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  • Israel's cancelled plan on Ethiopian Jews prompts rally - Aljazeera

    Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis marched in Jerusalem after the government cancelled plans to allow their relatives to emigrate from the African nation, calling the move discrimination.

    Police and organisers estimated the crowd at up to 2,000 people for Sunday's march, which ended outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office.

    "Stop the suffering, stop the discrimination, stop the racism," demonstrators chanted, holding signs with similar slogans as well as pictures of relatives left behind in Ethiopia.

    Israel's Ethiopian community includes about 135,000 people [Abir Sultan/EPA]

    Antaihe Cheol, a 30-year-old resident of northern Israel, said his father and brother have been waiting to immigrate for 20 years.

    "This is simply discrimination," Cheol told the AFP news agency.

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  • World's best and worst passports revealed - CNN

    When it comes to crossing international frontiers, there's one travel document that opens more doors than any other.

    German citizens, it seems, have the potential for the greatest mobility in the travel world.

    With a German passport, travelers can enter 177 out of 218 countries and territories without a visa, according to the 2016 Visa Restrictions Index.

    World's best passports (by number of countries granting visa-free access)

    1) Germany -- 177

    2) Sweden -- 176

    3) Finland, France, Italy, Spain, UK -- 175

    World's worst passports

    94) Liberia -- 43

    95) Burundi, North Korea, Myanmar -- 42

    96) Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Sri Lanka -- 39

    97) Kosovo, South Sudan, Yemen -- 38

    98) Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Nepal, Palestinian Territory, Sudan -- 37

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  • Canada provides $30M emergency assistance to drought-stricken Ethiopia

    Canada is contributing $30 million to several United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations working to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to millions of people in drought-stricken in Ethiopia, federal minister of international development and La Francophonie announced Thursday.

    Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcement in Tokyo as she met with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    The crisis, which is expected to affect up to 20 million people in Ethiopia, is the result of drought caused by a particularly strong El Niño event warming the Pacific Ocean and affecting global weather patterns, according to background documents released by Global Affairs Canada.

    Canada’s funding for Ethiopia will help meet critical food, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation needs in response to the deteriorating situation throughout the country, the document said.

    “Ethiopia can count on Canada’s continued engagement and support. We are concerned by the food security situation in Ethiopia and will continue to monitor it and act quickly to protect the poorest and most vulnerable,” Bibeau said in a statement.

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  • Ethiopia: Facing the Challenges of Climate Change

    This week, as global leaders meet in Paris to discuss climate change, poor rural families in Ethiopia will be dealing with the harsh realities of extreme weather.

    Those in the north are currently going hungry after two seasons of poor rainfall. Those in the rest of the country – including the central and southern areas where we work – are struggling with unusually heavy rains: in some areas the army has been deployed and children sent home from school to harvest crops before the rains destroy them. Already, around 10% of Ethiopia’s population is receiving emergency food aid, and that figure is expected to double by early 2016.

    The cause this time is the El Nino phenomenon. Although it occurs naturally, it seems that man-made climate change is exacerbating the situation. Of course, the problem needs political, global solutions of the kind to be discussed in Paris – but the farmers we support have to feed their families now.

    Our work in the southern highlands helps them do just that. Recent independent research showed how families are farming in a way that helps them become resilient to weather shocks such as absent rainfall, or stresses such as the increasing unpredictability of the planting seasons.

    It’s all about better management of their existing resources. So for example, farmers learn to compost their livestock manure and use it to improve soil structure, so it can absorb rainfall and retain moisture during the dry season. They diversify their crops, so their risks are spread and biodiversity is improved. They plant trees, which provide shade for seedlings, fix nitrogen in the ground, and absorb harmful carbon dioxide from the air.


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