Saturday, 29th November 2014


Riots in the aftermath of the Grand Jury verdict on Michael Brown's killing in the Ferguson, USA
What's wrong Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson's killing of the unarmed 18-year-old black teenager, Michael Brown, and with a Grand Jury decision not to indict him for that outrageous slaying, is what is wrong with American law enforcement and American "justice" in general. Both actions were permeated not only with racism, which clearly played a huge rule in both the verdict rendered by a Grand Jury composed of nine whites and only three blacks, and in this tragic police killing by a white cop of a black child, but also by a mentality on the part of police - and apparently by at least a...
  • A conversation with Shermin de Silva
Elephant researcher Shermin de Silva in Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka. Picture by Elizabeth Webber
Shermin de Silva, 33, is president of the Asian elephant conservation organization Trunks & Leaves. A post-doctoral student at Colorado State University, de Silva was born and raised in Sri Lanka and has returned regularly to Udawalawe National Park since 2005 to study its elephants, which she believes number some 1,200. Conservationists estimate that Sri Lanka is home to between 2,000 and 6,000 elephants in the wild. Ominously, some calves in Udawalawe—and other parts of Sri Lanka—are facing a growing threat: kidnappers. The young elephants are being snatched for the captive trade market...