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Soldiers roll back the red carpet near a parked Gambian Presidential aircraft on the tarmac of Banjul's airport Friday Jan. 20, 2016. The leaders of Guinea and Mauritania have arrived in Gambia's capital in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to get defeated President Yahya Jammeh to cede power to Adama Barrow who was sworn in as Gambian President Thursday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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 […]

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Where Lies Obama’s Africa Legacy? – Addis Standard

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 […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11:  U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during an event to recognize emerging global entrepreneurs May 11, 2015 at the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. Entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and around the world participated, ahead of President Obamas travel to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya this summer, in the event which focused on  investing in women and young entrepreneurs.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama Was a Foreign Policy Failure

US President Barack Obama Was a ForeignPolicy Failure The 44th president of the United States promised to bring change but mostly drove the country deeper into a ditch. BY STEPHEN M. WALT (Foreign Policy) — I began writing this column (originally in the form of a blog) in 2009, at the very beginning of Barack […]

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US: The Fight Over a Trump-Putin Détente Begins

Events this past week make clear that Trump was serious about changing US policy toward Russia, and the enemies of détente know it. Lessons from the past. By Stephen F. Cohen The John Batchelor Show, January 17.  (The Nation) ––Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions, now in their […]

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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, […]

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Oxfam: Eight men are as rich as half the world – AP

Oxfam: Eight men are as rich as half the world – AP news agency “Obscene” for so much wealth to be in hands of so few, says charity director Winnie Byanyima. (Aljazeera) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the world’s population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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How Many Bombs the United States Dropped in 2016?

How Many Bombs the United States Dropped in 2016? by Micah Zenko This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Jennifer Wilson.  (Council on Foreign Relations) — As President Obama enters the final weeks of his presidency, there will be ample assessments of his foreign military approach, which has focused on reducing U.S. ground […]

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Indian government to endorse universal basic income ‘as way forward’

Indian government to endorse universal basic income ‘as way forward’, says leading UBI advocate India’s Chief Economic Advisor has already confirmed country’s annual financial report will discuss free money . (Independent) — India is going to endorse a Universal Basic Income (UBI), according to a leading advocate of the system. The world’s largest democracy will […]

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President Obama’s Disappointing Legacy in Africa

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 […]

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The Security Council votes on resolution reiterating its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. The vote was 14 in favour, with one abstention (United States). UN Photo/Manuel Elias

UN chief welcomes resolution on Israeli settlements as ‘significant step’

UN chief welcomes Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements as ‘significant step’ 23 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the adoption of a Security Council resolution which states that the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, have “no legal validity,” constitute a “flagrant violation” under international law […]

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How President Barack Obama Failed Black Americans

How President Barack Obama Failed Black Americans The country’s first black president never pursued policies bold enough to close the racial wealth gap.(The Atlantic) — Born in 1953, I am a child of the waning years of legal segregation in the United States. My parents, on the other hand, spent about 40 years of their […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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