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Zakes Mda pleads for release of Eskinder Nega

South African author Zakes Mda is urging Africans to step up and protest the lengthy sentence meted out to Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega for his pro-democracy writings that offended the government. Mda, a novelist, poet and playwright, is the son of A.P. Mda, a “guiding light” in the founding of the Pan African Congress. Nega, who turns 45 this month, sits in Kaliti prison, outside of Addis Ababa, wher ...

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African book club to present awards for ‘kid lit’

The National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., held the Children’s Africana Awards and Book Festival on Nov. 9. The annual event was sponsored by Africa Access, a nonprofit organization founded in 1989. Africa Access, according to their Web site, ¡°was founded to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their children’s collection on Africa.¡± An online database, produced ...

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Steel company spreads the pain from Zimbabwe to Minnesota

From Minnesota to Zimbabwe, workers across two continents are challenging an industrial conglomerate that has wrecked havoc with a trail of failed mining operations around the world. In the United States, the Essar Group Ltd, has a mixed legacy, with bankruptcy in West Virginia, a cash crisis threatening pension payments in Minnesota and in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, outstanding debts of $530 million and fl ...

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Ugly chants by soccer fans mar ‘no to racism’ week

African soccer stars came under a hail of racist chanting at a recent Champions League match by Russians in Moscow last week. The incident highlighted the failure of official anti-racism efforts, particularly the “Football (soccer) Against Racism in Europe Action Week” organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ...

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Caribbean nations united for reparations

In a move that has implications for Blacks throughout the United States, more than a dozen Caribbean nations have banded together to urge European countries, which profited from the transatlantic slave trade, to begin serious discussions about reparations. “This was a state sponsored policy,” said Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. “Slave ports were built in Africa. African ...

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Decade-long peace in Mozambique in peril

Mozambique, enjoying a windfall from recent finds of off-shore gas, may be headed for troubled. A fragile peace has reigned over the southeast nation since a treaty in 1992 ended a 16-year long civil war. A pawn in the Cold War of the great powers, the coastal nation was heavily armed with U.S. and Russian weapons. Over a million people perished in the course of the war. Still one of the poorest African nat ...

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Ghanaians in the mix of GMO debate

Members of Food Sovereignty Ghana and other environmental groups took the issue of food security to the streets in a march through Accra that linked up virtually with seven African countries from South Africa to Kenya. It was the second annual march against genetically modified seeds, bioengineered food and its corporate backers, coupled with the perceived risks to small farmers’ incomes and to health. ...

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Surprise U.S. raids to seize terror suspects worry experts

After two surprise U.S. raids, one into Somalia and one into Libya, to capture suspected terrorists, the Libyan government is demanding an explanation of the unannounced maneuver. In the Libyan operation, U.S. special forces seized Nazih al-Ragye, a.k.a. Abu Anas al-Liby, a Libyan who is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians. He is reportedly being ...

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