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IN THE SHADOW OF LUMUMBA, CONGOLESE DEFY PROTEST BAN AMIDST LIVE BULLETS

Pro-democracy activism in the Congo is feeling the lash from the unpopular government of Joseph Kabila who is under pressure to hand over power as the Constitution requires. According to Georges Kapiamba of the local Congolese Association for Justice, 10 priests have been arrested, including Father Dieudonne Mukinayi, alongside his parishoners. Two nuns are missing, 257 demonstrators have been arrested and ...

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AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS IN ISRAEL FACE FORCED DEPORTATION

Jan. 22, 2018 (GIN) – Under a so-called “infiltrator’s law”, more than 1,000 African asylum seekers in Israel face deportation from Israeli detention centers starting in March. Speaking at a recent Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the harsh enforcement policy. “We are not acting against refugees,” he said. “We are acting against illegal migrants who come here not as refugees but f ...

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MORE INCLUSIVENESS AT GOLDEN GLOBES BUT STILL TOO FEW PEOPLE OF COLOR

Women were definitely in the spotlight at Sunday night’s Golden Globes. A powerful speech by Oprah Winfrey that had the crowd up on its feet was bookended by courageous actresses who echoed her call for an end to sexual harassment in the industry. But it was hard to overlook the absence of people of color in some categories, as writer Ismail Akwei pointedly observed in his column in the online Face2FaceAfri ...

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ENGLISH-SPEAKERS IN CAMEROON SEEK HAVEN IN NIGERIA AS ETHNIC TENSIONS ARE STOKED

Up to 40,000 refugees from the English-speaking regions in Cameroon could soon be arriving in Nigeria as the majority French-speaking government turns up the heat on the minority’s north- and southwest regions, installing a heavy military presence that some fear could lead to open war. What began last year as peaceful protests by Anglophone activists against perceived discrimination by Cameroon’s French-spe ...

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SOUTH AFRICAN WAR ON CORRUPTION MOVES INTO HIGH GEAR

Jan. 1, 2018 (GIN) – A shakeup in the African National Party has boosted hopes that new party officials will make a clean sweep of the backroom dealings that have made millionaires out of a small South African elite and punished the majority with high unemployment and a national credit rating downgraded to “junk status.” Business tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa, newly elected president of the African National Congre ...

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LIBERIAN SPORTS FIGURE PROMISES SWEEPING CHANGES AS COUNTRY’S NEW PRESIDENT

Jan. 1, 2018 (GIN) – George Weah, Liberia’s president-elect, declared the country open to investment and pledged to tackle entrenched corruption, in his first speech to the nation since decisively winning an election this week. Speaking at a press conference at his party headquarters, Weah thanked his predecessor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for enabling Liberia’s first democratic tran ...

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CONTROVERSIAL KENYAN ADVOCATE OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS PASSES IN BOSTON

The Kenyan director of the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at Harvard University, Professor Calestous Juma, passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, this week, after a brief illness. He was 64. At the time of his passing, Juma served as Professor of the Practice of International Development, and was affiliated with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Center for Internatio ...

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