Tag: Africans in American politics

Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and ALEXANDRA JAFFE | AP News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,” Biden took the oath at a U.S. Capitol that had been battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks earlier. Then, taking his place in the White House Oval Office, he plunged into a stack of executive actions that began to undo the heart of his polarizing predecessor ’s agenda on matters from the deadly pandemic to climate change.

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Rep. Joe Neguse | Eritrean-American to play key role as an impeachment manager in the senate trial of Donald Trump

By Paul Kane | The Washington Post

Just four days into his second term, Rep. Joe Neguse was so focused on his brief as he spoke early that fateful afternoon that he had no idea what was happening outside. Then security personnel whisked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from the rostrum, and soon afterward lawmakers were crouching on the floor of the chamber and donning gas masks as rioters started banging on the chamber doors.

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Newly-elected US Democratic Senator, Jon Ossoff, thanks Nigerians who helped him win in Georgia

by The Eagle Online

United States of America newly-elected Democratic Senator from Georgia, John Ossoff, has expressed his gratitude to Nigerians and other Africans in the Diaspora who helped in his campaign. Ossoff defeated incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue with a nearly 25,000-vote margin, or 0.56 per cent of the entire votes, with 98 per cent of the expected votes counted, NBC and ABC projected.

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Can Bethlehem Fleming woo African Immigrants in Atlanta to turn the Senate Blue?

By Ray Glier | OZY

Bethlehem Fleming, a native of Ethiopia, has carried around for almost three years President Donald Trump’s vulgar denouncement of African nations as “shithole countries.” It enraged her, but not as much as the president’s scornful sequel from the Oval Office on Oct. 23, when Trump said Egypt might just have to bomb Ethiopia’s $4.6 billion Blue Nile Dam to settle a water dispute.

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Why Biden Should Upgrade U.S. Africa Policy

BY AUBREY HRUBY | Foreign Policy

U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy toward Africa will be remembered by its tone of disrespect, from his calling African nations “shithole countries” to canceled cabinet-level trips to the region. But while he needs to restore civility to U.S. foreign policy, President-elect Joe Biden shouldn’t fully reject Trump-era Africa policy when he takes office. In part, that’s because Africa policy is unique. It has historically been uncontroversially bipartisan, and U.S. presidents from Bill Clinton to Trump have continued their predecessors’ Africa programs.

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America Voted in Favor of Refugees and Immigrants

America has decidedly voted in favor of refugees and immigrants in this 2020 election, showing their support with the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden, and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who ran on campaign promises to restore the asylum system, increase the annual cap of refugee arrivals to 125,000, and end the discriminatory travel bans.

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Oye Owolewa | Nigerian-American Congressman-elect vows to push for District of Columbia to be elevated to statehood

Nigerian American Oye Owolewa who was recently elected as a shadow United States Representative has told the BBC that he would push for the elevation of the District of Columbia to statehood. The 30-year-old is the first Nigerian-American congressman in the country’s history but he is confident he would not be the last.

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Americans find their inner Mugabe

By Tim Cohen | Daily Maverick

One of the funniest and poignant portrayals of soon-to-be former US president Donald Trump came, somewhat inevitably, from comedian Trevor Noah. Noah made the point in jest, but there are often few truths that hit home harder than when they are spoken with a smile.

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Kenyans residing in the US narrate unique, dramatic poll experiences –

By GLORIA ARADI | The Standard

As events of the United States elections unfold, thousands of Kenyans living in America have had first-hand experience. There are some who have had a front-row seat to dramatic events.

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African leaders congratulate Biden after projected win

By Jerry Omondi | CGTN Africa

African leaders have sent congratulatory messages to Joe Biden after U.S. media called a win for the Democratic Party candidate. In messages posted majorly on Twitter, leaders from across Africa sent congratulatory messages to the 77-year-old, who is to take leadership in January 2021.

Here are some of the messages from African leaders:

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