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ON THE LINE: Africa's Energy Needsi
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October 25, 2013 3:00 AM
Experts say more than two-thirds of the population in sub-Saharan Africa lives without power. In June, President Barack Obama announced his Power Africa initiative, a plan to spend seven billion dollars over the next five years to dramatically increase access to power in the region. But many critics say the US is lagging behind China which has already invested tens of billions of dollars on power projects on the energy deficient continent. This week’s "On The Line" discusses Africa's energy needs and how it fuels regional and international politics. Guests: Dr. Witney W. Schneidman: Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Senior International Advisor for Africa, Covington & Burling. Binta Terrier: Founder & Executive Director, Partnership League for Africa's Development

ON THE LINE: Africa's Energy Needs

Published October 24, 2013

Experts say more than two-thirds of the population in sub-Saharan Africa lives without power. In June, President Barack Obama announced his Power Africa initiative, a plan to spend seven billion dollars over the next five years to dramatically increase access to power in the region. But many critics say the US is lagging behind China which has already invested tens of billions of dollars on power projects on the energy deficient continent. This week’s "On The Line" discusses Africa's energy needs and how it fuels regional and international politics. Guests: Dr. Witney W. Schneidman: Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Senior International Advisor for Africa, Covington & Burling. Binta Terrier: Founder & Executive Director, Partnership League for Africa's Development

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#Migrants- Crisis on the Seas
The US military has begun conducting maritime surveillance flights off the west coast of Malaysia, supporting efforts to search for thousands of migrants believed stranded at sea. Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to take in thousands of migrants, potentially heading off refugee crisis in SE Asia. Meanwhile, the US is criticizing Myanmar’s, also known as Burma, treatment of the Rohingya, as they pile onto boats to escape persecution. All of this mirrors what is happening on the Mediterranean, where thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to make their way across troubled waters, only to be turned away. This week’s HashtagVOA looks at perception, policy and the potential solutions. 

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Brigadier Martin Xuereb:
Migrant Offshore Aid Station  [Malta]
John Sifton: Director of Advocacy for Asia, Human Rights Watch [Washington DC]
Francine Uenuma: Save the Children [Fairfield, Connecticut]
Niels Frenzen: USC School of Law, @MigrantsAtSea [Los Angeles]