Category: Politics

Trump set to announce South African-born bag designer as ambassador to SA

U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate luxury handbag designer Lana Marks as the new ambassador to South Africa, the White House said, almost two years after the last ambassador left under Barack Obama. The nomination comes at a time of frayed relations between the two countries after a tweet in August in which Trump asked his secretary of state to study South African “land and farm seizures”.
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Sudanese-American elected into council in Virginia

The number of Sudanese-Americans holding elected public office in the United States has doubled – there are now two. Mohamed Seifeldein won a city council seat on November 6 in Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of the capital, Washington. He follows in the footsteps of Mazahir Salih, who was elected to a city council seat in Iowa City, Iowa in 2017. according to this report by John Tanza of the VOA Continue reading “Sudanese-American elected into council in Virginia”

Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali win in US Mid-term elections

History was made in the US mid-term election when Ilhan Omar, became the  first Somali-Muslim- American  to be elected to Congress. But there were two  other African-born American politicians who also won seats. One from Ethiopia and the other from Eritrea. All three are democrats. Continue reading “Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali win in US Mid-term elections”

Nigeria, Canada hold talks despite new measures against migrants

Nigeria and Canada recently resolved to deepen bilateral relation in the areas of Trade and Commerce, education, security as well as Science and space technology.

The Canadian Gov.-General, Julie Payette, disclosed this when she addressed newsmen after a closed door meeting with Nigerian  President Muhammadu Buhari, in  Abuja, Nigeria. But at the same time the Canadian government has adopted new immigration policy that spells trouble for Nigerian migrants. As reported by Samson Toromade in The Pulse. Continue reading “Nigeria, Canada hold talks despite new measures against migrants”

Melania Trump is going to Africa in the fall; President Trump isn’t

Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, gave a statement to The Associated Press Monday confirming that the first lady is looking forward to meeting African children and exploring Africa’s history and culture.

“This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history,” the first lady said in the statement. “We are a global society and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another.”

The planned trip is significant because it’s Trump’s first solo international trip as first lady, but also because of the destination: The president was sharply criticized around the world in January after his private comment about “s—hole countries” in Africa was leaked to journalists.

Some on Twitter could not resist joking. “Melania Trump just announced that she is going to Africa on her first solo trip. I think she picked Africa because she knows it’s a place Trump will never follow her to,” snarked radio host/columnist Dean Obeidallah.

Specifics about the dates for the first lady’s trip and which countries she will visit have not yet been announced.

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Somali Refugee Wins Primary Election for US Congress

Rising political star, Ilhan Omar has become the first Somali to win a primary election victory to represent Minnesota’s 5th District in the U.S. Congress in Minneapolis. This report by  K. Farabaugh  of Voice of America gives more details. Continue reading “Somali Refugee Wins Primary Election for US Congress”

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