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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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On Madiba’s birthday, a call to reflect, volunteer

On Madiba’s birthday, a call to reflect, volunteer

| July 14, 2016

(GIN)—“Nelson Mandela International Day”—formalized by the U.N. General Assembly in November 2009—recalls the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom on his birthday, July 18. It comes as Americans reflect on a wrenching week of race-related violence and the undeniable evidence of the persistence of intolerance that Mandela devoted his […]

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‘Monopoly money’ draws scorn from cash-strapped Zimbabweans

‘Monopoly money’ draws scorn from cash-strapped Zimbabweans

| July 14, 2016

(GIN)—With exports down and scarce dollars hidden away under pillows, banks in Zimbabwe are running out of legal tender. Some ATMs have been shuttered, leaving minimum wage workers, normally paid in cash, with IOUs as employers struggle to withdraw notes. “We’re importing more than we’re exporting and we can’t print money because we use mainly […]

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Somali woman, defying odds, runs for top spot in next month’s polls

Somali woman, defying odds, runs for top spot in next month’s polls

(GIN)—With the news of terror attacks, the departure of peacekeepers and the proposed eviction of thousands of Somali refugees in neighboring Kenya, it is easy to miss the news of the first woman candidate running to be Somalia’s next president in next month’s national poll. Fadumo Dayib has overcome adversity before. She was the first […]

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South African writer on mental illness wins majory literary prize

South African writer on mental illness wins majory literary prize

(GIN)—This year’s prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing for a short story has been awarded to South African writer, photographer and filmmaker Lidudumalingani for his story “Memories We Lost.” Set in the Eastern Cape, the story explores how traditional beliefs are used to tackle schizophrenia. “This is a troubling piece, depicting the great love between […]

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Crisis erupts over police-linked killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer

Crisis erupts over police-linked killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer

(GIN)—Four police officers have been arrested in the torture/murder of a noted Kenyan human rights lawyer and two other men. The Law Society of Kenya called it “a dark day for the rule of law” and a countrywide boycott of the courts has been called. The respected lawyer disappeared with his client and a taxi […]

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New opposition in Zimbabwe launches campaign

New opposition in Zimbabwe launches campaign

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—Zimbabwe‘s former vice president, Joice Mujuru, was the headliner at a rally this week in Matabeleland in one of the first public events of the new Zimbabwe People First opposition party. The newly-launched campaign promptly took on the incumbent—President Robert Mugabe—in advance of elections in 2018. Mujuru accused the government of being disinterested in the […]

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Independent probe sought in Gambian activist’s jail death

Independent probe sought in Gambian activist’s jail death

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—A leading opposition figure in the Gambia was found dead in a cell shortly after his arrest for taking part in a protest, according to local reports. The cause of death of Solo Sandeng was listed as “shock and respiratory failure,” according to a medical certificate of death. Ebrima Solo Sandeng, the National Organizing Secretary […]

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Senegal’s leader frees ex-president’s son jailed for corruption

Senegal’s leader frees ex-president’s son jailed for corruption

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—The pardoned release of Karim Wade, son of ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, has raised questions about the current Senegalese president’s campaign commitment to fight corruption. President Macky Sall defeated the elder Wade by promising to end impunity for financial crimes in 2012. In 2013, Karim was accused of illegally amassing about $1.4 billion, but was cleared […]

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Another take on Brexit from an African perspective

Another take on Brexit from an African perspective

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—Writing on the blogpost This Is Africa, Malawi journalist Levi Kabwato tackled the much reported story of “Brexit” from his own unique perspective. “European Union policies towards Africa and the rest of the Global South are unhelpful to the ordinary African,” he began. “It is against this backdrop that we must see Britain’s referendum on […]

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Long-running apartheid crimes case axed by Supreme Court

Long-running apartheid crimes case axed by Supreme Court

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—Efforts by South African victims of racist apartheid to obtain justice suffered a new defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court this month when the judges declined to revive a suit against two U.S. companies that, according to the complaint, helped to suppress the black population. The judges left in place a 2015 ruling that cleared […]

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