Trump reverses ban on African elephant trophy imports to US

The Trump administration announced that the remains of elephants legally hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia can now be imported to the United States as trophies, reversing a ban under former president Barack Obama.

African elephants are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that large sums paid for permits to hunt the animals could actually help them “by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” according to an agency statement.

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Economists: Removal from State Sponsors of Terrorism list essential to Sudan’s recovery

Economists have called on Sudan’s coming transitional government to make efforts to remove Sudan’s name from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, so that Sudan can take advantage of the initiative to relieve Sudan’s debt.

Sudan’s debt has exceeded $58 billion, according to the economists. The initiative to ease it aims to reform the health, education, and transportation sectors, dissolution of levy institutions, encouraging production in the next phase, development of an emergency plan that takes care of the daily needs of citizens and removing injustice from them. Continue reading “Economists: Removal from State Sponsors of Terrorism list essential to Sudan’s recovery”

Panel: U.S. Base in Djibouti Key to American Interests in Africa

By: John Grady

Camp Lemonier, the American base in Djibouti, is becoming more integral to U.S. interests in the volatile region surrounding the Red Sea, a leading regional expert said Thursday.

The region presents an excellent opportunity for the United States “to have a unifying role,” for the maritime transit path, Zach Vertin, a fellow at the Doha Center of Brookings Institution, told USNI News on Thursday. Continue reading “Panel: U.S. Base in Djibouti Key to American Interests in Africa”

How the BUILD Act Can Invigorate U.S. Economic Ties in Africa

By Ed Royce and Robin Renee Sanders

Since the U.S. BUILD Act was signed into law last October, many people across Africa as well as members of the Africa Diaspora have been asking what this global initiative might do to help revitalize American engagement with the continent. The answer is: quite a lot! Continue reading “How the BUILD Act Can Invigorate U.S. Economic Ties in Africa”