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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 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
from The EastAfrican..By ISMAIL MUSA LADUJuly 22, 2014 Ugandan government officials on a fact finding mission at Karuma Hill Exploration Area in Kiryandongo District where new mineral traces were recently discovered. Photo/Stephen Wandera. In an attempt to boost investment in the mining sector, Uganda's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has started a review of mining laws governing the industry. The existing laws are the Mineral Policy, which was established in 2001, the Mining Act 2003 and the
from Al Bawaba..July 27, 2014 Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared “caliphate”. Near the northern city of Mosul, the Islamic State has taken over the Najma and Qayara fields, while further south near Tikrit it overran the Himreen and Ajil fields during its two-day sweep through northern Iraq in mid-June. The oilfields in Islamic
from Ventures Africa..By OnyedimmakachukwuJuly 26, 2014 Investors surge towards Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, is rapidly increasing thanks to the country’s budding economy, its openness to doing business and robust entrepreneurial spirit. A testament to that fact is the disclosure by South Africa’s Moore Stephens, one of the world’s leading accounting and consulting networks, of its plans to expand significantly in the country. “We see huge potential in Nigeria, with its 169 million consumers, a growth rate of about

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from The Economist.. July 26, 2014 | DUBROVNIK | From the print edition   There is a cloud over Dubrovnik THIS month Dubrovnik, Croatia’s picturesque Adriatic port city, has been a favourite destination not only of the habitual cruise-ship tourists but also of foreign dignitaries. Within a few days, Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, senior officials from Russia, China, America and New Zealand and almost every single regional foreign minister and president dropped by. Credit for the flurry of visitors goes
from The Economist.. July 26, 2014 | YOLA | From the print edition Trying to teach children not to be extremists Almajiri boys RAG-CLAD boys, proffering plastic bowls and calling out for cash, line the streets of most big cities in Nigeria’s Muslim north. But they are not street kids. These are almajiri children, students of Islamic schools who have been sent from their homes to learn their religion.Almajiri means “immigrant”, signifying that the children come from far and wide to imbibe
from The Economist.. July 26, 2014 | BISHKEK | From the print edition Not all goes smoothly for Russia in its backyard GAZPROM is usually seen, especially by Europeans, as a powerful tool of Kremlin-led statecraft. But in Central Asia, a region that was once part of the imperial Russian and then Soviet empires, the gas giant has become bogged down in a dispute that makes Russia look anything but omnipotent.  The problems began in April, when Gazprom took over
from The Economist.. July 26, 2014 | Buenos Aires | From the print edition The clock is ticking toward an Argentine default ITS steakhouses bustle, its shopping malls teem. There are few signs that, on July 30th, Argentina could default for the eighth time. Yet the chances are rising. The countdown started on June 16th, when the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it would not get involved in Argentina’s battle with NML Capital, a hedge fund that picked
from Ventures Africa.. By Fumnanya Agbugah July 24,, 2014 VENTURES AFRICA – Morocco has reached a $150 million deal with Shandong Shangang group, a leader in the manufacture of steel products, to install modern manufacturing plant for the production of steel pipelines. “This contract reflects the determination of the strategy implemented in Morocco to bring in a number of Chinese manufacturers looking for competitive alternatives,” said Morocco minister of trade, Industry, Investment and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid