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To Clueless Media: President Obama’s in Africa ‘cuz it has top 10 fastest growing economies in the world

TO CLUELESS MEDIA: PRES. OBAMA’S IN AFRICA ‘CUZ IT HAS TOP TEN FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIES IN WORLD

by @zizii2

“THERE is no shortage of economic growth in Africa. Six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies of the past decade are in sub-Saharan Africa. A clutch of countries have enjoyed growth in income per person of more than 5% a year since 2007.”

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Dakar, Senegal (c) mostroneddo

Nothing demonstrates the vapidity of the corporate media than the rancid ignorance they display when they are gung-ho to score cheap shots at President Obama on important matters, rather than do basic research!!!

And so it is that on Pres. Obama undertaking a long overdue working visit to three countries on the continent of Africa, the corporate media including FOXNews universe display once again the national embarrassment that they have become. But for the fact that they’d bleat about threats to their “First Amendment Rights”, I’d rather Pres Obama left them behind to indulge in muffin stories and similar shiny objects they chase best. Foreign media ALWAYS outshine ours anyway, so their absence would actually improve the media pool at these foreign pressers. And the public would be better informed for it.

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So cynical journos like David Nakamura of @WAPO , and colleagues at AtlanticWire  @NYT , Moonie News, @ABC, @NBC, @MSNBC, @CBS, @CNN, @FOX, @YahooNews, here are 12 FACTS to get into their heads before they utter any more inanities about the President’s trip to Africa, and carping endlessly about “costs of trip” versus sequestered White House tours. Without the 80% of Coltan produced from the Congo belt running your iPhone/iPad or other tablet LED screens, they’d be pecking away at an old typewriter (well, assuming even the steel in the machine’s housing isn’t from African iron ore).

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We are talking about Africa in the 21st Century, not some Henry Stanley 19th century racist travelogue you read about “natives doing quaint tribal dances”, or as the late Literary maestro Chinua Achebe snarkily penned at the end of his seminal novel Things Fall Apart, the colonizer’s version of history in which the indigenous African only warrants a passing line about his own history. No we are talking about a forward moving continent, warts and all that brooks no nonsense from anybody, superpower or not!

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To be honest President Obama’s travel to the continent of Africa is at best being perceived as a face-saving effort, as many on the continent are not impressed with the scant attention he has paid to African countries. The most favorable observation is that at least he has left the continent alone to chart its own course without the undue meddling of Cold War America or condescending administrations that followed the collapse of the battle between superpowers.

While there is some loud grumbling about the fact that America’s obsession with the “War on Terror” and recent variations in the Maghreb (Libya, Algeria, Tunisia), Sahel (Mali) occludes every other subject during bilateral and multilateral talks

If many of you remember, President Obama promised to engage actively with the continent’s innovative thinkers during the seminal White House Townhall with Young African Leaders

Many had anticipated greater engagement not of a paternalistic relationship but a partnership. Of course POTUS has been busy putting out America’s many “fires”. This is the Africa he’s visiting during this trip.

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So here, I’ve pre-chewed the FACTS about the continent of Africa for the media. They can freely take from this post what they want (even if they don’t give credit), but by golly serve the country for once and give the public FACTUAL INFORMATION!

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1. Seven of top 10 fastest growing economies over the past 5 years are in Africa.

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And within the continent these are the rankings

Headlines in the investor world blare:

“Surprise! Africa’s Fastest-Growing Foreign Direct Investor Is Now…Africa”

Earnst and young last month was hyping the investor opportunities like the last race for Wall Street bubbles, except the underlying fundamentals are solid with African economies

“Despite the impact of the ongoing global economic situation, the size of the African economy has more than tripled since 2000. The outlook also appears positive, … expected to grow by 4% for 2013 and 4.6% for 2014. A number of African economies are predicted to remain among the fastest growing in the world for the foreseeable future…Eighty-six percent of those with an established presence on the continent believe that Africa’s attractiveness as a place to do business will continue to improve. Those surveyed rank Africa as the second most attractive regional investment destination in the world after Asia.”

