Regions / Africa
A common flaw in U.S. foreign policy is the politicization of foreign assistance. Whether Republican or Democratic, U.S. administrations allow narrowly defined "national interests" - instead of needs, priorities, and realities in a given country - to dictate foreign assistance. And Rwanda is an excellent case in point.
With the new Africa Command, the United States is increasing its military footprint on an energy-rich continent.
Will President Bush's view of trade and investment on workers in Africa truly end this paternalism?
A closer look at this administration's record on debt should begin with the question often posed by Africa-based civil society groups: who owes whom?
The Bush administration is continuing its militarization of U.S.-African relations this year.
Instead of splurging on sponsoring the Super Bowl halftime show, Bridgestone Firestone should start paying its Liberian rubber workers a living wage.
Mozambique once opposed the Cahora Bassa dam. It should have maintained its opposition.
With his preference for diplomacy over militarism, we must neither be naïve about Barack Obama's limitations nor cynical about his potential.
There's no question that the Congressman's personal history is both courageous and noble but most peace and justice activists have found Lantos as a very inconsistent human rights advocate.
Unfortunately, the current wave of violence is seen by many Kenyans as payback time.