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June 26, 2013

Obama's goal in Africa: Counter China

Editor's note: Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst and a director at the New America Foundation.
(CNN) -- There is a one-word subtext to President Obama's trip to Africa: China.
After 9/11, the United States became embroiled in more than a decade of wars in Asia and the Middle East. As a result, U.S. engagement in Latin America and Africa largely atrophied.
Meanwhile, China saw an opportunity. China has now displaced the United States as the largest trading partners of two key Latin American countries, Brazil and Chile.
Peter Bergen
Peter Bergen
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.
While the conventional view has long been that Africa is largely a motley collection of economic basket cases, in fact, according to the most recent IMF figures, five out of 10 of the world's fastest-growing economies are in Africa.
Indeed, South Sudan, Libya and Sierre Leone are the globe's top three economic hot spots with projected 2013 growth rates of 32%, 20% and 17% respectively.
As if to underline the importance that the Chinese see in Africa, within two weeks of assuming office in March 2013, the new Chinese president Xi Jinping visited two of the three African countries Obama will be visiting on his African trip, Tanzania and South Africa.
China is the largest trading partner for both of those nations.
Seemingly as a result of its substantial investments and trade in Africa, China is well liked on the continent. A 2007 Pew Research Center survey found 92% of respondents held favorable views of China in the Ivory Coast and Mali, and between 67% and 81% held favorable views in Kenya, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
Pew noted that these favorable views of China come at the expense of the United States: "China's influence is almost universally viewed as having a more beneficial impact on African countries than does that of the United States."
In other words, the United States has considerable catch up to play in Africa.
In 2012 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toured Africa and made what many assumed to be a not-so-thinly veiled swipe at China, which is heavily involved in African mineral and oil extraction: "The days of having outsiders come and extract the wealth of Africa for themselves, leaving nothing or very little behind, should be over..."
Obama is likely to avoid any criticism of China but he has chosen to visit Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa, countries that are all relatively functional democracies, and he is likely to dwell on the issues of good governance and respect for human rights in his public remarks, which will serve to subtly remind Africans that these are issues that the United States puts more value on than does China.
But the real message Obama will be signaling is that America isopen for business with Africa. In Tanzania, the president will have a closed meeting with some two-dozen leading American and African CEOs. And, according to Jennifer Cooke, an expert on Africa at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, "some 500 business leaders will join the president at various points in his trip to assess the opportunities for themselves."
Perhaps they may conclude, as the World Bank did last year, that "Africa could be on the brink of an economic takeoff, much like China was 30 years ago, and India 20 years ago."
And if that happens, the United States, of course, would want to be part of this story.


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June 24, 2013

Jay Z Suggests That Beyonce CHEATED ON HIM . . . And He Took Her BACK!!! (Wow . . . They AIN'T Perfect After All)

Jay Z is releasing a new song called HOLY GRAIL. The song is supposed to be about Jigga's LOVE-HATE relationship with fame. But here is MORE to it. According to the street Jay Z is using a DOUBLE metaphor - to describe his relationship with fame AND his relationship with BEYONCE.
You'll recall that before Jay started DATING the INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR Beyonce - he was seem by most in the industry as JUST ANOTHER TALENTED RAPPER. But after Bey "UPGRADED" him . . . he became the dude that he is today.
Anyway here are the lyrics:
You take the clothes off my back / And I let you / You steal the food right out my mouth
And I watch you eat it / I still can't know why / Why our love is so much / Ohhh
You curse my name / In spite to put me to shame / Air all my laundry in the streets / Dirty or clean
Give it up for lame / But I still don't know why / Why I love it so much / Yeah
And Baby / It's amazing I'm in this maze with you / I just can't crack ya code
One day you screaming you love me loud / The next day you're so cold
One day you here / One day you there / One day you care / You're so unfair
Sippin' from the cup / Till it runneth over / Holy Grail
Blue told me to remind you n*ggas / f*ck that sh*t y'all talk about / I'm in the sh*t
Caught up in all these lights and cameras /But look what that sh*t did to Hammer
F*ck I like it / The bright lights is enticing / But look what it did to Tyson
All that money in one night / 30 mil for one f!ght / But soon as all that money blows
All the pigeons take flight / F*ck the fame / Keep cheating on me
/ What I do / I took her back
Fool me twice / That's my bad / I can't even blame her for that / Enough to make me want to smash.
Momma please just get my bail / I know / Nobody to blame / Kurt Cobain / I did it to myself
And we all just / Entertainers / And we're stupid / And contagious (2x)

And Baby / It's amazing I'm in this maze with you / I just can't crack ya code
One day you screaming you love me loud / The next day you're so cold / One day you here
One day you there / One day you care / You're so unfair / Sippin' from your cup / Till it runneth over
Holy Grail

