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A selection of State.gov, IIP Digital and DipNote Articles on Africa.
January 30-February 7, 2012
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U.S.-Africa Relations
       
  Official portrait of Johnnie Carson (State Dept. Photo) U.S. Energy Trade Mission to Visit Four African Nations
The United States is sending an energy trade mission to Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana to look at potential investment projects with the aim of enhancing the countries’ ability to generate electric power, a senior State Department official says.

 
       
  William J. Burns at podium with array of flags behind him (State Dept.) Top U.S. Official Highlights U.S.-Africa Partnerships, Trade
The United States has a strong commitment to Africa, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns spent a week visiting several countries on the continent to reinforce that message.  Burns said he made the trip to emphasize U.S. ties to African partners and the commitment “to seize opportunities and address common challenges.” He noted especially meeting with a cross section of young leaders, “who are engaged in dynamic work in every sector of society.”
 
       
  Remarks Deputy Secretary Burns at African Union Summit in Addis Ababa
Opening Remarks to Regional Journalists on the Margins of African Union Summit.  U.S. Mission to the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  January 30, 2012
 
       

Democracy, Peace and Security in Sudan, DRC and Mali

       
  Statement

White House Statement on Aerial Bombardments in Sudan

 
       
  Statement Ambassador Rice on School Bombing in Southern Kordofan
Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the School Bombing in Southern Kordofan, February 2, 2012
 
       
  Testimony State’s Baer on U.S. Policy Toward Post-Election DRC
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.  Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.  Washington, DC.  February 2, 2012
 
       
  Remarks Amb. Milovanovic on Her New Role as Chair of Kimberley Process Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic of the United States, via teleconference, discusses her role as the newly appointed chair of the Kimberley Process, a combination of government, industry and civil society launched in 2003 to stem the flow of conflict diamonds, used to fund rebel groups.  
       
  Statement State Department on Situation in Northern Mali
Statement by Victoria Nuland, Spkoesperson, U.S. Department of State
 
       

Agricultural Development and Food Security

       
  Namibian farmers in bleacher seats (MCC)

Namibian Livestock Owners Embrace New Methods
New land management and marketing techniques taking hold in Namibia with U.S. help mean a stronger economic future for Namibian livestock owners — and a better life for their families and communities.

 
       
  Woman in maize field holding out ears of grain (ISAAA) Biotech Adoption Rates Highest Ever
Agricultural biotechnology continues to grow around the world at unprecedented rates. Growth is fastest in developing countries.
 
       
  A woman dries crop at a paddy field in Burha Mayong, east of Gauhati, India, May 26, 2011. [AP File Photo] Keeping Promises on Food Security
DipNote post by Jonathan Shrier, Special Representative for Global Food Security (Acting).
 
       
  Statement USAID Assistant Administrator Lindborg on Famine in Somalia
“The United Nations declared that famine is no longer present in Somalia,” says USAID Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg. “This is great and welcome news to the humanitarian aid community.”
 
       

Health

   

 

 
  Close-up of a partially blind Ethiopian boy receiving ointment on his left eye.

Health Organization Aims to Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases Neglected tropical diseases are a group of preventable illnesses that plague the world’s poor and developing regions. With the help of countries like the United States, the World Health Organization hopes to eliminate these ailments by 2020. Here’s the road map.

 
       
  A child lights candles in front of a painting that depicts a red ribbon, at an event to mark World AIDS Day in Katmandu, Nepal, Dec. 1, 2011. [AP File Photo] Partnering With Business To Eliminate Pediatric AIDS by 2015
DipNote post by Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.
 
       
Technology, Security and Growth
       
  EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (AP Images)

Global Leaders Promote Technology to Advance Sustainable Growth
More than 400 global policymakers, development chiefs and technology leaders have gathered in California for a three-day conference to discuss using connection technologies, like the Web and mobile phones, to advance sustainable development in the fields of health, the environment, agriculture and economic growth.

 
       
  Close-up of Janet Napolitano (AP Images) U.S. Government Works to Enhance Cyberdefenses
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano leads a delegation of U.S. intelligence and security officials in briefing the U.S. Senate on the threats posed by computer attacks as legislators prepare to consider a new measure that would strengthen cyberdefenses.
 