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2. Second Scramble for Africa is underway and US has been left behind . China buying up African resources and futures like there’s no tomorrow. Brazil gaining up on China, and India a close 2nd. As Peter Bergen notes :

     “China’s economic rise is particularly marked in Africa; it quietly surpassed the United States as the continent’s largest trading partner four years ago….Sino-African trade is now estimated to be $200 billion a year and is expected to rise to $325 billion in the next two years.”

Africans could care less whether the US comes or not. So shocking as it might seem to David Nakamura  the world does NOT REVOLVE around backward American teabaggers!

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3. African stock Markets Outperform leading global stock markets . Last year, if you invested in Ghana stocks your portfolio saw 49.9% growth. Yes you read that right FORTY_NINE point NINE PERCENT growth. And not a fluke. This year-to-date it’s 53.2%

(c) Frontier Markets Compendium

The Ethiopian stock Market was the best performing in the world last year and the year before

Several African stock markets are seeing huge returns this year. Though small, Ghana’s stock market is up more than 50% so far in 2013, one of the world’s top performers. Kenya — up 35% — has been touching record highs all year. Nigeria is also up 35% on the year

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4. US pension funds buying up African land like it’s the California gold rush. Take a close look at you retirement portfolio to see where your “Global Fund Index” is investing.

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5. Africans’ cash remittances outweigh Western foreign Aid and outstrip direct foreign investment

“In 2010 – the most recent year for which meaningful comparisons can be made, according to Mr Bodomo – the African diaspora remitted $51.8bn (£34bn) to the continent…In the same year, according to World Bank figures, ODA to Africa was $43bn (£28bn).”

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6. Health Profiles: Improved Child & Maternal Mortality rates surprise WHO projections (HIV/AIDS still a thorny problem)

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7. Leap-frog technology:

Africans are very sophisticated users of mobile phones compared to US. Used for innovative business and entrepreneurial solutions  .
Farmers forecasting commodity markets. Person to person cash transfers, distance education, democratic governance.

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8. Well-Being indices outpace projections even in countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone that were embroiled in brutal civil wars

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9. Contemporary African Immigrants in the US number just 1.6 million (about 4% of foreign born population)

They rank as top recruits and performers at Ivy league schools – about some 30-40%. Contemporary African immigrants and progeny are the most educated among US immigrant groups

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10. Cultural industry of music and film is the most vibrant. Nollywood is second only to Bollywood in number of films produced (will write about this in a separate expanded post)

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By the way I hope the anklebiters mumbling about wasteful African trips have not forgotten these facts about Bush’s retinue:
Bush

Clinton

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**POSTSCRIPT**:

I will do a post on Friday detailing specifics about the 3 countries President Obama is visiting, which I have incidentally visited/lived in extensively myself, so I’ll do both personal insights and researched data.

;O)


135 Responses to “To Clueless Media: President Obama’s in Africa ‘cuz it has top 10 fastest growing economies in the world”


  1. 1 vitaminlover
    June 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Wow! Interesting!

  2. June 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    ZiZi !!!!!!!!! You just went into ” Beast Mode” Bravo…..

  3. June 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    The President is in Africa because it has the fastest growing economies and because it is the last frontier.

  4. June 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    WOW, Zizi! You’re amazing!

  5. June 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks Zizi for this enlightening (and VERY interesing) post!! I’m glad you called out the feckless media with their crappy, tiresome narratives that never fail to materialize every time our President makes a trip abroad.

    This post should be required reading for everyone – including those in the MSM.

  6. 14 Ceb
    June 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Zizi, this is wonderful info. Thanks much. Too many still have the out-dated white man’s burden attitude toward this very diverse continent.

