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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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Ghana picks new leader who promises jobs, jobs, jobs

Ghana picks new leader who promises jobs, jobs, jobs

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—In a surprise upset for incumbent President John Dramani Mahama, voters turned out strongly for opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, whose campaign for the presidency gave hope to thousands of jobless Ghanaians. Mr. Akufo-Addo earned 54 percent of the vote, while Mr Mahama took 44%. It was the first time in Ghana that an opposition candidate […]

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South Sudanese activists warn of nation’s ‘catastrophic collapse’

South Sudanese activists warn of nation’s ‘catastrophic collapse’

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—South Sudanese human rights activists are turning to open letters and opinion pieces to plead for intervention in the newly-independent east African nation that appears in danger of imminent collapse due to a brutal and endless war, the activists warn. “Ending the conflict will require more political courage than simply adopting a UN resolution,” wrote […]

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Nigeria’s president denies reports of hunger in northeast, blames U.N.

Nigeria’s president denies reports of hunger in northeast, blames U.N.

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is challenging U.N. and humanitarian aid organizations on their recent reports of near-starvation among states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. According to the president, the reports are “hype”—exaggerating the humanitarian crisis in order to encourage more donations. The Nigerian leader’s dispute with the U.N. recalls former president Goodluck Jonathan who […]

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Ghana elections go forward amid explosive U.S.-Ghana corruption

Ghana elections go forward amid explosive U.S.-Ghana corruption

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—While Ghana busied itself with national elections taking place this week, the U.S. State Department and other agencies were cracking down on one of the most eye-popping corruption scandals in this West African nation. Operating in the center of Accra, a pink building festooned with an American flag was doing a brisk business selling U.S. […]

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Gambia’s once ‘president for life’ quietly concedes defeat

Gambia’s once ‘president for life’ quietly concedes defeat

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—The prospect of another stolen election by the flamboyant President Yahya Jammeh took a surprise turn this week when the Gambian leader calmly accepted his defeat at the hands of opposition leader, Adama Barrow. In a concession speech broadcast on state TV, Mr. Jammeh declined to contest his loss. “I told you, Gambians, that I […]

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Limited help for Nigerian women, girls with stigmatizing condition

Limited help for Nigerian women, girls with stigmatizing condition

| December 1, 2016

(GIN)—A disabling medical condition linked to child marriage and early childbirth is receiving limited attention from the Nigerian government, according to medical professionals in published reports. Doctors say the condition, known as obstetric fistula, is the result of prolonged labor without prompt medical intervention, causing a hole in a woman’s birth canal which leaves her […]

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African geologists warn of possible ‘Fukushima’ at site of proposed nuclear reactor

African geologists warn of possible ‘Fukushima’ at site of proposed nuclear reactor

| December 1, 2016

(GIN)—Geologists at the Africa Earth Observatory Network fear that a nuclear power station built over canyons in bedrock, as proposed by South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom, is at risk of deadly surge storms and tsunamis—not unlike those triggered by the meltdown at the Japanese plant in Fukushima. Eskom disputes the findings. “If you’re going to […]

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U.N. secretary-general: Cuban leader was ‘a strong voice for social justice’

U.N. secretary-general: Cuban leader was ‘a strong voice for social justice’

| December 1, 2016

(GIN)—U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon extended sympathies to the Cuban people on the passing on Friday, Nov. 25, of their longtime president, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, whom he called “a strong voice for social justice.” Admired by leftists and people of the developing world as a revolutionary champion of the poor, the former president died […]

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Catholic bishops in Rwanda apologize for role in genocide

Catholic bishops in Rwanda apologize for role in genocide

| November 22, 2016

(GIN)—Twenty-two years after the genocide in Rwanda which took the lives of over 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, the Catholic Church in Rwanda apologized this week for the church’s role in the slaughter. According to a report by the Associated Press, the prelates said they regretted the actions of those who participated in the […]

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Obama urged to squash sale of attack aircraft to Nigeria

Obama urged to squash sale of attack aircraft to Nigeria

| November 22, 2016

(GIN)—A former State Department official is warning against a drive by President Barack Obama to sell “as many as 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria” – a move which would pull the U.S. into more dangerous excursions on the continent. U.S. officials call the sale “a vote of confidence in Nigerian President […]

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