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The peace agreement signed Monday between Ethiopia and Eritrea in Asmara has brought joy and gratitude among the people of the two countries. The text notably states that “the war that existed between the two countries has come to an end… a new era of peace and friendship is beginning.”

“My father died during the war between these two countries. He sacrificed his life for peace. I wish he were here today to see that. Dr. Abiy taught us what love really means, I would have been happy if he was alive and saw that,” Ethiopian university student, Selamawit Difiraw said.

This is the case, for example, of Eritrean migrants living in Tel Aviv, Israel, who are not convinced that life will improve in their country of origin because of the dictatorship that they believe still prevails there.

“I am not satisfied with this peace agreement. Why? Why? If you say why? because this peace agreement does not include the Eritrean people. This peace agreement was concluded between the Eritrean dictator and the Ethiopian government. If it does not concern the Eritrean people, we will not accept it and we will not go back because the dictator is still there. So our problem in Eritrea is not because of the border, our problem is because of the dictatorship," an Eritrean migrant based in Israel said.

According to the United Nations, Eritrea has implemented a radical policy at its borders to prevent people from fleeing.

The bilateral agreement with Ethiopia announces, among other things, the re-establishment of diplomatic ties and the implementation of the international agreement on respect for the border.

An exposé aired last week at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana and on BBC has been the source of controversy among Ghanaians. The exposè, led by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, reveals the extent to which African football officials are susceptible to corrupt influences. The revelations have so far produced some serious consequences: The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has been dissolved. Its president, who is shown in the exposè taking $65,000 from undercover journalists disguised as investors in order to help them secure a deal with the GFA, has resigned. With everyone in Ghana talking about this saga, one voice has been noticeably quiet.

President Akufo Addo came into office in January 2017. Since then, he has been on a mission to change the mindset of dependency among Africans that has retarded the continent`s ability to grow through its own peoples`engineering and to alter the way Africans are perceived by the rest of the world.

At home, Mr. Akufo Addo has formed one of the largest and most ambitious governments Ghana and Africa have ever seen. His government has set out to fundamentally transform the structures of  the Ghanaian economy from a state of stagnation and dependency on raw materials  to a value-added economy that yields employment for Ghana `s idle mass. His government has also prioritized the fight against corruption in a way few African governments have. For the first time in Ghana's history, there is an Office of Special Prosecutor -- an independent agency tasked with investigating cases of corruption involving the country`s elected officials. This is a remarkable accomplishment for the small West African country and a defining moment of Mr. Akufo Addo`s young presidency. And it is precisely this that makes what the former GFA boss said about the president in the recent exposè so baffling.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas

In the exposè, the former GFA boss appears to suggest that the president of the Republic of Ghana was in need of money in order to dig himself out of the financial hole the 2016 presidential campaign had left him. After informing the supposed investors of the president`s alleged state of financial desperation, the former GFA boss added, ``if you are able to give money to the president of the country, the vice president, you are finished.`` Mr. Nyantakyi advised the supposed investors to give millions of dollars to the most powerful man in the country and his deputy in order to facilitate their entry into the Ghanaian market. It has been alleged that it was this portion of the revelation that so concerned Mr. Akufo Addo that he immediately reported the former GFA boss to law enforcement.

However, the president`s seemingly swift action was in fact predictable. The exposè had not only been scheduled for public viewing before the president saw it, but enough people had knowledge about its content that to fail to get ahead of it would have been political suicide. Furthermore, if a picture says a thousand words, a video says a million. The allegations against him are so serious that anything less than a swift and decisive action would have given the impression that the former GFA boss had something on the president.

In fairness to Mr. Akufo Addo, we have no reason to believe he would have acted differently if the exposè was never going to see the light of day. It is also worth mentioning that although the former GFA boss was direct in his suggestion to the supposed investors that they bribe the president and seems to indicate that the president was financially desperate, the veracity of his claim remains unproven. It is possible that the former GFA boss said so in order to ingratiate himself with the supposed investors and to prove to them that he was an insider with privileged information and access to the most powerful man in Ghana. When most people will disclose all their most sensitive information before they open up about their finances, the former GFA boss appears credible as an insider when he divulges information that one would suspect only those in Mr. Akufo Addo's inner circle could know.

