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Conflict Minerals: Descending into Conflict: Tech Minerals Finance War

25 July 2017

Source: Richard Brown, Raconteur

The next time you’re struck down with “power anxiety” over your mobile phone’s depleted battery, spare a thought for the mistreated children toiling away in deepest Africa who mine the cobalt essential for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, found in smartphones and laptops worldwide. Our minor first-world problem is their major third-world crisis. Children in the...

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China/Vietnam/South China Sea: China-Vietnam South China Sea Spat in the Spotlight

25 July 2017

Source: Prashanth Parameswaran, Diplomat

On July 24, the BBC cited both a Southeast Asian oil industry source and a Vietnamese diplomatic source as confirming that Hanoi had terminated a gas-drilling expedition that had begun last month in a disputed area of the South China Sea following a threat from China that it would attack Vietnamese bases in the Spratly...

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Afghanistan: Trump Finds Reason for the US to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals

25 July 2017

Source: Mark Landler and James Risen, New York TImes

President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, has latched on to a prospect that tantalized previous administrations: Afghanistan's vast mineral wealth, which his advisers and Afghan officials have told him could be profitably extracted by Western companies.

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Afghanistan: Nangarhar Poultry Farm Industry Growing Despite Problems

25 July 2017

Source: Yousuf Zarifi, Pajhwok Afghan News

The establishment of around 2,500 poultry farms in eastern Nangarhar provinces has met domestic need and generated thousands of jobs for people. However, the farm owners complain the government is paying no attention to their business which faces some issues. They cite imported chicken and lack of eggs production among reasons affecting their business.

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Afghanistan: Studies Identify Significant Problems in the Mining, Good Governance and Migration Sectors in Afghanistan

24 July 2017

Source: Ahmad Masoud, Khaama Press

The Governance Forum Afghanistan initiative was financed by the German government through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ. A consortium, spearheaded by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) with the full support of the Germany-based GOPA and the Kabul-based JS Consultants, implemented the Govern4Afg project. The initiative was launched in 2015 with...

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Myanmar: How Jade, the Precious Stone, Is Funding Ethnic Conflicts in Myanmar

24 July 2017

Source: Angshuman Choudhury, WIONews

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a country with many names. Yet, ‘land of jade’ remains the most evocative of all, at least for the distant observer. But, behind this otherwise benign sobriquet, thrives a murky world of exploitation and high-handed subversion.  A seminal 12 months-long investigation by the British NGO, Global Witness (GW), reveals the...

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South Sudan: Locals Bring Clean Water to South Sudan

24 July 2017

Source: Mike Donahey, Time Republican

Peace, freedom from hunger, and clean water do not come easy to South Sudan, the world’s newest country. South Sudanese desperately want all. Fortunately for a remote village, a gro up of Central Iowans has been working for more than eight years to bring clean water and hope to the village of Old Fangak. Combined...

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China/Vietnam/South China Sea: Vietnam Stops Drilling for Energy in South China Sea after Beijing Threatens to Attack Bases

24 July 2017

Source: Nandini Krishnamoorthy, International Business Times

Chinese threat to attack Vietnamese military bases is reported to have forced Hanoi to halt drilling for oil and gas within the "nine-dash line" in the disputed South China Sea, off its south-east coast. Talisman-Vietnam, a subsidiary of Spain's Repsol Oil, began its gas-drilling expedition on 21 June in an area about 400km (250 miles)...

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Nigeria: Nigeria Crisis Inches Closer to Famine

24 July 2017

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

The food security crisis in north-east Nigeria is forecast to deteriorate between now and the end of August, moving the country even closer to famine. Food security experts predict a rise in the number of people facing crisis, emergency and famine conditions from 4.7 million to 5.2 million in north-east Nigeria by the end of...

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Myanmar: Flood Victims Rise to More Than 1,000 in Irrawaddy Region

24 July 2017

Source: Salai Thant Zin, Irrawaddy

Heavy rains and floods have forced more than 1,000 people from their homes to relief camps in Danubyu, Myanaung, and Ingapu townships in Irrawaddy Region. More than 60 households are taking shelter at a relief camp in Myanaung; more than 120 households are at two relief camps in Danubyu; and more than 100 households are...

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