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Wedding Rings Lost in Shipwreck Will Be Returned to Migrant Couple

The red backpack had been floating for two weeks in the central Mediterranean between Libya and Italy when a rescue boat came across it. Inside, along with clothes and some notes in Arabic, was a simple treasure: two wedding rings engraved with hearts and the names Ahmed and Doudou.

For rescuers with Open Arms, a nongovernmental organization that picks up migrants making the perilous journey by boat to Europe, the discovery on Nov. 9 was “like a punch,” Riccardo Gatti, the director of Open Arms Italy, said by telephone on Thursday.

Wreckage found later on the day of the discovery only heightened their dread. “We didn’t know if it belonged to someone that died or had a shipwreck — or someone alive,” Mr. Gatti said. “Without knowing anything, you’re holding a piece of a story of someone.”

It might have remained yet another presumed loss in the notoriously perilous Mediterranean crossing that migrants from North Africa have made to reach Europe. “Who are Ahmed and Doudou?” the Italian newspaper La Repubblica asked.

But in an unusual stroke of luck, the rings will be reunited with their owners, an Algerian couple who survived a capsizing in late October in a boat from Libya and were found two weeks ago by Doctors Without Borders representatives who have been providing support to the migrants in a reception center in Sicily.

When they saw pictures of the newly found rings, they “couldn’t believe it,” the couple, who declined to provide their last names for privacy reasons, said in a statement provided by the organization.

The rings were broken, and Ahmed 25, and Doudou, 20, had wanted to repair them after arriving in Europe. “We had lost everything, and now the few things we had set out with have been found,” they said.

The couple are among 15 survivors of a boat that left Zawiya on the coast of Libya in October. After a two-day journey in the Mediterranean without food or water, the boat ran out of fuel about 40 miles from the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to Doctors Without Borders. As the weather worsened, a wave capsized the ship and five people died, including a 2-year-old girl.

It is one of at least nine vessels carrying migrants that have sunk in the central Mediterranean since Oct. 1, according to the International Organization for Migration, a United Nations agency. In one sinking this month, at least 74 migrants in a boat from Libya drowned, and in total at least 900 have died this year while trying to reach Europe.

More than 11,000 others intercepted at sea have been returned to Libya, exposing them to possible human rights abuses, the U.N. agency said.

Passing fishermen rescued Ahmed and Doudou from the ocean, and the pair were put into quarantine as a coronavirus prevention measure before being moved to a reception center in Agrigento, Sicily. The backpack and the clothes inside have been washed and will be returned to the couple as soon as possible, Mr. Gatti said.

While they were happy about the discovery, Ahmed, Doudou and others from their boat were still in shock and processing the trauma, said Ahmad Al Rousan, a mediator with Doctors Without Borders.

They are also haunted by the loss of their five companions’ lives.

“They are still asking themselves if there was any other possibility to help the others,” Mr. Al Rousan said. One of the survivors, a 9-year-old boy, lost his mother and his sister, he said.

“We are very happy,” the couple added in their statement, “but we are still mourning our friends who didn’t make it.”

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He may have lost, but Donald Trump does not intend to go quietly

The most immediate concern, of course, is vengeance. Trump is preoccupied this weekend with attacking Republican governors who he sees as not doing as much as they should be to overturn their states’ elections to reinstall him as Dear Leader Because Reasons. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who is now being accused by Trump “lawyer” Sidney Powell of taking money to rig the election against Trump, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who called Joe Biden the “president-elect” on live television despite Trump insisting that every member of the Republican Party pretend that Biden didn’t win, so as to better prop up Trump’s anti-reality propaganda claims.

Trump has been threatening to campaign against Republicans who have wronged him even after he has left office, so this may be an interesting first test of those capabilities. Trump television labrador Sean Hannity and other pro-fascist pundits are eagerly following Trump’s lead in bashing Kemp, especially. Things may be different when Trump has fled to Mar-a-Lago, or they may not. One gets the feeling that Hannity, especially, finds Trump so enormously useful that he will let Trump dictate his show’s compulsions for years to come. Their relationship is, shall we say, fuhrer-ous.