    • 15 Ceb
      June 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      And they should not have cancelled their safari. He should not be held to a different standard. The smug mofos like the forget that there are pictures and videos a click away that give the lie to the crap that they say.

  7. June 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    What too many of our media fail to realize is that Africa is no longer the basket case into which it was turned, first by colonialism, and then by the superpower competition. Yes, it’s a shame that PBO hasn’t been able to focus more on African development, but, as zizi said, he’s been a bit busy cleaning up the messes of the past 30 years. But the end of both the Cold War and apartheid have been boons for the continent. Too much of it is still mired in poverty, but great swathes of it are reclaiming places in the sun long denied them.

  8. June 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Zizi, this is spectacular. Thank you.

    Those #NEWSTAINERS have zero understanding of the importance of the Continent. I’d bet if you asked any of them what this is http://www.seacom.mu/ they would have no clue. We have paid very close attention to such developments, for many reasons.

    #FORWARD Together

  9. 19 desertflower
    June 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    zizi’s holding class tonight! Love this:) Thank you for all the important info

  10. 20 Roberta in MN
    June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you thank you Zizi.

  11. June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    This is a masterclass in today’s Africa Zizi, packed with facts and truth, cannot thank you enough – and the timing is just so completely perfect.

    • June 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks. I had so much to write but had to edit heavily. Will see if I can do follow up later in week talking specifically about Senegal, South Africa & Tanzania

      • June 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

        Really appreciate this Zizi, honored to have it on the blog. Thank you again, I learnt so much.

      • June 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        Thanks so much zizi- I would really love to learn more about the economic specifics of different African countries, so additional installments of your “PBO in Africa” series would be tremendously appreciated!!!! :) :)

      • 25 jackiegrumbacher
        June 26, 2013 at 9:57 pm

        Zizi, this is a brilliant summary of Africa’s achievements. I feel so much better informed reading it and also better prepared to understand the imbecilities of our media. You have done all of us a great service. You’re a superb teacher.

  12. 26 donna dem 4 obama
    June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    OMG Zizi this is outstanding1!!

    • 27 Vicki
      June 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Zizi–Love this post! Education will overcome ignorance every time. I look forward to further posts about the three countries POTUS is visiting this trip.

  13. June 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Please do spend a few minutes in awe of Congresswoman Duckworth (who defeated Joe Walsh) absolutely eviscerating a scum of the earth business owner trying to defraud the VA…. an end result causing backlogs for those that truly earned and deserve any & all help.

    This is why we need Veterans in congress….. another freshman Democratic War veteran is profiled, and the future of the party…

  14. 32 desertflower
    June 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    To all the Dems that think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread….. Inequality is fine by him!!!

    http://blog.northjersey.com/thepoliticalstate/7800/christies-says-courts-ruling-on-doma-was-wrong/

    Governor Christie held strong to his personal belief that gay couples should not have the right to marry despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday morning that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

    Christie, who last year vetoed a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in New Jersey, dodged questions about the court ruling earlier Wednesday, but was asked about it again later in the day during his monthly radio show.

    He said the court ruling “was wrong,” and added his opinion on the New Jersey legislation is unchanged.

    Lawmakers may try to override the governor’s rejection, or they could send him a new bill altogether. But that would draw the same response, Christie told NJ 101.5 FM host Eric Scott.

    “I’ll veto it,” Christie said.

  15. June 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    A good show to watch is France 24’s “This Week in Africa”. Very informative with what’s going on. Also the BBC’s “Focus on Africa”. And from Livestation.com you can watch Africa’s news channel, ENCA.

    • 38 pkayden
      June 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks for the info. There is also a show on CCTV (Chinese) about Africa. Very sad that President Obama’s visit to Africa must be defended.

  16. June 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Well thanks to all of you. This is part of one of the courses I teach — Intro to African Studies — so the MSM’s willful ignorance irks me to no end. And none of what I said here is “textbook stuff” . All info readily available through Teh Google

    • 40 pkayden
      June 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Just shows how lazy our media is — especially when it comes to the “dark continent”. I hope the Obamas have a great time.

