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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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Ebola drug safety tests raise ethical issues as NY Times commends Cuba

Ebola drug safety tests raise ethical issues as NY Times commends Cuba

| October 21, 2014

(GIN)–Can you test a promising new Ebola drug by giving it to one sample infected group and giving a deactivated placebo to another? That’s the issue dividing medical experts at a World Health Organization meeting this week in Geneva. “Is that even ethical? Will workers amid an epidemic be willing to consider getting a placebo? Which […]

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An African leading light dims as Ali Mazrui passes

An African leading light dims as Ali Mazrui passes

| October 20, 2014

(GIN)–Renowned scholar, lecturer, school chancellor and “towering intellect” of the 21st century, Ali Al’Amin Mazrui, passed away peacefully at his home in the state of New York where he headed up the Institute for Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York in Binghamton. Professor Mazrui had an illustrious scholarly life. He authored […]

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With Ebola crisis looming, where is surgeon general?

With Ebola crisis looming, where is surgeon general?

| October 19, 2014

(GIN)–Almost forgotten in the panic sparked by a new Ebola infection–this time of the Dallas nurse apparently suited up properly to care for the Liberian patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, in isolation—some media houses are asking the question: “Where is the nation’s surgeon general?” Although primarily a ceremonial post, the surgeon general has the power of […]

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Feds end ‘corruption-fueled spending spree’ by West African leader’s son

Feds end ‘corruption-fueled spending spree’ by West African leader’s son

| October 19, 2014

(GIN)–In its pursuit of so-called foreign kleptocrats who drain billions of dollars a year from impoverished countries for lives of luxury abroad, the U.S. Dept of Justice this week enjoyed one small victory in court. Teodorin Nguema Obiang, second vice president of Equatorial Guinea and son of the President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, finally lost […]

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‘Blade Runner’s’ fate on manslaughter charge to be decided soon

‘Blade Runner’s’ fate on manslaughter charge to be decided soon

| October 19, 2014

(GIN)–Prosecution lawyers in the case of South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius are said to be seeking a 15 year jail sentence for the famed athlete who was acquitted of murder but convicted of culpable homicide or negligent killing in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Motor accident cases involving negligence and multiple deaths have […]

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World Bank in bid to put Lagos water in private hands

World Bank in bid to put Lagos water in private hands

| October 9, 2014

(GIN)—As Detroit fights to end a punishing wave of water shutoffs sparked by a payment crisis six years in the making, a bid by the World Bank could put Lagos, Nigeria, in similar straits. Word of a still hush-hush plan to sell off the Lagos water utility to profit-seeking owners reached the ears of Nigerian […]

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‘Creative resistance’ protests planned for ‘anti-poor’ development confab

‘Creative resistance’ protests planned for ‘anti-poor’ development confab

| October 8, 2014

(GIN)–Farmers, indigenous peoples and other social justice groups will be taking to the streets this week in 10 cities, calling for an end to ruinous business-driven development plans for poor countries around the world. According to the “Our Land Our Business” campaign, millions of people are being thrown off their land because large corporations have […]

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Violence on rise in former Hutu, Tutsi battleground

Violence on rise in former Hutu, Tutsi battleground

| October 7, 2014

(GIN)—Fears are growing that the Central African nation of Burundi is sliding back into a battlefield as the country heads into an election cycle in 2015. The ceasefire that ended 12 years of brutal conflict in 2005 could be unraveling as the current President Pierre Nkurunziza cracks down on supporters of the opposition. Early this […]

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Kenyan President Kenyatta steps down to face charges

Kenyan President Kenyatta steps down to face charges

| October 7, 2014

(GIN)–After failing to win further delays in a hearing of serious charges against him, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced he would temporarily step down as president of Kenya and face the court. Five charges of crimes against humanity are linked to Kenyatta’s alleged involvement in funding and directing aspects of the violence that killed 1,300 people […]

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Oil barons jump on new finds in Africa, ignoring climate justice calls

Oil barons jump on new finds in Africa, ignoring climate justice calls

| October 3, 2014

(GIN)–U.S. and UK oil explorers are making their moves on the Western Sahara, between Mauritania and Morocco, despite calls by thousands of climate justice activists worldwide to “keep the soil in the oil.” Kosmos Energy, a US oil and gas exploration firm, along with Cairn Energy of the UK, plan to use rights obtained in […]

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