Weak whaling commisison “condems” Japan

The International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting has passed a resolution condemning Japan’s scientific hunting programme in the Antarctic. This is not bad, but it almost means nothing. Japan has been ignoring these condemnations for years now. In fact they are openly flaunting it.

áI’m afraid action is needed and this is where the IWC falls flat. For this I admire people like Sea Sheperd and Greenpeace. But until the global community (through the IWC or other means) take action Japan will continue to get away with this cruelty.

áRead the full article on BBC.

Adobe Lightroom 1.1

I’ve just seen on Scott Kelby’s blog (at http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2007/archives/211) that Lightroom is set to release a minor upgrade any day now. As I understand the updgrade is supposed to be free (phew!) and includes improved sharpening and noise reduction, improved file mobility & improved preset organisation (through folders).

All of this sounds superb, but I would love a performance improvement more than any of the other stuff. Time will tell I guess.

Update: Lightroom 1.1 is now out. Read my initial thoughts here.

Its official: Elke is crawling!

Elke has been getting really close to crawling all week, but today she officially started crawling. Three days shy of turning 8 months. This is meant to be early (babies usually crawl anything from 9 to 12 months), but I expect nothing less from our genius baby 🙂

China “buying up” Africa

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I am deeply troubled by China’s commitment to spend $20bn on infrastructure and trade financing over the next three years as reported by the Financial Times.

I’ll be frank: I don’t trust China or any African leaders with $20bn. It is no secret that China are after Africa’s resources. This is quite clearly a play for those resources. At least China is not attacking African countries but their intentions are no more honourable.

African leaders from top to almost bottom (for now I will leave out Thabo Mbeki) are all for sale. Just look at the devastation that the oil industry has caused in Western Africa. There is more than just a hint of slavery. But it is not only the oil companies that are to blame. The African leaders and as such Africans themselves are responsible for their own fate (by the way slavery would never have worked if the African leaders weren’t in on the deal).

Africans MUST stop begging and start being held accountable. Individuals must take responsibility for electing their leaders, educating their children, looking after their environment etc. People like Bono try to do good, but they have no idea how wrong they are – they’re making it worse.

If Africans took responsibility for themselves they wouldn’t have to rely on compromising handouts. They wouldn’t be in a position where they have no bargaining power. I urge Africans to stop begging and be choosers.

As a nature lover China’s influence in Africa is deeply concerning.

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