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Looking at pictures and following links – and possibly calling it research for my multimedia class when it was really procrastinating video editing for my broadcast class – brought me suddenly to this. Stunning, stunning photography – an amazing example of technical and emotional photographic skill. Also, of travel photography – not to mention a great story.

Brought back (or sent back) from a photographer in Thailand to a British publication, these photos show people and practices that most of us will never see in person. Without this work, and the work of everyone at Times Online, how many of us would even know the Moken existed?

They’ve made the news before, like this CBS News piece after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. There’s also features like the later National Geographic’s April 2005 issue, a general online article and a pdf article about religion from Phuket Magazine, and a technical approach in this piece at Cyber Diver Digital Media Network (CDNN).

There’s even YouTube video: a stand-alone piece on the effects of the tsunami and a 5-part series posted by rjwiik called The Moken Kabang Project Spring (it’s in Norwegian but the stunning visuals speak for themselves). I went ahead and embedded Part 1 below as a teaser.

A little online research turns up an translation of their name as “people of the drowning” and how UNESCO’s concern for the protecting the traditional Moken lifestyle has designed a project for “integrating the traditional knowledge of the Moken into the region’s sustainable development.”

Lastly, I’ve a brief comment (and a link) on word choice. While I don’t know how the Moken prefer to be called, the term gypsies isn’t without controversy, especially in Europe. I’m still learning, but a friend of mine who works at the European Roma Rights Center brought it to my attention when I asked about her new job. More information can be found on their site.

1886 IndoChina map

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the Good: Harbour Bridge goes green for a day

Did you know there’s an official website for going green? I didn’t. It has Al Gore.

Anyway, whether they checked the website or not, Sydney is on the green ball with what may become an annual event – in case bridge climbing isn’t exciting enough already.

(In other news, despite my initial excitement, this Nathan Rees is not the Premier of New South Wales, and this Nathan Reese does not seem to have Twitter…).

the Bad: Karadzic hoping to call the shots as he defends himself

As the BBC explains, war crimes first became an international legal issue after WWII with the Nuremberg trials, so named the city where they were held. Now international trials are held at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Karadzic is actually being tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), also in The Hagu. A similar tribunal set up for the 1994 genocide, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). It’s worth noting that all three websites are available in both English and French (the original language of diplomacy), and the ICTR is also available in Kinyarwanda with contact addresses listed in Kigali, Rwanda, and Arusha, Tanzania as well as The Hague.

Both courts are pursuing open investigations as well as trials; the ICTY is still trying to locate Ratko Mladic for trial and Idelphonse Nizeyimana was just apprehended and extradited for trial by the ICTR. Recent reports on the aftermath of war crimes appear from time to time, often on anniversaries of important dates, proving that these events have long lasting effects.

the Ugly: Botched facelift puts pyramid’s world heritage status at risk

World Heritage sites all over the world are monitored by UNESCO, and unfortunately they’re reconsidering how to handle a site in the Bolivian Andes after repairs were attempted on the pyramid there. Only two other sites – Oman’s Arabian Oryx sanctuary & Dresden’s Elbe Valley- have ever been removed from UNESCO’s registry, both because of man made changes. As UNESCO decides, Bolivia Web may be a good forum for seeing what people are saying.

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