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Two Amendments that were Suprising
Delegation to Rwanda and other concerns Developing Story: AFRICOM Team to Assess Situation in the DRC!!! New Concerns About Nigeria The Visit by the SECSTATE The Sudan Hearings What to Do With Somalia? How It Ends!! Two Amendments that were Suprising Reason For Optimism Two other Problem Spots Some Other News That You Might Be Interested In..... A Nigerian Trial in New York New Legislation and the Return of an Old Argument A Briefing in Farmville and A Call for Washington The More Things Change........ General Ward Visits Africa The Paradox Known as Zimbabwe Saving Captain Phillips Next Stop For APS: Cameroon Restoration of Badly Needed Funds Restoration of Badly Needed Funds US Air Force: No Plans for No Fly Zone over Darfur Yet.......... A New Undersecretary of State for Africa is nominated. Operation Objective Voice Another Movement Organizes in the United States Enter the Boxer Rising Tensions and Hopes for Peace A Good Day in Danville,Virginia Report: AFRICOM helped plan Operation Lightning Thunder An Envoy is Needed in Darfur Right Away The First Strategies of the Administration The African Policy of President Obama A Policy Reccomendation that Makes Sense Darfur and Piracy Report: US Special Envoy to Sudan Asked for Military Force A New Policy For the Horn? Outgoing and Incoming Epidemic = Endgame? Updating Somali Disappearance Story Problems Beyond Somalia and Zimbabwe Africa Partnership Station 09 Report: Somalis Missing from Minneapolis MARFORAF is Now Formed Ospreys Over Africa What will President Obama Do for Africa? Breaking News: Secretary Frazier Goes to Kinshasa !!! US Envoy: More Peacekeepers for Darfur by the End of The YEAR!!! Concern over Women Should Extend Further than the DRC Why is the US Silent Regarding the DRC? The US and Malawi The US Relationship With Malawi AFRICOM No Missions in Somalia but Trains Cameroonian and EG Soldiers New African Advocacy Group Launches in USA What will McCain and Obama do for Africa? General Nkunda Angers Washington What Will McCain and Obama do for Africa? A New Strategy towards Angola? Of Pirates and Despots that Washington has to deal with..... The State Department Religious Freedom Report 08 Developing Story: US to Increase Aid to Somaliland West Africa: Forgotten Front in the War on Drugs? A "Crucial Window of Opportunity" Somali Protests at the Republican National Committee Why Passing H Res 765 is an excellent Idea What is the Status of IVAW? IVAW Where is the Congress on This? Feds End Refugee Program Due to Fraud How Much will the DOD and STATE Spend in Africa the Next Fiscal Year? Small Arms in Africa Breaking News: US to Extend TPS to Sudan!!!!!!!! Senator Durbin Speaks Up in Support of Press Freedom!!! We Abstain US Increases Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Tyrants v Rule of Law Active Month for the US at the UN Zim Campaign begins with a new threat against the US Ambassador Why H Res. 1227 is a Great Idea Another Secession Movement Approaches Washington Other Areas that the US should be concerned about US Aims to stop Chinese Arms from reaching Zimbabwe... Finally! Hypocrisy over Child Soldiers? Americans Held in Zimbabwe and Presidential Runoff Created Congo Lobby Day in Washington State Department Report on Human Rights has been released Islamists on the March in Somalia? Kenyans Angry with Hillary Clinton A Tale of Two Peaces MEND asks for US Mediation: Should the Administration do it? Will Somaliland Independence Bill Get Any Support on Capitol Hill? President Bush: Africa Has been a Priority New African Legislation being Discussed in Washington Child Soldiers being used by US Allies???? President Bush to ignore Key Allies in African Trip Terrorists Moving Around West Africa At will? US and Europe Criticized over Zimbabwe Again..... This is not a recording US to recgonize Somaliland??? US Military Trains Ugandans in Somalia and in Uganda !!!!!! Election Results leave Kenya in Turmoil!!!! Has Congress Dropped the Ball for Africa Also??? New Era in US-Nigerian Relations?? Gambia: Is this a Crisis Under the Radar?? Rally for Southern Cameroon in New York A New Turn in US-Zimbabwe Relations? Drug War going to West Africa? Is Ethiopia Jamming the VOA? Africa, The US and Iran: Could a US Strike provoke a War? Darfur: Can the US Save the UN Mission? US to support Nigerian Efforts in the Delta Rally for HR 2003 in Oklahoma!!! Central Africa Ethiopia & Eritrea Tensions could this become a US Proxy War? Assault on the Zimbabwean Church? AFRICOM what is its real Mission? Contact the Eagle Article Page Contact Me Archives

June 15,2009
 
On Friday Various News Outlets dutifly reported on the US House of Representatives Passing the State Department Foreign Operations Budget for the Next Fiscal Year.
 
What was not widely reported was the Fact that Two Amendments discussing Two African Crisis Spots were Introduced by Republicans. One Dealt with Darfur and the Other Dealt with Eritrea.
 
One Passed and the Other One Failed.
 
So which Crisis is Congress More Concerned With??? The Answer is Below!!!

The Successful Amendment:
 
This Amendment Covered the Situation that seems to continue unabated in Darfur.
 
Sponsored by Congressman Michael McCaul a Republican representing the 10th District of Texas, This Amendment calls for the Following:
 
Within 60 Days of Going into effect the Following Steps must occur:
 
The President Must Submit to Congress an Interagency Strategy to Deal with the Humanitarian Crisis. Such Options that were Mentioned in the Press Release from the Congressman's Office Include: Restoring Access to Darfur to the Aid Agencies that were ordered to leave and Evaluate if Options such as Sanctions, A No-Fly Zone over Darfur, Diplomacy are feasable.
 
The Save Darfur Coalition wants the Process to Move with the Fastest Possible Speed
 
This Amendment Passed Unaminously.
 

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There were two Proposed Amendments to the Foreign Operations Budget for the State Department. The Darfur Amendment (map above) passed. But who loses with the Failure?

The Amendment that Failed:
 
This is one of the Most Interesting Situations that I have ever come across.
 
First of All this Amendment was Sponsored by Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA). He was the Chair of the African Subcommittee on the Foreign Relations Committee the Last Time the Republicans were in control of Congress. He has a lot of respect when it comes to African Issues.
 
He sponsored this Amendment to consider Eritrea a Threat to the National Security of the United States and to be placed on the Terrorism Watch List. There have been widespread Allegations by the US and the UN that Eritrea has been supporting the Insurgents in Somalia.
 
Tensions remain rife along the Border between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the Country has Occupied a small part of Djibouti as well. The Headquarters for the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) is in the Country.
 
I became aware of the Defeat of this Amendment as it was Publicized on several Ethiopian Opposition Webpages. They were calling this a Defeat for Prime Minister Zenawi. They have been Reporting that the Ethiopian Government Lobbied Hard for this Amendment.
 
Congressman Royce who is the Ranking Member on the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Committee states on His Blog Foreign Intrigue that Opponents to his Amendment said that the Eritrean President has sent a Letter to President Obama stating His Desire to Engage on these Issues.
 
 
The President of Eritrea has a Habit of Blaming all of his Country's Problems on the United States.
 
Clearly Some Information did not make it to the surface.

Clearly when it comes to Eritrea someone has Dropped the Ball!!

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