Cameroon bans Anglophone opposition groups; leaders arrested | Africa Times: Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla, the president of the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, and Dr. Fontem Neba, the group’s secretary general, were arrested on the same day that the Cameroon government deemed two groups and their activities illegal in a letter made available to local media.
“All activities, meetings and demonstrations initiated or promoted by the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC), any other related groups with similar objectives or by anyone partisan to these groups, are hereby prohibited all over the national territory,” the letter said.
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Freeport to Give Up Current Contract to Extend Indonesian Operations Beyond 2021 | Jakarta Globe: The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resource last week issued a regulation that bars contract-of-work contractors from exporting mining concentrates starting from Jan. 12.
Contractors can only export concentrates once they acquire a special mining permit, the special mining business license (IUPK), the ministry said.
Iraq's Marsh Arabs test the waters as wetlands ruined by Saddam are reborn | Global development | The Guardian: Many of them, particularly those who spent a decade in exile in neighbouring Iran, will just be pleased to return home. “Everything we do – from buffalo breeding to fishing – is connected to the water, so it’s good to live in the middle of the water,” said Haidar Hammeed, whose family have gone from one temporary lodging to another over the past few years. “It’s more practical.”
Coming at a time of conflict and low oil prices, which has seen the ministry of water resources’ allocation from the state’s capital investment fund cut from $1.7bn (�1.4bn) in 2013 to $90m (�73m) in 2016, some wonder if this is the best use of scarce resources. But the minister and local NGOs insist this is no mere aesthetic exercise.
500-Plus Organizations Call for Rejection of Scott Pruitt as EPA Head | Global Justice Ecology Project: “Scott Pruitt… is a known climate change denier. He was named in a New York Times story as being near the center of a ‘secretive alliance’ among energy firms and other corporations,” Turnstone said. “Pruitt also has a history of working to weaken air pollution and other environmental regulations.”
The letter, organized by the advocacy group Food