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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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South African women taking charge in newsroom

| March 14, 2014

(GIN)—Women of color are making strides in newsrooms across South Africa. This new development was highlighted by the “rock star” of South African journalism—Ferial Haffajee—in a recap of gender accomplishments for International Women’s Day. “Today, I am happy to say, women hold strategic editorial positions across all platforms including broadcasting, print and online,” Haffajee, the […]

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Former president of Nigeria linked to half a billion dollar heist

| March 13, 2014

  (GIN)—Four years ago, at a conference in Lagos, three eminent leaders took a swipe at the increasing rate of corruption in Nigeria. “Nigeria is too rich for any of its citizens to be poor… Nigerians must rise up immediately to fight the scourge of corruption ravaging the country.” That was the Rev. Jesse Jackson. […]

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Report: South African blacks need 500 years to close wage gap with whites

| March 12, 2014

(GIN)—Union officials at a national bargaining conference in Pretoria had troubling news for workers hoping to get better pay and working conditions in the coming year. “We cannot lie forever,” said Andrew Chirwa of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa). “In 1994 we said South Africa will be a better place to live and unemployment […]

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Minister behind bars over massive giveaway of Liberian forests

| February 26, 2014

(GIN)—Two years after learning of the massive giveaway of Liberia’s treasured forests to foreign logging companies, the Liberian government locked up the former head of the Forestry Development Authority. Moses Wogbeh, former head of the forestry authority, was arrested and charged with allegedly defrauding the country of millions of dollars by issuing bogus permits between […]

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Sierra Leone attacks report exposing mining-friendly ‘prosperity agenda’

| February 26, 2014

(GIN)—Sierra Leone’s pro-government media went on the attack recently to condemn a report by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch titled: “Whose Development? Human Rights Abuses in Sierra Leone’s Mining Boom,” which documents widespread violations in the mining sector. A piece by Newstime Africa tore into the rights group, saying their report contained “wild, wicked, criminal […]

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Mugabe turning 90 sets sights on another decade at helm

| February 26, 2014

(GIN)—Before a crowd of thousands that filled the Marondera stadium east of Harare, ninety balloons were released into the air to mark the 90th birthday of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. “I feel as young and energetic as a boy of nine,” said the president as he cut a 200 pound  cake decorated in the country’s traditional […]

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Senegalese superstar in solar power initiative to ‘Light Africa’

| February 26, 2014

(GIN)—Senegalese-American hip hop artist Akon and a group of solar business partners have announced a plan to address Africa’s grave shortfall in electric power. Speaking at a press conference in Sierra Leone, Akon said: ‘Music is an inspiration and as an African I am combining that inspiration with energy to reach out and touch the […]

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‘Godfather of Multiculturalism’ Stuart Hall passes in UK

‘Godfather of Multiculturalism’ Stuart Hall passes in UK

| February 20, 2014

Distinguished theoretician, sociologist and anti-colonialist writer Stuart Hall passed away Feb. 10 in the UK. He was 82.

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Africa News In Brief: Feb. 26 Edition

| February 20, 2014

  U.S. holds confab in Nigerian capital while attacks escalate in north (GIN)—As Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Bureau of African Affairs, makes her third trip to Nigeria since assuming her post in August, a bloodbath is occurring in northern Nigeria where a state of emergency was imposed almost nine months ago. Ms. Thomas-Greenfield […]

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Muslims in Central African Republic fear extermination

Muslims in Central African Republic fear extermination

| February 19, 2014

A Muslim-led coup that brought chaos in the Central African Republic now threatens to ignite one of the worst religious wars on the continent.

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