Africa Briefs

Blogger suggests Pistorius took ‘acting lessons’ to prepare for trial

Blogger suggests Pistorius took ‘acting lessons’ to prepare for trial

| April 22, 2014

The U.S. has had its share of “celebrity” trials that have caused a ripple effect on how justice is meted out as well as given the public the perception that the rich and famous are not subject to the laws as the rest of us.  We don’t think it’s much of a stretch to think […]

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More than 230 children seized in Nigerian conflict

More than 230 children seized in Nigerian conflict

| April 21, 2014

As terrorism becomes more of a “tool” for advancing political agendas around the world, there appears to be more and more opportunities for humanity to express its more monstrous side. Perhaps we’re missing something, but it is beyond our comprehension that kidnapping children for any reason would curry sympathy for a cause. Child molesters and […]

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Joyce Banda’s reelection hopes could be doomed by donors

Joyce Banda’s reelection hopes could be doomed by donors

| April 18, 2014

(GIN)—One of the few women presidents in Africa stands to lose her post in next month’s polls since foreign donors have cut off support from the once popular leader over funds stolen or misappropriated by members of her administration. A news headline in the region summed it up: “Donors Desert Joyce Banda in Hour of […]

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West coast ‘Black Commentator,’ social justice activist passes

West coast ‘Black Commentator,’ social justice activist passes

| April 17, 2014

(GIN)—Longtime editorial writer, poet and political organizer Carl Bloice was remembered by friends and comrades at a gathering in San Francisco this week. The West Coast writer succumbed suddenly to a years-long battle with cancer. Bloice was known for his many columns on U.S. and international issues that appeared widely. He was on the Editorial […]

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Long lines of voters in Guinea-Bissau could favor newcomer

Long lines of voters in Guinea-Bissau could favor newcomer

| April 17, 2014

(GIN)—Thirteen candidates are in the running for the presidency in this West African country which has yet to have an elected leader serve a full term since independence from Portugal in 1974. Reporters saw long lines at the polls on Monday with no reported problems or incidents. Politicians with the largest war chests include former […]

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Hopes of quick, easy victory fade for embattled ANC

Hopes of quick, easy victory fade for embattled ANC

| April 16, 2014

(GIN)—As the May 7 election day in South Africa nears, former friends and allies of the ruling African National Congress are betting that voters will follow them out of the party or at least send a strong message that the country’s current direction is not good enough. A number of veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle […]

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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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