In Case You Missed It: 4/3/17 – 4/12/17

By George Bamu on April 12, 2017



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

As the global consumption of beer increases, production and sales from Africa see growth, and the U.S. Council of Foreign Relations writes about entrenched African leadership.

Africa Projected to Beat North America in Beer Sales by 2040

In the last several years there has been much talk about “Africa Rising” especially as it relates to business and investment in the African continent. While there is a slump in the prices of oil and commodities which fueled the economies of many countries, the trend is not dead just yet.…

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Obama’s Africa Visit was no “Guilt Trip”

By George Bamu on July 10, 2013

Bush and Obama at site of embassy bombing in Tanzainia
White House

Michelle and Barack Obama with the Zuma’s at the steps of the South African Union Building in Pretoria.

There is continuing talk about U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to sub Saharan Africa. The six-day trip, from June 27 to July 2, took Obama and his delegation to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

The three countries selected by the White House represent some of the continent’s most successful nations. So it was no coincidence that these countries were carefully selected to represent African success stories; and there are plenty of successful African nations in the 21st century.

But what long-term impact, tangible and intangible, might the trip  have on the lives of ordinary Africans on the continent after the media leaves once again?…

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Bashir warrant arrest will serve neither peace nor justice

By George Bamu on March 23, 2009

Photo credits: BBC

According to Andrew Natsios, the arrest warrant issued by the UN calling for the arrest of Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir does not help the cause in that country. Please see the full article written by Mr. Natsios for the Council on Foreign Relations(CFR) below.

Waltz With Bashir
Andrew Natsios

ANDREW NATSIOS is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan in 2006–7.

Two weeks ago, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced what many had long clamored for: an order for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, whom it indicted in July for the atrocities his government committed against the people of Darfur.…

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