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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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Studies to begin philanthropy with Pan-African perspective

Studies to begin philanthropy with Pan-African perspective

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Bill Gates, Bono, the Ford Foundation and the World Bank, among others, are well-known supporters of development projects in Africa. But, that’s hardly the full list. A report on international giving by the Foundation Center found that approximately $255 million to Africa came from U.S. foundations in 2010. Compare that to the $40 billion that […]

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Anxious ANC elders fear party ‘drifting from its ideals’

Anxious ANC elders fear party ‘drifting from its ideals’

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—The usual celebrations marking Human Rights Day on March 21 were upstaged this year by an epic scandal that has shaken the party at its highest level. Little else has captured the attention of South Africa’s citizens over the past weeks as much as the story of government job peddling by wealthy friends of the […]

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Mauritania ratifies pact to end modern-day slavery

Mauritania ratifies pact to end modern-day slavery

| March 15, 2016

(GIN)—Mauritania has ratified the 2014 protocol to the Forced Labor Convention (1930), making it the second African country to commit to carrying out the protocol. It joins Niger, Norway and the United Kingdom which were the first countries to ratify the protocol aimed at fighting forced labor in all its forms, including human trafficking. Slavery […]

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French, English step aside! Campaign to save local language begins with book

French, English step aside! Campaign to save local language begins with book

| March 15, 2016

(GIN)–Waly Fay of Senegal had an obsession. He was determined not to let one of Senegal’s local languages become a footnote of linguistic history. Not only was Serer the third most spoken language in Senegal but it was the language of the country’s first president. Although Léopold Sédar Senghor, a president and a poet, wrote […]

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Muslim protest bid to ‘baptize’ Liberia as Christian state

Muslim protest bid to ‘baptize’ Liberia as Christian state

| March 15, 2016

(GIN)—An upcoming referendum to make Liberia a Christian state is meeting fierce opposition from the country’s Muslims and some Christians. At a three day retreat held by the National Imam Council of Liberia, a resolution was drafted that included a threat to boycott the referendum if the issue of the Christian state is not removed. […]

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Conservationists fail to stop transfer of African elephants to U.S.

Conservationists fail to stop transfer of African elephants to U.S.

| March 15, 2016

(GIN)—If moving one elephant and escaping notice sounds like a challenge, imagine moving 18. Yet this weekend, three American zoos quietly moved 18 elephants out of Swaziland and into U.S. zoos. Animal rights activists, who had a court date to block the action, condemned the transfer. Removing elephants from the wild for display in zoos […]

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Parole for anti-apartheid hero’s killer? Victim’s family says ‘no!’

Parole for anti-apartheid hero’s killer? Victim’s family says ‘no!’

| March 15, 2016

JOHANNESBURG—The wife of a slain anti-apartheid hero is raging against a court decision ordering the release of her husband’s killer on parole within 14 days. Limpho Hani, widow of Chris Hani, called the decision to grant parole to Janusz Walus “a sad day for South Africa.” She harshly rebuked the judge who made the ruling, […]

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Hotel in prized forest? Environmentalists say ‘no’

Hotel in prized forest? Environmentalists say ‘no’

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—A unique urban forest, beloved by Nobel Laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement (GBM), Wangari Maathai, is reportedly in the sights of a hotel developer. “Wangari is dead but not resting in peace,” said Kenyan Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, adding: “The proposed hotel in Karura Forest must be disturbing her spirit.” According to […]

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A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—Philanthropist Mo Ibrahim is finding it hard to reward a democratically elected African leader who serves his or her constitutionally mandated term (without last minute changes) and demonstrates exceptional leadership. The five million dollar prize is just too small for such a commitment. Money held by some of Africa’s richest leaders outsizes the modest reward […]

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Pastor for refugees steps down due to threats

Pastor for refugees steps down due to threats

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—Two members of the conservative party of Chancellor Angela Merkel were linked to a spate of verbal racist attacks against an African priest who ministered to refugees fleeing oppressive African regimes. The two resigned their posts but it didn’t end there for the Catholic priest of Congolese origin. Father Ndjimbi-Tshiende stepped down this week after […]

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