This week on Africa Now! We’re talking about Tuberculosis. It’s a disease that many in wealthy countries think of as a disease of the past. Indeed, the world has known how to cure TB for half a century. Yet on the continent of Africa, TB kills millions who cannot access the basic $20 treatment that can cure the disease. And, in Sub-Saharan Africa the TB crisis is combining with the AIDS pandemic—as the two diseases fuel eachother in a deadly spiral of co-infection.
Next week leaders from around the world will be meeting at the United Nations to address, for the first time, the combined TB and HIV pandemics in a high level forum. Will the world begin to turn the corner on TB and HIV? Can global leaders really marshal the funding and the programs needed? Can we tackle TB without also tackling the driving force of poverty? We’ll ask those questions and more this week on Africa Now!
Joining us Joining us to talk about this issue is Winstone Zulu—a TB and HIV activist from Zambia who is in the US on a speaking tour on his way to the first ever “UN Global Leaders Forum on TB/HIV” in New York. Winstone joins us by phone from Los Angeles.
ALSO, the DC Caribbean Filmfest 2008—we’ll be joined by Mwiza Munthali of Transafrica forum to talk about this event that starts this weekend
The Hearts of Darkness: How White Writers Created The Racist Image of Africa is the latest book by Ugandan-born author Milton Allimadi that explores in thoroughly-researched detail, the roots of the current negative perceptions of Africans. In the book he chronicles the beginnings of images of Black people that serve to assist a system of white dominance, such as Blackness and beastiality; savages, tribal, uncivilized, etc. He is the Editor in Chief of the New York City-based The Black Star News, a weekly investigative newspaper with targeting primarily African Diaspora readers. The newspaper was founded in 1997 by Mr. Allimadi and the paper’s motto is “Speaking Truth To Empower,” by covering news significant to its target readers that are often ignored by the major corporate newspapers.
During his research for the book, Allimadi discovered documents –correspondences between New York Times reporters sent to Africa from the 1950s to the 1990s and editors here in New York—that details some of the racist attitudes towards Africa and even exposes some concoctions published in The New York Times to perpetuate the racist characterizations of Africa.
Mr. Allimadi has lectured about the topic at Columbia University, Syracuse University, Pace University, The New School University, The London School of Economics, and at numerous book stores around the country.
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According to the organization ‘Witness for Peace’, Northern Uganda has been at war for 20 years. Over the past few days Uganda’s government has rejected a key rebel demand that it try to get war crimes indictments lifted against three Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leaders. Two decades of armed conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government in the Northern Uganda, has caused some nearly two million civilians to be displaced from their homes. Ordered into so-called protected camps, Internally Displaced Persons face heightened insecurity, appalling living conditions and the lack the means of subsistence. While the LRA have been perpetrators of these crimes, the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces, the national army, has also committed human rights violations against civilians that include arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killing, torture and rape. The UPDF whose mandate is to protect civilians, has not only failed to prevent attacks and abductions by the LRA, but has also perpetrated grave abuses against civilians in a climate of impunity. Last September, the U.S. Senate passed Resolution 573 on Northern Uganda. In addition to broader humanitarian and human rights issues, this resolution addresses the lack of accountability and impunity within the Ugandan military. Today we learned that the Ugandan government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army signed an extension to a ceasefire paving the way to an expected final peace deal after decades of fighting. A reporter from the French news agency AFP witnessed the signing ceremony in Juba where negotiators for the Ugandan government and LRA have been holding peace talks since 2006.
GUEST: Betty Bigombeis a former Ugandan Minister of State and has been the chief peace negotiator between the government of Uganda and the LRA. She is now the Africa Program Distinguished African Scholar at the Wilson Center. Ms. Bigombe is also a Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace; Formerly served as Ugandan, Deputy Minister and Project Manager for the African Development Bank.
There is an article in the February issue of New African magazine, the headline reads…DIVIDE AND RULE: How Africans and African Americans are prevented from working together. The author of the article contends that the Carter Administration in1978 recommended that the CIA set up a program to interfere with African and African American organizations that seek to work together. But that was 1978. Did the plan work? Is there some great government conspiracy to keep those of us born on the continent and those of born in the U.S. apart? Or are there issues we must resolve between us in order to unite against the common demons that destroy our culture, politics and lives?
GUEST: Mwiza Munthali is the Director of Public Outreach at TransAfrica. He was born in Malawi but has lived in the US for many years and deals everyday with Africans and African Americans in the struggle to maintain unity. Netfa Freeman is the Director of SALSA, Social Action and Leadership School for Activists at the Institute for Policy Studies. He too works every day with Africans from throughout the Diaspora seeking ways to unite the groups.
This week on Africa Now we examine President George W. Bush’s second trip to the Africa African Contintent. President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush are on a six-day visit to Ghana, Benin, Rwanada, Liberia, Tanzania to highlight the Administration’s legacy on health, education, and economic development. In a speech before he left President Bush stated that his Administration has “revolutionized the way we approach development” by ending what he called “paternalism.”
But many activists in the US and on the continent are challenging this contention—suggesting that perhaps Mr. Bush’s legacy is not one of ending “paternalism” but of expanding unilateralism and militarism in US-Africa relations.
What is the reality of Bush’s legacy? We will examine the good sides and the bad sides beyond the mainstream headlines on a wide range of initiatives including the AFRICOM (the planned US military Command on the continent), Debt Cancellation, the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), The Millienium Challenge Account, The Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the administration response to crises in Kenya, Darfur and Chad and of course the U.S. growing interest in African Oil. We’ll also talk about the next administration and what we might see out of a Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, or John McCain presidency.