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…

As George Floyd Protests Rock U.S., Africans Vent about Inequality

On American TV, CNN’s Brianna Keiler summed up, better than anyone, what is taking place in the United States following the May 25 killing of George Floyd. You are watching America’s reckoning, the anchor of CNN’s mid-day Newsroom program narrated. She went to list the many unprecedented changes that have occurred, so quickly, some of…

Plot to Oust WHO Chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus

When Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus ascended to the top of leadership at the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017, my colleague, Raevyn Goates wrote about it at Africa Agenda. Ghebreyesus won the vote in 2017 by 63 %, which was an overwhelming 133 votes out of 185 votes cast. He was the first director-general of the…

No Rest for the Weary in Zimbabwe

In yet another setback to bringing lasting peace to Zimbabwe, Reuters News Service reported Monday that there is a deadlock in negotiations between the ruling ZANU PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) on the terms of implementation of the September 2008 power-sharing agreement. Both sides are currently at a regional summit to…