Whether he has won or has lost, however, Trump genuinely believes himself to be the fascist leader of a Republican Party that has been remade around his own perversions, and both he and his allies have taken extraordinary steps to purge the disloyal and reality-based from both government positions and from positions in the Party’s leadership. Trump loyalist Ronna Romney McDaniel, the current Republican National Committee chair, has made it known that she intends to run to keep her position in January—with Donald Trump’s support. While she herself insists that she does not intend to use that post to help ensure that a Trump 2024 presidential run is boosted over that of any would-be Republican challengers, everyone who has allied themselves with Trump has proven to be unrelenting liars and few members of the party, if any, actually believe her.

That leads, then, to the elephant in the, er, elephant: Trump does seem quite interested in running for the presidency again, in 2024, or at least pretending to. The New York Times outlines some of the steps Trump has taken to keep Republican Party control in his own short-fingered hands for at least that long, and the difficulties the party will have in removing him. By diving down even into state Republican Party officials to install loyalists, Trump’s allies have attempted to ensure there is simply nobody of consequence left in the party who could stand up to him, even if someone wanted to.

That power, especially if abetted by a Trump-loyal party chair like Romney McDaniel, means the likely kneecapping of any Republican who imagines themselves a presidential contender, in 2024. They are all hostage to Trump’s own decision to run, or not to run. And it’s in Trump’s interest to “run” for the nomination whether he’s sincere about it or not. Trump is not relevant unless he expresses a desire for additional power; if there is anything Trump absolutely must have, as an addled malignant narcissist obsessed with nothing else, it is relevance.

Trump needs to run for office to maintain relevance. He also needs it to continue raking in cash from his base of compulsive deplorables; while he may not be able to spend that money directly on himself without risking jail time (not that such niceties were observed when he was running his now shut-down family “charity”), it will remain an essential resource for Trump’s myriad legal defenses. Expect Trump to bleed those campaign funds to pay whatever bills need paying, and approximately forever.

It’s absolutely assured, then, that Trump will at least go through the motions of a new presidential run, and likely before Biden has even assumed office. This will sabotage every other Republican contender, depriving the party of even the pretense of “moving on” from their fascist moment. It may or may not work to exacerbate the right-wing terrorism already threatening to erupt after Trump’s loss, but Trump will not give a flying damn about that.

In the end, however, Trump is Trump. He can operate only within the narrow limits of his own ability, and cannot, literally cannot, learn new tricks. He is played out.

The Washington Post gives us its own look inside Trump’s orbit and head, and there are no particular surprises. The Post confirms that Trump has told “confidants” that he may announce a 2024 campaign “before the end of this year.” And it gives an honest appraisal of what’s coming next.

“Trump also has been exploring ways to make money for relatively little work,” says the Post, “such as giving paid speeches to corporate groups or selling tickets to rallies. In addition, he may try to write a score-settling memoir of his time as president and appear on television, in a paid or unpaid capacity.”

Yeah, that sounds about right. Trump will do what he literally always has done: Find ways to make money without having to work, mostly by licensing his name to the highest bidder. We’ll likely get a new Book of Eternal Grievances, thanks to some ghostwriter willing to listen to him drone on for however many hundreds of hours that will take, which will be inflicted on us as pseudo-autobiography. And, most importantly, Trump intends to give shouting speeches to adoring crowds from now until eternity. It’s his thing. Without it, he would wither and die like that plant you just brought home.

What all this does mean, however, is that America’s fascist moment has not yet passed. It will continue, and with the same leader. The fascist moment will go on a speechgiving tour. The fascist moment will license itself to pillow brands and to miracle cures. The fascist movement may invent a new burger. But it will be back. There is nobody in Republicanism who will shut it down, and especially not after Republican lawmakers proved to each other, countless times, that if they were to stand up to condemn Trump there would not be a person among them who would rally to that side. They are loyalists not because they admire anything about Trump, but because their cowardice leaves them without any other option.

It is not hard to imagine every Republican that imagines themselves the next president will abandon those dreams, rather than face Trump’s insults. The 2016 crop of opponents, which included Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, shapeshifted into Trump sycophants seemingly effortlessly. The Republican Party is itself broken, no longer conservative but willingly ridiculous, deplorable, and fascist.

