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water, everywhere ..." the poem goes, but that isn't the case in
places like the Middle East and Africa. There, deserts abound and
life struggles to exist without a reliable supply of the liquid.
The subject is water
By: George Rowand
David Duncan knows about these problems, and he's started a
newsletter that addresses the issue. Called OOSKAnews, the weekly
publication has subscribers on every continent except Antarctica.
"We've been in production for six weeks, and we publish 49 weeks a
year," Duncan said last week, adding that the company was
incorporated in Virginia in September.
Duncan explained that the weekly report complies stories from
sources on the ground in Africa and the Middle East regarding
proposed water projects and the ongoing water situation in those
"We have about 20 contributors in that part of the world, and they
pitch us stories on Monday, we send them back on Tuesday or
Wednesday, and we lay out the stories on Friday," he said. "We
deliver the newsletter on Sunday and Monday in .pdf format, and
because of that, the overhead is remarkably low for a publishing
Duncan said that the water market is one of the five largest markets
in the world.