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: 1/25/16 – 2/2/16

By George Bamu on February 2, 2016

Electricity grid-transmission lines

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, U.S. Commerce Secretary undertakes a fact-finding mission to Nigeria and Rwanda, Congress passes Electrify Africa Act, and Power Africa outlines a roadmap for the future.

  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Visits Nigeria and Rwanda on Fact-Finding Mission

U.S. Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker visited Nigeria, January 25, and Rwanda, January 27, in what was termed a fact-finding mission to both countries.

We’re told the Secretary’s delegation comprised of senior members of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA).…

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White House counselor John Podesta writes about Power Africa

By George Bamu on June 5, 2014

Developing access to electricity in Africa

Developing access to electricity in Africa

John Podesta, counselor to U.S. President, Barack Obama writes about Power Africa for the White House blog.

“President Obama launched Power Africa nearly one year ago to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa – electricity needed for students to succeed, businesses to thrive, and African economies to grow.”

In addition to listing the names of the 27 “Beyond the Grid” partners and examples of their commitment towards the initiative, Podesta states, “new distributed energy companies are now delivering clean, reliable energy in Africa at a competitive price point.”

Power Africa is a commitment by the U.S.…

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Bashir warrant arrest will serve neither peace nor justice

By George Bamu on March 23, 2009

Photo credits: BBC

According to Andrew Natsios, the arrest warrant issued by the UN calling for the arrest of Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir does not help the cause in that country. Please see the full article written by Mr. Natsios for the Council on Foreign Relations(CFR) below.

Waltz With Bashir
Andrew Natsios

ANDREW NATSIOS is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan in 2006–7.

Two weeks ago, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced what many had long clamored for: an order for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, whom it indicted in July for the atrocities his government committed against the people of Darfur.…

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