Tag: Swaziland

Conservationists fail to stop transfer of African elephants to U.S.

Conservationists fail to stop transfer of African elephants to U.S.

| March 15, 2016

(GIN)—If moving one elephant and escaping notice sounds like a challenge, imagine moving 18. Yet this weekend, three American zoos quietly moved 18 elephants out of Swaziland and into U.S. zoos. Animal rights activists, who had a court date to block the action, condemned the transfer. Removing elephants from the wild for display in zoos […]

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No pause in royal ceremony after 38 teen dancers killed in crash

No pause in royal ceremony after 38 teen dancers killed in crash

| September 1, 2015

(GIN)–Some 38 teenage girls chosen to take part in Swaziland’s traditional reed dance festival were killed instantly as the flatbed truck they were riding in crashed head-on into another vehicle. The girls were being driven to the royal homestead of Swazi King Mswati III. Some 40,000 girls take part in the eight-day ceremony, singing and […]

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Africa’s last monarch risks loss of trade deal with U.S.

Africa’s last monarch risks loss of trade deal with U.S.

| June 25, 2014

(GIN)—The perks of being King Mswati III may be the last straw for a U.S. trade deal that gives developing countries the rich benefit of duty-free access to U.S. markets. Swaziland is edging toward suspension from the US preferential trade agreement known as AGOA (African Growth and Opportunities Act) because of the King’s failure to […]

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Erykah Badu in hot water over birthday serenade for Swazi king

Erykah Badu in hot water over birthday serenade for Swazi king

(GIN)—Pop icon Erykah Badu was the surprise guest of honor at a swanky party for Swaziland’s King Mswati who turned 46 this month. The lavish event was held at one of Mswati’s many palaces. The performance by Badu, who claims to be a “civil rights advocate,” shocked human rights organizations who condemned her for performing […]

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Popular editor in leg irons for offending judge in editorial

Popular editor in leg irons for offending judge in editorial

| April 1, 2014

(GIN)—The N.Y.-based Committee to Protect Journalists is protesting the “degrading” treatment of a newspaper editor whose piece critical of the Chief Justice of Swaziland angered the top judge. Editor Bheti Makhubu and human rights attorney Thulani Maseko were both called into court on contempt charges by Michael Ramodibedi, the justice spotlighted in separate pieces that […]

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Africa News in Brief: Oct. 2 edition

Africa News in Brief: Oct. 2 edition

| October 2, 2013

A pro-democracy activist is promising to bring change to Swaziland after winning a seat in Parliament • 21 year old Obabiya Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria was the tearful winner of a Muslim-only pageant crown

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