Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
I miss visiting the Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey in Spring time. We usually started our trips from the beginning of the month of April, almost every year for more than forty years. We enjoyed strolling under the cherry blossom trees, and seeing children running around with parents watching, while wearing their best dresses and suits to welcome the cherry blossoms in spring. Some Cherry trees often have just started to open the little buds of flowers and some are in full bloom with white, light pink, dark pink and red of little flowers in clusters on every branches of the cherry trees. It is so beautiful!!
I was in awe when I saw the cherry blossoms the first time, and I promised myself that I would visit this magic and beautiful land of cherry blossoms every year. It was such a happy time that we looked forward to with our family. There was always a special lunch, on a blanket under the cherry trees with the comfort of spring temperature, and baking the warm sun in the afternoon. We enjoyed seeing other families and people that came to admire the Cherry Blossoms. Even though we did not know them, there was the feeling of community, we smiled at each other and said hello to the people who passed by us. It was a time of happiness, harmony, and peace as humanity celebrated nature that provided us peace and comfort in the spring time.
John with Hunter, our neighbor’s son who came to see me every Saturday to study beginning math lessons.
As we know that most of the country is locked down, we can go out only to get food and in emergency situation. I have been in our apartment since March 12. On March 10, I went to the hospital for our second grandson’s birth. Then I stayed two nights with our four-year-old, first grandson. Since then I did not go out anywhere. My husband, John Watts are my provider, he went out to get food and necessity items that we need for during this lockdown of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The whole world is in the same situation as US. From the end of December 2019, the coronavirus took place in Wuhan, China and the coronavirus has been spread out all over the world, up to today, Saturday, April 4, 2020, 2:08 P.M.
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I went to view my Cherry Blossom posts in my website and in the photograph files of the Cherry Blossoms that we took for many years. I enjoy viewing the photographs. They remind me of happy times we had together with family and the community. I decided to select some of the photographs to post on my website. I hope that it will give the viewers some smiles or pleasant feeling that Cherry Blossom in Newark, New Jersey faithfully give pleasure to the community every year in Spring.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, April 4, 2020
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caused by the new coronavirus has killed at least 1,581 people in
the United States since Feb. 29, when a 58-year-old man near Seattle became the
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States, health officials agree that the number of confirmed cases is much lower
than the actual number of people who have the disease, and even the count of
deaths is probably low because of differences in reporting by overwhelmed local jurisdictions.
erupted in a few places with large outbreaks, none more dire than in New
York, where at least 44,876 cases have been confirmed and at least 527 have died
since March 14, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) announced the death of an
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Washington, where the
first known U.S. outbreak began in early February, has had a high number
of deaths among older people, particularly in the Seattle area.
The disease took root early in several King County nursing homes and facilities
that care for older, sicker people.
Hard-hit Louisiana is
facing a shortage of ventilators and protective equipment for health-care
workers, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). A breakout in New
Orleans may have been fueled by the month-long Carnival celebration that
drew more than a million people to the city in February and culminated in a
raucous — and crowded — Mardi Gras.
Gavin Newsom (D) was the first to issue a statewide stay-at-home order on March
19 in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease that had already
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Mich., which includes Detroit, has a high rate of
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last year, to Europe and the United States. The World Health Organization
declared covid-19 a pandemic on March 11 as the coronavirus
that causes it infiltrated countries all over the world.
disease, which can trigger severe respiratory symptoms, has been reported on
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countries are confirming thousand of new cases each day, including the United
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territories. As more tests are performed, many states are seeing rapid growth
in the number of known cases.
majority of China’s cases were reported in the Hubei province, where Chinese
health officials said the new virus strain leaped to humans from wild animals
that were sold at a market in the capital city of Wuhan.
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Herald Square Park,
New York City, New York In Spring 2014 I am sitting in my art gallery and work
room with comfort. It is nice and warm inside the house but outside at this
time in late December the weather is cold and I see no flowers and green trees.
It made me think of spring time. John and I went to New York City. We stopped
at the park between 33rd and 35th Street. The weather was just right with
bright sunshine. People enjoyed sitting on the chairs with tables for putting
drinks or other items. John enjoyed the sun in a chair. As a flowers lover I
gravitated to the bed of beautiful pink and white tulips, daffodils and other
spring flowers. People young and old were enjoying spending time in the park.
This small Park can give so much pleasure to humans. In general people love
nature. Seeing the tall trees and the flowers bloom makes people happy. Thanks
to New York City for creating this little oasis named Herald Square Park. For
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Grandpa John, from Wales, UK, could not come to the hospital for the birth of Bodhi, Mommy Mali called him on his iPad at home. He was so glad to see the new born, Bodhi, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
New born, Baby Bodhi was born with a full head of spiky red hair.
Big brother, Kai is gently touching Baby Bodhi head and fingers and, in his mind, saying “I will take care of you my little brother.”.
Daddy holds Baby Bodhi’s hand with all his love and care. Mommy is so happy to see that finally Baby Bodhi is here, joining with all the family and grownups to be healthy and strong like Big brother Kai.
