Think you know Africa?

By George Bamu on November 30, 2013

South Africa

While perusing the web for African news, I stumbled upon something interesting. A quiz to test my knowledge of the continent. Surprisingly I did really well.  No bragging rights to this. How well do you know the continent? Let’s start with this question.

[Credit] Christian Science Monitor

Which African city is pictured in the photo on this blog post? You may or may not know the answer, but don’t worry. The Christian Science Monitor designed this quiz as a way to help us learn more about the continent.

I have to say,  The Science Monitor does a pretty good job reporting about Africa through The Africa Monitor Blog.…

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DU honors Bush for his work in Zambia

By George Bamu on September 14, 2013

Bush at DU Dinner
DU Today

Former U.S. President, George W. Bush chatting with the Dean of the Korbel school, Christopher Hill.

Since leaving office in 2009, former U.S. President George W. Bush has been busy doing many things, including humanitarian work in Southern Africa.

Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, have been traveling back and forth to Zambia, where they have setup a clinic to help in the fight against cervical cancer in the country.

Bush is also doing work on Malaria and HIV/AIDS in neighboring Botswana.

For this work and other humanitarian work he did while still president, the University of Denver (DU) Josef Korbel School of International Studies honored Bush with a Global Service Award at its annual Korbel Dinner on September 9.…

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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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America or China. Who will win the battle for Africa’s heart?

By George Bamu on August 2, 2012

POLITICO

U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton with Senegalese President, Macky Sall

A lot of news has been reported about the work that the Chinese are doing in Africa. Granted, these are well researched news reports from trusted sources. The news has come from the likes of The Economist, BBC, Washington Post, New York Times, Fortune, Newsweek, Time and many others. These publications are read and taken seriously by the public.

And the news that is conveyed in these publications is getting better by the day, especially about the huge transformation that is taking place in Africa, thanks in some measure to investments from world powers such as the U.S.…

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NPR describes Botswana’s response to HIV/AIDS as remarkable

By George Bamu on July 10, 2012

HIV-AIDS prevention campaign in Botswana

Discussion about a nation crippled by disease is not good news, but news reports about that nation overcoming the challenges posed by disease is welcome news. The news that the nation of Botswana is moving past the odds that were stacked against it just a decade ago is certainly encouraging to many around the world.

National Public Radio’s Jason Beaubien reports that the nation “has one of the most comprehensive and effective HIV treatment programs in Africa.”

It is a feat characterized as a “stunning achievement ” for the country.

How did Botswana do this and what are the lessons to be learned from the country?…

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Outcry about poor coverage of Africa by Western media may be paying off

By George Bamu on July 7, 2012

AP

A vendor sells newspapers at an intersection in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It has long been a point of contention within many African communities both at home and abroad that coverage of Africa by Western news media is largely biased, if not fractured.

It’s a fractured view and image of an estimated one billion inhabitants of Africa, living in 54 nations; from the North, West, East and Southern Africa.

The outcry has been consistent, with many Africans taking up opportunities to change perceptions about Africa with actions of various sorts. These actions include the drumming up of support to change behaviors towards Africans, the starting of media organizations that specialize in news coverage about Africa, commentaries and books about the issue.…

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush opens a clinic in Zambia.

By George Bamu on July 4, 2012

POLITICO

Former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Zambia

According to the political website POLITICO, former president George W. Bush is spending time in Africa and championing efforts in the detection and treatment of cervical cancer.

According to POLITICO, Mr. Bush and his wife, former U.S. first lady Laura Bush are traveling between Zambia and Botswana for this effort.

Mike Allen, chief White House correspondent for POLITICO writes that “the cervical-cancer project is a collaboration among his George W. Bush institute, the U.S. government and the private sector.”

While he was president, Bush received much praise for his efforts in helping fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.…

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Derrick Hudson: South Sudan more than a story about war

By George Bamu on April 15, 2012

SouthSudan.net

A South Sudanese airstrip facing refurbishment

Derrick Hudson is a professor at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado

“I am essentially exploring, at the moment, how South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan are going to divide the debt that they accumulated when they were one entity.” Hudson said.

The country would have qualified for debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC) and have a substantial portion of its debt forgiven, but currently does not quality because of its huge oil wealth.

Established as a joint initiative of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1996, HIPC works at “ensuring that no poor country faces a debt burden it cannot manage.”

South Sudan is facing a huge debt challenge it cannot manage, but sits on huge oil reserves.…

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