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Darfur’s refugees forgotten

African Globe Ten years after fleeing genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur, Abdulla Juma Abubakr has no intention of returning home. After leaving the West Darfur town of El-Geneina in 2002, he first spent two years in a border camp inside Sudan, before moving on to Djabal, a refugee camp in eastern Chad’s Goz-Beida region. “From what I saw when we left, the way people were killed, mosques burnt … I ca ...

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Coming to America: African hip hop artists visit the U.S.

Discuss using hip hop as social, economic change agent By Zenobia Jeffries DETROIT — Hip hop artists from across the continent of Africa recently visited the United States, some for the first time. Five members of the Hip Hop and Civic Engagement project attended various meetings and discussions with local hip hop artists, visited the city’s historical sites, local radio stations and recording studios Aug. ...

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Breakthrough for women in Senegal’s National Assembly

By Souleymane Faye   IPS/GIN DAKAR —A record number of women were sworn in as legislators as Senegal’s new parliament was inaugurated July 30. Sixty-four women now have seats in this West African country’s 150-member National Assembly, thanks to a law on gender parity. But the breakthrough made by women candidates has relaunched a debate on the quality of their work in the legislature. Elections to the Nati ...

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Drug trafficking explodes in ‘coup-prone’ Guinea Bissau

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN A massive drug trade in the West African coastal nation of Guinea Bissau is worrying world leaders at the United Nations. An international summit is being considered to see how democratic rule could be restored to the coup-prone nation. Military officers overthrew the last president, Raimundo Pereira, on April 12. About a quarter to two-thirds of the cocaine fro ...

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Ghana mourns the death of President John Atta Mills

Special to the NNPA from The Key Newsjournal Ghanaian President John Atta Mills died suddenly July 24 shortly after becoming ill, according to a statement by his office. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the President of the Republic of Ghana,” the statement said. No details of his illness were given. Mills was 68. Mills, who died in a hospital in the capital Accra, ...

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Nigeria and Ghana fastest growing economies

African Globe Nigeria and Ghana are among the three fastest growing markets in the world, a report released by Ernst and Young confirmed. “There is a mixed picture emerging across the world,” according to Ernst and Young’s quarterly Rapid-Growth Market Forecast (RGMF). “Although Asia is likely to lead the way, Africa remains resilient overall, with Ghana and Nigeria among the three fastest growing of the RG ...

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Second woman sentenced to death by stoning in Sudan

Trice Edney News Wire Rights groups are demanding a review of the sentence of stoning issued against a 23-year-old Sudanese woman, convicted of adultery. It is the second such case in recent months. Laila Ibrahim Issa Jamool is reportedly shackled at the ankles in detention with her six-month old baby at her side. The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), a local rights group, said he ...

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Kenya sponsors Mau Mau torture case against Britain

African Globe The Kenyan government has pledged to meet the cost of prosecuting a court case in London where Kenyan freedom fighters have sued the British government for torture during the suppression of the Mau Mau rebellion. The country’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on Friday that the claimants — four men and one woman in their 70s and 80s — had a genuine case in seeking compensation and a statement ...

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The great $6.8 billion Nigerian oil scandal

African Globe The revelation of gargantuan levels of corruption in the Nigerian government’s fuel subsidy program is sparking a groundswell of activity among opposition and civil society groups. Opposition politicians, civic activists and trade unionists have joined forces to demand action against grand corruption at the heart of government. They say it’s their biggest show of strength on Nigeria’s streets ...

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Mali and the collapse of nation-states

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA You may have missed this in the news but over the last several months the West African nation of Mali has been unraveling. There is very little attention in the mainstream media and the situation seems to move from bad to worse. The gist of the situation is that a revolt broke out in the northern part of Mali among the ethnic group known as the Touareg or Azawad. They are a Berber ...

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