Now I got tattoos on my body / Psycho n*ggas in my lobby / I got haters in the paper
Photo-shoots with paparazzi / Can't even take my daughter for a walk
See them by the corner store / I feel cornered off / Enough is enough / I'm calling this off
Who the f*ck I'm kidding though / I'm getting b*tches / Sitting low / Sliding by / In that big body
Curtains all in my window / This fame hurt / But this chain works / I think back
You asked the same person / If this is all you had to deal with / N*gga deal with it
This sh*t ain't work / This light work / Camera snapping my eyes hurt / N*ggas dying back where I was birthed

F*ck your iris and IRS / Get the f*ck up off your high horse / You got the sh*t that n*ggas / Will die for
Dry yours / Why you mad / Take that good with the bad / Don't throw that baby out with that bath water
You're still alive /Still that n*gga...n*gga / You survived / You still getting bigger n*gga / Living the life
Vanilla wafers / In a villa / Illest n*gga alive / Michael Jackson Thrille

Immigration Reform Passes Key Senate Test.......

Washington (CNN) -- The Senate signaled its support on Monday for a bipartisan measure strengthening border security in the comprehensive "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill, a sweeping blueprint that promises to overhaul America's immigration policies for the first time since 1986.
The 67-to-27 vote was considered a key test of support for the bill as a whole, as the measure also includes language echoing most other parts of the legislation.
The Senate kept the vote open for a significant amount of time for lawmakers who experienced travel delays due to bad weather in Washington. Some senators did not make it in time.
Supporters needed at least 60 votes to move forward with the revised border security provisions, which were drafted partly to boost GOP support for the overall package.
Backers of the bill were hoping to win about 70 votes to demonstrate growing bipartisan momentum for the larger proposal as it nears final passage in the Democratic-controlled Senate and heads to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
Senate leaders are currently on track to hold a final vote on the bill itself before Congress breaks for its July 4 recess at the end of the week.
If enacted, the bill would create a path to citizenship for roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants.
"When the immigration bill passes, (GOP Speaker John Boehner) should bring it up for a vote in the House of Representatives quickly," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.
"Mr. Speaker, rather than twisting the arms of tea party extremists, just work with moderates from both parties to pass bipartisan legislation."
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, a strong opponent of the bill, condemned "Republicans eager to go along with the Democrats in a mad rush to pass this bill."
"What is the rush?" he asked, noting that the legislative language for the changes was released last Friday. "Why are we proceeding gangbusters?"
Among other things, the border security amendment would require 20,000 more border agents, complete 700 miles of fence along the boundary with Mexico, and deploy $3.2 billion in technology upgrades similar to equipment used by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The proposal also includes stronger worker eligibility verification standards and border entry-exit controls.
Most undocumented immigrants would be eligible for permanent residency only after the five conditions have been met and verified by the Department of Homeland Security.
GOP Sens. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee introduced the compromise amendment last week, saying it incorporated proposals from other senators to try to fix a broken immigration system.
The staunchest critics of the plan produced by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators, however, have remained skeptical.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, said last week that the compromise means "amnesty will occur," and argued that the Hoeven-Corker amendment was only drafted in reaction to revelations about shortcomings in the original bill.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, announced Monday that he would oppose the Hoeven-Corker changes, declaring that he "cannot support an amendment cobbled together at the eleventh hour that doubles the border patrol without knowing how much it will cost or whether it is even the right strategy."
"Unfortunately this measure still omits a real trigger or objective measure to see if the proposed strategy is working," he added. "At a time when the trust deficit with the federal government is so huge, we do not need more promises from the government - we need measurable results."
Last week, the Senate rejected a measure drafted by Cornyn that would have required much stricter border security standards. Democrats warned that his proposal was a "poison pill" that would have ensured defeat for the entire plan.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the most prominent Republican in the "Gang of Eight," told CNN's Dana Bash last week that he understands "why conservatives are upset."
"They've seen all these promises in the past that haven't been delivered," Rubio said. But the status quo on immigration "is hurting America," he added. "And if nothing passes, then this disaster that we have now, that's what's going to stay in place."

