Obama starts long awaited Africa tour...

Obama starts long awaited Africa tour at slave port

There are 6 comments on the Reuters story from Jun 27, 2013, titled Obama starts long awaited Africa tour at slave port. In it, Reuters reports that:

Almost four centuries after Africans started being shipped to North America as slaves, the first U.S. president of African ancestry will on Thursday visit an infamous embarkation point for those destined for lives in chains.

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Dino

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Jun 27, 2013
I hope someone buys him.
Roofis wit da Gold Toofis

Lakeland, FL

#2 Jun 27, 2013
Dino wrote:
I hope someone buys him.
LOL I hope they don't overpay!

Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Jun 27, 2013
He would look good decorating a nice Jewish neighborhood in South Africa. Or would he prefer a "gay" neighborhood?

Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Jun 27, 2013
Africa Under Siege
By KWANISAI MAFA

Africans all over the world had an historic opportunity to make a significant impact on the direction of Africa, starting last week when African leaders met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.This opportunity came during the most critical time of Africa since the 1960s, as the African Union Summit convened.

The AU, formed in 2001 to establish the long-delayed government of Africa, is the direct offspring of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) created in 1963.With very critical issues facing Africa, leaders have to decide how best to deal with problems consuming Africa from Cape to Cairo and from West to East Africa. African leaders need to, finally and immediately, establish a union government of Africa as discussed for the last century.

When will Africa be for the Africans?

Reactionary Forces
We see reactionary forces occupying Africa. America is placing American troops in 35 African countries. France is now in Mali to stop the Islamists, with American support of course. But does it matter to us whether the Euro-Americans or the Islamists occupy the land; both are known to be devils and destroyers of African culture.

And what shall we say about the African governments in cahoots with the imperialists or globalists? The African politicians appear in lockstep with the colonisers and crusaders seeking control of Africa's precious minerals. From neo-colonialism of the last decades, we see they are in the mood to make deals with the devil. After all, Kwame Nkrumah taught us neo-colonialism is colonialism playing possum.

African nations collaborating with the occupiers are in the tradition of those who sold us to slavers. In many of these nations, the former revolutionaries have turned reactionary, yes, in league with the devil. We can almost say no one in this African quagmire is without sin. Who are the good guys, the African leaders, the Euro-Americans, Arab Islamists, who?

Read more: http://www.modernghana.com/news/444126/1/afri...

Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Jun 28, 2013
get out of Africa, Obama

Ahead of his arrival in Johannesburg on Friday, an anti-Obama protest was held not far from the hospital where Mandela is being treated with one demonstrator claiming the U.S. president had been a “disappointment.”

Reuters reported that nearly 1,000 trade unionists, Muslim activists, South African Communist Party members and others marched to the U.S. Embassy where they burned a U.S. flag, calling Obama's foreign policy “arrogant and oppressive.”

"We had expectations of America's first black president. Knowing Africa's history, we expected more,” Khomotso Makola, a 19-year-old law student, told Reuters. He said Obama was a “disappointment, I think Mandela too would be disappointed and feel let down.”

South African critics of Obama have focused in particular on his support for U.S. drone strikes overseas, which they say have killed hundreds of innocent civilians, and his failure to deliver on a pledge to close the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba housing terrorism suspects.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/28...
Now into his second term, it seems Mr Obama’s absence from Africa has not made hearts grow fonder
http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2013/06...

I just can't imagine that the streets will be filled with people cheering on his arrival. It's nothing personal. Our thoughts are simply elsewhere.

Bill Clinton was the first US president to visit South Africa. He came in 1998 when our Rainbow Nation was barely four years old. We had just come out of our toddler phase – we were young, not yet able to walk steadily and trying to grapple with the new-found acceptance into the global community. Like excited kids, we gave Clinton a warm welcome, and he came bearing gifts. He pledged to increase aid to the continent, allocating more than $60m to South Africa that year. He also gave us the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which he signed into law in 2000. It is an important piece of legislature that till today allows us preferential access to the US market, with duties and tariffs on thousands of products being dropped to zero.

George W Bush walked into a very different South Africa when he met with our then-president Thabo Mbeki in 2003. We were on the brink of celebrating our 10th birthday. We were more stable and confident of our place in the world, we even started playing with new friends, but there was still a lot of growing up to do. That same year Bush launched the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), committing $15bn over five years to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. At that time, the United States was South Africa's largest trading partner. Today it is China.

That relationship is of course part of the reason why many of the reports I read leading up to Obama's visit said it's too little, too late, that the US was just trying to catch up, even questioned if it is worth it to spend so much money just getting to Africa. Yes, we are worth it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/...

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1... !/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/ derivatives/landscape_635/afri ca-obama.jpg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-231047...

Since: Jul 11

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#6 Jun 28, 2013
Dino wrote:
I hope someone buys him.
Paula Deen?

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