Africa Briefs

Wife of vice president meets with Congo’s sexual violence survivors

Wife of vice president meets with Congo’s sexual violence survivors

| July 13, 2014

Courtesy of GIN BUKAVU, Congo (AP)—In a three-nation tour of the continent, Jill Biden, the wife of the U.S. vice president, met this week with survivors of sexual violence in the eastern Congo. It was her third tour to Africa since her husband Joe Biden became vice president in 2009. A teacher of English at […]

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South African strike at U.S. car factory gains international support

South African strike at U.S. car factory gains international support

| July 12, 2014

(GIN)—General Motors South Africa has shut down its plant in Port Elizabeth where some 200,000 members of the NUMSA trade union are demanding a 12 percent pay hike. Support for the union walkout has poured in from the UK, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Namibia, Swaziland and the machinist workers union in Upper Marlboro, Md in […]

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Liberians really in response to Philly fire that took children’s lives

Liberians really in response to Philly fire that took children’s lives

| July 11, 2014

(GIN)—A Philadelphia church is calling the outpouring of support for the Liberian community “overwhelming” in light of the deaths of three four-year-olds and an infant during a fast-moving fire Saturday. The fatalities included twin sisters Maria and Marialla Bowah, and Patrick Sanyeah and Taj Jacque, who was not quite seven weeks old. Eight row houses […]

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Zambian president goes awol, leaving nation leaderless

Zambian president goes awol, leaving nation leaderless

| July 11, 2014

(GIN)—Three weeks ago, Zambian President Michael Sata was airlifted on a plane to Israel. Some reports had him in a coma and said he was receiving treatment for kidney disease at the Sheba Medical Center there. The flurry of rumors began to build, neither confirmed nor denied by Sata’s ruling party. “One minute we are […]

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Black South Africans get new chance to seek redress for stolen land

Black South Africans get new chance to seek redress for stolen land

(GIN)—South Africa will restart the claims process that provides compensation to black families who were illegally removed from their land during white rule. The window for those claims had been shut 16 years ago. In a published statement, President Jacob Zuma assented to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, which among other things reopens […]

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Nigerian comic turns off fans over offending rape joke

Nigerian comic turns off fans over offending rape joke

(GIN)–A popular Nigerian comic is losing fans fast as he goes on the attack over a rape joke that fell flat. The joke sparked an exodus of fans who abandoned the comedian Bright Okpocha aka Basketmouth but not before leaving a long trail of negative tweets and other unforgiving critiques. “Show me a man who […]

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Diabetes with a touch of cinnamon

Diabetes with a touch of cinnamon

| July 2, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I have never been to a family gathering, church dinner, birthday party or dinner-dance, where a high calorie meal is followed by a higher calorie sweeter than sweet dessert. This combination of foods and desserts seems to get folks up into an “electric slide” attitude, thinking that they will burn […]

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African Union summit hears call to review relationship with West

African Union summit hears call to review relationship with West

(GIN)–At a recent summit of African heads of state, the president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea strongly rebuked western countries for “interfering” in Africa, and urged leaders to end economic dependence on the West. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, hosting a two-day summit of the 54-nation African Union, said a post-colonial relationship of unequals was holding back the […]

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Child marriage–Nigeria’s other scourge

Child marriage–Nigeria’s other scourge

(GIN)–Nearly 300 school-age girls are still in the hands of Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group, but they’re not the only group of young women yanked from school against their will and made to work at the beck and call of husbands they did not choose. A new exposé rips Nigeria for its record number […]

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Smith & Wesson off hook for arms to Africa bribe deal

Smith & Wesson off hook for arms to Africa bribe deal

| June 28, 2014

(GIN)–After a whirlwind round of dinners in fancy hotels, Smith & Wesson’s vice president of sales was one of a group of arms dealers in a congratulatory mood after winding up what they thought was a major weapons sale to an African leader. To get the deal, worth $15 million, all the dealers—top-level execs—agreed to pay […]

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