For some partisan critics of the president, mere allegations against him are enough to make him guilty. However, for some partisan supporters of the president, he can do no wrong. But there are some honest, non-partisan and fair-minded individuals in the middle who believe that while mere allegations alone are not enough, not all of them are created equal. They would not expect the president to deign to respond to every allegation labeled against him especially by partisan pundits on the airwaves. However, they do expect to hear from the president when it involves arguably the second most powerful man in African football and a man he appears to have a close relationship with.

To the following questions the president must respond and must do so immediately: Did he personally accumulate large amounts of debt during his run for the presidency? Has he paid them off and if so, where did he get the money? Is he still in debt and if so, how does he intend to pay it off? Who financed his debt during the presidential campaign and did he sell his houses to finance his campaign expenditures? President Akufo Addo owes the Ghanaian people answers to these questions. If the president was forced to sell his houses and to accrue large amounts of debt in order to finance his election bid, that could make him liable to blackmail by his creditors and vulnerable to corrupt influences. It also raises serious concerns about Ghana's campaign finance system.

Football remains the most important sport in the country and I feel particularly sorry for the millions of fans and workers whose celebrations and livelihoods have been stolen from them by those who would rather broker a cedi than an honest game. But I suspect they will get through this difficult time with the belief that things will get better in the near future. However, what no Ghanaian can any longer afford to endure is yet another corrupt government.

In the short time since Mr. Akufo Addo has been in office, he has managed to convince many cynics that good government is possible in Africa and that politics can still be a source of good. He reminded us all that to ``guarantee an Africa beyond aid, Africa must breed a new generation of leaders who are,`` among other things, `` committed to governing their peoples according to the principles of democratic accountability.`` Perhaps it is time he heeds his own words and make himself accountable to the Ghanaian people. Whether or not Ghana can emerge from a state of political hopelessness to hopefulness depends heavily on his actions in the days and weeks to come.
By Mohammed Adawulai

In many cases African Presidents, Ministers and state officials leave
behind poorly funded health services and structures, which most of their citizens have to rely on, to attend well equipped and expensive hospitals abroad. They are not only mostly overcharged for their unwise decisions but help create badly needed jobs for other economies.
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari leaves the capital Abuja for a four-day medical trip to the United Kingdom - his fourth since he came to power in 2015. At any given moment when you expect things to get better; you witness the worse form of the same old practices, by those who made the most noise… What is the problem of Africans and their leaders?

Another WWDC has come and gone, and even though Tim Cook and company showed off the future of Apple software, the company's Mac hardware has been left untouched. The Mac faithful, those devoted members of the community that kept the company afloat in the dark days, cling to every shred of hope that Apple throws their favorite Mac a little love.

Unfortunately, many Macs have been left behind by cheaper, better options on the Windows PC side of the fence. Consider for a moment that Apple still sells the 2013-era Mac Pro for $3,000—highway robbery from a pure performance perspective. Would you buy a car at its original MSRP even though it's been sitting on the lot for five years? I don't think so.

With that in mind, I've put together a list of excellent Windows alternatives to the most popular Mac models. Especially if you rely on your computers for your livelihood, there's no reason to wait on Apple to finally cater to your needs. From the low-end to beastly 32-core prosumer rigs, the PC world is getting really exciting again.

Sure, macOS has its advantages, but Windows 10 is a mature, stable platform that's updated and improved on the regular. Switching to PCs means you'll be able to grab the latest and greatest computers at a wide array of prices from any number of PC manufacturers, without having to light prayer candles at a shrine dedicated to Steve Wozniak.

MacBook/MacBook Air

Apple's most portable notebooks are in an awkward spot. While the MacBook has seen recent spec bumps, its small screen and single USB-C port feel limiting. The MacBook Air soldiers on with the same screen, processor, and chassis it's had for three years. If you prefer a cushier keyboard, USB-A, and magnetic charging connection, you'll be paying top dollar for a dowdy display and crusty Intel processors from generations long past in the MacBook Air.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop is a solid substitute for these slimmer Macs. You get newer chips, a brilliant 13-inch display, a wonderful keyboard, and an eye-catching design. Starting at only $799, it's a premium notebook without the performance drawbacks of what Apple's offering right now.

