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Obama Hosts Young African Leadership Summit Tags: News Barack Obama & Africa Barack Obama Youths

Kenyans account for almost 10 percent of the 500 young Africans chosen to take part in a leadership summit in Washington hosted by President Barack Obama.

A group meeting on Monday with the US head of state opens a three-day series of events that includes a discussion with First Lady Michelle Obama on girls' education in Africa.

Secretary of State John Kerry, members of the US Congress and other government officials are also making presentations at an event that caps the six-week-long Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) sponsored by the State Department.

President Obama launched the YALI programme in 2010 as a way of helping groom Africa's future leaders while seeking to ensure they propagate positive views of the United States.

The 500 participants in this year's initiative, including 46 Kenyans, were chosen from 50,000 applicants from all over Africa. “That says to us that there is a huge, huge need” for the opportunities offered through the programme, observed Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the State Department's top Africa official.

Fellowships

Half of those in the initiative's current cohort are women, and all participants are between the ages of 25 and 35. Each of sub-Saharan Africa's 49 countries is represented in the group.

Magdalene Kelel, a project leader in the Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya, was chosen for her work on HIV/Aids, youth advocacy and women's self-reliance. When she returns to Kenya, Ms Kelel plans to work on promoting young persons' involvement in democratic processes, according to the YALI website.

Like each of the other YALI participants, Ms Kelel was awarded a fellowship to study either business development, civic leadership or public management at one of 20 US universities during the past six weeks.

Some of the young Africans will be invited to remain in the US for an additional eight weeks to complete internships at businesses, government agencies or non-governmental organisations.

A total of $10 million will also be made available in the form of grants to help the initiative's alumni start their own businesses or social enterprises in Africa and to build a network of young African leaders.

Source: Africa Review

500 Young African Leaders To Meet With Obama Tags: News Africa Youths Barack Obama & Africa Barack Obama

In a Monday town hall with participants, the President will announce that the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. 

With 60 percent of Africa's population under the age of 35, young people stand to play as important a role in their respective nations' success there as anywhere else in the world.

On Monday, 500 of them including 15 Liberians and among other African nationalities, who have spent the summer honing their skills at U.S. universities, will have an audience with the President.

Obama will hold a town hall with the inaugural participants in Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, an initiative he announced in 2013 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), White House officials say. The program is designed to connect 25-35 year olds identified as "Sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders ages 25 to 35" with "established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries" to leadership training opportunities at American universities.

The meeting with these emerging leaders will include a tribute to an iconic one. In addition to announcing new public-private partnerships to support the fellow, White House officials say the President will announce that the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

While the fellows' Washington, D.C. placements conclude at the end of July, Monday's town hall doesn't represent the end of their participation in the program. YALI regional coordinators based at U.S. Embassies throughout Africa are expected to provide fellows with tools to support their continued work when they return to their home countries.

The YALI Summit, taking place at Washington D.C.'s Omni Shoreham. precedes next week’s inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest gathering any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government.

Obama played SOCCER during Africa trip, first ladies discuss confinement (PHOTOS) Tags: Barack Obama Lol News Soccer Football Photos

Yes, he did. Obama bounces and taps SOCCER ball off of head and foot, first ladies discuss confinement.

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — President Barack Obama had to kick the SOCCER. It looked like a soccer ball but has a hole for a charging cable. Obama took one and tossed it several feet in the air before upping the risk factor by letting the ball drop toward is feet. He kicked it back up into the air and topped even that by bouncing the ball off of his head, all while wearing a buttoned-up suit jacket and tie.

Obama’s playfulness was part of a demonstration designed to show off an invention by two Harvard graduates that’s seen as a way to help bring electricity to rural areas that don’t have any. During the trip, Obama announced a U.S.-led effort to help bring electric power to large swaths of sub-Saharan Africa.

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The SOCCER ball has a pendulum-like mechanism inside that creates kinetic energy during play and stores it. Its maker says 30 minutes of play can power a simple LED lamp for three hours. The plan is to distribute the ball to kids across Africa, where soccer is a popular sport. During the demonstration, Obama helped attach opposite ends of a cable to the ball and a cellphone.

“I thought it was pretty cool,” said Obama, who played soccer growing up in Indonesia. “You can imagine this in villages all across the country.”

Martha Washington once said being first lady is like being a state prisoner, something the two most recent holders of that title don’t entirely dispute.

Michelle Obama and her predecessor Laura Bush appeared together Tuesday at a summit on promoting the role of African first ladies in bringing change to their countries and spoke about their lives in the White House.

“There are prison elements to it,” Mrs. Obama said. “With a chef,” Mrs. Bush interjected. “It’s a really nice prison,” Mrs. Obama said. “You can’t complain.” They spoke of the quick changeover of the executive mansion right after their husbands took the oath of office.

“During the inaugural parade, one family moves out and the next family moves in,” Mrs. Bush explained.

Mrs. Obama described it as a startling experience. “I remember walking into that house and I didn’t even know where the bathrooms were. But I had to get ready for a ball. I’m thinking, ‘I’ve got to look nice?’”

“You can’t find your toothpaste. You don’t know where your kids are. So that’s day one,” she said.

