Salmon’s Upstream Battle As The Last True Wild Food

NEWTOK, AK – JULY 01: Joseph John Jr. and his son Jeremiah John haul in nets while salmon fishing on July 1, 2015 in Newtok, Alaska. (Photo Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) “Salmon, like people, take their strength from their diversity,” noted 2016 James Beard nominated author and wild foods enthusiast Langdon Cook while walking under the canopy of Seattle’s hidden wonder Seward Park. Like many living in the Pacific Northwest, Cook has loving if not protective feelings about the diminishing world populations of this beloved wild catch. “I had a special feeling for salmon because…

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Aleppo Syria battle: Evacuation of rebel-held east

Nearly 1,000 civilians and 26 wounded people have been evacuated in buses and ambulances from a besieged rebel-held enclave in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it expects this number to double by the end of the day. Government forces, backed by Russian allies, took nearly all remaining rebel-held parts of Aleppo this week after a four-year battle. It represents a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad. The evacuation of civilians, rebels and their families had been due to take place on…

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#FuturesUnderFire: Syria’s Battle for Education

In Syria today, one in every three schools across the country has been damaged, destroyed, taken over as shelter, or used for military purposes. This year alone, at least 45 attacks against education have already been documented by NGOs and education actors working in Syria. That amounts to an attack against education every seven days. Though, the actual number is predicted to be considerably higher. Attacks on education can take many forms, from the bombardment of school buildings and educational infrastructure, to the overrunning or closing down of schools, even targeted…

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Mosul battle: Iraqi special forces enter city limits

Iraqi forces have for the first time entered the eastern outskirts of Mosul, as they attempt to drive Islamic State (IS) militants from the northern city. A BBC correspondent travelling with the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) troops says they are facing fierce resistance as they push into the Kukjali area. Rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine-guns are being fired at them. Units of the army’s ninth division are meanwhile said to be bearing down on south-eastern districts of the city. On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the 3,000 to 5,000…

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Mosul battle: IS ‘loses hundreds of fighters’ – US generals

Hundreds of Islamic State militants are thought to have been killed since Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake Mosul last week, the US military says. Two generals said the jihadist group had suffered the losses as troops and allied fighters, backed by US-led air strikes, advanced on several axes. Up to 5,000 IS fighters were believed to be in Mosul ahead of the assault. Despite the territorial gains, commanders have warned that securing Mosul could take weeks, if not months. Battle for Mosul: The story so far Four ways…

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New York Today: Battle of the Food Trucks

Good morning on this luscious Friday. The Academy Awards are for film. The Tonys, for theater. And the Vendy Awards? They are “the Oscars of food for the real New York,” according to the celebrity chef Mario Batali. The annual street food competition — now in its 12th year — returns to Governors Island on Saturday, bringing together about two dozen top food trucks out of the more than 10,000 street vendors across the city. Among the awards up for grabs: best dessert; best vegan; rookie vendor of the year;…

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