Category: Politics

US-Africa trade relations: Why is AGOA better than a bilateral free trade agreement?

By Gracelin Baskaran | Brookings Institution

In recent months, the U.S. began negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement with Kenya. These negotiations are aligned with the current administration’s vision for trade reciprocity rather than unilateral trade preference programs. Although these negotiations could produce the first bilateral trade agreement between the U.S. and a sub-Saharan African country, a shift from regional preferential trade agreements to bilateral free trade agreements could undermine the growth of smaller countries, who may not be of enough economic interest to the United States.

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Ihssane Leckey | Moroccan-American Loses Congressional Race

By Jasper Hamann | Morocco World News

Moroccan-born politician Ihssane Leckey ended in fifth place after a promising bid to replace Joseph Kennedy III in the US congress. Leckey, a former Wall Street regulator, ran on a platform of progressive politics and gained the support of Somali-American Ilhan Omar.

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Oballa Oballa | Former Ethiopian refugee runs for City Council in Minnesota

Oballa Oballa has come a long way after fleeing genocide in Ethiopia and starving in Kenya’s Dabaab Refugee camp before arriving in America in 2013. After being granted citizenship last year, he has decided to run for Austin Minnesota City Council first ward.

by NJERI MBUGUA | The Star

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Minnesota’s Black immigrants are running for elected office — and winning


Fifty years ago, lawmakers in Washington opened the doors to immigrants from Africa. Today, dozens of new Americans — from Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, and more — are running for office in Minnesota. And they’re winning.

By IBRAHIM HIRSI | SAHAN JOURNAL

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Ilhan Omar | Somali-American Wins House Primary in Minnesota

By Astead W. Herndon | The New York Times

Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota fended off a well-funded primary challenger, ensuring a clean sweep of re-election fights for the group of first-term Democratic congresswomen of color known as the Squad and sending a message to Washington about the staying power of the party’s new progressive voices.

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Somali American is in the running for a St. Cloud City Council seat in November

By SHEILA REGAN | SAHAN JOURNAL

The former teacher who now runs a tax and immigration service finished third in Tuesday’s primary voting for the city council. In November, he will be among six candidates, including three incumbents, competing for three seats on the council. If he finishes in the top three, the city will have its first Black, and first Somali, council member.

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Kojo Asamoa-Caesar |Ghana Diaspora PAC endorses for U.S. Congress

By GhanaWeb

Ghana Diaspora PAC recently endorsed Oklahoma educator and community leader Kojo Asamoa-Caesar’s run for United States Congress. Asamoa-Caesar made history as the first Ghanaian American nominee for U.S. Congress in June after winning the Democratic primary for Oklahoma Congressional District 1.

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Kojo Asamoa-Caesar: Meet the first Ghanaian-American to run for U.S. Congress

By myjoyonline

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar has become the first Ghanaian-American to be nominated by a major American political party to run for the U.S Congress. The first-generation American won the nomination of the Democratic Party in the primaries for Oklahoma’s First Congressional District, Tulsa, and is set to challenge Republican party incumbent, Kevin Hern, in the general elections.

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Two second generation African immigrants oust DFL veterans to win party endorsement for Minnesota legislature

By JOEY PETERS | SAHAN JOURNAL

Two second-generation immigrants won upset endorsements late Thursday from Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party delegates to represent their districts in the state legislature. Omar Fateh gained DFL support over state Sen. Jeff Hayden, who was running for a third term to represent his south Minneapolis district. And in the state House of Representatives, Esther Agbaje won the DFL endorsement over state Rep. Raymond Dehn, who was running for a fifth term in a district that represents parts of downtown and north Minneapolis.

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Somali-American congress woman, Ilhan Omar, unveils bill to cancel rent and mortgage payments amid pandemic

By Sophie Kasakove | THE GUARDIAN

The Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has unveiled a bill that would cancel rent and mortgage payments for millions of Americans struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under the legislation, landlords and mortgage holders would be able to have losses covered by the federal government. The program would extend for a month beyond the end of the national emergency, which was declared on 13 March, and would be made retroactive to cover April payments.

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