Logging and land conversion for agriculture has wiped out 34 per cent of the world’s original old-growth tropical rainforests and degraded another 30 per cent, leaving them more vulnerable to fire and future destruction. Source: Humans have ‘destroyed or degraded’ two-thirds of the world’s original tropical rainforests
Silence is a language that needs no words.The Language Of Silence — yaskhan
Qurt’s portable nature and long shelf life made it an ideal road food for Central Asia’s nomadic peoples. According to Kazakh historian Moldir Oskenbay—who likens the taste of qurt to “a dried and salted feta cheese”—it dates at least as far back as the seventh century B.C., when the Scythians roamed the Eurasian Steppe. Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek, and other groups of herders took along versions as they moved to graze their animals. “Qurt was a really good way for them to preserve the yogurt so they could eat it while they traveled,” says Malika Sharipova, a food blogger from Uzbekistan who has written about making traditional Uzbek cuisine. Source: Make the Ancient Road Snack of Central Asian Nomads – Gastro Obscura
Americans who believe in fake news about politics have an age profile over 60 and are conservative, they suffer from what psychology calls Confirmation Bias .
In summary, Confirmation Bias means that people believe what they want to believe to be true. (5) An article on a psychology blog says that people only change their minds if they are open to reflection, have an open mind to new possibilities, if they seek the truth. Everything that a person with a strong ideology does not have. (6)
While our media glides on relatively simple news, in the USA, during the Bush era, in that context of post-World Trade Center attacks. The American president released false reports of weapons of mass destruction to the UN to justify an invasion of Iraq.
When the Americans discovered that the reports were false and that all mainstream media had passed on that information without checking the veracity and resulting in millions of refugees, trillions of dollars spent in an unnecessary war and the creation of the Islamic State, the media lost much of its credibility it had. (7)
Women have played a leading role in weeks of mass protests, which erupted after Myanmar’s military seized power on Feb. 1 and ousted Aung San Suu Kyi and other elected leaders. They now face an increasingly violent crackdown.
Security forces have used live bullets, stun grenades and flash bangs to quash the protest movement, killing scores of people and arresting more than 1,800 across Myanmar.
Braving physical danger and arrest, women rallied in the largest city Yangon, and in towns in the border states of Kachin, Chin, and Shan to raise their sarongs – wraparound skirts widely worn in Southeast Asia – as flags of protest for International Women’s Day.
“We used to celebrate this day jointly in hand with various government ministries focusing on awareness of women’s rights. But this year women are actively taking part in the anti-military protests and we decided to use our sarongs as flags of the column,” said May Sabe Phyu, director of the Gender Equality Network in Myanmar.
Women have used sarongs creatively to protest the coup and frustrate security forces. In many neighborhoods, they string the skirts, known as htamein in Burmese, on ropes across roads. Myanmar superstition holds that walking beneath women’s sarongs is bad luck or shameful for men
“The motto this year is ‘Choose to Challenge.’ And we Myanmar women choose to challenge the military dictatorship,” May Sabe Phyu told RFA.