MacBook Pro

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is arguably the only MacBook worthy of the professional branding, since it has the biggest screen, fastest graphics, and hottest processor of Apple's laptop lineup. Plus, you get Apple's Touch Bar, which, is of dubious value, but is a nice bonus.

But it's put to shame by Razer's latest flagship Razer Blade laptop. With a six-core Intel processor and Nvidia 10-series graphics as the standard configuration, it's positioned to make the mightiest Mac notebook look downright antique. Peep that slim display bezel … gaze lovingly upon its traditional style RGB-backlit keyboard and humongous glass trackpad. It even has USB-A ports, Thunderbolt 3, and RAM that you can—gasp—upgrade!

Mac Mini

The Mac Mini is one of my all-time favorite computers. Unfortunately, the last update this model received from Apple was all the way back in 2014, and the refresh made the poor Mini slower in some configurations and nigh impossible to upgrade in all of them. It's still sold at outrageous prices all these years later, starting at $500 for a wimpy fourth-generation Intel i5 processor.

If you love tiny-yet-powerful mini computers, might I recommend the Intel NUC? These computers are mini-er than Apple's Mini and feature newer seventh and eighth-generation chips that run rings around the li'lest Mac. You can buy them either as complete models running Windows 10, or as barebones kits where you add your own RAM, storage, and OS of choice.

If you're a gamer or want to get into VR, there's even the Hades Canyon model, with powerful AMD Radeon Vega graphics under the hood. And, whereas Apple charges you beaucoup bucks for a three-year AppleCare warranty, you'll get that standard with each NUC.

I'll be the first to admit that the iMac is a super-nice desktop computer. While many other PC makers try to ape this stylish, slim all-in-one, few truly match its appeal. It's also one of the models Apple's been the most consistent about keeping fresh; the current lineup runs on Intel's seventh generation chips, and many include AMD graphics to boot.

The machine I'd recommend checking out is HP's epic desktop, the HP Envy Curved All-in-One. With a wide 34-inch curved display, you get the real estate of two separate monitors in one contiguous LCD panel. But whether you're popping full apps next to one another with room to spare, or just blowing up a widescreen movie to take up this entire screen, HP's Envy stands apart.

Apple has promised its demanding users an update to the long-in-the-tooth, 2013-vintage Mac Pro. It said the new system was in the works last year, but it's looking unlikely a new Mac Pro will hit store shelves before 2019. Until then, the five-year-old, thermally constrained, expansion-averse cylinder can be had ... at 2013 prices. The iMac Pro is a good pick for professional needs, but it's seemingly not built to last, cramming its storage, RAM, and display into a hermetically sealed, non-upgradeable chassis. If you're tired of waiting for Apple to offer a true pro desktop, why not check out what Dell's dishing out?

The Dell Precision 7820 starts at $1,700 for a six-core Xeon-powered workstation—roughly half the price of Apple's competing model. These modular, upgradeable towers offer plenty of possibilities to make this machine last for a decade or longer. Unlike Apple's old-ass trash can, Dell's workstations can be upgraded with ridiculously powerful processors with dozens of cores, modern graphics, and up to 384 GB of RAM. You don't even have to open the case up to add more storage thanks to an externally accessible caddy solution.

For users clinging to their trusty cheesegrater Mac Pro towers, Dell's traditional, functional, buttoned-down tower should feel like coming home. Plus, Dell's pro machines all come with a three-year on-site repair agreement, so you'll never be caught waiting around for someone to pay attention to you at the crowded Apple Store (and you'll save hundreds over buying AppleCare).

By Brendan Nystedt
wired.com

Donald Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North Korea along with providing it with security guarantees, the nation’s state news agency has claimed.The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which also reported Kim Jong-un had accepted an invitation to visit the White House, said Mr Trump had indicated he would lift sanctions along with ending military exercises with South Korea.

There was no independent confirmation of the claim and no immediate comment from the White House. On Tuesday, while Mr Trump had indicated he wanted to end “very provocative” war games, he said that sanctions would remain in place to exert “tremendous pressure”.

