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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 bittersweet toast to all journalist in jail

A bittersweet toast to all journalist in jail

| December 31, 2014

(GIN)—Of the thousands of relentless scribes who dig for a story, dodge bullets, follow paper trails, shine a light in the darkness, some 220 news writers around the world will spend New Year’s this year in a faraway jail. This month, Kenyan writer Janet Otieno-Prosper dedicated her essay in the Africa Review to remembering the […]

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‘Iron Lady’ of Ivory Coast goes to trial

‘Iron Lady’ of Ivory Coast goes to trial

| December 31, 2014

(GIN)—Simone Gbagbo, wife of Ivory Coast’s ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, is facing a court of her peers in Ivory Coast this week. She faces charges of aiding her husband President Laurent Gbagbo cling to power after his defeat at the polls as certified by international observers. Unlike her husband, Mrs. Gbagbo was not transferred to The […]

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Masquerade parties, nativity plays mark African Christmas Holiday

Masquerade parties, nativity plays mark African Christmas Holiday

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—How do Africans celebrate Christmas? Let me count the ways! According to a census study, there are 350 million Christians in Africa and more than a handful of rituals varying by country and ethnic group. Coptic Christians in Ethiopian and Egypt follow the ancient Julian calendar and celebrate the holiday on Jan. 7. Traditionally referred […]

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In early reports, ‘tsunami’ for opposition, defeat for ‘Ma Ellen’

In early reports, ‘tsunami’ for opposition, defeat for ‘Ma Ellen’

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Despite a low turnout in Liberia’s senate election, poll watchers are already predicting the winners and losers and President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson appears to be among the losers. Provisional results from the 2014 Special Senatorial Election were released via radio broadcast late Saturday, immediately following the closing of the polls nationwide. They show a trend of […]

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Tunisia’s ‘people power’ rejects Islamist party in upset vote

Tunisia’s ‘people power’ rejects Islamist party in upset vote

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Tunisians, the first people to launch an “Arab Spring” revolution that ousted a despot, returned to power a member of the ousted regime. They cast ballots on Sunday in the nation’s first free presidential poll—and the outcome surprised many. Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi of the secular Call for Tunisia (“Nidaa Tounes”) party received 55 […]

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Study: Cuts pushed by funder spurred West Africa Ebola crisis

Study: Cuts pushed by funder spurred West Africa Ebola crisis

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Spending cuts, pushed by an international lender, “weakened health care systems in the West African region,” leaving the countries “under-funded, insufficiently staffed and poorly prepared.” In a report published this month in the journal Lancet Global Health, UK-based researchers blamed policies of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund that hobbled the development of an effective healthcare […]

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Winnie Mandela lays claim to Madiba’s estate, opening old wound

Winnie Mandela lays claim to Madiba’s estate, opening old wound

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)—Last December, Madiba’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and his last wife, Graca Machel, were seen comforting each other in the wake of the statesman’s death. The warmth has cooled, if not frozen over, as Winnie opens a court fight for the estate of the former president, the validity of the will, and the legitimacy of the […]

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‘Black Lives Matter’ heard round the world

‘Black Lives Matter’ heard round the world

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)—Across the world, people are taking different lessons from the nationwide uprising sparked by #BlackLivesMatter. Protests are capturing front page headlines, are the topic of talk shows and the buzz of social media from Peoria to Palestine. Reuters opinion editor Amana Fontanella-Khan in a recent piece, observed: “In some countries, developments in Ferguson and Staten […]

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‘Scheme’ to lower gas at the pump hits Africa hard

‘Scheme’ to lower gas at the pump hits Africa hard

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)–Falling oil prices are happy news for American car owners but disastrous news for Africa which was recently celebrating an “oil boom” around the continent. Some energy consultants see falling prices as a political maneuver by the West designed to bring rebellious countries to their knees. Saudi Arabia also had a bone to pick with […]

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ICC drops Darfur case, seeks surrender of Simone Gbago

ICC drops Darfur case, seeks surrender of Simone Gbago

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)–The list of war crimes being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) is growing smaller. Earlier this month, the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya was dismissed after witnesses became unavailable to testify and the government rejected the court’s jurisdiction over the charges. This week, Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court prosecutor, suspended investigations […]

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