Non-Boring #Tech4Good Meetings for Nonprofits   
NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings ... but we all know that meetings are boring! Admit it, you sometimes dread going to those all-staff assemblies. Luckily for you, our NetSquared leaders are super creative when planning their #Tech4Good events. "Meetings" come in diverse and innovative formats like Mississauga, Canada's Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo; Pangani, Tanzania's Social Media Surgery ; and Birmingham, United Kingdom's Summer Tech for Good Social in a local pub. Join us at your local group. It will be fun — we promise! Find your closest NetSquared group Upcoming Tech for Good Events This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and other awesome organizations. If you're holding monthly events gathering the #nptech community, let me know , and I'll include you in the next community calendar. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group. 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          Blindness does not stop this beekeeper, baker, and kayaker from expanding their vision [video links]   
In rural Uganda, people who are blind or visually impaired often go to the city to look for work. But jobs are hard to find, and many end up as street beggars.Instead, Ojok Simon wants them to know about a way they can earn money without leaving home: beekeeping. Simon, 36, became visually impaired after he was severely beaten by rebels who came to his village when he was a child. He has been a beekeeper for 15 years, and in 2013 [...]
          Ugandan community reaches agreement with British company   

In September 2011, Oxfam profiled a land deal in Uganda in which villagers were being evicted to make way for timber plantations. Now, the Mubende community has signed a Final Agreement with the New Forests Company (NFC), concluding nearly 15 months of negotiations that were facilitated by the Office of ComplianceAdvisor/Ombudsman (CAO). The CAO handles complaints from communities affected by investments made by the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank.

Oxfam welcomes that an agreement has been reached through mediation. As part of this agreement, NFC will contribute funds into a community-run cooperative that has been set-up by the Mubende community. NFC will also implement development projects to benefit the affected community. The community remains far from restoring its livelihoods but the outcome of the mediation process provides a basis for community members to start to rebuild their lives.

"I am optimistic about the future but this will depend on how soon we are able to get land. At the moment we are not farming or raising animals but I am hopefulthat through the co-operative we will be able to buy land and move forward," said Emmanuel Bagibariho, a community representative from Mubende who was part of the team that negotiated the agreement on behalf of the affected community.

Oxfam has been providing support to the Mubende community throughout the CAO mediation process, and we commend the eight community representatives who worked tirelessly to get the best possible deal that they could through this process. We will work with Mubende community members so that they can quickly develop the new cooperative as a means to improving their livelihoods. 

Oxfam is also continuing to support and advise a second community from neighboring Kiboga district. This community is in a separate mediation process, also facilitated by CAO, with NFC. We are hopeful that the Kiboga community’s discussions with NFC could also lead to an agreement between the company and the community.

If you would like more information, you can read the CAO’s report about the Mubende mediation.

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          Oxfam welcomes independent process to address community grievances in Uganda land dispute   

Oxfam has welcomed the announcement of an independent process to resolve complaints from communities who were evicted from their land without compensation to make way for two forestry plantations in Uganda.

The Office of the Compliance Adviser/Ombudsman (CAO) handles complaints from communities affected by investments made by the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC). It has confirmed that it will launch an independent process to find a resolution to the dispute involving the UK’s New Forests Company (NFC). The IFC has invested in an agribusiness fund, Agri-Vie, which has an equity stake in and seat on the board of NFC.

Oxfam has been calling for an independent investigation since September when it published its research into the evictions in Mubende and Kiboga districts, based on extensive consultations with hundreds of individuals from the affected communities. The CAO has accepted the eligibility of the complaints that were filed by Ugandan communities and co-signed by Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance. This is the first step in a process which Oxfam believes could secure redress for the communities, who have lost their homes and the land they relied on for their livelihoods.

The CAO process aims to find a negotiated resolution between the complainants, the company and any others relevant to the process. NFC has already confirmed that it will participate in this process.

Oxfam Chief Executive Barbara Stocking said: “This is an important step towards giving a voice to the thousands of people left destitute. We hope it will lead to securing the redress they deserve.

“We welcome New Forests Company’s commitment to participate in this process and look forward to finding a resolution as soon as possible.”

Oxfam’s focus on this case is part of the international agency’s GROW campaign, which aims to secure a future for everyone to have enough to eat. Oxfam is concerned about the accelerated rush for land, especially in Africa, and the lack of effective international rules to protect the poorest people who depend on the land for food.

In the next stage of the CAO process, up to six months will be spent on clarifying the issues and concerns raised by the complainants and gathering information on how others involved see the situation. This will help the CAO and all relevant parties to determine whether and how they might be able to resolve the issues. The CAO will then publish a report containing its assessment of the situation, which will describe the proposed course of action that has been agreed by all.

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Complaint letters were sent to the CAO from the affected communities in Kiboga and Mubende on December 20, outlining the adverse social impacts related to the NFC operations. Both Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance were co-signatories. To view the letters, visit: http://www.cao-ombudsman.org

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          Oxfam welcomes FSC complaint to certifiers of Ugandan land grab   

Oxfam welcomes the announcement yesterday by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) that it has filed an official complaint with the certification body, SGS Qualifor, who carried out the certification of the UK-based New Forests Company’s plantations in Uganda.

The announcement follows a report published by Oxfam on 22 September that detailed how at least 22,000 people were evicted – some violently – without consent or compensation to make way for the New Forests Company (NFC) plantations.

According to documents seen by Oxfam, despite ongoing court cases and media coverage saying that there had been violence, the auditors said that the dispute over tenure had been ‘resolved’ and that there were ‘no reported incidents of violence’.

“The New Forests Company has relied on the FSC certification to show that there were no ongoing problems and in order to secure international investment. The evidence suggests otherwise and the FSC complaint to its certifiers shows clearly that they too have concerns that something went wrong in Uganda,” said Katia Maia, head of Oxfam’s GROW campaign.

“The New Forests Company must now end the denials and take action to bring justice to the communities in Uganda, starting by appointing an independent chairperson to lead the investigation they have committed to. Thousands of people claim to have lost their land and have seen their livelihoods deteriorate as a result of these evictions. Many say they are no longer able to adequately feed their families or send their children to school,” said Maia.

In addition to the FSC announcement, the World Bank – an investor in the New Forests Company through its commercial lending arm, the International Finance Corporation – has called on the NFC to open up to a full investigation into claims of bad practice in its Uganda forestry projects.

Oxfam is calling on NFC to ensure the investigation is transparent and led by an independent chairperson, who has the authority to appoint the investigatory body and who can ensure that the input and protection of the communities is guaranteed in the process.

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Watch the video: Oxfam calls on the New Forests Company to investigate Uganda land grabs claims

Read the case study: The New Forests Company and its Uganda plantations

Download the report: Land and power: The growing scandal surrounding the new wave of investments in land

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          New Forests Company company must address safety concerns of Uganda land grab community   

Oxfam is launching a campaign calling for the New Forests Company to respond to concerns that have been raised for the safety of people who were evicted to make way for the British company’s forestry plantations in Uganda.

Oxfam has felt obliged to go public with its concerns following reports that the affected communities in Mubende and Kibogo districts are feeling harassed and intimidated by NFC staff.

Oxfam published a report on 22nd September on international land grabs that included a Ugandan case study detailing  how at least 22,500 people were evicted – some violently and all without compensation to make way for the NFC plantation.

Since publication, the international aid agency has received reports that individuals who have spoken to media about their evictions have been approached by NFC staff for questioning. Community members have also been asked to take company staff to the sites of violent evictions. One man has reported that NFC staff took his cattle and only returned the livestock when he paid for their return, although he has since been refunded by the company.

New Forests Company has previously announced it will launch an independent investigation into Oxfam’s allegations yet these actions by company workers undermine confidence in NFC's commitment and ability to do so. Oxfam is calling for the investigation to be led by an independent chairperson, who has the power to select the investigatory body and who can ensure that the input and protection of the communities is guaranteed in the process.

Oxfam GB’s Chief Executive Barbara Stocking said: “Many people in these communities are clearly feeling intimidated by the actions of NFC, which are totally at odds with the principles of an independent and transparent investigation. They have already lost their homes and land and many have been subjected to violent behaviour. They need a credible investigation not further pressure.

“NFC must show that they are serious about the allegations that have been made by setting up a truly independent investigation.”

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In September 2011, Oxfam profiled a land deal in Uganda in which villagers were being evicted to make way for timber plantations. Read an update about the case.

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          “Making A Song with Radio And Weasel Was A Privilege” – PJ Powers   

South African legendary PJ Powers is in the country for her highly anticipated ‘Jabulani charity concert’ slated for this Friday at Kampala Serena Hotel. Ahead of the show, ‘Girl up Uganda’ who are the organizers held a press conference at Serena Hotel gardens earlier today where the ‘Jabulani’ musician addressed journalists. Among the questions the […]

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          New Forests Company investigation into Uganda land grab risks credibility gap   
Oxfam welcomes the recent commitment by the New Forests Company to engage in an independent investigation of the events surrounding the evictions of communities in Mubende and Kiboga, and tRead more
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          Investigation into Uganda “land grab” must be genuinely independent and transparent   

Oxfam concern that company continues to dismiss people’s allegations of abuse

Oxfam welcomes the World Bank’s1 call that UK-based New Forests Company (NFC) must open up to a full investigation into claims of bad practice in its Uganda forestry projects.

This follows a report by Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance on September 22 that said more than 20,000 people had been evicted without compensation or consent to make way for NFC plantations, in breach of international guidelines. Many of these people are now living in destitution. Some claim the evictions were violent.

NFC has stated it will investigate. However, Oxfam is concerned about the nature of the investigation because NFC continues to discredit people’s allegations. It most recently described the claims as “fictitious” and “irresponsible and one-sided propaganda.”

“The company’s remarks are ill-judged and unprofessional”, said Oxfam GROW campaign coordinator Katia Maia. “NFC continues to refer to ‘peaceful and non-violent voluntary vacations’ as fact. This makes us sceptical about the investigation that it intends to set up,” she said.

Oxfam has since asked NFC to ensure that the investigation is genuinely independent, transparent and takes into account the experiences of affected communities.

“Oxfam rigorously defends its research. We spoke with hundreds of individuals from affected communities and with government authorities. We presented NFC’s position accurately in our report. NFC can’t simply dismiss our research because it disagrees with it,” Maia said.

“Many of those evicted can no longer feed their families or send their children to school. They are living in destitution. The World Bank and NFC must ensure that any investigation will be credible and meaningful.”

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  • No-one was compensated for their loss of land, crops and belongings. Oxfam says that NFC operates under international guidelines designed to protect people’s right to adequate compensation. NFC cannot dodge its responsibilities and blame solely the government.
  • Many evictees describe violence during the evictions, of houses burnt and crops destroyed. A recent New York Times article quoted a woman who said her son died in a fire during the evictions.
  • There are still two legal suits active today that describe the evictions as violent and that outline people’s own legal claims to the land. The suits also seek compensation and damages.

NFC also claims that the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the commercial lending arm of the World Bank) and the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC, the gold standard of forestry certification) had both passed its projects as ‘clean’. However Oxfam believes that neither organization has provided sufficient evidence to support NFC’s claims that the evictions were ‘legal, voluntary and peaceful’2.

Oxfam engaged with NFC for a number of months before publishing its report. In March, April and July Oxfam made several attempts to get the company's reaction but it refused to respond. Since August, Oxfam has engaged extensively with the company's management.

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The New Forests Company and its Uganda plantations: Oxfam Case Study

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  2. Oxfam says that the IFC report was not an “audit” but was instead a field appraisal that only took place after the evictions. The IFC officer who undertook the appraisal did not talk to affected communities and only reviewed one of the two districts. Similarly, the FSC certification audit only reviewed one plantation, Mubende not Kiboga. And despite the legal suits and media coverage saying that there had been violence, the FSC said that disputes over tenure had been ‘resolved’ and that there were ‘no reported incidents of violence’.
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          Oxfam warns that modern day land rush is forcing thousands into greater poverty   

Oxfam calls for British company to investigate the forced eviction of more than 20,000 Ugandans to make way for its plantations

Oxfam today launches a major new report highlighting the growing pace of land deals brokered around the world, often to the peril of poor communities who lose their homes and livelihoods – sometimes violently – with no prior consultation, compensation or means of appeal.

In the report Land and Power, the international agency reveals preliminary research indicating as many as 227 million hectares have been sold, leased or licensed in large-scale land deals since 2001, mostly by international investors. Lack of transparency and the secrecy that surrounds land deals makes it difficult to get exact figures but to date up to 1,100 of these deals amounting to 67 million hectares have been cross checked. Half of these deals are in Africa, and cover an area nearly the size of Germany. (1)

Oxfam warns this modern day land rush follows a drive to produce enough food for people overseas, meet damaging biofuels targets or speculate on land to make an easy profit. However, many of the deals are in fact ‘land grabs’ where the rights and needs of the people living on the land are ignored, leaving them homeless and without land to grow enough food to eat and make a living.

This is likely to get worse as the increasing demand for food, the gathering pace of climate change, water scarcity and non-food crops like biofuels compete for land. Already, nearly three billion people live in areas where demand for water outstrips supply.

Land grabs: devastating vulnerable communities

Oxfam International’s Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs said: “The unprecedented pace of land deals and the increased competition for land is leaving many of the world’s poorest people worse off. In the scramble for more land, investors are ignoring the people who currently live on the land and depend on it to survive.”

Oxfam’s report profiles the devastating effect land grabs in Uganda, South Sudan, Indonesia, Honduras and Guatemala are having on vulnerable communities. The report is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign which aims to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat. Women, who produce up to 80 per cent of food in some poor countries, are usually most vulnerable as they have weaker land rights.

In Uganda, Oxfam’s research indicates that at least 22,500 people have lost their homes and land to make way for a British timber company, the New Forests Company. Many evictees told Oxfam how they were forcibly removed and have been left destitute, without enough food or money to send their children to school. There were court orders in force which named the company but eye-witnesses say that company workers took part in some of the evictions anyway. NFC denies that it was involved in any evictions. (2)

Evicted without consultation or compensation

Christine, a farmer in her mid 40s, who lived in Kiboga district before the Uganda land grab said: “All our plantations were cut down – we lost the banana and cassava. We lost everything we had. The company’s casual laborers would attack us – they beat and threatened people. Even now they won’t let us back in to look for the things we left behind. I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.”

Hobbs said: “The Uganda case clearly shows how land grabs are slipping through the net of existing safeguards which are intended to ensure the protection of vulnerable people. Thousands of people are suffering because they have been evicted without meaningful consultation or compensation.

“The New Forests Company describes itself as an ethical company, adhering to international standards. It needs to investigate these claims urgently. It’s not acceptable for companies to blame governments. They must respect the needs and rights of poor communities affected by their investment.”

Prioritize existing land use rights

Oxfam is calling for investors, governments and international organizations to prioritize putting a stop to land grabbing by fixing the current policies and regulations which all too often fail to ensure that, when investors negotiate deals, local people are consulted, treated fairly, and that all relevant international standards are respected. These include the World Bank's International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards.

Governments should avoid pandering to investors’ wishes, and prioritize existing land use rights – not just where legal land title or formal ownership rights are held. Governments should recognize that women have equal rights over land and ensure that all agricultural investments benefit local communities who rely on the land to survive. While governments and companies get their house in order to stop future land grabbing, there is an urgent need to remedy the damage done by existing land grabs, including in the case of the Uganda international investment.

Flawed biofuels policies

Perverse incentives such as the flawed biofuels targets, like the EU’s target of obtaining 10 per cent of transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020, should be scrapped to curb the rush on land to meet biofuel demand.

Meanwhile, the UN’s Committee on Food Security in Rome could take an important first step when it meets in Rome next month, by adopting credible pro-poor, pro-women guidelines on land tenure.

Hobbs said: “Land investment should be good news for people in poverty but the frenetic scramble for land risks putting development in reverse. We need urgent global action so that local people with relatively little do not lose everything for the benefit of a few, and to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat.”

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  1. This data is compiled by the Land Matrix Partnership, a coalition of academic, research and non-governmental organisations. The 227 million figure is based on information on land deals over 200 hectares from a whole range of different sources including government reports, academic research, company websites, media reports and the few contracts that are available. The coalition is currently cross checking the records of land deals it has identified.  It is calling for increased transparency among companies and governments so that the true scale of the problem can be accurately understood.
    The Land Matrix Partnership includes the International Land Coalition, the universities of Bern and Hamburg, the French research institute CIRAD, the German agency for technical cooperation, GIZ and Oxfam.
  2. The evictions took place between 2006 and 2010. One High Court order was granted on 24 August 2009 and remained valid until 18 March 2010. The other was granted on 19 June 2009 and remained in force until 2 October 2009. Both were to restrain evictions by the company.
    The New Forests Company stated that the majority of local residents had no legal right to the land, that they had left peacefully and that the process was the sole responsibility of the Ugandan National Forestry Authority.  It told Oxfam that it had brought jobs and amenities to local communities and that its activities had been approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council and International Finance Corporation.

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  • The global economy, which is expected to triple in size by 2050, will demand ever more scarce natural and agricultural resources
  • Palm oil has become the world’s most consumed edible oil and can be found in up to half of all packaged food and hygiene products. Production is expected to double by 2050, increasing the land area under cultivation worldwide by 24 million hectares – six times the size of the Netherlands
  • In Guatemala, eight per cent of farmers account for 78 per cent of the land in production. Of the smallholders who control the remaining land, just eight per cent are women.

