Africa Briefs

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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African women see more rights on paper—miss benefits

African women see more rights on paper—miss benefits

| April 4, 2014

(GIN)—A new study by the research group AfroBarometer finds that despite a flurry of new laws against gender violence, for political participation and other benefits, Africa’s women still suffer a disadvantage in education, jobs and political participation—three major areas. Afrobarometer surveyed more than 50,000 people in 34 countries for its report. It found women across […]

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Campaign to block World Bank from ‘sowing poverty’ launched

Campaign to block World Bank from ‘sowing poverty’ launched

| April 3, 2014

(GIN)—The World Bank, blamed for the devastation of thousands of lives in developing countries through the promotion of now discredited “structural adjustment” policies, is currently advocating land policies which benefit corporations over the world’s poorest people—namely farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous communities. Many of these affected groups are essential food producers for the entire planet, according […]

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Flame of Remembrance crisscrosses Rwanda on 20th anniversary of genocide

Flame of Remembrance crisscrosses Rwanda on 20th anniversary of genocide

| April 2, 2014

(GIN)—Ceremonies around Rwanda and abroad are underway to mark the 20th year since the devastating genocide which, according to the Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda, took over a million lives during a three-month killing spree. At a ceremony March 27 in the town of Kirehe, thousands of residents gathered in a field to hear genocide […]

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Popular editor in leg irons for offending judge in editorial

Popular editor in leg irons for offending judge in editorial

| April 1, 2014

(GIN)—The N.Y.-based Committee to Protect Journalists is protesting the “degrading” treatment of a newspaper editor whose piece critical of the Chief Justice of Swaziland angered the top judge. Editor Bheti Makhubu and human rights attorney Thulani Maseko were both called into court on contempt charges by Michael Ramodibedi, the justice spotlighted in separate pieces that […]

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Uganda gives teens turn at news

Uganda gives teens turn at news

| March 28, 2014

(GIN)—Teenagers in Uganda are the stars of a new TV news show which producers hope will draw other young people to programs of indepth social commentary. The program features rappers presenting current events in verse. Sharon Bwogi, a.k.a Lady Slyke, kicked it off on a recent show: “People in Ukraine took over power… Celebrated a […]

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Reprisals expected for deadly attack on Mombasa church

Reprisals expected for deadly attack on Mombasa church

| March 27, 2014

(GIN)—As Kenyans grieve for the victims of a shocking attack on a Sunday church service in the city of Likoni, Mombasa, plans are afoot to raise the stakes of war in neighboring Somalia. Six people died in the attack including the mother of an 18 month old boy who shielded the child with her body. […]

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