The Lonely Mountain Gorilla

"The silverback watches us go with a sidelong look that seems equal parts bored, grumpy, and sad. What is he thinking?...I'm guessing he's aware something isn't right and hasn't been for a long time. The world has changed drastically in his lifetime: less forest, more...

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“Africa” as cliche

"Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness helped cement many of the cliches that persist, starting with it's title.Africa has always been a concept as much as a place: an exotic backdrop for outsiders to have ennobling experiences, a land of theatric extremes of violence and...

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Three Rooms

This is my room in ParisThis is Vincent Van Gogh's room in ArlesThis is Captain Willard's room in Saigon

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Nice house. King’s Lawyer (Avocat)

Walking the back streets of Paris behind the back streets, that were those streets that had been back streets behind other back streets, I saw this: For no particular reason this house caught my attention. I don't know about you, but when my attention is caught it...

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Dog and Sausages

"Asking the justice system to reform itself was like tying up a dog with a string of sausages."From the former vice-president of Guatemala: explaining why in 2006 they called in the UN to bring foreign prosecutors to fight the infiltration by organized crime into the...

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Who is Adnan Nevic? And Why Can He Help Africa?

This is a big week for humanity--once again we are breaking a population record (according to the statisticians).They say that we are 7 billion and rising. No reason to think differently. Last I saw, there seemed to be a lot of people everywhere. At least we are doing...

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Travels of Yellow Bird #1

Travels of Yellow Bird #1

(With photographs by Angela Atwater) Yellow Bird was a very happy bird and she had many friends. Some of her friends were yellow, and some were not. That did not matter to Yellow Bird, because she liked the other birds no matter what their color. She was very good...

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Hope Arises in Many Places

These photographs of the current flooding in Bangkok are from The Atlantic magazine website and show some stark moments of survival and life:Optimism has strange ways of revealing itself:And yet beauty can sometimes jump into the cruellest of places:

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Me as an Alien

My camera happened to snap this shot of me using the new Pentax UltraVision Lens. For those of you who do not have my high expertise in new technology, please allow me to explain the Pentax UltraVision Lens. This Lens, with Its intra sonar and high calibre radio...

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About This Place…

"This website is dedicated to the many people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have suffered and died."

The writer was a journalist, prosecutor, and Canadian soldier who is now trying to help the people who live in the DR Congo.

The photographs and the commentary here are solely those of the writer and his pet dog named "Bark." The United Nations and MONUSCO have nothing to do with this website.

Similarly, the township of Puskokum in eastern Tennessee is equally not interested.