Oxfam’s GROW campaign is calling for global action to fix a broken food system where 925 million people already go hungry every day. This could get worse in the face of dwindling natural resources, like land, the gathering pace of climate change and increasing food price volatility. Find out how we can help prevent this from getting worse at www.oxfam.org/grow

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          The New Forests Company and its Uganda plantations: Oxfam Case Study   

London-based New Forests Company (NFC) would seem to be the design blueprint of how a young modern company should conduct a major land investment in Africa in a responsible way. Oxfam’s investigations reveal, however, that serious allegations by people who were evicted from land to make way for NFC’s operations remain unresolved. How will the company respond?

Today, the people evicted from the land are desperate, having been driven into poverty and landlessness. In some instances they say they were subjected to violence and their property, crops, and livestock destroyed. They say they were not properly consulted, have been offered no adequate compensation, and have received no alternative land.

Oxfam believes that the affected communities in Kiboga and Mubende deserve to have their case heard and to see justice done.

In Oxfam’s view, NFC and its financial backers must be held to account for the lost
livelihoods and shattered lives of families evicted from the land they farmed. Oxfam is
calling on NFC and its investors to:

  • Hold a full investigation into the events in Kiboga and Mubende, and make the terms of reference for the investigation and its findings, public;
  • Commit to a transparent and accountable process to provide justice for the affected communities and, in consultation with affected communities and local and national authorities, ensure the provision of alternative land and compensation for lost homes, crops, livestock, and livelihoods;
  • Provide damages for any abuses found to have been suffered by affected communities; 
  • Where failures are found, commit to reform their policies, standards, and procedures, so that such abuses can never happen again.
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Uganda land case update, 8 July 2013

In September 2011, Oxfam profiled a land deal in Uganda in which villagers were being evicted to make way for timber plantations. Read an update about the case.

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          Kony 2012 Campaign Catches Eyes Of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga   

Campaign aims to bring African militia leader Joseph Kony to justice for war crimes and for enlisting children as soldiers.
By Gil Kaufman

<P>A campaign to stop the nearly 30-year, brutal rule of African militia leader Joseph Kony became a viral sensation this week. <a href="http://kony2012.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com" target="_blank">"Kony 2012,"</a> started by the group Invisible Children, aims to make Kony's face so famous that authorities will finally be able to arrest him and try him for his crimes. </P><P> </P><P>A 30-minute <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc" target="_blank">documentary</a> released on Monday is one of the keys to the campaign, and as of Thursday it had gotten more than 26 million views. The video details the atrocities carried out by Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army. The campaign appears to be working, as at one point on Wednesday, Invisible Children and #stopkony were trending higher on Twitter than Peyton Manning or the new iPad. </P><P> </P><P>Since 1987, human rights officials say Kony has forcefully abducted more than 60,000 children to be soldiers in his army and reportedly raped, mutilated and killed civilians in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan and displaced more than 2 million people. The leader is wanted for committing atrocities by the International Criminal Court and is being hunted down by 100 U.S. Special Forces advisers and local troops in four Central African nations, according to the <a href="http://bit.ly/AyrDyz"><I>Associated Press.</I></a> </P><P> </P><P>Kony 2012 is an effort to capture Kony and disarm the LRA before a reported window of opportunity closes. One way it plans to do that is by encouraging users to directly message a variety of stars to make use of their Twitter ubiquity to get the word out. Among those listed on the site are: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres, along with a number of major policymakers. </P><P> </P><P>When users click on the celebs' photos, a tweet pops up that reads: Help us end #LRA violence. Visit kony2012.com to find out why and how. @timtebow Join us for #KONY2012. </P><P> </P><P><a href="http://act.mtv.com/posts/invisible-children-video-joseph-kony/">Get More on Invisible Children at ACT.MTV.com.</a></p>

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          In Kenya’s drylands, education is an insurance policy, but only for some   

Livestock is so central to the economy, food, and status of pastoralists in Kenya’s northern drylands that formal education has traditionally taken second place to the role children play in tending to cows, goats, and sheep.

But with climate change increasingly seen as imperiling livelihoods, many pastoralists are now taking the longer view and regard education as a sort of insurance policy. And yet the severity of the current drought affecting much of east Africa, coupled with a long interruption in the provision of free meals, has led to a drop in school attendance.

“The drought has become too harsh,” said Atiir Lokwawi, a 42-year-old mother who lives in the village of Kalokutanyang, in Kenya’s Turkana County. “Animals are dying in huge numbers. We restock, but before we stabilise, drought comes and takes away our investment.”

Lokwawi’s husband travelled to Uganda to graze most of the family’s herd. Of the 40 goats he left behind, 35 have died because of the drought.

“It is good if at least one child goes to school,” said Lokwawi. “Educating our children is also another way to earn money – animals alone cannot help us survive,” she said, explaining that of her seven children, only one, a 15-year-old girl, is currently attending school.

“It will take time for our children to go to school and get jobs, but at least there is hope that, someday, someone will be there for us.”

To help make ends meet, Lokwawi makes charcoal and attends evening classes at a local mobile school.

“I burn charcoal to invest in my daughter’s education. The government pays for her fees, but I have to buy her books, pen, and uniforms. She is my hope, my only family hope,” said Lokwawi, adding that she would like her daughter to become a doctor.

Another of her daughters was married off, bringing the family a substantial dowry of livestock. But most of these animals also perished.

Teaching adaptation

Christine Tukei, a teacher at Kalokutanyang’s mobile primary school, said education for pastoralists “needs to go beyond the [national] curriculum.

“It needs to add value and incorporate their lifestyle. It is vital to help communities prepare for and respond to impacts of climate change while promoting a sustainable way of life.”

The mobile school has about 100 students: roughly two thirds youths aged between nine and 17, and one third adults aged between 35 and 42.

Classes take place between 8 and 10 pm, as during daytime the children are usually tending to livestock herds while the adults make and sell charcoal.

The ravages of the drought have led Tukei to add adaptation strategies to what she teaches.

“We discuss the importance of early destocking, minimising herds to manageable levels; the importance of investing in education; and alternative businesses. I also teach about preserving meat with salt as they slaughter some animals and store for food; and about good health and sanitation,” she explained.

Disastrous drought

The current drought, which started in 2016 and which the Kenyan government deems a national emergency, has dried up water resources in half of the country’s 47 counties, leaving an estimated three million people lacking access to clean water, according to OCHA, the UN’s emergency aid coordination body.

“Recurrent droughts have destroyed livelihoods, triggered local conflicts over scare resources and eroded the ability of communities to cope,” OCHA said, noting that prices of staple food had risen considerably.

The drought has sent rates of global acute malnutrition soaring: in Turkana North sub-county, the rate is 30.7 percent, more than double the emergency threshold.

Across Kenya, up to 3.5 million people are expected to need food assistance in August, up from 2.6 million in February, according to the UN’s World Food Programme.

Large numbers of livestock deaths have been reported in Turkana County, as well as in the counties of Marsabit, Samburu, and Mandera.

As well as Kenya, drought is ravaging Ethiopia and Kenya. In these three countries, the education of some six million children has been disrupted, according to OCHA.

A Turkana boy herds his family's cows in Kenya
Wendy Stone/IRIN
Many children in Turkana tend livestock rather than attend school

Low enrolment

Although the national introduction of free primary education in 2003 led to an increase in school attendance across Kenya, enrolment rates in dryland counties such as Turkana remain much lower than the rest of the country.

And of those who enroll in the first year of school, barely one in five stick it out through the eighth year, with dropouts attributed to early marriage and the need to look after livestock.

Even though going to school can lead to improved agriculture, better health, improved community relations, and better management of natural resources, “the culture [here] does not allow the community to attach much premium on education,” Muthengi Muvea, the director of education in the sub-county of Turkana Central, told IRIN.

“A high number of pastoralists are not willing to wait for over 20 years to see returns on their investment, while a child has immediate returns such as dowry for girls and herding for boys,” he explained.

According to Muvea, at any given time, at least 40 percent of children who are supposed to be in school in Turkana County are not.

This is attributed to: parents migrating during drought in search of pasture and water; inadequate infrastructure; understaffing in schools; and the parents’ general unwillingness to enroll their children in school.

“January 2017 saw enrollment [in Turkana] drop by over 9,200 from the 2016 third term,” said Jesse Nyongesa, of the Ministry of Education.

Matters were made worse in the first few months of 2017 by an interruption in the provision of free school meals across much of the country, although these meals – provided since 1980 by WFP and the Kenyan government and now benefiting 1.5 million children at an annual cost of four billion shillings ($39 million) – resumed in May.

“During drought, the meal the children get in school is the only meal they are likely to get for the day,” said Matthew Epetet, the head teacher of a primary school in the Turkana Central village of Lochwa.

“It’s critical to attaining food security in this part of the country. Unless it's assured, the rate of retention is low, especially for the junior classes.”

Since it launched a Home-Grown School Meals programme in 2009, the government of Kenya has gradually increased its role in feeding school children. HGSM now benefits twice as many children as WFP’s contribution and is set to feed all by 2019.

Under the programme, food is bought from nearby farmers, thereby stimulating the local economy while encouraging children to attend school.

The interruption of free school meals, combined with the migration of parents in search of water and pasture, led attendance at the school to fall by more than half, said Epetet.

“From a total of 585 students, only 257 students are attending class now,” he said. “Among the 103 girls enrolled in school, about 37 are no longer in school. The pre-primary pupils have already stopped coming to school.”

The head teacher explained that the recent start of oil exploration in Turkana’s Lokichar Basin had been another factor in falling attendance.

“Fifteen boys have dropped out of school to work as motorcycle riders within Lokichar,” he said. “Some are seeking manuals job from those employed in oil exploration companies such as fetching water.”

Muvea believes it will take time before education fully improves the welfare of the community and contributes to a meaningful, sustainable manner of resilience.

“It's about perception,” asserted Muvea. “School becomes necessary during drought emergencies because of food access. The way pastoralists perceive education has to change if it is to play a fundamental role in strengthening their resilience.”

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          OFFICIAL: 70,000 allowed to attend Egypt qualifier against Uganda   

Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sports Khaled Abdel-Aziz has revealed that 70,000 fans will be allowed to attend Egypt’s World Cup qualifier against Uganda next September. The Pharaohs will travel to Kampala to face the Cranes on Thursday, August 31 at the Mandela National Stadium, before hosting them on the 5th of September at Borg El Arab stadium in the fourth round […]

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          Egypt to face Uganda in August and September for World Cup qualifiers   

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          Halifax Youth Heading to Uganda   
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           Kenya : premier pays africain à bénéficier du nouveau médicament contre le SIDA    
Le Kenya est le premier pays africain à commencer à utiliser un nouveau médicament générique
contre le SIDA – un médicament susceptible d’améliorer et de prolonger la vie des personnes qui souffrent d’effets secondaires graves et de résistance à d’autres traitements, rapporte l’agence de presse Reuters.
Dolutegravir (DTG), qui a été approuvé pour la première fois aux États-Unis en 2013, est administré à 20 000 patients au Kenya avant d’être lancé cette année au Nigeria et en Ouganda avec le soutien de l’initiative mondiale pour la santé de l’ONUSIDA.
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Selon le Programme national de lutte contre le SIDA et les MST, environ 1,5 million de Kenyans sont séropositifs, avec plus des deux tiers sous traitement.
Source: afrikmag.com




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          World: General Assembly Approves Appropriation of $6.8 Billion for 14 Peacekeeping Operations in 2017/18   
Source: UN General Assembly
Country: Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Western Sahara, World

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-FIRST, 89TH MEETING (AM)
GA/11927 30 JUNE 2017

Approving the appropriation of $6.80 billion for 14 peacekeeping operations for the 2017/18 fiscal period, the General Assembly today adopted 21 resolutions and one decision contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary). (See Press Release GA/AB/4239.)

Appropriating funds for peacekeeping operations from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, the Assembly adopted resolutions on missions in Abyei, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Darfur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Golan, Haiti, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, South Sudan and Western Sahara.

All texts were adopted without a vote, with the exception of the resolution setting out budgetary arrangements for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which it adopted by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with no abstentions.

The Assembly also adopted related drafts on the support account for peacekeeping operations, and financing for the account; on the triennial review of the rates and standards for reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment; and on the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy, and Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda.

As well, it adopted a resolution on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, by which it requested the Secretary-General to immediately inform Member States concerned of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and called upon Member States — including those deploying non-United Nations forces authorized by a Security Council mandate — to investigate such cases, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units where there was credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.

Also adopted was a text on the United Nations financial reports and audited financial statements on peacekeeping missions, as well as the Board of Auditors’ reports on them.

Finally, the Assembly adopted a draft decision by which it deferred, until the second part of its resumed seventy-second session, consideration of reports from the Secretary-General, and related reports from the Advisory Committee, regarding closed peacekeeping missions.

Action on Draft Resolutions

The Assembly took action on the draft resolutions contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), which were introduced by Committee Rapporteur Diana Lee (Singapore).

First, it adopted a resolution contained in the budget Committee’s report on financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors (document A/71/702/Add.1), accepting the financial report and audited financial statements of United Nations peacekeeping operations for the period ending 30 June 2016. It endorsed the recommendations in the corresponding reports of the Board and the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), and asked the Secretary-General to ensure their full implementation. It went on to ask the Secretary-General to indicate an expected time frame for implementation, and to give, in his next report, a full explanation for delays in implementation of the Board’s outstanding recommendations, the root causes of recurring issues and measures to be taken.

It then turned to the report on administrative and budgetary aspects of financing peacekeeping operations (document A/71/708/Add.1), adopting five resolutions contained therein.

First, it adopted resolution I on the financing of the Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda, by which it approved the amount of $33 million for the maintenance of the Centre for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Then it adopted resolution II on the financing of the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy, by which the Assembly would approve the cost estimates for the Base in the amount of $81 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Next, it adopted resolution III on the support account for peacekeeping operations. By its terms, the Assembly decided to approve the support account requirements of $325.80 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $25.04 million for the enterprise resource planning project, $821,500 for information and systems security and $868,500 for the global service delivery model. It also approved the requirement of 1,357 continuing and 3 new temporary posts, as well as the abolishment, redeployment, reassignment and reclassification of posts, as set out in annex I of the text; and 77 continuing and 3 new general temporary assistance positions and 59 person-months, as set out in annex II, as well as related post and non-post requirements.

The Assembly went on to adopt resolution IV on the triennial review of the rates and standards for reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment. By doing so, it took note of the report of the 2017 Working Group on Contingent-Owned Equipment and the report of the Secretary-General. It also endorsed the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report of the ACABQ.

Finally, it adopted resolution V on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. By its terms, the Assembly welcomed the Secretary-General’s determination to fully implement the United Nations policy of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as his determination to fully enforce the newly promulgated policy of whistle-blower protection. It requested that he immediately inform Member States concerned of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and called upon Member States — including those deploying non-United Nations forces authorized by a Security Council mandate — to investigate such cases, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units where there was credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.

Turning to reports on peacekeeping missions, the Assembly first adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) (document A/71/945), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNISFA the amount of $285.12 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $266.70 million for the maintenance of the Force, $13.49 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $3.38 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $1.56 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Turning to a report on financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) (document A/71/946), the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the Mission $943.77 million from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $882.80 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $44.65 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $11.16 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $5.16 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) (document A/71/715/Add.1). By its terms, the Assembly, recalling Security Council resolution 2284 (2016) extending the mission mandate for a final period until 30 June 2017, decided that, for Member States that had fulfilled their financial obligations to the Operation, shall be credited with their respective share of $65.22 million, comprising the unencumbered balance of $48.68 million and $16.54 million of other revenue in respect of the financial period ending 30 June 2016.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) (document A/71/947). By its terms, it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNFICYP $57.41 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $54.00 million for the maintenance of the Force, $2.73 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $682,900 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Next, it adopted a report on financing of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) (document A/71/948), appropriating to the Special Account for MONUSCO $1.22 billion for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $1.14 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $57.74 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $14.44 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.67 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted a resolution contained in the Committee’s report on financing of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (document A/71/933) by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for that Mission $5.69 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017, including $4.55 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.14 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Next, the Assembly adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (document A/71/950), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMIK $40.29 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $37.90 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $1.92 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $479,200 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (document A/71/951). By its terms, it appropriated to the Special Account for UNMIL $116.95 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $110.00 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $5.56 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.91 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

The Assembly also adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) (document A/71/952), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for MINUSMA $1.12 billion for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $1.05 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $53.00 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $13.25 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.12 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Under its agenda item on financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East, the Assembly took action on resolutions contained in two reports.

It first adopted a draft on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) (document A/71/953), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the Force the amount of $61.30 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $57.65 million for the maintenance of UNDOF, $2.92 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $729,100 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

The representative of Syria said his delegation had joined consensus on the resolutions on United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East. However, it believed that it was Israel’s responsibility to pay for those Missions.

The Assembly then turned to a resolution contained in the report on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) (document A/71/954).

By a recorded vote of 85 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with 53 abstentions, the Assembly adopted preambular paragraph 4 and operative paragraphs 4, 5 and 13.

Taking action on the draft resolution as a whole, the Assembly adopted it by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with no abstentions.

By its terms, the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNIFIL the amount of $513.53 million, for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $483.00 million for the maintenance of the Force, $24.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $6.11 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Also by the draft, the Assembly expressed deep concern that Israel had not complied with previous resolutions on UNIFIL, and requested that the Secretary-General take the measures necessary to ensure the full implementation of their relevant paragraphs.

The Assembly then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) (document A/71/955), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMISS $1.14 billion for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $1.07 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $54.16 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $13.54 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.26 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted the resolution in the report on financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (document A/71/956), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for MINURSO $55.59 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $52.00 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $2.63 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $657,600 for the United Nations Logistics Base and $303,800 for the Regional Service Centre.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) (document A/71/957), by which it appropriated to the Special Account for UNAMID $33.56 million for the period of 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $24.58 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $6.15 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $2.84 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Taking up the report on financing of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 1863 (2009) (document A/71/958), the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) $622.19 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $582.00 million for the maintenance of the Office, $29.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $7.36 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $3.40 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Finally, acting on the Committee’s report on review of the efficiency of the administration and financial functioning of the United Nations (document A/71/717/Add.2), the Assembly deferred until the second part of its resumed seventy-second session consideration of the reports of the Secretary-General and the ACABQ on closed peacekeeping missions.


