In Case You Missed It: 3/27/17 – 4/2/17

By Raevyn Goates on April 3, 2017

Paul Ridgeway

A military drone

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

In this week’s news, United States President Donald Trump targets Somalia, the United Nations deals a blow to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a Nigerian pilot makes history.

US Orders Airstrikes in Somalia

In an effort to fight terrorism around the world, President Trump has approved airstrikes in Somalia. U.S. military airstrikes are usually carried out by drone, and have become a common tool in the effort to eradicate terrorism. The practice is controversial, and the controversy shows no sign of slowing down during the Trump presidency. …

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

By George Bamu on March 26, 2017


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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KETO FM, Africa-focused Radio, Coming to Metro Denver Airwaves

By George Bamu on September 28, 2016

KETO FM, Colorado, USA

As Colorado’s African community grows, the needs of the community have increased as well.

We’ve seen how American local governments, city council and municipalities around the area address these challenges of growth in Colorado, from boosting road infrastructure expenditures to addressing issues associated with housing.

For a community that has become woven into the fabric of the state’s most diverse city, this is an issue of which Aurora is keenly aware. So, officials have held meetings with leaders and other citizens geared toward integration as new people come into town.

How do you inform a community as diverse as Aurora, with people and languages from all corners of the world?…

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In Case You Missed It: 8/22/16 – 9/1/16

By George Bamu on September 2, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg dining with business and political leaders in Kenya

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

In this week’s news, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg visits Nigeria and Kenya, and African migrants flow into Mexico.

Mexico Issues Transit Visas to African Migrants

According to an Associated Press story reprinted by the Colorado Springs Gazette, authorities in Mexico have recently issued transit visas to an estimated 424 African migrants on their way to the United States.

The migrants are expected to apply for asylum in the United States when they get to the U.S.-Mexico border, the report states.…

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In Case You Missed It: 8/15/16 – 8/21/16

By Raevyn Goates on August 22, 2016

2016 Rio Olympics

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya

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

In this week’s news, Africa takes home the gold at the Olympics, an Olympian uses his win to protest violence in his home country, and John Kerry plans an Africa trip.

Ten Gold Medals Go to African Continent

The 2016 Olympics have concluded, and it’s time to look at the scores. Several African nations competed, bringing home a combined total of 44 medals for the continent, 10 of which were gold.

Kenya won the most medals of any African nation: they won 13 medals, 6 of which were gold.…

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In Case You Missed It: 12/28/15-1/3/16

By George Bamu on January 4, 2016

(AFP /Issouf Sanogo)

Central African presidential candidate Faustin Archange Touadera, pictured on December 28, 2015, garnered 23% of votes with a quarter of the ballots counted.

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up.

In this week’s news, elections in the Central African Republic bring hopes for reconciliation, Cameroon’s President thanks the U.S. for their help in the fight against Boko Haram, and Somalia’s al-Shabab group uses footage of U.S. presidential candidate, Donald Trump in a propaganda video.

  1.  Central African Republic Decides

After more than two years of civil conflict and instability, the citizens of the Central African Republic (CAR) went to the polls, December 30 in presidential and parliamentary elections.…

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A Look at Media Coverage of the European Migration Crisis

By Allison Sanders on November 8, 2015

Carmelo Imbesi/Time/AP

Migrants wait to disembark from the Irish Navy vessel LE Niamh at the Messina harbor in Sicily, Italy, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.

This post begins a series of analyses of migration crisis media coverage in French-speaking news outlets.

In order to properly analyze the media coverage of this issue, this first article aims to provide a very general overview of the ongoing crisis. While the complexity of the migration crisis cannot be overstated, certain key facts can present information essential to beginning to understand the magnitude of this catastrophe.

The media coverage analyzed in this article is from French-speaking media sources in order to represent this widely used, official language of many African countries.

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In Case You Missed It 10/26/15 – 11/1/15

By Raevyn Goates on November 2, 2015


Ugandans drink a home-brewed drink known as “Malwa.” As the African economy grows, home-brews like Malwa may be on the way out.

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up.

This week brings news of a beer merger which impacts consumers in Africa, a change in AGOA trade benefits, and terror in Somalia.


  1. Beer Merger Hints at Economic Change

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $100 Billion for rival SABMiller in Africa. Currently, many Africans drink cheap, home-brewed drinks. Anheuser-Busch sees these people as potential customers, and hopes to cash in on growing African economies.…

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In Case You Missed It 10/19/15 to 10/25/15

By George Bamu on October 26, 2015

Financial Times

A protester displays a placard which says “The Congo is not the property of N’Guesso.”

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up.

This week we look at a story with concerns for Africa’s dwindling middle class, an editorial reminds Obama about his own statements, a big headline about a Canadian first, and another African leader attempts an extension of his time in office.

1. African middle class may be disappearing, according to The Economist

The Economist magazine prognosticates about an emerging African middle class even while it remains thin.…

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In Case You Missed It 9/7/15 – 9/13/15

By Raevyn Goates on September 14, 2015

Mark Thiessen, National Geographic

A reconstruction of H. naledi, a new hominin species discovered in South Africa.

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up.

This week brings news of a newly discovered human ancestor, Nigeria’s new World Trade Center, and a new diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Somalia.

  1. Scientists in South Africa announced that they have discovered a new human ancestor. The ancestor has been named Homo naledi,  and it could potentially rewrite what we know about human evolution. H. naledi had a mix of modern and primitive traits, and there is evidence that they buried their dead.

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