If there is to be opposition to a fascist return from the conservative right, it will come from a new party with a new name. Republicanism itself cannot, and will not, provide it.

There is another possibility, however, and it is one that the media is not piping up on except as hints and asides. Trump is facing unprecedented “legal” troubles because he is in unprecedented legal jeopardy. Journalists have uncovered a small mountain of apparent frauds and tax dodges, and ones that cannot be pardoned no matter how egregiously Trump misuses the ability. Attorney General William Barr has put the brakes to numerous investigations of Trump’s associates, many of which directly implicate Trump and his own family; those investigations are likely to resume, once Barr is removed from his post.

If Trump intends to stage a 2024 rematch, there is a nontrivial possibility he will be doing it while under indictment, or be recording his campaign speeches from a nation without an extradition treaty with the United States. The man is a walking crime spree. The Mueller report made it quite clear that he lied to investigators; the Roger Stone and Michael Flynn indictments have made it clear that Trump himself was either personally directing their criminal actions or was at least being made aware of them.

It’s not likely all that will be going away. But we cannot assume it, and it’s not a given. If America is going to turn back a tide of conspiracy-peddling, state-sponsored propaganda, political purges, in-office political crimes and cover-ups, calls for ethnic cleansing, violence on behalf of Dear Leader, and the rest of the fascist agenda conservative media worked diligently towards long before Trump himself captured the movement for his own self-absorbed ends, there will be no deus ex machina that does it for us. The U.S. conservative shift towards fascism did not require Trump, and it is certain to outlast him.

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Kim Kardashian On Kanye West’s Lost In The World

“For those that don’t know the story behind ‘Lost In The World’…”

In case you didn’t know, today’s the 10th anniversary of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy — the superstar’s fifth studio album and an undisputed classic.

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The album’s closing track is “Lost in the World,” a huge and epic conclusion to a massive-sounding album. If you haven’t listened to it at this point, you really should.

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Well, it turns out Kim Kardashian played a role in inspiring the song’s lyrics, as she revealed on Instagram earlier today in a post commemorating My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy‘s 10th anniversary.

“For those that don’t know the story behind ‘Lost In The World’…,” she began before unveiling how she indirectly helped break his writer’s block.

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“Kanye couldn’t come up with some of the lyrics but then realized he had them in a poem he had written me that was my birthday card he gave me for my 30th birthday.”

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“He took the poem he wrote me and made it the song. I keep everything!”

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To prove it, Kim shared the note in question on Twitter. OK, OK — we believe you!

Kanye couldn’t come up with some of the lyrics but then realized he had then in a poem he had written me that was my birthday card he gave me for my 30th birthday. He took the poem he wrote me and made it the song. I keep everything! 🎶

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So, here’s the detail that’ll really blow your mind: when My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy came out, Kardashian had been dating once-husband Kris Humphries. So Kim had inspired these lyrics before they were even romantically involved.

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Turns out their connection ran deeper than we even knew.

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China tech giants lost more than $280 billion in market value amid potential regulations

Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, speaks during his visit at the Vivatech startups and innovation fair, in Paris on May 16, 2019.

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SINGAPORE — Shares of China’s top technology giants were battered on Wednesday as regulatory concerns continue to mount.

By the Wednesday market close in Hong Kong shares of Alibaba listed in the city plunged 9.8% while Tencent dropped 7.39%. Smartphone maker Xiaomi also declined 8.18% and China’s biggest on-demand delivery services firm Meituan Dianping fell 9.67%. E-commerce giant also saw its stocks plummet 9.2%.

The broader Hang Seng Tech index was also hammered and fell 6.23% on the day to 7,465.44.

The combined losses of the five tech heavyweights since their Monday’s close has contributed to more than $280 billion being wiped off in terms of market cap at the close of the trading day in Hong Kong, based on CNBC’s calculations.

Chinese regulator — the State Administration for Market Regulation — on Tuesday announced a set of draft rules aimed at curbing monopolistic behavior on internet platforms.

The moves were possibly further exacerbated by a global rotation out of tech stocks seen globally in recent days. A positive development on the coronavirus vaccine front has spurred hopes of recovery in areas such as travel, and investors are selling down tech and switching to stocks in energy and industrial sectors instead.

