Straight Talk Africa

    Straight Talk Africa Wed., May 28, 2014i
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    May 28, 2014 6:30 PM
    Host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine the tobacco industry on the African continent as it comes under scrutiny for child labor issues, more aggressive tobacco taxes, and general health concerns. Guests: Joshua Kyallo, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids; Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwam, Pan African Tobacco Group; Francois van der Merwe, International Tobacco Growers Association Africa Region, & Evan Blecher, Ph.D. Director International Tobacco Control Research, American Cancer Society, Inc.

    Straight Talk Africa Wed., May 28, 2014

    Published May 28, 2014

    Host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine the tobacco industry on the African continent as it comes under scrutiny for child labor issues, more aggressive tobacco taxes, and general health concerns. Guests: Joshua Kyallo, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids; Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwam, Pan African Tobacco Group; Francois van der Merwe, International Tobacco Growers Association Africa Region, & Evan Blecher, Ph.D. Director International Tobacco Control Research, American Cancer Society, Inc.

    Straight Talk Africa

    Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

    Join us every Wednesday as Shaka and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution.

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    Straight Talk Africa is broadcast live every Wednesday from 1830-1930 UTC/GMT simultaneously on radio, television and the Internet.


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    “Burundi: Violence and Security”
     

    There is a fragile peace in Burundi following the killing of a senior military official, his wife and daughter, last Monday.  President Pierre Nkurunziza has condemned the killing and given his security forces a seven-day deadline to find Brigadier General Athanase Kararuza’s killers.  Kararuza was a military adviser in the Office of the Vice-President.  He previously worked as a deputy commander of an international peace force in the Central African Republic.  Attacks and counter-attacks between Nkurunziza’s security forces and his opponents have escalated since April 2015, when he announced a disputed bid for a third term as president.  Members of the Burundian diaspora and exiled civil society leaders demonstrated recently in front of the United Nations, urging the international community to send a robust UN police force to help protect civilians as their country enters a second year of post-election violence.
     

    Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the violence and security situation in Burundi.
     

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    What do you think about the United Nations possibly providing armed forces to stop the violence and provide security in Burundi?  Email us your reply at africatv@voanews.com or write us on Facebook.

     
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    Ayen Bior, VOA Social Media Reporter
    Twitter:  @VOA Shaka
    Hashtag:  #VOABurundiViolence

     
    Washington Studio Guests:
     

    Frederic Nkundikije
    Reporter, VOA Central Africa Service
     

    Ernest Ndabashinze
    Burundian Ambassador to the United States
     

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    Ketty Nivyabandi
    Burundian Poet and Activist
    Skype from Calgary, Canada

     

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    In the competitive and changing television industry, nothing is more valuable for job-seekers than "real world" experience. The Straight Talk Africa internship program offers motivated and outstanding students exciting opportunities to experience practical journalism.  In addition to helping to get our weekly studio programs on-the-air, interns also produce a final project for their portfolios. Projects include writing and producing promos, stories, and even full-length documentary or magazine shows.

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    A Straight Talk Africa Special

    About the Host

    Shaka, a Ugandan-born American journalist, holds a doctorate in cross-cultural communication and history from UCLA in California. He is a former Ford Foundation Fellow and has received numerous honors, including a United Nations Peacekeeping Special Achievement Award in International Journalism. Other awards include VOA's Best Journalist Award and Kigezi College Butobere's first ever Highest Achievement Award in International Human Communication. Butobere is located in Kabale, southwestern Uganda, and is Shaka’s alma mater.
     

    During his career, Shaka has interviewed and hosted many presidents and prime ministers.  Among them:  General Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Nigeria; Levy Patrick Mwanawasa; Former President, Zambia; Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom;  Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama; Ghana President John Evans Atta Mills; Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia; Hifikepunye Pohamba, President, Namibia; Uganda President Yoweri Museveni; Joseph Kabila, President, DRC; Rwanda President Paul Kagame; and General Salva Kiir, First Vice President, and president of the government of Southern Sudan.
     

    He has also hosted newsmakers and policy makers who interact with Africa, including:   Norbert Mao, President, Uganda Democratic Party; Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Donald Yamamoto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank; South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai; Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; Mo Ibrahim, Chairman Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Nobel Literature laureate Wole Soyinka; Professor Muna Ndulo, Cornell Law School; Professor Ali Mazrui, SUNY; Professor George Ayittey, American University; Professor Sulayman Nyang, Howard University; Uganda Supreme Court Justice George Kanyeihamba; Dr. Rebecca Nyandeing de Mabior, a Southern Sudan government official and widow of former SPLA leader Dr. John Garang; Jeff Sharlet, author, The Family; Bob Hunter, Associate, Fellowship Foundation; Mbulelo Rakwena, former South African Ambassador to Brazil; Baffour Ankomah, Editor, New African magazine.