  17. 41 carolyn
    June 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I wrote the networks telling them about the ten fastest growing economies and that they should learn and then educate the American public. I also told them the foreign press makes them look like amateur hour, that when on an international trip, they should ask questions of international significance, not domestic “gotcha” questions.
    This press is the most self-centered, chauvinistic imaginable.
    Thanks for all that info zizi. Well organized and interesting.

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      June 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Americans no longer know how the media is supposed to operate, carolyn. They’re not exposed to the foreign press so they accept routine idiocy as the way it is. Those of us who are “older,” remember, but many have no clue what a vital, incisive, fair press is. Instinctively Americans don’t have much respect for the media, but they’re not informed enough to insist on better.

      • 43 vcprezofan2
        June 27, 2013 at 12:09 am

        ‘Americans no longer know how the media is supposed to operate, carolyn. ‘

        JG, this is what irks me from time to time. There is an entire generation that’s only been exposed to the garbage that passes as information, political or otherwise. What’s going to happen when they start taking over – the same fluff stuff we’ve been seeing from today’s ‘youngs journos’? And they will have had nothing with which to compare – we at least have!

  18. June 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Not to go OT, but this is an excellent piece from Smartypants: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.ie/2013/06/theres-something-happening-here.html

    Crystallizes much of my own thinking.

    • June 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Yes, it really brings into sharp focus what this hysteria is all about: new century, new relationships and alliances, new centers of power.

  19. 46 Betsy
    June 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Outstanding Zizi.

  20. 47 CarolynfromDetroit
    June 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Does anyone know if each member of the House has his/her budget available (staff, office space, etc.)? How much is spent on travel to their districts each week (Thursday p.m. – Monday p.m.)? Do the taxpayers pay for each of these trips? How much has each one spent for overseas travel? I wish I had a job working 120 days for $170,000+. I’m really not surprised that these folks don’t want the President to go on any trip especially in Air Force One, vacation, play golf, be on tv, talk, smile, you name it. They have a problem with everything he does. We, however, have three and a half more years of President Obama.

  21. June 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm

  22. June 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    #LandslideDEMS2014 (that’s an Objective, not a speculation, btw ;) )

    Yes We Can

  23. 57 Ladyhawke
    June 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    BEN RHODES BRIEFED THE WHPC ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S TRIP TO AFRICA ON JUNE 14, 2013

    Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, and Senior Director for International Economic Issues Caroline Atkinson

    James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

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    Q And there’s one that you both may want to weigh in. There’s been a lot of reporting about the President’s trip to Africa — the trip after the G8. The context should be that President Clinton spent a lot of money on a trip to Africa; President Bush took, I believe, two trips to Africa, spent a lot of money as well. But in these budget times, after the sequester, after White House tours being canceled, a lot of attention on the fact that the President may spend up to $100 million in taxpayer money on a trip to Africa. Can you justify that expense?

    MR. RHODES: Well, I’d say a couple things, and Josh may want to say something, too. We, frankly, should have — well, let me step back. We have not traveled to Africa in the same way that we’ve traveled to other regions of the world. We have traveled significantly in Asia. We’ve taken several trips to Latin America. We’ve taken several trips to Europe. We’ve taken several trips — or will take multiple trips to Russia by the time this year is done. And Africa is a critically important region of the world. We have huge interests there.

    You’ve got some of the fastest-growing economies in Africa. You’ve got a massively growing youth population. You’ve got key security and counterterrorism issues that we work on with African countries. We have democratic institutions that are consolidating in places like Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. We have some of our biggest development efforts on issues like global health, combatting HIV/AIDS, things that have broad bipartisan support that have been focused on Africa.

