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Preeti Aroon "One Man’s Plan to Save a Natural Treasure" on CBS’s 60 Minutes. A decade ago, wealthy American entrepreneur Greg Carr devoted himself to developing Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. By repopulating it with animals that had nearly been decimated by years of war and poaching, he hopes to promote tourism and improve the lives ...
"One Man’s Plan to Save a Natural Treasure" on CBS’s 60 Minutes. A decade ago, wealthy American entrepreneur Greg Carr devoted himself to developing Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. By repopulating it with animals that had nearly been decimated by years of war and poaching, he hopes to promote tourism and improve the lives of the impoverished people there.
Yesterday in Djibouti, the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and the opposition Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia signed a two-page peace agreement. Key to the long overdue accord is the withdrawal of the unpopular Ethiopian forces now occupying the country. Sadly, one of the main leaders of the Islamic Courts (which ruled Somalia before the Ethiopian invasion in late 2006), has rejected the deal, vowing "the jihad will carry on."
While many writers are focused on Sarah Palin’s très expensive wardrobe and rumors of her going rogue on the McCain campaign, The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer reports on how Palin actually got the VP slot. Couple this new view into the Alaska governor’s mansion with musings like those of Marc Ambinder and the breadth of Palin’s political ambitions take new shape.
"The Godfather of Bangalore" by Scott Carney in Wired. This story of the mafia don-turned-real estate mogul who helps global IT companies navigate the anarchic property market in India’s cybercapital is one of those Wired articles that makes you feel as if the world is fast becoming a William Gibson novel.
"Iranian Strategy in Iraq: Policy and ‘Other Means,’" put out by Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center, relies on declassified intelligence reports from Iraqi detainees trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah. The Iraqi insurgents apparently preferred their Hezbollah trainers to the Iranians, because they "speak Arabic and treat [them] with respect," while something of a culture clash developed between the Iraqis and their Persian neighbors.
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