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Ghana elections go forward amid explosive U.S.-Ghana corruption

Ghana elections go forward amid explosive U.S.-Ghana corruption

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—While Ghana busied itself with national elections taking place this week, the U.S. State Department and other agencies were cracking down on one of the most eye-popping corruption scandals in this West African nation. Operating in the center of Accra, a pink building festooned with an American flag was doing a brisk business selling U.S. […]

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Clashes in run-up to Ghana elections bring U.S. sanctions threat

Clashes in run-up to Ghana elections bring U.S. sanctions threat

| November 15, 2016

(GIN)—The U.S. Embassy in Ghana has urged the leadership of political parties to call their members to order following a recent spate of partisan clashes. Persons found guilty of inciting political violence before the polls would face some form of sanctions as violence has no place in the conduct of elections, said U.S. embassy officials. […]

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Rising sea levels threatening Ghana’s coastal villages

Rising sea levels threatening Ghana’s coastal villages

| October 25, 2016

(GIN)—Fuvemeh, one of Ghana’s coastal villages, is vanishing because of coastal erosion. Waves have taken whole parts of the village with them into the sea. What was once a thriving fishing community was three miles from the coast a few years back. Now the waves are just a few feet away. “This used to be […]

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Ghana considers shutdown of social media in election day run-up

Ghana considers shutdown of social media in election day run-up

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—Ghanaians who use social media could find themselves staring at a blank screen instead of Facebook or Twitter under a plan now being considered by Ghana’s Police Service (GPS). Superintendent Cephas Arthur, Public Affairs director of the GPS, said that blocking Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets during the upcoming elections would be in […]

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Ghana still target of lethal e-waste dumping

Ghana still target of lethal e-waste dumping

(GIN)—Digital dumping ground. World’s largest e-waste dump. Whatever you call it, Agbogbloshie, Ghana, is among the top ten “worst polluted” places on earth where tons of discarded electronics, refrigerators, microwaves and televisions—also known as e-waste—end up decomposing in a massive scrap heap there. “Mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic—these are the four most toxic substances [in the […]

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Former first lady has message for Ghanaians—‘Deal Me In!’

Former first lady has message for Ghanaians—‘Deal Me In!’

| May 3, 2016

(GIN)—Those ringing words–‘Deal Me In!”—that thrilled fans of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in the U.S.  could be sending a similar message of hope and change to voters here in Ghana. Although Africa has done better promoting women to the presidency, few Ghanaians were expecting to see the wife of former President Jerry Rawlings toss her […]

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Ghanaian church leaders spurn Gitmo detainees freed by U.S.

Ghanaian church leaders spurn Gitmo detainees freed by U.S.

| January 26, 2016

(GIN)—Compassion was not in the hearts of Ghana’s religious leaders for two detainees flown to freedom this month after 14 years in Guantanamo prison behind bars. The Rev. Joseph Osei  Bonsu, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference, scolded President John Dramani Mahama, saying the two Yemeni ex-detainees did not deserve any compassion from Ghanaians. “The […]

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Ghana thinktank questions major shortfalls from gold sales

Ghana thinktank questions major shortfalls from gold sales

| January 19, 2016

(GIN)—Ghana’s abundant resource in gold produced $23 billion in earnings from 2013 to 2016 but only $1.7 billion for the country’s coffers, according to a newly-released report by the African Centre for Energy Policy in Ghana. Titled “Golden Days for Newmont,” the report said the U.S.-based Newmont Mining Corporation paid less than $500 million (US) […]

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Obama tightens sanctions on Burundi over grave abuses

Obama tightens sanctions on Burundi over grave abuses

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—Citing a crackdown on opposition members, including assassinations, arbitrary arrests and torture, President Barack Obama ousted Burundi from a preferential trade pact with the U.S. known as AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act), effective Jan. 1. In a letter to the U.S. Congress, Obama said Burundi had failed to institute the rule of law and political […]

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Secret footage of ‘justice for sale’ takes down 22 judges in Ghana

Secret footage of ‘justice for sale’ takes down 22 judges in Ghana

| October 20, 2015

(GIN)—An investigative reporter whose hidden camera caught some 34 senior judges appearing to take bribes and pocket the loot has been showered with praise by Ghanaians on social media who say they are fed up with corruption in government. The footage has led to the suspension of 22 lower court and 12 higher court judges […]

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