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Trump’s ‘ America first’ vow sparks fears for Africa initiatives

Trump’s ‘ America first’ vow sparks fears for Africa initiatives (FT.com) — President could rethink crucial aid and trade programmes, policymakers warn Donald Trump’s “America first” pledge could threaten Washington’s three biggest health and trade initiatives in Africa, US and African experts and politicians warn. Concern focuses on three bipartisan programmes, backed by successive presidents, […]

Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them

Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them A former immigration officer describes the long, grueling process of gaining refugee status in the United States. By Natasha Hall Natasha Hall has worked with refugees and on conflict for more than 10 years, specializing in the Middle East. She currently works on humanitarian […]

The real dictators of Potomac, Maryland, suburban of Washington, DC

The real dictators of Potomac, Maryland, suburban of Washington, DC (The Washington Post) — The 22-year reign of one of Africa’s most eccentric and self-serving dictators came to an end last month when the president of Gambia — whose full title was His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh Babili Mansa — finally ceded power to […]

Africa Union: Confusion over criminal court vote

The African Union has backed a plan for a collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, which many countries in the continent believe unfairly targets them. But the decision, taken behind closed doors at an AU summit, is not legally binding – and individual countries will still have to vote on the idea. African leaders […]

Trump to sign executive order to dramatically reduce funding of UN

Donald Trump to sign executive order to dramatically reduce funding of United Nations The upcoming order would dramatically reduce the US’ role in the UN and other international organisations (The Independent) — Donald Trump is preparing executive orders that would dramatically reduce US funding of the United Nations, as well as other international organisations that do […]

Still Feels Horror and Terrific to be black and African after all …

The Horror of being black and African! By Nimi Princewill, E-mail from Nigeria To the wider world, being ‘black’ first identifies you as human, but further categorizes you as a “special grade” of human, fortified with great physical gallantry, but a reduced level of brain power. Well, as a black man and an African, I do […]

The Gambia: a beacon for African democracy? – Deutsche Welle

The Gambia: a beacon for African democracy? West Africa’s regional bloc ECOWAS was able to exert huge pressure on Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh and force him to step down. Other African regional blocs don’t have ECOWAS’s clout. (DW) –In Zimbabwe, media consultant Reyhana Masters is avidly devouring WhatsApp content from The Gambia. Zimbabweans are also busy […]

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh shows his inked finger before voting in Banjul, Gambia. As regional leaders flew in for last-ditch negotiations and a regional military force was poised to swoop in and force him out, Jammeh remained Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at his official residence.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

What hinders the smooth transfer of power in Africa?

What hinders the smooth transfer of power in Africa? INSIDE STORYPOLITICS (AlJazeera) — The former president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has flown into exile to avoid a military confrontation. After 22 years in power, Yahya Jammeh has left Gambia. The former president flew into exile heading for Equatorial Guinea. He’d refused to step down for […]

New leader of Gambia : Jammeh leaving for Guinea within hours

New leader of Gambia – Jammeh leaving for Guinea within hours By KRISTA LARSON DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – Gambia’s new president says defeated leader Yahya Jammeh is expected to leave for Guinea within hours. Adama Barrow told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday that he will return home to Gambia once it’s “clear” and a […]

Where Lies Obama’s Africa Legacy? – Addis Standard

Where Lies Obama’s Africa Legacy? – Addis Standard Zelalem Kibret, special to Addis Standard Addis Abeba, Jan. 20/2017 (Addis Standard) – On November 09, 2016 while the GMT + world woke up to a surprising news of victory by the most unexpected candidate in the US election, the US Embassy in Addis Abeba was hosting an […]

Trump Team Asks State Department How Much US Aid To Africa Is Stolen By Corrupt Governments

Trump  Team Asks State Department How Much US Aid To Africa Is Stolen By Corrupt Governments  (Afk Insider) — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s views of Africa have been a mystery, but questions from his transition team to the U.S. State Department indicate skepticism about the value of foreign aid and American security interests on the continent, […]

Analysis: The puzzle of Trump’s Africa policy – DM

Analysis: The puzzle of Trump’s Africa policy By J Brooks Spector (Daily Maverick) — With the Trump administration about to start, J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a turn at trying to fathom out the likely outlines of a Trump administration’s policy towards the African continent. It is not an easy one. Well, okay, we shall just […]

Refugee crisis: More than 100 asylum seekers drown as boat sinks

Refugee crisis: More than 100 asylum seekers drown as boat sinks in the Mediterranean Sea Disaster comes day after more than 550 migrants rescued between Libya and Italy (Independent) — More than 100 refugees have drowned after a boat sank in rough conditions in the Mediterranean Sea as the crisis shows no sign of slowing. […]

Trump Team’s Queries About Africa Point to Skepticism About Aid

Trump Team’s Queries About Africa Point to Skepticism About Aid WASHINGTON (The New York Times) — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s views of Africa have, until now, been a mystery. But a series of questions from the Trump transition team to the State Department indicate an overall skepticism about the value of foreign aid, and even […]

Demonstrators chant slogans while making the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Oromia region, Ethiopia, October 2. Hundreds of people have been killed since November 2015 and Ethiopia's government has implemented a restrictive state of emergency. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

Six Stories That Will Shape Sub-Saharan Africa in 2017

(Newsweek) — Like much of the world, 2016 has been a struggle for sub-Saharan Africa The region recorded its slowest overall growth in more than two decades, as low commodity prices and political uncertainty elsewhere put the brakes on economic progress. Civil conflicts have continued raging in countries including South Sudan and the Central African […]

Call for applications: Advocacy and research fellow

Call for applications: Advocacy and research fellow Deadline: Sunday 15th January 2017 Location: Kampala, Uganda Duration of contract: 12 months non-renewable BACKGROUND DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, […]

President Obama’s Disappointing Legacy in Africa

President Obama’s Disappointing Legacy in Africa. Experts say the administration’s most important outreach effort is an overlooked gem. But it hasn’t come close to its potential. By Anakwa Dwamena (The New Republic) — The last we saw of President George W. Bush in Africa, he was literally dancing into the sunset of his presidency, on […]

US aid to Africa expected to decline under Trump

(The Citizen) — Ethiopia is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump’s presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world’s largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and […]

Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of plastic rice smuggled

Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “ plastic rice ” smuggled Nigeria (BBC News) — has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says. Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season. He said […]

Tanzania Adopts New Policy To Curb Land Grabbing By Foreigners

(African Globe) – Tanzania has adopted a new national land policy which, among others, lowers the ceiling under which foreign investors can lease land from the current 99 to 33 years. The new policy comes barely months after the East African nation embarked on a campaign to seize “idle” land and deter “rogue investors” from […]

AU expresses concern about upcoming Summit in restive Ethiopia

African Union expresses concern about upcoming Summit in restive Ethiopia (Africanews) — The African Union has expressed concern about Ethiopia’s current State of Emergency against the upcoming Heads of State Summit in the capital Addis Ababa in January 2017. The concerns were raised by the Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who met with the newly […]

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