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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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AN ALARMING RISE IN DEPORTATIONS FOR SOMALI-AMERICANS IN MINNESOTA

Dec. 18, 2017 (GIN) – As bombs rain down on Mogadishu, officers of the U.S. immigration service have been stalking the Somali expat community in Minnesota, snatching suspected immigrants without documents to the distress of families there. Among those recently placed on a plane bound for Somalia was Mohamed Hussein, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio. Hussein arrived in Minnesota as an infant m ...

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BILLIONAIRE CYRIL RAMAPHOSA PICKED AS NEW AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS LEADER

Dec. 18, 2017 (GIN) – After a bruising battle for votes within the governing African National Congress, billionaire tycoon Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa edged out his rival in the final minutes of the ANC’s 54th national elective conference in Johannesburg, opening the prospect of his winning the presidency in 2019. Ramaphosa, 64, won in a squeaker against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, one-time minister, doctor, and f ...

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WRITERS’ GROUPS PROTEST THE ARREST OF NEW YORK PROFESSOR IN CAMEROON

Dec. 11, 2017 (GIN) – The African Literature Association and other professional associations of writers and scholars are demanding the release of a Cameroonian-American writer and university professor, detained last week without explanation at the airport in Douala, Cameroon. Patrice Nganang, who teaches at Stony Brook University's cultural studies and comparative literature department in New York, was repo ...

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