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With over 1,000 infected, can the Ebola virus be stopped?

(GIN) — As an Ebola epidemic sweeps relentlessly across West African borders, with the death toll topping 600, some are now asking if the virus can be stopped. The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has been called the deadliest in recorded history, with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the World Health Organization declaring the situation out of control.  The skyro ...

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French firm loses bid to own Africa’s ‘Rooibos’ trademark

(GIN) — South African tea planters won a major victory over European and U.S. tea dealers recently. They defeated efforts by a French firm to gain control of the name “Rooibos” — a popular tea that grows in South Africa — by trademarking it abroad.  Under the agreement, Rooibos, which means “red bush” in Afrikaans, will refer to tea grown in the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape where it’s been farmed ...

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Moment of silence for air crash victims at opening of AIDS CONFAB

The AIDS activist community shared a moment of silence in remembrance of the six leaders in AIDS research who perished last week in an aircraft explosion. Among the dead was Joep Lange, a leading expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy and once called “the father of AIDS research in developing countries.” Former head of the International AIDS Society and executive scientific director of the Amsterdam ...

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Niger jails protestors asking to see French mining contract details

Nigerien activists planning peaceful demonstrations during a recent visit of French President Francois Hollande found themselves in custody after police raided homes including that of Ali Idrissa, national coordinator of the Publish What You Pay coalition. The protestors were demanding to see the terms of a new uranium extraction contract between Niger and the French state-owned nuclear company Areva. “This ...

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Girl summit to take up Ethiopian ‘Maid Trade’ and its child brides

At a girl summit July 22 in London, the Overseas Development Institute spoke out against a growing trend of young girls pushed to marry at 14 and then swiftly divorced, trapped in a cycle of child labor in order to send money to their parents in Ethiopia. The U.K.-based ODI warned parents who see their daughters as commodities are pushing record numbers of girls into abusive early marriages. Some 39,000 chi ...

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In Brazil, soccer may star, but social issues set the stage

I have always been infatuated with Brazilian soccer, as well as Brazilian culture. As a die-hard soccer fan and a Greek American, when the opportunity came for me to see the United States and Greece play in the World Cup, I jumped at the opportunity. Planning my trip, I began to learn about the public unrest in Brazil surrounding the World Cup and upcoming Olympics. While as an activist in organized labor I ...

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Connecting the dots throughout the world

The idea hit me during the International Panel at our 22nd Annual Conference in Chicago last week. Speaking on the panel were National Black Chamber of Commerce members from Colombia, Benin, Ghana, Suriname, Ethiopia and France. Ghana, France and Suriname have participated at previous conferences. It was Colombia’s first and they were given an NBCC board seat (Juan Camilo Cabezas) for their effort in formin ...

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