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NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS FAULT WORLD COMMUNITY FOR INDIFFERENCE TO RAPE

Dec. 10, 2018 (GIN) – Winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Denis Mukwege of the Congo and Nadia Murad of Iraq’s Yazidi minority group, were unsparing in their criticism of the international community which, they say, has failed to take the necessary steps to protect women and girls against rape and sexual violence. “It is not just perpetrators of violence who are responsible for their crimes,” Dr. M ...

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AFRICAN ACTIVISTS DEMAND ACTION NOW AT WORLD CLIMATE CONFAB IN POLAND

Dec. 10, 2018 (GIN) - Dorothy Nalubega was far from home but close enough to the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, to give the 200 world delegates in attendance an earful of her views on climate change. Nalubega was among thousands of protestors at the climate conference - the third such meeting since nations adopted the Paris climate agreement in 2015 when it seemed that developed and developing cou ...

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MAASAI FIGHT EFFORTS TO CONVERT THEIR LANDS TO GAME PARKS

Dec. 10, 2018 (GIN) - “The water that quenches our thirst, the air that we breathe, the trees that provide shade and the animals that give us company, all make life real and creation complete.” So begins a prayer by an elder of the Maasai people of Tanzania whose traditional knowledge encompasses herbal medicine, grazing practices, landscape ecology, the behavior of animals, livestock management, and the ga ...

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HUGE HEIST BY GHANAIAN BANK OFFICERS WORSE THAN FEARED

Nov. 12, 2018 (GIN) – Depositors may want to steer clear of banking in Ghana while over a dozen bank officers and shareholders face claims they lent themselves millions of dollars but failed to repay. Business Ghana, a local news outlet, reported that 13 shareholders and directors of the defunct Capital Bank Ghana Limited and UT Bank engaged in acts that led to the collapse of the two banks. By their allege ...

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OPPOSITION PLAN TO PICK A SINGLE CANDIDATE TO DEFEAT KABILA IMPLODES

Nov. 12, 2018 (GIN) – As election day nears in the troubled Democratic Republic of the Congo, the seven leaders of the opposition seemed settled on one person to challenge the handpicked candidate of President Joseph Kabila – but differences unexpectedly arose. The agreement to back Congolese lawmaker Martin Fayulu Madidi, facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation after three days of negotiations in Geneva, ...

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TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST HIRED FOR NIGERIAN PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Cash money makes things happen. That’s an expression taken from the Urban Dictionary but it may also be the hope of Atiku Abubakar, candidate for President of Nigeria with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party which just hired Donald Trump’s lobbying firm at an astronomical price. The Florida-based firm is led by Brian Ballard of Ballard Partners - a veteran Florida lobbyist who raised money for Trump’s c ...

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RIGHTS GROUPS CONDEMN RISE OF GOV’T-SPONSORED HOMOPHOBIA IN TANZANIA

Dar es Salaam’s governor Paul Makonda has begun urging citizens to report homosexuals for round-ups, sending hundreds of LGBT activists into hiding to avoid arrest. “If you know any gays … report them to me,” Makonda told reporters, according to CNN. In an interview posted on YouTube, Makonda said he had already received more than 5,700 messages from the public, including more than 100 names. A conviction f ...

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MAURITANIA ORDERED TO END FORCED LABOR OR LOSE TRADE BENEFITS

Forced labor tolerated by the Mauritanian government was called a decisive factor in the U.S. decision this week to end favored nation trade status for the country as of January 1. “Forced or compulsory labor practices like hereditary slavery have no place in the 21st century,” said Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney. “This action underscores this Administration’s commitment to ending modern slav ...

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AGING AUTOCRAT WHIPS OPPOSITION AND CLAIMS VICTORY IN A DISPUTED POLL

Leaders of the opposition were roundly defeated in this month’s national elections that gave the six term incumbent President Paul Biya a new seven year term. The 85 year old chief of state was returned to power amidst a deepening split along linguistic lines, a quarter of a million of Cameroonians living in exile, and a Boko Haram terrorist camp just above the nation’s border. Biya can now rule the country ...

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OVER 200,000 CONGOLESE DRIVEN OUT OF ANGOLA IN ANTI-SMUGGLING ROW

Under the name “Operation Transparency’, Angolan officials in less than a month evicted between 200- and 400,000 migrants, mostly Congolese from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), claiming the migrants were plundering Angola’s resources – specifically diamonds. The charges were refuted by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) which said the Congolese had been working as informal miners ...

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