Africa Briefs

Zambian President Michael Sata to be buried

Zambian President Michael Sata to be buried

| November 12, 2014

(GIN)–Former president of Zambia, Michael Chilufya Sata, who passed away in a London hospital, lied in state for just over a week before being laid to rest on Nov. 11, the government announced. No information was given as to his illness. Born in 1937 and brought up in Mpika, Northern Province, the president-to- be worked […]

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With brooms, spatulas, ‘President for Life’ removed

With brooms, spatulas, ‘President for Life’ removed

| November 11, 2014

(GIN)–In a burst of pent-up anger, a youth-led movement overpowered the unpopular regime of Blaise Compaore of the West African nation of Burkina Faso, dashing hopes by the “President for Life” to extend his 27-year rule by another term and forcing his resignation. Hundreds of thousands of protesters, many from Le Balai Citoyen (the Citizen’s […]

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South Africa veep orders eviction freeze, angering white landowners

South Africa veep orders eviction freeze, angering white landowners

| November 11, 2014

(GIN)–Announcing an immediate ban on legal and illegal farm evictions, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa set off a firestorm among the mostly white commercial farmers from the fertile Western Cape who threatened retaliation. Ramaphosa announced the freeze after an hours-long meeting with agricultural and farm labor representatives from the area. The talks are part of a […]

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Liberian women say ‘no’ to Ebola madness with Twitter videos

Liberian women say ‘no’ to Ebola madness with Twitter videos

| November 11, 2014

(GIN)—“I am a Liberian, not a virus.” That’s the loud and clear message of a campaign launched online by a group of Liberian women who refuse to be shamed by thoughtless outbreaks of rejection and cruelty that link African people with the epidemic that has taken thousands of lives. “If I am Liberian, that doesn’t […]

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In land of diamonds, Botswana’s ruling party’s sparkle dims

In land of diamonds, Botswana’s ruling party’s sparkle dims

| October 31, 2014

(GIN)–The ruling Botswana Democratic Party won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections this past week, ensuring a second five year term for President Ian Khama whose party has ruled Botswana since independence from Britain 48 years ago. But, the victory was hard-won. The recently-united opposition coalition has eaten away at the number of seats […]

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South Africa rejects light sentence for ‘Blade Runner,’ prepares appeal

South Africa rejects light sentence for ‘Blade Runner,’ prepares appeal

| October 30, 2014

(GIN)—South African prosecutors announced plans this week to appeal the conviction and sentence given to athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in what was ruled “culpable homicide.” Judge Thokozile Masipa also disappointed close watchers of the trial when she gave the Olympian runner a three year suspended sentence for discharging a firearm […]

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‘We don’t need an Ebola czar’ insists famed Columbia professor

‘We don’t need an Ebola czar’ insists famed Columbia professor

| October 30, 2014

(GIN)–With media stoking fears of a spreading Ebola crisis, medical professionals and other experts have been taking pains to keep cool heads above the super-heated news frenzy. They forced a retreat this week to plans by Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie of New York and New Jersey, who threatened to quarantine all arrivals from […]

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Tunisians hand Islamists major defeat in historic vote

Tunisians hand Islamists major defeat in historic vote

| October 30, 2014

(GIN)—North African Tunisians whose rebellion sparked the so-called Arab Spring in 2011, turned out in force to elect a secular party—Nidaa Tounes—over the incumbent Islamist Ennahda party in preliminary results released on Sunday. It was the country’s first election since the “Dignity Revolution” and was marked with a strong turnout of more than 60 percent. […]

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Brits to honor first black army officer to lead white troops into battle

Brits to honor first black army officer to lead white troops into battle

| October 24, 2014

(GIN)–The British Royal Mint has released the first image of a limited edition coin honoring Walter Tull, Britain’s first black army officer who died on the battlefield. The coin is worth five pounds. Tull, born in 1888, made history after enlisting in the army when the First World War broke out in 1914. He defied […]

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Eviction plan in cards for Zimbabwe’s landless poor

Eviction plan in cards for Zimbabwe’s landless poor

| October 22, 2014

(GIN)–President Robert Mugabe’s land reform initiative turned lives upside down in the year 2000 and now upside down again as the settlers who moved onto lands that white farmers once owned now find themselves facing eviction by the same government. About eight million hectares of farmland owned by 3,000 white farmers in 1999 are now […]

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