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U.S. President Donald Trump revealed deeper levels of ignorance about Africa than many thought possible during a luncheon speech this week to a group of African leaders. During his brief, 800-word speech, Trump twice mentioned the non-existent country of "Nambia." Immediately after the speech, there was widespread disbelief and even confusion as to whether the president was referring to Gambia, Namibia or Zambia. Later, the White House confirmed that the president had indeed spoken in error about Namibia.

While the gaffe itself is insignificant, it comes amid a broader context of growing U.S. detachment from Africa as Washington's policy for the continent appears increasingly rudderless. Wednesday's speech was the first major address (which is being generous) the president has given about Africa since he came to office, while policy for the continent drifts amid turmoil over at the State Department. Trump was slow to nominate an Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs whose confirmation is now stuck in the Senate.

Reaction to the "Nambia" speech largely ranged from ridicule to "what else do you expect from this guy?" African social media commentary, which are usually quick to criticize foreign leaders who disrespect Africa, were surprisingly benign, just laughing it off. Namibian president Hage Geingob, for his part, even went so far as to suggest that Trump's error was actually a blessing as it will invite more attention to be focused on his country.

What's interesting here is how the United States, despite any sense of a coherent policy, declining corporate investment and steadily expanding military presence in Africa seems to get a pass from critics who level charges of "neo-colonialism" and "imperialism" towards other countries including China, Japan and some European states.

In this edition of the China in Africa podcast, Eric & Cobus discuss the different narratives about the U.S. relationship with Africa compared to that of China's and some of the reasons why African perceptions vary so greatly between the U.S. and China.

Join the discussion. What do you think of the "Nambia" speech? If another world leader made the same mistake, how would you react? Let us know what you think.

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Why "Nambia" is so important to the China-Africa narrative by The China Africa Project

U.S. President Donald Trump revealed deeper levels of ignorance about Africa than many thought possible during a luncheon speech this week to a group of African leaders. During his brief, 800-word speech, Trump twice mentioned the non-existent country of "Nambia." Immediately after the speech, there was widespread disbelief and even confusion as to whether the president was referring to Gambia, Namibia or Zambia. Later, the White House confirmed ...

This is the best advert so far for the new iPhones

iPhone 8 Plus Camera Review: India

Shot on iPhone 8 Plus with Portrait Mode’s new Studio Lighting feature. iPhone 8 Plus Camera Review: India Khamagani! (many greetings from Rajasthan, India) I’m writing to you from a small hotel room in India having just experienced a magical adventure in western India orchestrated

"...babies learned that effort was valuable after watching just two examples of an adult working hard and succeeding."

Thank Sony too.

iPhone 8 Plus Has the Best Smartphone Camera Ever, DxOMark Says

The new iPhone 8 Plus has the best smartphone camera ever. That's the conclusion DxOMark came to after the camera testing lab went hands-on with the new Ap

What's the saying about picking a fight with someone who has less to lose than you do?

North Korea’s top diplomat says strike against U.S. mainland is ‘inevitable’ — The Washington Post

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said President Trump’s insulting “rocketman” label for Kim Jong Un brings the nations closer to a military confrontation.

Reign of error.

President Trump Expresses Buyer's Remorse Over Endorsement of Luther Strange — RedState

“If his opponent wins, I’m going to be here campaigning like hell for him.”

Sighs. You'll hear one in the middle of a long meeting, or at the end of a difficult discussion. We do we do this? Here's the science. 

Why we sigh

Sighs. You'll hear one in the middle of a long meeting, or at the end of a difficult discussion. We do we do this? Here's the science.

It's a tough job, but somebody has to do. Here are a few valuable tips if that someone ends up being you.

10 tips on cleaning out your parents’ house after they die

It's a tough job, but somebody has to do. Here are a few valuable tips if that someone ends up being you.

The Equifax breach is bad. Really bad––after all, Equifax is one of the few companies pretty much in charge of peoples' lives. What happened? Here is the explanation of the breach.

How did Equifax get breached?

The Equifax breach is bad. Really bad––after all, Equifax is one of the few companies pretty much in charge of peoples' lives. What happened? Here is the explanation of the breach.

When you start paying attention, you notice a ton of hexagons in nature. What about this shape makes it so common in nature? Take a look. 

Why there are so many hexagons in nature

When you start paying attention, you notice a ton of hexagons in nature. What about this shape makes it so common in nature? Take a look.

Fasting is one of those fads many of us approach with a healthy dose of skepticism. Oddly enough, though, certain experiments have shown those who fast stop being hungry, while those who restrict calories crave more food.

A comparison of fasting versus cutting calories

Fasting is one of those fads many of us approach with a healthy dose of skepticism. Oddly enough, though, certain experiments have shown those who fast stop being hungry, while those who restrict calories crave more food.

Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" is one of the sexiest songs of all time. Covering it is basically impossible because he owns it. But this Swedish Idol contestant does a great job. 

