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The smoking Javanese orangutan — no, really

So, in other off-kilter (yet serious) news from Indonesia,  zookeepers at Satwa Taru Jurug Zoo in Solo, Java are trying to help one of their four orangutans quit smoking.  No, really. Tori, who is 15 years old, has been smoking for about a decade. According to reports, she learned to imitate smoking by watching people, … Continue reading

“Look, a baby rhino!” and thinking about the “Third World” as portrayed by Western media

I should talk about very serious issues, like the recent sinking of two boats crammed with refugees en route to Australia from Indonesia or the frenzy over new banking regulations or the continuing controversy over the production of palm oil or the “Internet atheist” who was jailed and fined for “spreading religious hatred” or the Sumatran … Continue reading

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