Africa Briefs

Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

Boko Haram ‘technically defeated’—skeptics disagree

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—With only days to go before a self-imposed deadline for defeating Boko Haram, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a “technical” victory against the militants. In an interview with the British BBC, Buhari credited his security forces with incapacitating Boko Haram so they could no longer mount conventional attacks against population centers. As evidence, he […]

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A martyred hero in Burkina Faso might soon find justice

A martyred hero in Burkina Faso might soon find justice

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—An international arrest warrant has been issued for the ex-president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, for his suspected role in the 1987 killing of former president Thomas Sankara , according to a statement by Prosper Farama, a lawyer for Sankara’s family. The unpopular Compaore was ousted in October 2014 after holding office for 27 years […]

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In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

In 2015, social media drove youth-led movements for change

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—Social media networks in 2015 reached new heights in organizing popular protest and calls for change. Some of the most effective campaigns used Twitter with such hashtags as: #BringBackOurGirls to demand action on the fate of 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Since then 57 have managed to escape but […]

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In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—This was the year African economies were poised to rise and invest some of their new-found capital in jobs and infrastructure. But, the triple threat of climate change, falling oil prices and ethnic strife has left some heads of state scrambling for alternative ways to fund their ambitious plans. Of the largest economies, South Africa […]

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Author ask ‘What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?’ in new book

Author ask ‘What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?’ in new book

| December 22, 2015

(GIN)—South African newspaper editor Ferial Haffajee’s new book has a sensational title for a deadly serious issue. “What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?” is likely to provoke strong reactions all across the color divide. Haffajee is considered one of South Africa’s thought leaders and commentators and uses her media platform to raise […]

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Rwandans, defying odds, give President Kagame third term option

Rwandans, defying odds, give President Kagame third term option

| December 22, 2015

(GIN)—In a setback to the international community which lobbied heavily for a “no” vote, Rwandan citizens overwhelmingly gave a thumbs up to a third term option for President Paul Kagame. Kagame, now completing his second term, was previously unable to seek an additional term according to the constitution. The head of the National Electoral Commission […]

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Water rationing new reality in southern Africa

Water rationing new reality in southern Africa

| December 22, 2015

(GIN)—The science of climate change is not an open question in Africa. The only question is how quickly safe drinking water can be rushed to the countries now experiencing their worst droughts in decades. Water shortages are the frightening new future for African cities and towns. The southern African nation of Botswana is one of […]

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Consensus builds to oust despotic Burundi president

Consensus builds to oust despotic Burundi president

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—A chorus of opposition to Pierre Nkurunziza is mounting in the international community, making the likelihood of an orchestrated removal of the embattled Burundi seem a distinct possibility. This past Friday, Kenya Airways cancelled all service to Bujumburu International Airport citing a “security incident.”  The U.S. ordered all non-emergency personnel to leave violence-torn Burundi as […]

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Climate changes poses imminent threat to Africa

Climate changes poses imminent threat to Africa

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—While government leaders, media and climate justice activists converged in Paris to advance the fight against global warming and, as President Barack Obama said, “save the one planet we have,” extreme weather patterns were already creating havoc across the African continent. A rare weather pattern that brought 60 degree days to the East Coast of […]

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Gas, oil draw hungry frackers to Southern Africa

Gas, oil draw hungry frackers to Southern Africa

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Peace Park is a rich ecosystem where one finds the gemsbok desert antelope, black-maned Kalahari lions and pygmy falcons. It’s known far and wide for its breathtaking wilderness, wildlife and rest camps. Welcome to the new home of gas exploration and fracking. Last year, natural gas frackers from the UK—Karoo Energy formerly […]

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