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United States Africa Command Public Affairs Office 5 February 2010 AFRICOM - Related News From the Beltway MOROCCO: UTAH NATIONAL GUARD AT MOROCCAN AIRSHOW ( MARRAKECH - The Utah Air National Guard's KC-135 Stratotanker and flight crew participated in the Aeroexpo Marrakech at the Royal Air Forces Military Base in Marrakech, Morocco in January. SOUTH AFRICA: US PUTS LOCALS IN CHARGE OF AIDS SPENDING (Associated Press) JOHANNESBURG - U.S. and South African AIDS workers say puttin
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  United States Africa CommandPublic Affairs Office5 February 2010 AFRICOM - Related News From the Beltway MOROCCO: UTAH NATIONAL GUARD AT MOROCCAN AIRSHOW   ( - The Utah Air National Guard's KC-135 Stratotanker and flightcrew participated in the Aeroexpo Marrakech at the Royal Air Forces MilitaryBase in Marrakech, Morocco in January. SOUTH AFRICA: US PUTS LOCALS IN CHARGE OF AIDS SPENDING  (Associated Press) JOHANNESBURG - U.S. and South African AIDS workers say putting more ofthe decision-making in local hands can help stretch donor money, amid concernsinternational giving will be limited because of the global recession.  WASHINGTON, DC: PROBE OF AFRIC AN LEADERS’ MONEY -LAUNDERING REVEALS HOLES IN REGULATIONS  (Wall Street Journal)WASHINGTON, DC - A new Senate investigation alleges top African politiciansand their families have evaded anti-money-laundering laws to bring hundreds ofmillions of dollars into the country. THE NETHERLANDS:  TELEVANGELIST DENIES ‘QUID PRO QUO’ WITH EX-LIBERIAN PRESIDENT  (Washington Post)THE HAGUE - Former Liberian president Charles Taylor, testifying in his warcrimes trial in The Hague on Thursday, said that his government had awardedAmerican televangelist Pat Robertson a gold mining concession in 1999. NIGERIA:  NIGERIA CABINET SPLIT OVER SICK PRESIDENT YAR ‘ADUA   (BBC)ABUJA - Nigeria's information minister has urged cabinet colleagues to acceptthat President Umaru Yar'Adua is no longer fit to lead, a BBC source confirms. UN News Service Africa Briefs  Full Articles on UN Website 4 February 2010 Central African Republic receives new UN peacebuilding funds  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Utah National Guard at Moroccan AirShow - By Spc. A.M. LaVey3 February 2010The Utah Air National Guard's KC-135 Stratotanker and flight crew participatedin the Aeroexpo Marrakech at the Royal Air Forces Military Base in Marrakech,Morocco in January.The KC-135 was showcased as a static display at the international air and tradeshow.The KC-135 also served an air refueling mission en-route to the show, refuelingtwo F-16 Fighting Falcons, from South Carolina. The two McEntire Joint ForcesNational Guard base F-16s were also in Morocco performing in the air show todemonstrate their capabilities.The objective of US participation in the air show was twofold: to demonstratesupport to the Moroccan decision to purchase 24 F-16 aircraft, and to support USAfrica Command's strategic engagements in the region, AFRICOM reports. The Moroccans' purchase of the F-16s is positive, said Colonel Dar Craig,commander of the 151st Operations Group, at the air show. Their F-16s willhave a high impact for maintaining stability in the region. The Utah Air National Guard and Morocco have been working together througha National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) since 2003. The SPP's missionis to link National Guard units with partner countries for the purposes offostering mutual interests and establishing habitual long term relationships.The program encourages the development of economic, political, and militaryties between Utah and Morocco through military to military, military to civilian,and civilian to civilian exchanges. As such, it is one of the Utah Air NationalGuard's roles to participate in events, like air shows, that help strengthenmilitary ties.Maj. Gen. Brian L. Tarbet, who has been the adjutant general of the UtahNational Guard since 2000 and has overseen the Utah State Partnership Programsince it was first initiated, attended the air show and stated that he has seen anextraordinary amount of growth within the program. We have learned a great deal from our Moroccan counterparts, said Tarbet.  This is a bi-lateral relationship where we learn from each other. We learn bestpractices, and it has broadened our perspective. The Aeroexpo Marrakech 2010 focused on the developing aeronautical industriesin Morocco, hosted more than 40 delegates and diplomatic authorities, mostlyfrom Africa, at the show. Participation in this event has provided US governmentwith the opportunity to expand its network of partners by opening dialogue withother Central and West African nations.The Utah Air National Guard also participated in the first edition AeroexpoMarrakech in 2008.The Moroccan military's delivery of F-16s is scheduled for 2011. General Tarbetsaid he anticipates that Utah Air National Guard's KC-135 may be workingclosely with Morocco in the future. We will be working with refuelling because the Moroccans refuel with droguesand the F-16s have to be refuelled with booms, said Tarbet. We also want to bea part of the team that ferries the F-16 delivery across. The Utah Air National Guard also participates in many humanitarian efforts inMorocco, and this trip was no exception. Among the KC-135's additional cargowere 50 school kits, which were offloaded and given to a local orphanage January 24. The kits were assembled and donated by the spouses of the Utah NGsenior enlisted leaders.When visiting the KC-135 flight crew at the air show, General Tarbetcomplimented the Utah Air National Guard with a back-history account. Our SPP with Morocco got off to a great start because of the ANG (Air NationalGuard), said Tarbet. In 2004, the northern coast of Morocco suffered adevastating earthquake. Within 48 hours there was a Utah ANG KC-135 sittingon the deck, filled with donated emergency-response supplies. That got us off toa start that was hard not to succeed with. We've just deepened and strengthenedthose ties ever since. The Utah National Guard also participates in several other humanitarian effortsin Morocco.As part of Exercise African Lion, deployed almost every year in Morocco in twoto three-week tours, the Utah National Guard sends equipped medics to travel toremote Moroccan locations to treat thousands in need of care.  Other Utah National Guard projects include building schools, women's centres,and libraries, drilling wells that provide clean water, agriculture and pet-farmingeducation. Most uniquely, Moroccan families and American military familiesparticipate in a student exchange program which offers a 10-day immersion intoeach other's cultures. Perhaps the highlight of our relationship with Morocco is our youth exchangeprogram, said Tarbet. We trust each other with our kids, which is a substantialamount of trust. Morocco holds the longest standing treaty with the US They were also the firstnation to recognize the independence of the United States from Great Britain in1777. The Utah National Guard State Partnership Program was the first U.S.partnership in North Africa, and the first between a state and predominantlyMuslim nation.----------------------- Obama Condemns Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda Voice of America - By Non-attributed Author4 February 2010U.S. President Barack Obama has sharply criticized an anti-gay bill in Ugandathat would impose the death penalty in some cases.Speaking Thursday, President Obama described the measure as odious. Hesaid that while people may disagree about gay marriage, it is unconscionable totarget gays and lesbians in a dehumanizing way.Mr. Obama made the remarks during a prayer breakfast in Washington hostedby an evangelical group known as The Family. Ugandan politician David Bahati, who activists say is a member of The Family,proposed the controversial legislation.Earlier this week, a group of 200 U.S. lawmakers introduced a resolutioncondemning the proposal in Uganda, saying it would set a troubling precedent.Supporters of the measure in Uganda have dismissed the outside criticism as anew form of colonialism.Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni recently said the bill has become a foreignpolicy issue. He has urged lawmakers to craft a measure that takes into accountboth Uganda's principles and its foreign policy interests.
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