It wasn’t just the first ladies promoting female empowerment in Africa. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete opened the summit by calling for new resources for women across the country.

He said investing in women can lead to prosperity for their families and their nation, but African traditions are holding women back as men take the money they earn and deny women equal access to education. “They are told the woman’s place is in the kitchen,” he said.

“We have to change these cultures and traditions that oppress women and deny women their rights,” Kikwete said. He called for more access to education, health care and financial credit for the hard work they are doing.

“In Africa, it is a statement of fact that women work more than the men,” Kikwete said. “I don’t know where the men are or what the men are doing while the women are working. Perhaps they are enjoying their bottle of beer.”

Source: Lartink | WP

Arrest Obama When He Visits South Africa, MLA Request Tags: News South Africa Barack Obama Politics

The Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) in Johannesburg has submitted a 600-plus page document to the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecution calling for the arrest and prosecution of President Barack Obama when he visits South Africa later this month.
The submitted document calls for authorities to “arrest Obama when he visits.” The group says Obama has ordered drone strikes that killed innocent civilians, warranting a formal investigation.

“The complaint, dubbed the ‘Obama Docket’ encourages South Africa to take seriously its domestic and international obligations and to act against International War Criminals lest they consider South Africa a safe haven and travel here freely with impunity,” the Muslim group announced in a press release.
Muslim Lawyers in South Africa Wants Obama Prosecuted for War Crimes

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Miami International Airport in Miami, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The president is attending a fundraiser in Miami Beach Wednesday night. Credit: AP

Obama, who is scheduled to visit South Africa on June 29, can technically be prosecuted under the Rome Statute, which gives the country authority to prosecute a war criminal on its territory. Though even the Muslim Lawyers Association has to know the odds of the president of the United States being arrested and prosecuted overseas are infinitely small.

The MLA describes itself as “a professional, apolitical and a non-profit making body which is committed towards creating a community free of injustices as expounded by the Holy Quraan and the practice (Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”

Jack Hillmeyer, a spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa said the embassy had “no comment.”

Meanwhile, “National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Bulelwa Makeke said the office had received the docket and was studying it,” according to Times LIVE in Johannesburg.

The Obama administration has been routinely criticized by opponents over its secretive drone program. A report from New York University and Stanford entitled, “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan,” claims Obama has ordered five times more drone attacks that former President George W. Bush.

The report also estimates that drones have killed 474 and 881 civilians, including 176 children. However, the data has not been verified.

Read a summary of the MLA’s so-called “Obama Docket” here.

Featured image via AP

Arrest Obama When He Visits’: Read the So-Called ‘Obama Docket’ That Calls for Prosecution of the President
Jun. 12, 2013 6:54pm Jason Howerton
The Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) in Johannesburg has submitted a 600-plus page document to the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecution calling for the arrest and prosecution of President Barack Obama when he visits South Africa later this month.

The submitted document calls for authorities to “arrest Obama when he visits.” The group says Obama has ordered drone strikes that killed innocent civilians, warranting a formal investigation.

“The complaint, dubbed the ‘Obama Docket’ encourages South Africa to take seriously its domestic and international obligations and to act against International War Criminals lest they consider South Africa a safe haven and travel here freely with impunity,” the Muslim group announced in a press release.
Muslim Lawyers in South Africa Wants Obama Prosecuted for War Crimes

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Miami International Airport in Miami, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The president is attending a fundraiser in Miami Beach Wednesday night. Credit: AP

Obama, who is scheduled to visit South Africa on June 29, can technically be prosecuted under the Rome Statute, which gives the country authority to prosecute a war criminal on its territory. Though even the Muslim Lawyers Association has to know the odds of the president of the United States being arrested and prosecuted overseas are infinitely small.

The MLA describes itself as “a professional, apolitical and a non-profit making body which is committed towards creating a community free of injustices as expounded by the Holy Quraan and the practice (Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”

Jack Hillmeyer, a spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa said the embassy had “no comment.”

Meanwhile, “National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Bulelwa Makeke said the office had received the docket and was studying it,” according to Times LIVE in Johannesburg.

The Obama administration has been routinely criticized by opponents over its secretive drone program. A report from New York University and Stanford entitled, “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan,” claims Obama has ordered five times more drone attacks that former President George W. Bush.

The report also estimates that drones have killed 474 and 881 civilians, including 176 children. However, the data has not been verified.

Read a summary of the MLA’s so-called “Obama Docket” here.

Source: beforeitsnews

Barack Obama Tweets Wedding Pictures Of Michelle On Couple's 20th Anniversary Tags: News Barack Obama And Africa Wedding
With all the stress of the first Presidential debate on Wednesday night, Barack Obama still did not forget another important occasion on October 3rd - his 20th wedding anniversary.

Ever the modern couple, Barack and Michelle Obama tweeted each other anniversary greetings, with the President including a picture of him and his wife on their wedding day.
 
Instead of a cosy anniversary dinner, Obama will spend tonight in the cold hall at the University of Denver, where he will take on Republican opponent Mitt Romney at 9 pm US time (2am in the UK).
 
 
 
 
 
Source: huffingtonpost.
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