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DECADES-OLD CASE REVIVES AFRICAN DEMAND FOR STOLEN LANDS

When colonial powers redrew borders in Africa and picked choice lands for themselves and less desirable land for everyone else, some of those deals remained through this century. Few were undone. This week, a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will decide if colonial deals that redrew African borders can be declared illegal and, if so, if islands taken by the United Kingdom from the nation ...

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GUERRILLA WAR RAGES BETWEEN BIG OIL AND INSTITUTIONS OF THE ART WORLD

A growing number of museums in Europe are turning thumbs down on oil company dollars when the companies not only contribute to global warming but fund the “science” that supposedly disproves it. Oil company funding also misleads public perception of environmental devastation as in Nigeria where billions of dollars were made extracting oil while highly toxic water and soil remain. A recent study published in ...

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UGANDAN LEADER TARNISHED BY TORTURE OF REGGAE POP-STAR

Images of a popular reggae music star in a wheel chair holding crutches have raised questions of whether Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni ordered the arrest and torture of the star-turned-parliamentarian, Bobi Wine, who attended a recent rally of the opposition in the town of Arua. Museveni was forced to release the star for treatment in the U.S. after an outcry by Wine’s supporters. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssen ...

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FIRST AFRICAN TO LEAD THE U.N. FOUGHT FOR DEVELOPING WORLD CAUSES

Aug. 20, 2018 (GIN) –Kofi Atta Annan, former Secretary General of the U.N., is being remembered today for his leadership over ten tumultuous years when the world faced a crisis of poverty, injustice and disease. Mr. Annan passed away this month at age 80. Secretary General Annan, a polished diplomat from Ghana and later the leader of the U.N., was considered a champion of developing world causes but encount ...

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MOZAMBIQUE TAKES THE “FREE” OUT OF PRESS FREEDOM, IMPOSING HEFTY FEES ON MEDIA

Aug. 20, 2018 (GIN) – Press freedom in Mozambique just got a lot less free. Under a new government decree, local and foreign journalists must now pony up thousands of dollars for the right to report in this Southern African country. The little dribble of news about Mozambique in the foreign press could disappear altogether, ending press freedom at a crucial time. Human rights groups call it an attempt to di ...

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SOUTH AFRICAN ACTIVIST TAKES THE REINS AT AMNESTY INT’L

Aug. 20, 2018 (GIN) – Longtime social justice activist Kumi Naidoo began his four-year tenure this week as head of the rights group Amnesty International with a vision for the group to be “bigger, bolder and more inclusive.” In his first message as Secretary General on Aug. 16, Naidoo said that Amnesty International "is now opening its arms wider than ever before to build a genuinely global community that s ...

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‘SKULDUGGERY’ FOILS ZIMBABWE INAUGURATION OF FORMER MUGABE ALLY

The hastily organized inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president of Zimbabwe has hit a brick wall. Invites to the heads of diplomatic mission, international organizations and consulates were pulled back after challenges to last month’s general election put a question mark around the slim victory of Mr. Mnangagwe over his rival Nelson Chamisa. Mr Mnangagwa allegedly beat Mr. Chamisa with 50.8% of the vo ...

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LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY STILL KIDNAPPING AND KILLING, ACTIVISTS SAY

The cult underground “Lord’s Resistance Army” led by Joseph Kony in northern Uganda is still kidnapping civilians, say leaders of local charities working in the region. A spokesman for the nonprofit “Invisible Children” warns that the group remains a threat. Last year, Washington closed down its seven-year effort to track down Kony, ending an initiative that included encouraging LRA members through leaflets ...

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