Ilhan Omar Closer to Becoming First African Refugee in Congress

Posted: August 15, 2018, 6:54 am

Ilhan Omar Closer to Becoming First African Refugee in Congress MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — The foundation of Democrat Ilhan Omar’s historic primary election win to represent Minnesota’s 5th District in the U.S. Congress was built on a simple campaign message.
“I am a millennial with student debt,” the 35-year-old state lawmaker told an audience in a crowded auditorium at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs during a pre-election forum with two of her competitors, both of them older.
“And a renter,” she added, someone who isn’t ready, or can’t yet afford, to purchase a home.
It was a simple yet effective message by Omar, conveying that — despite her origins in Somalia and the hijab upon her head — she was just like the many younger, progressive and liberal voters she needed to court in the Congressional district she seeks to represent.
It was ultimately a winning message, both now… and two years ago when she first made history in her election (which her c..

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Obama Urges World to Follow Mandela’s Example

Posted: July 17, 2018, 4:00 pm

Obama Urges World to Follow Mandela's Example U.S. President Barack Obama, at podium delivers his speech at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 17, 2018. JOHANNESBURG — Former U.S. president Barack Obama Tuesday delivered the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg. He urged people in South Africa and elsewhere to follow the late Nobel Peace Prize winner’s example and combat the politics of fear and division.
In his speech, Obama bemoaned what he described as the return of the old order of things. He said there is evidence of continued racism in both the U.S. and South Africa despite Mandela’s 67 years in confronting the issue.
Turning to diminishing democracy in some parts of the world, Obama urged leaders to follow the example Mandela set.
“Madiba guided this nation through negotiation, painstakingly, reconciliation, its first fair and free elections,” Obama said, referring to Mandela by his tribal nam..

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Former President Obama: ‘Denial of Facts’ Could Spell End to Democracy

Posted: July 17, 2018, 1:29 pm

Former President Obama: 'Denial of Facts' Could Spell End to Democracy U.S. President Barack Obama, at podium delivers his speech at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 17, 2018. Former U.S. President Barack Obama warns the “denial of facts” could spell the end of of democracies around the world.
Obama's remarks were made Tuesday in Johannesburg to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. It was his highest-profile event since leaving the White House in 2017 after eight years in office.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (L), and former U.S. President Barack Obama (R) share a light moment at the16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 17, 2018. “The denial of facts runs counter to democracy,” he said. “It could be its undoing, which is why we have to zealously protect independent media. And we have to g..

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Obama to Deliver Mandela Address in Likely Rebuke to Trump

Posted: July 17, 2018, 8:52 am

Obama to Deliver Mandela Address in Likely Rebuke to Trump Former US President Barack Obama speaks with his half sister Auma Obama, in Kogelo, Kenya, Monday, July 16, 2018. JOHANNESBURG — Former U.S. President Barack Obama is set to make his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values under threat in an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth.
While not directly mentioning his successor, President Donald Trump, Obama’s speech on Tuesday in South Africa is expected to counter many of Trump’s policies, rallying people to keep alive the ideas that Mandela worked for including democracy, diversity and good education for all.
An estimated 14,000 people were gathering at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg for the speech, which will be streamed online. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mandela’s widow Graca Machel will introduce Obama for the annual Nelson Mandela ..

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Obama in Kenya for First Visit to Africa Since Leaving White House

Posted: July 16, 2018, 1:24 pm

Obama in Kenya for First Visit to Africa Since Leaving White House Former U.S. President Barack Obama addresses players at the basketball court during the launch of Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya, July 16, 2018. NAIROBI — Former U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya on Sunday for his first visit to Africa since leaving the White House. On Monday, he spoke at the small village that was his late father's homeland.
This is the fifth time that Obama has visited Kenya, his father's birthplace.
Upon arriving in Nairobi on Sunday, he held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga. On Monday, he inaugurated the Sauti Kuu Foundation, a sports and vocational training center set up by his half-sister in the small western Kenyan town of Kogelo.
Kogelo was the hometown of Barack Obama Sr. The former president last visited the village in 2006 when he was a U.S. senator..

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Obama Set to Speak on Mandela Legacy in South Africa

Posted: July 16, 2018, 1:19 pm

Obama Set to Speak on Mandela Legacy in South Africa Former US President Barack Obama gestures to the crowd, during an event in Kogelo, Kisumu, Kenya, July 16, 2018. JOHANNESBURG — Former U.S. President Barack Obama visits South Africa this week to deliver the 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture. The lecture honors the late Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was the central figure in the fight against white minority rule in South Africa.
All roads on Tuesday will lead to Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg to hear what former U.S. President Obama has to say about the legacy of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
He will speak one day before what would have been the late icon's 100th birthday, and one day before Nelson Mandela International Day, an annual holiday declared by the United Nations in 2009.
Luzuko Koti, communications director at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, says about 15,000 people are expected to attend, including several former heads of states from Africa and f..

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Call-to-Listen Radio, A Respite for African Immigrants

Posted: July 5, 2018, 7:42 am

For the millions of first-generation immigrants in the United States, whose native languages aren't common on the streets of New York or any other U.S. community, staying connected to local news and culture can be challenging. But across Diaspora communities, call-to-listen radio programming is designed to fill this need and offer a respite from day-to-day hardships as immigrants, including the undocumented. VOA's Ramon Taylor has this report from New York.

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UN Extends Sanctions on South Sudan Until Mid-July

Posted: June 1, 2018, 1:40 am

UN Extends Sanctions on South Sudan Until Mid-July Gatdin Bol, 65, who fled fighting and now survives by eating fruit from the trees, sits under a tree in the town of Kandak, South Sudan. Five years into South Sudan's civil war more than 7 million people are facing severe hunger without food aid, according to the latest analysis by the U.N. and the government. A U.N. Security Council resolution to extend sanctions on South Sudan has been renewed for 45 more days after the U.S.-led effort passed at the U.N. Thursday.
The resolution passed with the required nine “yes” votes and six abstentions from the 15 member Security Council.
“The United States has lost its patience. And status quo is unacceptable. It is long past time for all of us to demand better for the South Sudanese people,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.
The Security Council delayed a decision for 30 days on imposing travel bans and asset freezes on six South Sudanese leaders accused of impedin..

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