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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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Hotel in prized forest? Environmentalists say ‘no’

Hotel in prized forest? Environmentalists say ‘no’

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—A unique urban forest, beloved by Nobel Laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement (GBM), Wangari Maathai, is reportedly in the sights of a hotel developer. “Wangari is dead but not resting in peace,” said Kenyan Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, adding: “The proposed hotel in Karura Forest must be disturbing her spirit.” According to […]

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A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—Philanthropist Mo Ibrahim is finding it hard to reward a democratically elected African leader who serves his or her constitutionally mandated term (without last minute changes) and demonstrates exceptional leadership. The five million dollar prize is just too small for such a commitment. Money held by some of Africa’s richest leaders outsizes the modest reward […]

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Pastor for refugees steps down due to threats

Pastor for refugees steps down due to threats

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—Two members of the conservative party of Chancellor Angela Merkel were linked to a spate of verbal racist attacks against an African priest who ministered to refugees fleeing oppressive African regimes. The two resigned their posts but it didn’t end there for the Catholic priest of Congolese origin. Father Ndjimbi-Tshiende stepped down this week after […]

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Stepping it up for gender equality—this year’s Women’s Day theme

Stepping it up for gender equality—this year’s Women’s Day theme

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—As countries throughout the world marked International Women’s Day on March 8, women across Africa reflected on their achievements and on some still unattained goals. Caroline Kisia, executive director of Action Africa Help, in Kenya, urged African women to fight harder and “catapult governments into action.” Writing in Tuko, a Kenyan news portal, she credited […]

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Fears rise that DRC president will ‘cling to power’ in reelection bid

Fears rise that DRC president will ‘cling to power’ in reelection bid

| March 1, 2016

By Kambale Musavuli, for Friends of the Congo  (GIN)—Members of the Congolese opposition are pushing for elections this year and for President Joseph Kabila to step down if elections are not held. Seven senior members of the ruling coalition have already been expelled for urging the president not to cling to power after Dec. 19, […]

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Hundreds protest police shooting of Kenyan teen in Salt Lake City

Hundreds protest police shooting of Kenyan teen in Salt Lake City

| March 1, 2016

(GIN)—A near-fatal encounter between a Kenyan-born youth and police in Salt Lake City, Utah, prompted an angry reaction from bystanders who challenged the official version of the incident given by police. Seventeen year old Abdi Mohammed reportedly was in an altercation with other youths on Saturday night, Feb. 27, and had picked up a broomstick […]

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One-family rule in Gabon to cross half century mark

One-family rule in Gabon to cross half century mark

| March 1, 2016

(GIN)—Ali Bongo Ondimba, son of the Gabonese patriarch Omar Bongo Ondimba, has announced plans to seek another term in office—giving his family more than a half century of rule in this West African nation if he wins. Announcing his candidacy, President Ali Bongo pledged to fight “unwarranted privilege” even as he stands as one of […]

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Pineapples at core of land fight in Kenya

Pineapples at core of land fight in Kenya

| March 1, 2016

(GIN)—A foreign company—let’s call it Goliath—is battling two small counties in Kenya—we’ll call them David—over the rights to prime farmland from which the Kenyans are seeking a small slice for public use. The two counties—Murang’a and Kiambu—were looking for a better deal from the Del Monte juice company which was looking to renew its contracts […]

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Zimbabwe—Is a dynasty of Mugabes in the works?

Zimbabwe—Is a dynasty of Mugabes in the works?

| February 24, 2016

(GIN)—Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest president, turned 92 this week without a clear successor. His wife, Grace, however, is grooming herself for the job but will Zimbabweans favor a family dynasty even as the idea seems to have fallen out of favor in the U.S.? Political analysts say Mugabe has no clear intention of handing […]

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Journalist Nima Elbagir cheered for prize, but diversity goal still unfulfilled

Journalist Nima Elbagir cheered for prize, but diversity goal still unfulfilled

| February 24, 2016

(GIN)—The Sudanese-born Nima Elbagir scooped a distinguished media prize from the Royal Television Society (RTS) this month for her work highlighting the human rights plight of children and young people in Africa and beyond. RTS wrote for the award ceremony last week: “The work of the Specialist Journalist of the Year took (Ms Elbagir) to […]

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