    So for the United States to say we’re a world leader except in this continent doesn’t make any sense. And just as we put a premium on developing our ties in emerging regions like Southeast Asia and Latin America, we need to be present in Africa.

    And I can tell you that there are other countries that are quite present in Africa. You’ve seen significant investments in Africa from China, Brazil, Turkey, and the U.S. would be ceding its leadership position in the world if the President of the United States was not deeply engaged in Africa. And that’s what he’s going to do. And this is a deeply substantive trip and one that has been highly anticipated on the continent. And frankly, there’s been great disappointment that the President hasn’t traveled to Africa until this point, other than a brief stop in Ghana.

    And so Senegal, you have a country that is an emerging democracy; that is a partner with us in situations like Mali; that we want to invest in issues like food security and the development of civil society.

    In South Africa, a leading country on the continent, partners with us on just about every issue from Sudan to Congo to Zimbabwe, to the provision of our global health assistance, and also the iconic democracy of the continent, as we’ve all been reminded in recent days with Nelson Mandela.

    Tanzania, similarly, has been a key partner in East Africa. Every major development issue we have — on food security, global health, democracy promotion — Tanzania has been a solid partner.

    And so the President is not going to retreat from an entire continent. In terms of the cost, we don’t determine the cost of the President’s security, just as President Bush didn’t and President Clinton didn’t. The Secret Service is going to do what they think is necessary to protect the President. That’s going to come with its own costs. But we don’t sit here and say we want to spend X amount of money on a trip.

    But we do know that from a foreign policy perspective, in some respects people believe this trip is overdue and, frankly, it will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa, because when you travel to regions like Africa that don’t get a lot of presidential attention, you tend to have very longstanding and long-running impact from the visit.

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    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/14/press-briefing-principal-deputy-press-secretary-josh-earnest-deputy-nati

    VIDEO:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/06/14/press-briefing-deputy-press-secretary-josh-earnest

  24. June 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you so much zizi! Please continue to post. It is probably worse with Africa, but it always seems as though we don’t get any up-to-date information about any foreign country. There’s a tired old script for each one that gets trotted out. Then one suddenly comes across reporting from somewhere else and is surprised that those old stereotypes aren’t true anymore. American media, and I think it’s true to say Americans in general, are not that interested in news beyond their doorstep, especially when they can’t see a direct connection to their own interests. So the media doesn’t present the information and they don’t demand it. I am always, repeatedly, surprised when I listen to other countries’ newscasts by the wide variety of information they receive compared to us. It’s probably better now in the Internet age,

  25. June 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Wow Zizi – this is dynamic! This shows how lazy and shortsighted our MSM and politicians are.

  26. June 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Inspired by Zizi’s FACTS…… some reports pertaining to President Obama’s Climate change push yesterday….

  27. 61 amk for obama
    June 26, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    As a man doing business with africa for the past 3 years, I agree with you zizi on these things – their economies are growing, chinese footprint is everywhere and people there are very savvy with their cell phone based day to day applications.

    Proof of their growing economy power (lower the currency against US$, stronger is the currency)

    Kenyan shilling vs US$

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    Indian rupee vs US$

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    • June 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Interesting that the rupee is so weak against the dollar. Recession?

      • 63 amk for obama
        June 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

        Not recession as a whole, only in IT industry, which is a major forex earner. And the gold fever has gone down a bit.

    • June 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Oh absolutely, Amk,
      I follow keenly the brief info you give us about your travels to Kenya and South Africa. Habarai gani Bwana Amk. hujambo?

      • 65 amk for obama
        June 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        Mimi ni kufanya vema. Itakuwa katika Afrika ya Kusini hivi karibuni.

        I blame google for all the mistakes and take full credit for all the things I got it right. Just like a teabagger. :)

        • June 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

          Idiomatically you’d say:
          “Sijambo. Nitakwenda Afrika ya Kusini hivi karibuni”

          But you are very close though. Best way to conduct business is to speak language. Great.