          World: Global Weather Hazards Summary, June 30 - July 6, 2017   
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Belize, Benin, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Uganda, World

Heavy rainfall continues over Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has led to abnormal dryness across eastern Uganda and southwestern Kenya. Moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping and Pastoral activities.

          Somalia: WFP VAM Food Security Analysis - East Africa: The 2017 Season - A Humanitarian Crisis Looms   
Source: World Food Programme
Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Horn of Africa region is again under drier than average conditions after experiencing a severe drought during the last growing season of Oct-Dec 2016.

  • Severe rainfall deficits are observed across Somalia, Kenya and SE Ethiopia, leading to delayed starts to the growing season, poor vegetation cover and low water resources. Significant impacts on crop production and pasture development are now very likely.

  • The situation looks increasingly similar to the record droughts of 2010-2011 and potentially worse in coastal Kenya. Somalia, currently at risk of famine, will continue to experience further deterioration.

  • Drier than average conditions in place since mid-2016 are continuing to affect large areas across East Africa including NE Uganda (Karamoja), SW Ethiopia and eastern South Sudan.

  • The region as a whole badly needs widespread above average rains throughout May and beyond to avoid significant negative impacts at an even greater scale.


          Somalia: WFP VAM Food Security Analysis - East Africa: The 2017 Season - Crisis Rather Than Disaster   
Source: World Food Programme
Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Despite improved rains since late April, the delayed start of the season and severe early dryness will result in poor crop production, degraded pasture and low water availability for human and livestock consumption.

  • The food security situation of the extremely vulnerable households is expected to further deteriorate. Pastoralists in central Somalia, SE Ethiopia and western Kenya are of particular concern.

  • Somalia, Kenya and SE Ethiopia have now endured three consecutive droughts, including one of the most severe on record in Oct-Dec 2016.

  • Central South Sudan, Sudan, NW Ethiopia and Eritrea have experienced abundant rainfall resulting in robust early vegetation growth and early start of the growing season.


          12-year-old boy hangs self in Uganda after his grandmother went to his school to question him over missing money (Graphic Photos)   
 
Rsidents of Kiwafu West, Division ‘B’ in Entebbe Municipality, Uganda were thrown into mourning after a 12-year-old boy identified as Derrick Mukisa, a primary two (P.2) pupil at Kiwafu Modern Primary School was found hanging on a rope in a bed at his home on Wednesday, June 28th. 
Taban Stephen, the deceased uncle said that he returned home from a nearby carpentry workshop where he works, at about 8.30pm and on opening the bedroom door, he saw the boy hanging dead on a rope. 

He notified the Land Lord Hussein Nusura who in turn contacted the OC Station Entebbe Police.
According to Doreen Namusisi, the grandmother to the deceased: 
"Mukisa returned home from school on Wednesday to have lunch and on his way back to school, I found out that my money Shs70,000= was missing."
She further revealed that she went to the school to inquire whether it was her grandson who had taken the money, and he(deceased) admitted to have kept the money under the pillow.
"I returned and surely found the money under the pillow, then proceeded to the landing site in Kigungu where i normally work," explained Ms. Namusisi.
It’s not yet clear what drove the boy to end his life however, close neighbors who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that the family has many problems, adding that the deceased father poisoned himself when his wife was two months pregnant. 


Source: New Vision Uganda

          L'Ougandais Bobi Wine, "président du ghetto" et star du reggae devenu député   

Le charismatique musicien Robert Kyagulanyi, dit Bobi Wine (C) en périphérie de Kampala, en Ouganda, le 30 juin 2017 AFP ISAAC KASAMANI

Pendant la décennie écoulée, les Ougandais ont connu deux préside

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          Uganda: I Don't Fear Going Back to Prison - Besigye   
[Monitor] Kampala -As a form of defiance, former opposition presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has vowed never to return to Nakawa Chief Magistrate's court in connection with the treason case that he was charged with.
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          A Pan-African agenda for the 21st century   
Sub-Title: 
Notes on the opening session of the 2nd Kwame Nkrumah Cultural and Intellectual Festival

On Monday 26 June 2017, a most important event for the future of the Global African family took place on African soil at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.  It was a gathering of Africans and pan-Africanists, academics, activists, political leaders, students and youth from all over the world at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Intellectual and Cultural Festival. 

In a day characterised by seriousness of purpose, commonality of ideas and sense of mission, the foundation of the meeting was set by Kwame Nkrumah Chair of African Studies Professor Horace Campbell who, in welcoming the participants, provided what can only be described as a masterful “update” of the state of the black condition globally. Prof Campbell achieved the simultaneous goal of updating participants on the specific struggles in specific regions but also demonstrated to all and sundry how their struggles are interlinked.

In what was described, by Joseph Engwenyu, a historian from Uganda, as the most powerful opening ceremony to any global conference that he has ever attended, nowhere was left untouched and analysed in Campbell’s welcome: from the struggles against neo-liberalism in Latin America and the deliberate overthrow of the ordered states of Libya, Iraq and Syria and North Africa and the Middle East, significantly worsening the lives of black citizens in these countries, but more importantly, reversing the possibilities of the economic and material advancement of the pan-African project which was being led by Libya.

In his roll call, Campbell noted the physical absence of Haiti, but was moved to invoke their presence in spirit, since he affirmed that it is impossible to hold a gathering of this nature without acknowledging Haiti, for its sacrifices in igniting the flame of African liberation globally.

Significantly, too, Campbell highlighted the fact of the re-articulation of renewed imperialist aggression by the United States against people of colour, both within and outside its borders. Arising out of this assessment, Campbell emphasised that the ultimate aim of the conference was to establish modes of deepening African unity and to identify concrete practical steps for charting the way forward as an agenda for pan-Africanism in the twenty-first century.

This theme of the need for unity was sustained and reinforced by strong solidarity messages, the most symbolic being delivered by Samia Nkrumah, the daughter of Ghana’s founding president and eminent pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah, who insisted on the need to re-affirm Nkrumah’s message of continental unity: one economy, one currency, one army, one foreign policy and one government.  Given the convening of a conference called under the name of Kwame Nkrumah, it was a significant wake-up call, which placed the ultimate vision of Nkrumah squarely at the centre of the consciousness of the participants.

The opening ceremony was presided over by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana Professor Ebenezer Owusu. After the welcome statement by the Director of the Institute of African Studies Professor Dzodzi Tsikata, there were solidarity messages from Barbados, the former Prime Minister of Namibia, Nahas Nangula, representative of the Polisario liberation forces of Western Sahara, Mr M. M. Buyema and Samia Nkrumah, the daughter of Kwame Nkrumah. The President of Ghana was represented by Professor Kwesi Yankah, Deputy Minister of Education.

The highlight of the gathering of this opening ceremony of more than 400 persons in the Great Hall of the University of Ghana was the feature address, delivered by the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles, whose contribution set the analytical and a programmatic guideline for the way forward for pan-Africanism to the mid-twenty-first century.

On reflecting upon the African condition in the context of the Western world’s claim to fighting a war on terror, Prof Beckles noted that no part of the world has had a more brutal experience of terrorism than the Caribbean under European slavery. Having established this fact, Beckles therefore set the stage for reflecting on a future pan-African project.

His proposed program was framed within a recounting of the stance taken by the major African states at the UN Durban World Conference Against Racism in which, according to his recounting, the formal leaders of Africa abandoned the Caribbean delegations in their call for reparations.  The powerful symbol left by Beckles was that of a mother (Africa) abandoning her scattered children (the Caribbean). He insisted that something had been broken and needed to be repaired. 

Beckles framed his argument on the basis that the Caribbean had “done its part” for Africa, from its intellectual, moral and organisational contribution to the struggles against colonialism and independence through the work of pan-Africanists like George Padmore, to the struggle against apartheid as seen in the work of reggae artistes like Bob Marley, to the military contribution of Cuba in Southern Africa. According to Beckles’s narrative, the children had never walked away from the mother, and that Africa, by turning her back on her children in their hour of need, had inflicted a deep wound in the relationship that needed to be healed.  Beckles therefore suggested that before any further forward movement could occur, the African mother would have to reach out to her children in global Africa, as part of the process of healing.

Symbolism aside, this call for the African mother to reach out to her children set the scene for the offering of practical and programmatic agenda which would emerge in the conference. This not only included the role of Africa in supporting the call to spearhead a reparations movement, but it forced upon the conference the need to think about the kind of agenda around which a program of reaching out between Africa and the Caribbean could be built.  This represents the first framework for a future pan-African agenda.

The second inference by Beckles, which created a framework for a future program of action for pan-Africanism, was his own recognition of a split between African states and African civil society, which was symbolised in Durban with the support for reparations from African civil society but a rejection of the call for reparations by the states. This recognition of the split over reparations was seen as symptomatic of a deeper crisis of the post-colonial independent state, in which elites have been cut off from the aspirations of the people.

This set the tone for a second major agenda issue of the conference: the need to re-examine the failures of an elite-led independence project and, relatedly, the failures of an elite-led pan-African project. Indeed, this has, at the time of writing, constituted a major aspect of the theoretical and practical aspects of the conference, with many of the papers focussing on re-examining the ideas of Walter Rodney, CLR James, George Padmore, WEB Dubois, Amilcar Cabral, Frantz Fanon, Kwame Nkrumah and others.

In addition, the question of overcoming many of the specific aspects of the failure and reversal of the independence and Pan-Africanism have been placed on the agenda. Thus, issues of education, land reform, an African currency, economic sovereignty, integration, indeed, a re-examining of every major aspect of the ongoing failures of post-colonial experience, was inspired by the recognition of the split between civil society and states.

Finally, above all else, the conference theme was “Global Africa 2063: Education for Reconstruction and Transformation”. The conference, and opening ceremony, created an excellent platform for future links between education institutions between Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America, and the rethinking of the substance of education into a future pan-African project, towards meeting the African Union’s goal of a unified Africa by the year 2063.

Given the energy of the conference, the crisis of global capitalism, the sense of mission, and the feeling of the urgency of moment, Professor Campbell was moved to warn that African unity will come before 2063.  We await the formal release of the Accra Declaration of Action, as a way forward towards pan-Africanism into the twenty-first Century.

* TENNYSON S.D. JOSEPH teaches in the Department of Government, Sociology & Social Work at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He is a prolific writer who pens a weekly column in the Nation. He is the author of Decolonization in St. Lucia: Politics and Global Neoliberalism, 1945–2010, University Press of Mississippi, 2011.

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          Canadian PM Trudeau is not a friend of all God’s children   

Trudeau’s first cabinet was Africanless. Africans in Canada, from the continent and here questioned this move.  Many felt that the younger Trudeau took us for granted because his father Pierre Elliott Trudeau (October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000) “opened” the doors for immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa. Eventually he did appoint Somali Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen to the federal cabinet as immigration minister.

Trudeau did appoint Indian-born Sikh Harjit Sajjan, MP for Vancouver South, minister of defence. Sikhs have a significantly different history in Canada than Africans.  The Sikh community is represented in all professional fields: medical, legal, technological, academic. Africans came kicking and screaming to the Western Hemisphere. Recently he has been questioned about “fibbing” about being the leader of a battle in Afghanistan. Sajjan said yearly defence spending will swell by more than 70 per cent, from $18.9 billion in 2016-17 to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. He promised $62.3 billion in new spending over 20 years.

Bardish Chagger is another India- born Canadian politician who is the current Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism.  Chagger was elected as a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada in 2015.  She is the first female Leader of the Government in the House of Commons by Trudeau.

Amarjeet Sohi is an Indian-Canadian politician, currently the Member of Parliament for Edmonton and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in the federal cabinet. He narrowly beat out strong community advocate Nigerian-born Chinwe Okelu.

Maryam Monsef is an Afghan Canadian politician, a Liberal member the House of Commons in 2015. She was previously the Minister of Democratic Institutions and president of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada until January 10, 2017.

Monsef has not had an easy ride. According to Wikipedia: “Monsef has been criticized for stating that she was born in Afghanistan, when in fact she was born in Iran. When this was revealed in September 2016, some commentators pointed out that this could lead to revocation of her Canadian citizenship and potential deportation, while others have criticized the absurdity of the present law or decried the importation of birtherism into Canadian politics. In an interview at that time, former MP Dean Del Mastro said that political workers in the 2014 municipal and 2015 federal campaigns knew she was not born in Afghanistan, but chose not to make an issue of it.”

Navdeep Singh Bains, the new minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is a Canadian born Indian.

Canada’s role in Haiti should never be forgotten. Back in the day I discussed Haiti on the Black Commentator in an article: “Canada's Crimes Against Haiti” in   the October 27, 2005 issue. After reading Yves Engler and Anthony Fenton’s  volumeCanada in Haiti’, I pointed out: “The chapter ‘Responsibility to Protect or A Made in Ottawa Coup?’ points out the coup against Aristide was actually planned on Canadian soil. From January 31-February 1, 2003, Canada’s Secretary of State for Latin America and La Francophonie, Denis Paradis, played host to a high-level roundtable meeting dubbed, The Ottawa Initiative on Haiti. Surprise, surprise, no representative of Haiti’s elected government was invited. However, Otto Reich, then President George W. Bush’s appointee as Assistant Secretary State for the Western Hemisphere, was in attendance. Paradis leaked the fact that this meeting took place to journalist Michael Vastel, who reported the meeting in the March 15, 2003 edition of L’Actualite magazine. Another chapter, ‘Using NGOs to Destroy Democracy and the Canadian Military Connection’ exposes the shameful role played by many Canadian NGOs.”

Trudeau is a self-proclaimed “feminist”. The court is still out on this matter. A recent article in the British based Guardian newspaper questioned the Canadian Prime Minister: “A slight note of exasperation crept into Justin Trudeau’s voice, suggesting that this was a topic he had broached many times before. ‘I’m going to keep saying loud and clearly that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug,’ he declared to an audience at the United Nations in New York.”

His words sparked delight around the world. But one year on, Trudeau’s heady promises have run into the realities of government, prompting the question: has electing a self-described feminist to helm of the country translated into real change for Canadian women?

Canada’s prime minister is moving the Great White North further to the right on foreign affairs. Trudeau’s father Pierre Elliot Trudeau opened the doors to draft resisters including myself who refused to fight against the Vietnamese people. I saw Africans in America and the Vietnamese as colonial subjects. Africans in the United States were colonized by Uncle Sam and the Vietnamese by the French. Wiki pointed out: “While Canada had previously participated in military action against Iraq  in the Gulf War of 1991, it refused to declare war against Iraq without United Nations approval.

The Iraq War began with the United States-led 2003 invasion. The Government of Canada did not at any time formally declare war against Iraq, and the level and nature of this participation, which changed over time, was controversial.

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said on 10 October 2002 that Canada would, in fact, be part of a military coalition to invade Iraq if it were sanctioned by the United Nations. However, when the United States and the United Kingdom subsequently withdrew their diplomatic efforts to gain that UN sanction, Jean Chrétien announced in Parliament on 17 March 2003 that Canada would not participate in the pending invasion.”

However, this is not the full story. The “Big White Folks” as Paul Robeson called them speak with forked tongues. “Nevertheless, he offered the US and its soldiers his moral support. However, according to classified U.S. documents released by Wikileaks, a high-ranking Canadian official may have secretly promised to clandestinely support the invasion. Two days earlier, a quarter million people in Montreal had marched against the impending war. Major anti-war demonstrations had taken place in several other Canadian cities.” Chrétien’s moves had more to do with the growing opposition to the invasion than his political morality.  

The not so great white north has a checkered history in the African continent. Canada joined the imperialists and played with the white checkers. They played a significant role in the assassinations of Patrice Lumumba, Maurice Mpolo, and Joseph Okito on January 21, 1961. Ottawa came up on the wrong side of history on the question of the Congo. Yves Engler author of the illuminating volume, Canada in Africa: 300 years of aid and exploitation, pointed out: “Siding with Washington, Ottawa promoted ONUC) and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s controversial anti-Lumumba position. ONUC was established in July 1960 to ensure the withdrawal of Belgian forces. 1,900 Canadian troops participated in the UN mission between 1960 and 1964, making this country’s military one of its more active members. There were almost always more Canadian officers at ONUC headquarters than those of any other nationality and the Canadians were concentrated in militarily important logistical positions including chief operations officer and chief signals officer.”

Canada opposed anticolonial struggles in Africa, supported apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin’s coup against Milton Obote (December 28 1925- October 10, 2005) who had led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonialism. He was overthrown by Amin in 1971. Canada played a role in the ousting of Lumumba in the Congo by the CIA, Belgium and Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga aka Joseph Mobutu and Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah.

The Great White North pressed African states to follow neoliberal policies, which have benefitted Canadian corporations. The Canadian International Development Perform points out: “Canada is a global mining giant and a leading player in Africa’s mining sector. 70% of the equity capital raised globally by the mining industry was raised on the Toronto (TSX) and Venture (TSXV) exchanges. Of the $10.3 billion in equity raised for mining on the TSX and TSXV in 2012 $1.9 billion or 18.5% was for projects in Latin America while another $1.7 billion or 16.5% was for projects in Africa.”   Canada played a role in the violence the Congo, Rwanda and Somali.  

Canada does have a Black Radical Tradition. However, we cannot expect Corporate Canada or the Black Misleadership Class to tell the story. That is on us on the Black Left.

