Nov. 1st, 2005

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What was the last news you heard out of Malawi? Yeah, me neither. And, as always, it's cheerful.

Malawi Is Burning, and Deforestation Erodes Economy
By MICHAEL WINES
1 November 2005
The New York Times
Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company. All Rights Reserved.

MALOSA, Malawi -- Lovely and lissome, the masuku tree rises maybe 35 feet at maturity, its wood the hue of a rare steak, its branches dotted with sweet golfball-size fruits that ferment into a tasty wine.

Working just after sunrise atop a small mountain not far from here, Injes Juma and his nine friends needed less than five minutes to sever a masuku at its base and send it crashing to the ground. Read more... )

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