Africa Briefs

CIA used vaccine program to cover spy operations

CIA used vaccine program to cover spy operations

| May 20, 2014

Many folks long have suspected the CIA of doing ominous things through vaccines—such as poisoning populations in other parts of the world. While this isn’t exactly a “smallpox blankets” operation, it does raise moral questions about the nature of not just ours, but the world’s spy operations. Though some might say the means justifies the […]

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Afghanistan to Africa, Reaper drones hottest weapon of choice

Afghanistan to Africa, Reaper drones hottest weapon of choice

(GIN)—As the war in Afghanistan winds down, western countries are finding new uses for their high-tech surveillance equipment and unmanned drones—namely a new war against terror in Africa. U.S. intelligence gathering aircraft are said to be flying over remote areas of north-east Nigeria as part of an international hunt for the more than 200 schoolgirls […]

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Liberians successfully resist UK company’s ‘land grab’

Liberians successfully resist UK company’s ‘land grab’

(GIN)—After years of fruitless court battles by small farmers against major multinational corporations,  the Jogbahn Clan across 11 villages in Liberia is celebrating victory over a British company which tried to clear them off their lands. The celebration comes after months of advocacy by community members, the Sustainable Development Institute and Friends of the Earth […]

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South Africans return Madiba’s party to lead nation

South Africans return Madiba’s party to lead nation

(GIN)—In a closely watched election, South Africans turned out a decisive “vote for the party,” giving the African National Congress – the party of Mandela – another five years at the nation’s helm. Despite a recent scandal over costly improvements charged to the taxpayer for the private residence of President Jacob Zuma, the former liberation […]

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No deal for kidnapped girls, seen in new video

No deal for kidnapped girls, seen in new video

(GIN)—Attempts to broker the return of the missing school girls held in a rebel camp somewhere in northern Nigeria were apparently quashed recently when a government minister forcefully rejected any deal. The offered deal, from Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram rebel group of kidnappers, would have released the girls in exchange for prisoners […]

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Nigerian government fails our missing girls—and our country

Nigerian government fails our missing girls—and our country

| May 14, 2014

By Oluwa Tosin Adegbola NNPA Guest Columnist The cold facts stare us in our face: Fact 1: More than 300 girls were abducted from the rural northeast region of Nigeria on April 15 while attending secondary school; 276 are still believed to be held captive. Fact 2: The federal government has yet to forcibly intervene to […]

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Kenya’s polygamy law gets thumbs up from U.S.

Kenya’s polygamy law gets thumbs up from U.S.

(GIN)—A U.S. State Dept. official has found something to like in Kenya’s new legislation legalizing multiple marriages. “The legislation is quite complex and appears to include elements that represent steps forward toward greater equality for women,” a State Department official said in an interview with Kenya’s Daily Nation. “But the job is clearly a work […]

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Erykah Badu in hot water over birthday serenade for Swazi king

Erykah Badu in hot water over birthday serenade for Swazi king

(GIN)—Pop icon Erykah Badu was the surprise guest of honor at a swanky party for Swaziland’s King Mswati who turned 46 this month. The lavish event was held at one of Mswati’s many palaces. The performance by Badu, who claims to be a “civil rights advocate,” shocked human rights organizations who condemned her for performing […]

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Boko Haram turmoil in Nigeria could lead to economic decline there

Boko Haram turmoil in Nigeria could lead to economic decline there

| May 8, 2014

If the idea of Boko Haram’s actions is to gain sympathy for a cause around the world, they appear to be failing miserably. Again, how the kidnapping of children ever could be considered an act of political consciousness is far beyond our understanding. If reports of their actions and their boasts of responsibility are true, […]

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South African Freedom Day marked by celebration as election nears

South African Freedom Day marked by celebration as election nears

(GIN)—Nationwide celebration on April 27 marked Freedom Day in South Africa. The day marks the 20th anniversary of elections in which all citizens were able to take part. Voters that day sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency with a resounding win that helped end the reign of white supremacists in a system known as apartheid. […]

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