By Sarah Ford on July 27, 2015
The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week brings controversy over President Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, an election outcome in Burundi and a U.S. visit by Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari.
1. President Barack Obama arrived in Ethiopia Sunday night in the final leg of his tour through Africa, a decision that has brought attention and some controversy from civil rights groups. Many civil rights group in Ethiopia do not hold hope that Obama’s visit will spur significant political change in human rights abuses, and U.S. activists have criticized the visit, though the U.S.…
By Alicia Houser on July 27, 2015
A map showing the countries where gay marriage is allowed or outlawed in Africa
A few weeks ago, as the result of a 5-4 ruling handed down by the Supreme Court, the United States legalized gay marriage.
As couples across America rushed to get married, African leaders carried about their days without comment on how this ruling might impact legislation within their own countries.
Across a continent where two countries enforce the death penalty for homosexual activity (Sudan and Mauritania), an expansion of homosexual rights still seems far off.
However, times are changing.
Even Uganda, whose boastful anti-gay laws led a cross-continent movement to penalize homosexuality, struck down their anti-gay laws last August based on the fact that the original law was passed without quorum.…
By George Bamu on July 25, 2015
A Kenya Defense Force soldier takes cover near the perimeter wall where attackers are holding up at a campus in Garissa
Every time U.S. President, Barack Obama makes a trip to the African continent something interesting happens. The media crowd, those who can’t stop saying negative things about the continent come out and begin their Africa mantra.
They did this during Obama’s first stop in the continent as president in 2009. They did it when he traveled to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa in 2013.
We are going to call this Afrikamania; a desire to discredit the continent, its people and make them look bad and helpless in the eyes of the world.…
By Sarah Ford on July 20, 2015
The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week saw the release of five jailed Ethiopian bloggers, banning of full face veils in Cameroon and the opening of sub-Saharan Africa’s first Starbucks.
1. Starbucks will open its first sub-Saharan Africa coffee shop in Johannesburg in 2016. Global Post writes that the increasing middle class in the region may be enough to sustain the new store.
2. In response to a terror attack last week that killed 13 people Cameroon has banned the wearing of the full-face veil in an attempt to identify possible terrorists.…