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US, China Step up Race for Rare-earth Dominance

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Washington is seeking to thwart China’s near control over the sector

A bipartisan piece of legislation to be introduced in the US Senate on Friday would force defense contractors to stop buying rare earth minerals from China by 2026, Reuters reports.

The bill will also require the use of the Pentagon to create a permanent stockpile of the strategic minerals. It essentially uses the Pentagon

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Dutch Ice Queen Eyes Olympic Glory After Latest Success

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The speed skating sensation has more than 2 million followers on Instagram and is aiming to make her mark at the Olympics

New European speed skating champion Jutta Leerdam is targeting gold for the Netherlands at the Beijing Winter Games in February ? and wants her sporting brilliance to eclipse her social media stardom.

The 23-year-old was one of the leading stars of Dutch dominance at the

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Global Financial Body Issues Forecast on Pandemic Recovery

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World Economic Forum says the road to global post-pandemic recovery will be long and bumpy

New research from the World Economic Forum (WEF) warns that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic may take years to reign in and sheds light on major concerns regarding the future from the globe’s economic elite.

“Covid-19 and its economic and societal consequences continue to pose a critical threat to

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Drugs, Hangouts, Parties and Radiohead: the Story of ‘Robin,’ the Animated Series You Should’ve Watched by Now

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By Hernan Panessi via El Planteo.

There was a time when cartoons rehearsed speeches against the grain of good manners, where the cheekiness broke the prevailing norms and where new narratives full of incorrectness, sex, drugs and vagrancy appeared. Why, 25 years after its premiere, do some people still remember Robin, the wonderful creation of the Swedish animator Magnus Carlsson?

In the story, Robin is a slacker who lives in a bare apartment, takes any casual job, likes to party and hang around with Benjamin, his heavy-drinker best friend.

Over the course of 30 self-contained episodes full of slice-of-life, Robin’s misadventures almost always end up in the same place: doing nothing constructive with his life.

The series first aired on Sweden’s SVT1. In Latin America, the Robin series was broadcast on the legendary Locomotion TV channel. In total, it was broadcast to some 50 countries. “It’s great that people still like it,” Magnus tells El Planteo.

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At the time, Robin mixed a certain lack of prejudice with a strong underground spirit, compressing a dry story and novel that captivated people across generations with slices of mundane realism.

In addition, among its curiosities, in Latin America, the voice of the character was provided by Mario Castañeda himself, known for dubbing Goku in Dragon Ball Z.

“People like nostalgia. The older you get, the more nostalgic you become. Those who remember Robin from when they were kids or teenagers are now middle-aged adults and want to remember things the way they used to be,” he continues.

Magnus, the artist

However, it’s hard to argue that Robin was his most recognized work in the world, as Magnus Carlsson is also the author behind Three Amigos and Jerry, aired on ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC)’s Nickelodeon and Jetix, and Lisa, seen on AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)’s Cartoon Network …

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