Trump administration ready to disengage from the African continent

By George Bamu on March 5, 2017

The New York Times

A rail project by a Chinese construction company in Lagos, Nigeria in 2015. The Trump transition team asks, “How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?”

This week we learned the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump has proposed a budget that would cut foreign aid drastically. The issues, facts, and implications of decisions made under the administration are inescapable.

The State Department, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would be greatly impacted by these cuts. If you are not aware, the State Department shapes U.S.…

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In Case You Missed It: 1/23/17 -1/29/17

By Raevyn Goates on January 31, 2017

Carl de Souza/Getty Images

President Adama Barrow of the Gambia returns home after his predecessor finally steps down.

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

In this week’s news, the Gambia’s new president comes home, African clinics face tough times, and one of African literature’s most important voices passes away.

Adama Barrow officially becomes President of the Gambia

A week after he was supposed to give up power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh finally stepped down, allowing his successor, Adama Barrow, to take over. Barrow had defeated Jammeh in an election last december, but Jammeh, who ruled for 22 years, refused to accept the results.…

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Lest We Forget: There Is An Obama Legacy for the African Continent

By George Bamu on January 2, 2017

Reuters/Newsweek

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a roundtable discussion with civil society leaders in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 26, 2015. Obama has sought to engage African leaders to help themselves during his presidency.

As Donald Trump prepares to to assume the U.S. presidency, we are continuing to look back at the important legacy of Barack Obama and his administration vis-à-vis the African continent.

On November 8, 2016, the election of Trump as the 45th president of the United States shook the world. Many people from the African continent who I spoke with the day of the election and in the weeks after, have told me how they experienced nightmares following the shocking decision by American voters.…

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U.S. Election 2016: The African Continent Reacts to A Trump Victory

By George Bamu on November 9, 2016

Voice of America

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga speaking to U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec during an election results watch breakfast at the ambassador’s home in Nairobi, Nov. 9, 2016.

In the United States, the reaction to victory on Election Day by the Republican (GOP) candidate, Donald Trump was swift.  While many Democrats were stunned that their candidate, former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, failed to gain the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the presidency, GOP faithful rallied to praise Trump.

Cable News Network (CNN) reported there were protests in at least 7 U.S. cities on November 9,  the day after the election.…

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Africans Make A Mockery of “Rigged U.S. Election 2016”

By George Bamu on October 28, 2016

NPR/Getty Images

(Left) Donald Trump (Right) Hillary Clinton

Earlier during the U.S. primary elections, a prelude to the general election process, I said that with Donald Trump, the U.S. may be experiencing the bitter taste of its own democracy medicine. As you may know, with that democracy comes freedom of expression, freedom to choice, assembly, all ingredients that make for a free society.

Trump, the Republican candidate for the American presidency, has not only been shunned by the so-called establishment of his party, he succeeded in turning American politics upside-down. This phenomenon has been much food for thought and discussion on the internet.…

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In Case You Missed It: 8/08/16 – 8/15/16

By George Bamu on August 16, 2016

Reuters

PF supporters in Lusaka celebrate while holding a portrait of Lungu

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

In this week’s news, Zambians go to the polls, and an editor looks at the 2016 U.S. election and its likely impact on the African continent.

Edgar Lundu Declared Winner of Contested Zambia Election

After tensions and calls for a recount of the vote, Zambian leader Edgar Lundu was declared winner of the August 11 elections.

The Zambia Electoral Commission declared Lundu winner on Monday, August 15 via a live broadcast to the country. The incumbent president, representing the Patriotic Front Party, won the close and hotly contested vote by 50.3 percent.…

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Democrats, GOP Say They’ll Work with the African continent. Now what?

By George Bamu on August 1, 2016

Stephen Lam/Reuters

Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally in Redding, California. Trevor Noah, the South African comedian, has compared Trump to an African president.

The Republican (GOP) and Democratic national political conventions were interesting. Of equal interest was the near absence of anything African in them.

More broadly—while the conventions illuminated the vast differences between Democrats and Republicans in America, at least with an unusual nominee on the GOP side, they spelled out where both parties would like to take the country when it comes to domestic and foreign policy matters.

I have been particularly curious to find anything–the connotations, subtleties, correlations, anecdotes, parallels, and references to the African continent, while the two dominant political parties in America held their big nominating conventions.…

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With Election 2016, U.S. Democracy, Journalistic Ethics, Fall Short

By George Bamu on March 26, 2016

Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters

Demonstrators cheer after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump canceled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago March 11

The very brutal politics which we’ve seen in the primary process to elect the next U.S. president has left millions of people in the U.S. and around the world spelled bound. It’s been especially rough on the battlefield where the Republicans (GOP), and Democrats to a lesser extent, are waging a new kind of politics.

Also it’s been said that this is a consequential election in American history, with ramifications that touch on many areas of public life, domestic and foreign.…

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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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As the world watches: Questions for the GOP

By George Bamu on September 15, 2015

CNN
On Wednesday, September 16, the Republican candidates for president of the United States will engage in a much anticipated debate on CNN. Similar to the August 6 debate on Fox News, the CNN debate will be historic. The ratings are expected to hit the skies and bring in millions of dollars for the people at CNN.

This debate is not just about who the next U.S. president will be and what that person will do when they assume office. There are also questions about TV ratings, advertisement and the money it brings to news organizations, which leads to the heart of another issue– how the for-profit media in America really functions.…

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