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          MSANII BOBI WINE WA UGANDA ASHINDA UBUNGE NCHINI UGANDA   
Tokeo la picha la bobi wine
Msanii wa muziki kutoka nchini Uganda, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu almaarufu kama, Bobi Wine ameshinda ubunge katika uchaguzi mdogo nchini humo.

Wine, ambaye aliwania kama mgombea huru, aliwashinda wagombea wenzake wanne katika jimbo la Kyadondo Mashariki mwa Uganda kwa ushindi wa kura 25,659 kati ya kura elfu  33,310 zilizopigwa.
Kwa mujibu wa Gazeti la New Vision la nchini humo limeeleza kuwa baada ya kutangazwa Gazeti hilo linasema baada ya kutangazwa kuwa mshindi, aliahidi kurudisha umoja na mshikamano jimboni humo.
Jambo langu la kwanza ninalotaka kufanya ni kufanikisha maridhiano kati ya viongozi wa Kyadondo Mashariki…Ninataka siasa zitulete pamoja… jinsi muziki ufanyavyo.“amesema Bob Wine.
Mwanamuziki huyo mapema wiki hii alikamatwa na polisi na kuhojiwa kwa muda kabla ya kuachiwa huru.
Kiti hicho cha ubunge kiliachwa wazi baada ya mahakama kufuta matokeo ya uchaguzi huo kwa madai kuwa uchaguzi huo haukuwa huru na wa haki.
Kiongozi wa chama cha upinzani cha FDC Kizza Besigye amempongeza mwanamuziki huyo kwenye kupitia ukurasa wake wa Twitter.
Bobi Wine alianza muziki mapema miaka ya 2000 kabla ya kujitosa kwenye siasa uchaguzi mkuu mwaka 2016 na ngoma ambayo ilimfanya ajizolee umaarufu nchini humo ni wimbo wake wa Situka.
Kwenye wimbo huo, anatoa wito kwa raia wa Uganda kuchangia katika vita dhidi ya rushwa na ukiukaji wa haki nchini mwao.

          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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          LGBT Religion News Summary - January 31, 2011   
As hundreds of LGBT faith leaders convene in Minneapolis for Creating Change: Practice Spirit, Do Justice, Nicole Garcia of Lutherans Concerned garnered an interview with the Associated Press that was picked up by NPR.   

Nicole Garcia

Creating Change participants will be remembering David Kato, a gay Ugandan who was murdered just days after a court victory  against “Rolling Stone” newspaper, which had published his picture with a noose next to it. Many people are lifting up the role of some American religious activists who have been fomenting anti-LGBT sentiment for years, and most intensively in recent years. In the midst of this, a Ugandan lesbian was almost deported until a judge in Britain halted the deportation proceedings.    The Archbishop of Canterbury  publically condemned the murder, and Anglican Bishops meeting in Ireland  urged that anti-LGBT hatred be confronted. About one-third of the bishops did not show up in protest of the acceptance of gay people by The Episcopal Church. In other Episcopal News, the Washington Post reported that a prominent conservative leader was fired from the historic Truro Church in northern Virginia for surfing pornographic websites. In Fort Worth, an Episcopalian congregation that broke away in protest of the ordination of gay priests received a summary judgment by a state district court to surrender their church property.   

Jay Bakker

In the Evangelical world, some wonder if  scripture should be debated. A Religion New Service wire article asked if there was a “Great Gay Awakening” as Jay Bakker, straight ally and the son of famed Jim and Tammy Faye, garnered several interviews, including an appearance on the Today Show for his new book, Fall to Grace. In an interview, Ted Haggard said that if he were 21 years old he would call himself bisexual. Deborah Haffner connected the dots between Ted Haggard, Joel Osteen calling gay people sinners and the violence that continues around the world.   

Bishop Paul Egertson

Lutherans grieved the loss of Bishop Paul Egertson, a staunch straight ally to LGBT people for many years. And, the adjustments to the ELCA’s inclusive policies continue. In Fargo, N.D., some former members of congregations that left the ELCA are re-establishing themselves with the help of a United Methodist congregation.    In other news, Presbyterians are voting presbytery by presbytery across the country on whether or not to ordain partnered gay clergy. Bishop Harry Jackson was turned away by the court in his effort to overturn marriage equality in Washington, D.C. Belmont University in Nashville announced that it would include sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination policy, and the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston announced their own school plan to not discriminate against the children of gay and lesbian couples.
February 1, 2011

          LGBT Religion News Round Up, July 23, 2010   
Marriage was a big news item last week as Argentina legalized marriage for gay couples and gay Mormons condemn the LDS Church’s role in opposing the successful legislation.  In California, two polls show growing support for marriage equality.    Meanwhile, marriage equality in Washington D.C. was upheld by the Court of Appeals. In the Evangelical world, Peggy and Tony Campolo, an Evangelical Christian couple who famously disagree on gay issues, coordinated a dialogue with the Baptist Peace Fellowship in upstate New York.  Janet Edwards asked whether gay rights are an “evangelical thing.” John Blake asked whether the religious right has lost its children.  A megachurch in Las Vegas was dropped from HIV work because of its link to Martin Ssempa, the virulently anti-gay Ugandan pastor, and the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, elected a conservative leader. In mainline Protestant denominations, responses to the Presbyterian  decision on  gay clergy range from  the Rev. Peter M. Wallace saying God’s spirit was at work, to an Orthodox priest who said the opposite.  A Michigan-based gay rights group has donated $400,000 to the Episcopal Church for its use in developing marriage liturgies for gay couples and a Methodist minister and his boyfriend were attacked in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Internationally, the UK government responded to the petition opposing the Pope’s planned visit.  A meeting of faith groups in Vienna, held in advance of the 18th International AIDS Conference, was told by Netherlands AIDS ambassador Marijke Wijnroks that faith leaders can play a key role in combating HIV/AIDS.  Tel Aviv encouraged LGBT tourism with a new ‘Gay Vibe’ campaign, while the Jewish Journal highlighted Orthodox lesbians at the Jerusalem Post.  Serbian gay rights groups asked for the Orthodox Church’s help in curbing anti-gay violence.  Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe refused to include gay rights in a draft of the country’s new constitution, and the new primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria followed his predecessor in condemning homosexuality. Also in the mix, Daniel Burke compared the use of the Bible during the church dispute over slavery in the 19th century to the debates surrounding LGBT issues today.  Soldiers’ rights hotlines are being asked if soldiers could qualify for conscientious objector status for opposing the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ but the groups say no.  An ‘ex-gay’ coach has been accused of molesting male clients, while so-called ‘ex-gay’ Donnie McClurkin is set to attend Boston’s GospelFest.   Mike Ghouse argued that religious people should stand up for gays, Jews and Mexicans.  Finally, Lady Gaga and her “little monsters” take on Westboro Baptist Church. Subscribe to the Religion News Summary by writing "subscribe" in an email to faith@glaad.org
July 23, 2010

          Soomaalida Oo Sannadkan Ka Cabaneysay Hoos U Dhac Ku Yimi Kalluunka Harada Victoria Iyo Sababta.   
Waxaa uu hoos u dhac ba’an ku yimid kalluunka laga soo saaro harada Victori oo ku taalo xadka dalalka Kenya iyo Uganda. Ganacsato isugu jira Soomaali iyo kuwa kale ayaa halkaasi ka kalumeysta, waxaana ganacsatada Soomaalida ay sheegen ka ganacsiga kallunka ay marki hore ka heli jireen dhaqaale wanaagsan oo gaaraya boqolaal kun oo dolarka […]
          Düsseldorf--The Presentation of the Teams   


As I was crossing the Rhine River at five o'clock, I could see the stage where the presentation of the twenty-two nine-man teams competing in this year's Tour would shortly be taking place.  I could hear the music of the opening act and see cyclists streaming towards the stage on the bike path along the river to where I was headed too and could feel the first surge of thrill that I had arrived at The Tour once again--my fourteenth.  I had biked to nine p.m. the night before to get within 75 miles of Düsseldorf in hopes of arriving in time for the presentation two days before The Race actually began.  No one in the crowd could be happier than me to be here.

The plaza in front of the stage was already packed with fans all on their feet.  I was so distant that even the large screen beside the stage was smaller than watching it on a television in a bar.  I scouted out the cordoned off route that the racers would follow through the narrow cobbled streets of the old city after their introduction in search of a closer view of another screen showing the proceedings.  I only had to go three blocks before I found a smaller, less packed plaza with a screen. The fans were three deep behind the barriers lining the route, but I could sit on the cross tube of my bike in an open space and gaze upon a good-sized screen flanked by an official Tour boutique selling souvenirs and a stand selling beer--a perfect blend of The Tour and Germany.


Just to my right, under a "Bonjour" banner, I could catch a glimpse of the teams as they rode by.  Peter Sagan in his World Championship jersey, who will be vying for his sixth straight Green Jersey, led his teammates through the gauntlet.  He has arguably the strongest pair of legs in The Tour, and unarguably, the thickest mane of hair.


The "Bonjour" on the banner overhead epitomizedl the theme of the Düsseldorf hosting of the Grand Départ--paying homage to the French.  Other banners saluted the French expression "Allez, Allez" exhorting the riders, rather than the German "Hup, Hup."


Large billboards wished the riders "Bonne Chance" (Good Luck).


But nothing was more French-centric than the abundance of bikes painted red, white and blue, the colors of the French flag. There were still plenty of the more Tour-centric Yellow bikes, but the Germans were certainly expressing their understanding of the French with the red, white and blue bikes.


The large town of Meerbusch outside of Düsseldorf on the Stage Two route had bikes painted red, white and blue with a basket of flowers every few blocks.


Düsseldorf also asserted its rapport with the French, and perhaps wishing to put behind the many times they've invaded France, with banners on the two bridges the riders will cross on the First Stage time trial proclaiming this a "Tour de Friends."


Just as last year, there was a strong representation of fans from Colombia waving or draped in their flag.  One group commandeered a second-floor room on the parade route and hung a Quintana banner and a pair of flags.  Someone up close under the main stage was waving a Colombia flag on a post throughout the ninety minute ceremony.


There were no Colombians to be seen though outside Quintana's hotel the next morning when I stumbled upon the deluxe hotel by the old harbor where his Moviestar team and Team Katusha were staying.  Quintana happened to be rushing by looking very intent and focused not wishing to linger with the handful of the fans hoping for a glimpse of a rider.


Skippy and I had made no arrangements to rendezvous knowing it would happen of its own will.   The time came just after the introductions had been completed and the throngs were dispersing.  I saw Skippy  walking on the other side of the barriers in uniform and helmet, but no bike.  I called out, "Mr. McCarthy," and he actually answered to his last name, perhaps recognizing my voice, rather than flinching that he was about to be apprehended by some authority, having had his share of tussles with the powers-that-be over their draconian enforcement of riding on The Tour route.

"Where's your bike?" I asked.

"Come on, I'll show you," he said.  "It's inside."

We headed over to a building by the stage.  We stood outside as a steady stream of well-dressed dignitaries streamed in.  It was the post-presentation party.  Skippy was the unofficial greeter.  Everyone was in a festive mood.  Two-time Tour winner and present broadcaster Bernard Thevenet gave Skippy a handshake and me too.  Christian Prudhoome, director of The Tour, did the same.  And so did five-time winner Bernard Hinault, looking a bit withered and smaller than when Skippy introduced me to him last year at the Dauphine.  It was a bit of a surprise to see him, as he has retired from his podium duties.  When the arrivals had thinned to a trickle, Skippy asked the man guarding the entrance if I could just duck in for a photo.  Skippy already had clearance.  Even though we were well below the dress code, the guy waved us in.

There was an open courtyard with several tents.  Skippy's first was reaction was, "There's the mayor.  Let me introduce you to him."  He was all aglow from the huge outpouring of the public and the culmination of all his efforts to bring The Tour to Düsseldorf, just the second German city, after Berlin in 1987, to host the Grand Départ.


Skippy's bike was off to the side, part of an exhibit in his campaign to make motorists more respectful of cyclists.


I couldn't linger, as I had an eight-mile ride out to the home of a friend of Ingo, the German cyclist I spent two weeks cycling with in Uganda in 2010 when he was on his way to the World Cup in South Africa.  It was approaching nine o'clock.  It would be light until after ten, but I already felt as if I would be arriving unfashionably late.

The urban sprawl only extended five or six miles in this direction.  I was soon out in the country with inviting pastures and forests for camping, but I pushed on, wanting to meet Ingo's friend Joachim.  His wife answered the door and said her husband was next door with the neighbors in the adjoining house.  Joachim wasn't a cyclist but he knew racing and his neighbor, an ardent cyclist, even more so.  The neighbor's  wife had an insider's knowledge of the sport as she had worked as a publicist for the Telekom team during the 2000 Tour accompanying the team of Ullrich and Zabel from start to finish.  The conversation started fast and furious and never let up. I should have been exhausted, but was temporarily immune to fatigue.  

I could have pitched my tent in their back yard, but accepted the bed room of their son, who is off on a several month sojourn in Australia, somewhat at the insistence of his parents, who wanted him to get a taste of the world after high school before embarking on college.  As with Ingo, I felt an immediate affinity with Joachim and his wife.  They had a most welcoming warmth and genuineness.  They invited me to join them the next evening for a dinner party at a friend's who had a balcony overlooking a concert.  It was hard to decline, but it would have been a late night and I needed to stockpile some sleep, as the day after my race to keep up with The Race would begin.  I'd had a good test with my nine-day hard push to get to Düsseldorf culminating with back-to-back days of biking until after nine p.m., as would become the norm.  

I was much in need of the relative rest day I've just had after the presentation of the teams with just 35 miles of soft-pedaling about Düsseldorf and riding the nine-mile time trial course along the Rhine and through the city center.  It was extra easy on the legs doing it on an unburdened bike thanks to Joachim and Ingo.  Quite a few of the racers were sampling the course  as best they could in the heavy traffic on their time trial bikes with disc wheels.  Peter Sagan passed me practicing bunny-hopping curbs.

I stopped by the tourist office and picked up a 76-page booklet on everything one needed to know about the Tour's visit to Düsseldorf.  It included a full page photo of The Devil accompanying a page of Tour trivia.  He's so synonymous with The Tour, he wasn't even identified.  I haven't seen him yet, but look forward to that as well.  

The time trial doesn't start until 3:15 on Saturday.  I'll watch the riders warm up,and maybe catch some of the caravan, but then I'll start riding the Stage Two route back towards Belgium on roads I've already ridden.  The legs will have a little extra pep to see them anointed with the Yellow Course Markers. 


















          Ugandan Kid’s Choir-July 19   
A choir comprised of children from the poorest parts of Uganda will be sharing their talents by bringing African song and dance to you at a concert on Wednesday, July 19 at 6:00 pm. The children want to share with … Read More
          BREAKING: As Nwankwo bows out, FG appoints Oniha as DMO chief   

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday approved the appointment of Mrs. Patience Oniha as the new Director-General of Debt Management Office (DMO). The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun announced the appointment in Abuja.

Oniha, from Edo State, takes over from the former Director General, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo who retired after serving for two terms of five years each. The handover formalities took place in a brief ceremony at the DMO office in Abuja.

Oniha retired as a director in the agency, served in the Efficiency Unit of the Ministry of Finance before her recent appointment as DMO Chief Executive.

The new DG contributed greatly to the success DMO achieved in the last 10 years.

During that period, DMO scored a number of firsts in its operational efforts to manage the country’s debt profile. These include the establishment of 37 sub-national Debt Management Departments for the 36 states and the FCT, culminating in the construction of the first-ever comprehensive and areliable Domestic Debt Database for all the states and the FCT in 2012; putting in place Primary Dealing-Market Making (PDMM) system for the FGN Bonds, enabling two-way quotes in the trading of FGN Bonds and, therefore, the introduction of a vibrant and liquid Secondary Market for FGN Bonds; listing of FGN Bonds on the Nigerian Stock Exchange; inclusion of Nigeria's Sovereign Bond in Global Market Indices, the JP Morgan Index and the Barclays Capital Index; issuing of Nigeria's Eurobond in the International Capital Market and its listing and trading on the London Stock Exchange; issuing of Nigeria's Sovereign Retail Bonds, the FGN Savings Bond and its listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and on the FMDQ OTC Exchange.

Others are issuing of Nigeria's Diaspora Bond and the first-ever registration of Nigeria to access the Unites States financial market under the stringent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations; designing and implementing Nigeria's National Debt Management Framework; Introducing the soon to be launched first-ever Nigeria's Sovereign Non-Interest Bearing Bond: the Sukuk as well as exporting of Public Debt Management services through capacity-building support to other African countries, including the Sudan, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.

Mrs Oniha is expected to consolidate on these achievements.

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          Eto'o scores in Cameroon win   
Cameroon, Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi each recorded victories on Saturday in qualifying for South Africa 2008.

          Uganda - A Country Of Sheer Wildlife (Afriport Tours)   
Uganda is gifted with more than 1,000 bird species which are local to the nation & accumulated in the Albertine area. These add up to 67 percent of Africa's & 11 percent of the globe's total populace which makes the nation a must-visit for bird lovers.
          Gorilla Tracking Etiquettes In Uganda (Afriport Tours)   
Gorilla tracking in Uganda is considered as an exceedingly attractive adventure for tourists from all walks of life. A great number of travelers visit Uganda deliberately to observe these rare primates who shares 97 percent of their genes with human beings.
          Dowladda Soomaaliya oo loogu deeqay lacag gaareysa 358 milyan oo Doollar.   

