For African migrants, will Panama become the new Libya?

For African migrants, will Panama become the new Libya?

Another 200 migrants were rescued on the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, this time as they attempted to make the crossing from Morocco into Spain. These migrants from sub-Saharan countries, traveling in three boats, are the latest in the all-too-familiar story of Africans who travel through Libya and other nations, desperately…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Amnesty issues ‘travel warning’ for U.S. because of gun violence

Amnesty issues ‘travel warning’ for U.S. because of gun violence

The global human rights organization Amnesty International has issued a travel warning calling for anyone considering travel to the United States to “exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the country due to rampant gun violence, which has become so prevalent in the United States that it amounts to a human rights crisis.”…

Ilhan Omar calls for impeachment of U.S. President Trump

In the United States, Somali-American Rep. Ilhan Omar – a Democrat serving the state of Minnesota in the U.S. Congress – called on Monday for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, following yet another round of Trump remarks targeting her and three other women of color serving in the legislature….

U.S. presidential candidate puts African affairs at forefront

President Donald Trump of the United States has never been known for his attention to the African continent, with the exception of unfortunate negative remarks that reverberate around the world. With the 2020 U.S. presidential race taking off, though, other candidates are starting to address the importance of Africa in…

Global governance at heart of Kofi Annan conference

A two-day conference on the legacy of Kofi Annan of Ghana, the former United Nations secretary general who died last year, promises to place African affairs at the center of the conversation. The sessions begin Monday at Chatham House in the UK, with prominent leaders including Kenyan Raila Odinga, representing…

UN, EU push back on Trump decision to leave arms trade treaty

The European Union says that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will fail to “contribute to the ongoing efforts to encourage transparency in the international arms trade, to prevent illicit trafficking and to combat the diversion of conventional arms.” The statement from EU…

Trump backs down on deadline for U.S. deportation of Liberians

The United States has issued a one-year extension for Liberians living in the country under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) provisions that have been in place for decades but were set to expire on Sunday. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he reconsidered the deadline set last year after the administration…

U.S. appoints Pham as Special Envoy to Great Lakes region

The United States has appointed a new special envoy for the Great Lakes Region, the U.S. Department of State announced Friday. Dr. J. Peter Pham, most recently director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington DC, was named to the post and will continue the work of…