U.S. Election 2016: The African Continent Reacts to A Trump Victory

By George Bamu on November 9, 2016

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Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga speaking to U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec during an election results watch breakfast at the ambassador’s home in Nairobi, Nov. 9, 2016.

In the United States, the reaction to victory on Election Day by the Republican (GOP) candidate, Donald Trump was swift.  While many Democrats were stunned that their candidate, former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, failed to gain the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the presidency, GOP faithful rallied to praise Trump.

Cable News Network (CNN) reported there were protests in at least 7 U.S. cities on November 9,  the day after the election.…

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Africans Make A Mockery of “Rigged U.S. Election 2016”

By George Bamu on October 28, 2016

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(Left) Donald Trump (Right) Hillary Clinton

Earlier during the U.S. primary elections, a prelude to the general election process, I said that with Donald Trump, the U.S. may be experiencing the bitter taste of its own democracy medicine. As you may know, with that democracy comes freedom of expression, freedom to choice, assembly, all ingredients that make for a free society.

Trump, the Republican candidate for the American presidency, has not only been shunned by the so-called establishment of his party, he succeeded in turning American politics upside-down. This phenomenon has been much food for thought and discussion on the internet.…

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In Case You Missed It: 8/08/16 – 8/15/16

By George Bamu on August 16, 2016


PF supporters in Lusaka celebrate while holding a portrait of Lungu

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

In this week’s news, Zambians go to the polls, and an editor looks at the 2016 U.S. election and its likely impact on the African continent.

Edgar Lundu Declared Winner of Contested Zambia Election

After tensions and calls for a recount of the vote, Zambian leader Edgar Lundu was declared winner of the August 11 elections.

The Zambia Electoral Commission declared Lundu winner on Monday, August 15 via a live broadcast to the country. The incumbent president, representing the Patriotic Front Party, won the close and hotly contested vote by 50.3 percent.…

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Democrats, GOP Say They’ll Work with the African continent. Now what?

By George Bamu on August 1, 2016

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Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally in Redding, California. Trevor Noah, the South African comedian, has compared Trump to an African president.

The Republican (GOP) and Democratic national political conventions were interesting. Of equal interest was the near absence of anything African in them.

More broadly—while the conventions illuminated the vast differences between Democrats and Republicans in America, at least with an unusual nominee on the GOP side, they spelled out where both parties would like to take the country when it comes to domestic and foreign policy matters.

I have been particularly curious to find anything–the connotations, subtleties, correlations, anecdotes, parallels, and references to the African continent, while the two dominant political parties in America held their big nominating conventions.…

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With Election 2016, U.S. Democracy, Journalistic Ethics, Fall Short

By George Bamu on March 26, 2016

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Demonstrators cheer after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump canceled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago March 11

The very brutal politics which we’ve seen in the primary process to elect the next U.S. president has left millions of people in the U.S. and around the world spelled bound. It’s been especially rough on the battlefield where the Republicans (GOP), and Democrats to a lesser extent, are waging a new kind of politics.

Also it’s been said that this is a consequential election in American history, with ramifications that touch on many areas of public life, domestic and foreign.…

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Debate Scorecard: Democrats Edge out GOP on Issues Relating to Africa

By Raevyn Goates on March 15, 2016

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton shake hands during the 3rd Democratic debate in New Hampshire.

As the 2016 United States presidential primary elections continue, there are a lot of things on everyone’s mind: issues such as health care, terrorism, immigration reform, and taxes; as well as questions about how to support a particular candidate.

This election season has been particularly chaotic, sometimes stressful, and full with opinion, information, misinformation, and emotion.

However, despite the plurality of issues, the candidates’ focus on them have depended on their political party, personal ideas, and what they perceive as important to the voters.…

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