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I love Rachel...
Rachel Maddow is quickly becoming the most trusted name in news and for good reason. Even among her peers at Air America she stood out as shining beacon of truth. She reports with such unselfish humility and unparalleled professionalism in away that commands respect rather than feeds her ego, as we can see from other talking heads that make up the landscape cable television news.
In this interview she exposes the anti-gay pseudo-science that contributes to such laws as the recent proposal in Uganda for capital punishment of homosexuality. She successfully shed light on the outright lies that Richard Coen and others push to the point that Coen, himself, actually agrees to take some things out of the book.
We need more people like Rachel Maddow bringing us our cable news.
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KAMPALA, Uganda - Proposed legislation would impose the death penalty for some gay Ugandans, and their family and friends could face up to seven years in jail if they fail to report them to authorities. Even landlords could be imprisoned for renting to homosexuals.
Gay-rights activists say the bill, which has prompted growing international opposition, promotes hatred and could set back efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. They believe the bill is part of a continentwide backlash because Africa's gay community is becoming more vocal.
David Bahati, the legislator sponsoring the bill, said he was encouraging "constructive criticism" to improve the law but insisted strict measures were necessary to stop homosexuals from "recruiting" schoolchildren.
"The youths in secondary schools copy everything from the Western world and America," said high school teacher David Kisambira. "A good number of students have been converted into gays. We hear there are groups of people given money by some gay organizations in developed countries to recruit youth into gay activities."
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A Pepsi Cola sponsored concert in Uganda on Saturday featured homophobic Jamaican dancehall star Beenie Man telling the crowd that he'd like to cut the throats of all gay men. What makes Mr. Man's statements even more dangerous is the fact that he said them in a country where homosexuality is currently punishable with lifetime imprisonment. Nice going, Pepsi!
This year, Uganda has experienced a rash of vigilantism in which accused LGBT people were publicly identified in a major newspaper, on the radio, and on national television. Also, a new proposal before the Ugandan Parliament assigns a death sentence for certain homosexual "crimes" and outlaws all advocacy or defense of LGBT people with a punishment of seven years imprisonment.
http://airamerica.com/really/12-07-2009/pepsi-sponsors-anti-gay-concert-uganda/A Pepsi Cola sponsored concert in Uganda on Saturday featured homophobic Jamaican... more
I say we ban all steeples in Uganda.
The ability to locate records of knowledge dating back thousands of years has increased with the growth of the internet. Hidden among billions of internet searches is a growing movement to bring what is commonly known as sacred geometry back into mainstream consciousness.
The yin/yang, Star of David, and flower of life symbols are three of the most recognized symbols in the world, but few know of their connection to the bridge between the studies of science and religion around the world. There are dozens of user uploaded videos and articles regarding the ancient history of the relation between geometry, science, religion, and their correlation with the unfolding events we are currently experiencing in this modern age so heavily influenced by the use of technology as the basis for communication, food production, and healthcare.
As the fields of genetics and quantum physics grows in complexity, links have been rediscovered between the building blocks of the smallest particles of matter and what has long been percieved to be the building blocks of nature: sacred geometry. (Scroll down to view examples)The ability to locate records of knowledge dating back thousands of years has... more
C Street politics: The Christian mafia is promoting the death penalty for homosexuals in Uganda. The Family at C Street, aka the Christian mafia, is backing proposed anti-gay legislation in Uganda that will sentence homosexuals to death.
The Family at C Street is actively supporting the Ugandan leaders who are championing this draconian legislation, legislation that would institute the death penalty for homosexuality.
C Street has been a Christian fundamentalist frat house for US congressman and senators. The house, sometimes referred to as the "C Street Complex", is home base for the Family.
