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Obama to Seek to End Africa’s Conflicts

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Posted on Jul 10, 2009
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Obama, shown here in 2006 when he was a senator, talks to a crowd in Kenya.

It seems that President Obama has finally taken Africa seriously—and in a way that doesn’t look like Bush-era health funding that reeks of an infomercial for Christian charity. In a speech on Saturday, Obama is expected to focus on the importance of democratic governance on the continent and will make the ending of conflicts a key diplomatic initiative.

The Guardian:

The US is planning a dramatically more assertive policy in Africa, sometimes backed by a threat of force, to end conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria that are seen as among the principal obstacles to the continent’s revival.

Barack Obama is to address Ghana’s parliament tomorrow on his first visit to Africa as president with a speech that is expected to emphasise that the key to prosperity is democratic, accountable government. But an important part of the new administration’s policy will focus on ending key conflicts through more forceful diplomatic initiatives after years of drift by the Bush administration.

The White House is shortly to appoint a special envoy to central Africa with a brief to tackle a web of conflicts that have afflicted eastern Congo for 15 years,and destabilised the region, in the belief that the success or failure of one of the continent’s largest countries will decide central Africa’s future.

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By coloradokarl, July 10, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

I know Obama planned this months ago… but he better start focusing on this country and like RIGHT NOW, the revolution is starting without him and this world traveler stuff is only helping him be a one term flash in the night. Spend nothing and STARVE THE BEAST !!!

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By dihey, July 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

The picture says it beautifully: lots of hot air for Africa through a megaphone!

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By Folktruther, July 10, 2009 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

In continuing Bushite policies, Obama is continuing the militarization of the US approach to Africa under the guise of imposing Freedom&Democracy;.  a military headquarters has been established and US is continuing to fund Democratic regimes and rebelling militaries that oppose Undemocratic regimes, i.e those that oppose US imperialism.

Child soldiers are typically used in the US wars for African oil and minerals.  Obama is using his rock star appeal to help inflict the horrors that has been documented in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And the mainstream media legitimates this endevor while excluding discussion of the horrors that have resulted.

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By Stephen Smoliar, July 10, 2009 at 10:39 am Link to this comment

My greatest concern is that the Obama Administration is better at producing circuses than dishing out bread.  We are seeing signs of this on the domestic front.  I worry about the consequences of applying such a strategy to our relations with Africa:

http://therehearsalstudio.blogspot.com/2009/07/beyond-democratic-press-conference.html

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, July 10, 2009 at 10:18 am Link to this comment
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Democracynow is reporting that the most probable reason for Obama’s visit to Ghanna is that oil has been discovered there, and that by 2015 a huge amount of our oil imports will be coming from Africa.

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