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  • Obama Approves Funding for Pipeline

    02/26/2015 5:57:23 PM PST · by mission9 · 19 replies
    In 2014, the World Bank Group committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries, including Kenya, which have partnered with US president Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative. Among the projects funded, is the world's longest heated pipeline, which will bring newly discovered Ugandan oil fields to market. The Japanese conglomerate, Toyota, is the major contractor. Much of the oil, is committed to Asian markets, like China. On February 24, 2015 President Barack Obama, vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline, which would be a big boost to mid American and Canadian oil production. When...
  • State Dept. Spokeswoman: 'Christian Militant Group' Among 'Extremist Threats We Face'

    02/18/2015 8:02:17 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 71 replies
    CNS News ^ | Feb 18 2015 | Susan Jones
    People talk a lot about Islamic extremism and ISIS/ISIL (the guys who behead Christians, among others), but what about Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army? "I don't remember people talking about that as much anymore, but that's a Christian militant group," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday. She was making the point that terrorism "is not just a threat in one place" -- and it's not just Islamic: "If you look at the Lord's Resistance Army and Kony, Joseph Kony -- I don't remember people talking about that as much anymore, but that's a...
  • Did Israel arm Rwanda during the 1994 genocide?

    01/25/2015 8:06:06 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | Friday 16 January 2015 | Michal Zak
    "In our petition we rely, among other sources, on an Amnesty International report that was published in 1995... "There was tension in Rwanda as early as January of 1994. Several of the world's most powerful states imposed international arms control regulations and on May 17 1994 there was a UN embargo. Israel breached the embargo, as did Russia, Belgium, South Africa, France, Spain and others. Many of the planes that transported the shipments were British. The last license to export arms was issued by the Israeli Ministry of Defense in October 1993, about half a year before the massacres began....
  • Pro-Abortion Population Controllers are Targeting Tanzania and Uganda

    12/29/2014 6:10:58 PM PST · by Morgana
    life news ^ | 12/29/14 | Stephen Phelan
    Only an hour ago we had been lamenting yet another incredibly bad road. Here in the Ugandan outback, it is as pointless to complain about the roads as it is to complain about politicians in America, but railing against the unchangeable can lighten the mood. But on the way out of a small village in the Bukedea region of Uganda, we didn’t feel the bumps. That was when our team’s defenses failed, and when the gravity of the assault on women—perpetrated by the champions of “women’s health” and “empowerment”—really hit home. It may have been just me, but my guess...
  • Ugandan lawmakers draft new anti-gay bill

    11/20/2014 9:21:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 20, 2014 10:02 AM EST | Rodney Muhumuza
    Ugandan lawmakers have drafted a new anti-gay bill that could be introduced for debate in the country’s parliament before Christmas, a parliamentarian said Thursday. The new bill is in “advanced stages” and will focus on punishing the promotion of homosexuality, said Ugandan lawmaker Latif Ssebaggala, a strong supporter of anti-gay legislation. “We believe that before Christmas we will be through with it. It is a strong bill,” he said. “The element of promotion was strengthened, putting in place measures against people who lure young people into these sex acts.” …
  • The Crucifixion of Pastor Scott Lively

    11/17/2014 6:36:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Matt Barber
    “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.” – John 15:20 Christians, pastors, take heed. In case you haven’t noticed, times are a-changin’. Whether at home or abroad, if you follow God’s command to speak biblical truth in all things, most especially, it seems, on matters of sex and sexuality, you will be persecuted. “A servant is not greater than his master.” I don’t presume to compare my friend Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries to...
  • Body of Ugandan Priest Found in Mexican Mass Grave

    11/14/2014 3:41:48 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2014
    IGUALA Mexico (Reuters) - The body of a Roman Catholic priest from Uganda who went missing in southwestern Mexico has been found in a mass grave as authorities search for the remains of 43 missing trainee teachers feared massacred, the local diocese said on Friday.The remains of the priest, identified as John Ssenyondo, were dug up about a week ago and identified by the recovered skull as well as dental records. He had been missing since May, the state attorney general's office said."It was found in a mass grave with six other bodies," said a spokesperson for the diocese of...
  • Congo Crowd Kills Man, Eats Him After Militant Massacres: Witnesses

