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A giant snail sculpture as part of the giant animal figures scattered around the Chilean capital of Santiago Chile (Chile). Oct. 25, 2018.
By EFE

These sculptures made from recycled plastic materials help carry a message about the importance of protecting native wildlife and forests. 

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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.

Puppy Saviours

 12/06/2016 - 03:28

More than 100 "homeless" dogs in Philadelphia have been saved by the Penn Vet’s Shelter Dog Specialty Medical Treatment Project, a charity program that covers the expenses needed to treat the acute medical problems of shelter dogs in order to give them a better chance of being adopted.

Dangerous Epidemic

 12/05/2016 - 05:30
For many years, Colombian cities have suffered from high rates of crime and violence.  EFE/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda

In the last decade, Latina America’s economy grew an annual 4.2 percent, and over 70 million went out of poverty. But despite a meaning reduction in income inequality and unemployment in the region, crime and urban violence rates keep at the top rates in the world, according to a report by The United Nations agency for development (UNDP).

Tinderbox

 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.

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.

The Lyon King

 12/01/2016 - 06:35
On Fidel Castro's Death, Cuba's Outsized Influence In Africa. Photo: Africapedia

While the West discusses whether Fidel Castro’s legacy was positive or negative, in Africa they feel like if they have lost a national hero. For many Africans, history has absolved Fidel Castro when it comes to Cuba’s foreign policy:

Underbanked

 12/01/2016 - 05:46
EFE/Archive

More than one-quarter of Americans don’t have adequate access to basic banking tools, such as checking accounts, credit cards, or loans for instance. Mostly all of these people belong to communities with low incomes, with less than a college degree, and minorities.

Depending on alternative products such as payday or auto loans to make ends meet, increase their risk of marginalization. 

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.

New kid in class

 11/30/2016 - 05:08
On November 19, Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos, former president of the Republican Party in Michigan, as US Secretary of Education. "Betsy DeVos is a fervent advocate of school choice, that is, that families can use public funds to take their children to private or religious schools. EFE/Aude Guerrucci / POOL

The cities and metropolitan regions that voted Democratic are increasingly the major generators of economic value and population in America. This is the case of Philadelphia and New York, for example. "So if Republicans want to convert 2016 into a longer-term triumph they too have lots of work to do", says Jeremy Nowak, president of J Nowak and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in social investment, public policy and strategic planning. According to Newak, urban education policy will be strategic for Trump to broaden his base in cities.

The Cuban doctor

 11/30/2016 - 04:39
Cuban family doctors have a key role in preserving the excellent Public Health system of the island.  Photo: Flickr/PanAmerican Health Organization

How is it possible that a Cuban citizen has a nearly identical life expectancy to an American, despite widespread poverty in his country and costing the government one tenth of the cost compared to an American? (Cuba spends just $813 per person annually on health care compared with America’s $9,403).  The difference comes back to the basic fact that in Cuba, health care is protected under the constitution as a fundamental human right. Also, as a poor country, Cuba can’t afford to waste money on health care.

Blessed, but not Saved

 11/27/2016 - 16:41
According to the police, some estimated 400 protesters attempted to breach the bridge, which was blocked since late October, near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline, north on highway 1806. EFE/EPA/MORTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT 

The demonstrations by native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline will surely be remembered as a landmark in relations between Christianity – especially the Catholic church– and indigenous people. The Christian clergy have been attending the voice of protests of over 200 indigenous groups since the polemic Pipeline project begun. Catholic church is very engaged in this cause, given that Pope Francis called for a rapid switch away from fossil fuels in his environmental encyclical.

How do we do that?

 11/27/2016 - 15:54
Bernie Sanders in the South Bronx, on March 31st, 2016. Photo: Michael Vadon/WIKI COMMONS

What happens when an artist tries to understand a politician? Famous film-maker Spike Lee interviews Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss Donald Trump victory, what the Democrats did wrong, and how the US is going to survive 2017.

Spike Lee: Let me ask you another question. How can you tell another country that they’ve got to pay for a wall? Or fences? How does that work?

