Africa Briefs

Congolese president urged to allow vote as killings in provinces spike

Congolese president urged to allow vote as killings in provinces spike

| April 5, 2017

(GIN)—In a country that suffered 30 years under the boot of a brutal dictator, a last minute power grab by the current president, Joseph Kabila, to stay beyond the two term legal limit, has ignited a firestorm in the population. An eleventh hour deal with the opposition in December gave Kabila till the end of […]

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Pentagon gets green light to expand war in Somalia

Pentagon gets green light to expand war in Somalia

| April 5, 2017

(GIN)—Clouds are moving across Somalia’s drought-wrecked landscape – but not the kind that make grass grow and flowers bloom. Instead, military aircraft will be raining down “precision fires” after an authorization signed by President Trump that relaxes rules meant to prevent civilian casualties in the region. Military officials are also granted wider authority for conducting […]

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New York’s African Center finally finds benefactress

New York’s African Center finally finds benefactress

| March 28, 2017

(GIN)—The daughter of the wealthiest man in Africa has been appointed president of the Africa Center in New York City and will soon begin fundraising for the long-empty upper Fifth Avenue building. Halima Aliko Dangote, daughter of the multi-billionaire Aliko Dangote, will hold an online press conference on March 30 as part of her major […]

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Nigerian Nobel Prize author regrets anti-immigrant Trump rhetoric

Nigerian Nobel Prize author regrets anti-immigrant Trump rhetoric

| March 28, 2017

(GIN)—Literary icon Wole Soyinka, in an off-the-cuff interview, described himself as “completely revolted” by the anti-immigrant rhetoric being spouted by U.S. President Donald Trump. Speaking to the French news agency AFP, the 82-year-old playwright and poet who once fled to the U.S. after a death threat by Nigerian president Sani Abacha, said Trump “ascended the […]

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South Africa must ‘decolonize’ its schools, officials agree

South Africa must ‘decolonize’ its schools, officials agree

| March 28, 2017

(GIN)—Officials of South Africa’s Department of Basic Education told Parliament this week that it’s time to decolonize the school curriculum. Suren Govender, the chief director for curriculum, said the subject came up during a review of the schools’ progress report. “For example, the way in which history has been written suggests that (David) Livingstone discovered […]

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Profiteering mars record of black African gold mining firm

Profiteering mars record of black African gold mining firm

| March 28, 2017

(GIN)—Between the 9th and 11th centuries, the kingdom of Ghana was so rich its dogs were said to wear golden collars, and its horses, adorned with silken rope halters, slept on plush carpets. Medieval Ghana was a wealthy empire, sitting comfortably on mountains of gold. Today, despite its place as Africa’s second largest gold mining […]

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New look for Africa on ‘corrected’ Boston school maps

New look for Africa on ‘corrected’ Boston school maps

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—In an age of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” authorities in the city of Boston believe their new school map offers something closer to the geographical truth than that of traditional maps, and hope it can serve an example to schools across the nation and even the world. The school district will drop the Mercator […]

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South Africa seeks legal change to allow taking white-owned land

South Africa seeks legal change to allow taking white-owned land

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—President Jacob Zuma finally addressed the long-unresolved matter of land reform, a demand of thousands of black landless people whose properties were confiscated in the Apartheid era. In his State of the Nation address, President Zuma pledged to break up white ownership of business and land to reduce inequality. He called on parliament to change […]

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Angolan women potest harsh bill criminalizing abortion

Angolan women potest harsh bill criminalizing abortion

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—Under heavy police surveillance, Angolan women rallied in the capital city Luanda to protest a draft bill that would criminalize all abortions and punish anyone who has an abortion or performs one, without exception, with up to 10 years in jail. Among those objecting to the bill was the president’s daughter, Isabel dos Santos, who […]

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Nigerians put brakes on superhighway cutting through rainforest

Nigerians put brakes on superhighway cutting through rainforest

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—Bulldozers approaching the communities of the southern state of Cross River, with orders to raze up to a million homes and cut down an ancient tropical rainforest, were stopped in their tracks as an environmental impact statement for a proposed superhighway was rejected by officials. As conceived, the roadway would link northern Nigeria to a […]

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