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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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New Somali president boosts hopes for long-awaited stability

New Somali president boosts hopes for long-awaited stability

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—The election of Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo as Somalia’s next president has inspired optimism for the future of Somalia. The stage seemed set for a ceremonial rubber-stamping of the status quo. Some of the new parliamentarians, many of who came through a corrupt process supported by domestic and foreign elements, arrived late and, at times, act […]

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Media under gun for reporting actual facts

Media under gun for reporting actual facts

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—A “tweet storm” coming from the nation’s White House is pummeling reporters, editors and publishers who have been standing up for “real facts” not “alternative facts” in their coverage of the current administration. Similarly, media workers in the Ivory Coast are facing harsh punishment for what the government calls “spreading false information” about a mutiny […]

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Radio still dynamic medium in 21st century says U.N. on World Radio Day

Radio still dynamic medium in 21st century says U.N. on World Radio Day

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—Since its invention in 1895, the radio just won’t sit still. From a big box with lights, bulbs and dials, to a portable unit small enough for one’s pocket, to an app, to a unit you can set up at home, the radio has changed its look but continues to have a singular role as […]

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Tension mounts as Kenyan doctors jailed in labor dispute

Tension mounts as Kenyan doctors jailed in labor dispute

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—Seven doctors leading a strike of public sector medical professionals were hauled off to jail as talks collapsed to end a four year running labor dispute. More than 5,000 workers are honoring the strike which began Dec. 5. The Kenyan Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union has been calling on government to honor a wage […]

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New U.S. administration considers ending ‘conflict minerals’ ban

New U.S. administration considers ending ‘conflict minerals’ ban

| February 7, 2017

(GIN)—A rule requiring public companies to report their use of so-called “conflict minerals”  from Congo may soon be eliminated. The change under review by the Securities and Exchange Commission could benefit the armed groups that control many of the small mines and provide cover to multinational corporations who buy the resources often at cut rate […]

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Opposition loses key figure in passing of Etienne Tshisekedi

Opposition loses key figure in passing of Etienne Tshisekedi

| February 7, 2017

(GIN)—Etienne Tshisekedi, a popular leader of the Congolese opposition, was a crusading voice for political pluralism and democracy in the Congo. He passed last week in a hospital in Brussels where reportedly he had been treated for a pulmonary embolism. After a previous hospital stay in Belgium for two years, Tshisekedi returned to the DRC […]

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Amidst chaos at U.S. airports, Congolese family brought to safety

Amidst chaos at U.S. airports, Congolese family brought to safety

| February 7, 2017

(GIN)—After years in a refugee camp under assault by rebel gunmen, a Congolese family this week found themselves passing through U.S. customs and on to safety and a better life, thanks to the work of a church-based organization that would bring them to upstate New York. The hopes and dreams of the family of six […]

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Nigeria ‘slavery monument’ demolished by developers

Nigeria ‘slavery monument’ demolished by developers

| February 1, 2017

(GIN)—A living monument to Nigeria’s slave trade past was destroyed this month by developers of Lagos Island—the site of a wave of new luxury homes built in recent years. The nearly two centuries old “Olaiya House” had been declared a national monument in 1956. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as he inspected […]

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African athletes on U.S. team face uncertainty under Trump bills

African athletes on U.S. team face uncertainty under Trump bills

| February 1, 2017

(GIN)—President Trump’s ban on visitors from seven predominantly Muslim nations could have a wide impact on international sports, according to Jere Longman, a sports writer for The New York Times. Major League Soccer has two American-born players with familial ties to two of the nations facing bans. Steve Beitashour of Toronto has played for Iran’s […]

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Morocco rejoins African Union, ending 33-year boycott

Morocco rejoins African Union, ending 33-year boycott

| February 1, 2017

(GIN)—Despite a possible floor fight over the return of Morocco to the African Union, the North African nation this week boasted it had the “unconditional support” of 42 members of the bloc in favor of readmission. The North African country was readmitted Monday, Jan. 30, after a 33-year absence. Opposition to its readmission was overcome […]

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