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Barack Obama hosted almost 50 African heads of state and American business leaders, hoping the US can catch up in the world’s last great emerging market. The President’s “extraordinary event” featured 37 billion dollars in promised development and investment. It was also about security—internal and global. Will American business make good on promised investment? Can the US compete with China’s economic foothold? Also, the Obama White House is considering humanitarian airdrops for Christians and the Yezidi in Iraq who are dying of heat and thirst on a mountain. And, Vladimir Putin is fighting back.

Banner Image: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the close of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. State Department in Washington August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg
Claire Martin
Gideon Brower

Obama Considering Air Drops or Air Strikes in Iraq 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The Obama White House is considering humanitarian airdrops for Christians and the Yezidi in Iraq—some 40,000 people dying of heat and thirst on a mountain after death threats from the Islamic State. Air strikes have not been ruled out.

Guests:
Eli Lake, Daily Beast (@EliLake)

Can US Business Thrive in Africa? 34 MIN, 11 SEC

Africa is more than a troubled continent. It is vast and diverse, with 6 of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies. Can the US get on board? Does it want to? This week’s Africa summit was designed to reassure both African leaders and American business.

Guests:
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post (@eilperin)
George Moose, US Institute for Peace
Jennifer Cooke, Director of the Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Lanre Akinola, This Is Africa (@AkinolaLanre)

Russia Imposes Sanctions and Extends Snowden Residency 9 MIN, 21 SEC

The US and Europe have imposed increasingly deeper economic sanctions on Russia because of perceived aggression in Ukraine. Now, President Vladimir Putin is responding with sanctions of his own. Russia today banned some imports from the US and Europe and extended Edward Snowden’s permission to stay in the country for three more years. President Putin signed an oil deal with Iran — and he might prohibit western airliners from flying over Siberia. Andrew S. Weiss is Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment.

Guests:
Andrew S. Weiss, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@andrewsweiss)

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