Tag: africa

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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Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—A year after Nigeria was removed from the polio-endemic list, two cases have been reported in Borno state, where the insurgent Boko Haram still controls territory. The eradication of polio, reported in 2015 by the World Health Organization, was called an “historic achievement” by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership leading the effort […]

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Gay pride again target of Ugandan police

Gay pride again target of Ugandan police

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Police are resuming their attacks on Uganda’s mostly underground LGBTI community—raiding night clubs and making arrests. The renewed police activity comes as gays and rights activists mark the day and month in which a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned. During the latest crackdown on Aug. 4, police unlawfully raided a […]

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Who’s Uk’s new foreign secretary? Local mags say he’s racist

Who’s Uk’s new foreign secretary? Local mags say he’s racist

| July 20, 2016

(GIN)—Nonstop media coverage of the UK’s exit from the European Community may have been confounding to many Americans but the latest development in Great Britain’s power shuffle seems more ominous. Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been tapped to be Britain’s next Foreign Secretary and he’s already shown an inflammatory side towards people of […]

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Human rights campaing shows support for ‘common sense’ gun control

Human rights campaing shows support for ‘common sense’ gun control

| July 18, 2016

By Victoria Jones (NNPA/DTU Journalism Fellow, The Washington Informer) The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization for the LGBTQ community, showed support for the victims of the Orlando massacre by posting photos of the victims with their names and ages in each window of their downtown Washington, D.C. […]

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African nations split with U.N. over gender identity vote

African nations split with U.N. over gender identity vote

| July 15, 2016

(GIN)—The United Nations Human Rights Council, in a defining vote, has voted to appoint an independent monitor to help protect gay and transgender people around the world from violence and discrimination. The resolution faced fierce resistance from African and Muslim countries. The vote was called “a historic victory for the human rights of anyone at […]

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Another take on Brexit from an African perspective

Another take on Brexit from an African perspective

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—Writing on the blogpost This Is Africa, Malawi journalist Levi Kabwato tackled the much reported story of “Brexit” from his own unique perspective. “European Union policies towards Africa and the rest of the Global South are unhelpful to the ordinary African,” he began. “It is against this backdrop that we must see Britain’s referendum on […]

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Tribute overflow from African leaders, citizens, others worldwide

Tribute overflow from African leaders, citizens, others worldwide

(GIN)—He was adored by hundreds of millions on the continent but Muhammed Ali was much much more.  He championed Africa’s cause, seeking to change the bleak views held by many outside the continent—a place whose accomplishments were cruelly omitted from school textbooks. Ali’s voice was already finding an international audience even before the match that […]

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Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

(GIN)—At a U.N. sponsored conference in Helsinki last week, Unesco’s director general, Irina Bokova, described World Press Freedom Day as “one of the most inspiring moments on the global calendar…  a moment to shine light on the right to access and share information, and a moment to stand with all journalists to defend their safety.” […]

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‘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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