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Africa Watch
Urgent support call for Afrobarometer poling group that measures Africa’s present and shows the road to the Continent’s future – Followed by map of US military operations in Africa, followed by an overview of the Boko Haram in Nigeria and all the Al-Qaeda aligned terrorist groups across Africa and Middle-East as they continue their operations. We provide a closer look at Boko Haram and al-Shabaab organization, plus show you the U.S. Terrorist Most Wanted poster offering rewards of between $3m and $7m for the leaders of the Islamist militant groups in Africa. - READ MORE
Americas View
In this section we present the official U.S. government statements, public opinion polls and general comments America makes about Africa to keep Africa officialdom aware of the Africa temperament in the USA –and to see “What America Sees” – This posting caries Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Africa team and few facts of the African Immigrants in the U.S. – plus a reprint of a Commentary which appeared in the recent issue of The New Yorker Magazine-READ MORE
Africa Comment
Conversely this section presents comments by Africa which the U.S. and other overseas quarters should be aware of and understand. Current posting reports on the meetings in Kigali of Africa’s top security chiefs. PLUS: Malawi is contemplating removing English from their classrooms. We also feature the African Transformation Report which outlines a view of Africa's possible or probable future- full report is linked for download. -READ MORE
This posting leads off with the unsolved murder of Burkina's revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara. Followed by "Made in Ghana "with great pride and ingenuity – Kantanka Group designed, produced and is manufacturing passenger cars in Ghana. Now that is NEWS! -READ MORE

We name the top 10 philanthropists in Africa.


Profile of Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama – PLUS eight other noteworthy African politicians Michael Sata, Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, Somalia Prime Minister; Re-elected President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Al-Bashir, President of Sudan; Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

Africa Inc
Insightful article of Sub-Sahara economic standing, plus a report of Recent Africa airlines meeting and the Open Skies developments. Africa Development Bank President warns of coming economic problems, followed by a report “Africa Loses More Money to Illicit Financial Flows Than It Receives in Foreign Aid”. -READ MORE
Eyewitness account of the treacherous journey by sea and desert for a fife in Europe. Followed by Kenya Jihadist meets a reporter who is an atheist; the interviewee is Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, better known by his nickname, Makaburi. It means "graveyard" in Swahili. Ask around in the Majengo area of Mombasa and people will know where he lives. But ask around too much and you are likely to have a problem -READ MORE
Children and grandchildren of African immigrants who sought refuge in the United States during the turbulent 1970's and 80's era of military dictatorships in the Continent are now clearly distinguishing themselves – we meet some of them. Followed by the meaning of a name among Africans. Many African children are given at least three names. Each is carefully selected to reflect the circumstances of the child's birth, the family history, the parents' status or the expectations for the child's future. Cuban Ganga finds his roots in Sierra Leonean village- a touching 175-year return to the Continent -READ MORE
The Arts
In this web post we feature one of Nigeria’s most accomplished artist – Peju Alatisa, who is now a Museum Fellow of the African Art Museum in Washington D.C. With all the political events taking place in Egypt, its history and grandeur still comes to life - until a decade ago, no one knew of, an ancient harbor city Heracleion -READ MORE


Africa Kitchen
Safari Cuisine overview. Followed by Art of Sushi-Making African-Style. The unique drinks of Africa. Then we tell you of Morocco and its saffron crop. France's cherished culinary tradition holds big attraction for foreign visitors. But few tourists realize that many chefs and most kitchen staff in Paris and other big cities are immigrants from Africa. Review of a classic Nairobi restaurant Carnivore – Plus a great Senegal food article which appeared in the “Saveur” magazine, courtesy of Peirre Thiam, our chef colleague. Link to the U.S. based African Dinner website listing African restaurants in all the major metropolitan areas of the U.S.-READ MORE
Book Review
"Foreign Gods, Inc." a new must-read book by a Nigerian author reviewed. Nelson Mandela's autobiography turned into a film – our review. From orphan to author, the self-help guru is turning the spiritual world upside down by exploring a new concept, African Spirituality. “Our ancestors believed in African deities and gained their strength to survive one of the worst atrocities in American history," Followed by a review of a book by the President of Ghana “My First Coup D'état” – and a review of a 19th Century travel book of West Africa by Mary Kingsley, published in 1892, a must read before your visit to Sierra Leone - READ MORE
Career Info
The African Times/USA presents Career Opportunities as a community outreach resource to our readers and site visitors. World Bank seeking new talent; Africa Development Bank’s new career program is outlined; U.S. White House internship information, a way to work with the U.S. President; Fulbright Scholarship availability and contacts for US and non-US applicants -READ MORE
TENERIFE – the sophisticated island retreat off Africa’s Atlantic coast with much to offer any visitor. Nairobi art galleries get a review and a look at Nairobi’s oldest hotel, the Stanley admits fabulous Exchange Bar. And then we tell you about a destination with a WARNING! The following is not a place to visit at this time, but you should put it on your Africa travel bucket list, because when all will become peaceful it will be the top Africa destination. -READ MORE


