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October 16, 2014. Nubian Resettlements May Move Forward

A major demand by Egypt’s Nubian community—to have the option of resettling into their historic homelands along the Nile—moved a step closer to reality last week. The government announced on Wednesday the beginning of a project to form new communities for Nubians around Lake Nasser, the vast impoundment formed in the 1960s by the Aswan High Dam in southern Egypt.

A rooftop view of Nubian homes in the city of AswanThe Minister of Transitional Justice, Ibrahim El-Heneidy, said that he will form a committee, which he will chair, that will be charged with drafting a law to develop Nubian resettlement areas near Aswan city and Lake Nasser. The Nubians, who used to live along the Upper Nile, were removed from their villages 50 years ago when the High Dam was completed and the gates closed.

They were resettled into inadequate homes in the city of Aswan and in other desert areas at some distance from the river, without the ability to continue their farming lifestyle. Their resentments, their demands for compensation for the wrongs they have suffered, their desires for recognition, and their yearning for the right to return to the peaceful riverside conditions of their grandparents have pervaded news stories for many years.

The new committee will include Thomas wa Affia, the head of one of the Nubian clans, plus other public figures and lawyers from the Nubian community. Representatives from the Ministry of Defense, the Governate of Aswan, and human rights groups will also be included on the committee. Input from Nubians in general will be welcomed, Mr. El-Heneidy indicated.

A news report about the announcement in Al-Ahram, a government-controlled Egyptian newspaper, reminded readers that the nation’s new constitution requires the improvement of economic conditions of underprivileged people and those living in border regions. This latest development will attempt to address that goal.

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October 16, 2014. Tristan Lobsters Accepted by the EU

About 75 percent of the economy of the Tristan Islanders is based on fishing for Tristan lobsters, Jasus tristani, the market for which has just been expanded significantly. Ovenstone Agencies, the South African company that is licensed to control the catching and processing of the lobsters in the waters around the Tristan Islands, made a significant announcement last week.

Tristan lobsterThe company announced that the European Union has approved its plans to sell the rock lobsters in markets throughout its member states. The full range of the company’s lobster products will be offered in EU markets beginning in November 2014. The importance of this development for the Tristan people is that the fishing company is by far the largest employer on the island.

Ovenstone processes, on average, 400 metric tons of lobsters per year. At present, it sells the various lobster products to markets in the U.S., Australia, and Japan. The fishery was certified by the Marine Stewardship Council in June 2011, a milestone for the company and the islanders who work for it. The approval to market products in the EU is another important step forward.

Andrew James, the Managing Director for Ovenstone, said in his company news release, “We are delighted that the Tristan lobster will soon start appearing on menus throughout the EU.” He continued in less than modest fashion: “These are the most exceptional lobsters in every sense and while we could easily supply the entire annual harvest to our current markets, it has long been our ambition to offer our product to the European market.”

Mr. James continued in his press release that his company has been hounded for years by European food distributors to gain approval for distribution rights from the EU. He expresses hope that the reception for Tristan lobsters in Europe will be favorable.

Another news report on this development last week indicated that, due to the remote location of the Tristan archipelago, Tristan lobsters are only sold in frozen formats: Whole Cooked Frozen Lobster, Whole Raw Frozen Lobster, Sashimi Grade Lobster, Raw Frozen Lobster Tails, and Raw Frozen Lobster Heads.

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October 2014

October 9, 2014. Electricity in a Ladakhi Village

October 9, 2014. Gathering Non-Timber Forest Products [journal article review]

October 2, 2014. Horse Manure

October 2, 2014. Gender Inequality among the Lepchas [journal article review]

September 2014

September 25, 2014. Deaths of Pregnant Fipa Women

September 25, 2014. The Ju/’hoansi Address Global Climate Change

September 18, 2014. The Fate of the Lost Franklin Expedition

September 18, 2014. The Trap of Rural Thailand [journal article review]

September 11, 2014. The Ladakh Project: An Audiovisual Mashup

September 11, 2014. The Peaceful Ju/’hoansi Mistreat their Dogs

September 4, 2014. Amish Hate Crimes Convictions Reversed

September 4, 2014. The Baybayin of the Buid

August 2014

August 28, 2014. Inuit Plural Marriages

August 28, 2014. Zapotec Women Push Changes [online magazine article review]

