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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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Torture scenarios recounted by victims in embattled Burundi

Torture scenarios recounted by victims in embattled Burundi

| August 25, 2015

(GIN)—As a smiling Pierre Nkurunziza thanked God for a controversial third term in power, disturbing accounts of torture of his opponents were reaching the rights group Amnesty International. Testimonies provided to Amnesty included reports of beatings with iron bars, electric cables and batons. A journalist with the Agence France-Presse, Esdras Ndikumana, 54, was among those […]

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Archbishop Tutu’s Legacy Foundation recalls close friendship with Jimmy Carter

Archbishop Tutu’s Legacy Foundation recalls close friendship with Jimmy Carter

| August 25, 2015

(GIN)—In a note from the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation , the South Africa-based organization expressed its concern for former President Jimmy Carter, now battling an advanced stage of cancer. Archbishop Tutu is similarly struggling with cancer and has been in and out of the hospital. Carter, who considered himself a friend of Africa, […]

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Antislavery movement in Mauritania suffers setback as leader jailed

Antislavery movement in Mauritania suffers setback as leader jailed

| August 25, 2015

(GIN)—Despite a tough law against slavery passed in 2007 allowing slaveholders to be prosecuted, those who protest the practice may still wind up in jail, in some cases for years. This month, three activists, arrested at an anti-slavery demonstration, had their sentence of two years behind bars upheld by a Mauritanian court. They were found […]

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Interfaith activists in Central African Republic tapped for prize

Interfaith activists in Central African Republic tapped for prize

| August 25, 2015

(GIN)—Three religious clerics, the spiritual founders of a “peace platform” in the Central African Republic, were rewarded with a prize for their invaluable work. The Interfaith Peace Platform received the 2015 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize for its efforts to end the squabbling among the country’s three major faiths. “Things are slowly getting better,” said […]

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Prospects for peace in South Sudan fading fast

Prospects for peace in South Sudan fading fast

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—Dismissing efforts, including those of President Obama, to sign off on a peace agreement and end the 20-month long civil war in the world’s newest nation, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir declined to sign, saying he needed more time for consultations. President Kiir’s team reportedly had “reservations” over the deal and wanted an additional 15 […]

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Thousands march to reject political shuffle by Guinea-Bissau president

Thousands march to reject political shuffle by Guinea-Bissau president

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—More than a thousand people filled the capital streets of Bissau this week, despite a downpour, in a march sparked by the unilateral dismissal by President Jose Mario Vaz of his entire government including a popular prime minister. The march was called “Mega Protest Against the Presidential Decree” and protestors carried signs reading “Respect the […]

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All eyes on Lesotho as southern African nation unravels

All eyes on Lesotho as southern African nation unravels

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—The small enclave state of Lesotho, with less than two million inhabitants, is taking on major proportions for the summit this week of the Southern African Development Community or SADC. Lesotho’s former prime minister, defeated in a national vote, claims to be on a hit list of the current administration. He and other former ministers […]

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Ugandan TV anchor snares BBC news prize

Ugandan TV anchor snares BBC news prize

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—Prime time news anchor Nancy Kacungira is this year’s winner of the Komla Dumor award—a new BBC prize to an African journalist with exceptional talent, passion for their work and poise. Ms. Kacungira, selected from a field of 200, impressed the judges with her knowledge of the complex issues facing Africa and her awareness of […]

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Sierra Leone celebrates as ban on public gathering lifted

Sierra Leone celebrates as ban on public gathering lifted

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Sierra Leoneans filled the beaches, nightclubs and restaurants of Freetown and beyond, celebrating their freedom from the yoke of Ebola by a presidential order. President Ernest Bai Koroma lifted the ban on Friday, giving the green light to a wide range of activities including sporting events, nightclubs, eating at restaurants after 9 p.m., football/soccer and […]

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Pressure builds on Germany to acknowledge genocide in Namibia

Pressure builds on Germany to acknowledge genocide in Namibia

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Members of Namibia’s ethnic groups—OvaHerero, San and Nama—are holding fast to an October deadline for the German government to apologize and respond to the OvaHerero people’s demand for reparations. “We demand acknowledgement, in principle, by the German government before 2 October 2015 that they are amenable to pay the two affected communities for the genocide […]

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