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Africa is Rising and the United States is late showing up

August 3, 2015

I recently had a great opportunity to participate in a panel conversation analysing the impact of President Obama’s recent visit to Kenya and Ethiopia for a show on National Public Radio.  The actual show starts at about minute 8.

Fellow guests on the KRCW show To the Point were:

Heidi Vogt, Wall Street Journal (@HeidiVogt)
Alex Perry, Newsweek (@PerryAlexJ)
Bronwyn Bruton, Atlantic Council (@BronwynBruton)

Among some of the tough topics we discussed were the democratic struggle in Ethiopia as well as the state of Gay Rights in Africa and Kenya specifically.  I think I left the host a bit out of breath at the end there 🙂  Take a listen.

On the whole I believe President Obama’s visit will continue to have great impact, certainly in Kenya. At minimum, his focus on empowering women and girls, and securing rights for all citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation, is wind at the backs of human rights activists who are advocating for social progress.  His speech and its reception by the Kenyan people was electrifying.

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  1. jonneke permalink
    August 4, 2015 8:12 PM

    Thanks so much for this update. Listening now!

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