I subscribe to a lot of news image feeds – but this set struck me as being particularly AMAZING.
I’ve been trying to get my head around the Balkans conflicts recently as it annoys me that I was old enough to know about it on the news but I’ve never really understood it.
From what I can tell, it’s pretty fucking hard to understand. I read through the captions in this post and watched Nat Geo’s Don’t Tell My Mother I’m in the Balkans and read a bunch of Wikipedia articles and I’m still not much closer to understanding the whole thing.
Anyone know any good books on it? Something like “The Bosnian War for Dummies” would be good.
There’s a great photo today on National Geographic’s Photo of the Day of mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Park in Uganda:
…except, the page doesn’t mention anywhere that the park is in Uganda, which happens to be an entire country in the continent of Africa. Instead it’s labeled as ‘Mountain Gorillas, Africa’.
This really fucks me off and it’s a poor show for a respected brand like National Geographic. Just because today your photo of the day is set in an African country do you have to miss out the country itself and state ‘location:Africa’? I noticed that the previous photo of the day is ‘Foxes, New Jersey’.
NEW JERSEY IS A FUCKING STATE!!! So by this logic todays photo should actually be titled:
‘Mountain Gorillas, Kigezi’
As Kigezi is the administrative state in Uganda that the park is located in.
For me, this generalisation is typical of the way in which the west dumbs down Africa in general. How are the individual counties in Africa going to break away from the issue of their past and meet new development targets if western investors just see them as part of one big cluster-fuck of a continent?