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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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Nigerian leader launches cleanup of nation’s ‘open sores’

Nigerian leader launches cleanup of nation’s ‘open sores’

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—As oil minister during military rule in the 1970s, President Muhammadu Buhari oversaw the birth of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC). Now, as democratically elected president, he intends to break up the lumbering bureaucracy, which is believed to have cashed out astronomical sums of oil revenues for luxury lifestyles, leaving the oil-rich nation of […]

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South African Women’s Day highlights need for more change

South African Women’s Day highlights need for more change

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Recognition of the indispensable role played by women in defeating apartheid was the focus of countless speeches, film showings and even fashion shows as the country paused this week for National Women’s Day, a public holiday. Women’s Affairs Minister Susan Shabangu kicked off the activities with a speech on Pan African Women’s Day, celebrated on […]

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Burundi tinderbox after president’s ally shot

Burundi tinderbox after president’s ally shot

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—The drive-by shooting that left a close aide of President Pierre Nkurunziza dead early this weekend, has raised fears of retaliation and cross-border violence. Mr. Nkurunziza, re-elected last month despite wide opposition, came on television on Monday to announce that police were searching for the individual who shot Lt. General Adolphe Nshimirimana. He urged restraint […]

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Mandela prizewinner from Namibia still practices bringing sight to blind

Mandela prizewinner from Namibia still practices bringing sight to blind

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—There was pure emotion in the face of Dr. Helena Ndume, more used to bringing sight to the blind than wiping away tears of her own. According to friends, she was caught off guard by the rousing welcome awaiting her this past week at the Hosea Kutako International Airport after picking up the first U.N. […]

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U.S. multinationals scooped up deals during Obama’s visit to Kenya

U.S. multinationals scooped up deals during Obama’s visit to Kenya

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—A presidential stopover in Nairobi to meet “global entrepreneurs” turned out to be a windfall for mega development projects, bank lenders and U.S. corporations. Fresh details are emerging in local media about the deals struck between the U.S. and Kenyan governments during the visit of President Obama. A so-called “American package,” they said, reaffirms a […]

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Suez Canal reopens to fanfare but not shared by all

Suez Canal reopens to fanfare but not shared by all

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—Ships at sea around the world will blast their horns on Aug. 6 to mark the reopening of the world-famous centenarian waterway in Egypt, local officials there say. “Food will arrive faster. Medicine will arrive faster. Petroleum products will arrive faster,” proclaimed Suez Canal Authority head Admiral Mohab Mohamed Hussein Mameesh. “Egypt is serving the […]

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Two billion dollar solar deal signed at Entrepreneur’s Summit

Two billion dollar solar deal signed at Entrepreneur’s Summit

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—U.S. agencies, banks, and corporations were among the many guests at the sixth Global Entrepreneurs’ Summit, visited by President Obama, and it seems they liked what they saw. Deals valued at multi-millions of dollars were signed including one for $2.2 billion for the development of solar power in the east African country. SkyPower, an official […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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Obama weighs in on gay rights, ignoring local Kenyan taboo

Obama weighs in on gay rights, ignoring local Kenyan taboo

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Despite dire warnings that he faced expulsion from Kenya’s Parliament if he raised the subject of gay rights, President Barack Obama replied to a reporter’s question on the subject with a very personal response. “As an African American in the United States I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under […]

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Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan war

Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan war

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—President Barack Obama, in a meeting with regional African leaders, threatened new sanctions for the warring factions in South Sudan if a peace deal is not be reached by Aug. 17. “The possibilities of renewed conflict… is something that requires urgent attention from all of us,” Obama said. “We don’t have a lot of time […]

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