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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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Report finds gender-based violence ‘too costly to ignore’

Report finds gender-based violence ‘too costly to ignore’

| September 25, 2014

(GIN)–On the heels of the Ray Rice scandal in the U.S., a new report by the accounting firm KPMG says that violence against women in South Africa costs the country between $2 and $4 billion yearly. The lost funds could pay wage subsidies for all unemployed youths, build half a million houses, or give healthcare […]

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Strip mines, pollution, de-foresting linked to Ebola’s deadly spread

Strip mines, pollution, de-foresting linked to Ebola’s deadly spread

| September 24, 2014

(GIN)–Pits in the ground from mining, forests stripped of trees, and water poisoned by toxic materials are among the lesser known culprits in the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease. In less than a year’s time, the virus has migrated from its “reservoir” in fruit bats to humans who may have supplemented their diets […]

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Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

| September 24, 2014

(GIN)–New York streets were overflowing on Sunday with hand-made posters, buttons, baby carriages, bicycles, musical bands and nearly 400,000 marchers demanding an end to the exploitation of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas that are creating havoc for the environment in the U.S., Africa and most of the world. Marchers came by […]

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U.S. millions committed for Ebola, but ‘paltry’ 25 beds yet to arrive

U.S. millions committed for Ebola, but ‘paltry’ 25 beds yet to arrive

| September 18, 2014

(GIN)–Between $100- and $180 million have been committed to the fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa–an amount considered way too little and reaching the needy way too slowly. A 25 bed unit pledged by the Pentagon for Liberia, noted the international president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), would treat only health care workers, not […]

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More bodies pulled from sea after migrant boat rammed

More bodies pulled from sea after migrant boat rammed

| September 17, 2014

(GIN)–About 500 refugees are feared dead after their vessel was rammed by traffickers in icy Mediterranean waters, according to two Palestinians who survived the ordeal. The boat had been carrying Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese, including women and children, according to reports, and had departed from Egypt early this month. It was the second sinking […]

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Disappointment runs deep as ‘Blade Runner’ walks free

Disappointment runs deep as ‘Blade Runner’ walks free

| September 16, 2014

(GIN)–The upset decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa that found Olympian Oscar Pistorius not guilty for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp stunned South Africans who had been glued to the trial since the gavel first pounded the court to order last March. Saying that Pistorius’s defense could “reasonably possibly be true,” Judge Masipa lifted […]

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Oil buyers flee Nigeria, leaving toxic spill cleanup

Oil buyers flee Nigeria, leaving toxic spill cleanup

| September 11, 2014

(GIN)—Angola’s crude oil is proving sweet to U.S. buyers who are snapping it up as fast as they are dropping purchases from Nigeria, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Breaking a 40-year record, crude oil exports from Angola to the U.S. are averaging around 116,000 barrels per day (bpd) since […]

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Drone war on Somalia fails to protect women raped by ‘defenders’

Drone war on Somalia fails to protect women raped by ‘defenders’

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)–A U.S. drone war on the insurgency in Somalia has overlooked the war on women–specifically the abuse, rapes and attacks on women and girls by AMISOM—the African Union Mission in Somalia, a new report by Human Rights Watch has disclosed. In its report titled “The Power These Men Have Over Us,” the New York-based Human […]

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Church leaders defend ‘Public Protector’ vilified over Zuma report

Church leaders defend ‘Public Protector’ vilified over Zuma report

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—A blizzard of brickbats, insults and other aspersions aimed at South Africa’s Public Protector assigned to investigate the taxpayer-financed country estate of President Jacob Zuma, have roused the Diakonia Council of Churches, a social justice faith-based group, which this week came to her defense in an open letter. The council said it wished there were […]

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Liberia contends with Ebola as diasporans urge ‘regime change’

Liberia contends with Ebola as diasporans urge ‘regime change’

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—Photos of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf looking tired or grim suggest the toll the current Ebola epidemic has taken on the 75-year-old leader. The crisis, for which the region was ill-prepared, has taken more than a thousand lives–some 700 in Liberia—and many of the improvised control strategies appear to have backfired including the quarantining […]

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