Africa Briefs

Nigeria joins Israel, U.S., to defeat pro-Palestinian vote

Nigeria joins Israel, U.S., to defeat pro-Palestinian vote

| January 5, 2015

(GIN)–In a surprise turn of events, Nigeria lined up with the U.S. and Israel to defeat an effort by Palestinians to move the needle on the nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. A U.N. Security Council vote on Dec. 30 came just short of approving the Palestinian resolution. […]

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China-HBCU exchange program launched

China-HBCU exchange program launched

| December 31, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In an effort to develop the next generation of global leaders, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, joined Perfect World, the China Education  Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and domestic groups focused on building ties between the United States and China to embark on a new student exchange […]

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Uganda, fueling brain drain, sends MDs to Trinidad

Uganda, fueling brain drain, sends MDs to Trinidad

| December 31, 2014

(GIN)—For a country with less than 3,000 practicing doctors to treat 34.9 million people, Uganda’s decision to send some 300 doctors to Trinidad and Tobago has raised the temperatures of the some of the local parliamentarians to the boiling point. According to Henry Oryem, state minister for foreign affairs, Uganda’s offer of medical professionals will […]

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A bittersweet toast to all journalist in jail

A bittersweet toast to all journalist in jail

| December 31, 2014

(GIN)—Of the thousands of relentless scribes who dig for a story, dodge bullets, follow paper trails, shine a light in the darkness, some 220 news writers around the world will spend New Year’s this year in a faraway jail. This month, Kenyan writer Janet Otieno-Prosper dedicated her essay in the Africa Review to remembering the […]

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‘Iron Lady’ of Ivory Coast goes to trial

‘Iron Lady’ of Ivory Coast goes to trial

| December 31, 2014

(GIN)—Simone Gbagbo, wife of Ivory Coast’s ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, is facing a court of her peers in Ivory Coast this week. She faces charges of aiding her husband President Laurent Gbagbo cling to power after his defeat at the polls as certified by international observers. Unlike her husband, Mrs. Gbagbo was not transferred to The […]

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Masquerade parties, nativity plays mark African Christmas Holiday

Masquerade parties, nativity plays mark African Christmas Holiday

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—How do Africans celebrate Christmas? Let me count the ways! According to a census study, there are 350 million Christians in Africa and more than a handful of rituals varying by country and ethnic group. Coptic Christians in Ethiopian and Egypt follow the ancient Julian calendar and celebrate the holiday on Jan. 7. Traditionally referred […]

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In early reports, ‘tsunami’ for opposition, defeat for ‘Ma Ellen’

In early reports, ‘tsunami’ for opposition, defeat for ‘Ma Ellen’

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Despite a low turnout in Liberia’s senate election, poll watchers are already predicting the winners and losers and President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson appears to be among the losers. Provisional results from the 2014 Special Senatorial Election were released via radio broadcast late Saturday, immediately following the closing of the polls nationwide. They show a trend of […]

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Tunisia’s ‘people power’ rejects Islamist party in upset vote

Tunisia’s ‘people power’ rejects Islamist party in upset vote

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Tunisians, the first people to launch an “Arab Spring” revolution that ousted a despot, returned to power a member of the ousted regime. They cast ballots on Sunday in the nation’s first free presidential poll—and the outcome surprised many. Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi of the secular Call for Tunisia (“Nidaa Tounes”) party received 55 […]

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Study: Cuts pushed by funder spurred West Africa Ebola crisis

Study: Cuts pushed by funder spurred West Africa Ebola crisis

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Spending cuts, pushed by an international lender, “weakened health care systems in the West African region,” leaving the countries “under-funded, insufficiently staffed and poorly prepared.” In a report published this month in the journal Lancet Global Health, UK-based researchers blamed policies of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund that hobbled the development of an effective healthcare […]

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Winnie Mandela lays claim to Madiba’s estate, opening old wound

Winnie Mandela lays claim to Madiba’s estate, opening old wound

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)—Last December, Madiba’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and his last wife, Graca Machel, were seen comforting each other in the wake of the statesman’s death. The warmth has cooled, if not frozen over, as Winnie opens a court fight for the estate of the former president, the validity of the will, and the legitimacy of the […]

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