       
  Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer, center; responds to #AskMike questions from the Department’s official Spanish Twitter feed, @USAenEspanol, on January 24, 2012. Also pictured: Director of the Office of International Media Engagement Abigail Dressel, left; Specialist Assistant Mireille Zieseniss, third from right; Public Affairs Specialist Sarah Goldfarb, second from right; and Acting Director of Digital Communications Center Ed Dunn, right. [State Department photo by Ben Chang/ Public Domain] 21st Century Statecraft: Continuing the Conversation
Alec Ross serves as the Secretary of State's Senior Advisor for Innovation.
Technology and new innovations are changing the world in which we live. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is responding to these challenges by adapting our foreign policy agenda to leverage new innovations in service of our diplomatic and development goals. This is 21st Century Statecraft -- complementing traditional foreign policy tools with newly innovated and adapted instruments of statecraft that fully leverage the networks, technologies, and demographics of our interconnected world.
 
       
U.S. Politics and Elections 2012
       
  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, with flag in background (AP Images)

Bernanke Urges U.S. Leaders to Cut National Debt
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke calls on U.S. leaders to achieve economic and financial stability by putting the U.S. fiscal policy on a sustainable path that ensures the public debt declines over time.

 
       
  Close-up of Hilda Solis (AP Images) U.S. Unemployment Drops to Lowest Level Since 2009
The U.S. unemployment rate drops to 8.3 percent in January as private sector employment rose for the 23rd consecutive month, signaling a strengthening job market and an improved economy, according to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
 
       
  Man and women confer at caucus site (AP Images) Romney Win in First Republican Race in West Fails to Shrink Field
Republicans in Nevada, a Western state with a struggling economy, gathered in 125 sites to discuss the merits of the remaining candidates in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Mitt Romney garnered the most support, but the race for the national nomination is far from over.
 
       
  Election official and voters at polling place (AP Images) After Florida, Republican Presidential Hopefuls Move West
Mitt Romney won the Florida primary, but what exactly did he win? National party rules, and potential challenges between now and the Republican National Convention, could affect the final delegate count.
 
       

African Americans and African Diaspora in the U.S.

       
  Close-up of Christine Martey-Ochola (White House)

White House Honors African Americans Bringing Change
African Americans with ties to East Africa are the most recent honorees in a White House program to highlight innovation and social activism. The Champions of Change program is based on the idea that “the best ideas come from the American people.”

 
       
  Composite image of leaders in American Diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa, recognized as Champions of Change by the White House on January 30, 2012. [White House photos]

Honoring American Diaspora Leaders With Roots in the Horn of Africa
Kris M. Balderston serves as Special Representative for Global Partnerships.
This week, I joined the White House in honoring 14 leaders in American diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa as Champions of Change. These leaders are helping to build stronger neighborhoods in communities across the United States, and are working to mobilize networks across borders to address global challenges.

 
       
  E-Journal USA Making Their Mark: Black Women Leaders  
       

Women’s Rights and Empowerment

   

 

 
  Dancer Judith Jamison (Max Waldman)

Great Women of the 20th Century
This photo gallery presents several American women who made important contributions to the history and culture of the United States in the 20th century. It is a sampling of the photos from a virtual exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

 
       
  A Masai girl holds a protest sign during the anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) run in Kilgoris, Kenya, in 2007. [AP File Photo] U.S. Supports Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
DipNote post by Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, and David M. Robinson, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.
 
       
  A woman walks past screens showing graphs of stocks at the Athens Stock Exchange on November 21, 2011. [AP File Photo] Op-Ed: ‘Why the Global Economy Needs Businesses To Invest in Women’
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer and President of the Women in the World Foundation Kim Azzarelli co-authored an opinion piece that appears today on The Daily Beast website. In the piece, Ambassador Verveer and Ms. Azzarelli underscore why the global economy needs the "other 51 percent." The text of their article follows below.
 
       
  Remarks Clinton Remarks in Munich on Role of Women in Peace, Security
In remarks to a meeting in Munich, Germany, Secretary of State Clinton says international efforts to build and maintain peace would be boosted if there was more support to women in areas of conflict, their perspective was a key part of peace negotiations and they played a more direct part in such negotiations.