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Jul 10, 2009 USA/Africa: Obama in Ghana, What Kind of Change?
President Barack Obama's trip to Ghana, beginning today, will be
rich in symbolism. But those hoping for a new
direction in U.S. Africa policy are tempering their hopes with
skepticism. The issue posed, parallel to that in other policy
spheres, is to what extent change will remain symbolic or reflect
substantive shifts, even if small, away from U.S. policies based on
unilateral geostrategic goals or unexamined economic policy
Jan 13 2009 Ghana: Economic Challenges
Incoming Ghanaian President John Atta Mills faces high expectations
on coming into office this month. Visitors to the candidate's
official website (http://www.attamills2008.com/site) made their
priorities clear: 63% said he should focus on economic issues, 18%
on national unity, 13% on education, and 6% on health care. But he
also faces demands from international financial institutions; the
World Bank country director warned in a January report that despite
recent growth, both the fiscal and balance of payments deficits of
the country were "unsustainable."
Jan 13 2009 Ghana: Political Kudos
"It's a triumph for Africa," headlined Kenya's Daily Nation on
January 7, as Ghana's new President, opposition leader John AttaMills,
was sworn in after a closely fought election (http://tinyurl.com/9sdwqs). The sentiment was repeated around the
continent and the world, often with pointed comments on the
contrast to other recent elections on the continent.
Feb 5, 2008 Africa: Dramatic Anti-Malaria Results
Jul 5, 2005 Ghana: Playing Chicken
Mar 29, 2005 Ghana: Medical Skills Drain
Dec 19, 2004 Ghana: Election Commentary
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