating his predecessor.


 12/05/2016 - 05:19
A crowd gathers around flowers, notes, and candles left at the scene of the warehouse fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, USA, 04 December 2016. A fire broke out in the warehouse during a musical performance on 02 December 2016. At least 33 people are confired dead, according to officials. EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO

At least 33 people were killed in a deadly fire that started during a ‘secret’ concert in the East Oakland warehouse (California), last Friday.

The 10,000 –square-foot building , known locally as the Oakland Ghost Ship, an artists collective, was full with old furniture and religious statues, musical instruments, velvet cushions, hanging lamps and spiritual tchotchkes.

Feeling the FIL

 12/02/2016 - 06:37
The Guadalajara Book Fair - Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (FIL)- in México, is the most important big fair in Latin America. EFE/José Méndez

The Guadalajara Book Fair (Feria Internacional del Libro – FIL) has become the most important book fair in Latin America and the Spanish language market.

More than 800,000 people are expected to visit the fair, which this year celebrates his 30 anniversary, and will stay open until next Sunday.

Dr. Flirt

 12/02/2016 - 06:18
Bosnian football player Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha BSC) visited a refugee camp in Berlin, Germany, on November 28.  There are several initiatives coming from the civil population to help to integrate the Syrian and Iraq refugees in the German culture. EFE/Kay Nietfeld

Horst Wenzel is a 27 year old German from Dortmund who is helping refugee men from Muslim countries integrate into German society by learning how to hit on German women.

"I'd love to marry a German woman and live with her. She could help me with the language, and she knows the place and the laws much better than I do" , says Omar Mohammed, a shy 24-year-old Syrian refugee that attends ‘flirting classes” from Horst Wenzel.


 12/02/2016 - 06:03
Dakota Access Pipeline Native American protest site, on Highway 1806 near Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15th, 2016. NODAPL!. Photo: Shane Balkowitsch. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

If you are following the news about the Dakota Pipeline and youd’d like to catch up on what’s happening in Standing Rock, you need to read more about the historical underpinnings of the conflict and go back to the Founding Fathers, which sounds boring, but it’s not.

Grabaciones del desafortunado vuelo Champecoense

 12/01/2016 - 16:06
Escena del accidente en Medellín, Colombia, que cobró la vida de 71 pasajeros, incluyendo a casi todo el equipo de Fútbol Champecoense. Sólo tres personas lograron sobrevivir. Foto:EFE.

El piloto del jet que se estrelló la tarde del lunes con todo el equipo y jugadores del equipo de futbol brasilero Champecoense, dijo a la torre de control que se encontraban sin combustible.

Las grabaciones de la torre de control de tráfico muestran a un piloto que solicita permiso inmediato para aterrizar en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Medellín debido a una “falla eléctrica total” y sin combustible a ocho millas del aeropuerto.

Audio recordings from the doomed Champecoense flight

 12/01/2016 - 09:44
Crash scene in Medellin, Colombia that took the lives of 71 passengers including all but three members of the Champecoense Futbol team. Photo:EFE

The pilot of the jet that crashed Monday evening with all of the staff and players of the Brazilian Champecoense futbol team told the tower that he was out of fuel.

In the air traffic tower recordings, the pilot is heard requesting immediate permission to land at Medellin’s International Airport due to a  “total electrical failure” and no fuel eight miles from the airport.

A German joke

 12/01/2016 - 06:21
 Photo: Charlie Hebdo

On January 7 2015, two Islamic terrorists attacked the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 reporters. Terrorists claimed that the magazine cartoons mocked at Islam.

Talk to her

 12/01/2016 - 06:04
Feminist activists protesting against gender violence and femicides in Quito, Equador. EFE/José Jácome

Gender violence has become a worrying issue in Latin America, not only because of its social and Human impact, but because it has an economic cost too. The economic cost of gender violence in Latin America represents between 1% and 4% of the Latin America's GDP, according to a recent report of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Un tributo conmovedor de parte de un compañero brasilero

 11/30/2016 - 14:13
El jugador del Chelsea, David Luiz, ha enviado un tributo conmovedor a un compañero del Champecoense, quien murió junto con la mayor parte del equipo en un accidente aéreo a las afueras de Medellín, Colombia. Foto: EFE.

