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News You Really Need To See: “Perfect Storm Guts African Food Stocks”

“Perfect Storm Guts African Food Stocks” The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2015, p.A14 http://www.wsj.com/articles/severe-droughts-leave-africans-hungry-and-desperate-1443137463 “Ann Alinga points dejectedly to her family’s smallholding of sorghum and sunflower fields, ravaged by Africa’s worst dry spell in two decades.  Like many in … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Islamic State’s Hold Squeezes Iraq Food Supply”

“Islamic State’s Hold Squeezes Iraq Food Supply” The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2015, p.A12 http://www.wsj.com/articles/islamic-state-squeezes-iraqs-food-supply-1436737696 “Mahmoud al-Sayed’s wheat farm just south of Baghdad is hundreds of miles from the nearest front line with Islamic State, but has become a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Farmers Eat Rats, Trade Tails for Rice as El Nino Drought Begins”

“Farmers Eat Rats, Trade Tails for Rice as El Nino Drought Begins” Bloomberg Businessweek, May 14, 2015 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-15/farmers-eat-rats-trade-tails-for-rice-as-el-nino-drought-begins “Farmer Juanito Masangkay heads out to the fields at night with a flashlight and a bow and arrow to get food for his … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Got Qat? Not in AQAP Territory

May 15, 2015 by Darius  At long last, al-Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula (the al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen) may have committed a fatal blunder: AQAP has banned qat in the Yemeni city it now holds. Last month, in the chaos … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Olives, and a Way of Life, Under Threat”

“Olives, and a Way of Life, Under Threat” The New York Times, May 12, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/12/world/europe/fear-of-ruin-as-disease-takes-hold-of-italys-olive-trees.html?_r=0 “Across the stony heel of Italy, a peninsula ringed by the blue-green waters of the Mediterranean, olive trees have existed for centuries, shaping the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Afghan Poppy Farmers Say New Seeds Will Boost Opium Output”

“Afghan Poppy Farmers Say New Seeds Will Boost Opium Output” The Associated Press, May 5, 2015 http://bigstory.ap.org/article/629f0d31245c4533a3678b8c7176ca9d/afghan-poppy-farmers-say-new-seeds-will-boost-opium-output “It’s the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country’s intractable opium cultivation.  This year, many Afghan poppy … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State”

“The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State” Der Spiegel, April 18, 2015 http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/islamic-state-files-show-structure-of-islamist-terror-group-a-1029274.html “Aloof.  Polite.  Cajoling.  Extremely attentive.  Restrained.  Dishonest.  Inscrutable. Malicious.  The rebels from northern Syria, remembering encounters with him months later, recall completely different facets … Continue reading

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