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-4383-Portland-Progressive-Examiner~y2009m11d27-C-Street-politics-The-Family-sponsors-death-for-homosexuals-in-Uganda#C Street politics: The Christian mafia is promoting the death penalty for homosexuals... more
Abayudaya representative J.J. Keki's talk relates the history and current circumstances of Uganda's Jewish community.~y2009m11d24-Jewish-Communities-101-The-Abayudaya-Ugandas-Jews Abayudaya... more
A Ugandan official has recommended caning the bodies of those who die from drinking local illicit gin prior to their burial as a reminder to the living.
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?Ugandan_official:_cane_bodies_of_people_who_die_from_drinking_gin&in_article_id=770594&in_page_id=2A Ugandan official has recommended caning the bodies of those who die from drinking... more
Migingo Island in Kenya is only the size of one football field, yet in 2009 this small fishing island became the center of a full-scale international conflict that continues to echo throughout East Africa. This piece explores the effects that the conflict has had on the residents of Migingo.Migingo Island in Kenya is only the size of one football field, yet in 2009 this small... more
Every day millions of Christians pray to be spared from being put to the test. For some in Uganda, where an anti-homosexuality bill (pdf) is being put to parliament, this prayer may be especially deeply felt. This extremely unpleasant proposed law targets not only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people but also human rights and Aids prevention activists and people in positions of trust.Every day millions of Christians pray to be spared from being put to the test. For... more
What an amazing story ~
KASESE, Uganda – For years, Charles Wesley Mumbere worked as a nurse's aide in Maryland and Pennsylvania, caring for the elderly and sick. No one there suspected that he had inherited a royal title in his African homeland when he was just 13.
On Monday, after years of political upheaval and financial struggle, Mumbere, 56, was finally crowned king of his people to the sound of drumbeats and thousands of cheering supporters wearing cloth printed with his portraits.
At a public rally later in the day, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni officially recognized the 300,000-strong Rwenzururu Kingdom. Museveni restored the traditional kingdoms his predecessor banned in 1967, but has been adamant that kings restrict themselves to cultural duties and keep out of politics.
*complete story at link aboveWhat an amazing story ~ KASESE, Uganda – For years, Charles Wesley Mumbere... more
A man who worked for years as a nurse's aide in the US has been crowned as a king in Uganda.
Charles Wesley Mumbere inherited the title in his homeland at the age of 13, but it was until he was 56 that he was crowned after years of political upheaval.A man who worked for years as a nurse's aide in the US has been crowned as a king... more
The Lord's Resistance Army, one of the most feared guerrilla groups in Africa, has moved into Darfur, one of the continent's most troubled regions, intelligence sources in Sudan say.The Lord's Resistance Army, one of the most feared guerrilla groups in Africa,... more
Ruling party MP David Bahati wants the death penalty for those having gay sex with disabled people, under-18s or when the accused is HIV-positive.
Homosexual acts are already illegal, but the Anti-Homosexuality Bill proposes new offences and urges the toughening of existing penalties.
Earlier versions of the bill were widely criticised by rights groups.
The BBC's Joshua Mmali, in the capital Kampala, says the bill has a good chance of being passed as senior figures from the ruling National Resistance Movement are likely to back it.
President Yoweri Museveni has made several speeches outlining his own anti-gay views.Ruling party MP David Bahati wants the death penalty for those having gay sex with... more
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST, Uganda (Reuters Life!) - Lurking deep in the mist-glazed forests of east Africa, Uganda's mountain gorillas are preparing to "tweet" for their survival.
With the launch on Saturday of the "Friend a Gorilla" campaign, human fans will soon be able to follow the everyday drama of one of the few remaining 720 mountain gorillas online, far from the red ants, mud and tropical rain of their habitats. (more at source)BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST, Uganda (Reuters Life!) - Lurking deep in the mist-glazed... more
THE army has captured another senior LRA commander in the on-going military push against the rebels in the DR Congo and the Central African Republic.
Mickman Opuk, who was close to LRA leader Joseph Kony, was captured from the jungles of the Central African Republic a fortnight ago as the joint military offensive pursued a group of rebels.
