NY National Guard, South Africa hold annual defense meeting

By Lt. Col. Al Phillips

PRETORIA, South Africa – American and South African military officials, including a New York National Guard team headed by Brig. Gen. Michel Natali, explored joint training and exchange opportunities during an annual defense committee meeting (DEFCOM) Nov. 4 and 6.

The New York National Guard has had a training relationship with the South African National Defence Force as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program since 2003.

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How to Plan Your Trip to Afrochella Festival in Accra, Ghana

by SHAUNA BENI

Afrochella, now in its third year, is a one-day festival in Accra, Ghana celebrating Africa’s diverse culture, from cuisine to contemporary art, as well as the vibrant work of African creatives and entrepreneurs.

This year, it promises to be bigger than ever, with a jam-packed schedule of live music, exhibitions, and more. The programming aligns with the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019,” an initiative set forth by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to North America in 1619, and encourages those of African descent to make the journey back home.

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Liberia: Pres. Weah Pleads with Firms ‘That Made America Great’ to Invest in Liberia

By Rodney Sieh

While breaking grounds for the construction of a 48-inch diameter raw water intake pipeline at White Plains last week, which was destroyed during Liberia’s civil war, President George Manneh Weah made a poignant call to Liberia’s traditional stepfather, the United States of America to make its presence felt in Africa’s oldest republic. He specifically requested that the great American companies that built America should come to Liberia and do business.

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Lana Marks: The US and South Africa are stronger together

By Lana Marks

As the senior US diplomat in South Africa, and as a determined businesswoman myself, I will especially strive to help more women to achieve their professional goals, including reaching senior levels of management, writes Lana Marks.


As a young girl growing up in East London, and as a young woman starting a small business from my kitchen table in Miami, little did I imagine that the road ahead would one day lead me here – to drafting my first message as the Ambassador-designate to the country of my birth. 

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Trump reverses ban on African elephant trophy imports to US

The Trump administration announced that the remains of elephants legally hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia can now be imported to the United States as trophies, reversing a ban under former president Barack Obama.

African elephants are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that large sums paid for permits to hunt the animals could actually help them “by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” according to an agency statement.

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US Cements its Position as Kenya’s Top Source of Tourists thanks to KQ Direct Flights


By John Wanjohi

The United States has maintained its place as Kenya’s top source of tourists, according to the latest data from the Tourism Research Institute (TRI).

The latest TRI data shows that arrivals from the US grew by 8.4 percent (14,617 visitors) in the first nine months of the year.

In the nine months to September this year, the number of American tourists increased to 188,933 from the 174,316 visitors recorded in the same period last year.

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