Obama Delivers Final State of the Union – What Does it Mean for Africa?

By Raevyn Goates on January 15, 2016

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 12, 2016.

United States President, Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12.

In his speech, Obama focused on a number of ideas, including the fact that America has never stopped being great, that diplomacy is a better way to deal with conflict, and that all Americans – regardless of differences in their religion, origin, or political ideology – need to work together to improve the country and the world.

Barring all political spin, it was a good, inspiring speech that reminded us that America has has done great things in the past, and it is capable of doing great things in the future.…

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In Case You Missed It: 11/23/15 – 11/29/15

By Raevyn Goates on November 30, 2015

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, Pope Francis visits Africa, the citizens of Burkina Faso cast their votes, and the WHO is criticized for their Ebola response.

AFP

Crowds cheer for Pope Francis in Uganda.

Pope Francis Visits Africa

Pope Francis embarked on a six-day mission to Africa this week, visiting the countries of Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic. The Pope – who was enthusiastically greeted by crowds wherever he went – went to Africa to promote peace and urge politicians to act responsibly.…

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In Case You Missed It 11/2/15 – 11/8/15

By Raevyn Goates on November 9, 2015

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

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Morocco is currently building the world’s largest solar power plant.

This week brings news of the world’s largest solar power plant, an African data boom, record numbers of African immigrants in the US, and another victory over Ebola.

  1. Morocco to Build World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Morocco is currently building the world’s largest solar power plant. The 30 square kilometer plant is being built near the city of Ouarzazate. The first phase of the building will be complete next week, and when the entire plant is completed in 2018, it will provide power to more than 1.1 million Moroccans.…

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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.

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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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In Case You Missed It 8/24/15 – 8/30/15

By Raevyn Goates on September 1, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week brings news of an economic slowdown, a victory for Kenya’s athletes, a setback for Sierra Leone in the battle against Ebola, and Chad’s crackdown on Boko Haram terrorists.

Asbel Kiprop won the gold in the 1500m event at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

1. African Economies Slow Down

Due to economic hardships around the world, the growth rate of the economies of African countries has slowed down this year.

GDP growth in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other countries have fallen by approximately 1%.…

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In Case You Missed It 6/29/15 – 7/5/15

By Sarah Ford on July 7, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. In the past week, a controversial vote was made in Burundi, another case of Ebola confirmed in Liberia and a victory for LGBT rights in Mozambique. 

1. While the U.S. celebrates a victory for LGBTQ couples in a landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide, Mozambique made its own steps forward. A new penal code decriminalized same-sex relationships, overthrowing colonial-era laws. While the change shows movement in a positive direction, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria and Uganda, continue to support laws criminalizing LGBT relationships.…

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Disease and Wildlife: Can African Reports Offer More?

By Sarah Crozier on April 19, 2015

CBS News

Correspondent Lara Logan from the 60 Minutes Ebola Report

CBS’s 60 Minutes has an “African problem.” After being lambasted three weeks ago in a public letter to the organization, penned by Columbia School of Journalism professor and former New York Times reporter Howard French and signed by over 150 other journalists and professors, CBS is struggling to defend its coverage of the Ebola outbreak.

The letter criticizes 60 Minutes Correspondent Lara Logan’s report saying, “In that broadcast, Africans were reduced to the role of silent victims.”

The basis of the complaint is Logan’s piece. In reporting on Liberian Ebola victims, she never actually interviews them or their national counterparts in the health field.…

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Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock, pleased with global Ebola response

By George Bamu on March 30, 2015

Africa Agenda

Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock speaking at an Ebola Eradication Campaign Gala in Denver, March 19.

The devastation caused by the Ebola crisis in West Africa is unimaginable. That is the bad news.

The good news is that the region is seeing a decline in deaths associated with the disease and the infection rate continues to go down. In Sierra Leone, the get -to-zero Ebola Campaign aims to bring the infection rate to zero within 60 days.

But we are also being told–it’s not over yet. That is because while there is a decline in infection rates and deaths, new cases continue to emerge.…

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At year-end news brief, Obama strikes note of optimism on Ebola, America

By George Bamu on December 28, 2014

Obama Year-End News Conference

The White House

The pandemonium about Ebola in West Africa and the potential ripple effects it created in the United States and around the world may have subsided.

While the dangers remain, there is hope on the horizon.

Speaking during his traditional end-of-year news conference December 19, U.S. President–Barack Obama noted that,  ‘America knows how to solve problems, and when we work together, we can’t be stopped”

In his opening remarks, among other things, Obama noted that America is leading the global fight to deal with the Ebola crisis in West Africa. ‘We are leading the global fight to combat Ebola in in West Africa, and we are preventing an outbreak from taking place here at home”

Ebola: America Solves Problems

‘Through persistent effort and faith in the American people, things get better.’

Saying this seemed to be the general theme for his year-end message, the President beckoned the press corps to continue to report about these issues, even when things seem like they are ‘popping.’ Some of those things include race relations in the U.S.…

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It’s tempting to jump into the Ebola fray…

By George Bamu on October 13, 2014

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It’s tempting to jump into the Ebola fray these days. The news about the spread of the disease in “West Africa” is interesting and it has gripped public attention in the United States and around the world. So, I get asked, what is going on.

I’ve tried to hold back from getting into a defensive mode, the urge to try to clarity every assumption about the disease and educate my peers about Ebola. I am not an expert on the subject, and I am only getting my own information from the experts at the U.S.…

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