Sometimes saving the rainforest means saving the people too. Wildlife presenter Charlie Hamilton James bought a slice of land high up in the Andes in an effort to close off an illegal logging route, what he found was an impoverished community willing to do anything to survive.
By Adam Curtis
Put some headphones on and immerse yourself.
“The story of America’s rise to power starting in 1959, it uses nothing but archive footage and Amercia pop music. Showing the consequences on the rest of the world and in peoples mind.”
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama
Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg removed a slice of Norway’s Utoya island for one of his designs for memorial sites commemorating the lives lost during the July 22, 2011 terrorist attacks.
“The concept for the Memorial Sørbråten proposes a wound or a cut within nature itself. It reproduces the physical experience of taking away, reflecting the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died. The cut will be a three-and-a-half-meters-wide excavation. It slices from the top of the headland at the Sørbråten site, to below the water line and extends to each side. This void in the landscape makes it impossible to reach the end of the headland.”
American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga by Alexis C. Madrigal
A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state
Putin’s Run for Gold by Brett Forrest
At $50 billion and counting, the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, will be the most expensive Olympic Games ever. Intended to showcase the power of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, they may instead highlight its problems: organized crime, state corruption, and the terrorist threat within its borders
At the CELAC Summit in Havana, Cuba yesterday, the chillest president in the world (Uruguay’s Jose Mujica) briefly spoke out against formal business attire, stating that the dress was imposed on the world by the English during the Industrial Revolution, and that to maintain prestige in the world “We all had to dress up like monkeys with ties.” His point to other Latin American leaders was simply that they should try to relate to the people of their country, instead of their wealthy peers.