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Sumatran Orangutans Dying As Fires Burn Today after several weeks of legal wrangling to save an area of rainforest in Sumatra from burning the government there have refused to make a ruling on the case. Over the last week a man made firestorm has swept through a huge area of the remaining peat swamp forests of Tripa, devastating critically endangered Sumatran Orangutans to the very brink of extinction, possibly within months.


23.07.2001-20.10.2004 Executive President Megawati Sukarnoputri, Indonesia When Megawati Setyawati Soekarnoputri became leader of the Democratic Party in 1993, she triggered the opposition against President Quarto. In 1999 her party won the most seats in the Parliament, but Abdulrahman Wahid was elected President. This caused serious riots all over the country and she was elected vice-President the following day. In August 2000 the ailing President Wahid charged her with the running of the…

Vietnam: Exhausted The country was growing increasingly weary of war when in, the May 22, 1970, issue of LIFE, Clark Clifford -- a former Secretary of State who was also an adviser to presidents Truman, Kennedy and Johnson -- wrote an editorial urging the American government to set an end date. While our servicemen and women, like this American infantryman exhausted from the heat near the Cambodia–South Vietnam frontier, put their lives at stake, Clifford asserted that President Nixon…


"Indonesia Raya" is the national anthem of the Republic of Indonesia. The song was introduced by its composer, Wage Rudolf Supratman, on 28 October 1928 during the Second Indonesian Youth Congress in Batavia. "Indonesia Raya" is played in flag raising ceremonies. The main flag raising ceremony is held annually on 17 August to commemorate Independence day and led by the President of Indonesia.

House of Slaves - the "Door of No Return", once the slaves stepped through this doorway they never came back. Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal. Photo taken by B. Wittig, June 8, 2013