You talking to me Brother Kai?
Brother Kai! See! My tongue is coming out just like yours.
Yes Mommy, I am sorry.
Daddy is carrying me carefully and gently to Mommy for my second drink of Mommy’s milk.
🙂 Thank you, Mommy, I am very hungry 🙂
Big Brother, Kai is very Happy to have his Baby Brother, Bodhi on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
I went out to our small garden to take photographs of our little group of daffodils that have some flowers blooming. I realized that today is the first day of spring. I would like to welcome the plants that are starting to show their beautiful flowers from the long sleep during the winter cold.
As I was looking at photographs of our second new born grandson, baby Bodhi, I thought that this is a great time for me to celebrate and share our new born grandson Bodhi with the world. This healthy human came to the world giving us happiness and joy, despite the circumstances of the world.
We will overcome the plight of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Scientists will find some medication to cure the disease. This moment makes all people realize that we are part of one humanity. If one country is in trouble, the whole world will feel the consequence. It is only a matter of time for the ripple effect to reach the whole world.
Although trouble comes to us, love still prevails. Our little baby grandson, Bodhi heals our suffering. He gives us happiness, and joy, for the spring that is arriving, with flowers blooming. Freshness and beauty will be with us all again.
🙂 Have a Happy Spring Everyone 🙂
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Friday, March 19, 2020
The Halsey Street Festival,
Part 3, Thursday, September 19, 2019,
On Halsey Street between
Bleaker Street and New Street, Downtown Newark, New Jersey, USA
John Watts demonstrated
Ing’s Peace Project, Ing &
A lot of Merchants, Food, Music
and Fashion Show
Photographs by Ing-On
More people came to enjoy the activities that
The Halsey Street Festival presented. I brought my Peace Poster offering
to the participants of the festival to express their thought on “What does
Peace mean to You?” or to them.
brought Kai’s books for the boy to look at in case he got tired of adult
was very glad to see more people were willing to record their thoughts on
People were lined up to see john
throwing a large pot.
I was glad to see the group of young
women who are studying at NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) where I
graduated with a master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry in 1980.
This artwork is my – Finished
“Peace” artwork 8
Shadow of Peace and La Asociación de
Barranquiteños de NJ Inc., Puerto Rican Festival in Newark on August 6, 2011,
organized by Carlos Maldonado Pastrana, President of La Asociación de
Barranquiteños de NJ. Finished artwork, after the written comments
by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Link to Peace Comes to 5th Annual Arts Music Fair
Elwood Park Page:
“Miss. Newark, New Jersey”, & Other people
were watching John demonstrate pottery.
I brought Kai, our grandson’s desk
chair, and an Alphabet spelling board to the boy and offered him some
drink. He seemed to enjoy playing with
the Alphabet spelling board.
100 Urban Art 2019 – Best artworks and street artists of the year P 3, 4 & 5
at the beginning of 2020 and its time for the Streetart360 team to do a
retrospective on the most beautiful urban art murals painted in 2019. We’ve
selected 100 murals from around the world, some by renown artists and others by
new talents. We based our selection on the number of likes and shares they have
received on the StreetArt360 social network pages (Facebook, Instagram,
Twitter, Pinterest) Please use the comment section to give us your feed back
and remember to visit the artists social networks or websites. Thanks for
sharing this Top 100. We wish you all the best for 2020.
Den Extralargos aka Eva Mena in Puerto Del Rosario, Canary
This year’s Amsterdam Light Festival, running November 28, 2019, to January
19, 2020, lights up the European city with illuminated art installations. The
festival, now in its eighth year, attracts tourists and engages locals at a
time when the city is cloaked in darkness for about sixteen hours each day.
Visitors to the Light Festival use a phone app to guide themselves through
Amsterdam’s city center, perusing twenty light works by artists from around the
world. This year’s show theme was “DISRUPT!” and artists reflected the concept
in pieces that ruminate on climate change, national history, technology, and
more. See some of our favorites here, by Masamichi Shimada, UxU Studio, Sergey Kim and others. You can explore the full line-up and
programming on the Amsterdam Light Festival website.
“Neighborhood” by Sergey Kim.
Photograph courtesy of the artist
“Nacht Tekening” by Krijn de Koning
“Atlantis” by Utskottet
“Surface Tension” by Tom Biddulph
and Barbara Ryan
More people came to enjoy the activities that The Halsey Street Festival presented. I brought my Peace Poster offering to the participants of the festival to express their thought on “What does Peace mean to You?” or to them.
Thanks to this person who was willingly to record her
thoughts on Peace.
John started his performance with a
People love to take John’s pictures
as he is making his magic pottery.
I love the way John produced his pottery or anybody who can have control and discipline enough to achieve making beautiful objects. I love to work with clay making my sculptures where I do not have to follow the rule and be well disciplined. One of these days I am going to ask Master John to teach me how to throw on the wheel and produce the controlled pottery.
More people were interested in
recording their Peace comments on my Peace Poster.
People seemed to enjoy taking
pictures and watching John demonstrate pottery.
