African Voices: Episode 8!

African Voices, Episode 8! In this episode:

  • Top news stories from Chicago and the African continent.
  • An exclusive interview  with B.B. Boogaloo, a Ghanian artist.
  • Advice Box: How to avoid Immigration Scams
  • Music from B.B. Boogaloo
If you would like to contribute news, events, issues, interviews or music to our podcast, email us: podcasts@uniteafricans.org or call: (312) 949 9980 between 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.
Click the link below to see the full details of news, events and music featured on the podcast.
LOCAL NEWS:
Over the weekend United African Organization hosted the 6th Annual Chicago Summit on African Immigrants and Refugees, and Community Resource Fair. By all accounts, the Summit was a great success! We had well over 200 participants from a cross-section of the African community as well as allies and supporters in attendance. We were very happy to be joined at the Summit by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, State Representatives Kimberly du Buclet and Ken Dunkin, and Alderman Pat Dowell.
AFRICAN NEWS:

Mali:  Worst Human Rights Situation in 50 Years

16 MAY 2012

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by fighting in northern Mali and dozens have been subjected to arbitrary detention, extra-judicial executions or sexual violence.

https://allafrica.com/view/group/main/main/id/00016895.html

Liberia: Taylor – Prosecute George Bush, Too

17 MAY 2012

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, now convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity in relations to atrocities committed in Sierra Leone, has stressed the need for former US President George W. Bush to be prosecuted for similar crimes.

https://allafrica.com/stories/201205170266.html

South Sudan: Juba Trudges Ahead Despite Oil Row

16 MAY 2012

Nairobi, Kenya — South Sudan is trudging on with plans to develop its infrastructure amid unresolved oil issues with its northern neighbour; an inflation surge and recently imposed austerity measures to recoup revenue losses.

For roads infrastructure alone, South Sudan would require an estimated $10 billion while funding for eight of its hydropower sites will need $15 billion.

Speaking during the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) Annual General Meeting in Nairobi on Wednesday, South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar said the budding nation’s infrastructure needs present a major opportunity for foreign investors.

The world’s newest nation is negotiating loans from various financial institutions and has already secured a $8 billion loan from China for infrastructure development.

 

https://allafrica.com/stories/201205170229.html

Uganda: MPs Get Secret Pay Rise

16 MAY 2012
Lawmakers abolish constituency fund, but share the Shs 2.9 billion

After abolishing the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), allegedly because it was too little to have an impact, Parliament has transferred the money to enhance the MPs’ salaries, The Observer has learnt. The Shs 2.9bn originally budgeted for CDF will enhance the legislators’ daily sitting allowances, sources told us.

Officials in the Parliamentary Commission have vehemently denied the report, with some of them saying it is aimed at drawing a wedge between MPs and the public, but our sources in Parliament revealed that the move took effect this financial year, immediately after the CDF was scrapped.

The Parliamentary Commission, which swears that no such reallocation has been made, can, however, not explain why MPs continue to receive CDF money. https://allafrica.com/stories/201205170672.html

Nigeria: JTF Uncovers Terrorists Hideout in Kogi

17 MAY 2012

A Joint Task Force (JTF) comprising Police, State Security Service (SSS), Navy, Air-force and Army recorded a major breakthrough Wednesday in Kogi State as a key hideout of terrorists was discovered and dismantled with different kinds of dangerous items recovered.

The state Director of SSS, Mr. Mike Funbara, said the discovery was a “turning point in the security situation in the state,” adding that security operatives had been able to get to the root of crime perpetration in the state.

He added that: “It is now clear that there is a terrorist group in the state but we are dismantling all their arsenals.” https://allafrica.com/stories/201205170260.html
ADVICE BOX: Beware of Immigration Scams-
Many people offer help with immigration services but not all are authorized to do so. Unfortunately scams offering to help you get your U.S. visa, green card and citizenship are wide-spread. Community members have recently brought one particular scam to our attention. The website www.usa-green-card.com claims that they will enter registrants into the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery and manage their Green Card Application. At some point in the process, the company asks the registrant for $200 processing fee. They take the money and never submit your application for the lottery. This is a scam – please avoid it!

The only website where you can legitimately apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery is the U.S. Department of State Diversity Lottery Website.

What are some common immigration scams?

  • When a business in your community “guarantees” they can get you benefits like a Visa, Green Card or Employment Authorization Document. Be wary of anyone who says they can guarantee one of these documents or promise you they will get the document for you fast.
  • When .com or .net websites offer step-by-step guidance when completing an application form. Sometimes they will ask you to pay for these application forms. All forms, form instructions and information on filing fees and processing times are available on USCIS website for free. All U.S. government websites have .gov and not .com addresses.
  • Emails or websites that say you have won the DV lottery, Visa lottery or Green Card lottery. The only way to apply for the DV lottery is through the official U.S. government application process. You can submit an application for the lottery or track your application through the  U.S. Department of State Diversity Lottery Website.
  • Anyone that tells you they are from the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS). This is an old, outdated agency. It no longer exists. All correspondence about your immigration application comes from the USCIS.
How can you avoid immigration scams?
To report immigration scams, notify the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) atwww.ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-382-4357. Alternatively, contact UAO at: services@uniteafricans.org / phone (312-949-9980) and we can help file a complaint on your behalf.
RECIPE: 

Mafé is a famous and popular West African dish, particularly in Senegal, Gambia, Mali and the Ivory Coast.

Ingredients:

  • Oil — 2 tablespoons
  • Stewing beef, cut into cubes — 2 pounds
  • Onion, minced — 1
  • Garlic, minced — 3-6 cloves
  • Ginger (optional), minced — 1 tablespoon
  • Tomato paste — 2 tablespoons
  • Tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped — 2 cups
  • Water or stock — 1-2 cups
  • Natural, unsalted peanut butter — 1 cup

Preparation:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high flame. Add the beef and sauté until lightly browned on all sides,

5-6  Minutes. Remove to a bowl and set aside.

 

  1. Add the onion to the oil in the pot and sauté until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger and sauté another 1-2 minutes.

 

  1. Return the beef to the pot, stir in the tomato paste and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 8-10 minutes to reduce the volume of the tomatoes somewhat.

 

  1. Add enough water or stock to loosen the dish to a stew-like consistency. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

 

  1. Stir in the peanut butter, salt and pepper and simmer for another 40 minutes, or until the beef is tender and oil rises to the surface of the dish. Add water as necessary to keep the dish stew-like.

 

6.    Adjust seasoning and serve over brown rice.

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