Joe Biden

How Six Newspapers in Africa Portrayed the Joe Biden Win

Joe Biden was pro­claimed the win­ner of the 2020 Amer­i­can pres­i­den­tial race on Sat­ur­day, Nov. 7. Biden crossed the 270 Elec­toral Col­lege votes thresh­old need­ed to secure the pres­i­den­cy. The rest of the votes are still being count­ed. They are yet to be cer­ti­fied by each of America’s 50 states. In elec­toral par­lance, Biden is now…

Negative Headlines Mark the Anniversary of President Biya’s Time in Office

The gov­ern­ing record of Paul Biya, Cameroon’s cur­rent leader, is mak­ing the news rounds, again. Biya assumed office as pres­i­dent of the cen­tral­ly locat­ed African nation on Nov. 6, 1982. He’s been pres­i­dent now for 38 long years. Biya, now 87-years-old, became pres­i­dent after serv­ing as prime min­is­ter under the late Pres­i­dent Ahmadou Ahid­jo. That…

12 American Stories that Frame U.S.-Africa Relations under the Trump Administration

Amer­i­cans are cast­ing their votes in the Novem­ber 3 elec­tion for those who would rep­re­sent them at nation­al and local lev­els. The stakes are espe­cial­ly high for the offices of the Pres­i­dent, Sen­a­tors, and the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. While this is tak­ing place, I’ve been reflect­ing on the impor­tance of the rela­tions between the United…

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A Case for Susan Rice as US Vice President

As Amer­i­ca crawls toward the Novem­ber 3 Gen­er­al Elec­tion, there is plen­ty of spec­u­la­tion, includ­ing prog­nos­ti­ca­tion, about who for­mer vice-pres­i­­dent and pre­sump­tive Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­nee Joe Biden will pick as his run­ning mate.  First, some con­text. Per­haps you are not a polit­i­cal junkie, you are just a layper­son or an aver­age Joe and may be won­der­ing why…

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If Trump’s Africa Strategy Is A Failure — What Would Biden Do If He Wins?

  The Unit­ed States is less than four months away from the elec­tion that would deter­mine con­trol of not just the Sen­ate and the House which make up the leg­isla­tive branch of the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment, but also con­trol of the exec­u­tive branch, the White House. As the coro­n­avirus rages, and as protests over the mistreatment…

Naquetta Ricks’s Election Success Generates Interest

In U.S. elec­tion pol­i­tics, 2020 may prove to be like 2018 when Democ­rats swept every­thing. The clean­ing of the House at local and nation­al lev­els left Repub­li­cans hold­ing the bag and gasp­ing for breath. It was not just Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump who brought bag­gage that weighed heav­i­ly on the con­ser­v­a­tive move­ment across Amer­i­ca, the political…

The George Floyd Matter — Local Issue, Global Consequences

The recent trag­ic death of George Floyd, anoth­er black vic­tim of police bru­tal­i­ty in Amer­i­ca, shook the world. Although occur­ring amidst arguably the dead­liest pan­dem­ic in mod­ern his­to­ry, the coro­n­avirus, news of his death stirred up a lot of emo­tions across the globe. These emo­tions led to protests through­out all 50 states in Amer­i­ca, and even…

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…

6 African Development Stories You May Have Missed

No doubt, coro­n­avirus has become one of the dead­liest dis­eases in mod­ern his­to­ry, with about 500,000 casu­al­ties world­wide. The pan­dem­ic has left in its wake severe eco­nom­ic con­se­quences, espe­cial­ly for the world’s devel­op­ing nations. Despite the many socio-eco­nom­ic chal­lenges faced and exac­er­bat­ed by the pan­dem­ic, many African nations have shown great resilience. The news continues…

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…