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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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‘A force to reckon with,’ Africans in Rio go for gold, silver, bronze

‘A force to reckon with,’ Africans in Rio go for gold, silver, bronze

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—Luvo Manyonga was overjoyed with the silver long jump medal awarded him at the Rio Olympic Games this week. But, the track and field star from Mbekweni township in South Africa has soared over obstacles more than once. Manyongo grew up in a single parent household in a township still struggling to provide regular services […]

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‘Shamed and Blamed’ Sierra Leone bars pregnant girls from school

‘Shamed and Blamed’ Sierra Leone bars pregnant girls from school

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—At their meeting next month in Geneva, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child will review reports detailing the obstacles, risks and challenges imposed by governments that limit the prospects for children to succeed. Among the countries to be reviewed is Sierra Leone whose ban on admitting pregnant girls to mainstream schools was […]

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Four years since ‘Marikana Massacre,’ new charges rock British mining giant

Four years since ‘Marikana Massacre,’ new charges rock British mining giant

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—Prayers are being said this week for 34 men, employees of the UK mining company Lonmin, who were fatally shot Aug. 16, 2012 during a strike and protest action over pay and conditions at the Marikana platinum mine. The shootings, by the South African Police Service, unleashed a national crisis. A Commission, appointed by President […]

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Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Athletes from some of the most dangerous countries in the world will be competing with world-class swimmers, runners and equestrians at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, now underway. The team no sooner arrived when a letter sent by Pope Francis was delivered. “I extend my greetings and wish you success at the Olympic […]

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Mining tycoon of Sierra Leone, presidential hopeful passes in London

Mining tycoon of Sierra Leone, presidential hopeful passes in London

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—One of the wealthiest men in Sierra Leone who built his fortune in extractive industries died suddenly at White Chapel Hospital in London, according to the Sierra Leone Telegraph. Gibril Santigie Moseray “Super” Fadika was planning to run for the presidency of Sierra Leone in 2018 on the ticket of the All Peoples Congress. His […]

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Gay pride again target of Ugandan police

Gay pride again target of Ugandan police

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Police are resuming their attacks on Uganda’s mostly underground LGBTI community—raiding night clubs and making arrests. The renewed police activity comes as gays and rights activists mark the day and month in which a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned. During the latest crackdown on Aug. 4, police unlawfully raided a […]

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Party of Mandela gets beating from voters

Party of Mandela gets beating from voters

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—It was a long night for the African National Congress party faithful as a popular revolt in the cities of Tshwane (Pretoria) and Port Elizabeth upended the ANC’s long-held power base in those two key municipalities. The ANC was beaten in working-class “black township” areas such as Mamelodi in Tshwane, and Motherwell in Port Elizabeth. […]

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All eyes on Tunsia after ousted in no-confidence vote

All eyes on Tunsia after ousted in no-confidence vote

| August 2, 2016

(GIN)—Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, has now fired its own prime minister with a nearly unanimous vote of no-confidence in their 67 year old leader. The motion of no-confidence passed with 118 votes, more than the needed 109-vote threshold. Only three members of Parliament supported Habib Essid. The others abstained. […]

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Party of Mandela hears calls for change

Party of Mandela hears calls for change

| August 2, 2016

(GIN)—This week’s municipal polls will reveal the depth of disenchantment with the historic African National Congress. Massive unemployment, failing basic services and corruption have fueled discontent among the ANC’s stalwart base of support. Some voters will be pulling the lever for a different party this week in what was long inconceivable—to abandon the party of […]

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Arab leaders hunker down in tent for yearly regional summit

Arab leaders hunker down in tent for yearly regional summit

| July 27, 2016

(GIN)—Forgoing the usual four and five-star hotels, Arab leaders gathered this week in a large tent in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott for the 27th Arab League Summit. Regional crises and hot wars were expected to dominate the agenda. “It is good to get Mauritania back into the Arab political map,” British-Lebanese journalist and  media consultant […]

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