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Why US-Africa reality does not fit the hype


By KEVIN J KELLEY
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A Washington-based expert on China-Africa relations is disputing the basis of President Donald Trump’s new Africa policy, which depicts US practices as a benign alternative to China’s “predatory” behaviour on the continent.

Successive US policymakers “have been spreading myths and rumours about what the Chinese are doing” in Africa, says Dr Deborah Brautigam, director of the China Africa Research Initiative at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

But a December 13 speech by National Security Advisor John Bolton went further by placing Cold War-style competition between Washington and Beijing at the centre of US strategy in Africa.

In his address, Mr Bolton suggested that African states are being misled by China’s offers of…

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We beat a dragon in a South African virtual reality game


  • South African company Business Science Corporation has built a virtual reality tool for Kids Kicking Cancer, which helps children deal with the pain associated with cancer through meditation.
  • We tried it for ourselves, and learned to breath in the light, and breath out the darkness.
  • The short VR training module introduces the breathing technique, and imagery useful for self-guided meditation, remarkably effectively.

By next year South African company Business Science Corporation (BSC) believes its virtual reality (VR) business could make up around a fifth of its revenue – and turn a handsome profit – as it uses VR tools to train artisans and corporate staff more cheaply than other methods allow.

But it also hopes to help addicts with their recovery, help those with anxiety…

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Race And Incarceration: A Stark Reality


The statistics are startling: If you’re a black man in America, you’re five times as likely to go to state prison as a white man. Latinos and African Americans make up one-third of the U.S. population; they make up two-thirds of the prison population.

You can’t talk about incarceration without talking about race. Christopher Scott knows that too well.

In April 1997, Scott and Claude Simmons were driving through the wrong place at the wrong time. A man named Alfonso Aguilar had been murdered in Dallas.

Police were everywhere and they had just a brief description of the suspects.

“Two African-American men, one tall one short, dark complected with a low haircut. And I’m like, what kind of description is that?” Scott says. “You described half of the African-American men in the world…

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Caribbean Geographical Command is a reality > U.S. Army Reserve > News-Display


Soldiers of all U.S. Army Reserve units in Puerto Rico participated of a Transformation ceremony, Dec 9, at Fort Buchanan, in what represents the beginning of the newly formed Army Reserve Caribbean Geographical Command. 

“Up to this point, all Reserve Soldiers in Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have honorably served the needs of the Nation, wearing different patches or insignias in our uniform sleeves,” said Brig. Gen. Dustin A, Shultz, Commanding General of the 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico.

Even when the 1st Mission Support Command is the largest federal U.S. Army command in the region, there were several units that reported directly to their functional headquarters in the Continental United States.

Now all units will wear the Garita patch, the same emblem that the…

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Commentary: Coping with the OECD reality


Sir Ronald Sanders is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the US and the OAS. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are his own. Responses to: www.sirronaldsanders.com

By Sir Ronald Sanders

Demands of the rich man’s club, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), have once again created disarray in the Caribbean.

It is a disarray to which Caribbean countries have contributed by their lack of a common and strong political response to the many impositions by the OECD on the global financial sector since 1998 when the Organisation first launched what it called its “harmful tax competition initiative”.

For two decades, the OECD…

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Reality Check: Is China burdening Africa with debt?


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President Xi and African leaders at the FOCAC summit in Beijing, September 2018

Africa is facing a looming debt crisis, say leading development economists.

“Almost 40% of sub-Saharan African countries are in danger of slipping into a major debt crisis” according to the Overseas Development Institute, ahead of a major conference on debt being held in London this week.

And the relationship between African nations and China is often seen as a significant part of the problem.

Its critics say that major infrastructure projects carried out by Chinese companies in Africa are too…

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