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BUSINESS: The U.S. is wronging Nigeria and the Energy Industry with Travel Ban

BUSINESS: The U.S. is wronging Nigeria and the Energy Industry with Travel Ban

AFRICA, Business, USA
Tanzania and Nigeria, particularly, are named by Washington as having failed to meet U.S. security and information sharing standardsJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 10, 2020/ -- By NJ AyukIncluding Nigeria in the U.S. travel ban is a political and economical mistake for Trump.It is difficult to come to terms with the United States’ decision to include Nigeria in the extension he made a few weeks ago to the infamous “Muslim Travel Ban”, which already restricted movements of  people from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria and Yemen. Alongside Nigeria, Tanzania, Myanmar, Eritrea, Sudan and Kyrgyzstan were also added to the list of countries with entry restrictions. Effectively, with the struck of a pen, or a whim, President Trump barred a quarter of the 1.2 billion people living...
HEALTH: Drinkers in the USA ignore Corona beer amid coronavirus outbreak.

HEALTH: Drinkers in the USA ignore Corona beer amid coronavirus outbreak.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, USA
Confusion between coronavirus and Corona beer has been a punchline of questionable taste during the outbreak -- but the matter may be no joke for the brand. The phrase "38% of Americans" was trending last week on Twitter following a survey showing that proportion of beer drinkers "would not buy Corona under any circumstances now." Ronn Torossian, founder and CEO of public relations firm 5W, which polled 737 US beer drinkers, said there is "no question that Corona beer is suffering because of the coronavirus." "While the brand has claimed that consumers understand there's no linkage between the virus and the beer company, this is a disaster for the Corona brand," Torossian said in a statement. "After all, what brand wants to be linked to a virus which is killing peop...
AFRICA: Terrorists attack the U.S. embassy in Tunisia, Policeman killed.

AFRICA: Terrorists attack the U.S. embassy in Tunisia, Policeman killed.

AFRICA, TUNISIA, USA
The interior ministry, which had previously reported five officers and one civilian injured, announced in a statement the death of Lieutenant Taoufik Mohammed El Nissaoui in the first such attack to hit the Tunisian capital in eight months. In June 2019, a double suicide bombing in Tunis claimed by the Islamic State Organization (EI) had highlighted the resilience of extremist groups, although the security situation in the country has improved significantly. The explosion on Friday resounded at the end of the morning near the American embassy, in the Lake Banks district, about ten kilometres from the city centre, a sector permanently protected by major security roadblocks. Police losses Forensic police were quickly dispatched to the scene, flown over by helicopter, ...
AFRICA: The United States Supports Elections in Ethiopia Through Nationwide Media Trainings

AFRICA: The United States Supports Elections in Ethiopia Through Nationwide Media Trainings

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, USA
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 5, 2020/ -- The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa launched on Wednesday nationwide media trainings that will help empower both state and private media outlets in the lead to elections in 2020.  The initiative is implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in partnership with Addis Ababa University School of Journalism and Communications (AAU-SJC). This project aims to enhance the skill sets of journalists and strengthen the institutional capacity of Ethiopian media organizations with the overarching goal of improving the quality of information available to the Ethiopian public in the lead up to the 2020 elections in Ethiopia.  A total of twenty-five training sessions are planned throughout the country.  Each...
WORLD: The U.S has postponed Zimbabwe sanctions citing political suppression.

WORLD: The U.S has postponed Zimbabwe sanctions citing political suppression.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, USA, ZIMBABWE
U.S. President Donald Trump has extended by one year sanctions against Zimbabwe saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to U.S. foreign policy. The renewal comes despite calls by African leaders, including South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, for the sanctions to be lifted to give the country a chance to recover from its economic crisis. According to Trump administration officials the sanctions will remain until the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa changes Zimbabwe’s laws restricting media freedom and allowing protests. According to U.S. officials, there are 141 entities and individuals in Zimbabwe, including Mnangagwa and long-time former president Robert Mugabe, currently under U.S. sanctions. Mnangagwa...
AFRICA: Assistant Secretary Natali visits New York, delivers remarks at UN Peacebuilding Commission Session on Burkina Faso.

AFRICA: Assistant Secretary Natali visits New York, delivers remarks at UN Peacebuilding Commission Session on Burkina Faso.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, South Africa, USA
While in New York, Assistant Secretary Natali will meet with key senior UN officials to discuss collaboration on strategic prevention and stabilization initiatives in fragile statesJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 5, 2020/ -- Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) Denise Natali will address a meeting of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) concerning stabilization efforts in Burkina Faso on March 5.  While in New York, Assistant Secretary Natali will meet with key senior UN officials to discuss collaboration on strategic prevention and stabilization initiatives in fragile states.A/S Natali will also deliver remarks at the UN Peacebuilding Commission Meeting on “Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in Burkina Faso.”
MOZAMBIQUE: U.S. Government supports early grade learning in local languages with Minister of Education and Human Development

MOZAMBIQUE: U.S. Government supports early grade learning in local languages with Minister of Education and Human Development

AFRICA, EDUCATION, mozambique, USA
The event served to highlight the importance of local languages in Mozambique to preserve cultural diversity and build a more inclusive societyMAPUTO, Mozambique, February 21, 2020/ -- The U.S. Government proudly participated in an official ceremony celebrating International Mother Languages Day in Matutine District of Maputo Province.  The U.S. Government was represented at the event by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Jennifer Adams, while Minister of Education and Human Development (MINEDH) Carmelita Rita Namashulua represented the Government of the Republic of Mozambique.  Secretary of State for Maputo Province Vitoria Dias Diogo and Governor of Maputo Province Julio Parruque also participated.  The event served to...
EDUCATION: The president of Andrew Mellon Foundation USA visits Makerere.

