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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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Two billion dollar solar deal signed at Entrepreneur’s Summit

Two billion dollar solar deal signed at Entrepreneur’s Summit

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—U.S. agencies, banks, and corporations were among the many guests at the sixth Global Entrepreneurs’ Summit, visited by President Obama, and it seems they liked what they saw. Deals valued at multi-millions of dollars were signed including one for $2.2 billion for the development of solar power in the east African country. SkyPower, an official […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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Obama weighs in on gay rights, ignoring local Kenyan taboo

Obama weighs in on gay rights, ignoring local Kenyan taboo

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Despite dire warnings that he faced expulsion from Kenya’s Parliament if he raised the subject of gay rights, President Barack Obama replied to a reporter’s question on the subject with a very personal response. “As an African American in the United States I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under […]

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Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan war

Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan war

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—President Barack Obama, in a meeting with regional African leaders, threatened new sanctions for the warring factions in South Sudan if a peace deal is not be reached by Aug. 17. “The possibilities of renewed conflict… is something that requires urgent attention from all of us,” Obama said. “We don’t have a lot of time […]

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Noted writer of Zimbabwe, Chenjerai Hove, joins the elders

Noted writer of Zimbabwe, Chenjerai Hove, joins the elders

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)—A leading figure of post-colonial African literature, Chenjerai Hove of Zimbabwe, passed away in Norway, a country that gave him permanent residency and travel documents after Zimbabwean officials took away his passport and left him stateless. He was 59. The Zimbabwe Writers Association said it had received the sad news that Hove died on Sunday. […]

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Mining company fingered in new report for massive tax diversion

Mining company fingered in new report for massive tax diversion

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)—Taxes diverted by a uranium mining company in Malawi could have paid the salaries of 39,000 teachers or 8,500 doctors for a year. That was one of the findings of a new report called “An Extractive Affair” released by the social action group ActionAid which looked at the southeast African nation of Malawi. “People here […]

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Tax-dodging multinationals feel heat at Addis Ababa confab

Tax-dodging multinationals feel heat at Addis Ababa confab

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)–Closing the income gap between rich and poor countries of the world will be on the table at a U.N.-sponsored policy conference this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Despite months of planning and debate, few expect the needle to move on this important issue. A relatively obscure gathering, the Finance for Development (FfD) confab is […]

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South Africa loses ‘chicken war’ with U.S., opening way to cheap imports

South Africa loses ‘chicken war’ with U.S., opening way to cheap imports

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–The reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act will open the floodgates for U.S. chicken parts and undercut South Africa’s domestic industry with cheaper cuts of meat, local chicken producers fear. AGOA, as the trade pact is known, was just reauthorized after South Africa agreed to remove “anti-dumping” protectionist tariffs in place since 2000. […]

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Witnesses say Chibok girls have begun taking orders from terror group

Witnesses say Chibok girls have begun taking orders from terror group

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–With more than 400 days of captivity, some of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, may now be taking orders from their captors in the terror group Boko Haram, witnesses are telling Amnesty International. Witnesses say some are being used to terrorize other captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves. The testimony cannot be […]

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President of Burundi faces isolation in drive to win third term

President of Burundi faces isolation in drive to win third term

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–Polling places have been set up in Burundi for controversial parliamentary elections that have put President Pierre Nkurunziza at odds with religious groups, the political opposition, students, the African Union, and the U.S. Nkurunziza is seeking a third term despite a constitutional limit of two terms. The president argues that his first term was the […]

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