Archive for December 21st, 2011

21/12/2011

The Reawakening of Islamist Ambitions in Algeria

Human Wrongs Watch

By Lirim Azemi* – Think Africa Press

2011 has seen a number of long-standing North African leaders fall in quick succession. In this new political landscape, Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, now in his third term, has become something of an oddity.

Algiers. Photo: Lastal | Wikimedia Commons

And after parliamentary elections in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt saw breakthrough results for Islamist parties, Bouteflika is now reassessing his relationship with Islamist elements in his own political alliance before legislative elections in 2012.

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21/12/2011

All the Benefits of Amazon Plants and Foods in a UN Book

Human Wrongs Watch

Rome – A new book including comprehensive information on Amazon fruits and plants, to provide people in developing world with accessible knowledge of Amazon plants and foods they can use to improve their livelihoods, has been published by the UN.

Amazon Rainforest | Credit: UN

The book, Fruit Trees and Useful Plants in Amazonian Life, is written in easy-to-grasp language and incorporates the folklore and customs of rural villagers so they can easily put the book’s recommendations into practice.

Some 80 per cent of people living in the developing world rely on non-wood forest products such as fruits and medicinal plants for their nutritional and health needs,” said Eduardo Rojas-Briales, assistant director-general for Forestry at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

This new book provides comprehensive information on Amazon fruits and plants, and is a perfect example of how to make our knowledge accessible for poor people to help them maximize the benefits from forest products and services and improve their livelihoods.”

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