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THE ORIGINAL NATIVES : The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before

June 24, 2014 4:03 PM ET

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Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans.Hansi Lo Wang/NPR

Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes once lived.

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans.

As a teenager, Carapella says he could never get his hands on a continental U.S. map like this, depicting more than 600 tribes — many now forgotten and lost to history. Now, the 34-year-old designs and sells maps as large as 3 by 4 feet with the names of tribes hovering over land they once occupied.

Carapella has desig…

COOKING THE BOOKS : Turkey Sells 200 Tons of Secret Gold to Iran

By Mehul Srivastava and Isobel Finkel 

 Jun 25, 2014 2:00 PM PT

Photographer: Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo

Former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan in Ankara, Turkey on May 5.

As the minister in charge of Turkey’s $800 billion economy in 2013, Zafer Caglayan was facing a series of numbers that didn’t bode well for coming elections. Inflation was up, growth was slowing and the lira was weakening.

One key measure of financial health was particularly worrisome: the country was importing far more goods, services and capital than it was sending abroad. By October, when he was interviewed by a local CNBC affiliate, Caglayan described the gap as unsustainable and said the government would take steps to improve it.

What he didn’t mention was a clandestine export-boosting operation started up more than a year before that was helping to solve the trade imbalance.

At the time of the television appearance, it was still underway. Three weeks before, Caglayan had been secretly taped by national-police investi…

BENEBION (Mexico) : Irradiation brings new opportunities

06/25/2014 05:01:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Irradiation offers grower-shippers different options than hot water baths, according to Arved Deecke, founder of the Benebion irradiation facility in Matehuala, Mexico.

“Heat destroys the ripening process of a mango so the ripening stagnates and mangoes can develop a condition called ‘shrunken shoulders’ during certain parts of the season. Irradiation doesn’t cause that at all,”
Deecke said.

In addition, irradiated mangoes have a longer shelf life, according to Deecke.

“I’ve had seasoned buyers at supermarkets not believe the state of the fruit after a month in storage,”
he said.

The sugar level of irradiated mangoes is also a common argument for the process.

“Tree-ripened mangoes can provide a honey-like fruit that’s very sweet, sometimes with a brix level of 18. It’s difficult to get a mango through a hot water bath with anything above a brix level of 14,”
Deecke said.

However, perhaps one especially exciting aspect is that the process will allow for m…

2014 MEXICO MANGO SEASON : Mother Nature throws mango deal a curve

06/25/2014 09:21:00 AM
Andy Nelson

Courtesy Central American Produce

Extreme weather is putting a serious dent in Mexican mango volumes, with rising prices the result.

This could be the first year in several years where Mexican growth is flat rather than trending up, said Chris Ciruli, partner in Nogales, Ariz.-based Ciruli Bros. LLC.

“Production will drop off way faster than it should before the Fourth of July,”
Ciruli said.

 “Prices are coming up, and overall it should be a very, very short late deal.”

A “feast or famine” weather pattern was responsible for much of the volume dropoff, Ciruli said, with heavy rains affecting Nayarit production and drought cutting into supplies in Sinaloa and Los Mochis.

In the second half of June, Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Central American Produce was wrapping up its Mexican tommy atkins mango deal and transitioning into mainly kents from Nayarit, said Sabine Henry, saleswoman.

As it has been from the beginning of the Mexican season, Central American and othe…