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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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‘The Lone Star Forever’

By David C. Butty As the Republic of Liberia, Africa’s oldest politically independent nation celebrates July 26 its 165th anniversary as a nation, we must recognize that much has been gained over the years in one of the oldest African republics in the world. Liberia made history by electing Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as the first woman president on the African continent. But one thing remains the same: the natio ...

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Just-ended trial of Congolese warlord blasted for sloppy handling

Global Information Network During some of the deadliest years of the inter-ethnic wars in Africa’s eastern Congo, rebel leader Thomas Lubanga went door to door, taking children as young as 10-years-old and sending them to the battlefield, to carry guns, shoot and kill as part of his Union of Congolese Patriots rebel militia. Lubanga’s FPLC was one of six militia groups, which fought for control of the gold- ...

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Mandela’s birthday clouded by leaked e-mail from Winnie to ANC

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN As preparations get underway for the 94th birthday of former president Nelson Mandela on July 18, hurt and angry feelings were expressed by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who claimed “shabby treatment” by the ruling ANC party. The Mail & Guardian newspaper reported that Madikizela-Mandela accused the ANC of disrespecting the Mandela family and of “never having a ...

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South Sudan one year on from independence

IRIN JUBA — As South Sudan marks its first year of independence July 9, room for optimism looks limited: the economy is in free-fall, development plans are on hold as humanitarian crises take precedence and there is a real fear of a major escalation of hostilities with Sudan. IRIN takes a look at some of the key challenges facing the world’s newest country, one still struggling to emerge from the devastatio ...

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Senegal’s new president launches anti-corruption crusade

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN DAKAR — Senegal’s new President Macky Sall is shaking up government with a clean sweep of former officials in the cabinet of ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, who faces charges of corruption. Ousmane Ngom, a former minister of ex-President Wade was among those detained. His arrest in southern Senegal took place while he campaigned for July 1 legislative polls. After ...

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Mombasa steels itself for attacks

IRIN MOMBASA — Following three grenade attacks in recent months and a U.S. “terror” alert, residents of the coastal Kenyan city of Mombasa are bracing themselves for the possibility of yet more violence; local leaders are working toward better disaster preparedness and improvements in the emergency services. Three people lost their lives after a grenade attack on a bar in the Mshomoroni area of Mombasa June ...

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Newfound interest in Africa

By James Clingman NNPA Have you noticed all the current efforts to promote business opportunities in Africa? I sure have. Have you wondered how now, all of a sudden, so much emphasis is being placed on Africa by politicians? I sure have. Have you seen and heard about conferences and initiatives taking place across this nation that stress the importance of business connections with the Motherland? I have, to ...

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