Regulatory concerns

Andrew Collier, managing director at Orient Capital Research, told CNBC that the sudden decision to suspend Ant’s public listing was a “disaster.”

“You don’t yank a $35 billion IPO two days before it’s going to be launched internationally, it makes the regulatory system look completely arbitrary and also confused,” Collier told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Wednesday. Ant Group was looking to raise just under $34.5 billion in what would have been the world’s biggest IPO.

“It suggests deep politics within China … that’s bubbled to the surface and they couldn’t resolve (it) ahead of time,” Collier said. “Regulation can be positive but this particular move was a disaster.”

— CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal contributed to this report.

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Trump’s Denial is More Evident Than Ever As He Continues To Cast Doubt on Election He Lost

President Donald Trump continued to cast doubt on an election he lost even while the Biden-Harris transition team works to prepare for a peaceful transfer of power come January 20.


“WE WILL WIN!” he wrote afterward.

The president has so far refused to grant his former opponent, President-elect Joe Biden, access to federal funding and resources the incoming administration will need to start off smoothly. The action signals that the next two months will be turbulent due to the president’s refusal to concede.

Yesterday, the Justice Department’s top election crimes prosecutor stepped down after Attorney General William Barr instructed prosecutors to examine allegations of voting irregularities in key swing states.

Barr’s memo notes that while “most allegations of purported election misconduct are of such a scale that they would not impact the outcome of an election and, thus, investigation can appropriately be deferred, that is not always the case.”

“Furthermore, any concerns that overt actions taken by the Department could inadvertently impact an election are greatly minimized, if they exist at all, once voting has concluded, even if election certification has not yet been completed,” he wrote.

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Despite Food Delivery Boom, Uber Has Lost $5.8 Billion in 2020

You’re not the only one having a roller coaster of a week. On Tuesday, California voters handed San Francisco-based Uber a big ticket victory, agreeing that the gig-worker-contingent company needn’t offer its food delivery and ride-hailing drivers employee protections. It’s a decision that will save Uber millions, and sent its stock soaring by 15 percent, the highest jump it’s seen since well before the company announced its acquisition of SF-based competitor Postmates for $2.65 billion. But on Thursday, Uber announced that it lost $1.09 billion last quarter, even as its Uber Eats offering grew by a staggering 190 percent.

According to Uber’s third-quarter earnings report, which dropped after the stock market closed on November 5, Uber Eats had $8.55 billion in “gross bookings” last quarter, which shakes out to $1.14 billion in adjusted net revenue. (Adjusted net revenue, MSNBC explains, “measures revenue minus driver incentives, driver referral payments, and the cost of reimbursing drivers for Covid 19 protection equipment.) That’s a massive leap for the food delivery arm of the business, growth likely spurred as Americans sheltered in place during the pandemic.

The pandemic is also responsible for the company’s 52 percent drop in its ride-hailing business, which boasted $5.91 billion in gross revenues and $1.37 billion in ANR. That’s an aspect of the company that’s already bouncing back, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said during the company’s earnings call Thursday, with upticks in 11 of its top 15 markets across the U.S.

Of course, this poses the question of if Uber’s rising growth is an ascending rocket or a see-saw. Logic suggests that as the company’s ride-hailing business will continue to recover as more and more people leave the house — many of them dining at restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating. As that happens, one might project, food deliveries will start to drop, stymieing its food delivery gains.

That brings us to the next question: how will Uber’s eventual ownership of Postmates help stave off those losses? The deal is still under scrutiny by antitrust officials, and isn’t expected to close until mid-2021. Postmates, too, has seen its fortunes grow in the pandemic, but even then, its gains remained a fraction of Uber Eats’, generating only $160.8 million at its highest-ever point, the second quarter of 2020. If, as even Khosrowshahi suggests, the national lockdown is over and diners are again leaving their homes, Uber’s best food delivery days might be behind it — and for a company that, even after 11 years, still loses billions and billions of dollars a year, one must wonder how much further in the hole its investors will allow it to fall.

