The longest lived democratically elected Communist government lost elections after 34 years of being in power in West Bengal, India.
The legacy of these long lived popularly elected governments could not be more different ! West Bengal went from one of the most progressive and economically strong states in India to one of the worst performing states in spite of being blessed with enormous natural & human resources. Singapore on the other hand went from being a tiny island nation with no resources and a difficult initial history to one of the most prosperous countries in the world.
One of the best music bands of all time (I spent countless hours listening) Pink Floyd reunites after ages !
Add in all the revolutions in mid-East and North Africa and 2011 is shaping up to be an interesting year
This is so true all over the world… the waste of human potential is the greatest waste
How do some kids go to school? Remarkable and humbling story of human endurance and the will to get an education0
If you live in the Zanskar valley, India it is a 5 day walk along one of the highest rivers, through some of the highest mountains, some of the coldest places on Earth.
Just saw this heart-stopping trip in ‘Human Planet’ on TV.
This is the first someone has successfully filmed the journey that families have to undertake every year.
This one is a must read !
On a side note I learned that ice sheets on frozen rivers / lakes is called ‘chaddar’ in Zanskari. In Hindi ‘chaddar’ means ‘sheet’ more like bedspread never knew that it also means ice sheet
Governments are finally waking up to the economic value of nature… but is it too late?
Check out this BBC article titled India and Brazil head move to ‘green’ economic future . Dr. David Suzuki has spoken about this extensively earlier
Leave it as it is. You cannot improve it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it….
President Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt commenting on seeing the Grand Canyon
Read more about the US National Parks and President Teddy Roosevelt at http://www.nps.gov and http://blogs.nashualibrary.org/reference/2009/09/leave_it_as_it_is_1.html
Turn any water into drinking water… $20 billion can provide safe drinking water for the entire world… this would an ideal stimulus plan…. healthier people can improve their own lives and contribute to their and society’s development