Tag: africa

‘Super Sunday’ of polls rocks continent

‘Super Sunday’ of polls rocks continent

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Voters trooped to the polls in six countries  across Africa, electing presidents and in Senegal approving a constitution with shorter presidential terms. Among the surprises, the hand-picked successor to the outgoing president of Benin was defeated by a self-made entrepreneur Patrice Talon—“the king of cotton”—who ran as an “authentic Beninese” candidate. During the campaign he […]

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‘Overpopulation’ theory challenged by African writer

‘Overpopulation’ theory challenged by African writer

| January 12, 2016

(GIN)—Togolese editor Mawuna Remarque Koutonin would like to make a few corrections in the widely held belief that Africa has a problem with overpopulation. First of all, he said, if seeing is believing, then you must agree that Europe is wildly overpopulated, especially the western part. “A small country like France has about the same […]

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Ethiopians in U.S. protest mistreatment of Oromos

Ethiopians in U.S. protest mistreatment of Oromos

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—The U.S.-based community of Oromos—an ethnic group from Ethiopia—is demanding an end to U.S. support for the Ethiopian government which, they say, has been seizing land from local farmers without compensating them. A police crackdown on the Oromos—Ethiopia’s largest community—has left dozens of students  injured and several  killed over the past few weeks, according to […]

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Climate changes poses imminent threat to Africa

Climate changes poses imminent threat to Africa

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—While government leaders, media and climate justice activists converged in Paris to advance the fight against global warming and, as President Barack Obama said, “save the one planet we have,” extreme weather patterns were already creating havoc across the African continent. A rare weather pattern that brought 60 degree days to the East Coast of […]

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Gas, oil draw hungry frackers to Southern Africa

Gas, oil draw hungry frackers to Southern Africa

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Peace Park is a rich ecosystem where one finds the gemsbok desert antelope, black-maned Kalahari lions and pygmy falcons. It’s known far and wide for its breathtaking wilderness, wildlife and rest camps. Welcome to the new home of gas exploration and fracking. Last year, natural gas frackers from the UK—Karoo Energy formerly […]

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U.N. days against gender violence—’pointless noise?’

U.N. days against gender violence—’pointless noise?’

| December 9, 2015

(GIN)—“Happy abuser’s day.” That was Tumie Modise, a columnist at the Botswana news magazine Mmegi, railing against the unfulfilled promise of “16 days of activism for No Violence Against Women and Children” as she saw it. The U.N. Women’s event of 16 days winds up this week on Dec. 10—International Human Rights Day. “Personally I […]

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China wows African leaders at confab in Johannesburg

China wows African leaders at confab in Johannesburg

| December 9, 2015

(GIN)—At the recently concluded Forum on Africa and China Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to be everywhere—shaking hands, holding one on ones, watching cultural shows and last but not least, approving generous grants. As the conference in Johannesburg drew to a close, 48 African countries had received pledges, promises and development deals from Asia’s […]

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In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)–The head of the Catholic Church, making a historic trip to three countries in Africa, stopped in Nairobi’s Kangemi “informal settlement”, one of the city’s 12 enormous slums where approximately 60 percent of the population resides. With no sewage system and limited electricity, about 200,000 people live in Kangemi under tin roofs, on steep slopes […]

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Pope Francis plans agenda for first African visit

Pope Francis plans agenda for first African visit

| November 24, 2015

(GIN)—The globe-hopping Pope Francis is planning public masses, meetings with religious and political leaders and the opportunity to promote reconciliation and unity during his upcoming five day trip to three African countries. Countries on his itinerary include Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. After his scheduled arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport on Dec. 25, […]

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Africa leaders don Indian kurtas in sign of warming ties

Africa leaders don Indian kurtas in sign of warming ties

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—A four-day super summit of Indian and African business leaders, ministers, and, of course, media, gave a boost to Indian influence on the continent and a tweak to China, the other Asian giant in the region. With more than 40 African heads of state in attendance at the gathering in New Delhi, it was one […]

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