New African Foreign Policy Group Forms, Urges Bush to Make Africa a Priority
The Africa Policy Information Center, the American Committee on Africa and the Africa Fund have merged to form Africa Action, a new foreign policy group that is "urging" the Bush administration to put Africa "at the top" of its foreign policy agenda, the Washington Times reports. At the announcement of the merger, Executive Director Salih Booker said that the AIDS epidemic and the "failure of peacekeeping" operations have had the "most devastating consequences" in Africa. "These vital challenges must be addressed in Africa in solidarity with Africans, but Washington continues to practice an international version of Jim Crow, reserving its diplomacy and resources for its rich European cousins while ignoring its African roots at its own peril," he said (Washington Times, 4/3).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.