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Renowned Heritage Award Winner from Ghana joins the elders

Renowned Heritage Award Winner from Ghana joins the elders

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)–Yacub Addy, drummer, composer and choreographer from the Addy family of drummers, singers and dancers in Avenor, Accra, Ghana, has joined the elders, it was just announced. He was 83. Addy lived in Latham, upstate New York, and received numerous awards including the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, America’s highest […]

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Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)–It’s election time in nearly a dozen African countries and the wish of some leaders to fiddle with the constitution and have a forbidden third term in office is sending tremors through the fragile states involved. Ten elections are coming up this year–among them Nigeria, Burundi, Togo, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of […]

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Africa to get counterterrorism assist from U.S. Green Berets

Africa to get counterterrorism assist from U.S. Green Berets

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)—U.S. Army Special Forces, America’s highly-trained operatives in unconventional warfare, direct action, reconnaissance and counterterrorism, are preparing for one of their biggest exercises of the year in Africa. Under the name “Flintlock 2015,” the exercise is a multinational training of troops in several West African countries including Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Tunisia.  It kicks off […]

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Rising anger in Muslim Africa over offending cartoons

Rising anger in Muslim Africa over offending cartoons

| January 21, 2015

(GIN)–While the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, marched in a Paris rally to support the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, anger was rising at home among the country’s majority Muslim population over cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed. Over the weekend, anger exploded on the streets when about 1,000 young men turned on the institutions of […]

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New report finds ‘staggering inequality’ of incomes once decried by MLK

New report finds ‘staggering inequality’ of incomes once decried by MLK

| January 21, 2015

(GIN)—Income inequality, one of the issues that so troubled the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is again front and center in today’s news. A new report on the topic has come up with figures that even caught the financial community by surprise. For example: members of the “world’s richest” club earn half-a-million dollars per minute, the […]

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Winnie Mandela lays claim to Madiba’s estate, opening old wound

Winnie Mandela lays claim to Madiba’s estate, opening old wound

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)—Last December, Madiba’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and his last wife, Graca Machel, were seen comforting each other in the wake of the statesman’s death. The warmth has cooled, if not frozen over, as Winnie opens a court fight for the estate of the former president, the validity of the will, and the legitimacy of the […]

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‘Black Lives Matter’ heard round the world

‘Black Lives Matter’ heard round the world

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)—Across the world, people are taking different lessons from the nationwide uprising sparked by #BlackLivesMatter. Protests are capturing front page headlines, are the topic of talk shows and the buzz of social media from Peoria to Palestine. Reuters opinion editor Amana Fontanella-Khan in a recent piece, observed: “In some countries, developments in Ferguson and Staten […]

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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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ICC drops Darfur case, seeks surrender of Simone Gbago

ICC drops Darfur case, seeks surrender of Simone Gbago

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)–The list of war crimes being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) is growing smaller. Earlier this month, the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya was dismissed after witnesses became unavailable to testify and the government rejected the court’s jurisdiction over the charges. This week, Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court prosecutor, suspended investigations […]

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Energy companies set sights on war-torn Somalia for next big dig

Energy companies set sights on war-torn Somalia for next big dig

| December 11, 2014

(GIN)—It may not be clear who is running Somalia these days but energy companies appear to know who to call as they conduct onshore and offshore seismic surveys which could make the Horn of Africa an oil giant within six years. Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron are all activating plans to drill […]

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