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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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Amnesty International blast long sentences for Angolan youth activists

Amnesty International blast long sentences for Angolan youth activists

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Fifteen youth activists, including the rapper Luaty Beirao aka Ikonoklasta, were handed long prison sentences for allegedly plotting to overthrow the regime of Angolan President Eduardo dos Santos. The activists said they had been discussing “From Dictatorship to Democracy” a 20-year old text about non-violent resistance to repressive regimes in a book club when they […]

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World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)—“Africans had the least responsibility for putting carbon in the air and yet they’re feeling the brunt of climate change.” That was the view expressed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at the launch of the 21st climate change conference—known as COP21—opening this week. He added: “We want to make sure Africa is not forgotten […]

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All is not ‘hunky-dory’ in Africa, says billionaire Mo Ibrahim

All is not ‘hunky-dory’ in Africa, says billionaire Mo Ibrahim

| October 6, 2015

(GIN)—The cheap gas boom has not been the best of news for African countries where oil and other raw materials have been the basis of their export economies since colonial times. Gas and oil are not the only raw materials to suffer as economies in Asia and the west contract and investors take wait and […]

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Nations using child soldiers among guests at UK arms fair

Nations using child soldiers among guests at UK arms fair

| September 15, 2015

(GIN)—One of the world’s largest arms bazaars opened at London’s Docklands this week and invitees to this “gala” affair included some of the most disgraced authoritarian regimes worldwide. War makers and human rights violators Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Angola and Algeria are among 61 countries coming to the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) biennial event. […]

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Angola cracks down on youth protest, arresting activist rapper

Angola cracks down on youth protest, arresting activist rapper

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)—Angolan police arrested over a dozen young opposition activists, including rapper Luaty Beirao, who have campaigned against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the interior ministry said June 21. Activist groups, among them the Angolan Revolutionary Movement, claimed on social media platforms that as many as 20 people had been arrested when police raided a youth […]

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Cuban Five, freed from U.S. jails, welcomed in South Africa

Cuban Five, freed from U.S. jails, welcomed in South Africa

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)—Five former Cuban intelligence officers, known here as the Cuban Five, arrived in Johannesburg this week, for a visit expressing gratitude for support during their imprisonment in the U.S. “South Africa welcomes to its shores the five Cuban national heroes, namely, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez,” said Department of […]

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Lawyers, rights groups rally around author of ‘Blood Diamonds’ facing jail

Lawyers, rights groups rally around author of ‘Blood Diamonds’ facing jail

| April 1, 2015

(GIN)—The Southern Africa Litigation Center, Amnesty International and more than a dozen other human rights organizations including the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights have signed on to an open letter demanding justice for crusading journalist Rafael Marques, whose exposés have offended several military officials and other higher-ups. In their letter, published this week […]

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‘Scheme’ to lower gas at the pump hits Africa hard

‘Scheme’ to lower gas at the pump hits Africa hard

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)–Falling oil prices are happy news for American car owners but disastrous news for Africa which was recently celebrating an “oil boom” around the continent. Some energy consultants see falling prices as a political maneuver by the West designed to bring rebellious countries to their knees. Saudi Arabia also had a bone to pick with […]

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Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–Women around the world are taking part in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1991. Participants chose the dates, Nov. 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and […]

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