    10/31/2014 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 84 replies
    Congo Crowd Kills Man, Eats Him After Militant Massacres: Witnesses A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast Congo on Friday before burning and eating his corpse, witnesses said, in apparent revenge for a series of attacks by Ugandan rebels. The incident in the town of Beni followed a number of overnight raids in the area blamed on the Islamist group ADF-NAUL, who are thought to have massacred more than 100 people this month, using hatchets and machetes to kill their victims.
  • Congo crowd kills man, eats him after militant massacres: witnesses

    10/31/2014 3:34:23 PM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:05pm GMT
    BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast Congo on Friday before burning and eating his corpse, witnesses said, in apparent revenge for a series of attacks by Ugandan rebels. The incident in the town of Beni followed a number of overnight raids in the area blamed on the Islamist group ADF-NAUL, who are thought to have massacred more than 100 people this month, using hatchets and machetes to kill their victims. Witnesses said the man, who has not been identified, aroused suspicion on a bus when passengers discovered he could...
  • Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts

    10/31/2014 1:42:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2014 12:01 PM EDT | Rodney Muhumza
    President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism. Kim Yong Nam, the president of the country’s parliament, is in Uganda as part of a rare tour of Africa, where North Korea has actively tried to cultivate potential allies like the long-serving, increasingly anti-West Museveni. The North Koreans are training Ugandan police in martial arts and Museveni hailed North Korea for helping to mechanize Uganda’s military over the years. North Korea is also training Ugandan military...
  • Like magic: A purifying powder can turn muddy water clear, and safe.

    01/07/2005 4:15:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 85 replies · 2,943+ views
    The Philidelphia Inquirer ^ | Wed, Jan. 05, 2005 | Tom Avril
    They took a bucket of muddy, bacteria-laden water. Added a bit of white powder. Stirred. And within minutes, standing amid 100 refugees in war-torn Liberia, researchers from Johns Hopkins University had produced what seemed like a magic trick: Clear, drinkable water. "I couldn't believe it when I saw it," Hopkins researcher Shannon Doocy said of her work last year. "The people in Liberia couldn't believe it." The powder, developed by Procter & Gamble Co. with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is now headed for its biggest test yet: the tsunami zone. Relief agencies, led by AmeriCares of...
  • Ugandan Health Worker Dies Of Marburg Virus, Ebola Relative

    10/08/2014 5:07:35 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 29 replies
    forbes.com ^ | October 5, 2014
    The Ugandan Ministry of Health is reporting today that a 30-year-old male health care worker died of Marburg hemorrhagic fever on September 30. The gentleman had been a radiographer, or X-ray technician, at the Mpigi Health Centre IV, but was recruited two months ago for a similar position at Mengo Hospital, about 20 miles (33 km) away. When he felt ill on September 17, he traveled back to Mpigi for treatment since “he felt more confortable with a facility that he had worked with for a long time.” Today’s statement from Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister of State for General Duties &...
  • 99 in Uganda quarantined after Marburg virus death

    10/08/2014 5:50:59 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/7/14 | Samson Ntale
    Three days after a fatal case of Marburg hemorrhagic fever was diagnosed in Uganda, 99 people have been quarantined in four different locations across the East African country, as field epidemiologists and surveillance officers continue to closely monitor all people who got into contact with only victim. More than 60 health workers form the bulk of people under quarantine after they were identified as having contact with a 30-year old male health worker who died September 28 of Marburg -- an Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever. "As of today, a total of 99 contacts are under follow up. All the contacts are...
  • Uganda confirms Marburg hemorrhagic fever, which manifests like Ebola, killed a health worker