  28. 67 EricFive
    June 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Great post Zizi. IMHO, the MSM knows the truth but prefers to “play dumb” so it can peddle the desired pro-GOP/anti-PBO narrative of the day. For example, I and many on this site knew weeks ago that the IRS was targeting both left and right wing organizations seeking tax exempt status, but the MSM in its never ending quest to smear PBO chose to ignore this fact until very recently (and still had the nerve to criticize PBO’s handling of the fake scandal). In addition, I think race is the reason the MSM is obsessed with the costs of PBO’s trips. Basically, my theory is that since the majority of whites did not vote for PBO, the MSM feels obligated to treat PBO as a usurper and not deserving of tax payer financed perks all prior Presidents took for granted (I honestly do not remember Bush or Clinton being scrutinized in this way). The fact that PBO is a black man makes the MSM feel freer to stoke this racial resentment (i.e. non-whites are “takers” to quote Mitt Romney, while whites are “hard working Americans” to quote Hillary Clinton when she was race baiting during the 2008 primaries). I know some refuse to acknowledge how large a role racism, racial hatred or racial bias plays in the coverage and treatment PBO receives from left, right and center. But to many African-Americans, the treatment PBO is subjected to on a daily basis is all too familiar. Sometimes life experience has to be given greater weight than that which is learned in a book, movie, college seminar or theoretical thought experiment. The collective yawn of the far left concerning the outrageous Supreme Court decision weakening the Voting Rights Act tells me that the Tea Party crowd are not the only ones who “want their country back”.

    • June 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      True on all points… and sad too.

    • 69 amk for obama
      June 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      ” the MSM knows the truth ”

      Sorry, I disagree. American msm is the dumbest. Incompetence coupled with corruption – the worst combo.

      • June 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

        MSM is about exaggerations, scandal-mongering, and sensationalism. It is biased opinion masquerading as objective fact.

      • 71 EricFive
        June 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        So you believe that Maddow does not know the difference between warrantless wire taps and getting a subpoena for phone records? Or during the election how supposedly liberal sources cherry picked outlier polls that were pro-Romney/anti-PBO? I could go on, but I think you get my point.

        • 72 amk for obama
          June 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm

          Knowing the truth is vastly differently from knowing all about 24×7 bw politics.

        • June 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm

          I agree Eric – they know the truth – and they go through great lengths and pains to bury it and keep others from knowing it. That’s the hallmark of corruption and dishonesty in our fraudulent media.

          The truth allows people to know what’s in their best interests and allows them to discern the honest brokers from the charlatans. The media operates at the behest of the charlatans – that’s the source of their extreme wealth. Without the Charlatans, there’s no corporate media – just another “job” as a reporter/journalist, doing an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.

          • 74 EricFive
            June 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm

            Thanks HF2.

          • 75 jackiegrumbacher
            June 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm

            That’s true, Hf, which is why local media report straighter news and are better at interviewing. Their salaries are low and their talking points aren’t dictated by right wing billionaires.

      • 76 jackiegrumbacher
        June 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        They are also lazy, amk. It takes work to present nuanced, factual stories and they are not rewarded for it. Spouting mindless, repetitive talking points that advance their boss’s agendas brings them big bucks. Why sweat when you can do nothing and get rich.

    • 78 pkayden
      June 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Love it! Hope Wendy gets a whole lot of rest and meals before she needs to filibuster again since Perry has scheduled another special session on July 1st.

  29. June 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    OT: Guardian express is publishing reports that Nelson’s Mandela died last night after being taken off life support. I am not linking the article here because I have serious doubts about the veracity of the report.

  30. 85 anniebella
    June 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    How much of our tax dollars did it cost for Bush, his family, Clinton, his family to go on their safari?

    • 86 forus50
      June 26, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      If ONLY George Bush would have gone on a multi-million dollar 8 year safari…would have saved us trillions in war costs and thousands of lives needlessly lost.

