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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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Ghanaian textilers demand end to Chinese knock-offs

Plagiarism by foreign manufacturers threatens to end Ghana’s standing as the maker of world-renowned textile patterns, while the country becomes an importer of its own imitated products, say local retailers. Artisans and retailers raised fears of their extinction due to the flood of cheap imports during a government-sponsored workshop for textile dealers. ...

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Principal pleads with kidnappers to release abducted girl students

While divers conducted their final searches in Korea for the high school students drowned in a misguided ferry excursion, in Nigeria, Principal Asabe Kwambula pleaded with kidnappers of over 100 high school girls to “have mercy on the students.” “I am pleading with the government to secure the release of the children, to save the lives of these innocents,” she said. “I am with the parents, praying continuou ...

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‘Lion of Zimbabwe’ recalls ‘Chimurenga’ on Independence Day

As Zimbabwe marks its 34th year of independence from colonialism, singer Thomas Mapfumo sent a salute “to the brave heroes and heroines who joined the war of liberation.” In a radio interview, Mapfumo — the “Lion of Zimbabwe” — recalled the time of the Independence War. “When we were singing — it was about freedom, justice, hence I coined my music “Chimurenga.” ...

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Beyond twists and dreadlocks: The military and the African predicament

Women of the Congressional Black Caucus recently asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider guidelines concerning hairstyles for military personnel. They were reacting to rules that, among other things prohibit dreadlocks and twists and styles that are “unkempt” or “matted.” In a letter, the Congresswomen said: “The use of words like ‘unkempt’ and ‘matted’ when referring to traditional hairstyles wor ...

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