Africa Briefs

Tale of four women strives for African ‘Oscar’ at film festival

Tale of four women strives for African ‘Oscar’ at film festival

| March 2, 2017

(GIN)—The 25th bi-annual Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, opened Saturday, Feb. 25, with the energetic music of Ivorian reggae singer Alpha Blondy. Competition will be fierce among the 163 film entrants, all hoping to win the Etalon de Yennenga (Stallion of Yennanga)—the top prize. Another 50 films will be […]

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No clues yet as to U.S. policy for Africa but theories abound

No clues yet as to U.S. policy for Africa but theories abound

| March 1, 2017

(GIN)—If the U.S. President has an Africa policy in the works, he’s keeping the details close to his chest. So far, there is neither an assistant secretary of state for Africa nor an ambassador. The incumbent secretary, Linda Thomas Greenfield, retires on March 10. Peter Pham, vice-president and Africa director of the Atlantic Council in […]

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Pope plans trip to South Sudan amidst civil war, famine

Pope plans trip to South Sudan amidst civil war, famine

| March 1, 2017

(GIN)—At a question and answer session at Rome’s All Saints Anglican Church, Pope Francis revealed that his staff is “studying the possibility” of a visit to embattled South Sudan. He said the reason was that the Anglican, Presbyterian and Catholic bishops of South Sudan had come to ask him: “Please, come to South Sudan, even […]

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U.S. war on ‘fake news’ cheers free press enemies across globe

U.S. war on ‘fake news’ cheers free press enemies across globe

| March 1, 2017

(GIN)—Vitriolic attacks on mainstream media in the U.S. could be giving repressive foreign leaders the go-ahead to stifle their own media critics, thus ending a recent opening for crusading journalists in Africa and the developing world. This week, the NY-based Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) urged the Trump administration to end its war on media, […]

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African refugees look north to Canada as U.S. deportations rise

African refugees look north to Canada as U.S. deportations rise

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—Refugees including some from Africa have been trekking through subzero weather at the northern U.S. border with Canada in a bid to escape a new wave of deportations from the U.S. Last week, a family of eight reportedly from the Sudan managed to cross the border just as a U.S. immigration official attempted to block […]

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Soccer star weeps over racist jeers in Serbian stadium

Soccer star weeps over racist jeers in Serbian stadium

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—A Brazilian midfielder was subjected to monkey chants and jeers from the stands of the Stadion Karlj etar Prvi in Serbia—just months after an anti-racism taskforce was disbanded by order of the soccer federation FIFA. Everton Luiz left the field in tears on Sunday after he was racially abused by sections of a rival team’s […]

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Civil war blamed for starvation, faming looming in South Sudan

Civil war blamed for starvation, faming looming in South Sudan

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—The government of South Sudan and the United Nations are reporting that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine. The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries. There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but […]

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Deposed head of ‘Shelter Afrique’ leaves all-African housing dream in disarray

Deposed head of ‘Shelter Afrique’ leaves all-African housing dream in disarray

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—The cry for affordable housing can be heard from coast to coast in U.S. cities but it’s hardly a match for the impending crisis in Africa where the movement of people from rural areas to urban cities has experts warning that hundreds of millions of people will be seeking affordable shelter in a decade or […]

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New Somali president boosts hopes for long-awaited stability

New Somali president boosts hopes for long-awaited stability

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—The election of Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo as Somalia’s next president has inspired optimism for the future of Somalia. The stage seemed set for a ceremonial rubber-stamping of the status quo. Some of the new parliamentarians, many of who came through a corrupt process supported by domestic and foreign elements, arrived late and, at times, act […]

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Media under gun for reporting actual facts

Media under gun for reporting actual facts

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—A “tweet storm” coming from the nation’s White House is pummeling reporters, editors and publishers who have been standing up for “real facts” not “alternative facts” in their coverage of the current administration. Similarly, media workers in the Ivory Coast are facing harsh punishment for what the government calls “spreading false information” about a mutiny […]

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