Africa Briefs

Legendary African trumpeter Hugh Masekela celebrates 75th birthday

Legendary African trumpeter Hugh Masekela celebrates 75th birthday

| April 14, 2014

Remember Mace And Grenades? Bajabula Bonke? Stimela? Ha Lese Le Di Khanna? Hugh Masekela is perhaps the man who put the underline in African when people say that jazz is an African American art form. Ironically, Masekala came to the U.S. early in his career, wanting to be like folks such as Dizzy Gillespie and […]

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Racism aimed at Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Racism aimed at Syrian refugees in Lebanon

| April 14, 2014

The U.S. isn’t the only place infected with the virus of racism. Racists come in all sizes and colors and in many places. Anti-Syrian hostility in Lebanon spawns social media backlash By Faisal Irshaid BBC Monitoring Lebanese activist: “If my country can’t be self-sufficient, the fault lies with the authorities. It shouldn’t blame its failures […]

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Seventy killed in bus blasts outside Nigerian capital

Seventy killed in bus blasts outside Nigerian capital

| April 14, 2014

Observers have said that the religion-driven conflict in Africa’s largest nation, typically thought of as being reserved to the north, was threatening to spill into the rest of the nation and destabilize the country. While early reports are incomplete, many are wondering if Boko Haram has decided to take their fight past the confines of […]

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Nigerian senator says 135 civilians killed

Nigerian senator says 135 civilians killed

| April 13, 2014

Nigeria long has been touted as a point of pride in Africa with its growing economy and status as an oil-producing nation, as well as its reputation for being a thriving democracy. But, that status has been under attack over the years due to government corruption, the jailing and suspicious deaths of dissidents in oil-producing […]

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Rural clinics face closures as private hospital drains funds

Rural clinics face closures as private hospital drains funds

| April 12, 2014

(GIN)—The health budget of one of Africa’s poorest and least healthy countries could be bankrupted by a privately-run hospital envisioned by the World Bank’s private sector arm as the future of African health care. According to a newly-released report by the development watchdog Oxfam, the running and loan costs of the three year old hospital […]

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Rwandan ‘genocide hunters’ still searching for perpetrators

Rwandan ‘genocide hunters’ still searching for perpetrators

| April 11, 2014

(GIN)—On the 20th anniversary of one of the worst massacres on the African continent—the Rwandan genocide—a Rwandese couple is still reliving the nightmare as they search for perpetrators in foreign countries complicit in crimes against humanity. Last month, Dafroza Gauthier and her husband Alain gave testimony against former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa in Paris. […]

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Prosecutor attempts to punch holes in Pistorius story

Prosecutor attempts to punch holes in Pistorius story

| April 11, 2014

We aren’t taking sides in an ongoing trial but, frankly, that was the question that has long been on our mind. Wouldn’t most people concerned about an intruder first try to establish where their loved ones were in the house—especially a person who should have been sleeping right next to you? In fairness, in any […]

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Nigeria claims Africa’s highest GDP, disputes World Bank poverty stats

Nigeria claims Africa’s highest GDP, disputes World Bank poverty stats

| April 10, 2014

(GIN)—News headlines worldwide are trumpeting the startling news that Nigeria has now surpassed South Africa as the continent’s biggest economy. According to newly “rebased” statistics, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product or GDP of $509.9 billion—being the total value of the nation’s goods and services over a period of time—now tops South Africa’s and makes the West […]

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Gruesome details of ‘exploded head’ emerge in Pistorius trial

Gruesome details of ‘exploded head’ emerge in Pistorius trial

| April 9, 2014

Various sources report that South African laws governing “self defense” are very different from those in the U.S. and that, given that, our perspective on the details of the incident being revealed in the press don’t fully give a picture of why “Blade Runner” is being pursued so vigorously in this trial. It would be […]

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‘Blade Runner’ tells court of nightmares on trial day 17

‘Blade Runner’ tells court of nightmares on trial day 17

| April 8, 2014

(GIN)—Former Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius told the South African courtroom he suffered from “terrible nightmares” leaving him unable to sleep since the day his gun went off, shooting his girlfriend as she hid from him in the couple’s bathroom. “I can smell blood. I wake up to being terrified,” testified Pistorius on April 7, his […]

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