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Riot police using ‘excessive force’ to break up opposition protests

Riot police using ‘excessive force’ to break up opposition protests

(GIN)—Demonstrators in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kakamega and Kisumu in western Kenya seeking a new slate of election commissioners were met with an excessive use of violent force by uniformed officers that stunned many Kenyans over its brutality. Smaller groups of protesters were tear-gassed earlier on Monday, according to a report in the Voice of America. Authorities […]

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Mandela statue casts long shadow over unfree Palestine

Mandela statue casts long shadow over unfree Palestine

(GIN)—Now that the media circus has moved on, a bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is a curious icon standing impressively tall in the well to do city of Ramallah, the economic capital of Palestine. Weighing two metric tons and rising 19 feet towards the sky, the bronze likeness of Mandela stands straight, with his right […]

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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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South African entrepreneur snaps up global prize at world forum

South African entrepreneur snaps up global prize at world forum

(GIN)—Leaders from all over Africa and the world were gathered in Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, at a conference organized around the theme “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation.” This year’s conference that ended May 13 drew more than 1,500 delegates from African countries and 85 countries around the world, 13 sitting heads of state and […]

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Troubles mount in Uganda after inauguration walkout

Troubles mount in Uganda after inauguration walkout

(GIN)—“Blunt” is probably too kind a word for the remarks made by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at his inaugural ceremony that sent his western allies scrambling for the exits. The ceremony is usually a celebratory affair, with dignitaries from around the world applauding the leader for scoring high enough in the polls to win another […]

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South African defense ministry defending hiring of Cuban workers

South African defense ministry defending hiring of Cuban workers

(GIN)—A growing number of Cuban technicians are working in South Africa, refurbishing infantry combat vehicles and South African Military (SAMIL) logistical transport vehicles of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF). Defense Secretary Sam Gulube, in a presentation before Parliament, defended hiring the Cuban workers, saying they had come to train the military to do […]

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Landmark victory for South African gold miners with lung disease

Landmark victory for South African gold miners with lung disease

(GIN)—For years, the dust in South Africa’s gold mines has been accumulating in the lungs of black miners, choking them with silicosis, tuberculosis and other fatal conditions. Yet courts there have refused to hear their cases as a class, forcing their legal teams to take them into the courtroom one by one. Now, in a […]

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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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Swiss, Russian banks blamed for catastrophic ‘iceberg of debt’ in Mozambique

Swiss, Russian banks blamed for catastrophic ‘iceberg of debt’ in Mozambique

(GIN)—Banks that saw dollar signs in the developing economies of Africa are being blamed for a looming fiscal crash in Mozambique over so-called “tuna bonds.” Emblematic of the easy lending by western banks, 24 fishing boats meant to be a modern tuna fleet are gathering rust in the port of Maputo. The boats were paid […]

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Ethiopia plans to export more coffee, local vendors object

Ethiopia plans to export more coffee, local vendors object

(GIN)—Strike while the iron is hot and for Ethiopia, that means sell—coffee beans in this case—while the market for good coffee is booming around the world. Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, would like to become the second largest coffee producer in the world. But, farmers have been doing well locally and prices at home are […]

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