Trump “Slash-and-Burn” Africa Policy “will spare” HIV/AIDS Programs

By George Bamu on March 26, 2017

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People read a Kenyan daily newspaper with the front page showing newly elected US President Donald Trump in Nairobi on November 10, 2016.

The sad thing about the 2016 U.S. Election is not that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States; it is that the new administration may be abandoning the African continent.  And the damages caused by the new U.S. administration continue.

The other news is that China and other big powers have stepped in to fill the leadership void in the international system.

I wrote earlier about the Trump administration’s Africa policy, which some experts describe as “non-existent.”

As noted, the administration has proposed a stringent budget which aims to cut foreign aid drastically as it applies to the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).…

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What Can Official Visits Tell Us About U.S.-Africa Relations?

By Raevyn Goates on August 12, 2016

Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta take part in a ceremony during Obama’s visit to Kenya in July of 2015.

As U.S. President Barack Obama’s presidency winds down, we at Africa Agenda feel it is important to look back at what he and his administration did – or didn’t do – for the African continent over the past 8 years or so.

Obama himself is half African; born to a Kenyan father and an American mother. It stands to reason that, from a personal standpoint, he would be invested in the welfare of the continent. Indeed, Obama did have aspirations for the continent from early on.…

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Why The Next U.S. President Should Forge Stronger Ties with Africa

By Raevyn Goates on April 8, 2016

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Nigerians Vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, in the Country’s March 2015 Presidential Elections

For the seven years or so that he’s been in office, U.S. President, Barack Obama has focused on the African continent. This is something that is not talked about much, despite such accomplishments as holding the first US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in 2014. Before him, President George W. Bush was praised for his Africa policy.

Since the beginning of the 2016 U.S. election season we at Africa Agenda have paid attention to Africa-related issues that have come up in the debates, interviews and town-hall meetings in which the candidates have participated.…

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Ignoring Africa during U.S. Elections won’t make it go away

By George Bamu on August 11, 2012

AP

Barack Obama/Mitt Romney

As Election Day in America draws close, U.S. voters are asking their candidates for office all sorts of questions. Some are questions the candidates and their campaigns don’t like or want to address right now. For example: What would you do about too many guns in the hands of Americans. That’s the question that has popped up in reaction to the recent shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin.

Yet, the ears of the world is tuned in to U.S. politics, as people listen and watch the spectacle of American democracy in action, the attack ads in the media, the machinations of Super PACs and money wars, plus the will of voters to vote as they please, to elect the leader of the free world.…

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The idea that Africa is booming is hot and sexy

By George Bamu on July 12, 2012

Foreign Policy

News that Africa is booming is going mainstream.  At least that is the point that is discerned when major U.S. print and broadcasting outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, The Atlantic,  Christian Science Monitor and NPR pick up on news of transformation that is taking place in continental Africa. These organizations are devoting more space to coverage of Africa in new and substantive ways.

But saying that Africa is experiencing progress may not be news after all. Actually, things have “revved up” economically, politically and otherwise in Africa for quite a while. It is people on the ground in Africa, American reporters, economists and experts who are giving us this information.…

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Outcry about poor coverage of Africa by Western media may be paying off

By George Bamu on July 7, 2012

AP

A vendor sells newspapers at an intersection in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It has long been a point of contention within many African communities both at home and abroad that coverage of Africa by Western news media is largely biased, if not fractured.

It’s a fractured view and image of an estimated one billion inhabitants of Africa, living in 54 nations; from the North, West, East and Southern Africa.

The outcry has been consistent, with many Africans taking up opportunities to change perceptions about Africa with actions of various sorts. These actions include the drumming up of support to change behaviors towards Africans, the starting of media organizations that specialize in news coverage about Africa, commentaries and books about the issue.…

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