America doesn’t know Africa: The world responds to the reported remarks by Donald Trump

America doesn’t know Africa: The world responds to the reported remarks by Donald Trump

Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has publicly condemned, via Twitter, the “shithole” comment by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Official Statement of the Government of Botswana

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights office on Friday, January 12, 2018 rejected as “racist” and inciting xenophobia the reported remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump describing immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from “shithole” countries.
The UN human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, told a Geneva news briefing: “There is no other word one can use but racist. You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”

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‘Thanks, but no thanks’ – Norwegians reject Trump’s immigration offer

By Terje Solsvik and Camilla Knudsen
Reuters

OSLO – Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they would be more welcome to move to the United States than immigrants from “shithole countries” such as Haiti or African nations.

The Nordic country, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita, was last year named the happiest nation on the planet and is known for a cradle-to-grave welfare state funded in part by large reserves of oil and natural gas.

Trump mentioned Norway in derogatory comments about other countries of migration as U.S. senators briefed him on Thursday on a newly drafted bipartisan immigration bill, according to two sources who asked not to be identified.

One of the sources who was briefed on the conversation quoted him as saying: “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They’re shithole countries … We should have more people from Norway.”

In one of several Twitter posts on Friday, Trump defended his stance on a bipartisan Senate immigration deal, but denied using the vulgar language ascribed to him.

“The language used by me at the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” he said. He also later denied using derogatory language about Haitians.

“On behalf of Norway: Thanks, but no thanks,” tweeted Torbjoern Saetre, a politician representing Norway’s Conservative Party in a municipality near Oslo.

Others condemned the U.S. president’s comments as inappropriate or racist.

“We are not coming. Cheers from Norway,” one woman wrote.

While hundreds of thousands of Norwegians emigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century, just 502 out of a population of 5.3 million people moved there in 2016, down 59 from the previous year, according to Statistics Norway.

“Will there be more now?” the statistics agency asked in a tweet.

Government officials, seeking to deflect attention, turned down a chance to comment. “We respectfully decline the opportunity,” one government official said when contacted by Reuters.

The reference to Norway may have been prompted by Prime Minister Erna Solberg who visited the White House on Wednesday when the president praised Norway for running a trade deficit with the United States and for buying U.S. military equipment.

Christian Christensen, an American professor of journalism at Stockholm University in neighboring Sweden, tweeted:

“Of course people from #Norway would love to move to a country where people are far more likely to be shot, live in poverty, get no healthcare because they’re poor, get no paid parental leave or subsidized daycare and see fewer women in political power. #Shithole”

Before the “shithole” controversy, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted that, judging by Solberg’s visit, “keys to success with Trump is personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the U.S. and buying tons of U.S. military hardware.”

Solberg, whose office also declined to comment on Trump’s remarks, is expected to announce soon an expansion of her cabinet to include Norway’s Liberal Party, a centrist group that favors strong environmental policies and more immigration.

“The first point of order in the new government declaration: Norway will still not be a shithole country,” tweeted Kjetil Alstadheim, the political editor of financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv.

Norway – Is it the nations Donald Trump thinks that it is?


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15 December 2017
Norway becomes first Scandinavian country to decriminalize drugs in historic vote

Norway is to become the first Scandinavian country to decriminalize drugs as it focuses on treatment rather than punishment.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/norway-parliament-drugs-decriminalise-recreational-cocaine-heroin-marijuana-a8111761.html

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A Nigerian responds to President Trump
The Guardian (Lagos, Nigera)

A Nigerian holder of a Harvard law school masters degree in International Law which he earned as a fee paying student. Presently living happily in a well appointed, water front town house in Lagos, Nigeria.
See full powerful statement
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President of El Salvador Salvador Sanchez Ceren reacted to US President Donald Trump’s alleged comments referring to El Salvador, Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” during a speech from Ciudad Delgado, Friday.

Video: Salvador Sánchez, the president of El Salvador, said Trump’s words had “struck at the dignity of Salvadorans”.

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Statement from Netsanet Belay
Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director
An Ethiopian based in South Africa

His casual dismissal of countries, or even whole continents, shows a bottomless, unfathomable disdain for the people of Africa and beyond.