Shirkii isgarab taagga Uganda ee Qaxootiga oo ay shir guddoominayeen Madaxweynaha Uganda iyo Xoghaya Guud ee Qaramada Midoobay waxaa looga yaboohay lacag gaareysa 358 milyan oo Doollar. Dalalka lacagahaas ku yaboohay waxay kala yihiin Sweden (27.2 milyan), EU (95 milyan), Japan (10 milyan)Australia (5 milyan), UK ( 15 milyan) Canada (11 milyan) Norway (4 milyan), ...

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          Government Relations Manager at Living Goods   
At Living Goods we empower people to improve the health of their families, friends and communities. Living Goods supports networks of 'Avon-like' health entrepreneurs who go door to door to teach families how to improve their health and wealth and sell life-changing products such as simple treatments for malaria and diarrhea, safe delivery kits, fortified foods, clean cook stoves, water filters, and solar lights. By combining the best practices from business and public health, we are dramatically lowering child mortality AND creating livelihoods for thousands of enterprising women. Living Goods supports a network of over 2,000 micro-entrepreneurs in Uganda and Kenya who teach families in their communities how to improve health and well-being while selling affordable, high-impact products like basic medicines, fortified foods, water filters, clean cook-stoves, and solar lights. As part of the Branch Team, you will play a key role in supporting Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to deliver high quality health care to their communities and generate sales of critical products.
          Sales Executive at Harriet Group - 4 Positions   
Harriet Group of Companies Ltd is a dynamic and exponentially growing group with operations in Europe, Kenya, Uganda and UAE. We offer quality services in the following vertical markets; Publishing, Strategic Marketing, Corporate Communications and PR, Events Management, Empowerment/mentor-ship and corporate support services.
          Financial Advisor at Britam   
Britam is a leading diversified financial services group, listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The group has interests across the Eastern and Southern Africa region, with operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Mozambique and Malawi. The group offers a wide range of financial products and services in Insurance, Asset management, Banking and Property. Our Mission is to provide outstanding financial services to our customers. Our Vision is to be the most trusted financial service partner. We aim to provide our clients, with an unmatched offering, ensuring first class solutions that help secure the future.
          A Libyan ambush, Central Asia’s security wobbles and Mozambique’s loan scandal: The cheat sheet   

All eyes on Libya

It’s been a rollercoaster few weeks for Libya. A spot of good news first: Libya is pumping oil at its highest rate in four years, an important boon for a country that relies heavily on the petroleum industry. Now for a bunch of bad: This week, a convoy from the UN Support Mission in Libya was ambushed and, according to reports, their staff taken at gunpoint. The UN now says its staff are all safely in Tripoli, but the incident is yet another a sign of the chaos in Libya, where multiple forces claim authority and there is heavy fighting in some parts of the country, including Benghazi. The UN has just appointed a new envoy to the country – a former Lebanese minister of culture – a process that took four months, after the US rejected a Palestinian appointee because of his nationality, followed by retaliatory objections to other candidates from Russia and other countries. UNISMIL and various UN agencies have been gradually increasing their presence on the ground in the dangerous country, but this week’s ambush is likely to be a major setback. And with Italy threatening to deny entry to foreign ships docking on its shores – an effort to force its European partners to do more about the massive influx of migrants, mostly coming from Libya – the internal divisions and external debate over Libya make it one to watch. 

Au revoir UNOCI

While it’s something to celebrate, the closure today of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) has also generated some concerns. Although Cote d’Ivoire is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, two mutinies this year by disgruntled soldiers suggests it has not fully healed from the 2002-2003 civil war and the post-election violence of 2010-2011. Human Rights Watch has called on the Ivorian government to address the rights issues at the root of past political violence, including the problem of impunity and the need to professionalise its security forces. It also pointed to the incomplete national reconciliation process and continued competition over land as potential flashpoints. With the peacekeepers’ withdrawal, a UN Security Council briefing noted the need for the international community to stay engaged. In a statement to the council, Sweden said the closure of UNOCI meant the “UN presence in the country is facing a ‘financial cliff’. This risks undermining the sustainability of the gains achieved.”

Is Afghanistan pulling Central Asia into chaos?

That’s the question at the heart of this new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. While Afghanistan’s downward spiral has been plotted meticulously by journalists and analysts, Central Asian states are often overlooked – to our potential peril, according to CSIS. The report notes that security has taken a nosedive throughout in Afghanistan in the past couple years, but asserts: “In the provinces of Afghanistan adjacent to Central Asia, the security situation has deteriorated even further than in Afghanistan as a whole on average.” That situation presents huge challenges to Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, which could become destabilized by smuggling, Taliban attacks and infiltration by extremists, among other threats. The report suggests some measures Afghanistan and its neighbours can take to mitigate those risks – including sealing borders and negotiating with the Taliban – but of none of them would be easy.

Seven more years

Few African leaders divide international public opinion as much as Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who will run for a third term in office in August, having overwhelmingly won a referendum to change the constitution in 2015. Kagame’s champions see him as the architect of stability and growth in a country where some 20 percent of the population was slaughtered in the 1994 genocide. They point to free basic education for all, the halving of infant and maternal mortality, and the emergence of a vibrant economy as achievements which merit his re-election. Detractors say Kagame’s authoritarian style and intolerance of opposition – some of whose leaders have been killed or disappeared, others accused of the cardinal sin of “genocidal ideology” – is a threat to democracy itself. Further evidence of this came in May, when politicians were told that all social media or online campaign content had to vetted by the National Electoral Commission 48 hours before publication. This rule was shelved a month later in the wake of domestic and international pressure, but the attempt to control the messaging will not be forgotten. Still, Kagame’s re-election is pretty much a foregone conclusion: he won with more than 95 percent in 2003 and 93 percent in 2010. Rwanda’s is one of four key African elections being held this year: the people of Kenya and Angola will also go to the polls in August, while Liberians will follow suit in October.

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Lifting the lid on a Mozambique’s loan scandal

As scandals go, Mozambique’s $2.2 billion secret loan deal that crashed its economy was pretty bad (See IRIN’s report). But now we’re getting a handle on just how corrupt it all was. The recently-released executive summary of the Kroll audit report suggests that the Privinest Group – which was supposed to supply Mozambique with a tuna fishing fleet and maritime security vessels – overcharged by at least $700 million. For example, fishing boats were invoiced at $22 million each, but Kroll estimates the real price should have been just $2 million. And there’s more. Kroll says that $500 million “remains unaudited and unexplained”, on top of the $700 million overcharge. That’s partly because Privinest as well as the state security service, SISE, local banks and the Ministry of Finance all refused to provide the auditors with information requested. For more on the scandal, for which Mozambicans are being forced to pay the price as the economy totters and social services are scaled back, check out Mozambique News reports & clippings.

The unpromised land

Few places these days can be described as hospitable towards asylum seekers, but in recent years Israel has outdone most other states with its policies of deterrence and detention. Not content with keeping asylum seekers confined to so-called “open” detention facilities like Holot, starting in 2014, the authorities began offering one-way tickets to “safe” third countries in Africa. By the time IRIN reported on these “voluntary” deportations in April 2015, it was already clear that those who accepted the offer to go to Uganda or Rwanda, the two countries that had quietly stepped up to receive Israel’s unwanted asylum seekers, did not fare much better than those who opted to remain at Holot. This week, a year-long investigation into Israel’s “relocation process” by Andrew Green for Foreign Policy revealed that the vast majority of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers who are sent to Uganda and Rwanda from Israel are quickly smuggled into neighbouring countries where they have even less protection and live in undocumented limbo. Meanwhile, Ugandan and Rwandan officials continue to deny having made any agreement with Israel to receive asylum seekers.

Watch out for an upcoming IRIN film – Unwelcome Stranger - about the life of a Sudanese asylum seeker in Israel.

(TOP PHOTO: Two soldiers from forces operating under Libya's Tripoli-based government walking through the deserted streets of Bin Jawad. Tim Wescott/IRIN)

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          TGGA YATOA SOMO JUKWAA LA UWEZESHAJI WANAWAKE KIUCHUMI KISARAWE   
 Katibu Tawala wa Wilaya ya Kisarawe, Mtera Mwampamba (kulia) akipata maelezo kutoka kwa Kamishna wa Chama cha Tanzania Girl Guides (TGGA) Makao Makuu, Rose  Majuva kuhusu kazi zinazofanywa na chama hicho ikiwemo kuwapa uwezo wanawake wa kujitambua na kujiamini alipokwenda kuzindua Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi wilayani humo.

Majuva aliwaasa wanawaje kuacha kutumia mikopo ya benki kuchezea ngoma bali waitumie kujiendeleza kibiashara na kuwa na tabia ya kulipa kwa wakati mikopo hiyo. Pia aliwaeleza mbinu mbalimbali za kufanya biashara na miiko yake. (PICHA NA RICHARD MWAIKENDAKAMANDA WA MATUKIO BLOG
 Wananchi wakisikiiza kwa makini maelezo kutoka kwa Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Valentina Gonza jijsi ya kutengeneza jiko la kutumia mwanga wa jua kupikia vyakula mbalimbali kwa gharama nafuu wakati wa maonesho yaliyofanyika wakati wa uzinduzi wa jukwaa hilo mjini Kisarawe.

 Girl Guides wa TGGA, wakitengeneza Green House ya kupanda matunda na mbogamboga majumbani waliposhiriki uzinduzi wa Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi wilayani Kisarawe. Kutoka kushoto ni Rachel Baganyire kutoka Uganda, Michelle kutoka Rwanda na Happy Mshana wa Makao Makuu ya TGGA, Dar es Salaam.
 Kamishna wa Makao Makuu ya TGGA, Rose Majuva (kulia) akisoma maadili ya kiongozi anavyotakiwa awe wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi Wilaya ya Kisarawe.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Ruth Namatanga akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam,Rehema Kijazi akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Valentina Gonza akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Ruth Namatanga akikusanya kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Baadhi ya viongozi wa TGGA wakihesabu kura wakati wa uchaguzi huo
 Viongozi wa TGGA wakiwa kwenye banda lao wakati wa maonesho yaliyofanyika wakati wa uzinduzi wa Jukwaa hilo mjini Kisarawe
 Katibu Tawala wa Wilaya ya Kisarawe, Mtera Mwampamba (kulia),  akiangalia kiroba cha mkaa uliotengenezwa kiasili kwa kutumia taka mbalimbali alipokuwa akitembelea  mabanda ya wajasiriamali kabla ya kuzindua Jukwaa hilo. Kushoto ni Gifti Mbaraka wa banda hilo la Vijana Wasiriamali Wakulima Kisarawe. Katikati ni Mkurugenzi wa Halmashauri ya Kisarawe, Mussa Gama.
 Mwampamba akiangalia bidhaa mbalimbali za wajasiriamali
 Girl Guides kutoka Madagascar akijitambulisha wakati wa mkutano wa Jukwaa hilo. Kutoka kulia ni Rachel Baganyire kutoka Uganda na Michelle kutoka Rwanda. Vijana hao wapo nchini kwa miezi sita katika programu ya kubadilishana uozefu katika masuala ya utamaduni, uongozi na ujasiriamali
Mkufunzi kutoka Makao Makuu ta TGGA, Happy Mshana akielezea jinsi alivyopata uzoefu alipoiwakilisha TGGA kwenye mafunzo ya kubadilisha uzoefu nchini Madagascar

          GREEN GROW THE TIGERS, O – AT LEAST IN VIETNAM?   

Here's one I made earlier - a green tiger created by me via computerised photo-manipulation (© Dr Karl Shuker)

Quoting from a previous ShukerNature blog article of mine (click hereto read it):

In various of my books, articles, and ShukerNature posts concerning cryptozoological and mythological big cats, I have documented lions of many different hues and shades, including black lions (click here, here, and here), white lions (click here), grey lions, red lions, golden lions, and even an alleged green lion (click here) – but never a blue lion. Blue tigers, yes (click here) – blue lions, no. Until now, that is.

I then went on to reveal that I had recently discovered some African and Asian legends relating to blue lions that I had never known about before, and I devoted the rest of that blog article to them.

But why am I reiterating all of this here? The reason is that I now find myself in a comparable situation with tigers. Over the years, I have documented tigers in virtually every conceivable shade and stripe version – blue tigers as already noted, plus black tigers (click here), white tigers (here), golden tigers (here), snow tigers (here), red tigers, brown tigers, double-striped tigers, and even stripeless tigers (all of which are also collectively documented in my books Mystery Cats of the Worldand Cats of Magic, Mythology, and Mystery) – except for one. I had never encountered a report or sighting of a green tiger – until now, that is.

In an earlier ShukerNature article, I mentioned how correspondent James Nicholls from Perth, Australia, had sent me a fascinating email on 27 June 2017 concerning a hitherto-obscure published account from 1821 concerning giant oil-drinking spiders reputedly inhabiting two of Europe's very notable edifices of worship, an account that almost certainly inspired Bram Stoker to insert a short, comparable account in his classic Gothic novel Dracula(1897). Click here to read on ShukerNature my investigation of this fascinating subject. However, that wasn't the only remarkable piece of information contained in James's email to me.

It also included a link to a thoroughly extraordinary account on the website Reddit, which had been posted on Christmas Day 2016 by someone with the username AnathemaMaranatha and seemingly of American nationality (judging from their style of grammar and spelling, and various other Reddit posts by them), and consisted of their supposed first-hand eyewitness description of a truly unique mystery cat. It reads as follows: (Or click here to view it in its original format on Reddit.)

Okay. I saw a green tiger. I wasn't alone.

We were out towards the Cambodian border in summer of 1969, an American light infantry company of about 100 or so guys. We were operating in flatlands, thick jungle, along a river. (Saigon River? Not sure.) Bright, sunny day.

We were proceeding single file when point platoon came to a stop, there was some yelling (we were stealthy - yelling is bad) from the point, then point platoon radioed for the Command Post (CP - the company commander and his people) to come up to point.

When we got there, we found the point team glaring at each other - some kind of tussle. Point and drag were standing in the machine gunner's line of fire glaring at him. The machine gunner had wanted to shoot. Point and drag stopped him. He didn't like that.

The object of discussion was across a jungle opening maybe 15 meters away, just peeking at us over the elephant grass. It was a bigtiger - biggest I've ever seen, Frank Frazetta-style big, but without the lady.

Here's the insane part. The tiger was white where a tiger is white and black where a tiger is black, but all the orange parts were a pale green. We all saw it, maybe twenty grunts and me. The machine gunner was arguing that we have to shoot it, because otherwise no one would believe it. He had a point.

But the rest of us were just awestruck. I mean, it might as well have been an archangel, wings halo and all. I felt an impulse to kneel. I don't think I was alone.

The tiger stood there checking us out for maybe 15 minutes, not worried, not angry, just a curious cat. Then he turned and disappeared.

Don't believe me? That's okay. I don't believe it myself. I mean WTF was that? Hallucinogenic elephant grass? Some trick of the light? The tiger walked through some kind of green pollen just before we saw it? No freakin' idea.

There it is, OP. I don't believe it, and I sawit. Or hallucinated it. Me and all my blues. Make of it what you will. I'm done.

In fact, this person did make a few additional, minor comments in reply to various responses from other Reddit readers, of which the following one is well worth recording here:

I apologize for not making clear that the tiger was scaring the shit out of all us. He did NOT look sick or malnourished. He looked like he could be right in the middle of all of us in no time flat. He thought so, too. Didn't seem the least bit scared of us.

And I guess he wasn't hungry.

Another of my computer-generated green tigers (© Dr Karl Shuker)

Not surprisingly, faced with an account from someone claiming to have encountered a green tiger, my initial reaction was to assume that it was just a spoof, a joke, not to be taken seriously. But then I decided to investigate the credentials of the person who had posted it, especially as their account did sound as if it had been written by someone familiar with military action in Vietnam, and I was very intrigued to discover that they had written a number of other, much more mainstream and very detailed accounts on Reddit concerning their alleged time and military service there during the Vietnam War that all seemed entirely authentic (e.g. click here), and had been well-received by Vietnam veterans who would surely spot and soon expose any imposter. Consequently, it seems both reasonable and parsimonious to assume that this person's Vietnam-related testimony is indeed genuine.

But a green tiger? Really? I noticed that the green tiger account had attracted an interesting response (by someone with the unfortunate username eggshitter):

It was a bright sunny day right? Is there any chance that there was some murky green pool that reflected the light on to the tiger? Maybe he had just been rolling around in the grass?

Other, later posters made similar comments. They reminded me of a suggestion that has been put forward in the past concerning the blue tigers of Fujian, China – namely, that perhaps their distinctive fur colouration was simply due to their having rolled in bluish-coloured mud. However, as I have pointed out when responding to this suggestion, if that were true the entire tiger would look blue, whereas eyewitnesses have specifically mentioned seeing their black stripes and pale underparts, which of course would have been obscured if they had rolled in mud. The same logic, therefore, can be applied to the green tiger had it merely been rolling around in grass, or even, perhaps, in an alga-choked jungle pool.

Conversely, an optical illusion induced by reflected light is certainly possible. Yet bearing in mind the substantial length of time of the observation (15 minutes), and which was made by several different people simultaneously rather than just a single observer, this might initially seem somewhat improbable too.

On 19 November 2012, however, after having blogged about an alleged green lion seen in Uganda, East Africa (click here), I had received a fascinating response from John Valentini Jr (a Cryptomundo website reader who had seen a link to my article posted there by fellow cryptozoologist Nick Redfern), and which is also directly relevant to this present green tiger conundrum. So here is the summary of John's response that I added as a comment below my green lion blog article:

One day, while visiting a local zoo, John photographed a lioness, of totally normal colouration, but when he received his negatives and prints back from the developers (i.e. back in the days before digital photography), he was very surprised to discover that in them the lioness was green! She had been walking through an expanse of grass with her body held low when he had photographed her, and at the precise angle that John was photographing her the green light reflecting from the grass had made her look green. (Some grass, noted John, can be around 18-26% reflective.) Having to concentrate keeping his camera focused upon her through only a small viewfinder and thick glass, however, John hadn't noticed this optical effect himself - not until the negatives and prints had subsequently revealed it. Consequently, John speculates that perhaps, if viewed at precisely the correct angle, a similar effect could occur with a lion observed in the wild in decent light conditions but with plenty of green foliage around it, and that this may explain the Ugandan prospector's claimed sighting of a green lion.