It is so lovely to see a mother
holding her child, who shows the happiness and comfort of being embraced by his
mother with joy.
“Miss. Newark, New Jersey”, stopped
her tour to write her comments about Peace.
Beautiful flowers and beautiful
people made the atmosphere of the festival vibrant and Peaceful. This is the kind of harmony we need when
people get together to celebrate life. (No
Fighting, No Conflict and No More Wars)
Please continue to view The Halsey Street
Festival Part 3
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Sunday, February
Link to Ing & John’s Street Art & The
International Street Art Part 15
TOP 100 Urban Art 2019 – Best artworks and street artists of
the year P 1 & 2
We’re at the beginning of 2020 and its time for the
Streetart360 team to do a retrospective on the most beautiful urban art murals
painted in 2019. We’ve selected 100 murals from around the world, some by
renown artists and others by new talents. We based our selection on the number
of likes and shares they have received on the StreetArt360 social network pages
(Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) Please use the comment section to
give us your feed back and remember to visit the artists social networks or
websites. Thanks for sharing this Top 100. We wish you all the best for 2020.
Set within a district
of Victorian industrial buildings, the Toronto Light Festival is
a free 45-day festival occurring during this year’s winter months as a way to
creatively draw the city’s inhabitants out of their homes. Featuring 21 diverse
light installations built by local and international artists and thousands of
glowing bulbs, the festival covers a total of 13 acres in the city’s Distillery District. Installations range from a series of
lit figures appearing to jump from the roof of one of the historic buildings to
two red, geometric cats prowling an included alleyway, with several
multi-colored works in-between.
You can catch Toronto’s first ever
light art festival until March 12, or follow the festival on Instagram to catch snapshots of the glowing
to Ing & John’s Street Art & The International Street Art Part 16
I discovered the Russian street art scene a few years ago,
when some murals by P183 were becoming popular on social network sites More
recently I met Zmogk in Vitry sur Seine while he was busy painting an amazing
mural for a small urban art event.
I have also had the pleasure of interviewing both Yulia
Vanifatieva and Julia Volchkova, two up-and-coming Russian street artists. They
impressed me with their creativity and originality which was so different to
anything I had seen before.
Russia is currently one of the most creative urban art
hotspots in Europe. It is such a shame that so little is known about many of
these artists outside of Russia. I have therefore decided to publish a list of
the most interesting and creative artists. I Hope it will help you discover and
fall in love with their art, follow their social networks and promote their
work around the world. They deserve it!
Pavel or Paul (P183) was born in Moscow in 1983 and died
aged 29 on 1 April 2013. P183 is probably the best known Russian street artist
and has been dubbed as the ‘Russian Banksy’ by the British press. This artist
was one of the creators of the street art movement in Europe and his untimely
death was a major loss to the urban art scene.
RIP P183 you wrote some amazing letters on the wall of
Street Art and graffiti history. True art lovers will never forget you.
street art in Russia by P183
Marat ‘Morik’ Danilyan is a street
artist, graphic designer and illustrator from Russia. He went to art school but
then went on to complete degrees in philology and economics from the
Novosibirsk State University. With the rise of the Internet in the late 90’s,
Morik developed a passion for graffiti through Hip-hop culture. He started to
develop spray-painting skills and a love for experimenting with letter forms.
Piotr Gerasimenko (Petro) was born
in Zhukovsky in 1984 and is a member of the crew called Aesthetics. He’s been
painting on walls for more than a decade and, while developing his style, has
gone through many different stages to become one of the most prominent and
respected artists on the Russian graffiti scene.
Sergey is a Russian graffiti artist
from Ekaterinburg, who specialises in abstract lettering. He paints complex
murals showcasing many techniques. He loves to paint vegetation combined with
abstract lettering and typography.
Vitae Viazi are a street art crew
(art-collective) from Moscow. The name “Vitae Viazi” comes from the Latin word
“vitae” (“of life”) and “viazi,” which is the name of a special ornamental
Cyrillic (old slavonic) script. This decorative script was their initial source
of inspiration. The name of the crew should be written with characters of two
keyboard layouts “VITAE ????” but it is too tricky to google, so they choose –
Combining art and activism, the PangeaSeed Foundation is a Hawaii-based nonprofit
organization tha is doing its part to help save Earth’s waters with its “Sea
Walls: Artists For Oceans” international mural program. Since its
inception in 2014, over 350 ocean-themed murals have been painted in 15
countries by the organization’s network of over 300 artists. With activations
in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Mexico, and several other
locations around the globe, the initiative engages the public and educates the
world about critical environmental issues threatening our most precious
resources through art, film screenings, and discussions.
PangeaSeed founder and executive director
Tré Packard tells Colossal that when it comes to choosing which artists to work
with and what they should paint, balance and community are key. “We always aim
to create a balance between international, national and local artists,” he
said. “Over the years, with the Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program being
nomadic, we’ve learned the importance of community ownership of the murals once
we’ve packed up and left town. There tends to be so many incredible local
creatives in the areas we host projects, so we work hand in hand with the local
project director to help identify local artists who we invite to participate in
the project.” Artists are given a list of topics to choose from and together
with the team narrow it down to one. The murals are site-specific in that they
address issues relevant to the places where they are painted. Some artists have
even connected with local scientists and activists during the planning stage to
better inform their designs.
