Posts Tagged ‘africa

15
Apr
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama meets with (L-R) Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Guinean President Alpha Conde and makes a statement on their progress in the fight against the Ebola virus and their efforts to create long-term economic recovery for the West African countries

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President Obama walks across the South Lawn before departing the White House aboard Marine One in Washington, DC. to Charlotte, North Carolina

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Pete Souza: Rainy day. President Obama arrives in Charlotte, N.C.

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Pete Souza: President Obama waits backstage before being introduced at town hall in Charlotte.

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Obama participates in a town hall meeting about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama holds a town hall meeting with BlogHer and SheKnows about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Pete Souza: President Obama signing photos backstage at Imaginon in Charlotte after today’s town hall.

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Obama says hello to a baby as he greets military families in a cargo bay after arriving aboard Air Force One at Charlotte Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama says hello to a baby as he greets military families in a cargo bay, due to a steady rain outside, after arriving aboard Air Force One at Charlotte Air National Guard Base

President Obama speaks with BlogHer co-founder and SheKnows COO Lisa Stone during a town hall meeting at Imaginon

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Obama greets attendees after a town hall meeting about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama greets attendees after a town hall meeting

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First Lady Michelle Obama runs up to greet local students before planting vegetables in the White House kitchen garden. This is the seventh year in a row the First Lady has planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around healthy eating.

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05
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Another reason I give libertarian dudebros the side eye. Their economic, social, cultural, and moral stances are sometimes vomit inducing. Rape is rape. Period

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A fabulous example of the use of updog

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Oh, Canada

20
Nov
14

Ebola: Victims, Heroes and a cynical Western Media

Ebola: Victims, Heroes and a Cynical Western Media

by @zizii2

US mid-term elections are over. The GOP and corporate media allies’ Willie-Horton-like exploitation of the Ebola disease to gin up stratospheric fear has suddenly vanished from our airwaves.

h/t Eric Bohlert

h/t Eric Bohlert

Over in Europe, rightwing xenophobic politicians are copying the GOP playbook.

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West African travelers and immigrants to Europe and the US are facing the full brunt of media-sanctioned hysteria, as the ugly stench of racism wafts in the air disguised as “health and safety protocols.”

Continue reading ‘Ebola: Victims, Heroes and a cynical Western Media’

24
Sep
14

A Letter from the President

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Helping Liberia – Thank you President Obama – from the bottom of my heart

On August 3, at the urging of BobFr, I sent a letter to President Obama. Essentially, it was a modified comment I had posted here.

It was just at the start of the African Summit that President Obama was going to be convening with leaders from across the continent. At the time, news of the Ebola virus ravaging several countries in West Africa, including Liberia, my native country, was being hotly discussed. We also learned that Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, would not be attending the conference because of the seriousness of the deadly virus. I lamented here that this would have been an opportune time for her to discuss not only the Ebola virus, but the deplorable health care infrastructure in the country.

I touched on some of those same concerns here in my August 3 comments (here)

That’s why after Bob encouraged me to write President Obama, I did. On September 22, I received a letter from him, dated September, 15, 2014.

I don’t quite remember everything I said to the president in my letter, because I typed it in the White House e-mail format and regrettably did not save a copy. But I believe I shared with him the lack of basic health care in Liberia and my own family struggle with my husband’s illness and desire to return someday, but could not do so. Without adequate routine medical care, my husband would not survive in Liberia, given that there is no treatment center there to treat him.

So, two days ago, shortly after I had gotten home briefly to drop off the car so that my husband could run and see his nurse, as I walked into the door, he said, “There is an envelope for you from the White House.” You can only imagine my surprise.

I immediately dropped my purse and grabbed the oversized manila envelope. I quickly opened it and began reading its contents. I was so excited, I could barely contain myself. I ran to my computer and tweeted that I got the letter and then posted it here.

My friends, words cannot express my deepest gratitude to President Obama for the swift action he has taken to save the lives of thousands of Liberians. It is a massive undertaking that many in Liberia will be grateful for, too. (Liberian Observer: President Obama’s Robust Response: A Security Council Resolution Could Greatly Help the Process)

You see, even before I wrote to President Obama, the U.S. had already taken steps to help Liberia and other countries in the region. And since my letter weeks ago, the President and his administration, alongside their International partners, have done much more to help battle the deadly virus. As part of the efforts to respond the Ebola epidemic, last week, the president sent 3,000 soldiers to Liberia to begin the work of containing the fast moving virus. (WH FACT SHEET: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa)

I am hopeful that the residual effects from the aid by the U.S. government and its partners around the world, will offer an opportunity for Liberia to emerge with a health care infrastructure, that will not only allow me and my family to go home, but will benefit thousands of Liberians who suffer needlessly and sometimes die from illnesses that could be easily treated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “the 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa.” And to date, it has touched the lives of 5,864 people. In Liberia alone, some 1,500 people have died. (CDC: 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa)

So far, both my husband’s family and mine still living in Liberia, have not been harmed by the devasting virus. Many others are not so lucky.

Not only do we count our blessings for this, but also for President Obama’s action to take a stand and join other nations to prevent the loss of countless lives.

For this, as a Liberian native, I am eternally grateful to President Obama and I thank him from the bottom of my heart. Many Liberians will never forget what you have done here today.

Thank you fellow TODers for all your support and encouragement. I am deeply honored to be a part of this wonderful place.

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