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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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With few riches left to plunder, Angola’s old guard moves on

With few riches left to plunder, Angola’s old guard moves on

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—Africa’s oil giants are tightening their belts as the sale price of “King Oil,” buffeted by cheaper fracked gas, solar and other renewables, hits new lows. The promises of prosperity have faded in Ghana, Uganda, and Nigeria, among other oil producers. Perhaps the saddest scenario can be found in Angola—whose capital Luanda was not long […]

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Zuma’s mining charter—a step up or two steps back for black empowerment

Zuma’s mining charter—a step up or two steps back for black empowerment

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—BEE. The initials stand for Black Economic Empowerment and the prospect thrilled many South Africans who had seen the wealth of their nation drained away during years of oppressive white rule. Under the codes of BEE, set forth in 2007, the government pledged to redress apartheid’s economic disparities to ensure broader and meaningful participation for […]

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Namibian freedom fighters, founder of SWAPO passes

Namibian freedom fighters, founder of SWAPO passes

| June 19, 2017

(GIN)—Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, former Robben Island prisoner, hero and icon of Namibia’s struggle for self-determination, passed away June 9. He was 93 years old. He was a man of strong beliefs and convictions, the African National Congress said. “Comrade Toivo dedicated his life to the fight against oppression by the then South Africa […]

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Ugandans embrace South Sudanese fleeing horrific war at home

Ugandans embrace South Sudanese fleeing horrific war at home

| June 19, 2017

(GIN)—Refugees pouring across the Ugandan border from South Sudan are finding an open-door policy from Ugandan officials, in part out of a sense of pan-Africanism and the realization that the borders could not be controlled no matter what kind of wall could be built there. This is Africa’s biggest human exodus since the Rwandan genocide […]

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‘Disobedient’ Nigerian clerics faced with suspension from Catholic Church

‘Disobedient’ Nigerian clerics faced with suspension from Catholic Church

| June 19, 2017

(GIN)—Nigerian clerics who have refused to accept a bishop appointed by the Vatican for the past four and a half years are facing suspension for disobedience to the Church. At a recent gathering in Rome, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, observed that Pope Francis seemed very sad about what […]

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Report: U.N. urges donors to recosider deep cuts to educatio for Africa

Report: U.N. urges donors to recosider deep cuts to educatio for Africa

| June 19, 2017

(GIN)—Sharp cuts in education aid to sub-Saharan African countries in the last six years have unraveled progress made in basic education, adult education and literacy programs. That was one of the findings of a new report by Global Education Monitoring and presented to UNESCO, the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural organization. Specifically, donor aid to […]

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UK Muslim groups reject terrorism, extremism, saying ‘they hurt Islam’

UK Muslim groups reject terrorism, extremism, saying ‘they hurt Islam’

(GIN)—After a terror attack on a popular night-life spot in London that left seven dead, more than 50 wounded and 21 in the hospital in critical condition, British Muslim groups expressed both dismay and anger at the murderous assault linked to Islamist extremists. This is “an attack on all communities, including Muslim communities,” declared Mak […]

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Humiliating end to G7 summit for overlooked African heads of state

Humiliating end to G7 summit for overlooked African heads of state

(GIN)—African leaders invited to the summit of seven developed countries looked on in frustration and dismay as the leaders of wealthy nations ignored their invited guests and their pleas for help on a score of urgent issues. Six Kenyan journalists who attended a briefing were eager to lob questions at the wealthy nation representatives – […]

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Cannes film fest flunks diversity test with few women, no blacks

Cannes film fest flunks diversity test with few women, no blacks

(GIN)—There wasn’t a single film by a black director screening work at the 2017 Cannes international festival of films. Not just in competition, where a film by a black director hasn’t been in the running for a staggering four years, since Abderrahmane Sissako’s stunning “Timbuktu.” There literally wasn’t a single film by a black director […]

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Gentrication roils Cape Town, resistance grows

Gentrication roils Cape Town, resistance grows

(GIN)—Banners are going up in South Africa’s second city with the message “Reclaim the City” as residents demand an end to gentrification. With a shortage of affordable housing, a group of Cape Town residents have occupied a large, empty building which once housed hospital workers. “We’re into our second month now,” says Sheila Madikane, a […]

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