The best cover of “Wicked Game,” from Swedish Idol

Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" is one of the sexiest songs of all time. Covering it is basically impossible because he owns it. But this Swedish Idol contestant does a great job.

Built to last: Shipping containers become the hot, new trend in homes.

Coming Home to a Shipping Container

Eco-friendly and affordable, shipping containers are gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional houses.

Have you ever wondered why universities are so expensive? If you go to a top-tier private school, you're looking at a quarter million dollars by the end of your four year term. Here's why it's so pricey.

Why universities are so expensive

Have you ever wondered why universities are so expensive? If you go to a top-tier private school, you're looking at a quarter million dollars by the end of your four year term. Here's why it's so pricey.

At first glance, the painting American Gothic isn't the kind of work that screams "excitement," yet it could be the most parodied painting of all time besides the Mona Lisa.

What fueled the fame of “American Gothic”

At first glance, the painting American Gothic isn't the kind of work that screams "excitement," yet it could be the most parodied painting of all time besides the Mona Lisa.

How responsible of him.

Tom Price to halt taxpayer-funded travel on private jets pending review — POLITICO

“We’ve heard the criticism. We’ve heard the concerns," Price said.

The Primitive Technology channel on YouTube has taught us that there are a lot of ways to make shelter without advanced tech. Here's how to make a mud bricks that can be turned into a house or, in this case, a kiln. 

Making mud bricks with only primitive technology

The Primitive Technology channel on YouTube has taught us that there are a lot of ways to make shelter without advanced tech. Here's how to make a mud bricks that can be turned into a house or, in this case, a kiln.

Sneak attack.

The mysterious group that’s picking Breitbart apart, one tweet at a time

Sleeping Giants is anonymous, but its approach to killing Breitbart’s advertising has been effective.

A good friend of mine has a lawn with plenty of hedgehogs and a robotic lawnmower. Today, he served this sliced treat. Coincidence?

Pen and Teller's "Fool Us" has a simple premise: magicians try to fool Pen and Teller. If they figure out the magician's trick, they lose. Eric Mead fooled them with his unbelievable skill. 

Close-up sleight of hand fools Pen and Teller

Pen and Teller's "Fool Us" has a simple premise: magicians try to fool Pen and Teller. If they figure out the magician's trick, they lose. Eric Mead fooled them with his unbelievable skill.

Inspiration for my #DevFest talk at @gdevdc on October 9th.
My living room as an air traffic control to visualize flight paths; current AR demos are boring, demos that are actually useful are not. #arcore
Experiment by William Lindmeir for Google AR Experiments
https://youtu.be/fhm3467zajw

If you've ever dropped into a conversation on alternative energy, you're bound to have heard the question, "What happens when the wind isn't blowing and the sun isn't shining?" Currently, storing energy is an issue, but we're standing on the edge of what…

Standing on the edge of a power revolution

If you've ever dropped into a conversation on alternative energy, you're bound to have heard the question, "What happens when the wind isn't blowing and the sun isn't shining?" Currently, storing energy is an issue, but we're standing on the edge of what could be an energy revolution.

One step further on the road of automating the design of machine learning models: learning the optimization rule.

[1709.07417] Neural Optimizer Search with Reinforcement Learning

Abstract: We present an approach to automate the process of discovering optimization methods, with a focus on deep learning architectures. We train a Recurrent Neural Network controller to generate a string in a domain specific language that describes a mathematical update equation based on a list ...

Many of us make food choices based on the calories on the label. But those labels might be lying to you––here's how. 

How calorie labels are lying to you

Many of us make food choices based on the calories on the label. But those labels might be lying to you––here's how.

"Decades ago, the United States and Portugal both struggled with illicit drugs and took decisive action — in diametrically opposite directions."

How to Win a War on Drugs - The New York Times

Portugal treats addiction as a disease, not a crime.

Everyone's heart leaps for joy when they see that soft pink box. But why do we associate pink with donuts? Here's how it happened. 

Why donut boxes are pink

Everyone's heart leaps for joy when they see that soft pink box. But why do we associate pink with donuts? Here's how it happened.

Nobody knows hearty meals better than cowboys. So cowboy Kent Rollins is here to teach you how to make cowboy chili. 

How to make cowboy chili (from a real cowboy)

Nobody knows hearty meals better than cowboys. So cowboy Kent Rollins is here to teach you how to make cowboy chili.

"This is unprecedented: senators are moving ahead with a vote on a bill that would alter the health care of every American family and the condition of a sixth of our entire economy, without waiting to hear any official, independent estimates of the consequences."

If the U.S. Adopts the G.O.P.’s Health-Care Bill, It Would Be an Act of Mass Suicide

There is not a single metric of health or health care that the Graham-Cassidy plan makes better.

Online business owner? Here are 6 books you should read. http://on.inc.com/2hqjkVV

If You Really Want a Master Class on Online Business, Read These 6 Books

Sometimes reading a book is the best way to learn.

Looking for a good Sunday dinner recipe? Take a look at Gordon Ramsay's beef cheek ragu––what better way could there be to spend an afternoon? 

