U.S. sentences accused Liberian warlord Jabbateh to 30 years

U.S. sentences accused Liberian warlord Jabbateh to 30 years

Mohammed Jabbateh, a Liberian living in the United States, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after a guilty verdict in October on charges of immigration fraud and perjury. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) identified Jabbateh as a brutal warlord during the 1992-1995 years of Liberia’s first civil…

U.S. ends protected status policy for Liberians

U.S. ends protected status policy for Liberians

The United States said Tuesday it is ending its long-standing protected status policy for Liberians, one that allowed them to continue living in the U.S. under one of two programs dating back to 1991 and the civil war. “I have been informed that conditions in Liberia have improved,” said President…

U.S. must step up and own appalling disregard for African partners

U.S. must step up and own appalling disregard for African partners

One can’t help but wonder what was going through the minds of Botswana’s Ministry of International Affairs staff this week, as they prepared the official response to United States President Donald Trump’s reported remarks about African nations. It’s hard to imagine, without wincing, any real-life scenario in which thoughtful diplomats…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Trump plan to end U.S. Diversity Visa program will affect Africans

In the United States, President Donald Trump has announced his support for an immigration bill that would work on a point-based system that’s likely to limit applicants, including many Africans, who previously obtained visas under the U.S. Diversity Visa program. Called the RAISE Act, it “eliminates the outdated Diversity Visa…