France’s Agony Over Sub Deal Couldn’t Be Helped for 09/23/2021

About France and its submarines: Australia’s decision to cancel a $60 billion contract to buy them and purchase American nuclear subs instead had to hurt. In response, France’s foreign minister called the U.S.-backed move a “stab in the back,” and President Emmanuel Macron recalled his ambassadors from both Washington and Canberra.
The backstory should take precedence over the drama flowing from the rift between America and its oldest ally. It centers on a growing alarm at Chinese aggression in the Pacific and how seriously the U.S.

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The problem with the EPA’s pesticide politics

If you’re a regular consumer of memes, then you’ve likely heard of the widely used herbicide atrazine. Conspiracy theory broadcaster Alex Jones mentioned the chemical in a now-viral segment claiming it “turns the frog gay.” Jones had based his claims on research by a Berkeley biology professor named Tyrone Hayes. In 2002, Hayes published a study that claimed to find “hermaphroditic, demasculinized frogs after exposure to the herbicide atrazine at low ecologically relevant doses.

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Nothing threatens Putin’s regime more than Ukraine

ANALYSIS/OPINION:
During a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House earlier this month, President Biden “firmly committed” to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and “Euro-Atlantic aspiration.” The U.S. reaffirmed Ukraine’s right to decide its own foreign policy without foreign interference.  Donbass; and seized Ukrainian vessels and sailors in the Kerch straight.

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What the Peace Corps meant to me

It wasn’t until I returned home from the Peace Corps that I noticed the Senegalese restaurant down the street. I instantly knew this was somewhere I could speak Wolof, to the confused delight of the kitchen staff.
I joined the Peace Corps in 2018 for the opportunities: to experience West Africa, to improve my foreign language skills, and to do some meaningful work along the way. I never thought lessons learned there would be applicable back home. But here I was, in my hometown of Cincinnati, speaking Wolof with a set of neighbors I had never known I had before.

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Mystery Amnesia Woman in Croatia Was Hollywood Jeweler to the Stars

Two Los Angeles residents believe they have solved the mystery of Croatia’s Jane Doe—identifying the woman who was found wrapped in a sheet on a rocky island who spoke perfect English but did not know her own name.
Nina Smidt told The Daily Beast that the scratched-up woman pictured in photos that flashed around the globe this week was Daniela Adamcova, who had worked as an artisan at a company where she was a manager in 2015. She had been placed there by a non-profit that helps the homeless, Smidt said.

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Mystery Amnesia Woman in Croatia Was Hollywood Jeweler to the Stars

Two Los Angeles residents believe they have solved the mystery of Croatia’s Jane Doe—identifying the woman who was found wrapped in a sheet on a rocky island who spoke perfect English but did not know her own name.
Nina Smidt told The Daily Beast that the scratched-up woman pictured in photos that flashed around the globe this week was Daniela Adamcova, who had worked as an artisan at a company where she was a manager in 2015. She had been placed there by a non-profit that helps the homeless, Smidt said.

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The false promise of massive tree-planting campaigns

On November 11, 2019, volunteers planted 11 million trees in Turkey as part of a government-backed initiative called Breath for the Future. In one northern city, the tree-planting campaign set the Guinness World Record for the most saplings planted in one hour in a single location: 303,150.
“By planting millions of young trees, the nation is working to foster a new, lush green Turkey,” Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said when he kicked off the project in Ankara.
Less than three months later, up to 90 percent of the saplings were dead, the Guardian reported.

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The false promise of massive tree-planting campaigns

On November 11, 2019, volunteers planted 11 million trees in Turkey as part of a government-backed initiative called Breath for the Future. In one northern city, the tree-planting campaign set the Guinness World Record for the most saplings planted in one hour in a single location: 303,150.
“By planting millions of young trees, the nation is working to foster a new, lush green Turkey,” Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said when he kicked off the project in Ankara.
Less than three months later, up to 90 percent of the saplings were dead, the Guardian reported.

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The sad, predictable limits of America’s “economic recovery”

Part of the Recovery Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world.

Cassie Norris is stuck in what can feel like an inescapable poverty trap.
Her family hasn’t been able to afford child care, so she watches the kids — ages 1, 2, 5, and 9 — during the day while her husband goes to work for a little more than minimum wage as a small-engine salesman and technician at a local shop. She’s depressed and desperate to start working again, but it would cost hundreds of dollars to send their youngest children to day care while she looks for a job.

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The sad, predictable limits of America’s “economic recovery”

Part of the Recovery Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world.

Cassie Norris is stuck in what can feel like an inescapable poverty trap.
Her family hasn’t been able to afford child care, so she watches the kids — ages 1, 2, 5, and 9 — during the day while her husband goes to work for a little more than minimum wage as a small-engine salesman and technician at a local shop. She’s depressed and desperate to start working again, but it would cost hundreds of dollars to send their youngest children to day care while she looks for a job.

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