BBC: Will Facebook’s digital money Libra be good for Africa?. “As a Zimbabwean living in South Africa, I have become numb to the daylight robbery that ensues whenever I receive money from abroad or send cash to my family back home. As such, like many other cautious pragmatists, I relish the prospect of a network like Libra permanently disrupting the lucrative cash remittance businesses of large banks and money transfer services like Western Union and MoneyGram.”
The National: Inside the secret cemetery where Abu Dhabi’s earliest expats rest. “The now-closed Sas Al Nakhl graveyard is also the final resting place for hundreds of Abu Dhabi residents including military commanders, Chinese labourers and Indian workers. Some of those buried there died in air accidents, others in industrial incidents. Old age, drowning, sickness and suicide claimed others. Mystery surrounds some…. To mark the Year of Tolerance, a team from Khalifa University is now trying to find out more. Led by Dr Athol Yates, an assistant professor, volunteers including Emirati students are aiming to create an online map where people can click on a grave and view details about that person.”
Portugese American Journal: Na Ponta da Língua: Research project explores Portuguese immigration experiences – Participants welcome. “What is your experience of Portuguese immigration? What are the stories, dreams, and impressions that define your sense of Portuguese identity? Why not share them? Na Ponta da Língua/On The Tip of The Tongue is waiting to hear from you. It is the virtual platform and hands-on biographical research project initiated in 2014 by social scientist and Portuguese migrations specialist Elsa Lechner. With funding in 2017 by the Gulbenkian Foundation program on Portuguese Language and Culture, Lechner and her multidisciplinary group of 6 colleagues from France, Brazil, the United States, and Portugal launched the project’s virtual platform last September.”
NewsdzeZimbabwe: Social Media Abusers Face 10 Years In Jail : New Bill. “People who abuse social media face 10 years in jail in terms of the refined Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill which goes to Parliament soon. Foreign-based Zimbabweans who cause harm back home using social media or any other computer-based system will be extradited and prosecuted.”
India’s Ministry of External Affairs has launched a new app (on Facebook) for finding Indian missions around the world. “The app, developed in cooperation with social media giant Facebook, will help people connect with Indian missions abroad and the Ministry of External Affairs through a range of social media platforms without having to access individual websites.” In the US at least, the word “mission” often has a religious connotation. I don’t see that here; searching through the same info at mea.gov.in all the ones I found were embassy-type organizations.