In Africa emotions are running high for President Bush's five-day tour,
the first for a Republican president. Bush will visit Uganda, Senegal,
South Africa, Botswana and Nigeria, all of which are considered by the
administration to be progressive countries in a continent where progress
is hard won. States not on Bush's tour have not fared so well. With
Liberia in the midst of civil war and the announced departure of their
recently indicted president, Charles Taylor, Bush is now considering
whether to send U.S. troops there. Congo remains in the throes of a war
that has claimed roughly 50,000 lives in the past four years alone.
Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, is widely considered to have brought
that once thriving country to ruin through government mismanagement and
systematic abuse. Amidst these problems, President Bush has promised a
new $15 billion package to fight AIDS, the bulk of which will go to
Africa. Nonetheless, humanitarian agencies question the Bush
administration's motivations. Is it really the war on terrorism? Is it
the desire to maintain African nations' support against the International
Criminal Court? While some of Africa's leaders look to Bush for support,
in a show of disdain former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela
scheduled travel to coincide with Bush's visit.
This month CIAO focuses on Africa.
From CIAO's database:
Liberians' Fear of Being Denied Refuge is a Real One
The U.S. and Nigeria — Thinking Beyond Oil
Fiscal Policy, Growth and Poverty Reduction in Uganda
Big Business and the Wealth of South Africa: Policy Issues in the Transition from Apartheid
Africa and U.S. National Interests: Final Report of the Ninetieth American Assembly
U.S. Department of State
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Human Rights Watch
IPS - Inter Press Service
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