“The beauty of public art lies in
the fact that it is a public good where even ‘non-artsy’ folks can be touched
and empowered by experiencing the process or the finished product,” Packard
said about the mural program. “In addition to encouraging other artists
to create for a purpose, our chief goal is to effect positive behavioral change
at the individual and community level, so we’re thrilled when fans who aren’t
artistically inclined are moved.” As for ways that people can get involved and
help, he suggests finding ways to use less plastic, eating sustainable seafood,
and voting for politicians with ocean-minded ideas.
Packard says that there are some
dream projects on the horizon for Sea Walls, but those details are still under
wraps for now. To learn more about the foundation and its upcoming activations,
follow @pangeaseed and @Seawalls_ on social media.
Baltimore-based artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, known as Jessie
and Katey, started creating murals because of the sheer accessibility
of public art. The pair have always created work with a big visual impact, but
as their designs grew they began to consider the possibility of working on the
ground in addition to large-scale walls. Their site-specific floor works
combine inspirations from both textiles and board games to create interactive
walkways that encourage play and exploration. Jessie and Katey explain to
Colossal that “the compositions are inspired by the viewer and how they might
travel through the work. It’s really fun watching little kids interact with the
floor murals—they always know what to do.”
The math behind both textile design
and quilting is an aspect that the pair must consider when painting their
large-scale works, and have started to inform how the pair begins each piece’s
early designs. “We approach our large-scale work a bit like screen printers,
even though we don’t screen print,” the pair explains. “Our process of
execution is very methodical and we tend to think in planes or layers. This is
probably a result of having to develop concepts and adapt them to larger spaces
in a short amount of time. It’s interesting that painting murals has informed
how we paint murals.”
This summer Jessie and Katey are
working with the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation in Baltimore to
create a site-specific mural for the Foundation’s new community space. The
artists will also be painting a piece in Sacramento in collaboration with Wide Open Walls and later this fall will be
working on an immersive installation incorporating recycled materials at
Baltimore’s Goucher College, a rare opportunity for the pair
to work in three dimensions. You can view more of Jessie and Katey’s work on
their website and Instagram
For more information please visit the
Ing & John’s Street Art and
International Street Art – Part 12
I went back to view my
Blog and found our new year’s wish that I posted on January 1, 2016. I like the poem I wrote, and our sculpture
garden showing flowers blooming with bees and butterflies. I decided to post the project again for our
New Year’s wish to everyone around the world for Happiness and Peace for the
year of 2020, and always.
Happy New Year Everyone from John and Ing in our Sculpture Garden
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Downtown Newark, New Jersey,
🙂 🙂 🙂 Happy New Year Everyone 🙂 🙂 🙂
I enjoyed cultivating our
garden and John enjoyed producing his sculptures. We produced our
Sculpture Garden for ourselves and hope that the others will enjoy it also.
From spring to fall our
garden was full of flower blossoms and buzzing with bees, Swallowtail, Monarchs
and Red admiral butterflies. They were drinking nectar from the flowers
while John and I were busy with our garden.
We hope that our first grandson Kai, who is 4 months old in January 2016 and now in 2020 he is 4 years old, will be able to see what his grandpa and grandma were doing when he is old enough to understand.
We are quite satisfied
and happy with the result of our Sculpture Garden last year, 2015. We
would like to share some of the scenery of our garden that John and I captured
all year round.
May Peace and Happiness be with all of us for 2020 and always.
John lays cement blocks
building patio for his sculptures in our backyard garden.
May 2015: John is
laying a brick floor in some area of the garden.
Lays the Basic Foundation to be Better and Firm
Brick by brick he lays
One’s foundation of love
Love to make a basic ground for better and firm
Love to use two hands and brain to create
From a lump of clay
Forming certain shapes
Love to put thought
And experience into creating
Sculpture to be born
Love to explore and share
What one does
The love of nature
And love of fellow mankind
Keeps us alive and well
Let love dominate the world
Let us be calm and peaceful
Let us lay a basic foundation
Brick by brick
To be better and firm
Wednesday, January 06, 2016, 4:07 pm
My first poem for this
John cut cement blocks
building patio for his sculptures in our backyard garden.
John was cleaning the
August 2015: John
assembling his new sculpture.
Top left: Cutting
an iron pole for the sculpture
the length of each section
Ing’s sculpture, Tower
This is another one of
my sculptures. John insists on having my two sculptures in our garden.
I love taking photos in the
garden and enjoy seeing my flower blooms. I like to sneak taking pictures
of John when he is working in the garden. Once I caught myself taking
photo with flowers in the reflection of the entrance door to the house.
