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South African hostage killed by special ops in rescue mix-up

South African hostage killed by special ops in rescue mix-up

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–A South African teacher was killed by U.S. Special Forces in a botched raid on an Al Qaeda hideout just hours before his release in a swap brokered by the South African charity Gift of the Givers. On their website, the relief organization wrote: “We received with sadness the news that Pierre was killed in […]

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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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Expulsion of ANC union partner creates uproar

Expulsion of ANC union partner creates uproar

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–The union of metalworkers, a major partner of the African National Congress with more 350,000 members, was expelled in a late night session of members of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu)—the labor federation of the ANC. The unprecedented expulsion was approved by a select federation committee. Numsa, a militant activist union, was […]

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South Africa veep orders eviction freeze, angering white landowners

South Africa veep orders eviction freeze, angering white landowners

| November 11, 2014

(GIN)–Announcing an immediate ban on legal and illegal farm evictions, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa set off a firestorm among the mostly white commercial farmers from the fertile Western Cape who threatened retaliation. Ramaphosa announced the freeze after an hours-long meeting with agricultural and farm labor representatives from the area. The talks are part of a […]

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South Africa rejects light sentence for ‘Blade Runner,’ prepares appeal

South Africa rejects light sentence for ‘Blade Runner,’ prepares appeal

| October 30, 2014

(GIN)—South African prosecutors announced plans this week to appeal the conviction and sentence given to athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in what was ruled “culpable homicide.” Judge Thokozile Masipa also disappointed close watchers of the trial when she gave the Olympian runner a three year suspended sentence for discharging a firearm […]

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‘Blade Runner’s’ fate on manslaughter charge to be decided soon

‘Blade Runner’s’ fate on manslaughter charge to be decided soon

| October 19, 2014

(GIN)–Prosecution lawyers in the case of South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius are said to be seeking a 15 year jail sentence for the famed athlete who was acquitted of murder but convicted of culpable homicide or negligent killing in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Motor accident cases involving negligence and multiple deaths have […]

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Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

| September 24, 2014

(GIN)–New York streets were overflowing on Sunday with hand-made posters, buttons, baby carriages, bicycles, musical bands and nearly 400,000 marchers demanding an end to the exploitation of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas that are creating havoc for the environment in the U.S., Africa and most of the world. Marchers came by […]

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Church leaders defend ‘Public Protector’ vilified over Zuma report

Church leaders defend ‘Public Protector’ vilified over Zuma report

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—A blizzard of brickbats, insults and other aspersions aimed at South Africa’s Public Protector assigned to investigate the taxpayer-financed country estate of President Jacob Zuma, have roused the Diakonia Council of Churches, a social justice faith-based group, which this week came to her defense in an open letter. The council said it wished there were […]

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Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—Environmental activists at Greenpeace Africa have launched a global campaign to block efforts by Eskom, South Africa’s public power utility, to release more polluting coal dust in the air. The dust has been linked to an uptick in premature deaths now estimated at 2,700 every year. Greenpeace is pushing its campaign in the wake of […]

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Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

| August 21, 2014

(GIN)–A commission hearing testimony on last year’s deadly miners’ strike, heard that white employees at the Lonmin mine got preferential treatment at the expense of their black counterparts, provoking anger and resentment. “There is still segregation in the mines based on race,” rockdrill operator Shadrack Zandisile Mtshamba told the commission in Pretoria. “All white people […]

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