The Wall Street Journal said the North Korean report quoted Mr Trump as crediting Mr Kim’s “proactive peace-loving measures” for having created the atmosphere of peace this year. It also suggested Mr Trump had adopted North Korea’s preferred phased approach towards any denuclearisation process, saying the two men had agreed to the “principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action”.

The White House did not immediately respond to queries about the report on Wednesday. Mr Trump did not make any mention of sanctions as he posted a series of tweets as he flew back to Washington via Hawaii, praising the talks and scoffing at those who had said such a meeting could not take place.

“The world has taken a big step back from potential nuclear catastrophe! No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic,” he said in one tweet.

In another, he added: “A year ago the pundits & talking heads, people that couldn’t do the job before, were begging for conciliation and peace – “please meet, don’t go to war.” Now that we meet and have a great relationship with Kim Jong Un, the same haters shout out, “you shouldn’t meet, do not meet!”

KCNA said Mr Trump also expressed his intention to offer security guarantees to North Korea and lift sanctions “over a period of good-will dialogue” between the two countries. It said Mr Kim had said the North could take unspecified “additional good-will measures of next stage commensurate with them” if the US takes genuine measures to build trust.

It quoted Mr Kim as saying: “It’s urgent to make a bold decision on halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other.”

On Tuesday, Mr Trump had been asked about whether he planned to lift sanctions against Pyongyang. 

“The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor. Sanctions played a big role, but they’ll come off at that point,” he said. “I hope it’s going to be soon, but they’ll come off.  As you know, and as I’ve said, the sanctions right now remain. But at a certain point, I actually look forward to taking them off.”

Mr Trump said he had decided not to press ahead to impose 300 new proposed sanctions as it would be “disrespectful” to do so while preparing for the summit. Yet he said he would not lift sanctions that existed unless there was a significant improvement in regard to North Korea’s notorious human rights record.

“No. I want significant improvement. I want to know that it won’t be happening. And again, once you start that process, there will be a point at which, even though you won’t be finished for a while because it can’t happen scientifically or mechanically, but you’re not going to be able to go back. You know, once we reach that point, I’ll start to give that very serious thought,” he said.

He said he believed that 34-year-old Mr Kim, whom he described as a “strong” leader, said he would live up to the agreement they signed to work towards denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula. He said the summit marked a “great moment in the history of the world”.  

The agreement with North Korea did not currently envision removing the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea. However, Mr Trump said he favoured a long-term plan to reduce US troop numbers from South Korea and said the US “will be stopping the war games”, a major concession that was seized on by critics of the president.

Mr Trump was also criticised for failing to make human rights in North Korea a central part of his negotiations. Mr Trump had said they had been raised, but not in great detail. 

“While we welcome news that President Trump raised human rights at the summit, Amnesty International urges the US government to continue to push for urgent reforms in North Korea,” said Francisco Bencosme of Amnesty International USA. “Human rights should not be a footnote in any engagement with Kim Jong-un, but rather a crucial component in negotiations between the two countries.

He added: “There are no “great winners” when North Korea continues to commit systemic, widespread, and grave violations of human rights, some of which may amount to crimes against humanity. It must close its prison camps, where up to 120,000 people continue to be held, protect freedom of expression, and reunite families separated through displacement during the war, forced disappearances, or abductions.”

Campaigners working for denuclearisation said Mr Trump’s meeting with Mr Kim had been a start, but that more work needed to be done.

Christine Ahn, the founder of Women Cross DMZ, who was in South Korea recently to lead a women’s peace delegation, said: “Although the document signed by Trump and Kim is thin, it is bold in its direction of re-orienting relations between historic adversaries.”

She added: “The fact that the first two points start with a commitment to establish new relations and to build a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula demonstrates Trump’s pragmatism and understanding that peace and security assurances are paramount to North Korea’s concerns and pursuit of nuclear weapons.”
Source: The Independenct

The annual award, which pays tribute to and raises the visibility of entrepreneurs with a foreign background, aims to increase interest in entrepreneurship and inspire the next generation of foreign-born business owners. The Local spoke to two previous winners about their experience.

Starting your own business is a challenge few people will attempt in their lifetime. That challenge is doubled when you’ve also moved halfway around the world and opened a company in a new country. Despite that, one in five businesses in Sweden is founded by ‘new Swedes’, a wave of immigrant entrepreneurs who are reshaping Sweden’s business landscape. Yet their contribution often goes unnoticed.

