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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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Superstar Kidjo’s ‘Eve’ spotlights Africa women’s music

Superstar Kidjo’s ‘Eve’ spotlights Africa women’s music

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)—African singer, showstopper and activist Angélique Kidjo, won her second Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album which she dedicated to African women. Speaking at the red carpet ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, she thanked the African women who inspired her. “To be recognized at the Grammys means that the […]

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New African poetry finds voice on the Web

New African poetry finds voice on the Web

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)–From the pages of private notebooks or the dog-eared copies of rare published editions, the works of modern African poets are emerging with great fanfare thanks to a dedicated handful of writers and teachers building a network of libraries and websites on the internet. The South African Badilisha Poetry X-change is one such group which […]

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Exposé haunts banking giant that helped hide African billions

Exposé haunts banking giant that helped hide African billions

| February 12, 2015

(GIN)–In an unusual collaborative effort, a team of journalists from 45 countries has produced a blistering expose of a billionaires’ bank in Switzerland which was helping to place huge sums of its clients’ money beyond the reach of tax obligations and court settlements. The banking giant HSBC was said to be a haven for tax […]

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As Ebola outbreak slows, world health body shifts focus

As Ebola outbreak slows, world health body shifts focus

| February 9, 2015

(GIN)—For the first time since the end of June 2014, there have been fewer than 100 new cases of Ebola reported in a week in the three most affected countries. That was the positive news from the World Health Organization in a new report which cited 99 confirmed cases in the week ending Jan. 25, […]

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Outrage widens in Nigeria over postponement of elections

Outrage widens in Nigeria over postponement of elections

| February 9, 2015

(GIN)—In a mounting chorus of voices, Nigerians from north to south, from the diaspora and at home, both Christian and Muslim flooded Facebook, blogs and Twitter, while turning out in street rallies over the weekend demanding that the people be allowed to vote after the national electoral commission called off the nation’s presidential poll for […]

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Peaceful protesters jailed in shadow of Africa Cup

Peaceful protesters jailed in shadow of Africa Cup

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–As Equatorial Guinea, host of the closely watched Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament, tries to keep all eyes on the ball, security forces have been rounding up protesters distributing leaflets against the high-priced sporting event. Critics say the government wants to use the event to make people forget about poverty and human rights violations […]

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U.N. body demands debt cancellation for Ebola-impacted countries

U.N. body demands debt cancellation for Ebola-impacted countries

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is calling on multilateral institutions and governments to cancel the debts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, giving them “breathing space” to address the region’s economic challenges. All three countries are ranked in the bottom 15 in the U.N.’s Human Development Index. “West Africa needs debt relief,” said […]

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Bombs fly as Nigerians prepared to vote

Bombs fly as Nigerians prepared to vote

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–As if things could possibly be worse, a bomb was detonated this week within a hair of striking President Goodluck Jonathan, who had just appeared at a campaign rally in northern Nigeria. The northern region is the unofficial headquarters of Boko Haram, the insurgent group that got its start in 2009 seeking isolation from corruption. […]

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Renowned Heritage Award Winner from Ghana joins the elders

Renowned Heritage Award Winner from Ghana joins the elders

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)–Yacub Addy, drummer, composer and choreographer from the Addy family of drummers, singers and dancers in Avenor, Accra, Ghana, has joined the elders, it was just announced. He was 83. Addy lived in Latham, upstate New York, and received numerous awards including the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, America’s highest […]

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Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)–It’s election time in nearly a dozen African countries and the wish of some leaders to fiddle with the constitution and have a forbidden third term in office is sending tremors through the fragile states involved. Ten elections are coming up this year–among them Nigeria, Burundi, Togo, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of […]

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