Travel Ban is No Answer in Ebola Crisis

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers perform enhanced passenger screening of an international traveler, who recently visited Guinea, at Atlanta's International Airport Oct. 16, 2014.

10/24/2014
Amid concern by many in the United States over the possible spread of Ebola fever, government officials have begun limiting flights carrying passengers from three West African nations to arrival at five U.S. airports. More

Audio Confronting Ebola a Top U.S. Priority

The U.S. is actively engaged in fighting the Ebola outbreak. It has deployed more than 750 U.S. government personnel to West Africa, making this the largest-ever U.S. response to a global health crisis.

Audio International Effort Needed to Fight Ebola

The United States calls on the international community to join us in this fight.

Presidential Term Limits Key to Democracy in Africa

Support for democracy and free and fair elections are at the heart of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, and reflected in polling data from across the continent.

Audio Political Spoilers Continue To Threaten C.A.R's Future

The people of the Central African Republic, international peacekeepers and aid workers continue to come under attack by armed groups there, a nation roiled by almost two years of violence that has displaced over a million people and killed as many as 5,000.

Audio Concern Over Reported Arrest Of Sudanese Activists

Security forces in Sudan arrested scores of Sudanese activists in the lead up to the one year anniversary of massive public protests against the lifting of government fuel subsidies in September 2013.

Audio U.S. Rallies Support to End South Sudan Crisis

The U.S. worked at the recent UNGA to focus greater attention and pressure toward ending the political crisis in South Sudan.

Audio Guinea Massacre Crimes Still Go Unpunished

Indictments, summons not respected in Conakry killings.

Audio Probe Needed In Rwanda-Burundi Lake Deaths

Several dead bodies found floating in a lake on the border between Burundi and Rwanda remain unidentified.

Audio U.S. Supports U.N. Mission In Mali

As the government of Mali and representatives of three armed rebel groups continue talks aimed at ending the political crisis that has torn apart the West African nation, other factions still bent on violence have stepped up attacks on international peacekeepers.

Audio U.S. Mobilizes Response to Ebola Crisis

President Barack Obama announced that the United States will soon send 3,000 military personnel and stepped-up medical aid to West Africa.

Audio U.S. Boosts Engagement in the C.A.R.

Amid almost two years of political turmoil and inter-communal fighting, the United States has stood with the people of the Central African Republic.

Audio Helping Vulnerable Children, Improving Africa's Future

Given that half of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is under the age of 18, it is not surprising that the continent’s population is expected to exceed four billion by the year 2100.

Audio Mozambique Peace Agreement Shows the Power of Negotiation

Mozambique’s president and opposition leader ratified a peace deal earlier this month that ends two-years of low level conflict throughout the country.

Audio Mobilizing Health Workers to Fight Ebola

The United States has spent more than $100 million responding to the Ebola outbreak.

Audio Working Together to Defeat Ebola

The United States and our partners around the world are working with African governments, hospitals, courageous health workers and ordinary citizens to stop Ebola and save lives.

Audio New C.A.R. Government Must Move Quickly on Democratic Transition

U.S. calls on new cabinet to include their voices in a broad-based, inclusive national dialogue.

Audio Ceasefire Violations Continue In South Sudan

Rebels fighting the South Sudanese government seized a helicopter of a regional ceasefire monitoring team and briefly detained its members.

Audio Aiding Africa Through Climate-Smart Farming

International alliance will include governments, farm groups, civil society organizations, research bodies, businesses and United Nations agencies.

Audio Free Speech Threatened in South Sudan

Security forces in South Sudan shut down a prominent independent radio station and briefly detained its news director.

Audio U.S. Helps Boost Medical Education in Africa

The U.S. government is assisting the international response to the outbreak with financial aid and medical expertise, but there is no substitute for trained local healthcare professionals.

Audio U.S. Promoting Criminal Justice in Somalia

The United States has agreed to provide more support for Somali government programs aimed at reforming and developing the country’s security sector.

Audio Partnering With Morocco to Fight Terrorism

Agreement will strengthen regional counterterrorism capabilities in crisis management, border security, and terrorism investigations.

Audio A Hopeful Step in the C.A.R.

A new prime minister has been named in the Central African Republic.

Audio Failure of South Sudan Peace Talks an Outrage

The leaders of South Sudan and the armed opposition challenging their authority have again failed to live up to their pledge to form a transitional government and end the fighting that has badly split the East African nation.

Audio Power at the Young African Leaders Initiative

“Democracy means government that respects the will and the rights of its people."

Audio U.S. Fully Engaged in Africa's Fight Against Ebola

With nations in West Africa facing the biggest and most complex outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in history, the United States is stepping up assistance to confront the disease.

Audio Religious Intolerance Continues in Eritrea

Released prisoners reported harsh detention and life-threatening conditions, including solitary confinement. Three persons detained for religious objections to military service reportedly died in custody during 2013.

Audio Summit Demonstrates U.S. Commitment to Africa

The leaders of some 50 African nations are gathering here in Washington to meet with U.S. government, business and civil society leaders to discuss trade and investment, peace and regional stability, and governing for the next generation.

Audio Famine Looms In South Sudan

South Sudan is experiencing the world’s worst food security crisis, one not caused by drought or flood, but by man-made conflict.

Freedom for Mariam Ishag

The U.S. welcomes the release and departure from Sudan of Ms. Mariam Ishag, a Christian who was accused of apostasy and sentenced to death last May.

Audio CAR Ceasefire Raises Hope

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have signed a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending more than 18 months of violence that displaced over a million people and killed more than 1,000.

Audio Concerns Over Convictions In Swaziland

The United States is deeply concerned by the convictions of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu for contempt of court in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Audio Peace Talks Must Resume in South Sudan

New attacks, famine highlight urgent need.

Audio Young Leaders Will Shape Africa's Future

Five hundred young men and women from across Africa will gather in Washington next week, part of our nation’s long-term effort to support and invest in Africa’s next generation of educators, entrepreneurs, activists and leaders.

Audio Ethiopian Bloggers Should Be Released

The U.S. reiterates its call on Ethiopia to refrain from using anti-terrorism laws as a mechanism to curb the free exchange of ideas.

Audio Strengthening U.S.-Somali Relations

The Federal Government of Somalia has taken another step in joining the international community, appointing an ambassador to the United States and opening an embassy in Washington.

Audio Successes at the UN Human Rights Council

There were many notable outcomes at the recently concluded 26th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council or UNHRC in Geneva, Switzerland.

Audio Threats Persist In Somalia Despite Progress

Gunmen with the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab have again attacked the presidential compound in the capital, Mogadishu.