Africa Briefs

South African hostage killed by special ops in rescue mix-up

South African hostage killed by special ops in rescue mix-up

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–A South African teacher was killed by U.S. Special Forces in a botched raid on an Al Qaeda hideout just hours before his release in a swap brokered by the South African charity Gift of the Givers. On their website, the relief organization wrote: “We received with sadness the news that Pierre was killed in […]

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UK dysfunction slows Ebola cleanup, Sierra Leoneans say

UK dysfunction slows Ebola cleanup, Sierra Leoneans say

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–An investigative news report has confirmed suspicions among some Sierra Leoneans that the UK is failing to get a handle on an effective response to Ebola while new infections are rising at the rate of almost 100 new cases a day. “Why are the British here?” fumed one newspaper in a headline. “To end Ebola, […]

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Court drops case against Kenyan prez linked to post-election killing spree

Court drops case against Kenyan prez linked to post-election killing spree

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)—As activists in the U.S. demand justice for murders for which no one has been punished, Kenyans are reeling from a similar judgment that finds no one accountable for a few months of post-election violence starting in 2007 that left over a thousand dead. Charges were finally dropped last week by the International Criminal Court […]

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Malawi leaders back off big raises amidst widening labor unrest

Malawi leaders back off big raises amidst widening labor unrest

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)—A misguided effort to quietly hike up the paychecks of Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika and his VP roundly backfired, forcing them to cancel the generous gift to themselves “until a more appropriate time.” “The Head of State and his deputy have suspended their new salaries,” a government spokesman told the Nyasa Times in a phone […]

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Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–Women around the world are taking part in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1991. Participants chose the dates, Nov. 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and […]

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Electronic voting comes to Namibia, all is not well

Electronic voting comes to Namibia, all is not well

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–Presidential polls in Namibia have incumbent prime minister Hage Geigob of the ruling SWAPO party leading with 84 percent of the roughly 10 percent of votes officially released so far but the new electronic polling gizmos are leaving some Namibians skeptical. Some 1.2 million people are expected to cast their votes electronically in the country’s […]

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Scathing report on Zimbabwe election debacle puts Mbeki on defensive

Scathing report on Zimbabwe election debacle puts Mbeki on defensive

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–A formerly classified report regarding allegations of voter fraud in Zimbabwe has raised uncomfortable questions for former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki about what he knew of problems with the last election of President Robert Mugabe and when did he know it. An editorial in the widely-read local Mail & Guardian was blunt: “(Thabo) Mbeki […]

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Fancy cars, Florida homes seized in probe of Guinea’s ex-prez

Fancy cars, Florida homes seized in probe of Guinea’s ex-prez

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–In the bad old days, natural resources were bartered away with trinkets and a few suitcases filled with cash. The West African nation of Guinea, under a new president, is now trying to clean up the mess left by the previous regime by cancelling lucrative mining contracts allegedly bought in exchange for a diamond necklace, […]

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U.S. demand for Ebola ‘moon suits’ creates shortages in Africa

U.S. demand for Ebola ‘moon suits’ creates shortages in Africa

| November 26, 2014

GIN)–Aid agencies that use the iconic “moon suits”—the odd-looking full-body outfits used in battling Ebola—are running dangerously low as the protective garb is being snapped up by institutions in the U.S. World Vision, a Christian charity, was reportedly looking to send the hazmat suits to Sierra Leone when they found the items were out of […]

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Burkina Faso’s ‘Arab Spring’ sours as military scoops up major posts

Burkina Faso’s ‘Arab Spring’ sours as military scoops up major posts

| November 26, 2014

(GIN)–Three weeks after a people’s revolt in Burkina Faso, which sent President Blaise Campaore fleeing into exile, dreams of a civilian-led transition to free elections were dimmed this week as the military held on to powerful posts in a new Cabinet. Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida will be both prime minister and defense minister.  Four other […]

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