Africa Articles

Update: Cost of Hotels for President Obama's Ethiopia Stay Likely Tops $1 Million

6:45 AM, Aug 18, 2015

Last week, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported on a $412,000 contract for 1,280 sleeping room nights at the 

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Feds Spend $7,540 for Cell Phones For President Obama's Trip to Ethiopia

6:59 AM, Aug 10, 2015

When the president of the United States travels, the White House and the Secret Service bring along a tremendous amount of communications equipment. Not only does the Secret Service set up a command post to coordinate communications for the visits, but secure connections are also needed for the president to keep in touch with Washington and the military around the world in case of emergencies.

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American Ambassador to U.N. Sent to Ebola-Infected Nations

8:16 PM, Oct 25, 2014

The American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is being sent to Ebola-infected nations. The travel plans were announced this evening on Twitter.

"BREAKING: @AmbassadorPower on her way to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana. #EbolaResponse," reads a tweet from the U.S. mission to the U.N.


BREAKING: @AmbassadorPower on her way to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana. #EbolaResponse

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NBC Crew to Be Quarantined for 21 Days

After freelance crew member tests positive for Ebola.
7:48 PM, Oct 02, 2014

NBC News chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and her crew will be flown back to America from Africa to be quarantined, an NBC memo states. The drastic action comes after a freelance member of the NBC crew reporting on Ebola was in fact diagnosed with Ebola.

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State Dept. Partners With 'Condom Pledge' Campaign for Youth, Children in Africa

6:41 AM, Sep 15, 2014

The banner, featuring a cartoon condom with a smiling face, reads: "I am Mr. Condom. Use me whenever you want to have sex. I will protect you from STDs, early pergnancy [sic], and unwanted pregnancy." Across the top of the banner are the words "I took the condom pledge," the slogan from which the non-profit organization responsible for the banner takes its name. And while the stated goal of the group, which recently conducted a fundraising campaign in partnership with the U.S.

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Public Health Official in Chief: President Gives Ebola Warning to West African Nations

8:01 AM, Sep 02, 2014

President Obama addresses the "people of West Africa" in a video posted Tuesday by the U.S.

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Obama Gets Personal in Toast to African Leaders

7:09 AM, Aug 06, 2014

President Obama talked about his commitment to Africa in personal terms last night at the White House. "I stand before you as the President of the United States and a proud American," Obama told the U.S.-African Leaders Summit at dinner last night.

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Kerry on Religion: 'Not the Way I Think Most People Want to Live'

6:28 AM, May 05, 2014

During a talk to the U.S. embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the first stop on his trip to Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked about what he called the "different cross-currents of modernity" and the challenges they present on the African continent.

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Mali Votes for Stability

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita takes the helm in a beleaguered country under attack from Islamic extremists.
12:32 PM, Aug 14, 2013

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a central figure in Mali’s political life for over 20 years, was the winner in Sunday’s runoff vote in the landlocked West African nation’s presidential election, as his rival, Soumaila Cisse, conceded and congratulated his compatriots on a civic duty well done.

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Michelle Obama: 'Prison-Like Elements' to Being First Lady, 'But It's a Really Nice Prison'

"We take our bangs and we stand in front of important things the world needs to see."
6:55 AM, Jul 02, 2013

In Tanzania, Michelle Obama joked about the "prison-like elements" of being first lady. "[B]ut it's a really nice prison," she said. "You can't complain."

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Obama and Bush to Meet Tuesday at Wreath Laying in Tanzania

6:49 AM, Jul 01, 2013

Presidents Obama and Bush will meet Tuesday at a wreath laying ceremony in Tanzania. Via the pool report:

Air Force One arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 2:39 pm local time. POTUS and family are expected to be greeted at the bottom of the steps with an arrival ceremony. Your pooler will send details of the arrival ceremony in a separate email.

There was also a gaggle. See below.


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Biden Hits the Beach

6:05 AM, Jul 01, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden, along with his wife, Jill Biden, will spend this week Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

The White House emailed Biden's schedule:


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'Rapper' Performs 'Hell on Earth' for Obama in Africa

11:18 AM, Jun 30, 2013

President Obama is with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the HIV Foundation Center in South Africa, where a 15-year-old "rapper" performed "Hell on Earth" for him this afternoon. Via the pool report:

Potus entered a classroom type building with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was wearing a pink cassock and a large silver cross. About six young boys sat in front of screens.
The program offers after school support, which includes English conversation, and computer learning.  Read more

Obama Lectures Africa About Job Creation: 'Make Sure It's a Good Deal for Africa'

'Frankly, We Don't Need Energy from Africa.'
7:38 AM, Jun 29, 2013

At a press conference today in Pretoria, South Africa, President Obama lectured about job creation -- and how to look out for your own national interests:

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Obama: 'Millet and Maize and Fertilizer Doesn’t Always Make for Sexy Copy'

2:25 PM, Jun 28, 2013

At the Radisson Blu in Dakar, Senegal, President Obama tried to get reporters to write about issues he believes are important. "[M]illet and maize and fertilizer doesn’t always make for sexy copy, but I very much hope that all the press who were in attendance today generate a story about this," Obama told the press.

