Headlines Tag Late Tanzanian Hero John Magufuli with Covid-19 Stigma

The news headlines following the passing of Tanzanian leader John Magufuli paint him in a negative light. This is not fair. Magufuli became president in 2015 and won reelection to a second term following the October 2020 general elections. Tanzania is often hailed as one of the African continent’s most democratic, politically stable, and prosperous African…

With Omicron the Stigmatization of Africa Grows

Just as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 or coronavirus began spreading, the United States and other Western governments imposed a travel ban on 8 Southern African nations: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. South Africa, the region’s largest economy, and where the variant originated, suffered the most from the ban.  On…

Africa and U.S. Cities — A Recognition

With Africa and U.S. Cities, a document published by the Washington D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS), news about the African continent — its peoples, governments, institutions, and activities — never stops. Coverage of the continent by American-run, as well as African-run organizations, and a mix of others, is what informs us about what…

Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict Is Dominating Africa Headline News

  Tensions in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have gone from talking about the potential for conflict into what is now the aftermath of a war between the country’s federal government in Addis Ababa and the regional government in Tigray. An estimated six million people live in the Tigray region.  Since fighting began on November 4,…

Covid-19 Spared Africa — A Reality American Media Won’t Admit

In journalism, there is such a thing as agenda-setting – how the mass media — newspapers, radio, and TV, and the plurality of online channels — prioritize the news for publication. The idea that some news stories would take precedence over others gained credence with thought leaders, Maxwell McCombs and Donald Shaw, during the 1968…