Africa Briefs

Malawi leaders back off big raises amidst widening labor unrest

Malawi leaders back off big raises amidst widening labor unrest

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)—A misguided effort to quietly hike up the paychecks of Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika and his VP roundly backfired, forcing them to cancel the generous gift to themselves “until a more appropriate time.” “The Head of State and his deputy have suspended their new salaries,” a government spokesman told the Nyasa Times in a phone […]

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Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–Women around the world are taking part in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1991. Participants chose the dates, Nov. 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and […]

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Electronic voting comes to Namibia, all is not well

Electronic voting comes to Namibia, all is not well

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–Presidential polls in Namibia have incumbent prime minister Hage Geigob of the ruling SWAPO party leading with 84 percent of the roughly 10 percent of votes officially released so far but the new electronic polling gizmos are leaving some Namibians skeptical. Some 1.2 million people are expected to cast their votes electronically in the country’s […]

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Scathing report on Zimbabwe election debacle puts Mbeki on defensive

Scathing report on Zimbabwe election debacle puts Mbeki on defensive

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–A formerly classified report regarding allegations of voter fraud in Zimbabwe has raised uncomfortable questions for former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki about what he knew of problems with the last election of President Robert Mugabe and when did he know it. An editorial in the widely-read local Mail & Guardian was blunt: “(Thabo) Mbeki […]

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Fancy cars, Florida homes seized in probe of Guinea’s ex-prez

Fancy cars, Florida homes seized in probe of Guinea’s ex-prez

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–In the bad old days, natural resources were bartered away with trinkets and a few suitcases filled with cash. The West African nation of Guinea, under a new president, is now trying to clean up the mess left by the previous regime by cancelling lucrative mining contracts allegedly bought in exchange for a diamond necklace, […]

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U.S. demand for Ebola ‘moon suits’ creates shortages in Africa

U.S. demand for Ebola ‘moon suits’ creates shortages in Africa

| November 26, 2014

GIN)–Aid agencies that use the iconic “moon suits”—the odd-looking full-body outfits used in battling Ebola—are running dangerously low as the protective garb is being snapped up by institutions in the U.S. World Vision, a Christian charity, was reportedly looking to send the hazmat suits to Sierra Leone when they found the items were out of […]

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Burkina Faso’s ‘Arab Spring’ sours as military scoops up major posts

Burkina Faso’s ‘Arab Spring’ sours as military scoops up major posts

| November 26, 2014

(GIN)–Three weeks after a people’s revolt in Burkina Faso, which sent President Blaise Campaore fleeing into exile, dreams of a civilian-led transition to free elections were dimmed this week as the military held on to powerful posts in a new Cabinet. Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida will be both prime minister and defense minister.  Four other […]

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With three months to go, Nigeria in grip of election fever madness

With three months to go, Nigeria in grip of election fever madness

| November 26, 2014

(GIN)–With only three months to presidential elections, Nigeria is in the grip of election fever with public feuding plumbing new depths between the incumbent party of President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the opposition. In a contentious confrontation last week, police fired tear gas to prevent the House of Representatives from meeting. A lockout was […]

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BBC faces new attacks over Rwandan genocide film

BBC faces new attacks over Rwandan genocide film

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–Pressure continues to build over a BBC documentary that challenges the generally accepted story of the Rwandan genocide, and questions whether Rwandan President Paul Kagame was a peacemaker or contributor to a horrific mass murder. This weekend, hundreds of protesters in Rwanda’s Eastern Province marched in their respective districts to denounce “Rwanda’s Untold Story,” a […]

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Expulsion of ANC union partner creates uproar

Expulsion of ANC union partner creates uproar

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–The union of metalworkers, a major partner of the African National Congress with more 350,000 members, was expelled in a late night session of members of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu)—the labor federation of the ANC. The unprecedented expulsion was approved by a select federation committee. Numsa, a militant activist union, was […]

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