Africa Briefs

African Union blasts Trump rule barring African Muslim immigrants

African Union blasts Trump rule barring African Muslim immigrants

| February 1, 2017

(GIN)—An outraged African Union recalled the kidnapping of Black Africans as it considered the controversial new US anti-immigrant rules. After forcibly bringing Africans to the U.S. as slave labor, noted the AU, Washington now slams the door on Muslim immigrants entering the U.S. “It is clear that globally we are entering very difficult times,” cautioned […]

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Africans join U.S. march with demand for women’s rights

Africans join U.S. march with demand for women’s rights

| January 25, 2017

(GIN)—Kenyan women joined women’s marches Saturday for the protection of their rights, safety, families, health and the health of planet earth. “Thank you to the organizers who made it happen and to the many people who turned out and made their voices heard.” wrote Julia Cumes on Nairobi’s women’s march Facebook event wall. “Yesterday, I […]

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Liberian warlord recalled as evangelical ex-wife throws hat in ring

Liberian warlord recalled as evangelical ex-wife throws hat in ring

| January 25, 2017

(GIN)—As Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s six year term in office draws to a close, political hopefuls are jockeying for position to fill the top seat. Among them is the ex-wife of convicted warlord Charles Taylor. The selection of Sen. Jewel Howard-Taylor has resurrected, for some, the Taylor nightmare of a brutal war and the senator’s […]

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Gambia begins new era after unpopular leader packs, runs

Gambia begins new era after unpopular leader packs, runs

| January 25, 2017

(GIN)—Former President of The Gambia Yahya Jammeh, packed a Chadian cargo plane with luxury cars and went into exile late Saturday, barely missing the west African regional troops on their way to remove him by force if necessary. Jammeh, who lost a re-election bid on Dec. 1 but resisted stepping down, accepted an invitation from […]

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Desperate Gambian leader could find all exits now closed

Desperate Gambian leader could find all exits now closed

| January 18, 2017

(GIN)—Gambian President Yahya Jammeh hardened his position this week in defiance of December’s election results that put opposition candidate, Adama Barrow, squarely over the top. Now, as military loyalists peel off or are jailed, it appears he may have played his last card. For weeks, diplomatic overtures by various pan-African institutions offering a dignified departure […]

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New U.S. administration pivots toward Africa, worrying experts

New U.S. administration pivots toward Africa, worrying experts

| January 18, 2017

(GIN)—Longtime Africa specialists who have looked at a four-page list of Africa-related questions from the Trump transition staff say they’re seeing an American retreat from development and humanitarian goals while business opportunities will be getting an extra push. The four-page list has been making the rounds at the State Department and Pentagon, the New York […]

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Income inequality soars in South Africa, worldwide

Income inequality soars in South Africa, worldwide

| January 18, 2017

(GIN)—Global inequality has grown to unacceptable proportions, a new study has found,  as just eight men now own the same wealth as half of the world. According to the international advocacy group Oxfam, 62 billionaires own the same wealth as the poorest half of the planet—particularly in India and China. In South Africa, three billionaires […]

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Military unrest in Ivory Coast threatens stable nation

Military unrest in Ivory Coast threatens stable nation

| January 11, 2017

(GIN)—The relatively peaceful nation of Ivory Coast saw painful images of a recent past as military police launched a mutiny over low salaries and working conditions. Not long ago, the country was in chaos as former President Laurent Gbagbo rejected election returns that favored the opposition led by Alassane Ouattara. President Ouattara, who assumed office […]

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New Ghanaian leader slips up at swearing-in

New Ghanaian leader slips up at swearing-in

| January 11, 2017

(GIN)—Ghana’s new president Nana Akufo-Addo was prepared for smooth sailing at his inauguration last Saturday until he delivered a speech that set off alarm bells and caused howls among social media users. Prepared by speech writers, the new leader’s address contained word-for-word passages from speeches by former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. […]

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Ugandan senior offiials caught in ‘golden handshake’

Ugandan senior offiials caught in ‘golden handshake’

| January 11, 2017

(GIN)—Close to 50 government employees are facing a public grilling after recent revelations that they took home thousands of Ugandan shillings from a multi-million dollar oil tax settlement that was owed to the National Treasury. According to critics, this was a sign of the “resource curse,” in which free-flowing petro-dollars lead to corruption and unrest. […]

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