conflict in Chiapas, Mexico
In the early hours
of January 1, 1994, most of the world was celebrating the promise
of a new year. Businessmen in America might have been debating
the benefits of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement,
which was to go into effect later that day. But in the southern
Mexican state of Chiapas, in the city of San Cristobal de las
Casas, a conflict began which would thrust the small region
into the international spotlight. MORE...
civil war in Sri Lanka
The tropical Island
of Sri Lanka, located off the southeastern coast of India, is
lined with lush beaches, vacation resorts, and the tanned bodies
of tourists, sheltered from a bloody and violent civil war that
drones on into its 18th year. In an attempt to explain and introduce
the on-going conflict in Sri Lanka, I have put together a historical
overview, maps and pictures, sections on battles and children
in the war, and an interview with Crystal Keets, product manager
and traveler abroad. MORE...
Ebola attacks every
organ of the body. It does in ten days what the HIV virus does
in ten years. Ebola is transmitted by contact with bodily fluids.
No one knows where the disease originated. Victims start out
with headaches, aching pains, and red eyes. Most people think
they have the flu. But then intense vomiting, also known as
"black vomit", follows the headache. As the virus multiplies
inside the host, it literally melts every organ in the body.
This leads to severe hemorrhaging, as the blood pours out of
the body. This process is known as "crash and bleed." MORE...
the fight much is done to the bull to ensure the success of
the matador, and the appeasement of the audience. Heavy weights
may be hung around the bull's neck for weeks prior to the fight.
The bull's horns are shaved so that when the bull thrusts at
the picador or matador the bull will not be able to hit them.
To blur the bull's vision Vaseline is rubbed into its eyes.
It's ears and nostrils may also be stuffed with cotton wool.
The bull's kidneys may be beaten, as well as turpentine rubbed
on its legs to make the bull jump around the ring and seen wild.
Massive doses of sulphates may also be put into the bull's water
to induce diarrhea and intestinal pain. The bull is confined
in a dark room with no food or water before the fight. MORE...
struggle for the Amazonian rain forests
Every minute, according
to the World Wildlife Fund, twenty-five to fifty acres of the
worlds' rain forests are cut or burned to the ground. The Rain
Forest Site states that almost two acres of tropical rainforest
disappear every second. The United Nations states that seventeen
million acres of rainforest are cut down every year, while some
other estimates put the number as high as fifty million. Along
with the forests and other types of flora themselves, the indigenous
humans and other wildlife inhabiting the areas are in grave