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Zimbabwe: Cyclone Idai, Sanctions and Capitalism

by Mafa Kwanisai Mafa

About a month ago Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique were devastated by a tropical cyclone that was described by the United Nations as one of the worst disasters ever to strike the Southern Hemisphere. Approximately 2.6 million people were affected in the three countries. Cyclone Idai hit the Mozambican port city of Beira with winds up to 170km/ph. It then proceeded inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and taking more than 1,000 people, with many others unaccounted for across the three countries. Torrential rainfall washed away road networks in Zimbabwe.

Ukraine | Rate of measles in Ukraine is rising again: 35K cases reported year-to-date

After several weeks of falling, the rate of measles in Ukraine is rising again, the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine said on April 1.

During the 13th week of 2019, 2,254 people – 1,133 adults and 1,141 children – contracted measles. During March 22-28, areas with the most registered cases include Kyiv (260 patients: 139 adults and 121 children), Kiev (200: 123 adults and 77 children), Khmelnytsky (177: 93 adults and 84 children), Lviv (165: 48 adults and 117 children) and Kharkiv (160: 91 adults and 69 children) areas.

Ukraine | Allegations of vote fraud emerge in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine

Allegations of vote rigging in Donetsk Oblast in favor of President Petro Poroshenko during the March 31 presidential election have emerged in recent days, according to police and election watchdogs.

Donetsk Oblast police reported on April 2 that they have opened criminal cases into alleged voting fraud in the city of Bakhmut, the town of Pokrovske, and in Mangush District. The Opora election watchdog also said it was looking into the alleged violations.

Protests at Chinese copper mine in Peru continue after local leader freed

Peruvian police on Friday freed the leader of an indigenous community that has blocked roads to a major copper mine owned by a Chinese company, but hours later arrested his second-in-command, accusing him of running over police officers while driving drunk.

Georgia bans use, import and production of all plastic bags

The use, import and production of plastic bags has been entirely prohibited as of April 1 in Georgia.

Georgia started prohibiting the use of single-use plastic bags gradually from October 1, 2018, when the production of bags thicker than 15 microns was banned.