Needless to say, I am delighted that John documented his extraordinary photographic experience on Cryptomundo in response to the link to this ShukerNature article of mine, as it may indeed offer a very plausible, rational explanation for the alleged green lion of Uganda - but one so remarkable that I would never even have thought of it, had John not posted it - so many thanks, John, once again!

Yes indeed, and it may also offer an equally plausible, rational explanation for the alleged green tiger of Vietnam – always assuming, of course, that the report is genuine. And there, at least for now, is where this most intriguing case rests, currently unproven but undeniably curious.

Of course, despite having bewailed the fact that I had never previously encountered anything about green tigers, there is one undoubted exception…of sorts. And that exception, as cartoon and super-hero fans everywhere are no doubt only too ready and waiting to remind me, is of course a certain golden-striped green tiger named Cringer – the very large but also very cowardly feline companion of Prince Adam, aka He-Man, in the very popular Masters of the Universe cartoon TV series (1983-1985) produced by Filmation (and also in the later movie starring Dolph Lundgren). Of course, when He-Man points his sword towards Cringer and fires an energy beam at him, Cringer redeems himself by transforming (albeit reluctantly) into his even bigger and now totally fearless, ferocious alter-ego felid called Battle Cat.

Two views of my original 1983 model of Cringer/Battle Cat (© Dr Karl Shuker)

As far as I am aware, however, neither as Cringer nor as Battle Cat has this green-furred tigerine celebrity ever paid a visit to Vietnam…

Finally: just in case anyone is confused by this ShukerNature article's main title, it is a play on the title of a traditional English folk song, 'Green Grow The Rushes, O', which was also often used with children as a counting song (and should not be confused, incidentally, with the similarly-titled song 'Green Grow The Rushes' by Robert Burns).

I am extremely grateful to James Nicholls for very kindly bringing this apparent eyewitness report of a green tiger to my attention.

My two books on mystery cats (© Dr Karl Shuker)






             
Egypt Foreign Minister Meets With African Counterparts on Sidelines of AU Preparatory Meetings
Ahram Online
Friday 30 Jun 2017

Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry met on Friday with his counterparts from Morocco, Nigeria, and Algeriaon the sidelines of the preparatory meetings for the annual African Union summit set to be held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on 3-4 July.

Shoukry congratulated Moroccan FM Nasser Bourita for his country's renewed membership in the African Union, stressing that Egypt is keen on coordinating with Morocco on regional issues of common interest, according to Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abo Zeid.

Bourita expressed his country's interest in consolidating bilateral relations with Egypt on all levels, as well as arranging a visit by the Moroccan king to Egypt to discuss cooperation in fields including agriculture and renewable energy, as well as cooperation in accordance with the Aghadir agreement.

The Aghadir agreement, a free trade deal between Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, was signed in the Moroccan city of Rabat in 2004 andwent into force in 2007.

Shoukry and Bourita also discussed the Libyan civil conflict as well as ways to develop multilateral African relations.

Shoukry also met with Algerian foreign minister Adel-Kader Mesahel, where they discussed the outcomes of the latest Nile Basin summit held earlier this month in Uganda.

The Algerian and the Egyptian ministers also discussed cooperation within the framework of the African Union, such as the initiative for the structural reform of the AU, as well as the Libyan civil conflict and the cutting of ties between Qatar and several Arab countries.

Shoukry also met with Nigerian foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama, saying he looks forward to his visit to Nigeria in August to develop bilateral relations, especially in combating terrorism.

The Egyptian and Nigerian ministers also discussed the topics on the African Union's meeting agenda, such as supporting peacekeeping forces on the African continent, with Oneama stressing the importance of having mechanisms of consultation among African countries.

The 29th African Union Heads of State Summit will be held under the slogan “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth,” with member nations sharing their experiences in empowering young people and preparing them for the future, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry.

The headquarters of the African Union is located in Addis Ababa.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/271803.aspx

          Sauti ya Africa to perform in Germany   
Yes, Sauti ya Africa sounds like some foreign music group, but no it is made of four Uganda guys; Francis Mutesasira, Ben Katumba, Charles Awany and George Semaganda. And although the group is not much appreciated at home, their talents seem to have caught eyes beyond boarders. What we heart is that the quartet will […]
          Vampire Diaries film star coming to Uganda   
If you are a big fan of Vampire Diaries, brace yourself as one of the actors is on his way to the Pearl of Africa. We are talking about Daniel Gillies who is coming to Uganda in the next few days as part of the world refuge day that was celebrated a few days back. […]
          Nigerian star Iyanya jets in ahead of his Kampala show   
Nigerian Superstar Iyanya jetted into town this morning ahead of his performance at Cayenne Lounge tomorrow. The Ciroc Uganda powered event dubbed “A Night with Mavin” will be happening tomorrow, July 1st 2017, and the Kukere hit maker will be performing alongside Korede Bello, a burgeoning musician famed for songs like ‘Godwin’ among others. Dubbed […]
          Comment on Salafism Vs. Wahhabism: Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Proxy War Rages In Syria Thanks To US Militarism by tapatio   
<b> US ARMY MAJOR JAMES “PEDERAST” WHERRY (whose Zionist hate mongering is below) IS A SELF-STYLED "CHRISTIAN" ZIONIST (How can any human claim to follow Christ and promote the crimes of Zionism?) TROLL IN THE EMPLOY OF ISRAEL CAN BE JUDGED FROM WHAT HE IS.............................. JAMES WHERRY’S “SOURCES” ARE, FOR THE MOST PART ZIONIST “HASBARA PROJECT” PROPAGANDA FRONTS AND ALT-RIGHT HATE SITES. CHECK THEIR OWNERSHIP AND STAFFS. JAMES WHERRY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE HIS NAME AND A PHOTO THAT COULD BE TRACED. TURNS OUT THAT HE IS................. 1 A SELF-STYLED "CHRISTIAN" ZIONIST. THESE, AH, PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT, ONCE ALL OF THE JEWS ARE GATHERED IN PALESTINE, SOMETHING CALLED "ARMAGEDDON" WILL HAPPEN AND ALL OF THE "CHRISTIAN" ZIONISTS WILL BE WHISKED UP TO HEAVEN WITH THEIR BODIES INTACT IN THE HOLY 0RGASM THEY CALL THE "RAPTURE". NOBODY HAS EVER EXPLAINED TO THE OTHER 99% OF CHRISTIANITY HOW THESE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHACK-A-MOLES CAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS OR HIS DAD WOULD EVER SUPPORT SUCH FANTASIES OR THE CRIMES SUPPORTED BY PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS. 2) A MAJOR IN THE US ARMY FROM "CIVIL AFFAIRS". BABY-BOOMERS MIGHT RECALL THAT "CIVIL AFFAIRS" WAS PROMINENT IN THE "PHOENIX PROGRAM" IN VIETNAM........THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO TOLD THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, "LOVE AMERICA OR WE'LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE." WHERRY HAS ALSO BRAGGED ABOUT HELPING TO TRAIN THE STATE TERRORISTS OF UGANDA. 3) A "GAY" PREDATOR THAT BOUGHT A BOY FROM THE PHILIPPINE SLUMS TO USE AS HIS SXX TOY. PRESUMABLY, THIS BOY HAS PAPERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS OF AGE. BUT, HE COULD PASS FOR A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KID AND YOU CAN HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR $100.. Below is James Wherry's comment to his local paper on the occasion of his "marriage" to ayoung Filipino BOY that wherry purchased................ ""I'm very happy about it," James Wherry said. "Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due."" https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39 http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ</b>
          Uganda: KFM's Mulondo, NTV's Ochol Join UNAA Causes Festival in Vegas   
[Monitor] KFM's D'Mighty breakfast host, Mr Brian Mulondo and NTV's senior reporter Maurice Ochol are the latest entrants for the Uganda Festival in Las Vegas.
          12 Jobs at The East African Community, Apply Before 21 July 2017   
The East African Community is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising the
Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, , Republic of South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Uganda with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The EAC mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.

This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated and result-driven professionals who are citizens of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda) to apply for the following position tenable at East African Community-Secretariat.

Trade Officer – Internal Trade Information
(EAC/HR/2016-17/20)
Job Purpose:
To compile, analyse and disseminate EAC trade data through preparation of EAC Annual Trade reports plus uploading and managing trade data in the EAC Trade Help Desk.

Human Resources Officer
(EAC/HR/2016-17/19)
Job Purpose:
To implement EAC’s HR policies that select, develop and retain the right staff needed to meet EAC’s Objectives.

EAC Integrated Health Programme – Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
(EAC/HR/2016-17/24)
Job Purpose:
To oversee implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning activities under the EIHP and build the capacity for health sector monitoring and evaluation at the EAC Secretariat.

EAC Integrated Health Programme – Linkages and Partnerships Officer
(EAC/HR/2016-17/24)
Job Purpose:
The Partnership Officer will help weave collaborative relations that enable EIHP to effectively fulfil its mission and specific objectives. He/she will identify and nurture such relations focusing primarily on funding, program development and communications.

Senior Standards Officer – Metrology
(EAC/HR/2016-17/18)
Job Purpose:
Ensure accuracy of measurements in the region to promote fair trade practices

Senior Customs Officer – Legal and Compliance
(EAC/HR/2016-17/17)
Job Purpose:
To support and assist the development and implementation of EAC Customs compliance programmes and review of customs laws to strengthen enforcement.

Senior Customs Officer – Information Management Officer
(EAC/HR/2016-17/16)
Job Purpose:
To support the development and implementation of customs IT systems and solutions to facilitate the EAC Single Customs Territory.

Principal Human Resource Officer
(EAC/HR/2016-17/15)
Job Purpose:
To initiate, formulate and manage Human Resource Management and Development policies and strategies that will enable the Community to attract, develop and retain high quality human resources.

Deputy Registrar Finance and Administration
(EAC/HR/2016-17/21)
Job Purpose:
To provide strategic leadership in the process of coordinating and facilitating utilization of the Court’s human and financial resources in accordance with the provisions in the Staff Rules and Regulations and the financial rules and regulations and other decisions and directives issued from time to time.

Deputy Clerk Finance and Administration
(EAC/HR/2016-17/22)
Job Purpose:
To be responsible for the coordination and facilitation of the processes that promote better utilization of the Assembly’s human and financial resources in accordance with the provisions of the relevant Staff and Financial Rules and Regulations and other decisions and directives issued from time to time by the Assembly, the EALA Commission, the Council and the Clerk.

Director Customs
(EAC/HR/2016-17/14)
Job Purpose:
To coordinate and manage the development, implementation and monitoring of regional customs programmes and projects in the EAC for the effective realization of a functioning Customs Union

Registrar – EAC Competition Authority
(EAC/HR/2016-17/23)
Job Purpose:
The Registrar, EAC Competition Authority shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the EAC Competition Authority and be responsible for the day to day management of the EAC Competition Authority subject to the directives of the Commissioners.

Eligibility:
EAC Staff Rules and Regulations preclude considerations of applicants above 55 years of age.

Terms and Conditions of Service:
The above position is tenable for a contract of five (5) years renewable once .

Fringe Benefits:
The established posts offer attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.
Equal Opportunity:
The EAC is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. EAC will only respond to those candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned positions are advised to send their applications, detailed curriculum vitae, photocopies of academic certificates, names and contact details of three referees, and copy of National Identity Card, or Birth Certificate or Passport showing date of birth. Please quote the respective reference number on both the application letter and envelope. For electronic submission, please quote the respective reference number on the subject of the email and send to the address given below.
Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than Friday, 21 July 2017.

Please note:
You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.
Applications which do not: indicate nationality and age; the reference number; or have an application letter attached; have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional Certificates; or fail to provide three referees will be disqualified.
Only qualified candidates will be contacted
EAC Staff Rules and Regulations preclude considerations of applicants above 55 years of age.
Please note that EAC does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process. All invitations for interviews will be done in writing

APPLY ONLINE THROUGH
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OR
The Secretary General
East African Community
P. o Box 1096
Arusha – Tanzania.
Tel: +255 27 2162100
Fax: +255 27 2162190
Website : www.eac.int
Application Deadline:
Friday, 21 July 2017 – 5:00pm
          Odd end to case involving Springfield pastor, Ugandan nonprofit   
The party who lost at summary judgment is claiming victory. The one who won is appealing. And the judge says the “winner” is guilty of violations of international law. Those are just some of the oddities with the resolution — at least for now — of the case brought against a Springfield pastor and former ...
          Building New Livelihoods In A Conflict Zone Using ICTs   
Life in northern Uganda implies living within what essentially amounts to genocide. Since 1987, the Lords Resistance Army has been engaging in activities to overthrow the Ugandan government, with innocent civilians bearing the brunt of their brutal tactics, often via the forced kidnapping and recruitment of child soldiers. This piece documents how one organization, Canadian […]
          Bridging the Digital Divide in Uganda   
Podcast courtesy of Telecentre Network.
          Zionism’s Quest for a Purely Jewish State is why Zionism is Inherently Racist   

According to Netanyahu Non-Jewish Refugees threaten the 'National Identity' of Israel i.e. they aren't Jews


Most Jews are in Britain and the United States today because, from 1882 to the first

world war, Jews fled from the Czarist pogroms and sought refuge from anti-semitism.  Because there were no immigration controls until 1905 and even later in the United States, some 2.5 million Jews emigrated.  Less than 2% went to the alleged historical homeland of Jews, Palestine.

It is one of the quaint aspects of Zionism's achievements that Jews too can now be pogromists.  As David Sheen reported on May 29 2013: 
'Last Thursday, May 23, 2013, marked exactly one year to the day when a thousand Jewish Israelis ran rampant through the streets of Tel Aviv, smashing and looting African-operated businesses and physically assaulting any dark-skinned person they came across. Sadly, the Israeli economic, political and religious establishment – who were in large measure responsible for the pogrom – did not respond by working to quash the racism, but rather ramped up their efforts to expel all non-Jewish African people from the country.' 
Miri Regev, who is now Israel's 'Culture Minister' told the crowd that:  "the Sudanese are a cancer in our body". 
In 1905 the Aliens Act was introduced under Prime Minister Arthur James Balfour.  Balfour was quite explicit.  He didn't much like the East European Jews.  He was however a good Zionist because he believed that they should go to Palestine.  Thus it ever was that anti-Semites and Zionists got on like a house on fire.  As you will no doubt know, in 1917 Balfour, now Foreign Secretary, penned a famous letter to Walter Rothschild promising the land of a 3rd party to the Zionists.

What Netanyahu says aloud, Isaac Herzog of the Israeli Labour Party mutters in coded language.  Netanyahu’s reasons as to why the 60,000 African refugees – from Sudan, Eritrea and other hotspots – had to be deported, demonstrate why Zionism is and always will remain a racist movement.
Netanyahu explainedwhy the refugees had to be deported thus:

"If we don't stop their entry, the problem that currently stands at 60,000 could grow to 600,000, and that threatens our existence as a Jewish and democratic state," Binyamin Netanyahu said at Sunday's cabinet meeting. "This phenomenon is very grave and threatens the social fabric of society, our national security and our national identity."

The reason wasn’t that they weren’t genuine refugees, the problem was that they weren't Jewish. David Sheen has drawn up the top 9 Israeli racist politicians who have demonised asylum seekers.  Herzog is at number 5 on the list.  (see below)

Thus Israel refuses to admit any non-Jewish refugee.  Not because their home country is safe or they are not genuine, the excuses of Western opponents of asylum seekers, but because they ‘threaten our national security and our national identity’.  And what is this national identity?  Why being Jewish of course.  Therefore one cannot accept Arabs or non-Jews within the confines of the holy tent.  Racist?  How could it be otherwise?

Tony Greenstein
Another one of the ways that Israeli society becomes increasingly racist is when centrist parties like Labor adopt right-wing rhetoric in order to chase after right-wing votes.

In recent years, Labor has not played the foil to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but instead acceded to almost all of his hawkish proposals. Instead of standing firm against Israel’s lurch to the right, Labor has attempted to ply votes away from Likud with right-wing proposals.

That tendency has increased ever since Isaac Herzogwas elected to lead the party in November 2013. It has been especially evident in Herzog’s solid support for Netanyahu’s military campaigns in Gaza and the West Bank, but also in his support for expelling Africans from Israel.

It was not always so. When the Knesset first voted to amend the country’s “anti-infiltration” law in January 2012 to sanction the roundup, detention and expulsion of African refugees, Herzog opposed the measure.

When the Knesset voted to amend the law a second time in December 2013, Herzog didn’t show up for the vote. And by the time the Knesset voted to toughen it a third time in December 2014, he voted in favor of the amendment, along with several other Labor lawmakers.

In May 2012, Herzog wrote an opinion piece, challengingarguments by human rights groups that Eritreans in Israel deserved protection as refugees.

In March 2015, Herzog repeatedthis refrainin an attempt to peel anti-African votes away from Netanyahu on the eve of the Israeli national elections, saying, “We need to negotiate with Eritrea on the return of the Eritreans back to Eritrea.”

This year, Labor led a successful effort to abolish the Knesset’s committee on foreign workers, one of the few forums in which the concerns of refugees could receive a hearing in parliament.
In September 2015, Labor publicly complained that Netanyahu’s government has not done nearly enough to expel Africans from the country. In a public statement, Herzog’s Labor Party wholeheartedly adopted the far-right’s propaganda points, insistingwithout any basis that most refugees in Israel have no valid claim to refugee status.

