Tag: africa

Americans benefit from helping Africans

| August 15, 2014

By LaTrina Antoine Special to the NNPA from the AFRO WASHINGTON  (NNPA)–Increasing United States investment opportunities in Africa could help the economy create more jobs for Americans, according to U.S. officials “Our economic and commercial partnership is a two-way street,” Penny Pritzker, U.S. secretary of commerce, told African leaders at the U.S.-Africa Summit. “Goods and […]

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Ghana’s once golden economy plunges to ‘ground zero’

Ghana’s once golden economy plunges to ‘ground zero’

| August 9, 2014

(GIN)–Expectations of a windfall from the discovery of oil have been dashed by a weakening cedi, with ordinary citizens feeling the pinch. “Prices of ingredients in the market have been changing almost every month,” Anastancia Bokpe, who runs a restaurant in the east Legon suburb of the capital, complained to Reuters. “We are already in […]

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Botswana’s Okavango Delta ‘World Heritage site’

Botswana’s Okavango Delta ‘World Heritage site’

| June 27, 2014

(GIN)–The Okavango Delta–Africa’s last-remaining wetland wilderness–has been listed as the 1000th World Heritage site by Unesco, the United Nations cultural body. The vast “Okavango wilderness” will be counted alongside such majestic formations as the Galapagos, Amazon, Arctic and Great Barrier Reef. It contains a number of endangered species and is unusual in that it is […]

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Former African leaders calls for legalizing low-level drugs

Former African leaders calls for legalizing low-level drugs

| June 25, 2014

  (GIN)—A frank report cited by two former African presidents has called for the decriminalization of minor drug offenses, saying that trafficking, consumption and production is undermining development in West Africa and abetting corruption. Picking up the momentum led by some U.S. governors, the report by a panel of African experts criticized current punitive policies which, […]

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War resisters group holds first African confab in Cape Town

War resisters group holds first African confab in Cape Town

| June 14, 2014

(GIN)—War Resisters’ International, founded in 1921 by conscientious objectors to the First World War, will hold their first conference in South Africa from July 4 to July 8. Conference organizers plan to draw attention to the great cost to Africa of the global arms trade which prompted a report by Oxfam International titled “Africa’s Missing […]

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10-year-old rape victim delivers two infants prematurely

10-year-old rape victim delivers two infants prematurely

(GIN)—Abiding by Senegalese law, a 10-year-old girl was compelled to complete her pregnancy despite having little knowledge of the “facts of life.” The girl, who just turned 11, told the Guardian newspaper that she did not even realize she was pregnant. “My mother saw my body changing and because I was vomiting she took me […]

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U.S. losing clout among entrenched African leaders

U.S. losing clout among entrenched African leaders

(GIN)—In his just concluded Africa tour, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was striking few deals with African leaders who are intently pursuing their own agendas on elections, the construction of schools, hospitals, roads and bridges and on curbing rampant corruption in the region. In fact, Mr. Kerry had barely finished his visit to the […]

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The Ebola danger

The Ebola danger

| April 4, 2014

Diseases such as Ebola often sound like something out of a science fiction thriller, but this deadly virus is real. This article gives some explanation as to what it is and explains its capacity to spread tragedy across a population. Why Ebola is so dangerous Health care workers are among those most at risk of […]

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Popular editor in leg irons for offending judge in editorial

Popular editor in leg irons for offending judge in editorial

| April 1, 2014

(GIN)—The N.Y.-based Committee to Protect Journalists is protesting the “degrading” treatment of a newspaper editor whose piece critical of the Chief Justice of Swaziland angered the top judge. Editor Bheti Makhubu and human rights attorney Thulani Maseko were both called into court on contempt charges by Michael Ramodibedi, the justice spotlighted in separate pieces that […]

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Senegalese superstar in solar power initiative to ‘Light Africa’

| February 26, 2014

(GIN)—Senegalese-American hip hop artist Akon and a group of solar business partners have announced a plan to address Africa’s grave shortfall in electric power. Speaking at a press conference in Sierra Leone, Akon said: ‘Music is an inspiration and as an African I am combining that inspiration with energy to reach out and touch the […]

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