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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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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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African Union blasts Trump rule barring African Muslim immigrants

African Union blasts Trump rule barring African Muslim immigrants

| February 1, 2017

(GIN)—An outraged African Union recalled the kidnapping of Black Africans as it considered the controversial new US anti-immigrant rules. After forcibly bringing Africans to the U.S. as slave labor, noted the AU, Washington now slams the door on Muslim immigrants entering the U.S. “It is clear that globally we are entering very difficult times,” cautioned […]

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Africans join U.S. march with demand for women’s rights

Africans join U.S. march with demand for women’s rights

| January 25, 2017

(GIN)—Kenyan women joined women’s marches Saturday for the protection of their rights, safety, families, health and the health of planet earth. “Thank you to the organizers who made it happen and to the many people who turned out and made their voices heard.” wrote Julia Cumes on Nairobi’s women’s march Facebook event wall. “Yesterday, I […]

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Liberian warlord recalled as evangelical ex-wife throws hat in ring

Liberian warlord recalled as evangelical ex-wife throws hat in ring

| January 25, 2017

(GIN)—As Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s six year term in office draws to a close, political hopefuls are jockeying for position to fill the top seat. Among them is the ex-wife of convicted warlord Charles Taylor. The selection of Sen. Jewel Howard-Taylor has resurrected, for some, the Taylor nightmare of a brutal war and the senator’s […]

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Gambia begins new era after unpopular leader packs, runs

Gambia begins new era after unpopular leader packs, runs

| January 25, 2017

(GIN)—Former President of The Gambia Yahya Jammeh, packed a Chadian cargo plane with luxury cars and went into exile late Saturday, barely missing the west African regional troops on their way to remove him by force if necessary. Jammeh, who lost a re-election bid on Dec. 1 but resisted stepping down, accepted an invitation from […]

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Desperate Gambian leader could find all exits now closed

Desperate Gambian leader could find all exits now closed

| January 18, 2017

(GIN)—Gambian President Yahya Jammeh hardened his position this week in defiance of December’s election results that put opposition candidate, Adama Barrow, squarely over the top. Now, as military loyalists peel off or are jailed, it appears he may have played his last card. For weeks, diplomatic overtures by various pan-African institutions offering a dignified departure […]

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New U.S. administration pivots toward Africa, worrying experts

New U.S. administration pivots toward Africa, worrying experts

| January 18, 2017

(GIN)—Longtime Africa specialists who have looked at a four-page list of Africa-related questions from the Trump transition staff say they’re seeing an American retreat from development and humanitarian goals while business opportunities will be getting an extra push. The four-page list has been making the rounds at the State Department and Pentagon, the New York […]

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