El Jugador del Chelsea, David Luiz, s ha tomado el accidente aéreo de Medellín (Colombia) peor que cualquier otro jugador. Luiz fue, al igual que el jugador Champecoense Arthur Maia, compañero de equipo cuando eran más jóvenes. Ambos jugadores formaron parte del equipo de fútbol de Victoria, en Salvador, Bahía.

Luiz recurrió a Instagram para expresar su dolor con un conmovedor mensaje que dice:

The voice of Cuba's future - A profile of Yoani Sánchez

 11/30/2016 - 11:11
Cuban blogger and journalist Yoani Sánchez in 2013. Photo: WIKI COMMONS

Yoani Sánchez is one of the most influent bloggers and journalists in Cuba

"#Cuba The official press says that there are few people in the street because they are gathered in their pain ... the truth is that there is fear, much fear."

"The most repeated words on public TV: eternal, always, immortal ... #LaMuerteDeFidelCastro.


A touching tribute from a fellow Brazilian

 11/30/2016 - 10:25
Chelsea player David Luiz, sent a touching tribute to a fellow Champecoense player who died with most of the team in a plane crash outside of Medellin, Colombia. Photo:EFE

Chelsea player David Luiz took the plane crash in Medellin, Colombia harder than most. Luiz, as well as Champecoense player, Arthur Maia were team players then they were younger.  Based in Salvador, Bahia Brazil, both Luiz and Arthur were part of the Vitoria soccer team.

Luiz took to Instagram to express his sorrow with a touching message that read:

Los millennials cubanos no entonarán “Viva Fidel” - Perfil de Yoani Sánchez

 11/30/2016 - 07:23
La bloguera cubana Yoani Sánchez en 2013. Foto: WIKI COMMONS
La muerte de Fidel Castro no ha sido tan trascendente para los millennials cubanos, según la conocida bloguera y periodista cubana Yoani Sánchez, una de las voces más críticas con el gobierno de la isla.

“La prensa oficial dice que hay pocas personas en la calle porque están recogidas en su dolor… lo cierto es que hay miedo, mucho miedo.”; “Las palabras más repetidas en la TV oficial: eterno, siempre, inmortal… #LaMuerteDeFidelCastro.


Amores perros

 11/30/2016 - 05:56
Mexico could ban dog fighting soon, but this brutal practice is still legal in other countries like Japan. Photo: WIKI COMMONS

Dog fighting is deeply rooted in the Mexican culture, but it could soon be banned. Last week, the Mexican Senate green-lighted draft legal reforms which would, if passed, see organization of events banned at the federal level. Animal rights activists have been fighting against dog fight for many years, arguing that the dogs are brutally treated.

Will history absolve him?

 11/29/2016 - 16:36
"History will absolve me" was the phrase that Fidel Castro used when he was condemned in a trial for the assault to the Moncada headquarters at the beginning of his political career in the 1950.

“History will absolve me”, was the phrase that Fidel Castro used when he was convicted in a trial for the assault to the Moncada barracks at the beginning of his political career in the 1950s. This story began to officially run since his decease, announced the past weekend in La Habana. This is the account of his history.


¿Lo absolverá la historia?

 11/29/2016 - 16:22
“La historia me absolverá,” fue la frase que usó Fidel Castro cuando fue condenado en un juicio por el asalto al cuartel Moncada, a principios de su carrera política en los años 50. Esa historia empezó oficialmente a correr a partir de su muerte, anunciada el fin de semana pasado en La Habana. El siguiente es el recuento de su vida.

“La historia me absolverá,” fue la frase que usó Fidel Castro cuando fue condenado en un juicio por el asalto al cuartel Moncada, a principios de su carrera política en los años 50. Esa historia empezó oficialmente a correr a partir de su muerte, anunciada el fin de semana pasado en La Habana. El siguiente es el recuento de su vida.


Two pipelines; one history

 11/29/2016 - 15:25
Protests against the building of the Dakota Pipeline in Morton County, North Dakota. 20/11/2016. EFE/Morton County Dept.

Dakota Pipeline awakes fear in the hearts 

Humans are recognized for being stubborn and unwary when it comes to learning from past defeats. The current and shaky history of the economies and policies of the United States of America is no exception to this rule.

Not only have we consciously repeated the same political judgments over and over again, but we have also forgotten that history is often corroborated factually.

Nixon and the TAPS