It's what led the Internationella Företagare i Sverige (IFS) Foundation to establish H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf's prize Årets Nybyggare in 1999. The prize is awarded by His Majesty each October at Stockholm Castle.

Nominate a foreign entrepreneur who deserves to win a prize from the King of Sweden. Entries accepted until June 30th.

Palestinian-born, Malmö-based cheesemaker, Mohamad Godeh won the award in 2017 after starting his own cheesemaking company, Nablus Mejeri. Their company is named after the Godeh family’s home city of Nablus, famous for its traditional cheese. Mohamad, his wife Samar and their children, migrated to Sweden in 2004, following years of unrest in their homeland.

After a trip back to Palestine in 2008 they began to think about how they could make their generations-old family recipe in their newfound homeland, Sweden. The plan was originally just for home consumption. Little by little, as both Swedish and Palestinian friends and family began to get their hands on the coveted cheese, suggestions came rolling in that they start to produce it commercially. In 2010 they officially launched the company and began operations.

"My wife and I did not realise how much work and effort we were going to invest in this family business, but looking at where we are now and what we have created makes every hour we spent on the dairy worth it," Mohamad says.

Last year, after being nominated and winning the Årets Nybyggare award, the business expanded from its largely Skåne-based activities to a national level with large supermarket chains around the country, as well as local restaurants and shops stocking Nablus Mejeri products.

"I feel really proud of what my family has achieved. We moved to Malmö, Sweden hoping for a bright future. The award is a huge acknowledgement reflecting the high quality we produce and also a great help for our success on the Swedish market," he concludes.

In 2016, a similarly inspiring story emerged. Moa Gurbuzer, who emigrated with her family from Turkey to Sweden as a teenager, was a family therapist and social worker before founding her company, MRG Wines, making non-alcoholic still and sparkling wine in 2013. “I had seen many families and parents mostly, that can’t handle the drinking and where the children are suffering or neglected because of the parents drinking,” she says.

The recognition Moa has received from Swedes has been extremely positive because they understand the importance of MRG Wines’ mission. “Our interest is to make things for society. So for me this was a social movement that I wanted to do. It’s another form of social work,” she explains.

Her experience of navigating the process of starting her own business in Sweden was an easy one, she says. “To start a business is just to go to the tax services and they will help you and give you information”. As easy as the process was, she still has some advice for anyone hoping to follow in her footsteps.

“One of the things that is very important in Sweden is that you have to have a strong network behind you”.

Since winning, Moa says her life has changed astronomically, in part due to the fact that the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf presented her with the award. “It changed a lot of things. Having the award from the King was something special,” she says.

It also boosted the public’s confidence in her business. “To be seen in photos with the King also gives the status for international markets, which was really very good to have,” she adds. MRG Wines currently exports to between 10-15 countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 award. If you know somebody who you think deserves this very special prize, visit the IFS website and nominate them for Årets Nybyggare 2018.

Following last year’s successful debut of “afrika! Community Award”, application for the sponsorship scheme for Africans in Germany has opened. The Award was introduced in 2017 by MoneyGram, the global money-transfer company, to support the work of socially-engaged organizations in the African community.

There are more than 700 African clubs and associations which support projects in Africa or promote integration measures, sporting activities and African culture in Germany.

With the “afrika! Community Award” the money-transfer company wants to give back to its customers in Germany.

Four organisations emerged winners of the maiden edition of the award last year and each of them received a cash donation of 1,000 euros for the support of their activities.

A novelty this year, according to the organizers, is that not only registered organizations can apply but also individuals and companies “if they sustainably support the African community in Germany or implement aid projects in Africa from Germany”.

This is in recognition of the fact that many Africans in their personal capacities sponsor social projects in their home countries or support one initiative or the other in their community in Germany.

Prizes will be awarded to two winners in each of the following categories:  

  • Sports
  • Social commitment/Education
  • Companies
  • Culture

 A five-member jury consisting of four representatives from the African community and one from MoneyGram will determine the winners.

From now until 31 August 2018, Africans in Germany are invited to register for the prize, whose winners will not only gain extra publicity but also MoneyGram sponsoring with a total value 3,000 euros.

