#OddNews: The Good , The Bad and The Odd

Hello guys , it's another series of  Good, Bad and The Odd.

Without boring you with details, let's start with the Good odd

More than Special: Blind man and his friend who has no arms plants small forest in China

Jia Wenqi and Jia Haixia have worked together to plant more than 10,000 trees over the past decade.

It’s a remarkable feat for anyone to plant a small forest in China, but Wenqi has no arms and Haixia is blind.

A new short film from the action camera company GoPro, titled “You’ll be my arms, I’ll be your eyes,” chronicles the environmental restoration the duo from a small village in Hebei Province, near Beijing, undertook. They’ve been friends since childhood and refer to each other as “brothers” as they work as one to restore a landscape scarred by development.

Wenqi, 54, lost both arms when he was three years old after touching a power line and Haixia, 55, was injured in a quarry accident in 2000. Both men were living on small welfare payments and began planting trees a few years after Haixia was blinded as a means to earn extra income.

It was a difficult project. Just two of the nearly 800 trees they planted in their first year survived. But they persevered, diverting small waterways into a barren landscape and pounding cuttings into the ground.

“For normal healthy people you can achieve [this] by sweating,” Haixia told The Huffington Post. “But for the two of us, handicapped, it takes blood and tears.

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And this is and , although it's boring

Exxon Mobile in trouble over lucrative oil rights in Nigeria

ExxonMobil’s deal to secure “the Crown Jewels” of Nigerian oil reserves is under investigation by the west African country’s economic and financial crimes commission, according to documents obtained by the Guardian. Exxon, the world’s largest oil company, secured the lucrative oil rights in 2009 by beating out China’s fourth-largest oil producer for access, despite apparently underbidding its rival bid by $2.25bn. A letter provided to the Guardian addressed to an Exxon subsidiary from Nigeria’s federal ministry of petroleum resources shows the accepting of a 2009 bid of $1.5bn for a 20-year lease on the Oso, Ekpe, Edop and Ubit oil fields, which produce about 580,000 barrels a day between them – close to a third of Nigeria’s crude oil production of about 1.8bn barrels a day, according to Opec. Local Exxon rival Sunrise Power & Transmission, at the time a consortium of Nigerian and Chinese interests that included the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), bid $3.75bn for the same rights, according to a letter from Sunrise to the Nigerian president. The deal was reported to the Nigerian authorities by Lanre Suraju, a Nigerian anti-corruption activist and chairman of the Civil Society Network Against Corruption. Suraju said he was passed documents related to the deal by a “concerned citizen” after his June 2015 petition to investigate the bid was made public. Suraju was the recipient of a letter dated 17 August 2015 in which the authorities confirm they are investigating the deal.  

And the ODD

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Muslim women kicked out of cafe because of Hijab

A group of Muslim women who claim in a lawsuit they were kicked out of a California restaurant for wearing headscarfs have been accused of “civilizational jihad” by a lawyer for the restaurant, which has launched a countersuit.

The seven women, six of whom were wearing hijabs, were kicked out of Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach in April

They claim that they were targeted for ejection because of their hijabs, though the cafe denies that, claiming that they were violating a policy which limited seating time to 45 minutes, and have also claimed that there were other women wearing headscarves present who were not thrown out.

David Yerushalmi, the lawyer representing Urth Caffe, said that one of the owners of the cafe, Jilla Berkman, is also a Muslim.

He said that the discrimination suit was “an extortion”, called the women’s lawyers “ambulance-chasers”, and said that he planned to bring a suit against both the plaintiffs and their legal team for malicious prosecution. The countersuit that he has brought in this case, however, is for trespassing.

Yerushalmi is a controversial figure, listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a non-profit advocacy group which collates information on hate groups and extremists, as an “anti-Muslim activist who is a leading proponent of the idea that the United States is threatened by the imposition of Muslim religious law, known as Shariah”.

“Ideally, he would outlaw Islam and deport its adherents altogether,” the SPLC’s profile of Yerushalmi adds.

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