October 2015: John
and I received very sad news from a friend, Arthur Rogoff, who told us that
Steve Mace, one of John pottery students and a friend, passed away. John
and I went to a remembrance gathering at Steve’s family home. His wife
said that before Steve passed away, he said that he wanted to give John the
John made the sculpture
in 1980 and Steve exchanged an early version of a camcorder for this sculpture
from John. We are very appreciative for the gift of this sculpture from
Steve. Steve was a very kind and generous person. Every time John
had gathering for the pottery students each year, Steve would bring his home-made
special bread filled with sausage, cheese, pepper, onion and other ingredients
that tasted delicious. He also brought other items for the
occasions. I wish to dedicate this project to Steve Mace who we all miss
and we will always think of fondly for the rest of our lives.
The top part of
sculpture was broken in the process of transportation from Steve house to our
backyard sculptures garden. John had to repair it.
Earlier in 2015, John
laid a cement block patio for his sculptures in our backyard garden. By
adding the gift from Steve this makes it more meaningful and sentimental.
We will always think of him every time we are present in our sculpture garden.
May Peace and Happiness be with all of us for 2020 and always.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Monday on the NewsHour, President
Trump comes under fire from both Republicans and Democrats for abruptly
announcing the removal of U.S. troops from Syria. Also: The impeachment inquiry
grows as a second whistleblower emerges, Amy Walter and Tamara Keith on
Politics Monday, a firestorm for the NBA about China, free speech and human
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the man on a mission to take down Cambodia’s timber tycoons and expose a
rampant illegal cross-border trade.
Under a rickety wooden stilt house
near Cambodia’s Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the country’s leading environmental
campaigners is preparing dinner.
Ouch Leng stuffs raw meat into an
empty beer can and throws it into the fire. It’s a poor man’s feast for his
team of investigators to fuel them through a night’s surveillance.
Chewing pork and buffalo, their infrared
optics and cameras ready to record, they wait patiently for trucks to emerge
from the darkness.
Their cargo? Timber logged illegally
inside a wildlife sanctuary that is meant to be protected under Cambodian law.
“We went and saw eight trucks
inside one sawmill and another timber truck was loaded with square logs,”
he says, as he chops vegetables for dinner.
“It’s ready to export out
Before long, two semi-trailers, a
procession of tractors and four minivans, all loaded with logs, rumble out of
the wildlife sanctuary, which is marked by a sign brandishing the logos of the
European Union, USAID and Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment.
It is a significant haul but pales
in comparison to the convoy Leng says he witnessed the night before.
“I saw 23 timber trucks transport [logs] from the Phnom
Prich area,” says Leng.
Such stakeouts are part of Leng’s
relentless pursuit of timber tycoons who pillage his country’s forests for
profit, leading to some of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world.
In the 2000s, the Cambodian
government began leasing millions of hectares of land – called concessions – to
private companies, some of them inside protected forests.
It led to a nation-wide logging gold
rush – one that Leng is determined to stop.
Land concessions by country (LICADHO, 2018)
In one of his more daring exploits,
Leng disguised himself as a chef working at logging camps to infiltrate the
network of notorious logging baron, Try Pheap, an adviser to Cambodian Prime
Minister Hun Sen.
He lifted the lid on Pheap’s vast
illegal logging operations in a 2013 report but the tycoon continued to expand
his timber business across the country. This year, Leng filmed two major
logging operations inside the protected area of Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary
in the western Cardamon Mountains – both in concessions leased by Try Pheap.
What he discovered next is a scandal
on an international scale.
Video footage from Try Pheap’s
timber depot on the outskirts of Phnom Penh shows huge quantities of luxury wood
being loaded into shipping containers.
Al Jazeera tracked these containers
and confirmed they travelled from Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Port to northern
Try Pheap and his representatives
have not responded to Al Jazeera’s requests for comment.
Leng, the activist, says timber
smugglers use illegal crossings dotted across the border as part of a rampant
industry, with Vietnam effectively laundering then exporting illegally logged
wood from Cambodian forests.
Almost half a million cubic metres
of timber were smuggled from Cambodia to Vietnam between 2016 and 2018,
according to a series of reports by international non-government organisation,
the Environmental Investigation Agency.
In official correspondence seen by
Al Jazeera, the Cambodian government accuses Vietnam of issuing permits for
illegally logged timber, despite repeated warnings.
“There is still timber going
across the border because there is a black market in that area,” spokesman
Neth Pheaktra tells Al Jazeera.
“These activities are illegal.
That’s why the Ministry of Environment, as well as other relevant ministries,
and border officials are cracking down on forest crimes.”
Vietnam’s government says it
“strictly prohibits illegal timber harvesting, transportation, processing
and trade” and is taking measures to stop it.
From 2001 to 2018, Cambodia lost
2.17 million hectares of tree cover, equivalent to a 25% decrease, according to
data analysis by Global Forest Watch.
The timber feeds an insatiable
demand for rare wood in China, where prices for luxury timber furniture have
soared. One bed made from Siamese Rosewood – which has been almost eradicated
in Cambodia – reportedly was on sale for $1 million.
“Sometimes I cry. I feel disappointed
because I’m not able to protect the forest,” says Leng. “I see that
the destruction is so big, but no one helps to protect it.
