[Nation] Two State Department officials were thrown on the defensive as members of the US Congress denounced the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for programmes in Africa.
[LINA] A Liberian soil scientist, Emmanuel Lincoln, is calling on the government to ensure that the country has a digital soil map to assist investors .
[News24Wire] The United States has announced plans to increase its funding levels to Zimbabwe, particularly in the health sector – despite a diplomatic tiff between Washington and Harare.
[Premium Times] Seventy days into his administration, President Donald Trump has issued his first order for military operation in Africa.
[New Zimbabwe] FORMER US ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray says President Robert Mugabe and newly installed US counterpart Donald Trump are two birds of a feather who would never get along with each other even for “three minutes” because of the “size of their egos”.
[East African] Three years ago, President Omar al-Bashir’s administration changed its style of engaging the United States from constant public censure — mainly in solidarity with Arab states — to behind-the-scenes diplomacy.This change of tack bore fruit on January 13, when former former US president Barack Obama issued an executive order partially lifting sanctions that were imposed on Sudan in 1997 for alleged association with terrorist organisations.
[New Zimbabwe] Quips Prof Moyo – ‘Obama? Is that the name of a lame duck or what?’
WITH its shopping malls, sports centres and new residential blocks, Maale Adumim (pictured above) looks and feels like any other Israeli dormitory suburb. Less than ten minutes’ drive eastward from Jerusalem, the town on the edge of the Judaean Desert, which is also the third-largest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, may be about to become the first test case of America’s Middle East policy under Donald Trump. Elements of Binyamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition are agitating to annex parts of the West Bank, starting with Maale Adumim, in the belief that the Trump administration will reverse a long-standing American policy opposing Israeli settlements in territory it occupied in 1967.
THESE should be the best of times for Binyamin Netanyahu.
WHEN Russia dispatched its warplanes to prop up the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad, Barack Obama warned Moscow that its Syrian adventure was doomed to fail. Russia will get “stuck in a quagmire and it won’t work”, Mr Obama confidently predicted in October 2015. Russia’s air force has since proven the American president profoundly wrong.