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STRATFOR: The Other Consequences of Fast and Furious ...

July 12, 2012 | 0900 GMT





Stratfor

By Scott Stewart





On the night of Dec. 14, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed while on patrol in an Arizona canyon near the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Two guns found at the scene were linked to an investigation being run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) called "Operation Fast and Furious," sparking a congressional inquiry into the program and generating considerable criticism of the ATF and the Obama administration.


 Because of this criticism, in August 2011 ATF acting director Kenneth Melson was reassigned from his post and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was forced to resign.




Currently, the congressional inquiry is focused on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been accused of misleading Congress about what he knew about Fast and Furious and when he learned it. The Obama administration has invoked executive privilege to block the release of some of the Department of Justice emails an…

JAPAN FANCY: A Guide to Kyoto's Nishiki Market ...

In Kyoto’s four-hundred-year-old Nishiki Market, it’s not enough for the food to taste better than it does anywhere else—it has to look better than it does anywhere else as well. Hanya Yanagihara snacks her way through one of Japan’s most iconic markets, a place where the seafood may be displayed like precious jewelry…but it’s yours for the scarfing for just a few dollars



ByHANYA YANAGIHARA

JULY 2012 ISSUE








As city rivalries go, Tokyo versus Kyoto seems like a pretty unfair matchup. 

Tokyo, after all, is the world’s largest metropolis and by far Japan’s most populous city, with 13.2 million residents. 


Kyoto, on the other hand, is a town of 1.5 million, a place beloved not for its go-all-night sleeplessness but its quiescence: In pockets of Kyoto, you can see Japan as it was centuries ago, as if modernity itself were a simple inconvenience, something to be adapted or ignored as chosen. 




Tokyo may have the bulk, and the bustle, and the buzz, but Kyoto? Well, Kyoto has the bona fides. This is,…

FAVORITE RECIPES ABOUND AS MANGO SEASON HITS FULL STRIDE IN SOUTH FLORIDA ...

A fruitful season
Mangoes are plentiful, so we're serving up great ways to use them









Michael Jasa and Jenny Klimova display one of their favorite mango creations, the Crab-mango-stack. (Robert Duyos, Sun Sentinel / July 12, 2012)




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Recipe: Ingrid Hugel's mango chutney
Recipe: Liz Best's mango barbecue sauce
Recipe: Michael Jasa and Jenny Klimova's crab-avocado-mango stack salad

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Mangos
Palm Beach (Palm Beach, Florida)


By Jan Norris, Correspondent

July 12, 2012






It's raining mangoes all over South Florida. Those with a super bounty of the tropical fruits are struggling to keep up as backyard trees as well as commercial groves yield one of the biggest crops in years.





Mango lovers can thank a mild winter that pushed blooms out two months ahead of time. "We haven't had any freezes and it wasn't as windy. They started flowering very early this year — we had blooms in February," said Arthur Kierstein, who works with commercial mango growers through the Ins…

HURRICANE FABIO DOWNGRADES OFF MEXICO'S COAST ...

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center



Hurricane Fabio is centered tonight over the eastern North Pacific Ocean more than 650 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. 



The expected weakening trend began Sunday afternoon with maximum sustained winds having decreased to 100 mph - a Category Two hurricane on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. 

Additional weakening is forecast and Fabio will likely become a tropical storm on Monday. 


It is not a threat to land.



Get the latest on this tropical cyclone, including graphics, by visiting the NHC website at www.hurricanes.gov






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