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Civil disobedience planned worldwide against fossil fuels

Civil disobedience planned worldwide against fossil fuels

(GIN)—The highly-touted Paris Climate talks last year were supposed to produce an agreement among the world’s nations to “keep the oil in the soil” and reduce global greenhouse emissions, thus avoiding the threat of dangerous climate change. Scientists warn that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, the threshold will be passed beyond which global […]

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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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Press group calls hate speech ‘dangerous trend’

Press group calls hate speech ‘dangerous trend’

(GIN)—Journalism must take a lead in countering hate-speech and propaganda. That’s the message of the Ethical Journalism Network, a press freedom watchdog on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. Adopted in 1993 by the UN General Assembly on the recommendation of UNESCO at their general conference, Press Freedom Day on May 3 serves as […]

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Action on year-old housing audit could have saved Kenyan lives

Action on year-old housing audit could have saved Kenyan lives

(GIN)—A poorly-constructed Nairobi building collapsed to the ground after days of heavy rain, taking 21 lives with 135 others rescued from the rubble. About 69 residents are still unaccounted for in the April 29 disaster. City officials now say the building had no occupancy permit although a neighbor, Jacob Kiruma, noted that the 6-story building […]

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Somali-British poet penned verses in ‘Lemonade’

Somali-British poet penned verses in ‘Lemonade’

| April 26, 2016

(GIN)—Beyonce’s pick for lyrics setting off her latest production, LEMONADE, was Warsan Shire, a poet of Somali-British parentage. A 27-year-old born in Kenya to Somali parents, who published her first pamphlet, “Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth,” in 2011, Shire went on to win the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize in 2013. “I […]

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Tributes pour in for pioneer of popular ‘soukous’ sound Papa Wemba

Tributes pour in for pioneer of popular ‘soukous’ sound Papa Wemba

| April 26, 2016

(GIN)—To some, he was the King of Congolese rumba—a sound that layered luscious Cuban rumba with African instruments and beats. Papa Wemba, or Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was rebellious, prolific, a style icon, at times notorious and always innovative. “The world of popular music has lost a giant—a consummate musician, a shape-shifter who challenged […]

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Dysfunction persists in Nigeria, despite power shift

Dysfunction persists in Nigeria, despite power shift

| April 26, 2016

(GIN)—Despite the guiding hand of a new president and a massive bailout by the federal government last year, salaries of government workers in most of Nigeria’s 36 states have not been paid—in some cases as long as nine months. According to local media, the states were in dire straits by the middle of last year […]

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Rivals settling old scores, imperil Burundi

Rivals settling old scores, imperil Burundi

| April 26, 2016

(GIN)—Like a train without brakes, Burundi is skidding towards a collision of ethnic and political factions with an alarming number of fatalities already reported among Hutus and Tutsis. More than 400 people, including high-ranking army officials, have been killed since President Pierre Nkurunziza in April bent the rules to give himself a third term in […]

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Rescuers search Afro-Ecuadorian villages for quake survivors

Rescuers search Afro-Ecuadorian villages for quake survivors

| April 19, 2016

By Lisa Vives (GIN)—The death toll in Ecuador’s African coastal communities continues to rise as rescuers dig for survivors of a massive earthquake in the region’s battered villages. On Monday, reports from Esmeraldas, called the birthplace of Afro-Hispanic culture, estimated that over 400 people died in the quake that sent buildings tumbling and roads buckling. […]

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Huge archive of famed African photographers recall groundbreaking work

Huge archive of famed African photographers recall groundbreaking work

| April 19, 2016

(GIN)—The vast archives of two remarkable photographers from West Africa who passed this year will ensure that authentic images of African life will be their legacy to future generations. The images radically depart from the clichés of colonialism. Malick Sidibé, whose pictures of Mali’s youth conveyed the high-spirited feeling of a country that has just […]

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