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NARCO ESTADO DE CUBAZUELA : Maduro castiga a Colombia para proteger al Cartel de los Soles

Pugna por extradición de narcotraficantes domina agenda de conversaciones entre Bogotá y Caracas

Extraditables podrían dar detalles sobre operaciones de narcotráfico de militares

Régimen venezolano ve extradiciones como una traición por parte de Santos

Un niño colombiano cruza el jueves el río Táchira, en la frontera con Venezuela, con la asistencia de un efectivo de la policía de Colombia. LUIS ACOSTA AFP/Getty Images


La reciente decisión de Bogotá de entregar a la justicia estadounidense a dos presuntos narcotraficantes que operaban con el venezolano Cartel de los Soles amenaza la posición interna de algunos de los personajes más poderosos dentro del chavismo, dijeron personas familiarizadas con la situación al explicar que las extradiciones son la principal razón que llevó al gobernante Nicolás Maduro a emprender la deportación masiva de colombianos en la frontera.

Las extradiciones, aprobadas por el presidente Juan Manuel Santos pese a las…

EL NINO 2015 - 2016 : Beware the return of the world’s most powerful climatic phenomenon

El Niño
Bringing up baby

Aug 22nd 2015 | From the print edition

IT IS a long way from the western Pacific Ocean to the flooded streets of Buenos Aires where, this month, the city’s Good Samaritans have been distributing food and candles by kayak after some unseasonably heavy rain. 

But there is a link. Its name is El Niño.

El Niño (Spanish for “The Boy”) is a Pacific-wide phenomenon that has global consequences.

 An El Niño happens when warm water that has accumulated on the west side of the Pacific floods eastward with the abatement of the westerly trade winds which penned it up. (The long, dark equatorial streak on the map above, which shows sea-surface temperatures for August 10th-16th, indicates this.) 

The trade winds, and their decrease or reversal, are part of a cycle called ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation—see article).

The consequences of this phase of ENSO include heavy rain in south-eastern South America, western North America and eastern Africa, and drought in Australia, India a…


How China's Currency Policies Will Change the World


AUGUST 26, 2015 | 09:00 GMT 

Chinese 100-yuan notes in Beijing on Aug. 25. (FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)


The recent fluctuations in China's currency typify the best and worst of a globalized world, where developments in one place can instantly change the political and financial calculations of governments in others.

 For most of human history, the communities, cultures and economies of the world existed independently of one another, separated as they were by vast distances and difficult terrain.

 It would, for instance, take months or even years for news of China to reach Europe across the great Silk Road trading route during the height of its use some 1,000 years ago. Even then, the communities along that route could hardly be considered entirely coherent.

But that is clearly no longer the case. And now, as China continues to adjust the yuan, markets throughout the world will react accordingly, even as they react differently. 


There were several reasons behind C…

EU IMPORTER : "The future will show who the best mango ripeners are"

Special Fruit focuses on 100% fibre-less mangoes

Special Fruit has mangoes year round from various origins. 

Francois de Rooij is the mango specialist for Special Fruit; he talks about how they work from the beginning stages of plantation, all the way through to ripening:

"We source mangoes year round from 14 different countries. In terms of volume, we have an average of approximately 120-150 tons per week. That is more than 6,500 tons per year. Almost all of our mangoes are sold to Western European retailers. Most of our customers are in Benelux, Scandinavia and Germany. Compared to unripened products, the volume of our ready-to-eat products (RTE) is growing annually."

By Boat

Special Fruit focuses on mangoes, which are shipped by boat:

"Shipping is more sustainable and cheaper than flying the fruit. Right now there is a lot of supply from Israel. The West African season has just ended. Israel has a total of eight weeks on the market and will continue until early October. Is…