Africa Briefs

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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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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Energy companies set sights on war-torn Somalia for next big dig

Energy companies set sights on war-torn Somalia for next big dig

| December 11, 2014

(GIN)—It may not be clear who is running Somalia these days but energy companies appear to know who to call as they conduct onshore and offshore seismic surveys which could make the Horn of Africa an oil giant within six years. Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron are all activating plans to drill […]

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South African hostage killed by special ops in rescue mix-up

South African hostage killed by special ops in rescue mix-up

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–A South African teacher was killed by U.S. Special Forces in a botched raid on an Al Qaeda hideout just hours before his release in a swap brokered by the South African charity Gift of the Givers. On their website, the relief organization wrote: “We received with sadness the news that Pierre was killed in […]

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UK dysfunction slows Ebola cleanup, Sierra Leoneans say

UK dysfunction slows Ebola cleanup, Sierra Leoneans say

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–An investigative news report has confirmed suspicions among some Sierra Leoneans that the UK is failing to get a handle on an effective response to Ebola while new infections are rising at the rate of almost 100 new cases a day. “Why are the British here?” fumed one newspaper in a headline. “To end Ebola, […]

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Court drops case against Kenyan prez linked to post-election killing spree

Court drops case against Kenyan prez linked to post-election killing spree

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)—As activists in the U.S. demand justice for murders for which no one has been punished, Kenyans are reeling from a similar judgment that finds no one accountable for a few months of post-election violence starting in 2007 that left over a thousand dead. Charges were finally dropped last week by the International Criminal Court […]

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