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As Africa's Friends Increase

Within a week, two important guests - Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and India's Narenda Modi - came calling. To underline the importance of the Continent to their two countries, the visits were of the highest diplomatic level and protocol. Netanyahu arrived to Entebbe International Airport in a four-plane entourage, accompanied by cabinet-level ministers and top Israeli military brass with a message from Israel's Parliament that said: "Africa constitutes vast potential for Israel in very many areas. Many countries are seeking to open their gates to Israel and we will realize this desire for the mutual benefit of every partner during the trip." For the Israeli Prime Minister, the Uganda trip had a deeper significance as he had lost his older brother, Jonathan, in the infamous 1976 Entebbe rescue raid in which he was a military commander.

Then along came the Indian Prime Minister with a multi-million-dollar financial package to do business with Africa. Up until now, China has been Africa's largest Asian trading partner, a position which the Indians are spoiling to alter. In a deliberate effort to contrast the Chinese 
business model in Africa, Modi who stopped in Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya said that India's focus will be on "human development through trade, rather the extraction of resources."

In all of these, Africa sits to be the beneficiary of a new climate of positive engagement from the various economic powerhouses of the world.  The days when Africa was either the fertile soil for   unconscionable exploitations or a dumping ground for cheap, inferior and defective products now seem to be far and between.

Africa is truly open for business.


Debate - knowledge - opinions - ideas are all part of the AFRICA DIALOG. This is your opportunity to debate, come under the traditional village tree and become a part of the community.

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World's Largest Diamond Found In Africa

A diamond which could become the largest polished round diamond in history has been discovered at the Letšeng Mine, in the African Kingdom of Lesotho, owned by Gem Diamonds, with the government of Lethoso holding 30%. The company acquired the mine in 2006, and since then has produced four of the 20 largest white gem quality diamonds ever recovered. This massive stone is the 20th largest rough diamond ever found, weighs 478 carats and is said to be of outstanding clarity. As yet unnamed, we have a name - “Africa”.



Morocco wishes to rejoin the African Union, 32 years after leaving the organization. according to a message Moroccan King Mohammed VI sent to the African Union Summit in Rwanda. Morocco left the Continental bloc in 1984 after the African Union admitted the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, located in disputed Western Sahara, as an AU member. Moroccan authorities have long maintained that Western Sahara is part of Morocco. Support of readmission of Morocco is supported by 28 AU heads of State to "act for the immediate suspension of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic from the activities of the African Union and all its bodies, to enable the AU to play a constructive role and contribute positively to UN efforts for a final settlement to the regional dispute over the Sahara". The countries supporting the action are Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Libya, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo and Zambia.


Voting for African Union Commission chairperson to replace Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has failed to produce a two-thirds majority for any of the three candidates who were up for nomination. Heads of state cast their votes for the most important position on the Continental body. The elections are being postponed to the January AU Summit. It is believed that fifteen heads of states abstained from voting when the first round of votes were cast, and 20 during the second round, which an insider said was a "vote of no confidence" for all the candidates.


Over the past five years the Chinese military presence in Africa has undergone a profound change. Until 2012, the Chinese played a low-key support role in multinational peacekeeping operations, preferring to send military engineers and medical staff rather than deploy combat forces. Today, that is no longer the case. China is the eighth-largest supplier of troops for UN peacekeeping operations in Africa and the largest among the five permanent Security Council members. The large and growing Chinese military presence in Africa is also becoming increasingly diverse both in terms of where its forces are deployed and their operational capacity. China's most sophisticated warships have been actively involved in multinational anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden since 2008, and new operations and involvement within the international anti-piracy effort in the Gulf of Guinea.


The murders of 12 local politicians in South Africa have raised fears of a campaign of violence and claims of factional fighting within the ruling African National Congress (ANC). The killings in June and July have largely occurred in KwaZulu-Natal province and targeted ANC candidates standing for positions as ward councilors. "Without a doubt, the ongoing assassinations are political killings orchestrated within the different factions of political parties," political analyst Andre Duvenhage told Anadolu Agency. In a sign of the growing tension surrounding local politics in South Africa, the ANC's nomination of Thoko Didiza to replace Kgosientso Ramokgopa as mayor of Pretoria in the Aug. 3 election last month led to rioting.


Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli promised harsh crackdowns on any opposition protests, days after the country's main opposition Chadema party called for anti-government rallies beginning in September. Magufuli, who is nicknamed "the bulldozer," vowed to deal with anyone causing violence "thoroughly and without mercy." Critics say the President, who has been praised by some international donors for cracking down on corruption, has grown increasingly authoritarian since taking office in late 2015.