But we would be losing the argument if we tried to respond to the falsity of his claims. Insisting that “Africa is not a shithole” likely means you’ve already been wrong-footed by the president.

So the real question is: What do we all do next, and how? Governments across Africa and around the world continue to remain silent in the face of Trump’s behaviour due to the residing belief that the US still has a leadership role to play.

There comes a time, however, when we must stand up against hatred and discrimination, not least when it emanates from the most powerful nation in the world.

As this continent’s leaders prepare for the African Union summit later this month, we as Africans – like everyone else – deserve and expect a unified voice of outrage and unequivocal rejection of this blatant disregard for our dignity and rights.
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This is Africa – The one not seen in the United States media

Africa is not a country, it is a continent with over 1.2 billion people and contains 54 sovereign states (countries) and 10 non-sovereign territories.

Africa has many ethnic groups ….not “tribes”, which is the European and English colonial terminology used when describing the people of the continent. Why is the term “tribe” used upon Africans and not Europeans? The term “tribe” is not used when describing the ethnic groups of Europe or Asian. The purpose to use the term “tribe” and to teach even native Africans to refer to their own ethnic groups as “tribes” is done to mentally create the thought of primitive or less than.

Africa, as a continent, is very much like all the continents of the world. Africa has many large modern metropolitan cities. There are skyscrapers, suburban houses, freeways, shopping malls to slums. Africa has many small less economically well off cities, towns and villages. Less economically advance cities, towns and villages can also be seen throughout Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia.

Yes, nations of Africa do have many levels of serious poverty. Serious poverty also exist within the nations of: North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For an example there are areas in West Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina and the Mid-West that contain serious levels of poverty.

Post the African independence era that lasted from the 1950s to 1991 [ including: 1957 (Ghana), 1960 (Nigeria) to 1980 (Zimbabwe) and  1991 (South Africa)] and post the Cold War era 1947-1991 many African nations have had political challenges. These political challenges include democratic election issues. Political challenging issues can also be seen in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Russia and Brazil for example.

African people are all over the world. African people heavily populate the nations of South America, Central America, the Caribbean and the United States. They are sizable African populations in the United Kingdom and France.

In the United States- African Americans (African descent people) arrived, in the majority, not by choice and were enslaved people for the economic benefit of the United States. There are many African descent people who became free people before the Civil War, but these people were forced not to live the American dream like their European decent counterparts. Enslaved African descent people built the United States with free labor and cheap labor. After the Civil War, all the way up through the late 1960s, descendants of formerly enslaved Africans continued to help develop the United States with low wages under legal and a federal Jim Crow (American Apartheid) system of laws. Yet, these African Americans continue to support the United States…a nation they continue to help build.

Many Africans have and continue to emigrate to the United States. Africans emigrate for the same reasons as have and do people from Europe, Asia and South America. In fact, people of African descent, have been in the United States a lot longer than many people of European descent who are currently in the U.S. Congress or the current presidency. As we remember clearly, many European Americans arrived in the United States between the 1880s and the 1940s and rapidly became American citizens. These people departed Europe, because it was not the place for their families to advance socially and economically.

Africa is a very large and complex continent. It is with this, that these images from modern Africa are shared to give just a small sample of the progress on this large continent.

Nairobi, Kenya
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Luanda, Angola

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Tripoli, Libya

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Khartoum, Sudan

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Maputo, Mozambique

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Maputo, Mozambique views

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Cairo, Egypt

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Harare, Zimbabwe

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria
Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are a planned city and district. Abuja replaced Lagos, the country’s most populous and economic center, as the national capital on December 12, 1991.

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Abuja, Nigeria -Jabi Lake Mall

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Abuja, Nigeria – Construction

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Video-Abuja’s new metropolitan regional light rail system

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Video-Abuja-Kubwa Expressway construction

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Lagos, Nigeria

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Lagos- Blue Line rapid rail public transit system construction

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Casablanca, Morocco

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Light Rail system


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Accra, Ghana

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Dakar, Senegal

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Yaoundé, Cameroon

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Kigali, Rwanda

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Algiers, Algeria

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Lusaka, Zambia

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Mogadishu, Somalia

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Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

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Tunis, Tunisia

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa

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Durban, South Africa

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