To participate and stand a chance of being a winner, simply fill out the registration form on https://afrikaportal.eu/teilnehmen/

Application closes on 31 August 2018.

Femi Awoniyi
http://www.theafricancourier.de/europe/registration-opens-for-moneygrams-sponsorship-award-for-africans-in-germany/

Oktay Özdemir and Björn Wichmann (Academy of Police) with Sylvaina Gerlich (IMIC e.V.):

Germany

Hamburg Police Seeking Applications from African migrants"New, strong and self-confident," said Hamburg's Interior Senator Andy Grote, the Hamburg police want to attract young applicants for the different careers as a police officer and also address migrants with their current advertising campaign. "African migrants are very welcome to us," confirms Björn Wichmann, head of the recruitment office at the Hamburg Academy of Police. 

 traeumeleben  zielsicher


baywatcher

 It starts with the motives "#Zielsicher", "#Träume leben" and "#Baywatscher", which are intended to highlight the attractiveness of the Hamburg police for different advertising media and cinematically emotional, concise and sometimes provocative.

 The campaign is supported by IMIC e.V. (Intercultural Migrant Integration Center e.V.), in cooperation with Derya Yildirim and Oktay Özdemir from the Hamburg Academy of Police. IMIC President Sylvana Gerlich: "We motivate young African migrants and Afro-Germans to apply to the police. It is an interesting career field with many development opportunities.

imic01Sylvaina Gerlich (IMIC e.V) & Interior Senator Andy Grote

”At present, 250 prospective police officers are being trained at the Hamburg Academy of Police. Soon there will be 500. Building on this, Interior Senator Andy Grote wants to expand the existing staffing by a third in the next five years.

The campaign does not stand alone, according to the senator, with a modernization and professionalization of the police, geared towards the new generation of digital natives, who for example expect digital work equipment in the workplace.

In addition, there are new service models, all the way to home workplaces, in order to meet the new requirements. In any case, the quality is retained in the application process, so Andy Grote, according to the motto "We are the good guys and seek the best, you can be there.

" Information on: https://karriere-polizei.hamburg.dePhotos from the press conference:Interior Senator Andy Grote: "The new campaign shows the police new, strong and confident"Interior Senator Andy Grote and Sylvaina Gerlich (IMIC e.V.): "We are the good guys and you can be there."Oktay Özdemir and Björn Wichmann (Academy of Police) with Sylvaina Gerlich (IMIC e.V.): "African migrants are very welcome."

Germany’s third grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel is in turbulence as its Christian Democratic sister parties are at odds with each other over immigration. Felix Janssen from FTI’s Berlin office explains it all:

Before the new coalition government had even begun to govern, it had already secured a record. 171 days – no government building in German history had ever taken so long. The arduous path to return to Handlungsfähigkeit (German for “capacity to act”) led right back to the third edition of the grand coalition under Merkel. But the government formation hardly proved a return to the normality of governing. The world has changed for Merkel who is stuck between strong-headed men driving her to seek refuge with Macron and Europe.

Same problem, different country

Throughout Europe the right-wing, anti-establishment has wreaked havoc to political norms and structures, often to the detriment of social democrats. The Dutch labor party dropped from 24.8% to 5.7%, France’s socialist party only came in 5th and lost a whopping 250 seats in the election, and Italy formed a populist governing coalition after the social democratic party lost 180 seats earlier this year. The same pattern holds true for Germany. The once proud SPD received the worst election result in their history.

These new dynamics fundamentally changed the coalition negotiations. The new German parliament consists of six parties for the first time since the Weimar Republic which severely limited coalition constellations. After the liberal FDP blew up the four-party “Jamaica” coalition negotiations, Merkel had to make significant concessions to the reluctant SPD, in order to get them to agree to a new grand coalition. In the last 100 days, the SPD has continued their tumble, so they will have to fight even harder to distinguish themselves from the CDU, or risk extinction.

