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GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK distributes news and feature articles on Africa and the developing world to mainstream, alternative, ethnic and minority-owned outlets in the U.S. and Canada. Our goal is to increase the perspectives available to readers in North America and to bring into their view information about global issues that are overlooked or under-reported by mainstream media.

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Hopes of quick, easy victory fade for embattled ANC

Hopes of quick, easy victory fade for embattled ANC

| April 16, 2014

(GIN)—As the May 7 election day in South Africa nears, former friends and allies of the ruling African National Congress are betting that voters will follow them out of the party or at least send a strong message that the country’s current direction is not good enough. A number of veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle […]

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Rural clinics face closures as private hospital drains funds

Rural clinics face closures as private hospital drains funds

| April 12, 2014

(GIN)—The health budget of one of Africa’s poorest and least healthy countries could be bankrupted by a privately-run hospital envisioned by the World Bank’s private sector arm as the future of African health care. According to a newly-released report by the development watchdog Oxfam, the running and loan costs of the three year old hospital […]

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Nigeria claims Africa’s highest GDP, disputes World Bank poverty stats

Nigeria claims Africa’s highest GDP, disputes World Bank poverty stats

| April 10, 2014

(GIN)—News headlines worldwide are trumpeting the startling news that Nigeria has now surpassed South Africa as the continent’s biggest economy. According to newly “rebased” statistics, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product or GDP of $509.9 billion—being the total value of the nation’s goods and services over a period of time—now tops South Africa’s and makes the West […]

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‘Blade Runner’ tells court of nightmares on trial day 17

‘Blade Runner’ tells court of nightmares on trial day 17

| April 8, 2014

(GIN)—Former Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius told the South African courtroom he suffered from “terrible nightmares” leaving him unable to sleep since the day his gun went off, shooting his girlfriend as she hid from him in the couple’s bathroom. “I can smell blood. I wake up to being terrified,” testified Pistorius on April 7, his […]

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African women see more rights on paper—miss benefits

African women see more rights on paper—miss benefits

| April 4, 2014

(GIN)—A new study by the research group AfroBarometer finds that despite a flurry of new laws against gender violence, for political participation and other benefits, Africa’s women still suffer a disadvantage in education, jobs and political participation—three major areas. Afrobarometer surveyed more than 50,000 people in 34 countries for its report. It found women across […]

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Campaign to block World Bank from ‘sowing poverty’ launched

Campaign to block World Bank from ‘sowing poverty’ launched

| April 3, 2014

(GIN)—The World Bank, blamed for the devastation of thousands of lives in developing countries through the promotion of now discredited “structural adjustment” policies, is currently advocating land policies which benefit corporations over the world’s poorest people—namely farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous communities. Many of these affected groups are essential food producers for the entire planet, according […]

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Flame of Remembrance crisscrosses Rwanda on 20th anniversary of genocide

Flame of Remembrance crisscrosses Rwanda on 20th anniversary of genocide

| April 2, 2014

(GIN)—Ceremonies around Rwanda and abroad are underway to mark the 20th year since the devastating genocide which, according to the Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda, took over a million lives during a three-month killing spree. At a ceremony March 27 in the town of Kirehe, thousands of residents gathered in a field to hear genocide […]

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Popular editor in leg irons for offending judge in editorial

Popular editor in leg irons for offending judge in editorial

| April 1, 2014

(GIN)—The N.Y.-based Committee to Protect Journalists is protesting the “degrading” treatment of a newspaper editor whose piece critical of the Chief Justice of Swaziland angered the top judge. Editor Bheti Makhubu and human rights attorney Thulani Maseko were both called into court on contempt charges by Michael Ramodibedi, the justice spotlighted in separate pieces that […]

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Doctors group sounds alarm over Ebola outbreak

Doctors group sounds alarm over Ebola outbreak

| March 29, 2014

(GIN)—The deadly Ebola virus, once limited to central and east Africa, has erupted in the West African nation of Guinea. The latest official statistics put the toll at 86 suspected cases and 59 deaths. “This is a rare disease,” cautioned Dr. Esther Sterk, tropical medicine advisor to Doctors Without Borders. “Epidemics are limited, but they […]

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Uganda gives teens turn at news

Uganda gives teens turn at news

| March 28, 2014

(GIN)—Teenagers in Uganda are the stars of a new TV news show which producers hope will draw other young people to programs of indepth social commentary. The program features rappers presenting current events in verse. Sharon Bwogi, a.k.a Lady Slyke, kicked it off on a recent show: “People in Ukraine took over power… Celebrated a […]

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