Trump administration ready to disengage from the African continent

By George Bamu on March 5, 2017

The New York Times

A rail project by a Chinese construction company in Lagos, Nigeria in 2015. The Trump transition team asks, “How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?”

This week we learned the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump has proposed a budget that would cut foreign aid drastically. The issues, facts, and implications of decisions made under the administration are inescapable.

The State Department, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would be greatly impacted by these cuts. If you are not aware, the State Department shapes U.S.…

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In Case You Missed It: 2/21/17 – 2/27/17

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on March 2, 2017

Konbini.com

17 year-old Nij Collins is a winner of the Google Code-In competition.

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news,  Nij Collins of Cameroon wins Google Code-In competition, the 19th Africa Energy Forum dates are confirmed, and South Africa remains in the International Criminal Court despite President Zuma’s notice of withdrawal.

Google Code-In competition sees first black-African winner

The Google Code-In competition is an open source project for pre-university applicants. Participants are required to be currently enrolled in a pre-university program, between the ages of 13 and 17 years old and a possess a willingness to learn.…

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In Case You Missed It: 10/24/16 – 10/30/16

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on October 31, 2016

Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Project

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news, Kenya is set to have the largest wind farm on the continent and the International Criminal Court loses Burundi, Gambia and South Africa.

Kenya to host largest wind farm in Africa

There has been an influx of energy investment toward the African continent. The Lake Turkana Wind Project (LTWP) covers 40,000 acres and is set to be the largest wind farm on the continent by June 2017. This stems from the global push to move from existing conventional power generation toward renewable energy.…

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In Case You Missed It: 8/1/16-8/7/16

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on August 9, 2016

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa

In this week’s news, 54 countries are represented at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and President Obama speaks to the Young African Leaders Initiative.

Fifty-Four African Nations Attending Rio Olympics

Of the 54 African countries competing in this years’ Olympics, only one team contends under the Olympic flag.

This is the first year that a team of refugees from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia will be represented. This is an opportunity to send a worldwide message of hope and persistence where a group of 10 athletes will be competing in three sports.

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In Case You Missed It: 7/18/16-7/24/16

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on July 26, 2016

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news, Bill Gates invests $5 billion into the African continent and a look into the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Bill Gates to invest $5 billion into the African continent over the next 5 years

Bill Gates, the founder of American tech giant Microsoft,  will visit the African continent this month, taking his tour across multiple countries.

At the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa on July 17, Gates delivered a speech in which he said he wants to find innovative solutions to the problems that prevent people from making the most of their lives in developing countries.…

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Obama Delivers Final State of the Union – What Does it Mean for Africa?

By Raevyn Goates on January 15, 2016

Evan Vucci/AP

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 12, 2016.

United States President, Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12.

In his speech, Obama focused on a number of ideas, including the fact that America has never stopped being great, that diplomacy is a better way to deal with conflict, and that all Americans – regardless of differences in their religion, origin, or political ideology – need to work together to improve the country and the world.

Barring all political spin, it was a good, inspiring speech that reminded us that America has has done great things in the past, and it is capable of doing great things in the future.…

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A Look at Gay Rights Across Africa

By Alicia Houser on July 27, 2015

Africa Agenda

A map showing the countries where gay marriage is allowed or outlawed in Africa

A few weeks ago, as the result of a 5-4 ruling handed down by the Supreme Court, the United States legalized gay marriage.

As couples across America rushed to get married, African leaders carried about their days without comment on how this ruling might impact legislation within their own countries.

Across a continent where two countries enforce the death penalty for homosexual activity (Sudan and Mauritania), an expansion of homosexual rights still seems far off.

However, times are changing.

Even Uganda, whose boastful anti-gay laws led a cross-continent movement to penalize homosexuality, struck down their anti-gay laws last August based on the fact that the original law was passed without quorum.…

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In Case You Missed It: 7/13/15 – 7/19/15

By Sarah Ford on July 20, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week saw the release of five jailed Ethiopian bloggers, banning of full face veils in Cameroon and the opening of sub-Saharan Africa’s first Starbucks. 

Starbucks

1. Starbucks will open its first sub-Saharan Africa coffee shop in Johannesburg in 2016. Global Post writes that the increasing middle class in the region may be enough to sustain the new store.

2. In response to a terror attack last week that killed 13 people Cameroon has banned the wearing of the full-face veil in an attempt to identify possible terrorists.…

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In Case You Missed It 6/29/15 – 7/5/15

By Sarah Ford on July 7, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. In the past week, a controversial vote was made in Burundi, another case of Ebola confirmed in Liberia and a victory for LGBT rights in Mozambique. 

1. While the U.S. celebrates a victory for LGBTQ couples in a landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide, Mozambique made its own steps forward. A new penal code decriminalized same-sex relationships, overthrowing colonial-era laws. While the change shows movement in a positive direction, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria and Uganda, continue to support laws criminalizing LGBT relationships.…

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Africa VS the ICC – Are there more war criminals in Africa?

By Sarah Crozier on June 26, 2015

AP

An aircraft said to be carrying Mr Bashir takes off from an air base near Pretoria on Monday

Al-Bashir has escaped the clutches of the International Criminal Court (ICC) … again.

Leaving South Africa on his private jet after attending the African Union Summit last week, the President of Sudan, accused of war crimes over his conduct in the Darfur region, somehow felt safe enough to attend an event hosted by a signatory to the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the ICC in 2002.

So what is the deal? Are Africans willfully ignoring the ICC, or is the ICC just that incompetent?…

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