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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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After 31-mile trek in tunnel, Sudanese man granted asylum in UK

After 31-mile trek in tunnel, Sudanese man granted asylum in UK

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—As the U.S. marks “National Migration Week” from Jan 3 to Jan 9, another record for migration endurance was set this week with the walk to freedom by Abdul Rahman Haroun of Sudan. Haroun, 40, was reported to have walked almost the entire length of the 31-mile Channel tunnel from France to the UK where […]

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‘Co-working’ takes root in tech-savvy Africa

‘Co-working’ takes root in tech-savvy Africa

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—The internet entrepreneur you saw staring intently into his or her laptop at a coffee shop, library or in a quiet corner of the bus terminal is finally moving indoors. The workplace has taken a step into the new century with a configuration called “co-working.” First spotted in San Francisco at the “Hat Factory” in […]

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Nigerians grow impatient with president’s unfulfilled promises

Nigerians grow impatient with president’s unfulfilled promises

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—Online petitions are piling up for Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, claiming that a more open and democratic society promised in his presidential stump speeches has failed to appear. One petition is already demanding President Buhari’s resignation over his alleged failure to abide by international law. Nigerian-born Ndubuisi Anukwuem  and “Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),’ […]

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Rwanda’s genocide court to close doors—will it be missed?

Rwanda’s genocide court to close doors—will it be missed?

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—After 21 years, 93 cases and $2 billion, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda wound up business at year’s end with one final case. The judges deliberated on an appeal sought by Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the former minister for women’s development, her son, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, and four government officials.  Their convictions, which they sought to […]

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Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—With only days to go before a self-imposed deadline for defeating Boko Haram, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a “technical” victory against the militants. In an interview with the British BBC, Buhari credited his security forces with incapacitating Boko Haram so they could no longer mount conventional attacks against population centers. As evidence, he […]

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A martyred hero in Burkina Faso might soon find justice

A martyred hero in Burkina Faso might soon find justice

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—An international arrest warrant has been issued for the ex-president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, for his suspected role in the 1987 killing of former president Thomas Sankara , according to a statement by Prosper Farama, a lawyer for Sankara’s family. The unpopular Compaore was ousted in October 2014 after holding office for 27 years […]

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In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—Social media networks in 2015 reached new heights in organizing popular protest and calls for change. Some of the most effective campaigns used Twitter with such hashtags as: #BringBackOurGirls to demand action on the fate of 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Since then 57 have managed to escape but […]

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In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—This was the year African economies were poised to rise and invest some of their new-found capital in jobs and infrastructure. But, the triple threat of climate change, falling oil prices and ethnic strife has left some heads of state scrambling for alternative ways to fund their ambitious plans. Of the largest economies, South Africa […]

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Malawi prison band Grammy nominee

Malawi prison band Grammy nominee

| December 22, 2015

(GIN)—With voices as gentle as angels, inmates at a maximum prison in Malawi have recorded an album which could capture top prize at the upcoming Grammys. “I Have No Everything Here” was recorded at Malawi’s Zomba prison and is among the first batch of nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Slotted for Best World […]

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Author ask ‘What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?’ in new book

Author ask ‘What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?’ in new book

| December 22, 2015

(GIN)—South African newspaper editor Ferial Haffajee’s new book has a sensational title for a deadly serious issue. “What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?” is likely to provoke strong reactions all across the color divide. Haffajee is considered one of South Africa’s thought leaders and commentators and uses her media platform to raise […]

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