70 Years on, has India Learnt any Lessons?

Sudip Talukdar
Source: http://www.indiandefencereview.com

Has India ever learnt any lessons from the colossal blunders committed at random through 70 years of independence? It seems extremely doubtful in the light of its dealings with China andPakistan. Today the country has been caught pincer like in their sinister machinations, leaving the political dispensation with very little leverage or room for manoeuvre, despite the hype surrounding the recent foreign policy initiatives.

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Galapagos Giant Tortoises Make a Comeback, Thanks to Innovative Conservation Strategies

Source: https://thewire.in

The Galapagos Islands’ giant tortoises are one of the world’s best examples of evolution. Scientists are pioneering new conservation strategies to save them from extinction and restore their habitat.

The Galapagos Islands are world-famous as a laboratory of biological evolution. Some 30% of the plants, 80% of the land birds and 97% of the reptiles on this remote archipelago are found nowhere else on Earth. Perhaps the most striking example is the islands’ iconic giant tortoise, which often lives to ages over 100 years in the wild. Multiple species of these mega-herbivores have evolved in response to conditions on the island or volcano where each lives, generating wide variation in shell shape and size.

Over the past 200 years, hunting and invasive species reduced giant tortoise populations by an estimated 90% destroying several species and pushing others to the brink of extinction, although a few populations on remote volcanoes remained abundant.

Now however, the tortoise dynasty is on the road to recovery, thanks to work by the Galapagos National Park Directorate, with critical support from nonprofits like the Galapagos Conservancy and advice from an international team of conservation scientists.

Read more at: https://thewire.in/111418/galapagos-giant-tortoises-make-comeback-innovative-conservation/

 
Though the net tightens, India remains hub for turtle trade

Source: http://www.thehindu.com

Despite strict enforcement, ease of transport leads thousands, including endangered species, to be smuggled abroad.

As the smuggling networks strengthen, India continues to bear the ignominy of being the source of the illegal trade and export of tortoises and freshwater turtles (TFT).

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Fake News and the "Resurrection of Armageddon"

By Paul Craig Roberts,
Global Research
Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca

The U.S. intelligence community’s extraordinary campaign of leaks claiming improper ties between President Trump’s team and Russia seeks to ensure a lucrative New Cold War by blocking detente.— Gareth Porter

It only required 24 days for the Deep State to castrate President Donald Trump and terminate the promise that the high tensions with Russia created during the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes would be terminated by Trump’s presidency.

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The CIA is One of the Main Peddlers of Fake News: Newly Declassified Docs.


Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca

Newly-declassified documents show that a senior CIA agent and Deputy Director of the Directorate of Intelligence worked closely with the owners and journalists of many of the largest media outlets:

The United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities found in 1975 that the CIA submitted stories to the American press:

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Genocide and the Philippines-American War.


Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca

Has Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared an end to the long-standing U.S.-Philippines alliance by seeking closer relations with China and Russia?

It seems that “America’s Pacific Century” intended to maintain its influence throughout the Asia-Pacific region and isolate China has hit a major roadblock.

The relationship between the Philippines and the United States has been quite interesting with Duterte making headlines across the world in 2016 criticizing the foreign policy of the Obama administration.

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