Gordon Ramsay (and son) teaches you to make beef cheeks

Looking for a good Sunday dinner recipe? Take a look at Gordon Ramsay's beef cheek ragu––what better way could there be to spend an afternoon?

Quite a tour today. Lots of fun w/ +Ulrich Skau through the woods.

College Football Gameday at Times Square

Moving on from healthcare and North Korea, attention is now on Golden State Warriors, NFL, and high heels.

Trump slams Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry, withdraws White House invite — POLITICO

Curry said on Friday that by not going, he was hopeful that the team could "inspire some change."

We all do it: we're about to succeed at something, we're about to reach that goal, we're about to get what we've been seeking when, bam, we sabotage ourselves. We do we do it? Take a look. 

Why do we self sabotage?

We all do it: we're about to succeed at something, we're about to reach that goal, we're about to get what we've been seeking when, bam, we sabotage ourselves. We do we do it? Take a look.

There's a silver lining: we're learning new words.

Perspective | Dotard? How about crapulous, gormless or snoutband? Our guide to underused insults.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: Please don’t overlook these excellent words to hurl at each other!

As Ken Jennings said when he lost to an AI, "I for one welcome our robot overlords." Was Ken right? In short, yes, the robots are coming. 

Will robots really take our jobs?

As Ken Jennings said when he lost to an AI, "I for one welcome our robot overlords." Was Ken right? In short, yes, the robots are coming.

Edgar Wright is a master storyteller, both in terms of the actual story and the visual storytelling. This video analyzes Baby Driver to see what we can learn.

What Baby Driver teaches us about storytelling

Edgar Wright is a master storyteller, both in terms of the actual story and the visual storytelling. This video analyzes Baby Driver to see what we can learn.

You read the right. Russia has a favorite congressman, and Dana Rohrabacher has earned that title. Take a look at how openly he's supported and advocated for Russia. 

Meet Russia’s favorite congressman

You read the right. Russia has a favorite congressman, and Dana Rohrabacher has earned that title. Take a look at how openly he's supported and advocated for Russia.

The First Web Apps: 5 Apps That Shaped the Internet as We Know It

Something new was in the air. It was July 1995, the hottest New York summer in a decade and a half, but heat wasn't making the headlines. Tech was. Within weeks, tech's 900 pound gorilla would conquer the Empire State Building, turning it red, yellow, and green to...

These kinds of problems are going to become more common for the dwindling set of prosumers.

Deciphering Glyph :: Photo Flow

Hello, the Internet. If you don't mind, I'd like to ask you a question about photographs. My spouse and I both take pictures. We both anticipate taking more pictures in the near future. No reason, just a total coincidence. We both have iPhones, and we both have medium-nice cameras that are still nicer than ...

A music festival next?

Milo’s Big Wing-Nut Shindig in Berkeley Turns Out to Be a Sham — New York Magazine

Yiannopoulos’s big conservative event in Berkeley is melting into disorganized chaos, not antifa-baiting provocation. It will probably be canceled.

Japan Camera Hunter working on a new 35mm compact film camera:

https://photorumors.com/2017/09/22/japan-camera-hunter-working-on-a-new-35mm-compact-film-camera/

Japan Camera Hunter working on a new 35mm compact film camera | Photo Rumors

In addition to the new/upcoming/rumored cameras from Zenit, Yashica, Minolta and Konost (?) there is another new "alternative" 35mm compact film camera coming

Oh noes! Hopefully, this will get fixed quickly.

After a tense 36 hours, scientists and ham radio operators have confirmed that the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico—arguably the world’s most iconic radio telescope, which has a dish stretching a thousand feet across—has come through Hurricane Maria mostly intact, but with some significant damage.

More importantly, the observatory’s staff sheltering on-site are safe.

Though the initial reports are reliable, it will take a while for teams to reach the site and assess the extent of the hurricane’s impact, which includes the loss of a smaller, 12-meter dish as well as substantial damage to the main dish.

Read more:

Great job, guys
In what I imagine was a pursuit of simplicity, Snapseed ditched what was once a coherent UI for...this.

Most people know that there's a pay gap between men and women, with women earning a surprisingly amount less than men. But there's a lot more to the pay discrepancy than that, and Vox digs into it in this video. 

What you probably don’t know about the gender wage gap

Most people know that there's a pay gap between men and women, with women earning a surprisingly amount less than men. But there's a lot more to the pay discrepancy than that, and Vox digs into it in this video.

Are you real? Is this really reality? Or are you living in some kind of Matrix-like situation? This video explains why that question may not be so silly. 

Is this really reality?

Are you real? Is this really reality? Or are you living in some kind of Matrix-like situation? This video explains why that question may not be so silly.

Jesus said not to put new wine in old wineskins, otherwise the skin would burst. This video gives that passage a whole new meaning. 

Wine barrel explodes from too much pressure

Jesus said not to put new wine in old wineskins, otherwise the skin would burst. This video gives that passage a whole new meaning.

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