Obama majority includes many who are yearning for real engagement with Africa

By George Bamu on November 12, 2012

The Denver Post

World Reacts to Obama Victory-

The recriminations are pouring in; Mitt Romney and the GOP lost the elections, big time. What’s the reason for the loss? Let’s take a look at what people are saying in America and beyond.

Many pundits, including those who wrongly predicted the outcome of the elections, attribute the main cause to changing U.S. demographics.  Ross Douthat, a conservative voice for the New York Times editorial pages calls this change, “The Obama Realignment.”

Douthat wrote, rather candidly on November 7, a day after the elections, “The age of Reagan is officially over, and the Obama majority is the only majority we have.” What a statement!…

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Opinion: U.S. Politics, Leave Mali Alone!

By George Bamu on October 27, 2012

BBC News/Getty Images

Mali’s civilian leader; President Dioncounda Traore (left) with Prime Minister Diarra

The idea that Mali is a snap shot of what goes on in Africa is a crazy one.  It’s a crazy idea because Mali is the newest impression when talk of Africa comes up at any moment. At least that’s what happens when Americans continue to see Africa from the lens of one fractured African nation.

Problem is, there are not many fractured or disintegrated African nations left in 2012.

By contract, most African nations today, two-thirds of which lie below the Sahara, are fully functional entities, with legitimate and stable governments and institutions in place.…

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If anything, what will the candidates say about sub-Saharan Africa?

By George Bamu on October 21, 2012

Freedom House

The last presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 will be heavy on foreign policy, we are told.  As Election Day in America draws closer and closer, “everyone” closely following the race, has their own questions for the presidential candidates.

On October 16, Freedom House, ‘an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world,” posed 16 sharp questions for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to answer. Freedom House did so in anticipation of what it thinks would be a much heated debate on Monday October 22 between the two candidates for the U.S. presidency.…

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Clinton, DNC, PEPFAR and the GOP

By George Bamu on September 27, 2012

New York Times

Former U.S. president, Bill Clinton at the 2012 DNC.

The first presidential debate between Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S elections is set for Wednesday, October 3 in Denver, Colorado.

As I have heard, for those of us who live and commute to work daily in Denver, we need to be prepared for the traffic nightmare that will happen from blocked streets and roads the day of the debate.

As Denver prepares for the historic event, we take a look back at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and examine former president, Bill Clinton’s speech during the convention and its connection to Republicans (GOP) and international affairs.…

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

By George Bamu on August 11, 2012


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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