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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 Foreign Affairs.. By Tom Keatinge August 1, 2014 Banknotes of Ukrainian hryvnia are seen Kiev, May 23, 2012. (Gleb Garanich / Courtesy Reuters) From the outside, the state of affairs in Ukraine seem easy to summarize. Peaceful protests for closer ties with the EU in Kiev’s Maidan Square provoked a brutal crackdown, which in turn, led to the ousting of incumbent President Viktor Yanukovych. After that, Russia annexed Crimea. There have since been violent tremors in cities
from The New York Times.. By Reuters / Drazen Jorgic August 1, 2104 NAIROBI — Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the government to repossess large areas of land in Lamu County, which has been hit by recent attacks, saying land grabbing was helping fuel instability on the north coast. Kenyatta, speaking late on Thursday, said a government audit showed the land, covering an area the size of the island of Mauritius, had been acquired unlawfully by
from Transparency International.. By  Transparency International Secretariat August 1, 2014 Following a series of recent serious security incidents involving the staff and premises of its chapter in Rwanda, Transparency International, the global anti-corruption movement, is calling on the Rwandan authorities to make every effort in ensuring the safety of its staff. “The security of our people is paramount for Transparency International. They should be able to pursue their work to tackle corruption and improve people's lives

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from EMIA.. By Merco Press: South Atlantic News Agency August 1, 2014 Among public titles, the Bonar 2017 fell by 4.4%; the Discount by 8.3%; the Par by 6.9%, while the Boden 2015 fell back by 3.8%. GDP-linked coupons plunged by 8%, while Argentina’s risk score climbed 13.9% to 622 points. At the New York Stock Market, Argentine shares plummeted, banks and energy firms being the most affected. Argentine YPF energy company by 8.4%; Edenor by
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from Business Day.. Author: Editor August 1, 2014 After a series of bombings hit Nigeria’s capital this year, several investors set to join Ridle Markus on a trip to Abuja postponed because of security concerns. While not all of them made the journey with the Johannesburg-based Barclays Africa Group strategist in June, Markus said some of their money found its way into the bond market of the continent’s largest economy. Confidence in World Bank predictions that sub-Saharan
from Good Governance Africa..By Brian KlaasAugust 1, 2014 Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital emerges from the shadow of war Two years ago I was mugged on the street near Abidjan’s glimmering lagoon in the city centre. When I went to the police station to report the theft, I was taken aback when the officer on duty whispered to me, “Must have been a northerner. They’ve taken over.” I have no idea where the thief was from. He was never
from ReutersJuly 31, 2014 Middle East funds are heavily bullish towards Saudi Arabian stocks after news the market will open to direct foreign investment, while they are bearish on the United Arab Emirates because of concern about high valuations. The latest Reuters survey of 15 leading investment managers, conducted over the past 10 days, showed two-thirds expected to raise their equity allocations to Saudi Arabia in the next three months, up from 40 percent in the
from International Business Times..By Kathleen CaulderwoodJuly 31, 2014 Nigeria has broken two records in 2014. First, it became the largest economy on the continent after rebasing its GDP. It also experienced the deadliest attack yet from militant Islamist group Boko Haram, whose members killed 300 people two months later. These are twin problems for a country whose massive economic growth has, in many cases, furthered the divisions between its commercial, southern states now home to dozens of multinational companies and a
from The Chronicle (Ghana)By Masahudu Ankiilu KunatehJuly 31, 2014 A renowned economist, Kwame Pianim, says Ghana is facing a major economic crisis since the dark days of the economic recovery efforts of the 1980s. However, he stated that: "Most public pronouncements seem to be in denial of the gravity of the crisis. It is being claimed the challenges are temporary or largely driven by external factors". According to him, the Senchi Consensus was explicit on the
from Asia Times Online..By Mona Alami | Inter Press ServiceJuly 31, 2014 BEIRUT - Food price rises as far back as 2008 are believed to be the partial culprits behind the instability plaguing Arab countries and they have become increasingly aware of the importance of securing food needs through an international strategy of land grabs which are often detrimental to local populations.  Between 2007 and 2008, rises in food prices caused protest movements in Egypt and Morocco.