We are appealing for your immediate help to protect South India's
last significant herds of Wild Elephants! Please take a few moments to
familiarize yourselves with the predicament of these magnificent
Recent estimates of the number of Asian elephants (Elephus maximus)
remaining in the wild range from 35,000 at the low end to 50,000 at the
upper end. Asian elephants once ranged throughout most of Asia, but
their habitat has been reduced to isolated fragments, often with
boundaries that restrict traditional migrations and gene flow.
This expanding human settlement/wildland interface has lead to
increased pressure on populations due to human-elephant conflicts
ranging from poaching to crop-raiding and roadkills. The distribution
of Asian elephant populations in India is well known but population
estimates, ranging from 26,000 to 31,000 are up to 14 years out of date
and many are based on less than rigorous data collection. Also,
effective population sizes are lower due to selective poaching of males
Gorilla Radio for Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, 15 October 2006 23:33
This week on GR: Veteran for peace, Mike Ferner and reports from inside Iraq's Red Zone. Tom Rankin and the hijacking of B.C. Hydro. And; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria this week.
Who could have known? Who could have foreseen the disaster Iraq
would become before the missiles and bombs fell, before the shock and
The millions marching in the streets of towns and cities across the
world knew. Movie stars and lesser artists and political celebrities
who were ridiculed and refused air time knew. The myriad organizations,
both established and hurriedly cobbled against the impeding attack
knew. And, the men who planned and executed this horror knew they would
More than three and a half years on, and the situation in Iraq is worse
now than ever. Mike Ferner is an American peace activist, freelance
journalist, and author of the book, ‘Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran for
Peace Reports from Iraq.’
Mike Ferner in the first half.
And; Memories of the greatest rip-off perpetrated against the public
weal of the young 21st have faded in light of George W. Bush’s titanic
criminality since, but British Colombian’s forget the Enron electricity
market scam at their peril.
A Self-Defeating War
Sunday, 15 October 2006 11:26
by George Soros
The war on terror is a false metaphor that has led to
counterproductive and self-defeating policies. Five years after 9/11, a
misleading figure of speech applied literally has unleashed a real war
fought on several fronts -- Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Somalia
-- a war that has killed thousands of innocent civilians and enraged
millions around the world. Yet al Qaeda has not been subdued; a plot
that could have claimed more victims than 9/11 has just been foiled by
the vigilance of British intelligence.
Unfortunately, the "war on terror" metaphor was uncritically
accepted by the American public as the obvious response to 9/11. It is
now widely admitted that the invasion of Iraq was a blunder. But the
war on terror remains the frame into which American policy has to fit.
Most Democratic politicians subscribe to it for fear of being tagged as
weak on defense.
Saturday, 14 October 2006 15:49
Steve is a New
Englander, an educated man. He's been released from jail just a few
hours before the rendezvous with the camera, late at ... all » night,
in a crowded bar in Denver. It's a cold night. The judge will not let
him see his son without a shrink being present. Steve is very upset and
outspoken. He talks about what he calls the Shitstem, the justice
system in America; he divides American society amongst those who have
and those who have not, and was on the consequences to come should we
decide to do nothing about it. Steve's an average American, an educated
man angered at a society that he finds profoundly unjust.
Henry Rollins- "Freedom is under attack"
Saturday, 14 October 2006 15:13
by Richard Kastelein
A paranoid passenger seated next to former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins
got nervous on a flight to Brisbane when he saw the rocker reading
“Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia”, a book about
Islamic fundamentalists. The passenger contacted the authorities after
the plane landed and Henry faced the rubber glove snapping... thanks to the Australian
government. For a book.
“Days later I received an e-mail from
a woman who I guess figured out who I was and found me,” Rollins stated. “I
had been named a ‘person of interest.’ Basically, they get calls like
this every five minutes, and I’m probably on the ‘who cares’ list, in
that they’ll probably let me into the country again. But
the fact that this guy could be that ignorant and call me in on this
for a book . . . I was angry. Because of the fact that the guy wouldn’t
confront me. I like confrontation. If I’ve offended you, let me know.
Don’t call it in and not leave your name. I just think it’s pretty