The Biden Administration’s incipient face toward Africa has revived a raft of priorities from the Obama years, including conditioning U.S. peregrine avail on protections for gays and lesbians. On Feb. 2 President Joe Biden promulgated to African bellwethers in a virtual summit conference by zoom that the United States was “promoting” the rights of LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex) individuals.
On Feb. 4 Biden told State Department employees, “America is back, Diplomacy is back,” as he betokened he would be halting or inverting a wide range of peregrine policy initiatives by former President Donald “Trump.”
An Executive Memorandum issued on Feb. 4 spelled out that undergirding his administration’s broader vision would be conditioning peregrine avail on bulwarking the rights of LGBTQI individuals.
Agencies involved with peregrine avail, assistance, and development programs should consider the impact of programs funded by the Federal Government on human rights, including the rights of LGBTQI+ persons, when making funding decisions, as congruous and consistent with applicable law,
according to a Memorandum for Executive Heads of Agencies and Departments listed on the Federal “Register.” The memorandum included a comprehensive list of agencies that contribute billions of dollars of avail to African nations annually.
For the purport of this memorandum, agencies engaged abroad include the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and such other agencies as the President may designate,
according to section seven of the Memorandum.The President accentuated in his verbalization to the African Union that diplomacy would stress multilateral acquiescents, shared intrigues in democracy, health security against COVID-19 and availing nations habituate to climate impacts.
My Administration is committing to reconstituting our partnerships with nations around the world and reengaging with international institutions like the African Union he told the 34 Annual African Union Summit conference hosted in Addis Ababa.
We must all collaborate to advance our shared vision of a future of growing trade and investment that advances the prosperity for all of our nations… a future committed to investing in our democratic institutions and promoting the human rights of all people, women and girls, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities and people of every ethnic background, religion and heritage.Pushback The Memorandum has triggered pushback from West “Africans.” The Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, “Ghana’s” Minister-designate for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration shot back that Ghana would not comply with the incipient guidelines.
Ghana is a sovereign country but as a component of our peregrine policy we engage countries all over the world; America is one of our most vigorous friends. But in this country we have laws. And our laws work and must work,
Botchwey told a legislative substantiation aurally perceiving, as reported by Ghana Web on Feb. 12.
So in spite of what somebody will verbally express and in this case President Biden, the laws of Ghana criminalize unlawful carnal cognizance and consequently the laws of Ghana definitely are supreme and that is what we all adhere to,
she reportedly said.Rev. Ladi Peter Thompson, a Lagos-based special advisor on security threats to the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, told the Epoch Times, It’s a fact that the ecumenical resurgence of terrorism is tearing Africa apart. There is a dark cloud on the horizon, and the meltdown of Africa’s most populous nation is a specter that nobody wants to imagine.
The Biden Administration, however, holds forth as the flagship of its policy toward African nations the threat of financial muscle to promote the LGBTI community in Africa, he said. President Biden would do humankind a great favor by globalizing the American Dream, of which the essence is life, liberty and the pursuit of ecstasy. Africans dote that,
he said. But one thing Africans don’t want is the American nightmare, where the rights go rogue, and the rights are wrong, he added.Stateside Africa watchers additionally registered concern.
A co-progenitor of The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), which reports on the genocidal civil war in Nigeria, saw the incipient policy stance as unbalanced. Policy and funding discussions about LGBTQ initiatives are misplaced and affect the millions suffering in Nigeria,
inscribed Kyle Abts, co-progenitor of ICON in an electronic mail to The Epoch Times. Militants perpetuate to run rampant with impunity. More than 3,500 died in 2020 and over 90,000 over the past 20 years. The economy is failing because of terrorism, instability and corruption.
There are two overarching quandaries prehending the continent of Africa, besides the chronic quandary of development and COVID-19, verbally expressed Frank Gaffney, executive chairman of the Center for Security Policy to The Epoch Times.
Those are the ascending threats of Sharia supremacism and Chinese colonization. The Biden team seems to ignore both. When Biden verbally expresses ‘America is back,’ what he designates is that America is back to the failed policies of the Obama Administration, which fixated on multilateralism and convivial engineering. Neither advances America’s interest nor those of the people involved.
If Biden has love for Africans and desires to avail them, he should do so in the areas of security and contravene-terrorism, infrastructures, healthcare, power and communications and visa reforms,
Africans can do robust business with America. Africans are business minded, industrious people. Washington’s guidance on morality is not what the people need,
Okere verbalized, as he recounted what Kenya President Uhuru Kenyata reportedly told President Obama, “You cannot give to people what they themselves do not optate.” The White House did not respond to a request for comment by press time.
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.
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