Improvised Salsa

 11/27/2016 - 15:47
 A man pays tribute to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the Embassy of Cuba in Hanoi, Vietnam, 28 November 2016. Former Cuban President Fidel Castro died at the age of 90, in Cuba, on 25 November 2016. EPA/LUONG THAI LINH

Following Obama's open policy and the recent death of Fidel Castro, there should be a new chance to reduce tensions between the US and China. But it doesn't look lite it. Raúl Castro’s plans to secure the legacy of his brother’s 1959 Cuban Revolution appear to be contradictory with the incoming Trump administration, whose top members said Sunday that Cuba would have to make significant “changes” in order for the normalization path charted by President Obama to continue. Both Castros have long insisted they would never kneel to American pressure.

More than Maple leafs

 11/22/2016 - 15:17
Cannabis Station, a medical marijuana dispensary located at the intersection of Lawrence Street and 20th Avenue in Denver, Colorado. The shop occupies a former gas station. JEFFREY BEALL / WIKI COMMONS

Last week, marijuana stocks in Canada skyrocketed suddenly, despite evident indications that the government plans to go slow in its promise to legalize recreational marijuana use (scheduled for next Spring). The increases may have gotten a boost from pot legalization votes in four U.S. states, Colorado and Oregon. In Canada, marijuana comes under federal jurisdiction, unlike in the United States, where regulation is shared by the states and federal government.

The Price is Right

 11/22/2016 - 15:07
The Holiday Season has arrived and many people get stressed when it comes to decide how much to spend on presents. The Internet is full of guidelines to help you not to collapse, mentally and economically. EFE/ERIK S. LESSER

Time for shopping is around the corner, but you don’t need to bankrupt to show off how generous you are. This accurate guideline made by etiquette experts on how much to spend on holiday gifts based on who you are shopping for will help you: Siblings and cousins: $20 and up; Nieces and nephews: $25 and up (what about asking the parents about making a contribution to the child’s college fund?). Ups. Sorry for your close friends and coworkers: assign $15, for them; while for your  in-laws: $20 and up.

Get Hygge With It!

 11/21/2016 - 14:51
Hygge, which means coziness and good spirits in Danish, is a new world trend. Photo: Wiki Commons

Kill the Hipster in you. Forget about your Hipster bars, your Hipster clothes, your hipster way of life. “Hygge” ,  Danish for coziness and good spirits, has been listed as a “word of the year” by both the Collins and Oxford dictionaries – alongside Brexit and Trumpism – in the lexicographers’ annual public-relations exercise. Christmas markets, wool socks, friendly hugs. Hygge is, then, a retreat, an escape, a turning-inwards.

Flying High

 11/20/2016 - 17:20
Drones can have very different uses, from military to health and medical uses like the one in the photo (it carries an automatic defibrillator). However, drug dealers in Panama are using them to smuggle cocaine from Colombia. EFE/David Fernández

Colombia’s drug dealers are using drones to transport drugs to Panama. On Nov. 15, Colombian authorities confiscated one such vehicle, which they suspect was being used to ferry small shipments of cocaine from a jungle region in Colombia to the neighboring country. As reported in Quartz

 

Una reparación histórica

 02/10/2017 - 20:41

Paraguay entregó el viernes por primera vez los restos de cuatro personas desaparecidas durante la dictadura militar a sus familiares, en una ceremonia que pretende sanar el pasado y ajustar el presente de tantos civiles que aún esperan justicia y apoyo por parte del gobierno, según reporta Reuters.

Estos son los primeros restos en ser identificados en el país que vivió bajo la dictadura del general Alfredo Stroeesner entre 1954 y 1989. Hoy en día siguen habiendo centenares de desaparecidos.

El pueblo Mexicano responde al muro

 02/02/2017 - 15:30
El pueblo Mexicano responde al muro

Mientras los bandos políticos se enredan en debates económicos y en suspensión de reuniones diplomáticas, el pueblo mexicano ha recurrido a las redes sociales para responder ante las medidas radicales del presidente estadounidense Donald J. Trump.

“AdiósStarbucks” y “AdiósProductosGringos” son las tendencias más populares en las redes sociales, según reporta CNN en Español.

¡Mujeres a la carga!

 01/17/2017 - 17:33

Cientos de personas están dispuestas a marchar este sábado en Washington D.C. en protesta a la inauguración del Presidente Electo Donald J. Trump.

Entre las múltiples organizaciones que han confirmado su participación, la Marcha de Mujeres es una de las más representativas del momento. Con la aparición de Linda Sarsour y Carmen Perez en el CNN Newsroom, la manifestación de mujeres en contra del que pareciera ser el presidente más misógino de la historia de los Estados Unidos, cobra fuerza.

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