    10/06/2014 9:44:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KAMPALA, Uganda - A Ugandan health worker recently died of Marburg, a highly infectious disease that manifests as a viral hemorrhagic fever, Uganda's Ministry of Health confirmed Monday as health workers moved to quarantine a total of 80 people who had been in contact with the victim. Further tests Monday would prove whether another man who appeared to be having a hemorrhagic fever actually has Marburg, which belongs in the same family as the dreaded Ebola virus, said Dr. Issa Makumbi, an epidemiologist with Uganda's Ministry of Health....
  • Deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever breaks out in Uganda

    10/05/2014 3:40:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Shanghai Daily ^ | 10/6/2014 | Ronald Ssekandi, Samuel Egadu
    Uganda is grappling to contain the deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever after confirmatory laboratory tests turned positive. The outbreak of the viral hemorrhagic fever which was announced here on Sunday by Elioda Tumwesigye, the minister of state for health, has left one person, the index case dead, one person in isolation and over 80 others being monitored both in central and western Uganda. "The Ministry of Health would like to inform the country of an outbreak of Marburg which has so far killed one person," Tumwesigye told reporters here at the ministry of health headquarters. According to the ministry of health,...
  • Marburg breaks out in Uganda... Developing...

    10/05/2014 8:57:05 AM PDT · by seeker41 · 104 replies
    Drudge | 10/05/2014
    Marburg breaks out in Uganda
  • Here's What It's Like To Be A Cannibal In Uganda

    09/24/2014 3:41:54 PM PDT · by blam · 40 replies
    BI ^ | 9-24-2014 | Harrison Jacobs
    Harrison JacobsSeptember 24, 2014 Over the last year, there have been increasing reports of cannibalism in Uganda. Reports of cannibalism have been documented since at least 2011, when Dr. Heike Behrend, a professor at the University of Cologne, wrote a book on the practice, but the issue recieved a renewed focus after a particularly grisly incident in March. Vocativ recently sent Brooklyn-based filmmaker Matthew Goldman to Uganda to check out the situation. In Uganda, Goldman met Baboola, a self-professed cannibal, who told him about the situation in Uganda and why he eats human flesh. (snip)
  • Kenya Seen as Refuge From Uganda’s Anti-Gay Hostility

    08/05/2014 3:23:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    More and more Ugandans are seeking refuge in Kenya to escape extreme homophobia that has intensified in their own country since anti-gay legislation was passed earlier this year. But although prosecutions are rare in Kenya, discrimination is common there too. In February, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed off on legislation already passed by parliament to extend the scope of offences and impose tougher penalties for homosexuality up to a life sentence. On August 1, however, the Constitutional Court annulled the Anti-Homosexuality Act, ruling that parliament did not have the required quorum when members voted to pass it last December. It...
  • Ugandan Court Invalidates Anti-Gay Law

    08/01/2014 12:57:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog groups who called the measure draconian and wanted it repealed. The Constitutional Court declared the law illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. Activists erupted in cheers after the court ruled the law "null and void," but some cautioned that the fight was not over: The state could appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court and legislators might try to reintroduce new anti-gay measures. Also, a colonial-era law that criminalizes sex acts "against the order...
  • Uganda court to rule on legality of anti-gay law

    08/01/2014 2:02:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 1, 2014 3:30 AM EDT | Rodney Muhumuza
    A Ugandan court is expected to rule Friday on a petition by activists who say the East African country’s new anti-gay measure is invalid because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked quorum. If the panel of judges on Uganda’s Constitutional Court agrees, the whole law could be jettisoned. If no, then the judges will continue to hear the activists’ argument that the law is unconstitutional. …
  • Rice sets aside global crises, insists U.S. must be global leader in promoting gay rights

    06/24/2014 5:30:40 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-24-14 | Dave Boyer
    <p>White House national security adviser Susan E. Rice took time away from a variety of global security emergencies Tuesday to promote international gay rights, calling it “among the most challenging human rights issues we face.”</p> <p>The president’s top national security aide told about 200 gay-rights activists that the Obama administration is fostering gay rights in the U.S. to serve as an example for the rest of the world. She said President Obama has ordered a diplomatic and financial effort to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women around the world.</p>
  • U.S. takes further actions against Uganda for anti-LGBT law