President Obama Talks Immigration Reform with Business Leaders

This afternoon, the President met with CEOs, business owners and entrepreneurs to discuss the economic benefits of fixing our broken immigration system. The President and business representatives discussed their shared belief that achieving immigration reform holds meaningful economic promise for the United States, creating a fair playing field for employers and workers alike. “All of these business leaders recognize the degree to which immigration is a contributor to growth, a contributor to expansion, a creator of jobs,” President Obama said, “but they also recognize that the immigration system that we currently have is broken.” We have a system in which we bring outstanding young people from all across the world to educate them here, and unfortunately, too often, we send them right back so that they can start companies or help to grow companies somewhere else instead of here. We have a situation in which millions of individuals are in the shadow economy, oftentimes exploited at lower wages, and that hurts those companies that are following the rules, because they end up being at a disadvantage to some of these less scrupulous companies. And so, all of us I think recognize that now is the time to get comprehensive immigration reform done. President Obama said that many of the business leaders at today’s meeting were immigrants themselves, and are now creating opportunity all across the country, just like the generations of immigrants who came to America before them. “And if we get this done -- when we get this done,” President Obama said, “I think every business leader here feels confident that they'll be in a stronger position to continue to innovate, to continue to invest, to continue to create jobs, and ensure that this continues to be the land of opportunity for generations to come.”


June 21, 2013



The Miami Heat won their second straight NBA championship, with a 95-88 victory over San Antonio in Game 7. .............

82 regular season games, two months worth of playoffs — but it all came down to one game. The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs squared off one more time in Game 7 of the NBA final, and after a great game, the Miami Heat won the championship.

There is nothing better than a Game 7 — sports fans dream about them. So we knew we were in for a treat when LeBron James’ Miami Heat went head-to-head with the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals — a winner-takes-all game to determine the 2013 NBA champions. It was Miami Heat’s night on June 20, as they claimed the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy, winning in a thriller 95-88.

Miami Heat Win NBA Championship — LeBron James Earns Second Ring

There was so much on the line coming into Game 7 — way more than just the 2013 championship. LeBron, who seemed to shake off the critics in 2012 by winning an NBA championship, an MVP trophy, and a gold medal at the Olympics, found himself once again the subject of unbelievable scrutiny. The general consensus going into June 20′s game was that if the Heat lost, LeBron would be a failure.
King James seemed to realize the stakes: “I only came here to win championships,” LeBron told ESPN before the game. “This is what I wanted to be a part of this team for.”
On the other side of the court, the San Antonio Spurs, were looking to become one of the most decorated NBA teams ever. Built around veteran Tim Duncan, the Spurs have won four titles in the last 14 years. Winning a fifth would propel them into conversations with Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics, and Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers.
In the final moments, Miami Heat took the lead by 7 points!
What about you, HollywoodLifers – were you rooting for the Miami Heat to win? Let us know!

WATCH: 2013 NBA Finals – Legacies On The Line

June 18, 2013

Govt: Obama African Tour Is On As Scheduled

Bernard Membe, Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation minister
US President Barack Obama’s visit to Tanzania is on as scheduled - early next month - despite media reports that it has been cancelled owing to budgetary constraints.

Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation minister Bernard Membe told The Guardian yesterday in an sms interview that there was no truth in the reports spread by a section of the media.

He said it is because of the fact that nothing has happened to the contrary that is why the Tanzanian government has not issued a statement on anything relating to cancellation of the vital visit.

“We have not received any report to the contrary from the US government … if the reports were true, we and other institutions, including the media, would not have kept quiet on the claimed cancellation,” he said.

Over the past week there have been reports spread in the mainstream and social media claiming that the US government has cancelled Obama’s trip to Tanzania due to budgetary constraints.

An impeccable source within the US embassy in Dar es Salaam said Obama’s visit is on as scheduled and has not been cancelled as claimed by the media.

It added that preparations are going on and Tanzanians are looking forward to see him landing on the African soil for the second time after he became President of the US. “People at the US embassy in Dar es Salam are continuing with preparations to receive President Obama who will stay in Tanzania for two days,” the source said.

Besides Tanzania which comes third, President Obama’s visit to Africa slated for the end of this month and in early July, will also take him to Senegal and South Africa.
While in Tanzania, the US President is expected to launch a power programme for the continent.

This will be Obama’s second tour of sub Saharan Africa after he came to power in 2007. He made his first stop over in Ghana in 2009.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that plans for Obama to take a safari with his family in Tanzania had been canceled due to budgetary concerns.

The newspaper, citing a Secret Service planning document, said the excursion would have required Obama's counter-assault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals.

The paper said Obama's Africa tour, could cost the US government between USD60m and USD100m, based on cost of similar trips in recent years.

The report comes as many government agencies struggle with mandatory budget cuts that took effect in March because US lawmakers failed to strike a wider budget deal.

Hundreds of Secret Service agents are dispatched for the president's overseas visits along with dozens of vehicles, planes and other military and security assets.

The White House said that it was up to the Secret Service to determine costs and security needs for the US leader abroad -- as was the case under former presidents George W. Bush and Clinton for instance.

Both Bush and Clinton undertook significant tours of Africa as president, requiring the vast security and logistical infrastructure that follows the US leader wherever he goes. 