“The crisis of the refugees from Syria is not similar to the issue of the infiltrators from Africa who are mostly migrant workers,” the statement read. “If only Bibi’s government had created immigration laws, it would be possible to send back to their country those who are in Israel for their welfare and for work. But the Likud government is only good at talking, and it is responsible for the troubles of the residents of south Tel Aviv.”

They were promised asylum somewhere closer to home. Then they were discarded — often in a war zone.
Andrew Green
Foreign Policy
June 27, 2017

KIGALI, Rwanda — The man picked Afie Semene and the 11 other Eritreans on the flight from Tel Aviv out of the stream of disembarking passengers as if he already had their faces memorized. He welcomed them to the Rwandan capital, Kigali, and introduced himself as John. He was a Rwandan immigration officer, he explained, there to help smooth their arrival. He collected the travel documents each of them had been issued in Israel and led them past the immigration counter where the rest of the passengers from their flight queued. Nobody stopped them. Nothing was stamped.
They paused briefly at the luggage carousel to scoop up their bags. In the nearly seven years Semene had lived in Israel, he filled an apartment with furniture and kitchen supplies. But when officials there summoned him to a detention facility for asylum-seekers, he had distributed much of what he owned among his friends, unsure if he would ever return. Now his suitcase contained little besides clothes.
The group exited the airport into the humid Rwandan night and crowded into a waiting pickup. The luggage followed in a second truck. The small convoy wound its way through lush, hilly Kigali, past the fenced campus of the regional polytechnic, and into a quiet neighborhood several miles south of the airport. They came to a stop in front of a house the color of a pistachio nut, its second story ringed with white-trimmed porches. Dawn was already breaking as the new arrivals were shown to bedrooms inside. As he fell asleep, Semene still remembers the feeling of relief wash over him. John would return the next day to help them begin their asylum applications, he thought. Maybe he would arrive with the papers granting them refugee status already in hand.

There would be no visas. No work permits. No asylum. None of the things Israeli authorities had promised the 12 Eritreans when they had agreed to relocate to Rwanda a few weeks prior.

Instead, the next day brought new despair: There would be no visas. No work permits. No asylum. None of the things Israeli authorities had promised the 12 Eritreans when they had agreed to relocate to Rwanda a few weeks prior. Instead, John offered to smuggle them into neighboring Uganda, which he told them was a “free nation.” “If you live here, you can’t leave,” Semene recalled John saying of Rwanda. “It’s a tight country. Let me advise you, as your brother, you need to go to Uganda.”

They would need to sneak across the border, since they had no proof of legal entry into Rwanda. (The Israeli laissez-passers had gone unstamped at the Kigali airport the night before, an oversight that now felt suspicious.) But John told them not to worry; he could easily get them into Uganda for a fee of $250. “I have everything,” he said. “Contacts with the government over there. Contacts with the Israeli government. If something happens, I call the Israeli government and they do something for you.”

The alternative, John said, was to remain in the Kigali house, where they would be under constant surveillance. They would have to pay rent, but without documentation, they would not be allowed to work. Semene and the others understood that John was not really giving them a choice. Everyone agreed to the plan.

A few hours later, a van pulled up outside the house and the Eritreans piled in. Several miles from the border with Uganda, the vehicle came to a stop and John urged them out onto the side of the road. It was the last they would see of him.

Semene had made an even more treacherous crossing once before, paying smugglers to ferry him across the Sinai Desert from Egypt into Israel. Under fire from Egyptian border guards, he sprinted the final yards to safety. He had hoped it would be the last time he would ever have to cross a border illegally. But seven years later, feeling betrayed by an Israeli government he had once turned to for safety, he slipped quietly and unofficially into Uganda.
AdHundreds of African asylum-seekers stage a protest along the sea front in Tel Aviv on Jan. 15, 2014. (Photo credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)d caption
For decades after its founding in 1948, Israel welcomed refugees from outside the Jewish faith. The country was an early signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention. In his first official act as prime minister in 1977, Menachem Begin granted refuge to 66 Vietnamese who had been rescued at sea by an Israeli ship. During a visit to the United States later that year, he recalled the St. Louis — a ship loaded with more than 900 European Jews who attempted to flee Germany in 1939 — to explain his decision. The St. Louis’s passengers were denied permission to disembark in Cuba, the United States, and Canada and ultimately returned to Europe. A quarter of the passengers are thought to have died in the Holocaust.

“They were nine months at sea, traveling from harbor to harbor, from country to country, crying out for refuge. They were refused,” Begin said. “We have never forgotten the lot of our people … And therefore it was natural that my first act as prime minister was to give those people a haven in the land of Israel.”

In 2007, then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert echoed Begin’s act when he granted temporary residency permits to nearly 500 Sudanese asylum-seekers. But as the number of African migrants swelled in subsequent years, Israel’s receptiveness began to flag. The vast majority of the new arrivals were fleeing long-standing authoritarian regimes in Eritrea and Sudan. They chose Israel for many reasons: because it was a democracy, because it was easier to reach than Europe or — for many Sudanese — because it was an adversary of their own government. They hoped that the enemy of their enemy would look kindly on them.

But Israeli authorities soon became overwhelmed. According to the Ministry of Interior, nearly 65,000 foreign nationals — the vast majority from Africa — reached Israel between 2006 and 2013. As the government struggled to accommodate the newcomers, many languished in poor and overcrowded neighborhoods in southern Tel Aviv. Dozens squatted in a park across the street from the city’s main bus station for weeks on end. A handful of high-profile incidents — including the alleged rape of an 83-year-old woman by an Eritrean asylum-seeker in 2012 — dominated media coverage and fueled unease among Israelis, many of whom already fretted that refugees were taking their jobs.

African asylum-seekers sleep in Tel Aviv's Levinski Park during a protest against Israel's immigration policies on Feb. 5, 2014. (Photo credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
By the time Benjamin Netanyahu secured a third term as prime minister in 2013, the tensions had hardened into outright hostility. That year, Israel sealed off its border with Egypt and implemented a raft of policies aimed at making life more difficult for asylum-seekers already in Israel. Then it began secretly pressuring Eritreans and Sudanese to leave for unnamed third countries, a shadowy relocation effort in which Semene and thousands like him are now ensnared.

Israeli officials have kept nearly everything else about this effort secret, even deflecting requests for more information from UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency. But a year-long investigation by Foreign Policy that included interviews with multiple Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers as well as people involved at various stages of the relocation process — including one person who admitted to helping coordinate illegal border crossings — reveals an opaque system of shuffling asylum-seekers from Israel, via Rwanda or Uganda, into third countries, where they are no longer anyone’s responsibility.
It begins with furtive promises by Israeli authorities of asylum and work opportunities in Rwanda and Uganda. Once the Sudanese and Eritrean asylum-seekers reach Kigali or Entebbe, where Uganda’s international airport is located, they describe a remarkably similar ordeal: They meet someone who presents himself as a government agent at the airport, bypass immigration, move to a house or hotel that quickly feels like a prison, and are eventually pressured to leave the country. For the Eritreans, it is from Rwanda to Uganda. For Sudanese, it is from Uganda to South Sudan or Sudan. The process appears designed not just to discard unwanted refugees, but to shield the Israeli, Rwandan, and Ugandan governments from any political or legal accountability.

While a handful of the Eritreans and Sudanese have managed to maneuver or mislead their way into asylum in Rwanda or Uganda, and dozens more live in a stateless limbo in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, most have given in to the pressure to leave those countries, making dangerous illegal border crossings that leave them vulnerable to blackmail and physical abuse at the hands of smugglers and security forces. Some have continued north to Sudan or Libya in an effort to reach Europe. A few have been captured and killed by Islamic State fighters or drowned on the treacherous Mediterranean crossing.

Officials across several relevant ministries in Israel, Rwanda, and Uganda all issued denials or refused repeated requests for comment. But the nearly identical experiences of asylum-seekers arriving in Rwanda and Uganda, as well as their ability to bypass standard immigration channels and occasionally procure official documents from their handlers, suggests a level of government knowledge, if not direct involvement, in all three capitals.

Semene fled Eritrea in 2007, after four years in the country’s military. Service there is compulsory and it can stretch on indefinitely. Instead of training, conscripts are often forced to work on their commanders’ private farms or for state-owned businesses. The conditions are so restrictive and the compensation so negligible that in 2016 a U.N. Human Rights Council report on the country determined that “Eritrean officials have committed the crime of enslavement … in a persistent, widespread and systematic manner.” During his four years of service, Semene, a small, slight man with an easy smile, was allowed to visit his family only once.

Semene is a pseudonym. Life under military dictatorship instilled in him a deep sense of caution, and he is hesitant to share too many details about his past in case security forces target his family members who still live in Eritrea. Risking imprisonment and possible execution there, he ran — first to a refugee camp in Sudan, where he faced constant shortages of food and water, and then to Egypt. Finding the environment for refugees there only marginally better, he paid smugglers $2,800 to take him across Sinai into Israel. He knew little about the country, except that it was a democracy. “Simply, I try my luck,” he said.

And finally, luck seemed to be on his side. In 2008, Israeli authorities issued him a visa that was renewable every six months. He found a job stocking groceries at a Tel Aviv shop, and applied for official refugee status. “I adopt the place,” he told me, including learning Hebrew. “I adopt their food. I know the language. I see Israel as my country.”

Thousands more asylum-seekers like Semene continued to arrive — mostly from Eritrea, but also from Sudan, including hundreds fleeing a government-perpetrated genocide in the country’s Darfur region. By 2012, a leading Israeli politician was denouncing the asylum-seekers as “a cancer in our body” and residents of south Tel Aviv were organizing protests against them. That same year, the minister of interior suggested making “their lives miserable” in order to dissuade even more from coming.

One way the Israeli government did just that was by erecting a sprawling detention center for asylum-seekers in the middle of the Negev Desert. Operated by the Israel Prison Service (IPS), Holot — which means “sand” in Hebrew — now holds more than 3,000 male asylum-seekers, who had previously been allowed to live and (unofficially) work while they awaited a decision on their refugee applications. Most detainees said they learned they had been randomly chosen to relocate to Holot only when they attempted to renew their visas. They were given days to report to the facility, where they can legally be held for up to a year. Some politicians are pushing to make the sentence indefinite.
Asylum-seekers take part in a day of protest at the Holot detention center in the southern Negev desert on Feb. 17, 2014. (Photo credit: ILIA YEFIMOVICH /Getty Images)
Semene was summoned to Holot in early 2014. “It’s really a prison,” is how he described what appears on the outside to be a beleaguered tent city. I made two visits to the facility, though I was not allowed to enter. Instead, I sat with detainees outside the chain-link fence topped with razor wire, as they described conditions inside. They live 10 to a room and though they can come and go from the facility, they are required to check in with authorities once per day. Failure to do so earns a short stint in a nearby maximum-security prison. Residents are not allowed to work or even to bring food brought by friends or family members into Holot. With the nearest town hours away, they spend most of their time sitting at the makeshift restaurants they have constructed near the entrance to the camp. IPS authorities regularly tear them down, but the detainees keep rebuilding them.

To Semene, the restrictions of Holot, combined with the monotony of life there, seemed designed to break the occupants — men who had previously survived murderous raids, the deprivations of refugee camps, and, in some cases, torture. There is limited assistance for people managing chronic health conditions or in obvious need of mental healthcare. Instead, they are left to wander the desert, overseen only by their fellow inmates. (IPS did not respond to multiple requests for comment.) Semene remembers becoming so distressed by the treatment one day that he began pleading with a guard: “We are human. Treat us as a human,” he said.

Then, after he had been locked away for seven months, the authorities seemed to offer him a lifeline: Leaflets from the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority started to appear within the facility, saying that Israel had secured an arrangement with other countries willing to accept asylum-seekers. Anyone who agreed to a transfer would receive travel documents, a free one-way plane ticket to a yet-unnamed country, and $3,500. “On the first day of arrival in the country, you will be placed in a hotel. Everything that you need — work and living permit — will be given to you,” the flyer read, according to a translation provided by the UNHCR office in Tel Aviv.

Soon, the guards at Holot began whispering to the asylum-seekers that the third countries were Rwanda for Eritreans and Uganda for the Sudanese. There was no explanation for the division. The Israeli government has never officially confirmed the two countries involved, explaining in various legal settings that the agreements prevent them from doing so. “We do not comment in the media on those issues or on our relations with third countries,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an email.

Semene was among those who jumped at the opportunity. “You close your eyes and choose,” was how he explained it to me. In the weeks leading up to his departure in late 2014, he was summoned to meet with an Israeli immigration officer, who presented him with an Israeli travel document filled out with his name, date of birth, and — though he had no passport — a passport number. The laissez-passer was valid for two weeks, from Dec. 14 to Dec. 28, 2014. The official also showed him a letter, allegedly from the Rwandan government, guaranteeing that he would be granted a one-month tourist visa when he arrived in the country. The official handed over the promised $3,500 in U.S. dollars.
Semene wondered why he was getting a one-month tourist visa when he had been told he would be receiving asylum. He also wondered why the laissez-passer was valid for only two weeks. He said he quizzed the official about both apparent discrepancies, but was assured any issues would be sorted out when he arrived in Kigali. Not quite convinced, he took photos of the documents with his cell phone, which he later showed me. A few days later, he received a call telling him to get ready. He would be leaving on Dec. 22. Despite his growing skepticism of everything the Israeli authorities were telling him, he decided to approach the trip with guarded optimism. It had been more than seven years since he fled a life of endless military service in Eritrea and more than half a year since he’d been incarcerated in Israel. He wanted desperately to believe that Rwanda would be the place where he would finally be free.

A group of Eritrean asylum-seekers inside Israel's Holot detention facility on Feb. 17, 2014. (Photo credit: ILIA YEFIMOVICH /Getty Images) 
The pistachio-colored house where Semene and dozens of other Eritreans were held in Kigali sits at the end of a deeply gashed dirt road. About 50 yards away, down a steep embankment, there is a small kiosk painted Coca-Cola red, where men from the neighborhood often gather to drink sodas and chat. One day last spring, I stopped by to see if they had ever noticed any unusual activity at the house atop the hill. Through a translator, they explained that groups of “foreigners” regularly stayed there. Sometimes they could be spotted pacing on the white-trimmed balconies. None ever seemed to venture outside the house’s heavy black gate and they were always gone after a few days.

Later, I trudged up the hill and knocked on that gate. It swung open to reveal two young Rwandan men lazily sweeping the driveway. I asked if I could speak to the owner. They indicated that he wasn’t home, but passed along a phone number. When I dialed it, a man who identified himself only as Robert acknowledged that the house was indeed his. Yes, he intermittently hosted visitors from Eritrea. In fact, a group had just left a few days earlier.

He explained that he had begun renting out the house to unknown groups of foreigners more than a year earlier after a friend of his — a driver who works at the airport — called to see if he could host some people who would be spending a few days in the country. Robert agreed, he said, because the house was vacant at the time. Since then he has accommodated a handful of groups, he told me. The process is always the same: The driver friend calls him a few days before a new party is set to arrive and Robert sends workers to prepare the house for them. The foreigners stay for a few days — never more than three — and then leave. He didn’t know to where. He had never met any of them.
When I started to press Robert for more details — How much was he paid? Did the driver work for the government? — he grew cagey and insisted we meet in person. We set a time for the following day. When I called back to confirm the location, he hung up on me and declined each of my subsequent calls.

It is unclear whether the driver friend is John, the man who picked Semene and the other Eritreans up from the airport, or someone working for him. It is also unclear whether John is actually an immigration official or just posing as one. But in a country as notoriously repressive as Rwanda it is almost inconceivable that anyone regularly bypassing immigration isn’t operating with the blessing of senior government officials. (My calls from different lines to a number allegedly belonging to John have gone unanswered for months.)

What happens to those asylum-seekers who refuse John’s offer to be smuggled into Uganda is yet another mystery. Kabtom Bereket, an Eritrean who arrived separately from Semene in July 2014, told me that several members of his six-person group asked to visit the UNHCR offices in Kigali immediately after they arrived at the house from the airport. John refused their request, Bereket said, telling them, “We are immigration. There is the security on the gate. You stay here.” No one in the group was allowed out of the house, according to Bereket, which is also a pseudonym, until they all left to cross illegally into Uganda.

Of the at least 1,400 other asylum-seekers who have arrived in Kigali from Tel Aviv over the last three years — the figure Israeli officials provided in court — Semene is certain that the vast majority have been smuggled out of the country.

Some Eritreans have managed to escape the house. According to documents from the UNHCR office in Tel Aviv, Rwandan authorities have arrested at least four of the asylum-seekers who attempted to stay in Kigali on charges of lacking documentation. Others, though UNHCR won’t say how many, have approached UNHCR staff in Kigali for support, claiming to have relocated from Israel. Of the at least 1,400 other asylum-seekers who have arrived in Kigali from Tel Aviv over the last three years — the figure Israeli officials provided in court — Semene is certain that the vast majority have been smuggled out of the country.

Across the border in Uganda, UNHCR officials haven’t heard of even a single successful asylum applicant among the Sudanese arriving directly from Tel Aviv or the Eritreans arriving from Rwanda, though they are aware of multiple rejections from among this pool. This is strange because Uganda has one of the most progressive refugee policies in the region. Nearly 3,300 Sudanese are currently registered as refugees in Uganda, according to the UNCHR office in Kampala. The problem seems to be exclusive to those being resettled from Israel. Sudanese I spoke to in Kampala said they have now learned not to mention Israel anywhere in their asylum applications.