  31. 87 sherijr
    June 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    wow, I love this place so much! Thank YOU Zizi for this informative post :)

  32. June 26, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  33. June 26, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Gotta sign off. Thanks again to all you fabulous people. Want to to just say one last thing before I go:

    I am elated by the Court ruling regarding Doma, but we must not be lulled into a false sense of security by these half-measures the Supreme Court hands out. If you examine their decisions, in each one they have given preference to and advanced State’s Rights…with ObamaCare, voting rights and now same-sex marriage. It smells like a rose, but it’s a bramble bush. We must remain alert and vigilant.

    See you later!

    • 92 purpleshoesla
      June 27, 2013 at 12:07 am

      This! If you (not you personally :smile:) read the decisions by the Ninth Circuit in 2012 and the US District Judge in 2010 that both held Prop. 8 unconstitutional because it violated the Equal Protection clause under the 14th Amendment, one would see the sidestep SCOTUS did this week and the insidious message sent to those states that have been given the green light to go right on discriminating on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. with even less recourse for those that have been discriminated against to pursue.

  34. 93 amk for obama
    June 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    So this year’s wimbledon has become tumble down of the seeds ? Fedex needs to make some serious career decision now.

  35. June 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    How are my favorite people on the internet?

    Great post Zizi!!

  36. 97 vcprezofan2
    June 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Having a ‘background’ to this visit is sooo important, thank you Zizi. It will make the trip that much more meaningful (for me). Thanks! But Zizi, /plaintively/ did you have to stick a long video in the middle of the mix – specially one featuring PBO? Of course, I have to pause to listen – only for 10 mins, you understand? Except that was 4 x 10 mins ago, and I’m still watching; that means I haven’t gotten to the rest of the post yet!!! No fair.

  37. 99 forus50
    June 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    In case you missed this beautiful profile of two smart women: Edith Windsor and her deceased spouse. Her courageous case taking on the U.S. and winning brought a lot of joy to millions throughout the country today.

    And her reaction to her win today:

    I have to admit I’ve changed quite a bit on this matter in the past few years; from ambivalence to the point that I had tears of joy today.

  38. June 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    New York Daily News wrote an stanky article on Glenn Greenwald. I saw a sentence or two and won’t read the rest. It’s not relevant to the NSA story. Now we get to hear him whine about character assassination and blah blah blah. The guy is arrogant and smug enough. Let’s not make him right as well.

  39. 101 amk for obama
    June 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Question : Can PBO pack the supreme court? If by some miracle, dems regain house and keep the senate, can he put two more judges in there ?

    • 102 arapaho415
      June 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg is ready to retire; actually surprising that she’s stayed on despite her cancer.

      Most of the justices are very old, keeping my fingers crossed for three retirements in the next three years.

      It’s despicable that this president has had a 3-pronged attack waged against him:

      . House
      . MSM
      . SCOTUS

    • 103 Nena20409
      June 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Amk, sorry, No. He can Only fill an open spot. Ginsburg is 80. Scalia and Kennedy are or will be 77 respectively. Bryer and Thomas both 73 and 65 respectively. Alito is 63. Sotomayor is 58 and Roberts is 58 too, but younger and Kagan is 52….just about 53.

      FDR tried that and Dems Stopped him cold. He had wanted to add and increase the size of the SCOTUS from 9 to 11 or more for then here was No Opening…..he was just not a happy camper for they were ruling against him…….how I wished they had not sided with him of putting Japanese Americans in camps.

      • 104 amk for obama
        June 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        Yes, I read that somewhere how the dems were being their usual boneless selves. I was curious about the legal or the “constitutional’ angle. Can he do it or is he forbidden ?

        • 105 Nena20409
          June 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

          Forbidden Constitutionally right now. Congress will Never allow it. It will take a Constitutional act……requiring 2/3 in Congress and the 2/3 of the states. Heck, it will cause a constitutional crisis and the TBGOPer dominated House Judiciary would have the opening they need to start impeachment process……..even though, not merited.

