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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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Ghanaian celebrities join call to end painful power outages

Ghanaian celebrities join call to end painful power outages

(GIN)–Throngs of Ghanaians thronged the capital Accra this past week but the celebrities in their midst were not the main attraction. Thousands of citizens, movie stars, civil servant, academics and others took to the streets to protest the government’s failure to end a three-year long electric power crisis. The energy crisis has crippled business at […]

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Kenyans attack food insecurity with urban farms, sack gardens

Kenyans attack food insecurity with urban farms, sack gardens

(GIN)–In the midst of one of Africa’s largest slums, vegetables are growing. It began as a French initiative to support jobless youth after a spasm of post-election violence in 2008—and feed them at the same time. The “garden-in-a-sack” concept, introduced by the NGO Solidarites International, makes it possible to grow food in small spaces and […]

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Popular Nigerian author calls on Americans to ‘reject silence’

Popular Nigerian author calls on Americans to ‘reject silence’

(GIN)–Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, co-curator of a spectacular World Voices week of more than 100 African writers, closed the event with an admonition. Referencing “codes of silence” that govern America life, Adichie urged her audience at the Great Hall of the Cooper Union university “to reject silence.” “There is a general tendency in the […]

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AID worker who revealed sex abuse by U.N. peacekeepers of African boys vindicated

AID worker who revealed sex abuse by U.N. peacekeepers of African boys vindicated

(GIN)–French soldiers operating as peacekeepers under a U.N. mandate reportedly sexually exploited homeless young boys, including some orphans, in the Central African Republic in a crude food for sex swap over a year ago. The U.N. has now admitted that they took punitive action against a senior UN aid worker–suspending him and threatening dismissal—for leaking […]

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Threatened African Rhinos could find new home in Texas

Threatened African Rhinos could find new home in Texas

(GIN)–Thefts, murders and mutilation of Africa’s wildlife, from white rhinos to elephants with their prized horns and tusks are at an all-time high, say conservationists who are keeping track of the poaching of species by fortune-seeking hunters. To save the animals from further decimation, the U.S.-based Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) proposes moving about 1,000 of […]

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A nightmare comes to close in Liberia as MDs declared ‘Ebola-free’

A nightmare comes to close in Liberia as MDs declared ‘Ebola-free’

(GIN)–With no new infections in 42 days, Liberia has been declared free and clear of Ebola by the World Health Organization. The announcement was made in the emergency command center in Monrovia, a room packed with reporters, aid agencies and dignitaries, including the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah R. Malac. Responses ranged from applause to […]

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Kerry brings promise of $45 million for Kenya’s massive refugee camp

Kerry brings promise of $45 million for Kenya’s massive refugee camp

(GIN)–At a meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Secretary of State John F. Kerry this week pledged an extra $45 million for the U.N. which is sheltering over a half million refugees fleeing civil unrest, terrorism and violence in Somalia and South Sudan. The Dadaab refugee camp–the largest in Africa–was threatened with closure after Somali […]

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Popular Nigerian writer headlines at World Voices Fest

Popular Nigerian writer headlines at World Voices Fest

(GIN)–Prize-winning writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is hoping to break down some stereotypes at the upcoming World Voices Festival sponsored by the PEN America free expression group. Chimamanda is the co-curator in the festival which starts from May 4. The author of Purple Hisbiscus, her first book; Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Americanah (2013), […]

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Nearly a thousand Nigerian girls freed, many malnourished, pregnant

Nearly a thousand Nigerian girls freed, many malnourished, pregnant

(GIN)—Boko Haram, fleeing to a new hideout, has abandoned hundreds of women and girls in the Sambisa forest where the high school girls from Chibok were initially taken over one year ago. It is not certain, however, that the freed girls and women were part of the 200 plus kidnapped victims of Boko Haram, officials […]

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Video of police beating black soldier sparks protest by Israel’s Ethiopian Jews

Video of police beating black soldier sparks protest by Israel’s Ethiopian Jews

(GIN)–A video that caught an Israeli police officer and a volunteer shoving and punching a black soldier in uniform outraged members of the Ethiopian Jewish community and set off a clash May 3 between Ethiopian Jews and police in central Tel Aviv. Thousands took part in the Sunday protest over the incident including many non-Ethiopian […]

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