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The Visit by the SECSTATE

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

August 13,2009
 
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is Wrapping up Her Visit to Africa.
 
There were several topics that were addressed during her visit. They Included the Situation in Zimbabwe, Somalia and the Horn, The Problems within Nigeria and Rape in the DRC.
 
So Here is a Brief Rundown of what happened and what should have been discussed during the visit:

An Increased Military Role?
 
The Stops in both Kenya and Nigeria are where this issue came up. In Kenya Secretary Clinton met with the President of the Somali Transitional National Government. During this Meeting a Second Arms Shipment to the TNG was Promised.
 
Fighting still rages throughout Somalia as the TNG and Al-Shabbab fight for Control of the Country. In another development The Secretary also stated that all Options remain on the table for Eritrea. Since 2006 when Ethiopia intervened in Somalia with the Assistance and blessing of the Bush Administration. There has been reports of Eritrean Aid for the Insurgents it seems like for every six months. So the Obama team is following the Lead of the Bush team in this Instance.
 
Nigeria has once Again formally requested for US Military Assistance to deal with MEND in the Niger Delta. A Better Course of Action would be Investing in the Infrastructure of this region instead of sending a US SEAL Team or Green Berets into a Fight which may not be necessary.
 
The LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act still moves along through the Congress. How this Bill is interpeted could determine whether or not Congress could demand Covert Actions in Africa.
 
Rape in the Congo:
 
This is a long running and multi-faceted Problem Plaguing the DRC. There are several reasons for this Problem. These include: The Lack of Central Authority in the KIvu Provinces which has led to Militias setting up and enforcing their own Laws, The Enforced Intergration of Militia Units into the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and the Lack of Interest of the Major Powers including the USA.
 
The US has been setting up Hospitals and Programs that treat both the Physical and Physcological Problems that these Women Endure. In some cases these Ladies will be shunned by their families and Villages so something needs to be done to help them. The Amount Promised is a great start.

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The US Secretary of State recently Visited Africa. Her Trip went well for Her.

Some Issues that were Missed:
 
FGM
 
Although it was Great to See a Commitment by the US to Address the Spike in the Number of Rapes in the DRC since the Launch of both Operations Lightning Thunder and Kimia II nothing really was mentioned about another Major issue affecting Women in Africa FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). This procedure which is done only pre-pubertent girls and teenagers is a custom in some practices. This issue not being addressed is a serious faux pas in my opinion.
 
West Africa:
 
Will the US work with Nigeria to promote Human Rights in Gambia? What about Drug Trafficking in Guinea and Guinea-Bissau? the Stability of Gabon?
 
Somaliland:
 
The US is concerned about the Upcoming Presidential Elections. Whether or not they will be free and fair. At least this region of Somalia is having them. And later on this year Oil and Natural Gas Exploration Contracts will be released. Washington is dropping the Ball here.
 
 
 

They can be considered to be Three Strikes.

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