“the archetype of ‘the hacker’ is essentially that of an individual attempting to live an empowered and unalienated life. It is outsider in spirit, seeking empowerment outside the terms set by the mainstream establishment.”
‘In June the Tanzanian government announced that the country has lost 60 percent of its elephants in the past five years, down from 110,000 to fewer than 44,000. During the same period, neighboring Mozambique is reported to have lost 48 percent of its elephants. Locals, including poor villagers and unpaid park rangers, are killing elephants for cash—a risk they’re willing to take because even if they’re caught, the penalties are often negligible. But in central Africa..something more sinister is driving the killing: Militias and terrorist groups funded in part by ivory are poaching elephants, often outside their home countries, and even hiding inside national parks. They’re looting communities, enslaving people, and killing park rangers who get in their way.’ - Bryan Christy, National Geographic
Efforts to stop elephant poaching often focus solely on the decimation of Africa’s elephant population. While the numbers are truly alarming, they don’t tell the whole story of the devastating effect of poaching on human lives. Reportage photographer Brent Stirton, in his latest story for National Geographic, examines the complex and shifting conflict.
See more photos and read the full article ‘How Killing Elephants Finances Terror in Africa’ on National Geographic.
Dear Mr. Orwell,
It was very kind of you to tell your publishers to send me a copy of your book. It arrived as I was in the midst of a piece of work that required much reading and consulting of references; and since poor sight makes it necessary for me to ration my reading, I had to wait a long time before being able to embark on Nineteen Eighty-Four.
1959: Visitors to the Lincoln Memorial appearing as small as toy soldiers. That year, even Nikita Khrushchev, premier of the Soviet Union, bowed in the 16th president’s presence, and he seemed eager to offer his admiration. “He was a really great man. He waged war against slavery,” The Times quoted Mr. Khrushchev saying during a visit to Washington. “The streets were virtually empty as the motorcade drive [sic] past the Jefferson Memorial,” an article read. “The nearest thing to an incident came as the cars passed an Army bus full of school children who shouted ‘Hey, meatball.’ ” Photo: George Tames/The New York Times