Ghana: Global Community Lists Atewa Forest Mining As ‘High Risk’ Post COVID-19 Venture

[Ghanaian Times] Over 260 organisations from across the world have petitioned Chinese Ministry of Commerce and copied over 10 Chinese institutions not to include projects that directly impact local environments, communities, and livelihoods, in their COVID-19 financial support.

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Why big farms flopped in Ethiopia

THE PLAN was to transform farming in southern Ethiopia. Twelve years ago Fri-El, an Italian conglomerate, signed a lease with the state government for 30,000 hectares of farmland in South Omo to make palm oil. But the palms needed more water than the copper-coloured Omo river could supply and production was so disappointing that in 2011 its lease was cut by a third in size

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Malawi: Medical Workers Threaten to Stay Away Over ‘Inadequate’ Protection in COVID-19 Crisis

[Nyasa Times] Frontline medical workers through Medical Doctors Union of Malawi has asked the Special Cabinet Committee on Coronavirus (Covid-19) to provide several services including providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for those heading into a ‘warzone’ as the virus pandemic hits.

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The Egyptian government is sending Jews mixed signals

WHEN IT COMES to Egypt’s Jewish community, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi says all the right things. Only a minuscule fraction of the 80,000 Jews who once lived in Egypt remain in this Arab, Muslim country. Nonetheless, Mr Sisi promises a resurgence of local Jewry.

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