Africa Briefs

Protesters reject seven more years of Bongo dynasty

Protesters reject seven more years of Bongo dynasty

| July 27, 2016

(GIN)—For the past 50 years, the citizens of Gabon have lived under a dynasty with one name. Bongo. Omar Bongo Ondimba, the father, served from December 1967 to June 2009 to be replaced by his son, Ali Bongo Ondimba who served from 2009 until today. Next month, Gabonese will have a chance to elect someone […]

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Kenyan gender activists in uproar over star’s attack on dancer

Kenyan gender activists in uproar over star’s attack on dancer

| July 27, 2016

(GIN)—A well-known soukous star from the Congo got a quick lesson in the evolving status of Kenyan women when he was detained and summarily deported, his performance scuttled, after he was caught striking a woman with his foot on a bystander’s cell phone camera. In the grainy video image posted online, Koffi Olomide, age 60, […]

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Who’s Uk’s new foreign secretary? Local mags say he’s racist

Who’s Uk’s new foreign secretary? Local mags say he’s racist

| July 20, 2016

(GIN)—Nonstop media coverage of the UK’s exit from the European Community may have been confounding to many Americans but the latest development in Great Britain’s power shuffle seems more ominous. Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been tapped to be Britain’s next Foreign Secretary and he’s already shown an inflammatory side towards people of […]

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African Union unveils new Pan-African passport

African Union unveils new Pan-African passport

| July 20, 2016

(GIN)—National leaders at the African Union summit held in Kigali, Rwanda, last week were presented with a prototype of the long-awaited Pan-African passport. “We’ve been overwhelmed by requests and enquiries of other ministers, officials and African citizens to share in this privilege of holding an African passport,” said AU Commissioner Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. It is hoped […]

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Health experts at major AIDS confab cite new infection surge

Health experts at major AIDS confab cite new infection surge

| July 20, 2016

(GIN)—A massive turnout of activists, delegates, doctors and public health experts is settling in for this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, where the good news is better survival rates thanks to life-saving medications. People living with HIV will be among the more than 18,000 attendees and will figure prominently in many of […]

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African nations split with U.N. over gender identity vote

African nations split with U.N. over gender identity vote

| July 15, 2016

(GIN)—The United Nations Human Rights Council, in a defining vote, has voted to appoint an independent monitor to help protect gay and transgender people around the world from violence and discrimination. The resolution faced fierce resistance from African and Muslim countries. The vote was called “a historic victory for the human rights of anyone at […]

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Catholic bishop: Factionalism in way of South Sudanese peace

Catholic bishop: Factionalism in way of South Sudanese peace

| July 14, 2016

(GIN)—“As recent clashes in the north-west town of Wau and Juba have shown, South Sudan still has a long way to go to dispel entrenched mistrust and break the tussle for power between factions that fight on, five years after we gained independence,” writes Catholic Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala in a UK Guardian editorial. “In […]

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On Madiba’s birthday, a call to reflect, volunteer

On Madiba’s birthday, a call to reflect, volunteer

| July 14, 2016

(GIN)—“Nelson Mandela International Day”—formalized by the U.N. General Assembly in November 2009—recalls the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom on his birthday, July 18. It comes as Americans reflect on a wrenching week of race-related violence and the undeniable evidence of the persistence of intolerance that Mandela devoted his […]

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‘Monopoly money’ draws scorn from cash-strapped Zimbabweans

‘Monopoly money’ draws scorn from cash-strapped Zimbabweans

| July 14, 2016

(GIN)—With exports down and scarce dollars hidden away under pillows, banks in Zimbabwe are running out of legal tender. Some ATMs have been shuttered, leaving minimum wage workers, normally paid in cash, with IOUs as employers struggle to withdraw notes. “We’re importing more than we’re exporting and we can’t print money because we use mainly […]

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Somali woman, defying odds, runs for top spot in next month’s polls

Somali woman, defying odds, runs for top spot in next month’s polls

(GIN)—With the news of terror attacks, the departure of peacekeepers and the proposed eviction of thousands of Somali refugees in neighboring Kenya, it is easy to miss the news of the first woman candidate running to be Somalia’s next president in next month’s national poll. Fadumo Dayib has overcome adversity before. She was the first […]

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