Archive | April 2, 2015

British Empire Spending Increases with Oil and Gas Discovery in Falkland Islands*

British Empire Spending Increases with Oil and Gas Discovery in Falkland Islands*
British companies Premier Oil Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd have found oil and gas at a well off the disputed Falkland Islands. The discovery could aggravate further tensions between Buenos Aires and London over the sovereignty of the archipelago.

Two British companies, Premier Oil Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd, announced they discovered 24.6 meters of net-oil bearing reservoir and 16.7 meters of net-gas bearing reservoir at the Zebedee well in the Falkland Islands, after a nine-month drilling campaign.

The Zebedee well will be now plugged, while the British companies continue exploration at the Isobel fan complex in the North Falkland Basin.

The British invasions of the Río de la Plata were a series of unsuccessful British attempts to seize control of the Spanish colonies located around the La Plata Basin in South America (today part of Argentina and Uruguay). The invasions took place between 1806 and 1807


The sovereignty over the Falkland Islands has long been disputed between Argentina and the United Kingdom. The discovery is likely to aggravate further tensions between London and Buenos Aires.

On April 2 Buenos Aires commemorates the 33rd anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between the UK and Argentina. The conflict ended on June 14, 1982, resulting in the deaths of 255 British troops and 649 Argentine military personnel. The archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean has had Argentine, British and Spanish settlements in different periods of its history. However, Britons took control over the islands in 1833, and in 1983 declared Falkland Islanders as British citizens.

Although Argentina continues to claim the Falkland Islands its territory, London refers to a referendum, held in 2013, which showed 99.8% of Falkland Islanders voted in favour of remaining a UK Overseas Territory.

The Union Jack is torched outside the British embassy in Buenos Aires in 1982. AAP/EPA/Daniel Feldman

Remarkably, at the end of March 2015, London increased its military spending on the islands’ defense and heightened its military presence on the archipelago.

Earlier, when UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond denounced Crimea’s democratic reunification as an “illegal annexation,” Russian lawmaker Alexei Pushkov emphasized that Russia has more legitimacy over Crimea than the United Kingdom has over the Falklands.


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The Man Who Single-Handedly Planted a Tropical Forest Larger Than Central Park*

The Man Who Single-Handedly Planted a Tropical Forest Larger Than Central Park*

In 2009 local photographer and journalist, Jitu Kalita, discovered a dense forest at the centre of Majuli Island’s barren western shores. As Kalita explored the shoreline, he was nearly attacked by a man who had mistaken him for a poacher.

After learning that he was a photographer, the man apologized to Kalita explaining his personal investment in the forest—namely, 30-plus years of singlehandedly planting each and every tree in the 1,300 acres of pristine tropic woodland. The man’s name was Jadav Payeng.

Payeng—who lives in a small hut in a nearby forest with his wife and three kids—began planting the forest in 1979 at the age of 16. Over the years, the North-East Indian forest has become home to 115 elephants, 100 deer, numerous rhinos, Bengal tigers, apes, rabbits and vultures.

Payeng first became interested in planting the forest after noticing the effects of desertification on the island’s wildlife.

According to the Water Resources Management journal, “An estimated 175 Mha [million hectares] of land in India, constituting about 53% of the total geographical area (329 Mha), suffers from deleterious effects of soil erosion…”

Majuli Island sits in the body of the Brahmaputra River and is home to about 150,000 people. Every year, monsoon season brings the water level over the walls of the island, eroding the shores and encroaching upon the shrinking landmass. After the flood, the heat dries up the land, making it brittle and susceptible to further erosion—thus the cycle begins again. Since 1917, Majuli Island has shrunk to less than half of its original size.

Payeng and local government have tried numerous times to get the forest listed as a UNESCO world heritage site to no avail.

Another one of Payeng’s ideas is to combat this process, with help from the Ministry of Agriculture, by planting a surplus of coconut trees, using their sturdy frame to help stabilize soil erosion, while simultaneously stimulating local economy. He claims that there would be tangible benefit within five years of implementing these coconut trees.

Payeng has received multiple awards, and in 2012 the Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor, Sudhir Kumar Sopory, deemed Jadav “Molai” Payeng the “forest man of India,” for his work in forestry restoration. In 2015, Payeng received the highly prestigious civilian award, Padma Shri.

Despite recognition, we are yet to see his ideas put into practice—a great source of frustration for Payeng. Surveys predict the island will be completely overcome by water within 20 years.

You can learn more about Payeng’s forest in the short film above, documented by William Douglas McMaster.


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Yemenis gather near the rubble of houses near Sana’a Airport on March 31, 2015 which were destroyed by a Saudi air strike against Yemen. ©AFP

Yemenis gather near the rubble of houses near Sana’a Airport on March 31, 2015 which were destroyed by a Saudi air strike against Yemen. ©AFP

The Saudi airstrikes against Yemen, which started in late March, have so far killed over 140 people, including at least 62 children. 

Saudi Arabia’s air campaign in Yemen started on March 26 in a bid to restore to power fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Yemenis gather items from the debris of their house near Sana’a Airport on March 31, 2015 which was damaged in an air strike by Saudi Arabia against Yemen. ©AFP


A Yemeni man looks at his house in ruins near Sana’a Airport on March 31, 2015 which was destroyed in an air strike by Saudi Arabia. ©AFP

Yemenis gather around a crater left following a Saudi airstrike on March 28, 2015 in the capital Sana’a. ©AFP


Yemeni security forces work on pulling a body from under the rubble of a building destroyed by Saudi air strikes near Sana’a Airport on March 26, 2015. ©AFP


A Yemeni man stands near his house destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sana’a Airport, March 31, 2015. ©AP


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