EDUCATION: The president of Andrew Mellon Foundation USA visits Makerere.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA, USA
The President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York, Dr Elizabeth Alexander and the Chief of Staff and Programme Advisor at the Foundation, Ms Julie B. Ehrlich paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Friday, February 1 2020. They also held a meeting with the Steering Committee of the Foundation projects at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS). The Steering Committee comprises of the Principal, Dr Josephine Ahikire, and the Deans of the five Schools of the College namely; Dr Sarah Ssali, Dean School of Women and Gender Studies; Dr Andrew Ellias State, Dean School of Social Sciences, Dr Patrick Mangeni, Dean School of Liberal and Performing Arts; Dr Aaron Mushe...
NIGERIA: Nigeria asks the U.S to drop travel ban

NIGERIA: Nigeria asks the U.S to drop travel ban

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, Nigeria, USA
U.S. President Donald Trump included Nigeria, Tanzania, Eritrea and Sudan in an expanded version of his travel ban list early this month. The United States said the six countries failed to meet U.S. security and information-sharing standards. Nigeria’s interior ministry issued a statement saying Ogbeni Aregbesola had given the request to drop the ban to the U.S. ambassador in Abuja. “Nigeria is too important an ally of America to deserve such a sanction,” Aregbesola said, according to the statement. “We are positive that (the) visa restriction is a temporary one, it will soon be put behind us,” he said, adding that Nigeria had complied with most of the concerns raised by the United States. The U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard assured Aregbesola of “her country’s dete...
ASIA: Trump visits India amid burgeoning defense ties.

ASIA: Trump visits India amid burgeoning defense ties.

ASIA, FEATURE STORIES, USA
From the moment Air Force One carrying US President Donald J. Trump touches down in India on February 24 for a two-day visit, he will be treated to top-notch Indian hospitality and ceremonial pomp, in line with the extravagance showered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on foreign leaders. This is Trump's first official visit to India, and the US president's itinerary is packed with engagements. The trip will likely be one of the biggest media events of this year in India, with non-stop coverage expected in both print and broadcast media. New Delhi expects Trump's visit to facilitate greater synergies between India and the US when dealing with security issues, terrorism and trade, Smruti Pattanaik, a foreign policy research fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and A...
WORLD: US military vows to continue supporting Africa  despite the Trump threats.

WORLD: US military vows to continue supporting Africa despite the Trump threats.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, USA
U.S. military commanders say the United States will support African governments in their efforts to secure and stabilize their countries. The eighth Africa Land Forces Summit in Ethiopia ended with a call on African troops to improve their human rights record. This week, top U.S. military commanders met their counterparts in Africa to discuss ways of protecting African countries from violence and instability. In recent years, the threat of terrorist groups like Boko Haram and al-Shabab has increased, and criminal networks have become more brazen and prominent. U.S. Army Africa Commanding General Roger Cloutier said the continent needs professional armies to combat the armed groups. “In keeping with this theme, tomorrow’s security demands leadership today. We have bee...
BUSINESS: Next Steps to U.S.-Kenya Free Trade Agreement.

BUSINESS: Next Steps to U.S.-Kenya Free Trade Agreement.

Business, KENYA, USA
A Kenya-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would build on the success Kenya has experienced in producing and exporting a range of value-added products to the U.S. marketNAIROBI, Kenya, February 20, 2020/ -- Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) (https://www.CorporateCouncilonAfrica.com/) in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) hosted a roundtable discussion with Kenyan and U.S. business leaders and government officials to explore how the private sector can support this bilateral effort and take full advantage of investment and trade opportunities that will arise from a Kenya-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.This comes as a follow up to the recent visit of H.E. President Kenyatta to the United States, where the U.S. and Kenyan Government announced the launch of talks aimed a...
INTERNATIONAL: Rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad amid protests.

INTERNATIONAL: Rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad amid protests.

INTERNATIONAL, iran, USA
One rocket hit the embassy cafeteria while two others landed a short distance away At least three people were injured, security sources told Reuters. This would be the first time in years that staff have been hurt in such attacks. No group has claimed responsibility but the US has blamed Iran-backed military factions in Iraq in the past. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi condemned the attack, stating that the continuation of such acts could "drag Iraq into becoming a battlefield". The US State Department said: "We call on the Government of Iraq to fulfil its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities." Recent attacks have targeted the embassy or Iraqi military bases where American troops are deployed. Iraq has been dragged into a rapid deterioration in re...