By G. A. Bradshaw

ISBN-10: 0300154917

ISBN-13: 9780300154917

Drawing on debts from India to Africa and California to Tennessee, and on study in neuroscience, psychology, and animal habit, G. A. Bradshaw explores the minds, feelings, and lives of elephants. Wars, hunger, mass culls, poaching, and habitat loss have decreased elephant numbers from greater than ten million to a couple hundred thousand, leaving orphans bereft of the elders who would typically mentor them. in this case, traumatized elephants became competitive opposed to humans, different animals, or even each other; their habit is similar to that of people who've skilled genocide, different different types of violence, and social cave in. via exploring the elephant brain and adventure within the wild and in captivity, Bradshaw bears witness to the breakdown of old elephant cultures.

All isn't really misplaced. everyone is operating to save lots of elephants through rescuing orphaned babies and rehabilitating grownup zoo and circus elephants, utilizing a similar ideas psychologists follow in treating people who've survived trauma. Bradshaw urges us to help those and different types of elephant restoration and to resolve urgent social and environmental crises affecting all animals, human or no longer.

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The first exercise in returning the country to civilian rule was the writing of a new constitution. This was entrusted to a Constitution Commission, headed by Dr Amos Sawyer, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Liberia. To delay having to act on their product, and to modify provisions which he did not like, Doe created a more pliant Constitutional Advisory Assembly to review the work24 — and to incorporate his desired modifications. The 'improved' constitution was duly approved by referendum on 3 July 1984.

It begins, 'The third quarter of 1988 has seen extensive deterioration in the 75 76 77 78 About the same time, West Germany stopped its loans because of Liberia's failure to repay {Daily Observer, 26 April 1989, p. 12). Doe took this idea of a rally from the 'Rally Time' Tolbert introduced in April 1972 to fund national development. See Boley, Liberia, pp. 82-5; Wilton Sankawulo, Tolbert of Liberia (London, Ardon Press, 1979), PP- 120-3. It is worth recording that Doe, like Tolbert before him, sold Liberian diplomatic passports to 'honorary consuls' round the world.

The Press Union refused to associate with it on the grounds that it was against the provisions safeguarding freedom of speech in the constitution (Daily Observer, 4 Sept. 1989, p. 1). The Herald attacked the commission as being 'in flagrant violation of the Liberian Constitution' (7-13 Sept. 1989, p. 5). There were frequent announcements of more direct means of intimidation; journalists were beaten up by police (News, 2 June 1989, p. 6); the offices of the Daily Observer were again burnt down 'by men wearing soldiers' uniforms' on the night of 18 Mar.

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