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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Obama’s Africa Visit was no “Guilt Trip”

By George Bamu on July 10, 2013

Bush and Obama at site of embassy bombing in Tanzainia
White House

Michelle and Barack Obama with the Zuma’s at the steps of the South African Union Building in Pretoria.

There is continuing talk about U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to sub Saharan Africa. The six-day trip, from June 27 to July 2, took Obama and his delegation to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

The three countries selected by the White House represent some of the continent’s most successful nations. So it was no coincidence that these countries were carefully selected to represent African success stories; and there are plenty of successful African nations in the 21st century.

But what long-term impact, tangible and intangible, might the trip might have on the lives of ordinary Africans on the continent after the media leaves once again?…

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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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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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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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Global financial crisis may slow growth in poor nations

By George Bamu on February 12, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama has called it “the worst financial crisis in our life time.”

You can call anything you like; the crisis of a generation, the trickle-down effects of the sub-prime mortgage lending mess, or whatever, but the global financial crisis is hitting not only the United States but all countries around the world.

It may not be a great depression, or anything similar to the 1972 oil shock or even the 1987 stock market crash, but the culmination of these economic events have implications for today’s internet generation unlike the 30’s, 70’s or 90’s. While homeowners, banks and automakers have gone broke in America, what you may not know is that banks in other countries, including the Netherlands, France, Germany, Iceland and even Switzerland, considered a safe haven for the rich and famous, are all receiving help to stay afloat.…

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Hope for Africa in lead up to Obama Inauguration

By George Bamu on January 12, 2009

These days, all roads lead to Washington, where senator Barrack Obama will be inaugurated on January 20 as the 44th president of the U.S.

The expectations of what Obama will do for Africa are high. Whether Africa will gain from an Obama presidency or not is the subject of much chatter on many Africa blogs, email groups, television shows.

What is everyone talking about? Who has done more or could do more for Africa?

Outgoing President–George W. Bush has touted PEPFAR (The Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) as a monumental achievement for him, with millions of lives that have been saved through AIDS medicine.…

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What is the impact of the financial crisis on African economies?

By George Bamu on October 18, 2008

 

 

If we can forget about the doom and gloom created by the world financial
crisis for a moment and look at history, economists tell us that the
crash of the stock market and fears of a recession or depression is nothing
new. By the way, some of us can barely remember the crash of 1987 when the
stock market lost as much as 45% of its value in markets around the world.

In 2008, the only thing that appears new is that it is being witnessed by a
whole new generation that was not here in 1987 or as happened in 1929 during
the great depression.…

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