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The Stories You Need To Know: Zimbabwe Is Considering Legalizing Cannabis To Attract Investors, And More

Zimbabwe is considering legalizing the production of cannabis for medical purposes to attract investors, and more.

ZIMBABWE–Zimbabwe is considering legalizing the production of cannabis for medical purposes to attract investors keen to grow the drug. “We have received numerous inquiries from investors who want to participate in the Special Economic Zones, and one of them is a big international company that wants to be involved in the production of cannabis,” said Investment Promotion Minister Obert Mpofu. Read the full story here.


UGANDA–Moses Namara (25) is one of the two lucky winners of the prestigious Facebook emerging scholars' award. He won the award for his proposal which will research into how people can continue to connect onto the internet while maintaining their privacy. Read the full story here.

LESOTHO–The country has just launched a top-tier electronic visa program, joining only 13 other countries on the continent. “It has eliminated most of the challenges that we were encountering regarding visas. We used to have a manual system, and there were lots and lots of problems,” Lesotho's director of Immigration in the Ministry of Home Affairs, and Computer Frontiers President Barbara Keating was quoted saying. Read the full story here.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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