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Africans reflect on Obama’s ‘tough love’ message

July 12, 2009

“No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. That is not democracy, that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end,” Obama said, adding: “Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.”

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“I think the main thing he wanted to do was to put the Africans on notice that its time to stop complaining about their problems as emanating from outside, and to realize that for the most part, their problems are of their own making now,” says David Shinn, former US Ambassador to Ethiopia. “I think it came across loud and clear.”  Read More

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