National Geographic: You can now hear rainforest sounds worldwide—here’s why that matters

National Geographic: You can now hear rainforest sounds worldwide—here’s why that matters. “Gorillas beating their chests, chimpanzees pant-hooting, elephants rumbling—and poachers firing assault rifles—these are some of the more than a million hours of sounds recorded by a grid of 50 microphones in the Congolese rainforest since 2017. The massive acoustic monitoring effort covers about 480 square miles in the Republic of Congo’s Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park—an area about the size of Los Angeles. It’s part of Cornell University’s Elephant Listening Project, established in 1999 to detect communication among forest elephants and pinpoint poaching activity.”

BBC: Congo-Brazzaville presidential candidate in hospital with Covid-19

BBC: Congo-Brazzaville presidential candidate in hospital with Covid-19. “The leading opposition presidential candidate in Congo-Brazzaville has spent election day in hospital after becoming seriously ill with Covid-19. In a video circulating on social media, 61-year-old Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas is seen briefly removing an oxygen mask to tell his supporters that he is ‘fighting death’.”

Engadget: Congo orders cuts to internet and SMS to stifle protests

Engadget: Congo orders cuts to internet and SMS to stifle protests. “Authoritarian leaders are fond of severing communications in a bid to hold on to power, and that tradition sadly isn’t going away. The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has ordered telecoms to cut internet and SMS access ahead of planned mass protests against President Joseph Kabila, whose administration has continuously delayed elections to replace him. Telecom minister Emery Okundji told Reuters that it was a response to ‘violence that is being prepared,’ but people aren’t buying that argument. “

Congo Orders Internet Slowdown to Restrict Social Media: Telecoms Source (US News & World Report)

US News & World Report: Congo Orders Internet Slowdown to Restrict Social Media: Telecoms Source. “Congolese authorities ordered internet capacity be slowed down so that it cannot be used to transmit images via social media, a senior telecoms official based in Kinshasa said. The move comes as opposition is growing to President Joseph Kabila, who refused to step down when his mandate expires in December, with nationwide strikes planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.” This is Congo-Kinshasa, not Congo-Brazzaville.