The remarks came after a Food Security Expo in the African nation.

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Barnes Podcast: During A Big Week In Washington, Obama Was In...Africa

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:21 PM, Jun 28, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the week that was in Washington.

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Obama Visits Press Aboard Air Force 1; No Questions About Scandals, SCOTUS, Immigration

8:32 AM, Jun 28, 2013

President Obama stopped by the press cabin on Air Force One, as the presidential plane made its way to South Africa. While there, the press had a chance to ask the president about major issues concerning Americans: the scandals, the controversial Supreme Court decisions, immigration, and many others. 

Instead, the press asked about Obama's Africa legacy (or lack thereof), China's relationship with Africa, the commitment of U.S. companies to Africa, and whether he'll visit the ailing Nelson Mandela.

Here are the questions asked by the press to the commander in chief:

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Obama: I Don't Need 'Photo-Op' With Nelson Mandela

8:12 AM, Jun 28, 2013

President Obama went to the press cabin on Air Force One to say he doesn't need a "photo-op" with the ailing Nelson Mandela, who's currently in a Johannesburg hospital. President Obama himself will land in South Africa shortly and says he doesn't want to be "obtrusive" to the Mandela family. 

Via the Twitter account of Hans Nichols, Bloomberg White House reporter:



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Senegal President Reunites Obama With Character from His Book, Dreams from My Father

4:44 PM, Jun 27, 2013

An unexpected thing happened at tonight's state dinner in Senegal: President Sall reunited President Obama with a character who appears in his book, Dreams from My Father. Via the pool report:

Mr. Sall opened the dinner with remarks. He welcomed POTUS and FLOTUS, saying that the American president had "honored" Senegal by choosing to open the visit here after his "brilliant" reelection last year.

"We are happy and honored to welcome you," he said in English.

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WH Touts Kenyan Program to Obtain National ID Cards for Voter Registration

11:44 AM, Jun 27, 2013

As President Obama and his family continue their tour of Africa, the White House put out a Fact Sheet entitled "U.S. Support for Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa." One of the first items highlighted by the White House is a $53 million program in Kenya that helps young people "obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration."

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Obama Hasn't Called Russians, Chinese About Snowden

"I'm Not Going to Be Scrambling Jets to Get a 29-Year-Old Hacker"
7:17 AM, Jun 27, 2013

President Obama, speaking about Edward Snowden in Africa, said he hasn't called the Chinese and Russians about the man wanted by the U.S. government:

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In Africa, Michelle Obama Will 'Highlight the Power and Importance of Education'

5:13 PM, Jun 21, 2013

In a Friday evening press release, the White House details what First Lady Michelle Obama will be doing when she, the president of the United States, and their daughters travel to Africa next week. A recent article in the Washington Post reported that the trip could cost up to $100 million. 

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The Obama Family Trip to Africa to Cost $60 to $100 Million

1:12 PM, Jun 13, 2013

President Obama and his family will be going to Africa later this month. But the trip won't be cheap; it's expected to cost American taxpayers $60 to $100 million, according to the Washington Post.

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Obama to Travel to Africa

3:11 PM, May 20, 2013

The White House press office announces that President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will travel to Africa next month:

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Africa

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Obama, Clinton Silent on Hostage Crisis

9:51 AM, Jan 17, 2013

At least two American hostages (and possibly several more) are being held hostage at a gas plant in Algeria, but there's been no word on unfolding the situation from either President Barack Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In fact, the only official word to come from the Obama administration is confirmation from the State Department that indeed Americans are being held hostage there.

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Special Report Panel on Africa, Islamic Extremism, and America

9:18 AM, Jan 17, 2013

Steve Hayes, with Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Out of Africa

The Dark Continent in the mind of white America.
Oct 08, 2012

Last March the social--networking thickets caught fire, sparked by an online video called Kony 2012. Its creator, founder of the San Diego-based group Invisible Children Inc., was hoping to broadcast the misdeeds of the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. The short film was viewed tens of millions of times in just several days.

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An NGO in Africa Goes Awry

4:40 PM, Oct 01, 2012

In late August, the world’s most high-profile development project celebrated another milestone. The Millennium Villages Project opened its newest site, in northern Ghana, with newly minted Ghanaian president John Mahama and the UK’s international development secretary on hand.

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Mali: Regional Support for Transition, Uncertainties on War

6:10 AM, Apr 16, 2012

Following almost daily coups de théâtre after the Malian junior officers’ coup d’etat of March 22 led by Capt. Amadou Sanogo, indications of the political evolution of the shaken West African country and of the possible military repercussions of the past weeks’ events are being voiced in Bamako.

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Tuareg Nation Upsets U.S. Policy in Africa

Azawad proclaims independence in North Mali.
8:25 AM, Apr 07, 2012

In the latest turn of events in the decade-long war on terror, U.S. counter-terrorism policy in Africa was dealt a blow – or an opportunity – with the declaration of independence of the Azawad, the territory claimed by the Tuareg tribes of northern Mali.

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