Cuba

Missing Dictator Special

“He’s not dead, he’s, he’s … resting!” Apologies for the Monty Python reference, but it rings true for a couple of Communism’s stalwarts. In Cuba, the Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution Square) no longer bears witness to marathon speeches from…

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Friday, 28th November 2008

Panopticon Prisons

Originally conceived by the philosopher Jeremy Bentham in 1785, the panopticon was intended to be a type of prison that allowed the guard to observe any of the inmates without them knowing if and when they were being watched. The…

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Monday, 4th February 2008

East Germany, in the Caribbean

This is the small island formerly known as Cayo Blanco de Sur, Cuba. The island is around 15 km long, about 500 metres wide, and is uninhabited save for the indigenous birds and iguanas. In 1972 while on a state…

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Thursday, 17th May 2007

Forest Fires

It’s pretty obvious where the fire has been and where it is heading in the first forest fire in Louisiana (thumbnail #1) and there is an immense amount of smoke from this other fire in Louisiana. You can see a…

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Monday, 25th April 2005

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