Africa Briefs

Environmental fund taps six for major ‘green’ prize

Environmental fund taps six for major ‘green’ prize

| April 19, 2016

(GIN)—Once the ancestral land of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers, the Tarangire national park in Tanzania found itself in the crosshairs of tourist developers carving up the wilderness for fancy lodges, luxury tents and other rich tourist amenities. Lands once shared with the wildebeest, the zebra, and majestic old baobab trees were being “grabbed” by government or […]

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Zambian villagers seek justice for decades of pollution

Zambian villagers seek justice for decades of pollution

| April 12, 2016

(GIN)—A group of Zambian villagers will appear in London’s High Court this week for a case pitting the poorest inhabitants of Zambia against a UK-based mining giant that allegedly allowed the poisoning of communal lands and water by its Zambian subsidiary. The soil in the so-called Copperbelt used to be rich and highly productive but […]

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Africa’s billionaires among tax dodgers in Panama leak

Africa’s billionaires among tax dodgers in Panama leak

| April 12, 2016

(GIN)—Africa’s most talked-about and admired billionaires are among the dozens of world leaders named in the so-called Panama Papers—a huge trove of records listing tax dodgers and other misdeeds leaked to a media outlet in Germany and published in papers around the world this month. The massive leak of confidential documents from the Panama-based firm […]

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Somali arts blossom in Minneapolis

Somali arts blossom in Minneapolis

| April 12, 2016

(GIN)—Traditional Somali culture has found a home away from home. Scattered to the four winds during years of war and unrest, traditional handmade items have found their way to a safe place in the Somali Museum of Minnesota, amidst one of the world’s largest Somali diaspora population. It may be the only museum in the […]

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Massive leak of documents could offer clues to Africa’s missing wealth

Massive leak of documents could offer clues to Africa’s missing wealth

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—It has been called the biggest leak in the history of recorded journalism. More than 11 million documents sent to a newspaper in Germany are providing a first time look into the whereabouts of the national wealth of nations in Africa, Latin America, Europe and the U.S. that had disappeared over the years without a […]

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Rwandans recall ‘genocide ideology’ at memorial observance

Rwandans recall ‘genocide ideology’ at memorial observance

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—Candle lighting, a minute of silence, the laying of wreaths and other memorial ceremonies will be held this week when Rwanda recalls the genocide in 1994 that took 800,000 lives. It is also a time for diplomats and local leaders to talk with communities about the atrocities of genocide and the importance of working towards […]

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Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—In what might be a first in Africa, Liberia will put its entire pre-primary and primary education system in the hands of a U.S. start-up that would bring a charter school model to struggling schools on the continent. Bridge International Academies already has a presence in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. Despite a headquarters in Nairobi, […]

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More ‘tech hubs’ to rise in Africa, group predicts

More ‘tech hubs’ to rise in Africa, group predicts

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Tech hubs and incubators in Africa are expected to number close to 300 by year-end, and in some surprising locations. Last year, Disrupt Africa, which describes itself as a one-stop-shop for news, information and commentary pertaining to the continent’s tech startup—and investment—ecosystem, reported on a new hub and entrepreneurship development center in Somalia—the first such […]

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South African anti-mining activist leaves legacy of fight-back

South African anti-mining activist leaves legacy of fight-back

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe will be remembered as a man of principle who chaired the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and fought to hold back titanium mining in South Africa’s Xolobeni coastal dunes. “Our beloved Bazooka made the ultimate sacrifice defending our ancestral land of Amadiba,” the ACC said in a published statement. Rhadebe, who said his […]

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Amnesty International blast long sentences for Angolan youth activists

Amnesty International blast long sentences for Angolan youth activists

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Fifteen youth activists, including the rapper Luaty Beirao aka Ikonoklasta, were handed long prison sentences for allegedly plotting to overthrow the regime of Angolan President Eduardo dos Santos. The activists said they had been discussing “From Dictatorship to Democracy” a 20-year old text about non-violent resistance to repressive regimes in a book club when they […]

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