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Trump’s lost his edge on the economy and trails Biden on every other major issue

Overall, the poll gives Biden a 9-point lead among likely voters nationally, 50%-41%, but the strength of Biden’s position is built upon the issues voters care about. 

Likely voter preferences on the issues
Unifying America55%36%
law and order50%44%
Choosing a Scotus justice49%43%

Trump has been effectively neutralized on the two issues he has deliberately pushed most over the closing months of the election: the economy and law and order. The poll also found that voters broadly support passage of a new $2 trillion stimulus deal to boost the economy, 72%-21%, but Trump hasn’t had the juice to get that done amid a revolt by Senate Republicans (who would sooner die than do anything to help struggling Americans).  

But Trump’s fall on the economy could be an indication that at least half of voters now view the national economic outlook as inherently linked to how well the country is handling the pandemic. Michael Zemaitis, an independent voter in Minnesota who is supporting Biden, said he clearly believed a Democratic administration would better tackle the coronavirus than Trump has. “Once that is dealt with, the economy will fall back into line,” he said. 

Additionally, most voters reject Trump’s assertion that we’ve “turned the corner” on the pandemic, with 51% saying the worst is yet to come while just 37% believe the worst is behind us.

Trump is also losing important demographics in the poll, with 56% of women holding a “very unfavorable” view of him along with 53% of white college-educated voters. In 2016, Trump lost women by 13 points while the Times poll shows him losing them by 23 points, 35%-58%. Likewise, Trump won white college-educated voters by 3 points last cycle while he is losing them by 19 points now, 37%-56%. 

Trump won his strongest demographic—non-college whites—by 37 points in ’16. The Times poll shows him winning that bloc by just 23 points now, 36%-59%.

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Lost and listless in loss to Dolphins

Grading the Jets after their 24-0 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.


There are no words to describe how bad the Jets offense, which punted 10 times and did not reach the end zone once, was on Sunday. Adam Gase’s unit was atrocious. It padded the statistics in the fourth quarter, but did not convert its first 12 third-down tries and had six three-and-outs. QB Joe Flacco (21 of 44, 186 yards, 1 INT, 50.0 rating) did nothing in his second game as a starter. He was sacked three times and when he tried to throw deep could not set his feet because he was under pressure. The Jets rushed for 115 yards in their first game post-Le’Veon Bell.

Grade: F


I’m not sure if Miami took its foot off the gas or the Jets defense got better as the game went on, but the unit improved in the second half after giving up three first-half touchdowns. Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (18 of 27, 191 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT, 93.3 rating) looked like he might throw for six touchdowns early. CB Brian Poole made a big play before halftime to pick off Fitzpatrick and S Marcus Maye had an acrobatic interception in the second half.

Grade: C-

Special Teams

This had been one of the few bright spots for the Jets, but not on Sunday. They had two killer penalties on special teams that hurt field position early in the game. Dolphins kick returner Jakeem Grant had six returns for 83 yards. Punter Braden Mann may not be able to walk Monday after punting the ball 10 times. He also was forced to make a tackle again. Even kicker Sam Ficken missed his first field goal of the season.

Grade: F


Adam Gase and Gregg Williams deserve each other right now. Neither has his unit performing well. Gase had no answers … again. Jets CEO Christopher Johnson needs to think long and hard about whether making a change is the right move. This is not getting any better. The Jets looked lost and listless Sunday. That reflects poorly on the head coach.

Grade: F

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Has Terry Bradshaw Officially Lost It in Quarantine?!

Despite being upset about the news, Rachel remained committed to moving on throughout the episode. Her sisters even set her up on several dating apps, but between her seeing potential matches with jobs like “professional cat snuggler” and discovering Erin and Lacey made her screen name “Farm Girl,” Rachel seemed to give up hope.

Terry, as always, came in with some reassuring advice.

“Don’t let it harden your heart,” he told her. “Don’t give up on love.”

“You’re just gonna have to be patient,” Terry added, noting that while he could introduce her to a few “football guys,” he’s “honestly kind of scared” of what she’d do to them.

Meanwhile, everyone else was scared of the alleged ghost that resided in Terry’s house.

