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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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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NGO’s reaching out to DU students and the community

By George Bamu on January 27, 2016

Africa Agenda

Attendees visit at various booths during an NGO symposium at the University of Denver International House, January 20

Within the many cities that make up the Denver metro area, it is common to find nonprofit organizations aka non-governmental organizations or NGO’s dotted all over the map.

These organizations traverse the vast international development landscape of Colorado. They are involved in activities in sometimes very remote and dangerous places in Asia, the African continent and Latin America.

For good or for bad–they are called NGO’s for a reason. They provide a special service to the communities in which they operate. …

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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 9/14/15 – 9/19/15

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on September 20, 2015

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

Drisa Dao/VOA News

Washington-based Burkina Faso citizens and friends of Burkina Faso demonstrate in front of the White House, Sept. 20, 2015.

1. Protesters demand end to military rule In Burkina Faso

At least three people are reported killed and more than 60 injured by troops in the African nation of Burkina Faso, according to the Reuters News Agency. This happened following demonstrations after a transitional government and its leaders were removed from office just weeks before scheduled elections on October 11.…

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‘Colorado is no exception to human trafficking,’ says Colo. Senate President, Morgan Carroll

By George Bamu on July 28, 2014

Morgan Carroll and Edith Okupa
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Participants at Restoration Project International Concert in Aurora. Saturday, July 26

The issue of human and sex trafficking is wide spread and has lots of consequences. That’s according to Senator Morgan Carroll who is President of the Colorado Senate. Carroll made the statement on Saturday, July 26 while speaking at a fundraising concert to combat human trafficking.

The event was organized by Denver-based non-profit Restoration Project International and held at Kingdom Connection Christian Church in Aurora. There is a link between human trafficking and sexual exploitation,’ according Restoration Project International.

In highlighting the problem through its website and community education efforts in Colorado, among other things, the organization tracts and monitors trafficking activities stemming from countries that have experienced war, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Darfur region of South Sudan.…

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Africa Agenda founder talks ‘Positive Media coverage of Africa’ with Denver Radio Host

By Africa Agenda on May 8, 2014

KGNU Metro Show
KGNU Radio

KGNU Metro Show

Regular Thursday Metro host Shareef Aleem is joined by George Bamu from Cameroon in a discussion about media coverage in Africa. Bamu heads the organization Africa Agenda. Africa Agenda organized an event at Community College of Aurora(CCA) 5/8 from 5-7pm in honor of World Free Press Day.

The CCA event brought together journalists, bloggers, community leaders, professors and lay people to discuss ways to tell better stories about Africa and ways to build partnerships that would better the community.

Thursday May 8, 2014 on KGNU 88.5 FM, Denver, Boulder, Nederland, Colorado
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Derrick Hudson: African nations not eager to take sides on Crimean crisis

By George Bamu on April 12, 2014

Ukraine Vote at the UN
United Nations

A U.N. General Assembly meeting on Crimea.

The recent Russian annexation of Crimea is a hot-button international issue that pits the West against Russia and has brought back memories of the Cold War. While this goes on, little attention has been paid to the position of many African nations on the issue.

Many of the countries which make up the African Union (AU) have been silent, and have said little publicly.

As I have been scouring the internet, listening to radio and watching TV and searching for information on where the AU countries stand on the matter, I have found very little.…

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“Africa Rising” phenomenon takes new turn: Japan Battles China in Africa

By George Bamu on March 30, 2014

Abe and Quattara
Newsweek/Getty Images

Ivory Coast President, Alassane Ouattara sitting with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe

Today I want to provide some up-to-date information–if you are not already aware–as it relates to trade and diplomacy between China, Japan and many countries in the African continent.

First is this story published by The Diplomat in January and picked up by the influential U.S. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

It is about the new tug of war between China and Japan, which has shifted territory into many African nations. While the two may be wrangling over territory in the China seas, both are said to be playing a trade game in Africa.…

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Fascinations with Captain Phillips, Lost Boys highlight ‘Danger of a Single African Story’

By George Bamu on March 1, 2014

The danger of a single African story
CBS News


It is becoming apparent that Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is a hero, if not a literary star, among today’s generation of young Africans.  Adichie’s “The danger of a Single Story,” a Ted Talk she gave in 2009 about the single African narrative portrayed by the media that focuses solely on poverty, destitution and hopelessness, has received more than 6 million views on the TedEx website. Another version on YouTube  has received over 1 million views.

Adichie, 36, rocketed to top of the world literary charts after the debut of the fictional novel “Purple Hibiscus” in 2003.…

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