JK Sends Condolences Following Bomb Explosion At Arusha Rally

18th June 2013
President Jakaya Kikwete
President Jakaya Kikwete has sent his condolences to relatives who have lost their beloved ones and those injured at the Saturday’s bomb attack in Arusha while the Chandema rally was progressing.

According to a State House’s statement issued on Sunday, President Kikwete also sent his condolences to Chadema leaders following the brutal and shocking incident.

He directed security and defence organs to take appropriate measure against the incident, as well as conducting immediate investigation to identify, arrest and take those in connection with the bomb attack before the law regardless of where they are from.

He also ordered the concerned authorities to ensure that those injured get proper treatment in hospital.

Meanwhile, in his greetings to Arusha Regional Commissioner Magesa Mulongo, Kikwete said: “I’ve received the news on the blast at the Chadema rally in Arusha on Saturday with big shock and deep sorrows … I direct you to inform the Chadema leaders that the difficult period they are going through is ours too.

I want them to know that we are together during this hardship period of mourning”. However, Kikwete called upon wananchi to assist the security and defence organs in their investigative work on what had happened. 


                          TANGAZO LA AJIRA
Jeshi la Polisi Tanzania katika mwaka wa fedha 2013/2014 litaajiri vijana kutoka katika makundi yafuatayo: waliomaliza kidato cha nne mwaka 2012, kidato cha sita mwaka 2013, JKT/JKU mwaka 2013 na vyuo vya elimu ya juu mwaka 2013.Taratibu zinakamilishwa ili waliomaliza kidato cha nne na sita na waliojaza fomu za maombi kabla ya kumaliza mitihani yao ya mwisho waitwe kwenye usaili. Usaili wa vijana wa JKT umekamilika mapema mwezi Aprili, 2013.Tangazo hili linawaalika vijana walioko kwenye vyuo vya elimu ya juu nchini watakaohitimu masomo hivi karibuni na wanaopenda kujiunga na Jeshi la Polisi.Fomu za waombaji baada ya kujazwa kikamilifu ziletwe na mkuu wa chuo kabla ya tarehe 30/6/2013 kwa:
Inspekta Jenerali wa Polisi,
Makao Makuu ya Polisi,
S.L.P. 9141,
Fani zinazotakiwa ni; Shahada za Menejimenti ya Rasilimali watu, Utawala, Uchumi, Usimamizi wa Sheria na Utekelezaji(BaLE), Ualimu, Sosholojia, Saikolojia na Ushauri Nasihi(Educational Psychology and Councelling),Takwimu, Lugha(Kiswahili/Kiingereza/Kifaransa/Kireno/Kiarabu), Usimamizi wa Programu za Maendeleo ya Jamii, Uhusiano wa Kimataifa, Uhandisi Mitambo(Mechanical Engineering), Uhandisi Kompyuta(Net Work, System Analyst, Data Base, Electronic & Telecommunications), Uandishi wa Habari, Mawasiliano ya Umma, Upangaji na Uendeshaji miradi, Jinsia na Watoto. Pia stashahada katika Usimamizi wa programu za maendeleo ya Jamii, Utunzaji kumbukumbu na Ukutubi.
Sifa za Muombaji:
  • Awe raia wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania.
  • Awe na umri usiozidi miaka 28.
  • Awe na tabia njema.
  • Awe hajawahi kushtakiwa kwa kosa la jinai.
  • Awe na afya njema.
  • Awe hajaoa/hajaolewa au kuwa na mtoto.
  • Awe tayari kufanya kazi popote ndani na nje ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania.
  • Asiwe na alama za kuchora mwilini(Tatuu).
  • Awe hajawahi kutumia madawa ya kulevya na
  • Awe tayari kuhudhuria mafunzo ya Polisi.
Imetolewa na:
Ofisi ya Inspekta Jenerali wa Polisi,
Makao Makuu ya Polisi,
S.L.P. 9141,

June 8, 2013

Video Rewind: India.Arie Lets Go And Soothes In “Cocoa Butter”

There’s something about rain that puts us in the mood for soothing music. India.Arie lets the love in with her brand new Cocoa Butter” video. The track is a mellow healing groove, and an introduction to her upcoming album, SongVersation. As always, her skin glows in simple textured wraps, and we did notice the strategic Palmer’s Cocoa Butter placement in the clip! We wonder if there’s a deal in the works!
We recently were treated to an iHeartRadio showcase featuring the singer, and India. Arie explained the inspiration behind her upcoming project, from a health scare to some words from Cicely Tyson we can all live by: The gist of what she said to me was, ‘You need to break the shell and let life touch you,’” Ms. Arie recalled. “I credit Cicely Tyson for this album because that lesson made me not go to bed for two years.”
India’s new album is due June 25.


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