August 21, 2014. Violence in a Yanadi Community

August 21, 2014. Frog Woman and Her Moral Code [anthology chapter review]

August 14, 2014. San Hunters Versus Botswana

August 14, 2014. Conflict Resolution and Gender Equality in Lepcha Society [book review]

August 7, 2014. Amish Self Concepts—Prisoners Relate their Experiences

August 7, 2014. Inuit Self Concepts—Are They Satisfied with Life? [journal article review]

July 2014

July 31, 2014. Conviction for Corruption Upheld against Flosse

July 31, 2014. Uses and Customs in Oaxaca [online magazine article review]

July 24, 2014. Schooling for the Semai

July 24, 2014. Political, Religious, and Community Tensions in Ladakh [journal article review]

July 17, 2014. Rural Thai Children Threatened by Absence of Parents

July 17, 2014. Official Concern for Birhor Wanes

July 10, 2014. Police Remove Yanadi before Modi Visit

July 10, 2014. Children Learn to Be Peaceful the Batek Way [anthology chapter review]

July 3, 2014. Amish Volunteerism

July 3, 2014. Birthday Wishes for Glenn Paige

June 2014

June 26, 2014. Atlas of Inuit Trails

June 26, 2014. The Challenges of Lepcha Identity [journal article review]

June 19, 2014. Nubians Waiting for Fair Treatment

June 19, 2014. Homeless Fipa Children

June 12, 2014. Huarime Festival in a Piaroa Community

June 12, 2014. Soups and Such from Hutterite Kitchens

June 5, 2014. Zapotec Affected by Wind Project

June 5, 2014. Reports of Violence in Thai High Schools [journal article review]

May 2014

May 29, 2014. The Birhor and the Bees

May 29, 2014. Traditional Ways on Huahine

May 22, 2014. Lancaster County Amish Consider Leaving

May 22, 2014. Rat Hunting Holiday on Tristan

May 15, 2014. Ladakh Makes the Effort to Vote

May 15, 2014. A Visitor on Ifaluk

May 8, 2014. Yanadi Abandon Traditions, Modernize

May 8, 2014. Inuit Sale of Game Meat Questioned—and Defended

May 1, 2014. Paliyans Proud to Vote

May 1, 2014. A San Complains about Rotten Treatment

April 2014

April 24, 2014. Birhor Boycott National Elections

April 24, 2014. Kadar Boycott National Elections

April 17, 2014. Hutterite Colony in Japan

April 17, 2014. Raging Violence, Nubians Versus Arabs

April 10, 2014. Paliyans Exploited in Tamil Nadu

April 10, 2014. Storytelling Preserves Traditions of the Lepchas

March 2014

March 27, 2014. Presentation on Tristan Coming to Toronto Area Library

March 27, 2014. Philippine Conference Promotes Indigenous Languages

March 20, 2014. Proposed Port Threatens Yanadi Villages

March 20, 2014. A Jewish Scholar Visits an Amish Family

March 13, 2014. Seminar Presentation on Rural Thai Culture

March 13, 2014. Ladakh Political Status Challenged

March 6, 2014. Inuit Languages Celebrated

March 6, 2014. Rules for Maintaining a Peaceful Society [journal article review]

February 2014

February 27, 2014. Zapotec Linguistics Analysis

February 27, 2014. Schooling for the Lepchas

February 20, 2014. Endangered Species and the San

February 20, 2014. Drive-by Horse Shooting

February 13, 2014. Nubians Recognized in Egyptian Constitution

February 13, 2014. Inuit Sex Trafficking

February 6, 2014. The Semai of Pos Betau

February 6, 2014. New Dictionary for Ju/’hoansi Children

January 2014

January 30, 2014. Preserving Lepcha Culture

January 30, 2014. Rural Thai Culture of Rice Farming

January 23, 2014. Hutterite Colony School Burns Down

January 23, 2014. Batek Suffering from Logging

January 16, 2014. The Tamaraw and the Buid

January 16, 2014. G/wi are Being “Treated Like Dogs”

January 9, 2014. Central California Zapotec Festival

January 9, 2014. Birhor Poverty Finds Relief in a Picnic

January 2, 2014. A Semai Christmas

January 2, 2014. Nubian Recognition in New Egyptian Constitution









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