Born Free

“Born Free” is an African expression that resonates with Americans as none other, and today is the 15th anniversary of the death of the man who coined it, George Adamson. “Born Free” was the name of the first book written by George and Joy Adamson about their orphaned lions in a part of Kenya that [...]

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Do We Bomb Kenya?

Jim Heck’s new novel, Chasm Gorge, will soon be available for purchase in all formats through sellers like Amazon and book stores across the country. Watch this space for free excerpts available prior to publication in September. Ohio congressman Brad Talvich is set to become the next president of the United States. As a former [...]

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How Much for 100 Million Years?

It chirps. And it doesn’t bite and it’s not toxic. It rolls up into a ball before chirping and it’s found only in about 250 acres of forest and nowhere else on earth. Would you set aside a small swath of natural forest to protect this millipede? Or would you allow some important mining to [...]

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The War Comes Home

With the Kenyan military vehemently dening it, many local residents report that Kenyan military aircraft dropped bombs in mainland forests near Lamu last Sunday. There were similar reports about a month ago. In late June militants attacked two coastal villages on the mainland opposite Lamu, massacred almost 100 people, stole stores of corn and other [...]

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Massive Rhino Relocation

“Hundreds” of rhino will be relocated from South Africa’s landmark Kruger national park in the continuing struggle against poaching. The announcement was made this morning by South Africa’s minister of tourism and wildlife. It will be one of the largest relocation of wild animals ever attempted. The park, which is the size of New Jersey, [...]

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Dumb Historians

Erbil is not Rwanda. Supporters of the U.S. air attacks in northern Iraq spent the weekend invoking the mistake the U.S. made in 1994 in Rwanda as a reason why we should restart the military campaign in Iraq. They obviously don’t know the history. Prior to the Rwandan genocide, the United Nations Security Council empowered [...]

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All’s Well That Ends

Here’s something profoundly light and happy. Contradiction? Try it out for your Friday. This is what happens when a generation of war ends. With all the turmoil going on today in the Mideast to Iraq and Ukraine, it may be hard to fast forward your interest to when it’s all over. But I think that’s [...]

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All Hail The Buck

The glitz and fanfare closing the historic U.S./Africa summit today glazed over very serious issues like corruption with lavish promises of aid and economic cooperation. The political and strategic gains for both the United States and African Heads of State were starkly and almost exclusively economic, and clearly human rights’ activists in particular are leaving [...]

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The Elephant isn’t in The Room

Elephant poaching is less important than jobs, energy, poverty and a host of other domestic African issues and until westerners embrace this, poaching will continue to increase. At yesterday’s “historic“ African summit in Washington so many meetings and public forums occurred that Washington police had to close some of the city’s main roads, with limo [...]

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Real World Blues

The largest ever gathering of African leaders starts today in Washington at the invitation of President Obama. A year ago this would have been unthinkable. A year ago Obama would not have arranged this summit; his advisors would have considered it bad politics. But Obama is no longer playing to the vicious racism that has [...]

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Libyan Democracy in Action

The cocks have come to roost in Libya: yet another example of why instant democracy is a bad idea. With all the rest of the troubles going on in the world Libya is being neglected if not ignored, and yet the fighting this week in Tripoli rivals almost anything that’s happening right now in Gaza, [...]

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Ebola Hell

This ebola outbreak is an epidemic, the first of 28 previous outbreaks. It’s much more dangerous and we need to understand why. There are a number of contributing factors, but I believe the most significant one is the growing enmity and polarization between Christians and non-Christians, Muslims and non-Muslims. It’s a horrible object lesson of [...]

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On Safari: Prohibitive Costs

Is it moral or fair that only a tiny percentage of people can experience the Serengeti or Glacier Bay? The question applies to all great protected areas, where taxpayer resources are used for management. Devil’s advocates point to the huge tracts of earth still unregulated, open to anyone who dares to enter. Just flying today [...]

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On Safari: Glacier Bay

A week intimate cruising within Glacier Bay National Park on our beautiful little yacht reaffirmed all the lofty maxims of the many wonderful people who had the foresight to preserve such a treasure: our souls were refreshed! My Alaskan safari began with The Far North in Fairbanks in the wide-opened tundras of Denali and ended [...]

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On Safari: Somewhere!

We’re somewhere in magnificent Glacier Bay National Park on a beautiful 12-passenger luxury yacht looking for lots of things, including bears! But I have no signal. Stay tuned! You’ll have a report as soon as I have a signal!

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