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Serengeti StoryThis month’s preferred reading is Serengeti Story by Anthony R. E. Sinclair: Life and Science in the World’s Greatest Wildlife Region

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was the first region in the world to be identified as a World Heritage Site. It is home to some of the most diverse species on the planet, and host to the largest migrations on Earth.

Anthony Sinclair documents his extensive experience as a scientist working in Africa. His lifetime’s work has played a leading role in establishing the forces that operate and maintain this fragile ecosystem—the factors that affect the timing and order of the Great Migration, the impact of the interdependent populations of food supply, predation and disease, piecing together the interaction of animal, bird, reptile and insect populations with the savannah and grasslands.

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from The Africa Report..By Beyene GedaJuly 23, 2014 A Russian company is set to begin petroleum and natural gas exploration in Ethiopia after signing an agreement with the country's mines ministry. GPB Global Resources signed the agreement last Thursday, after a year-long negotiation, which will see the Russian company exploring in the Afar region of eastern Ethiopia. A statement from Ethiopia's Foreign ministry on Tuesday said the deal, a petroleum production and sharing agreement, will see GPB taking
from IRIN..PHNOM PENH, 28 July 2014 The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia, experts say. “Cambodia is going to pay the highest price for dam development basin-wide, to the point of affecting the food security of its 80 percent rural population,” Eric Baran, a specialist with the WorldFish Centre, an international research NGO based in Phnom Penh, told IRIN. “Worldwide, there is no
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from Novinite.com..July 28, 2014 Alongside Macedonia, Montenegro has also voiced its interest to have South Stream pipes on its soil. Photo by temadaily.bg  Montenegro's Economy Minister Vladimir Kavaric announced that his country desired to be included in the South Stream gas pipeline project. "South Stream is part of the diversification opportunities for our energy sources and also an opportunity to increase competitiveness of our economy. We have not yet received an official invitation, but there were negotiations with representatives of [Russian energy
from African Arguments..By Arthur SimuchobaJuly 28, 2014 The health of the 77-year old Zambian President Michael Sata currently ranks among the most sensitive of issues in the country and has come to be discussed only in hushed tones. His most recent public appearance and pictures released by his office, intended to stem increasing speculation, show him to be in startling physical decline. The details of his condition have however remained a closely guarded secret. Discussion of the
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from Inter Press Service..By Oriol Andrés Gallart Tank trucks being filled with water in front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque in Beirut. Credit: Oriol Andrés Gallart/IPS BEIRUT, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) - In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with large amounts of water. The mosque has its own well, which allows it to pump water directly from the aquifers that cross the Lebanese underground.
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from Inter Press Services..By Emilio Godoy MEXICO CITY, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) - Construction worker Leobardo Gómez has been out of work for nine months since he slipped and fell to the street on a construction site in the Mexican capital in October. “I broke two ribs and I still can’t work,” the 44-year-old, who came to Mexico City from the southern state of Puebla, told IPS. “The doctor told me I have to rest, and my social security
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from Inter Press Service..By Catherine Wilson The PNG Government has recently introduced legislation to outlaw polygamy and increase the country's rate of official marriage and birth registrations. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS SYDNEY, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) - New legislation recently passed in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) outlawing polygamy has been welcomed by experts in the country as an initial step forward in the battle against high rates of domestic violence, gender inequality and the
from The Daily Star (Lebanon)..By Acha Leko and Paul CollierJuy 28, 2014COMMENTARY Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a brutal campaign of kidnappings, bombings and murder. But, while these developments certainly merit international concern, they should not be allowed to obscure Nigeria’s recent achievements – or spur the outside world to turn its back on the country.What
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from The Economist.. July 26, 2014 | BISHKEK AND DUSHANBE | From the print edition A plan to export electricity looks cursed WAR in Afghanistan, corruption and regional rivalries: until recently these were the main hurdles to a $1.2 billion, American-backed project to send surplus electricity from Central Asia to energy-hungry Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now comes another: there is unlikely to be any surplus electricity. The concept, first aired eight years ago, was simple. In summer, when Afghanistan and Pakistan
from the Financial Times.. By Benedict Mander in Buenos Aires and Vivianne Rodrigues in New York July 27, 2013 Santiago Medina frowns as he recalls Argentina’s economic crisis at the time of its 2001 sovereign debt default, when he lost his job and took part in street protests. “Those were tough times,” says Mr Medina, who sells newspapers at a small kiosk beside a traffic-clogged avenue in Buenos Aires. “I don’t understand why the government wants to