    06/19/2014 3:01:05 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 32 replies
    MetroWeekly ^ | 06/19/2014 | Justin Snow
    The Obama administration will take additional actions against Uganda for their enactment of an anti-LGBT law, including restricting entry to the U.S. by Uganda officials involved in anti-LGBT human rights abuses. National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden announced Thursday the additional measures, building upon a series of cuts in aid to the African nation announced earlier this year.
  • Uganda’s Minister for Ethics: white people are responsible for homosexuality

    05/25/2014 5:20:52 PM PDT · by equalator · 33 replies
    Metro Weekly ^ | 5-23-2014 | Rhuaridh Marr
    When asked why he believes homosexuality and use of pornography in Uganda is on the rise, Lokodo stated: “Because the whites brought this culture. People asked ‘if they can do this, why not me?’” “Leave us alone, or let us relate. But do not colonize us again with your unacceptable culture.”
  • The disappearance of America’s will

    04/26/2014 8:00:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    carolineglick.com ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...
  • Man-eating, one-ton crocodile caught in Uganda

    04/10/2014 8:29:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2014 | Chumley
    The giant reptile — which at 2,204 pounds is only 103 pounds shy of the world record — is blamed for eating four people in the Lake Victoria region.
  • Uganda police detain U.S.-funded health project staffer over gay law

    04/04/2014 1:24:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/4/2014 | Elias Biryabarema
    A U.S.-funded health project in Uganda has suspended operations after police arrested a staff member on suspicion of promoting homosexuality, highlighting the mounting legal risks confronting the gay community in the east African state. Uganda enacted legislation in February that strengthened punishments for anyone caught having gay sex, imposing jail terms of up to life for "aggravated homosexuality" - including sex with a minor or while HIV-positive. The United States, one of Uganda's major bilateral sources of aid, and other Western donors have halted or re-directed some $118 million in aid since President Yoweri Museveni signed the law, which also...
  • Why Are African Countries Buying All These High-Tech Jet Fighters?

    03/29/2014 7:15:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 03/28/2014 | Peter Dörrie
    Governments from Uganda to Angola are investing billions in state-of-the-art combat aircraft—and it’s not clear why Africa’s air forces are on a buying spree. Flush with oil cash, many African states are investing heavily in modern multirole jet fighters, deadly helicopter gunship and even sophisticated air-defense systems with radars and surface-to-air missiles. The deals are worth hundreds of millions of dollars in countries still lacking many basic social services. So it’s worth asking exactly what Uganda, Angola, Sudan and the like are planning to do with their new air forces. Some of the most interesting acquisitions involve modern, or modernized,...
  • WH: Sending U.S. Troops, Military Aircraft to Uganda Doesn't Change U.S. Advisory Role

    03/24/2014 5:28:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/24/14 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending military aircraft and more special operations forces to Uganda to assist in the search for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony. A senior U.S. military official confirmed Monday that the U.S. is sending at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft about about 150 more Air Force special operations members and airmen to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. The official confirmed the plans, first reported by The Washington Post, on condition of anonymity without authorization to discuss them on the record.
  • US sending more troops and aircraft to hunt Ugandan war lord Kony

    03/24/2014 6:11:25 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 49 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 3/24/14 | unknown
    <p>President Obama is committing more military resources, including aircraft and special operations forces, to the hunt for notorious African warlord Joseph Kony.</p> <p>Early Monday, the White House confirmed a Washington Post report that the U.S. was sending "associated support personnel," and a "limited number" of CV-22 Osprey aircraft to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. Obama sent about 100 U.S. troops to help the African forces in 2011.</p>
  • Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine

    03/23/2014 6:09:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    <p>Speaking at a gala in Los Angeles for the gay rights group Human Rights Council, Biden suggested countries that don’t respect the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people also disregard borders.</p> <p>“As the great Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov said, ‘A country that does not respect the rights of its citizens will not respect the rights of its neighbors,’ and we're seeing that today, we're seeing that today in Ukraine,” the vice president said.</p>
  • Obama trip to Europe, Saudi Arabia to be dominated by Crimea

    03/22/2014 11:08:57 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 21, 2014 | BY LESLEY CLARK
    President Barack Obama had planned a week long trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia to highlight global progress in ridding the world of nuclear materials, soak up the positive publicity emanating from Pope Francis and reassure an anxious Gulf ally of the U.S. commitment to the region. Instead, the trip will be dominated by Russia’s military seizure of Crimea and Obama’s efforts to persuade European allies to step up sanctions on Russia, even as critics at home suggest Obama hasn’t been as tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin as he needs to be. Obama, who arrives in the Netherlands on...
  • Secretary Kerry: U.S. To Send Scientists To Discuss Homosexuality With Ugandan President

    03/18/2014 1:45:46 PM PDT · by lbryce · 89 replies
    BuzzFeeda ^ | March 18, 2014 | J Lester Feder
    “Maybe we can reach a point of reconsideration” on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Kerry said during a forum at the State Department. The Ugandan president committed to meeting with American “experts” on homosexuality to try to change his mind about the Anti-Homosexuality Act signed into law last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday during a forum at the State Department moderated by BuzzFeed. Museveni claimed to have signed the law, which imposes up to a lifetime prison sentence for homosexuality, after being convinced no one is “born gay.” “I talked personally to President Museveni just a few...
  • US wants to combat anti-homosexuality movement worldwide

    03/10/2014 10:33:42 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 51 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    US wants to combat anti-homosexuality movement worldwide By Julio Severo The Associated Press reported on February 26 that the United States, “troubled” by an anti-homosexuality movement in Uganda and across much of the world, is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described as a “threat to human rights.” Comparing a Ugandan anti-homosexuality law to oppressive government crackdowns on German Jews in the 1930s, Kerry said that according to the AP report, he was going to direct American ambassadors to look at “how we deal with this human rights challenge on a global basis.”...
  • Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu story (movie review)

    03/08/2014 12:03:39 PM PST · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    Follow Me the movie ^ | March 8, 2014 | Unattributed
    JULY 4, 1976 ENTEBBE, UGANDA – Led by Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu, crack Israeli commandos race from their airplanes covered by the midnight darkness. Methodically, they approach a non-descript airline terminal, burst inside, killing the stunned terrorists. Helpless and shocked, 103 hostages lift their heads and gratefully weep at the mesmerizing sight of their saviors. As the alarms begin to sound, the Israeli soldiers strike with surgical precision and speed — a lightning bolt of controlled, finely rehearsed fury. It is all over in a few minutes. Terrorists lay dead. The hostages rush out to board the transport planes waiting...
  • Sweden stops payouts to ‘anti-gay Uganda’

    03/06/2014 7:47:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    The Local (Swedish Edition) ^ | 05 Mar 2014 13:27 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Sweden said Wednesday it would stop development aid payments to Uganda “because of the anti-gay legislation” passed in late February. “The government reaffirms its strong condemnation of the Ugandan legislation that violates the fundamental rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people,” International Aid Minister Hillevi Engström said. […] Other European nations, namely Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, announced on the very same day that they would freeze their aid to the Ugandan state or redirect it towards private sector initiatives, aid agencies and rights organizations. …
  • Ukraine, Syria, Iran -- America isn't leading from behind, it's being left behind

    03/01/2014 3:53:36 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Feb 28, 2014 | K T McFarland
    Russia, flush with new-found wealth from oil exports, expands its military reach and political influence abroad. A war-weary America slashes defense spending and retreats from the world. The president embarks on a massive government-subsidized program to develop alternative energy to replace fossil fuels. Pundits cluck about America in retreat, and point to the rise of an Asian economic superpower. That’s the world circa 1976, but it sounds like quotes ripped from today’s headlines. History has a way of repeating itself, or to quote the great Yogi Bera, it’s déjà vu all over again. The Obama administration is looking a lot...
  • World Bank postpones Uganda loan over anti-gay law

