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Kenyan MPs slash women’s rights

In a stunning setback to the equal rights movement, Kenyan male members of parliament (MPs) voted to undo some of women’s hard-fought victories that provided financial support for women in case of divorce. In a late-night vote by parliament, revisions to the Matrimonial Property Bill by the male MPs were carried easily as only 34 women MPs were in the house. The women were beaten 87-28 in a roll call vote. ...

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Anti-corruption group taps Angolan blogger for prize

Bloggers from China and Angola will share the “Integrity Prize” for taking on the corrupt elites in their respective countries despite great personal risk. The award was launched by the Berlin-based Transparency International to honor journalists, government officials and civil society leaders who bravely challenge corruption around the world. ...

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Thousands attend memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa

For his defense of the environment in the oil-rich lands in Nigeria’s southern tip, Ogoni activist Ken Saro-Wiwa paid the highest price on Nov. 10, 1995. This week, Nigerians at home and abroad celebrated Saro-Wiwa’s life and courage in leading the Ogoni people to oppose the polluting oil extraction activities of Shell oil and other oil multinationals. ...

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Curtain comes down on deadly war in eastern Congo

Thousands of women dressed in white marched down the central boulevard in Kinshasa this week, singing the praises of President Joseph Kabila and the army, according to media on the scene. The celebrations marked the end of a brutal 20-month revolt in Africa’s mineral-rich eastern Congo. The M23 rebel army reportedly scattered after the Congolese army captured its last hilltop stronghold. ...

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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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