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Central African Republic: US imposes sanctions against Kony's sons
The U.S. Treasury has imposed financial sanctions against two sons of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group fighting a bloody war in Central Africa.
The Treasury on Tuesday froze all assets in the United States belonging to Salim and Ali Kony, and prohibited Americans from doing business with them. Similar sanctions were imposed on Joseph Kony in March.
... Since 2014, the LRA has utilized elephant poaching and ivory trafficking to generate revenue to purchase weapons and ammunition that are, in turn, used to continue the group's attacks against civilians across Central Africa.
Salim and Ali Kony have played critical roles in the LRA's trafficking of ivory from Garamba National Park in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo through the Central African Republic for sale to local merchants.
Full story at allafrica.com/stories/201608240604.html
#Africa #Congo #Kony #elephants #ivory #poaching
Image: Elephants massacred from a helicopter attack in Garamba National Park, DRC, 2014 (c) African Parks ... See MoreSee Less
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Indonesia: Hundreds of frozen pangolins seized
Indonesian authorities have seized more than 650 critically endangered pangolins found hidden in freezers and arrested a man for allegedly breaking wildlife protection laws, police said on Friday.
Learn more about the plight of pangolins in illegal trade:
* Armoured against predators – except wildlife criminals ht.ly/ihLh303BB5q
* Interactive map of illegal trade seizures of pangolins ht.ly/5BN4303BBd1
Police discovered the pangolins, known as “scaly anteaters”, when they raided a house in Jombang district on the main island of Java after local residents became suspicious about the large number of freezers in the property.
A total of 657 pangolins, which are consumed as a luxury dish in China and used in traditional medicine, were found wrapped in plastic and stored in five large freezers, East Java province police spokesman Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono told AFP.
Full story at www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/26/indonesia-seizes-hundreds-of-frozen-pangolins
#Indoensia #China #pangolins #Java
Image: Police found 657 pangolins wrapped in plastic and stored in five large freezers in East Java province, Indonesia (c) Juni Kriswanto / AFP ... See MoreSee Less
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Indonesia: Aceh governor eyes geothermal project in the protected Leuser Ecosystem
The governor of Indonesia’s Aceh province is moving forward with a plan to rezone part of Mount Leuser National Park for geothermal development, despite opposition from conservationists who say the project threatens key rhino and orangutan populations.
Last week, Governor Zaini Abdullah sent an official letter to the forestry minister in Jakarta asking that a section of the park’s “core zone” be changed to a “utilization zone” so that a Turkish company may develop geothermal there. The utilization zone would still be part of the park.
The company, PT Hitay Panas Energy, is an arm of Hitay Holdings, an investment group founded and chaired by Emin Hitay, one of Turkey’s richest men.
Hitay has some history in Indonesia. He served as the archipelagic country’s honorary consul in Istanbul, and chairs the Turkish-Indonesian Business Council. He also tattooed onto his back a large image of the Garuda Pancasila, Indonesia’s coat of arms, in a profession of affinity for the Southeast Asian nation.
Hitay plans to invest billions of dollars in nine geothermal projects across Indonesia’s main western islands of Sumatra and Java.
Mount Leuser National Park is part of the wider Leuser Ecosystem, a nationally protected area constituting one of Southeast Asia’s last great swaths of intact rainforest. But the Aceh government’s 2013 spatial plan makes no mention of Leuser, and local officials have argued that the province has a right to develop the area.
Read the full story on Mongabay.com at news.mongabay.com/2016/08/aceh-governor-eyes-geothermal-project-in-indonesias-leuser-ecosystem/
#Indonesia #Aceh #Leuser #Turkey #forests #orangutans #geothermal
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2 hours ago ·