The specter of 2015

Surprisingly (or not), the SPD is not the coalition partner Merkel has to worry about. Instead, and driven by the upcoming Bavarian state elections in October, the conservative CSU, Bavarian sister party of Merkel’s CDU, led by newly appointed interior minister Horst Seehofer has tested the limits of the coalition. Seehofer and the CSU want to turn away refugees at the German border who already registered elsewhere in the EU. Merkel on the other hand strongly opposes a national solution, fearing that it could push the EU to the edge of dissolution.

After days under fire, Merkel managed to receive two weeks to find a European solution. However, the support she gathered from her own CDU is not substantive but merely procedural, as the CSU appeared to be ready to authorize Seehofer to issue a decree for border controls with immediate effect. If this happened, it will undoubtedly lead to Seehofer being fired as minister, the resignation of the other two CSU ministers, and the effective dissolution of the governing coalition. It seems that the specter of 2015, when Merkel opened German borders to refugees, will continue to haunt her chancellorship indefinitely.

America first – Europe united

But not only the situation at home is precarious. Across the Atlantic, her most delicate frenemy is sitting in the White House. The scandalous G7 summit is only the most recent of a series of trust breaches by President Trump who has continued to uproot the international post war order. The Paris Climate Agreement, tariffs on cars and the Iran nuclear agreement have burdened the transatlantic relationship. The silver lining of the quickly deteriorating diplomatic relations is the unifying effect for Europe. The bitter diplomatic disappointments are crowding the EU nations closer together and even the typically more reluctant CDU is striking different tones in their European policy. Recently, Merkel even spoke of a new loyalty toward Europe and has begun to get the German people used to deeply unpopular military spending increases.

Refuge in Europe

After she kept Macron waiting for eight months, Merkel finally responded to his reform program and was welcomed with open arms by her French counterpart. Unsurprisingly so, considering that both stand to gain from reinvigorating the French-German motor in Europe. Merkel finds herself in an unusual role. Should she not be able to find a European solution in the next two weeks she will likely be the one displaced from her own governing coalition. She has no other choice but to seek refuge in Europe.

The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and not necessarily the views of FTI Consulting LLP, its management, its subsidiaries, its affiliates, or its other professionals, members or employees.

As one with the burden of God to bring back sanity into homes, I decided to write this book as a follow up to my already published piece on family titled: “Dismantling family Roadblocks”. It is a must read for every family.

I have been privileged to learn and understand a lot about marriage especially African Marriage in Diaspora through counselling and working with families under the verge of divorce. In some cases, there have been success stories while in others, it had been the cases of taking a horse to the stream and not been able to force it to drink water.

Marriage is under a serious attack in our present day than ever before. At the foundation of marriage, every marriage enjoys the benefits of God’s blessing and unity but human selfishness, Individual rights, pride, cultural difference play major roles in destroying homes.

Among Africans living in an environment in which marriage I believe has being devalued spiritually, socially and legally, couples face serious challenges in their marriages.

Hardly could marriage thrive in the truthfulness of its covenants with a threat of divorce or separation. Some people even question the existence of a good normal relationship and some of the problems in the face of marriage can be attributed to many factors. I remember a program I hosted some time ago on marriage where a brother in an attempt to help me jokingly questioned saying: “In normal or abnormal marriages!”

The house was engulfed in laughter. I however kept what he said to my heart. One of the things to realize these days is that there are normal and abnormal marriages. These when properly broken down might give rise to yet many more terms.

In reality however, there ought to be a single form of marriage: “A sanctified institution ordained by the Creator of mankind for the good of man”. In the scenario where there are different forms of it, one is left with just the choice of understanding how far things have deteriorated. This deterioration is largely traced to interferences by various cultures.

The term culture, according to the English dictionary addresses ideas, beliefs and customs that are shared and accepted by people in a society. Hence, it should be understood that it is something transferred from generation to generation. Broken By the Binder is an eye opening Book aimed at highlighting how our inability to blend the various cultures has hampered our efforts. Shattered dreams on one side, broken lives on the other! What about the toll of all these on our future hope: Our Children?

It is time to do something and salvage our homes. The time is now! Tomorrow may be too late. Go get a copy today. Give it as a GIFT to a family and allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate the eyes of men and women on how to add honey to our moon using the contents of this divinely inspired Book.

Shalom and more of God’s Blessings!