    02/28/2014 7:34:11 PM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/27/2014 | Anna Yukhananov
    The World Bank on Thursday postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda's health system over a law that toughened punishment for gays, an unusual move for an institution that typically avoids wading into politics. "We have postponed the project for further review to ensure that the development objectives would not be adversely affected by the enactment of this new law," World Bank spokesman David Theis said in an email. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed an anti-gay bill earlier this week that strengthens already strict laws against homosexuals by imposing a life sentence for certain violations and making it a crime...
  • Ugandan government shrugs off aid cuts over anti-gay law

    02/27/2014 1:22:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Kampala: Uganda shrugged off Thursday foreign aid cuts and international criticism of its tough new anti-gay law, saying it could do without Western aid. "The West can keep their 'aid' to Uganda over homos, we shall still develop without it," government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said in a message on Twitter. On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law which holds that "repeat homosexuals" should be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires people to denounce gays. The signing of the law came despite fierce criticism from Western nations and key donors, including US President...
  • Kerry likens Uganda anti-gay law to Nazism, apartheid

    02/27/2014 1:12:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WASHINGTON: US secretary of state John Kerry on Wednesday compared tough new anti—gay laws enacted in Uganda to anti—Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany or apartheid in South Africa. "You could change the focus of this legislation to black or... Jewish, and you could be in 1930s Germany or you could be in 1950s, 60s apartheid South Africa," the top US diplomat told a small group of reporters. On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law which holds that "repeat homosexuals" should be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires people to denounce gays. "What...
  • U.S. eyes push against anti-gay laws worldwide

    02/26/2014 6:32:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 2/26/2014 | LARA JAKES
    Troubled by an anti-gay movement in Uganda and across much of the world, the U.S. is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described Wednesday as a threat to human rights. Comparing a harsh Uganda law to oppressive government crackdowns on German Jews in the 1930s and black South Africans during apartheid, Kerry said he was going to direct American ambassadors to look at "how we deal with this human rights challenge on a global basis." He said 80 nations worldwide have anti-gay laws on some levels, and he called the one in Uganda —...
  • Museveni responds to Obama on anti-gay bill

    02/25/2014 4:47:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Uganda's President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has responded to criticisms from the USA, where President Barrack Obama said passing the anti-homosexuality law would complicate relations between the two countries."I would like to discourage the USA government from taking the line that passing this law will “complicate our valued relationship” with the USA as President Obama said.  "Countries and Societies should relate with each other on the basis of mutual respect and independence in decision making," Museveni said in a statement.He reassured all Ugandans and the international community of its continued commitment and respect for the rule of law.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Statement byH.E. Yoweri Kaguta MuseveniPresident...
  • Uganda Supports President Museveni on Anti-Gay Legislation

    02/25/2014 7:21:38 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 11 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | February 24, 2014 | Joe Odaby
    By Joe Odaby South Sudan NewsFebruary 24, 2014 — The Observer has published a controversial article defending the sovereign right of the Ugandan Parliament to pass legislation curbing gay propaganda and of Ugandan President Museveni to ratify it. It calls on Museveni to resist Obama’s pressure and asserts that the “homosexualism has reached an extent that we, Ugandans, perceive as alien to our culture and ethos as a people”. Charlotte Ntulumme who teaches journalism and communication at Makerere University argues that the “homosexual movement is taking the world by carefully crafted strategy to mobilise nations to support the gay agenda....
  • Ugandan president signs anti-gay bill, defying the West