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Argentina Spied on Families of Lost Submarine Crew, Officials Say

BUENOS AIRES — In the tense months after a submarine carrying 44 crew members ​went missing in 2017, Argentina’s intelligence service illegally spied on ​their​ families​​, ​ the ​current head of the agency said on Wednesday.

Intelligence officials said the agency uncovered three hard drives that show that family members’ activities and communications had been monitored in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, where the submarine was based.

The spying was not “ordered nor authorized by any judge” and that is why it was “illegal,” said Cristina Caamaño, the head of the Federal Intelligence Agency.

“We aren’t talking about terrorists or organized criminals but rather a group of family members who were trying to locate their family members trapped in the submarine,” Ms. Caamaño said at a news conference.

“This espionage is perverse,” Ms. Caamaño said. “The state should have been giving them answers, not spying on the family members.”

Ms. Caamaño said she submitted the findings to a prosecutor who will decide whether to recommend criminal charges to a judge. Some family members said they would demand that officials be held accountable.

“People need to go to jail for this” said Andrea Mereles, whose husband, Ricardo Gabriel Alfaro Rodríguez, was aboard the submarine. “It is unforgivable.”

The accusations came as part of an investigation into the intelligence agency’s role during the previous government. President Alberto Fernández tasked Ms. Caamaño with overhauling the agency, known as the A.F.I., claiming it had long been used to keep tabs on domestic political opponents.

Members of the former administration, led by President Mauricio Macri, have broadly denied allegations that the intelligence agency was used for political ends. Neither Mr. Macri nor the former head of the agency commented on the specific accusations of spying on the families of crew members.

Acrimony between family members of the crew of the submarine, the San Juan, and Mr. Macri’s government grew as weeks and then months passed without news of the vessel’s fate. At one point several family members set up a makeshift camp outside Government House in Buenos Aires to try to get answers.

Family members had long said they suspected they were being spied on because their phones acted strangely and officials somehow were always one step ahead of them, seemingly knowing when they were going to carry out protests and which questions they were going to pose to officials.

Isabel Polo, the sister of Daniel Alejandro Polo, 32, one of the sailors aboard the San Juan, said she had thought someone had gained access to her phone, which would restart on its own, losing messages and images.

“We were demanding answers and their answer was to follow us and spy on us,” she said. “It’s so infuriating.”

Those suspicions were warranted, Ms. Caamaño said, saying that the agency had photos of agents following family members and evidence of them investigating relatives’ activity on social networks.

The documents dated from 2018 and 2019, meaning that the spying continued even after the submarine’s wreckage was found.

“Besides being absolutely illegal, this is profoundly inhumane,” Defense Secretary Agustín Rossi said at Wednesday’s news conference.

The submarine disappeared while on a routine security patrol off the coast of Patagonia on Nov. 15, 2017.

From its earliest days, the search drew attention not only in Argentina but also worldwide. The loss of life was considered the largest involving a submarine in almost two decades.

The effort to find the San Juan involved military personnel from 18 nations and was one of the largest maritime search missions in recent history, drawing about 4,000 military personnel, 28 ships and nine aircraft.

As tense days stretched into a week with little news, the family members of the sailors on board hoped for a miracle.

When the first inkling of news about the submarine’s fate finally came later that month, it was not from the Argentine Navy, but from U.S. government analysts and an international nuclear weapons monitor, which recognized that an explosion had been recorded deep in the Atlantic Ocean near where the submarine was traveling just hours after its last communication.

At the time, many family members expressed frustration and anger at the Argentine government — for delaying the search operation, by giving them what turned out to be false hope and, broadly, for deploying submarines in commission since the 1980s.

That anger continued to simmer as the families pressured the Argentine government to find the San Juan. Once a private company, the Houston-based Ocean Infinity, located the wreckage in November 2018, the families began to push for a salvage operation that would allow them to recover the bodies of their family members for burial.

But the San Juan has not been salvaged. Experts warned that even if the costly operation were taken on, there would be no guarantees that all bodies would be recovered and that it was unlikely to help the investigation.

Some family members have continued to press for the wreckage to be brought to shore. The revelations on Wednesday renewed their anger at how they have been treated by the government.

“They treated us like troublemakers when all we wanted was the truth,” Ms. Mereles said. “Why were they spying on us? What were they afraid of?”

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