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Letters - December 15, 2012

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2012
Leave Them Alone This is with reference to the article, “Tourism in Jarawa buffer, officially” (November 16-30, 2012). The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been home to several distinct tribes for tens of thousands of years. But the administration, first the British and later the Indian government, brought nothing but disaster for the tribes. Only the Sentinelese tribe remains untouched by the devastation due to their isolated location and aggressive behaviour towards outsiders.

Mapping Food

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
THIS website is a collection of over 60 maps (and growing) cooperatively created by a guerrilla cartography community, a loose band of people who are passionate about geography or food, or both. The atlas endeavours to map food in its myriad contexts and conditions. Dealing with subjects like global cropland distribution, its chapters focus on food production, food distribution, food security and cuisine.

Blame spam

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
The chief of Oakland’s police, who faces legal action that could imminently remove him from office, says he failed to read crucial messages about the upcoming court case because he uses a spam filter to automatically delete critical emails from the public.

A modern day scare

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
A recent health scare relates to everyday technology—mobile phones’ potential to cause damage by radiation. Studies on the issue continue to contradict one another. The issue being debated in the scientific and political arenas is just how much radiation is unsafe, and if there are any potential long-term effects of cell-phone radiation exposure.

Bribery live

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
Have you ever wanted to see an interactive map of all the bribes that change hands in the country?

A respite

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
In a country with no daily newspapers and soft-hitting state media outlets, the Internet is where Tajikistanis go for news. That apparently got officials worried. In recent months, some 50 websites, including independent news portals and even youtube, were blocked. Though most sites were reopened on October 10, analysts say they can go offline anytime.

No snooping for personal data

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012

Water watch since 3000 BC

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
WATER, one of our most critical resources, is under threat. The importance of water to life means that providing for water needs and demands will never be free of politics. The website under review is an effort initiated by American non-profit Pacific Institute to understand the connections between water resources, water systems and international security and conflicts.

Convention on biological diversity

cbd Page Teaser:  The forthcoming CBD conference in Hyderabad will discuss innovative ways of financing biodiversity from partnerships with business to payments for ecosystem services. Will this save the planet?
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