Africa Briefs

Senegal’s leader frees ex-president’s son jailed for corruption

Senegal’s leader frees ex-president’s son jailed for corruption

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—The pardoned release of Karim Wade, son of ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, has raised questions about the current Senegalese president’s campaign commitment to fight corruption. President Macky Sall defeated the elder Wade by promising to end impunity for financial crimes in 2012. In 2013, Karim was accused of illegally amassing about $1.4 billion, but was cleared […]

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Another take on Brexit from an African perspective

Another take on Brexit from an African perspective

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—Writing on the blogpost This Is Africa, Malawi journalist Levi Kabwato tackled the much reported story of “Brexit” from his own unique perspective. “European Union policies towards Africa and the rest of the Global South are unhelpful to the ordinary African,” he began. “It is against this backdrop that we must see Britain’s referendum on […]

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Long-running apartheid crimes case axed by Supreme Court

Long-running apartheid crimes case axed by Supreme Court

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—Efforts by South African victims of racist apartheid to obtain justice suffered a new defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court this month when the judges declined to revive a suit against two U.S. companies that, according to the complaint, helped to suppress the black population. The judges left in place a 2015 ruling that cleared […]

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Ghana considers shutdown of social media in election day run-up

Ghana considers shutdown of social media in election day run-up

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—Ghanaians who use social media could find themselves staring at a blank screen instead of Facebook or Twitter under a plan now being considered by Ghana’s Police Service (GPS). Superintendent Cephas Arthur, Public Affairs director of the GPS, said that blocking Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets during the upcoming elections would be in […]

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Orlando massacre prompts vigils among African LGBTIQ

Orlando massacre prompts vigils among African LGBTIQ

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—“Erasing 76 Crimes”—a website that tracks Africa’s anti-gay laws and acts of violence, carried news this week of a vigil in Uganda’s Kampala city for the 49 lives lost in Orlando, Florida, at the gay community’s gathering spot called Pulse. The “Uganda Is Orlando” vigil began with a reading by Bishop Christopher Senyonjo and a […]

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Angola finds another plum job for president’s wealthy daughter

Angola finds another plum job for president’s wealthy daughter

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—Angola’s aging president has found a new and lucrative job for his daughter, Isabel dos Santos, who already holds the title of Africa’s richest woman. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, 73, this month tapped his daughter to head Sonangol, the national oil company. Using a presidential decree he also sacked the company’s directors, in a […]

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Hadi—the face of an immigrant on World Refugee Day

Hadi—the face of an immigrant on World Refugee Day

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—The UN’s World Refugee Day is observed each year as a global observance of the plight of thousands of women, men and children forced to flee their country under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Severe drought, the loss of harvests, farm animals, clean water has also pushed many from their homes to attempt risky […]

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For pro-gay Facebook post, Gambian leader’s nephew granted U.S. asylum

For pro-gay Facebook post, Gambian leader’s nephew granted U.S. asylum

| June 14, 2016

(GIN)—The nephew of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, threatened with the loss of his government scholarship over a pro-LGBT Facebook post, has been granted asylum in the U.S., local media has reported. Alagie Jammeh confirmed the story to the Washington Blade, an LGBT news source, in a telephone interview. Jammeh, who is due to graduate next […]

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Heavy fighting reported on Ethiopian border with Eritrea

Heavy fighting reported on Ethiopian border with Eritrea

| June 14, 2016

(GIN)—In a region that once saw the one of the bloodiest wars in African history, claiming thousands of lives between 1998 and 2000, the sounds of fighting were heard again this week on Sunday with heavy artillery reported close to a civilian area, according to multiple sources. The Eritrean army is reportedly moving mechanized units […]

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Nigerians fear health crisis has overtaken President Buhari

Nigerians fear health crisis has overtaken President Buhari

(GIN)—Cancellation of the scheduled appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari and the arrangement of a 10-day trip to England for treatment of an ear infection have raised concerns that a serious health issue is afflicting the recently-elected leader. It would not be the first time a Nigerian president claimed to be receiving treatment abroad but was […]

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