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The first word in May Day is ‘International’

As we unite to celebrate International Workers’ Day, we rightfully focus on how capitalism has devastated our beloved city of Detroit and the other majority African American cities here in Michigan. In the words of Cindy Sheehan, we are at the cutting edge here in the U.S. of the global financial crisis. It is we the people who are catching hell no matter which way we look — from the ragged roads beneath ou ...

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Somali mother of stowaway teen weeps to learn of his risky flight

The mother of the 14-year-old boy who risked death to stow away in the wheel well of a plane bound for Hawaii wept upon learning of his life-threatening adventure. Ubah Mohamed Abdullahi, who lives in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, says it was the first news she had heard about her lost son for six years. Divorced from his father, she has not been in contact with the family since they moved to the U.S. in 2008 ...

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South African who fought toxic waste dumping wins major ‘green’ prize

South African activist Desmond D’Sa has been awarded the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize. D’Sa, a community leader and co-founder of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance in 1996, campaigned against toxic waste dumping in South Durban, a poor but highly industrialized area, finally successfully obtaining the closure of the chemical dump. ...

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Nigeria holds up release of highly acclaimed film by popular novelist

A new film based on the highly-praised novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi has run into “regulatory issues” from Nigerian censors who have delayed its release. “Half of a Yellow Sun” was set to open in Nigerian cinemas last week. A spokesman for the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board denied that the film, which looks at the 1967-70 war on Biafra, was “officially banned” but was being “review ...

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Angola a playground for accused sex trafficker

An army general close to Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been red-listed on the Interpol wanted list by Brazilian police. He’s accused of trafficking women for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Bento dos Santos Kangamba, however, is not living in fear, but enjoying the good life among Angola’s newly-minted millionaires. There is no extradition treaty between Angola and Brazil, so the polit ...

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Nigerian women lead rallies for their missing girls worldwide

GIN Staff report An unprecedented surge of gatherings and rallies across the U.S. and abroad sparked by the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian boarding school girls have made plain the growing anger and frustration of Nigerian and other women over inaction by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration. After three weeks, little more than a call this week for an investigative committee has been ...

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Erykah Badu in hot water over birthday serenade for Swazi king

GIN Staff report Pop icon Erykah Badu was the surprise guest of honor at a swanky party for Swaziland’s King Mswati who turned 46 this month. The lavish event was held at one of his many palaces. The performance by Badu, who claims to be a “civil rights advocate,” shocked human rights organizations who condemned her for performing for Mswati, the last absolute monarch in Africa who has maintained dictatoria ...

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The Gambia intensifies preparedness against Ebola

Ever since the deadly Ebola virus broke out in neighboring Guinea, the Gambian government through its Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and partners have been firm on their toes, and have been devising various strategies to prevent it from hitting the country. As part of these strategies, the Ministry in collaboration with the U.N. system, through the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Dis ...

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