Pastor Darlington C.
Jacobs
Chapel of Believers International Ministries Hamburg
+49 151 229 07 637
http://www.chapelofbelievers.org

There is an urgent need for awareness regarding the development and promotion of education. The question we have to ask is, do we want a large quantitative society or a relatively bright, promising and qualitative community? It is in our best interest to yearn for a worthy society through pragmatic, measurable and achievable programs.

The African Youth Education Initiative that began years ago in Hamburg was tailored to empower Africans in Germany to take tertiary education seriously. Go to school, learn a trade or study. Get a good job, pay their taxes, be happy people, and make Germany and their birth country great.

The aim of the RHENSIUS-KROHN-AYE PREIS; is to encourage and motivate parents of African heritage to be committed to their children’s schooling, particularly at the primary school level. Those who supplement teachers’ efforts at early stages turn to nature brilliant kids. Be a great parent and win 500€!

Individuals and institutions making a meaningful impact in the communities are acknowledged every year.

Challenges:
The AYE scheme has been evolving rapidly; we have more than 500 people in attendance, although the Albert-Schäfer-Saal in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, "IHK", can contain only about 300 people. At 7pm the hall was completely full. The above is a clear indication that organizers are confronted with new challenges.

It was uncomfortable and humiliating to have people travel as far as Kassel, Berlin and Munich and not be able to enter the hall, as at one point the hall had to be closed, and those who came out could no longer be allowed in. The likelihood that more people will attend is high.

In the process of creating educational awareness, motivating young people and showcasing role models, organizers have succeeded in creating an institution, a tradition and a unique platform. This can be used to achieve multiple purposes, such as encouraging more Africans to actively participate in day-to-day politics.

 A befitting, bigger hall is needed, and more finance will be required to administer, plan and execute such professional projects. In addition, more committed and professionals are needed. Such projects can no longer be coordinated with a low budget and solely on a voluntary basis. There is a need to raise more funds to be able to meet the high expectations.

AYEA Schleswig Holstein: What is good for Hamburg is good for Stuttgart and Berlin, so the project will be taking off in other major cities in phases. This will be done in collaboration with community leaders on the ground. Communities first have to build dedicated and trustworthy teams. Locations must be excellent.

Masters & PhD Students:
Unlike the young students who are being motivated and encouraged to push further, there must be clear guidelines, categories and a board in place to nominate and select Master’s and PhD students. Currently, the organizers are reluctant to accept the challenge, citing capacity inabilities.

Successors:
The younger generation isn’t ready to work for less remuneration or be unsalaried. We do understand their concern; however, if care is not taken we might have to start all over again. TopAfric e.V. needs to restructure and strengthen its foundation to enhance her chances of sustaining the ever-growing AYE project.

 "You are successful until you have successful successors"

The attempt to effectively monitor and provide the old AYEA students with information that will help them address their day-to-day problems has not been successful. We have failed in assessing and recruiting them into the pool of expertise available to us and the community at large.

The www.ayeawards.de website could be better. Help us make it better!

Yes we want to succeed, but we can only succeed together.
Donations: Individuals and institutions who make donations will be provided with a donation receipt, “Spendenquitung”, to enable them to claim their money back from the Tax Office – “Finanzamt”.

Bankdata:
Konto-Inhaber: TopAfric e. V.
Bank: Hamburger Sparkasse
IBAN: DE45 2005 0550 1203 1347 45
BIC: HASPDEHHXXX
Zweck. AYE AWARDS

VR22842
Steuernummer 17/442/19155

God Bless Germany!
God Bless Africa!
AYEA TEAM

Ladies and Gentlemen, we would like to introduce one of our energetic radio presenters at Topafric Radio, nineteen year old Christian Kenou. Christian studied media at the Media school of Hamburg, Germany. He co-hosts the show called “Hot List” with Bola every Monday between 6pm – 8pm German time.

Christian is a very energetic young man with the ability to be the life of any party. He has the genuinely to effortlessly entertain you endlessly. He is like the energizer bunny; he keeps going and going and going.

He loves listening to rap music, boxing, jogging, cooking and most especially dancing.
He aspires to be a big and popular radio host with the passion to bring the best out of up and coming artists in and around Germany.

Watch out for him because the sky is the limit for this very important.

Ricky Ross (Topafric)

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