    02/24/2014 5:22:34 PM PST · by markomalley · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/2014
    Uganda's president signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality on Monday, defying protests from rights groups, criticism from Western donors and a U.S. warning that it will complicate relations. The new bill strengthened existing punishments for anyone caught having gay sex, imposing jail terms of up to life for "aggravated homosexuality" - including sex with a minor or while HIV-positive. It criminalized lesbianism for the first time and made it a crime to help individuals engage in homosexual acts. Gay rights activists in Uganda said they planned a legal challenge. Ugandan officials broke into loud applause as President Yoweri...
  • (Effin') Kerry to Uganda: Repeal anti-gay law — or else

    02/24/2014 4:02:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/24/14 | Julian Pecquet
    Secretary of State John Kerry demanded Monday that Uganda “repeal” its new anti-gay law and warned that the State Department has begun a “review” of U.S. assistance to the impoverished East African nation. “This is a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights,” Kerry said in a statement. “Ultimately, the only answer is repeal of this law.” President Yoweri Museveni signed into law on Monday legislation enacting tough prison sentences for homosexual acts, which were already illegal in Uganda. Kerry threatened to cut the more than $400 million the country receives in...
  • Uganda’s president to sign anti-gay bill Monday

    02/23/2014 10:49:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 11:53 PM EST
    Uganda’s president is expected to sign a controversial anti-gay bill that allows harsh penalties for homosexual offenses. […] U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Museveni not to sign the bill, saying doing so would “complicate” the east African country’s relationship with Washington. …
  • Tutu urges Uganda’s Museveni against anti-gay bill

    02/23/2014 10:08:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 10:46 AM EST | Ray Faure
    South Africa’s retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Sunday made an impassioned plea to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law a harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill that calls for a life sentence for some same-sex relations. Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner, said in a statement that Museveni a month ago had pledged not to allow the anti-gay legislation to become law in Uganda. But last week Museveni said he had reconsidered and would consult scientists on whether homosexuality is determined by genetics or by a person’s choice. Tutu said he is “disheartened” by Museveni’s new position because there is...
  • Obama calls homosexuality one of our ‘fundamental freedoms’ in statement slamming Ugandan bill

    02/17/2014 11:04:13 PM PST · by Morgana · 84 replies
    Life Site News ^ | ben johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 17, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama has elevated the right to have sex with a member of the same sex to the level of universal “fundamental freedoms” in a new presidential statement criticizing Uganda. But critics say his promotion of homosexuality in a continent that overwhelmingly opposes that behavior amounts to a form of liberal “cultural imperialism.” Obama wrote on Sunday that he opposed a proposed bill in Uganda that would criminalize same-sex “marriages” and impose life imprisonment for repeated homosexual acts, among other provisions, because “as a country and a people, the United States has...
  • Obama condemns Ugandan anti-gay measures

    02/16/2014 7:38:26 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | February 16 2014 | Sarah Wheaton
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/17/world/africa/obama-condemns-tough-antigay-measure-in-uganda.html?_r=1
  • Obama: [Ugandas] Anti-gay law would 'complicate' relationship with Uganda

    02/16/2014 2:27:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 16, 2014 | Christi Parsons
    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — President Obama warned Sunday that a harsh new anti-gay law in Uganda would “complicate our valued relationship” with the east African country, which receives hundreds of millions of dollars a year in U.S. aid. In a last-ditch effort to derail the measure, national security advisor Susan Rice called Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni over the weekend and urged him not to sign the measure. The law includes a provision of life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.” But amid news reports that Museveni was intent on pressing forward, Obama said Sunday that the move would be “a step...
  • Ugandan President Says He Will Sign Tough Antigay Measure

    02/15/2014 4:11:28 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb 15, 2014 | Nicholas Kulish
    Gay rights in Africa suffered another setback when President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda told members of his party on Friday that he would sign a bill imposing harsh sentences for homosexual acts, including life imprisonment in some cases. The measure would criminalize “the promotion or recognition” of homosexual relations. After a first conviction, offenders face a 14-year prison sentence. Subsequent convictions of “aggravated homosexuality” could bring a penalty of life in prison. According to Amnesty International, homosexuality is illegal in 38 of 54 African countries.