“We picked him like a grasshopper and he is intact,” said army spokesperson Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye yesterday. “Our forces had been in hot pursuit of Kony’s group which he was part of.”THE army has captured another senior LRA commander in the on-going military push... more
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On the surface, it seems like a fine idea; reproductive rights groups certainly think so. In July, the Ugandan government announced that, using cash from the U.N. Population Fund, it would distribute 100,000 female condoms in a bid to stop a resurgence of HIV/AIDS. Advocates cheered the initiative, saying it would give women more control over their own bodies. But in the weeks since, major funders of anti-HIV/AIDS programs have shown far less enthusiasm, with many deciding not to back the plan. Instead of serving as a surefire weapon against the spread of HIV, Uganda's female condoms initiative has become the latest example of the limitations faced by governments, advocacy groups and donors in the fight against the virus.
When Uganda announced its plan to hand out female condoms, it got plenty of support. "The number one issue for women is to be able to negotiate," Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity in Washington, tells TIME. "The main issue was the desire for women to be able to say, 'OK, you're not going to use yours, then let's use mine.'" In the fight against AIDS, say the advocates, any little bit helps. True, studies about the efficacy of female condoms are inconclusive. But, they insist, women, especially in Uganda, need as many choices as they can get.
Many experts, however, disagree. They fear that by offering yet another choice, the government's move may only distract from other drug and condom programs. "You can't just put 100,000 condoms out in district warehouses and expect something to happen," says Mike Strong, coordinator for the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Uganda. "Since we try to be an evidence-based operation, we're waiting to see any evidence that this is a cost-effective method of protecting women against unwanted pregnancy and HIV transmission."
With funding so limited, many donors argue, why invest in an expensive product that faces deep skepticism from the people who would use it? Female condoms, originally introduced in the early 1990s, have struggled to gain widespread acceptance because they are more expensive and less familiar than male condoms — they're big and baggy, make rustling noises during sex, and you need instruction and practice to learn how to insert them properly.
But Uganda sees the female condom as one way to regain the success the nation had in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the 1990s. After slashing its AIDS rate from more than 20% in the late '80s to about 6% in 2000, Uganda saw a leveling off of AIDS cases and then a slight rise. No one has been able to explain the reversal. Some say it's related to failed distribution programs for the male condom in the past. Other experts suspect that it's a result of foreign NGOs and governments pushing Uganda away from effective domestic programs that were aimed at keeping people from having more than one sexual partner, a relatively common practice in the country.
Stung by the failure of a female-condom initiative it tried 10 years ago, Uganda will start by distributing only the 100,000 female condoms it has in stock in two regions. The government says it has learned its lesson from the earlier program, and will put more effort into distribution and teaching people how to use the condoms. The government plan is partly a response to demand from civil society groups, who say Ugandan women are bearing the brunt of the AIDS epidemic. In a meeting on July 7, government officials agreed to start the program this year and extend it after a year if donors contribute more money.
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Bobby Bailey of invisible Children takes to congress leading up to The Rescue event on April 25, 2009 to ask, WILL IT WORK?
The event was the efforts of thousands around the world in 100 cities abducting themselves representing the many that are abducted still by Joseph Kony's Lords Resistance Army and camped out til we were rescued by a mogul, whether it be important people in the media or congress.
We abducted ourselves so the media and people of the western world know; we abducted ourselves to alert our governments of the need to end one of the longest running atrocities known to mankind; and we abducted ourselves for the children who are still away from their homes and in dyer need to be RESCUED.
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During the production of the Invisible Children Rough Cut, founders records young boys interpretation and curiosity over the meaning of the word 'bitch.' It is just pure innocence that these child soldiers have that pushes the need for more to be done in the efforts to bringing the 23 years war in Uganda to an end and bring them to safety.
"Do more than just watch!"During the production of the Invisible Children Rough Cut, founders records young boys... more