With huge profits to be made, Leng’s
investigations are undertaken at great risk.
Another Cambodian forest activist,
Chut Wutty, was murdered in 2012 while investigating a logging company. Several
more forest patrollers have been killed since, including three who were shot at
the Vietnamese border last year.
Leng himself has received numerous
death threats and had his equipment smashed.
“I know that this is dangerous
work… No one dares to challenge the companies,” says Leng. “Why do I
challenge [them]? Because the companies have caused mass destruction to the
In some cases, protected areas have
been completely destroyed – such as Snuol Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern
Snuol Wildlife Sanctuary Data: NASA Landsat / USGS
The sanctuary was so severely
damaged, the government removed its protected status in 2018 – conceding there
was nothing left to protect.
Travelling in a four-wheel drive
vehicle so old the rear brakes often erupt into plumes of smoke, Leng stops at
the barren remains of the former sanctuary.
“Maybe 10 years ago there was
jungle and a lot of forest and a lot of wildlife like elephants, tigers,
rabbits…” he laments.
“The private companies came to destroy,
to terminate the forest here.”
Other sanctuaries, like Boeung Per
in the north, are rapidly heading towards the same fate.
Boeung Per Sanctuary Data: NASA Landsat / USGS
But despite the forces stacked
against him, Leng continues to race off deep into the jungle every time he gets
a new tip-off of potential illegal activity.
“This has happened for 10 to 20
years – not just this year, and no one has been able to prevent it,” he
But as long as there are precious
forests to save in Cambodia, Leng will be on the frontline defending them.
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Activists say tens of thousands of people have fled towns along the
“It’s like hell. I am afraid
for all my family and everyone I know.”
Sevinaz is from a town near Syria’s
border with Turkey that immediately came under heavy bombardment when the
Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels launched an assault on Kurdish-led
forces there on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old Kurdish filmmaker
and activist said repeated air and artillery strikes on the town – called Sere
Kaniye by Kurds, and Ras al-Ain by Arabs – had forced her to flee with several
members of her family.
“I am outside the town with my
sick mother. My brother is inside. I have been informed that my cousin might
have been martyred. There is no safe place for anybody,” she told the BBC
on Thursday morning, hours before rebels said the town was surrounded.
“I’m concerned about it being
the last time that I see my city,” she said.
is a liar’
Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, has said the aim of the military operation is to create a 32km
(20-mile) deep “safe zone” along the Syrian side of the border and to
resettle up to two million Syrian refugees there.
Media captionSome residents began to
flee as smoke rose over the border town of Ras al-Ain
He has said he wants to push back from
the Turkish border members of a Syrian Kurdish militia called the People’s
Protection Units (YPG). He insists the YPG is an extension of a rebel group
that has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey and is designated a terrorist
organisation by Turkey, the US and EU.
The YPG, which denies the claim, is
the dominant force in an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias called the
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). It has been the critical partner on the ground
in Syria for the US-led multinational coalition against the jihadist group
Islamic State (IS).
Sevinaz dismissed Mr Erdogan’s
assertion that he wants “to prevent the creation of a terror corridor
across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area”.
“He’s a liar and he wants the
Kurds to be finished. And not just Kurds, because in Sere Kaniye and all the
other cities it’s not just Kurds who are living here,” she said.
Sevinaz said she believed the SDF
and YPG’s fighters would do all they could to repel the Turkish assault, and
that ultimately they would be victorious.
“They are the children of this
land. They are our brothers and sisters,” she explained. “Even with
all the things that are happening and the silence from the world, I still
believe that the right people will win.”
Azad Cudi, a British-Iranian Kurd
who is a sniper for the YPG, told the BBC on Wednesday that US President Donald
Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from the border area in anticipation of
a Turkish offensive felt “like a stab in the back”.
The US military had previously
attempted to avert a Turkish offensive on its Kurdish allies by setting up with
the Turkish military a “security mechanism” in the border area. The
YPG co-operated by dismantling fortifications.
“In August, we came to this
‘security mechanism’ agreement,” Mr Cudi said. “Based on that, we
withdrew. We destroyed the fighting positions which were built to fight the
Turkish in case of an invasion and we handed them over to the Americans.”
have no friends but the mountains’
Mr Cudi said SDF forces were not
equipped with the heavy machine-guns and anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons
that they would need to repel a Turkish assault.
“But if there is no choice,
there is no choice. We will fight back at all costs.”
“There’s been many, many
letting down and abandoning Kurds in the past. This is what we say: ‘We have no
friends but the mountains,'” he added. “The United States, like any
other state or any other government, will do whatever serves their own best
interests. We know that.”
He said Mr Trump and other US
politicians had been “lied to” about the war with IS, and he
expressed concern about the risk of thousands of suspected IS militants being
detained in SDF prisons escaping if their guards came under attack by Turkey.
Image copyright AFP Image caption US
troops pulled back from the border on Monday in anticipation of the Turkish
“[The war] is not finished, it
is not over. We wouldn’t do such a thing as losing prisoners, but imagine when
things get tough and there is a war and you are fighting on many fronts. It
will be practically difficult to control and manage these prisoners.”
