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President Obama Wins the Nobel Prize! Coverage

In Foreign Affairs, government, U.S. on October 9, 2009 at 7:32 am


Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize-  [Huffington Post]
Praise and Skepticism Greet Obama Nobel award- [Reuters]
Analysis: Obama’s Nobel honors promise, not action- [Associated Press
Syria Reacts Warmly to Obama Peace Prize- [Wall Street Journal]
The First Draft: What was the Nobel committee thinking?- [Reuters Blogs



Africa Business News

In Business, Foreign Affairs on September 25, 2009 at 9:44 am



Sub-Saharan Africa is tending

Sub-Saharan Africa is tending to fall behind other regions in terms of competitiveness. Human capital deficiencies—whether in terms of education or health—infrastructure and high crime levels tend to be deterrents as far as investors are concerned.

Sub-Saharan economies have become more competitive in the past year, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Competitiveness Report, published on September 8th. Adjusted for the fact that there is one less country ranked in the 2009/2010 report, 13 of the 26 Sub-Saharan economies rated have improved their standing, while three are unchanged from last year and ten have slipped back. The greatest improvement by far is registered by Uganda, up 20 places at 108th (out of 133 overall), while Lesotho jumps 16 places and Tanzania 13. The worst African performers over the past 12 months have been Mali, down 13 places, Ghana (-12) and Botswana (-10).

Continue reading at the Economist.

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Advice on Doing Business in Africa

Later this month, hundreds of U.S.-based small-business owners will meet potential partners and suppliers from Africa’s 53 countries at an international summit held in Washington, D.C. The 7th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit will include a business matchmaking program aimed specifically at small and mid-sized companies on both continents, says Stephen Hayes, president and CEO of the trade group The Corporate Council on Africa, which is organizing the event. With democracy and vibrant free enterprise becoming common in many African nations, Hayes says, the continent is a promising emerging market that U.S. companies ignore at their peril. He spoke to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein.

Continue reading at Business Week


WORLD Magazine - Today's News | Christian Views Africa Rising: Rwanda wins most improved award in world business report.

Lost in the shadows of one black head of state at the UN General Assembly was another, Rwandan president Paul Kagame. Outside UN meetings Kagame received little world attention for a feat reported at the same time world leaders convened in New York: Rwanda has done the most to make itself a business-friendly environment, vaulting from 143rd place to 67th in the World Bank’s annual “Doing Business” report.

Continue reading at WorldMag.




 to fall behind other regions in terms of competitiveness. Human capital deficiencies—whether in terms of education or health—infrastructure and high crime levels tend to be deterrents as far as investors are concerned.


President Obama’s Speech

In Foreign Affairs on June 4, 2009 at 10:02 am


Can be found here.

President Obama touches down in Saudi Arabia

In Foreign Affairs on June 3, 2009 at 8:29 am


Coverage on Obama’s trip into the Middle East and Europe.

Huffington Post Coverage- “Obama Lands in Riyadh”
Arab News- “Obama’s Visit to the Kingdom Evokes Hope for the Future”
NY Times- “As Obama Begins Trip, Arabs Want Israeli Gesture”
Al Jezeera English – “Obama Begins Middle East Tour”

Why Are So Many People Against African Self-Reliance?

In Foreign Affairs, Global, Women on May 27, 2009 at 1:47 am


I just don’t get it.  While Dambisa Moyo’s bestselling book Dead Aid has been on the market for months, she continues to be bashed by the mostly liberal side of the political spectrum for her views on African aid.  For anyone unaware of Ms. Moyo’s argument, the premise of her book is that aid has not resulted in any economic or human development improvements for Africa.  She makes a compelling argument.  Sixty odd years ago, China was poorer than most African countries.  Today, it’s the reverse.  In fact, Ms. Moyo states in many speeches she has given throughout her book tour (and according to my research) many countries that have made significant gains within the global economy did it without the help of massive amounts of aid.

Somehow, the liberal organizations and proponents of aid who are supposed to be “pro-Africa” have demonized Ms. Moyo, stating that she wants to allow babies to starve and die of malaria.  First, even I, who has only made it through a few chapters of the book due to my workload, has read far enough into the book to note that Ms. Moyo specifically targets bilateral aid- the monetary transfers from international organizations such as the IMF and other governments such as the U.S.  Even with this specific statement, I have read editorials time and time again that state she wants to cut off humanitarian aid and the like.  Even on her tours Ms. Moyo has stated that that is not the case.

Secondly, I find it curious that those who seem to want to help Africa dismiss the argument of a woman who clearly has the same intention.  This woman is from the continent, versed in the theory of markets and business, has degrees from some of the top universities of the world and personally supports people on the continent like many professional members of the diaspora do.  She is not some “Joe the Plumber” who has some sort of fake authority on the subject matter.  So why are these mostly white males so dismissive of her argument?

What Ms. Moyo is calling for, what she is advocating, is black self-reliance.  What she is simply stating is that if China, and India and Brazil and Russia can pull themselves up, why not Africa?  Is it that Ms. Moyo challenges the mindset of the West looking down on the “poor Africans”?  Is it because this is an African woman telling the West that they’ve had it wrong for sixty years?  Technically, Ms. Moyo’s argument is not even new.  Have you ever heard of The White Man’s Burden by William Easterly? 

Curiously, even as the attacks against Ms. Moyo mount, so do the praises as Africans themselves are lining up to listen.  Ms.  Moyo has met several times with Rwanda’s President and even with members of her home country Zambia’s government.  So hopefully the thought of “African solutions for African problems” will spread and take hold.

And with this, I’d like to send a message to Ms. Moyo.  A friend of mine one had a quote.  He said something to the effect of, “If you’re doing something and you have no haters, then I suggest you stop what you’re doing right now because it’s not working for you”.  Ms. Moyo, keep going.  Dedicate a song to Mr. Sachs and keep at it.  We appreciate your presence and contribution to the argument.  It’s about time that the West see a visibly African face speaking up for African people.

Huffington Post- Aid Ironies: A Response to Jeffrey Sachs

VOGUE profile on Dr. Susan Rice

In Foreign Affairs, Global, government, U.S., Women on May 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm


With previous profiles on Desiree’ Rogers, Valerie Jarrett, and of course, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vogue Magazine is becoming the place to go to  check out the “Black Cabinet”.  Though Vogue is still on probationary status (along with Vanity Fair, most recent offense here), the magazine is taking a step in the right direction.