California Gov. Ronald Reagan referred to some Africans as “monkeys” in a 1971 phone call with President Richard Nixon, according to recently released audio. The two talked over the phone as Reagan lamented on United Nations delegates who sided against the U.S. in a vote to recognize the People’s Republic of China. Nixon told his deputy national security adviser, Al Haig, to cancel any future meeting with an African leader that sided against the U.S. on Taiwan.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the African Union in Ethiopia, Thursday, in the highest-level visit to sub-Saharan Africa by a member of the Trump administration. Tillerson warned African countries to practice caution accepting loans from China, as the African Union commission chairman expressed his satisfaction with Tillerson, following derogatory remarks by President Trump early this year.
A ferry on the southern end of Africa’s largest lake Victoria in Tanzania sank Thursday killing at least 100 people. An unknown number of people have gone missing and it is feared that more than 200 people may have drowned. The overloaded passenger ferry MV Nyerere was also carrying cargo including sacks of maize and cement when it capsized, close to the dock.
At least 2 people were killed and more than 150 injured after a grenade attack at a rally for Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Saturday. An explosion during a campaign rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, which left 15 people injured, is being called an assassination attempt on President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Africa may be the most affected continent in Trump’s new order expanding funds to the abortion ‘gag’ rule. Trump’s version of the abortion ‘gag’ rule will impact $8.8 billion for programs including those related to AIDS and malaria. Defense department grants related to global health security will also be heavily impacted. This so-called rule will prevent American aid overseas from providing or discussing abortion and family planning.