He added: “The Kurds are the
only people who have fought [IS]. The Iraqi government and the Syrian
government couldn’t stand their attacks. We were the only ones who could resist
them. With us being threatened, their hope for a new caliphate may grow
Sevinaz said she believed Turkey was
also in contact with IS sleeper cells inside north-eastern Syria and would ask
them to target the Kurds. On Wednesday, several IS militants reportedly
attacked SDF posts in the region.
“I’m worried and I think soon
that there will be lots more movement from them. They already did one [attack]
next to Sere Kaniye, and… in Raqqa, and I think there will be more
She also held out little hope of Mr
Trump carrying out his threat to “totally destroy and obliterate”
Turkey’s economy if it does anything he considers to be “off limits”.
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The Syrian Democratic Forces has said it will defend its territory “at all
“What does ‘off limits’ mean?
They’re already attacking everywhere,” she said. “They don’t care
about civilians. They don’t care about the middle of the cities.
“Donald Trump is going to do nothing. He cares about money. He doesn’t care about the 11,000 people who died while fighting and resisting against IS.”
Sevinaz insisted that she would not
flee to another part of Syria. “I will not move from Rojava. I will never
move,” she said, using the Kurdish name for the north-east of the country.
Instead, she called for people
across the world to make clear to their governments their anger at the
“The states do not care about
us. The states didn’t care about bringing their [foreign] IS prisoners back to
their countries. The states didn’t care about us being under threat for a long,
long time,” she added. “It is the time for the voices of the people,
who believe in freedom, who believe in human rights.”
It made landfall on Saturday shortly
before 19:00 local time (10:00 GMT), in Izu Peninsula, south-west of Tokyo and
moved up the east coast. Almost half a million homes were left without power.
In the town of Hakone near Mount
Fuji more than 1m (3ft) of rain fell on Friday and Saturday, the highest total
ever recorded in Japan over 48 hours.
Media captionMore than seven million
people were urged to leave their homes
Further north in Nagano prefecture,
levees along the Chikuma river gave way sending water rushing through
residential areas, inundating houses. Flood defences around Tokyo have held and
river levels are now falling, reports the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in
Officials said some of those killed
were swept away by landslides while others were trapped in their cars as
floodwaters rose. Another 15 people are listed as missing and dozens are
preparations were made?
More than seven million people were
urged to leave their homes as the huge storm approached, but it is thought only
50,000 stayed in shelters.
Many residents stocked up on
provisions before the typhoon’s arrival, leaving supermarkets with empty
Image copyright Reuters Image
caption Torrential rain has caused rivers to flood huge areas
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huge clean-up operation was under way in Kawasaki near Tokyo
“Unprecedented heavy rain has
been seen in cities, towns and villages for which the emergency warning was
issued,” Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) forecaster Yasushi Kajiwara
told a press briefing.
Many bullet train services were
halted, and several lines on the Tokyo metro were suspended for most of
All flights to and from Tokyo’s
Haneda airport and Narita airport in Chiba have been cancelled – more than
1,000 in total.
Image copyright Reuters Image
caption Bullet trains were half submerged in Nagano, central Japan
Two Rugby World Cup games scheduled
for Saturday were cancelled on safety grounds and declared as draws –
England-France and New Zealand-Italy. The cancellations were the first in the
tournament’s 32-year history.
Sunday’s Namibia-Canada match due to
take place in Kamaishi was also cancelled and declared a draw.
The US-Tonga fixture in Osaka and
Wales-Uruguay in Kumamoto will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday, organisers
Meanwhile, a crunch game between
Scotland and tournament hosts Japan on Sunday will now go ahead. The decision
followed a safety inspection.
Japan suffers about 20 typhoons a
year, but Tokyo is rarely hit on this scale.
Image copyright Getty Images Image
caption Shopkeepers tried to protect their stores from the powerful winds and
Image copyright AFP Image caption Many
supermarket were left empty as people stocked up
In this powerful, personal talk,
author and academic Juan Enriquez shares stories from inside the immigration
crisis at the US-Mexico border, bringing this often-abstract debate back down
to earth — and showing what you can do every day to create a sense of
belonging for immigrants. “This isn’t about kids and borders,” he
says. “It’s about us. This is about who we are, who we the people are, as
a nation and as individuals.”
This talk was presented at an
official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.
For the past 20 years, photographer
and TED Fellow Jon Lowenstein has documented the migrant journey from Latin
America to the United States, one of the largest transnational migrations in
world history. Sharing photos from his decade-long project “Shadow Lives
USA,” Lowenstein takes us into the inner worlds of the families escaping
poverty and violence in Central America — and pieces together the complex
reasons people leave their homes in search of a better life.
This talk was presented at an
official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.
Refugee and immigrants rights
attorney Melanie Nezer shares an urgently needed historical perspective on the
crisis at the southern US border, showing how citizens can hold their
governments accountable for protecting the vulnerable. “A country shows
strength through compassion and pragmatism, not through force and through
fear,” she says.
