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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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NAMIBIA AGREES TO ‘LAND DEAL’ WITH RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE

The Namibian government has leased four farms for 99 years to a company owned by a Russian billionaire. The farms, valued at $3 million and measuring a total 42,000 acres, were registered as state property by the land reform ministry. Land reform minister Utoni Nujoma appears to be having second thoughts about being linked to the unusual transaction, struck two days before a national land conference began o ...

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WORLD LEADERS FLOCK TO U.N. ‘PEACE SUMMIT’ – A REBUKE OF ‘AMERICA FIRST’?

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa couldn’t be prouder as he unveiled a life-size statue of Nelson Mandela on the eve of the U.N. General Assembly and the opening of a day-long ‘peace summit’ with nearly 160 scheduled speakers . The statue is a gift to the United Nations from South Africa. “The people of our country, united in their diversity, revere Nelson Mandela as the founding father of our democra ...

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LOST AND FEARED STOLEN: $104 MILLION IN FRESH CURRENCY BOUND FOR LIBERIA

The alleged theft of shipping containers loaded with new Liberian currency would be comical if it were a movie but is heartbreaking to Liberian citizens struggling to get by in a poor country. It was also a reminder that the promises of new president George Weah to stamp out corruption are far from being fulfilled. The shipping containers held $104 million (U.S.) and had departed from Sweden where the curre ...

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WHO’S TO BLAME IN LATEST FERRY DISASTER?

Tanzanian President John Magufuli took action this week against a ferry captain and all of the crew as the number of bodies pulled from Lake Victoria in the latest maritime disaster topped 200. In an address last Friday, Magufuli told the nation that the captain left the ferry's steering in the hands of a person not trained for the job. The death toll has reached 223, but could go higher as more bodies are ...

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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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