Tag: africa

Africa’s floods largely unnoticed despite higher death toll

Africa’s floods largely unnoticed despite higher death toll

| September 6, 2017

(GIN)—“Floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did.” That was the headline of a recent story in Quartz online by Lagos-based writer Yomi Kazeem. “Like severe floods in southern Asia, the disasters in Africa have been largely under-reported compared to similar events in Houston where Hurricane Harvey, a once […]

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Report: U.N. urges donors to recosider deep cuts to educatio for Africa

Report: U.N. urges donors to recosider deep cuts to educatio for Africa

| June 19, 2017

(GIN)—Sharp cuts in education aid to sub-Saharan African countries in the last six years have unraveled progress made in basic education, adult education and literacy programs. That was one of the findings of a new report by Global Education Monitoring and presented to UNESCO, the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural organization. Specifically, donor aid to […]

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Israel lashes out at African allies for anti-settlement vote

Israel lashes out at African allies for anti-settlement vote

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Israel lashed out at its African and other allies this week, suspending aid and other relationships in retaliation for their votes on a U.N. resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. Senegal and Angola were the primary targets of Israeli fury. The two countries are non-permanent members of the U.N. […]

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U.N. secretary-general: Cuban leader was ‘a strong voice for social justice’

U.N. secretary-general: Cuban leader was ‘a strong voice for social justice’

| December 1, 2016

(GIN)—U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon extended sympathies to the Cuban people on the passing on Friday, Nov. 25, of their longtime president, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, whom he called “a strong voice for social justice.” Admired by leftists and people of the developing world as a revolutionary champion of the poor, the former president died […]

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Love of birds, animals

Love of birds, animals

| November 30, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Innercity stray birds and animals experience hazardous conditions during the winter months while they are trying to survive. Often, there is little water for them to drink, warm shelter is scarce and there is little food to be gotten from the barren trees and secured garbage receptacles. Birds and animals […]

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After suprise election upset, Africans assess changes U.S. landscape

After suprise election upset, Africans assess changes U.S. landscape

| November 15, 2016

(GIN)—Africans were tweeting and messaging about the surprise outcome of U.S. elections last week that left many in the developing world worried for the future. Kenyan-American and distinguished professor Makau Mutua was “quarterbacking” as a “day after” couch potato who second guesses why his team lost. “Hillary Clinton was defeated by “white-lash,” as opposed to […]

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African states rebuff U.N. appointee for gay rights

African states rebuff U.N. appointee for gay rights

| November 8, 2016

(GIN)—The appointment of international law professor Vitit Muntarborn could be stalled or dead in the water after a majority of African countries voted to reject the U.N.’s pick for a monitor of LGBT rights on the continent. The African countries drafted a resolution calling for the new U.N. investigator to be suspended from his job. […]

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World confab on rising temperatures begins calls for focus on Africa!

World confab on rising temperatures begins calls for focus on Africa!

| November 8, 2016

(GIN)—Marrakesh, home to mosques, palaces and gardens, will be going green for COP 22, the international follow-up to last year’s historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. World leaders will be gathering there for the next 11 days to advance the landmark agreement, where an unprecedented number of countries agreed to limit the increase in average […]

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Public anger mounts over indefinite terms for African leaders

Public anger mounts over indefinite terms for African leaders

| September 30, 2016

(GIN)—Africans want free and fair elections. That seems to be the message across the continent as a toxic cocktail of frustration and anger  is brewing against leaders endlessly extending their reigns despite definite term limits outlined in their constitutions. Kinshasa , the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been rocked by deadly violence […]

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Culinary tastes in China threaten vital donkey population

Culinary tastes in China threaten vital donkey population

| September 7, 2016

(GIN)—A three-fold increase in the export of African donkeys is threatening a way of life in Africa where they’re used for hauling goods and produce for market sale, plowing, tilling, weeding and harvesting. Niger has banned the export of donkeys, warning that the increased trade, mainly to Asian countries, is threatening its donkey population. “If […]

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