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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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Campaign to block World Bank from ‘sowing poverty’ launched

Campaign to block World Bank from ‘sowing poverty’ launched

| April 3, 2014

(GIN)—The World Bank, blamed for the devastation of thousands of lives in developing countries through the promotion of now discredited “structural adjustment” policies, is currently advocating land policies which benefit corporations over the world’s poorest people—namely farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous communities. Many of these affected groups are essential food producers for the entire planet, according […]

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Flame of Remembrance crisscrosses Rwanda on 20th anniversary of genocide

Flame of Remembrance crisscrosses Rwanda on 20th anniversary of genocide

| April 2, 2014

(GIN)—Ceremonies around Rwanda and abroad are underway to mark the 20th year since the devastating genocide which, according to the Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda, took over a million lives during a three-month killing spree. At a ceremony March 27 in the town of Kirehe, thousands of residents gathered in a field to hear genocide […]

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Popular editor in leg irons for offending judge in editorial

Popular editor in leg irons for offending judge in editorial

| April 1, 2014

(GIN)—The N.Y.-based Committee to Protect Journalists is protesting the “degrading” treatment of a newspaper editor whose piece critical of the Chief Justice of Swaziland angered the top judge. Editor Bheti Makhubu and human rights attorney Thulani Maseko were both called into court on contempt charges by Michael Ramodibedi, the justice spotlighted in separate pieces that […]

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Doctors group sounds alarm over Ebola outbreak

Doctors group sounds alarm over Ebola outbreak

| March 29, 2014

(GIN)—The deadly Ebola virus, once limited to central and east Africa, has erupted in the West African nation of Guinea. The latest official statistics put the toll at 86 suspected cases and 59 deaths. “This is a rare disease,” cautioned Dr. Esther Sterk, tropical medicine advisor to Doctors Without Borders. “Epidemics are limited, but they […]

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Uganda gives teens turn at news

Uganda gives teens turn at news

| March 28, 2014

(GIN)—Teenagers in Uganda are the stars of a new TV news show which producers hope will draw other young people to programs of indepth social commentary. The program features rappers presenting current events in verse. Sharon Bwogi, a.k.a Lady Slyke, kicked it off on a recent show: “People in Ukraine took over power… Celebrated a […]

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Reprisals expected for deadly attack on Mombasa church

Reprisals expected for deadly attack on Mombasa church

| March 27, 2014

(GIN)—As Kenyans grieve for the victims of a shocking attack on a Sunday church service in the city of Likoni, Mombasa, plans are afoot to raise the stakes of war in neighboring Somalia. Six people died in the attack including the mother of an 18 month old boy who shielded the child with her body. […]

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ANC under harsh spotlight over luxury construction

ANC under harsh spotlight over luxury construction

| March 26, 2014

(GIN)—South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is trying to deflect harsh criticism over a finding that President Jacob Zuma’s country residence was upgraded with expensive improvements that were billed to taxpayers. The damning report, released last week, concluded a two-year study by public protector Thuli Madonsela. According to the report, entitled “Secure in comfort,” Madonsela […]

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Rebuilding of Timbuktu’s precious mausoleums begins

Rebuilding of Timbuktu’s precious mausoleums begins

| March 24, 2014

(GIN)—Mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu, defaced during the 2012 uprising by separatist Tuaregs and Islamists in the north of Mali, are being rebuilt by Malian experts, the United Nations has said. Masons began work last week on the centuries-old tombs critically damaged by militants who considered the local Sufi version of Islam to […]

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Nigerian wins major book prize for ‘Americanah’

Nigerian wins major book prize for ‘Americanah’

| March 22, 2014

(GIN)—Acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, who gave us Half of a Yellow Sun, has written an epic volume on a U.S. sojourn by a modern young woman from Nigeria who confronts a new reality—being black in America. The book was a standout among this year’s entries for the U.S. National Critics Book Circle and this […]

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Global warming could melt Africa’s famed mountain peaks

Global warming could melt Africa’s famed mountain peaks

| March 20, 2014

(GIN)—Ice is vanishing from Africa’s snow-topped peaks, raising fears of a meltdown from the continent’s “Alps.” “We are the last few who will climb on the ice, it is going so fast,” said John Medenge, who scaled the treacherous ridge up Mount Stanley, part of the Rwenzori mountain range straddling the border between Uganda and […]

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