    • 107 lockewasright
      June 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Probably not, but there are a few old enough that it seems he is likely to get one more before his term is up (Ginsberg) and there are two more (Kennedy and Scalia) who will be pretty darned old if they don’t retire by 2016. If the democrts win the 2016 election, I have to think if that we will be looking at a more liberal court than this one before who ever it is starts running for a second term.

  40. June 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Excuse my language, but…

  41. 114 Jovie
    June 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

  42. June 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

  43. 116 amk for obama
    June 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    The house in London that is a 3D illusion

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23041236

  44. June 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    New post in a few minutes

  45. 119 Nena20409
    June 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Zizi2 Wow, A+

    Job Well done ;)

  46. 121 99ts
    June 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Wonderful post – thank you so much Zizi

    It is interesting to see that some live in the 50s world of race segregation in the US and some live in the 50s world of white supremacy in African nations. I am of an age with Paula Deen – and although I didn’t grow up with racial segregation in the US – I did grow up with a world map covered in pink, showing all the countries colonised by the British. I still have my school atlas from the 1950s – a very different Africa to the one shown today by Zizi. I grew up at a time that most of the history taught in Australian Schools related to the history of Europe and the UK. We didn’t even study the history of our own native people, nor the horrors that were inflicted on them by white settlement.

    Those who deny any validity to PBO visiting Africa – as the same as those who support Paula Deen – they are living in the world of 1950s – when the important people went to Africa to go on Safari – not for any reason related to economics, trade, advancement of the people etc etc.

    It is wonderful to see PBO bringing the world view to the US. It is well past time we all learned about the past as it was – not as it was seen to be by those with political power.

  47. 123 amk for obama
    June 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    A balanced report by bbc’s andrew harding on PBO’s african visit.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23070006

    • June 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Yep the article confirms the muted expectations from the continent’s people. But the BBC like other western journos have no sense of the unspoken appreciation that Africans have about BO “leaving them alone” to find their own footing without pressure to kowtow to US geopolitical demands.

      The cold war brought us dictators propped up by US much to the horror of the indigenous people. Peace of mind is a wonderful thing. But the a-morality of Chinese presence is wreaking havoc and like the pacific rim countries, Africans want a credible counterweight to China’s overbearing presence.

  48. June 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I don’t agree w/ Frank Rich 80% of the time.. or the reason he went off in this instance… but his point is 100% spot on.

  49. 126 lockewasright
    June 26, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Oh yeah?! Well my wife made banana nut bread muffins with chocolate chips in them and a chocolate drizzle on top! I win!

    • June 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      I’m not a fan of bananas, but your banana nut muffins certainly do sounds delicious! Lucky you! :)

      • 128 lockewasright
        June 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        She’s been into cake decorating and pastry production lately. It seems like every time I turn around she is trying a new recipe or making a cake to practice a new decorating technique. It’s breaking my heart, let me tell you!

        • 129 lockewasright
          June 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm

          Lest anyone should think that it’s still the 1950s at my house, I made dinner from scratch the last 2 nights. Chicken chimichangas smothered in green chili sauce tonight and homemade pasta (I just got my first pasta machine) with broiled, sliced, sweet italian sausage mixed together in a marinara sauce, covered with cheese and baked until bubbly with steamed green beans and garlic bread last night.

  50. June 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    thanks so much, zizi

  51. 132 purpleshoesla
    June 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Totally brilliant Thank you so much zizi. I’m looking forward to your update later in the week. Where do you teach if you care to share?

  52. 134 Bill R.
    June 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm

  53. 135 sjterrid
    June 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Getting here late, Zizi just wanted to thank you for this excellent report on the President’s trip and the facts about Africa’s growth in the world’s market. you put our media to shame.


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