This talk was presented to a local
audience at TEDxMidAtlantic, an independent event. TED’s editors chose to
feature it for you.
About 60 million people around the globe
have been forced to leave their homes to escape war, violence and persecution. The
majority have become Internally Displaced Persons, meaning they fled their
homes but are still in their own countries. Others, referred to as refugees,
sought shelter outside their own country. But what does that term really mean?
Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman explain. [Directed by Biljana Labovic,
narrated by Susan Zimmerman, music by David Obuchowski and Peter Linder].
Perani uses macro photography to capture the microscopic details
found on butterflies’ wings, such as multi-colored hairs and iridescent
scales. To photograph with such precision, the photographer uses a 10x
microscope objective attached to a 200mm lens, which presents an almost
non-existent depth of field. “The lens must be moved no more than 3 microns per
photo to achieve focus across the thickness of the subject which can be up to 8
millimeters,” Perani explains to Colossal. “This yields 350 exposures, each
with a sliver in focus, that must be composited together.” In total this
accounts for 2,100 separate exposures combined into a single image. For more
detailed observations of butterfly wings, visit Perani’s
website. (via Colossal Submissions)
Ing and John’s Street
Art, Downtown Newark, New Jersey, USA Part 1
I love street art for many reasons.
First of all, the artwork is there for the public. It is for everyone who
passes to their destination. Without spending time visiting art galleries
or museums, they can see art while they are going to work or getting lunch.
Some may pay attention to the artwork and some may not. Some may ask
questions about the artwork. I hope, at least the artwork will activate
the thought process of those passing by.
I love plants and flowers. It
makes me happy when I see the freshness of green leaves and beautiful flowers
blooming. Our shop is closed temporally, and the window gate is
down. I thought that if I display our artwork and some of the plants from our
backyard garden in front of the shop gate, it would make it more pleasant for
the people who pass by. I am happy to do it, and I hope the artwork and
the plants will help the downtown office workers or others feel fresh and
My first day of Street art was on
Friday, July 26, 2019. I took some plants from our backyard garden to
display in front of our shop. I started my first display of artwork with
“Elephants at the Water Lily Pond” I produced in 1999. There are always
people walking by our place, but more during lunch time. Most of them are
the office workers. Also, in the evening, people walk by going home from
work. Some people are interested in the artwork, and ask questions, while
others are oblivious to the artwork that I display.
One week later I changed my artwork
to, “By the Water Lily Pond”, which produced in 1998. I added more plants
to my display, when the pink blossom flowers of Rose Queen were in full bloom.
This artwork of mine titled, “I Have
A Dream – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr”, I displayed from, Wednesday, August 14,
2019, to August 21, 2019. I produced this work in 2010. I also
added more plants to fill the front of shop space.
My Thai classical artwork was displayed on Thursday, August
22, 2019. I produced this artwork in1994.
On Monday, August 28, 2019 John
added his work to the display. John’s artwork is on the far left,
“Impossible Dreamer”. “Gandhi Man of Peace”, in the middle is my artwork,
which I produced in 2000. The far right is John’s artwork “Beneath the
Lake”. Thanks to John Watts, my husband, for helping to display the
artwork in a better presentation.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John
Watts, Thursday, October 10, 2019
Based on an update to
his website this morning it appears Banksy visited
the Jungle Refugee Camp in Calais, France, one of the largest refugee camps in
western Europe. The artist left behind four new artworks, most notably a piece
featuring Steve Jobs carrying an early Macintosh computer and a sack over his
shoulder noting his background as a “son of a migrant from Syria,” (Jobs was
adopted, but his biological father was from Syria). In another piece he
references Géricault’s famous Raft of Medusa painting, depicting an imperiled group
of people on a sinking raft as they hail a modern cruise ship just on the horizon.
The artist previously brought attention to the refuge crisis in a piece at Dismaland earlier this year.
In addition to the artworks, part of
Banksy’s team installed 12 permanent structures and a makeshift playground
inside the squalid Jungle camp using materials left behind from Dismaland, a
project he refers to as Dismal Aid.
One of the best ways you can help
Syrian refugees is through donations to the UN Refugee Agency.
Malland’s takeover includes dozens
of paintings, installations, and sculptures that have transformed the castle
into a colorful record of his travels and a look into his mind.
Titled 1,2,3, Soleil, the exhibition features over 50 of the artist’s faceless
characters. Each room in the chateau has a theme that represents one of
Malland’s previous projects in countries around the world. Vibrant colors and
geometrical shapes are complicated by themes of conflict and loneliness.
The exhibition includes site-specific installations as well as collaborative
pieces made with artists Mono Gonzalez and Pascal Vilcollet.
The walk through Malland’s world
will remain on view in France through October 7, 2019. In addition to his solo
show, Malland also recently completed two murals in Denmark as part of Kirk Gallery‘s annual
Out in the Open mural initiative. To keep up with the artist’s latest projects,
follow him on Instagram.
Seth | ‘Jack
in the Box’ | Østerbro 41 | Aalborg | Denmark
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