The United Nations handed over security control to Liberian forces on June 30, nearly 13 years after it first established a peacekeeping mission in Liberia. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said continued improvement in security and stability enabled the handover, making it possible for the U.N. mission in Liberia to move into its final phase. The U.N. presence in Liberia will be capped at about 1,200 military personnel and 600 police and will play a supporting role only. Still, the Secretary-General reminded all stakeholders to remain engaged in maintaining Liberia's stability and supporting its people and government.


Tens of thousands marched in Ethiopia's northwestern city of Gondar. Residents descended to the city center "piazza" around 9 am. The rally lasted until noontime. In placards and chants, the protesters denounced what they see as putting Amhara people at a disadvantage. Among the slogans in the protest: "Restore the historic border", "Wolqait is Amhara", "Qimant and Amhara are one" and "Return the land given to Sudan". The protesters demanded: "Respect for Amhara-ness", "Amhara is not terrorist", "Stop mass killing Amhara people" and an end to alleged TPLF dominance in the region. Shooting broke out when the Anti-Terrorism Taskforce moved to detain a group of individuals including those known as organizers of a movement for the reassignment of Wolqait district from Tigray region to Amhara region. The task force claimed the individuals were wanted for crimes, while the supporters of the movement deemed it as a political crackdown. The clash left eleven security officers and five civilians dead.


India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes his visit to four African nations, some not visited by an Indian leader in more than three decades, will reinvigorate cooperation in energy, trade and investments. The Prime Minister visited Mozambique, followed by South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Brushing aside suggestions that India is trying to compete with China in Africa. The Prime Minister is likely to push for civil airline agreements and to meet with the substantial Indian communities in South Africa and Kenya as well as signing agreements with each of the four countries.


Muammar Gaddafi's son has been released by his Libyan jailors. Saif al-Islam was sentenced to death in 2015 for crimes committed during the revolution that overthrew his father. The former Libyan dictator's second son "was given his liberty on April 12, 2016", lawyer Karim Khan said, adding that Saif al-Islam was released under an amnesty and "in accordance with (Libyan) law".


Algeria and Morocco announced a new bilateral security agreement. The agreement covers security cooperation against the threat of terrorism, particularly that posed by the Islamic State's operations in Libya. Though the two countries' relations remain tense, the high-level visit is rare and could open the door for friendlier relations at a time when Morocco is looking to strengthen both regional and continental ties.


In a landmark admission of historical guilt, German chancellor Angela Merkel said her country will formally recognize and apologize for the systematic murder of Namibia's Herero people more than a century ago. Germany's federal government is in talks with the Namibian government to finalize a common language and policy around the hitherto almost ignored mass killings. Still, Merkel's government was clear that there would be no reparations, but rather targeted development projects. "On the question of whether there could be reparations or legal consequences, there are none. The apology does not come with any consequences on how we deal with the history and portray it," Merkel's spokeswoman, told reporters.


King Mswati III's royal budget has been increased to $69.8 million in the current financial year at a time when Swaziland continues to struggle with rising poverty and a sluggish economic growth. According to official figures mentioned in the "Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland's estimates for the years from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2019" report, the royal budget was $55.3 million in the last financial year, but this year it has been increased by $13.9 million. The budget also has an extra $6.7 million allocation for the king's private jet. Moreover, the budget for construction of link roads to royal palaces has been increased by $6.4 million. It was $2 million in the last budget. The royal houses budget was also increased by $10 million to reach $17 million.


France has sentenced two former Rwandan mayors to life in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity committed in Rwanda in 1994, when ethnic Hutu extremists killed more than 800,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in a three-month rampage while the world largely stood by. The two sentenced mayors, Tito Barahira, 65, and Octavien Ngenzi, 58, were tried over attacks against ethnic Tutsis in the town of Kabarondo, where they both have been mayor. This was the second such trial in France, which can rule on such cases since Parliament adopted a law that gives it universal jurisdiction over cases of crimes against humanity. A number of Rwandan genocide-related crimes have been tried in recent years in Rwanda and other countries. Rights groups welcomed the decision but called for faster trials in other, ongoing investigations. "We need to speed things up, it's high time, it's been 22 years," said Dafroza Gauthier from CPCR, a rights groups of Rwanda victims. "We need procedures to accelerate while there are still witnesses."


The United States pledged $407 million in aid to Tanzania on Aug. 1 for a number of sectors including health, agriculture, education and democratic governance. News of the promised aid comes months after the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government aid agency, pulled $472 million of funding for an electricity project in Tanzania over concerns surrounding March 20 presidential elections in the country's semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar. The $407 million is part of a 5-year deal signed Aug. 1 by Tanzania and the U.S. Agency for International Development.