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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Get all the forms you need plus instructions from the USCIS website.
- Use an attorney licensed by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) – list of low-cost and pro-bono attorneys or call 1-800-375-5283.
- If you are not using an attorney licensed by the BIA, make sure the person helping you is accredited to provide legal advice: click here to check if the person is on the list of BIA-accredited representatives.
Mafé is a famous and popular West African dish, particularly in Senegal, Gambia, Mali and the Ivory Coast.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add enough water or stock to loosen the dish to a stew-like consistency. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
- 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.