Officials in the office of Uganda’s prime minister, which oversees the country’s immigration procedures, offered no explanation for the rejected asylum claims of migrants arriving via Israel. Rwandan officials do admit having discussed a deal with Israel to accept asylum-seekers, but say that no agreement was ever reached. It may be that the Ugandan and Rwandan governments do not want to answer questions about what they are receiving in exchange for accepting refugees. (Speculation among Israeli activists centers on weapons and cash.)

Unable to get asylum in Uganda, many Eritreans and Sudanese live in constant fear of the authorities. Within hours of his illegal scramble across the Rwandan border, in fact, Semene nearly landed behind bars. He and the other Eritreans in his group emerged from the borderlands thicket to find a van waiting on the Ugandan side that carried them the remaining 10 hours to Kampala. They arrived at a cheap hotel in the crowded, dusty area of downtown known as Old Kampala at 4 a.m. Five hours later, Ugandan security officials raided the hotel and arrested several of the asylum-seekers. By that point, however, Semene had already split off from the group and melted into the neighborhood, his doubts having turned into outright distrust over the course of the journey.

More than a year later, he spends most of his evenings in a local bar watching football matches or playing pool. It is a short walk from the apartment he shares with a rotating group of Eritrean refugees. Sometimes up to a dozen people cram into the one-room space. His world is now just a few blocks of Old Kampala, but he figures limiting his movement is the best way to avoid running into police officers or other security officials who might ask for his papers and then arrest him or demand a bribe when he is unable to produce them.

He is depressed, and also eaten up with resentment toward the Israeli government. This was not the life they promised him. “I am not safe here,” he said. “I am not safe anywhere.”
Ugandan police officers cordon off a crime scene in Kampala on March 17, 2017. (Photo credit: ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
The linchpins of this system of human smuggling — and key to establishing whether the Israeli, Ugandan, and Rwandan governments are officially involved in it — are the men who pressure new arrivals from Tel Aviv to forget the promise of asylum and to cross illegally into third countries. Hassan Ali is one such man. He agreed to meet me on the condition that I not reveal his real identity. A squat 32-year-old Darfuri refugee, he steered me off a crowded Kampala street into a fried chicken restaurant with low ceilings and a greasy, tiled floor. He chose a side table and spoke in a quiet, quivering voice lost easily in the lunchtime bustle. He was among the very first asylum-seekers in Israel to accept the proposed transfer to Uganda, he said. He had been in Israel since 2008 and sensed the mood toward asylum-seekers was growing increasingly hostile. He happened to have friends and family in Uganda, so when the offer came to relocate to Kampala in early 2014, he eagerly accepted.
But within weeks of his arrival, just as he was beginning to feel settled in his new life in the city, he started getting phone calls from a man he would identify only as Ismail. Ismail was also Sudanese and he needed Ali’s help. Would he be willing to meet with groups of new arrivals — mostly people Ali knew from his own time in Israel — and talk to them about resettling elsewhere? Ali is not sure how Ismail got his number or why he wanted Ali to be involved, but — for reasons he chose to keep vague — he decided he was willing to try. The requests from Ismail are relatively sporadic, but they have become more frequent. Ali estimates that he has now met with at least a dozen groups of asylum-seekers.

He usually joins them on their second day at an upscale hotel called Forest Cottages, where the Sudanese flown from Tel Aviv are brought from the airport. Unlike their Eritrean counterparts in Rwanda, they are offered a brief respite before the pressure to relocate begins. But when the time comes, Ali is the one who applies that pressure.

He starts by talking about how much the men must be missing their families after years — and in some cases decades — away from Sudan. Except now, in Uganda, they are so much closer to home than they were in Israel. Using Ismail’s connections, Ali says he can get them the rest of the way. For $200, he will arrange the paperwork and logistics to transport them safely to South Sudan, the buffer between Uganda and Sudan. For $100 more, he can get them to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
The reasons other refugees chose to return to Sudan, despite the risk of arrest and torture, are much more straightforward: They believe their options are exhausted. They miss their homes. They want to see their families.

Both countries harbor significant dangers. Sudan remains a police state, and killing continues in Darfur, though at a lower level than before. South Sudan is mired in a bloody civil war that has killed tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people and forced 1.7 million to flee the country. But the new arrivals in Kampala are discombobulated and often poorly informed. Ali fuels their confusion by telling them that Ugandan officials will hound them, blackmail them, and potentially deport them. South Sudan, because of the chaos there, actually seems to some refugees like a much easier place to disappear or to begin another journey toward a country that might actually grant them asylum. The reasons other refugees chose to return to Sudan, despite the risk of arrest and torture, are much more straightforward: They believe their options are exhausted. They miss their homes. They want to see their families.

Ali has learned to manipulate these fears and emotions. “I say, ‘Welcome to Africa. If you tell me you’re going to pass to Sudan, you come here, you will pass.’ They’re very happy,” he said. Dozens of people have taken Ali up on his offer, he says, at which point Ismail collects their information and money and hands it over to a man named George, the Ugandan minder who picked the new arrivals up at the airport — essentially the Ugandan version of John. Within hours of securing their agreement, George returns with individualized Ugandan travel documents stamped with South Sudanese entry visas.

I asked Ali about the level of government involvement in this scheme. After some prevarication, he conceded that Ugandan officials are not only aware of what is happening, but actively involved in pushing asylum-seekers from Israel into South Sudan. “This is the secret they don’t want to tell,” he said. But aside from the Ugandan travel documents he claims to have seen handed over to the asylum-seekers, he had little evidence to support his claims. That is, except for one additional piece of paper: a permit granting him temporary residence in Uganda.

At the beginning of our conversation, he had showed me a photo of the one-year legal residency permit George had secured for him from Uganda’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. None of the other Sudanese asylum-seekers I met had received anything similar from George, although several said they had asked for one. Ali only received the document, he acknowledged, in exchange for helping Ismail.

Before we parted ways, Ali offered to take me with him when the next group of Sudanese transfers arrived at Forest Cottages. But less than 10 minutes after we left the restaurant, he called to tell me the deal was off. Apparently, he had phoned Ismail immediately after our meeting and had been lamba
          South Sudan and Uganda journalists form network   

June 29, 2017 (KAMPALA) – Journalists from Uganda and South Sudan have formed a network whose main objective is to address the information needs of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, their host communities and the internally displaced persons in South Sudan. Journalists attend a briefing on new media laws approved by South Sudan’s president, Salva […]

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          Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Get Rid of African Refugees   
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          After 60 years of Zika in Asia, why worry?   

Zika has been in Asia and the Pacific for at least 60 years, though its mostly mild symptoms have prompted little cause for concern. But with the World Health Organization declaring a global emergency after an outbreak in Brazil that's been linked to serious birth defects, some countries in the region are taking special precautions.

Tonga has declared an epidemic, and the government of the Cook Islands has advised women to delay becoming pregnant. Japan, South Korea, Nepal and India have issued advisories to pregnant women against travelling to infected countries.

South Korea has announced a fine of two million won (about $1,700) on doctors who fail to immediately report suspected cases, while Malaysia has asked travellers to the country to report to health centres if they have symptoms.

Nepal is trying to get rid of any standing water where the Aedes mosquito, which carries the Zika virus, can easily breed, said Dr. Babu Ram Marasini, director of the disease control division at the Department of Health Services.

“We carry out search and destroy campaigns, and request people to throw the water from external containers and dry them out for a few hours,” he said.

India has set up a technical group to monitor the situation, posted warnings at international airports and has promised to ramp up community awareness to stop mosquito breeding.

Although no cases of infection have ever been documented in India, it was in that country, back in 1953, where the first evidence emerged that Zika had jumped from animals to humans. In that study just six years after Zika was discovered in monkeys in Uganda, researchers from the National Institute of Virology, in the city of Pune, found that 33 out of 196 people surveyed had immunity to the virus.

For the most part, symptoms have not been particularly serious, usually a rash and a fever, and little attention was paid to Zika for a long time after the study. But in 2007, Zika exploded in the tiny Pacific island of Yap, in the Federated States of Micronesia, where almost three quarters of its approximately 10,000 inhabitants tested positive.

Six years later, Zika infected about 35,000 people in French Polynesia. It was there that researchers discovered the potential connection between the virus and Guillian-Barré syndrome, according to a 2014 article in Eurosurveillance, a scientific journal that focuses on communicable diseases. Guillian-Barré syndrome causes the immune system to attack the nervous system, leading to a weakening of the limbs and sometimes paralysis.

It is unclear how Zika arrived in Brazil, but researcher published in a US Center for Disease Control journal theorised last year that it may have arrived with participants from Pacific countries at the World Canoeing Championships in Rio de Janeiro in August 2014.

Zika is now spreading rapidly through the Americas after recently showing up first in Brazil, where there have been about 1.5 million cases. Preliminary research appears to show a link between Zika and Guillian-Barré syndrome as well as microcephaly, which can cause babies to be born with small heads and underdeveloped brains.

Despite Zika's relatively benign history in Asia and the Pacific, there is risk that a stronger form of the virus may have emerged, and that it could spread throughout the region with much more severe consequences than previous outbreaks.

"The strain in Brazil could be new because mutation rates in these viruses are high. Moist tropical climates, population explosion and international travel mean Asia is susceptible to Zika," said Dr. Shailendra Saxena, of the Indian Virological Society.

He said that rapidly growing populations in many Asian countries make them vulnerable to an outbreak of Zika. As migration to cities increases, so do slums with poor sanitation and stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed.

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A model of an Aedes mosquito and its larvae used in public education programmes about dengue in Malaysia where it affected record numbers of people in 2015 News Health Is Zika a risk to Asia? Nimisha Jaiswal IRIN Delhi Brazil Asia India Japan Nepal Republic of Korea Cook Islands French Polynesia Tonga Micronesia Marshall Islands
          Uganda: GMO Bill Back in Parliament After Three Years On Shelf   
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          East Africa: Cross-Border Traders Decry Harsh Tanzania Restrictions   
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          August 2015 Highlights   
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the August issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover shows a community nurse practicing health education with residents of a small fishing village in rural Uganda.. Our first CE, an original research piece, “‘I Am a Nurse’: Oral Histories of African Nurses,” features oral histories from African nurse leaders who describe what nursing practice and education meant to them during and after periods of colonization in Africa. Our second CE, “Nurses’ Role in Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion,” highlights the nonmedical use of opioids and how nurses play a critical role in stopping this epidemic of opioid abuse. The clinical feature, “The Evolution of Physical Activity Promotion,” describes how nurses can promote physical activity in their patients, an important health issue that many Americans fall short of. In “Safety Monitor: Misplacements of Enteral Feeding Tubes Increase After Hospitals Switch Brands,” the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority reviews cases of misplaced tubes and offers guidance for how nurses can prevent such errors in their own practice. Finally, “Nursing Resources: Vaccine Safety Resources for Nurses,” describes how nurses can teach patients about the importance and safety of vaccines in a time when the public still has many concerns about vaccines. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
          December 2014 Highlights   
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd, present the highlights of the December issue of the American Journal of Nursing. The photo on our cover shows the burial of an Ebola victim in Uganda. Our first CE, the first of a two-part series, discusses the obesity epidemic and implications for nurses. Our second CE is an original research piece from the Netherlands, on patients with dementia and the use of surveillance technology. And we have an evidence-based practice article on blood transfusion policy and practice without using large needles. We also have a column from the International Council on Nurses (ICN) about the work they do on global nursing issues such as violence against health care workers. Our Policy and Politics column reviews the Affordable Care Act and the challenges that lay ahead. Our AJN Reports explores nurses and health information technology and we have a historical piece in recognition of Penicillin’s 70th birthday. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
          The Stories You Need To Know: AfriForum Lays Racism Charges Against Social Media Users, Ugandan Musician Wins By-Election   

Afrikaner rights organization AfriForum will lay charges against 100 social media users for racism, hate speech, and incitement to murder and rape.

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          Comment on Researcher who tangled with CrossFit loses two more papers by Keith H   
The Tsimane people have the healthiest hearts in the world according to the article you cited. I would like to suggest to you that the "around six hours’ exercise every day" plays a significant role in that and so you can't claim that it is the diet alone that is responsible for their healthy hearts. Similarly with the Ugandan example, the African people - with the almost non existant CAD - are noted by that article as being employed in " unskilled and menial work." In other words, they are regularly, physically active while their Asian counterparts in this study "provide most of the skilled labour and business enterprise and are a major source of professional skills," or in other words, they are much less physically active. So again I suggest to you that this difference in physical activity contributes significantly to the difference in CAD rates. So I agree with you when you state that it is bad to "have bogus research published" and to conduct "bogus research" in the first place, but it's also equally bad to draw incorrect conclusions from properly conducted research. I would be keen to read a report on CAD rates for groups of people eating different diets while also being equally physically active.
          Comment on Researcher who tangled with CrossFit loses two more papers by Count Iblis   
<p>While the paper may be a bogus paper, the fact that the paleo-diet is very bad for the body is a no-brainer. The paleo-diet is not what people in prehistoric times ate, it’s not what the human body has evolved to be adapted to. As mentioned here:</p> <p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/17/tsimane-of-the-bolivian-amazon-have-worlds-healthiest-hearts-says-study" rel="nofollow">https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/17/tsimane-of-the-bolivian-amazon-have-worlds-healthiest-hearts-says-study</a></p> <p>precisely the opposite of the paleo-diet is healthy:</p> <p>“A high carbohydrate diet of rice, plantain, manioc and corn, with a small amount of wild game and fish – plus around six hours’ exercise every day – has given the Tsimané people of the Bolivian Amazon the healthiest hearts in the world.”</p> <p>““Most of the Tsimané are able to live their entire life without developing any coronary atherosclerosis. This has never been seen in any prior research. While difficult to achieve in the industrialized world, we can adopt some aspects of their lifestyle to potentially forestall a condition we thought would eventually effect almost all of us.””</p> <p>And what about the Eskimos who eat a high fat, high meat, low carb diet, they are free of heart disease too! No, that’s not true, see here:</p> <p><a href="http://www.onlinecjc.ca/article/S0828-282X(14)00237-2/fulltext" rel="nofollow">http://www.onlinecjc.ca/article/S0828-282X(14)00237-2/fulltext</a></p> <p>“During the 1970s, 2 Danish investigators, Bang and Dyerberg, on being informed that the Greenland Eskimos had a low prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) set out to study the diet of this population. Bang and Dyerberg described the “Eskimo diet” as consisting of large amounts of seal and whale blubber (ie, fats of animal origin) and suggested that this diet was a key factor in the alleged low incidence of CAD. This was the beginning of a proliferation of studies that focused on the cardioprotective effects of the “Eskimo diet.” In view of data, which accumulated on this topic during the past 40 years, we conducted a review of published literature to examine whether mortality and morbidity due to CAD are indeed lower in Eskimo/Inuit populations compared with their Caucasian counterparts. Most studies found that the Greenland Eskimos and the Canadian and Alaskan Inuit have CAD as often as the non-Eskimo populations. Notably, Bang and Dyerberg’s studies from the 1970s did not investigate the prevalence of CAD in this population; however, their reports are still routinely cited as evidence for the cardioprotective effect of the “Eskimo diet.” We discuss the possible motives leading to the misinterpretation of these seminal studies.”</p> <p>It’s our love for fatty foods that’s distorting the science, we could have known 60 years ago that what the Tsimané eat is healthy and what the Eskimos eat is very unhealthy, e.g. we can read in this reprint of the landmark 1959 Lancet article that made the link between heart disease and cholesterol:</p> <p><a href="https://academic.oup.com/ije/article/41/5/1221/712631/Serum-cholesterol-diet-and-coronary-heart-disease" rel="nofollow">https://academic.oup.com/ije/article/41/5/1221/712631/Serum-cholesterol-diet-and-coronary-heart-disease</a></p> <p>“In the African population of Uganda coronary heart disease is almost non-existent. This statement is confirmed by adequate necropsy evidence [1]. In the Asian community, on the other hand, coronary heart disease is a major problem.”</p> <p>The article points out what the differences in the diet are and the differences in cholesterol levels. </p> <p>So, while it’s bad to have bogus papers published, what’s far more damaging is the 60 years worth of bogus research that is conducted according to the rules, but which contain results that are outright misleading. Hundreds of millions of people have died from heart attacks and strokes just because we have been unable to do proper research.</p>
          Rainha de Katwe 2017 BluRay 720p e 1080p 5.1 Dual Áudio via Torrent   

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          Uganda creates unit to spy on social networks   
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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the Ugandan government’s creation of a team of experts to closely monitor social networks, fearing that it will be used to restrict freedom of expression and silence critics.

          Ouganda : le musicien Bobi Wine élu député   
Le musicien ougandais et star de l'Afrobeats, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, plus connu sous le nom de Bobi Wine, est élu député à la suite d'une élection partielle à Kyadondo East, dans le centre de l'Ouganda.
          Gold Cup Afrique : Les Lions appelés à rugir face à l’Ouganda   

Après la défaite concédée, samedi, en ouverture du tournoi face au Zimbabwe (16-28), l’équipe nationale du Sénégal de rugby à XV est attendue pour réagir, ce samedi, lors de sa deuxième sortie. Pour cela, il faudra une débauche d’énergie aux hommes de Léon Lopy face aux Ougandais qui débarquent à Dakar avec la volonté de confirmer leur résultat de Nairobi. Alors qu’ils avaient les cartes en main pour s’imposer samedi dernier face au Zimbabwe, les Lions du rugby ont finalement perdu au terme d’une deuxième période chaotique. Une mi-temps qui a vu les camarades de Félix Mendy prêter le flanc…

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          Review: A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest   

Africa. The sights: children running, run-down buildings, animals, orderly plantations, wild jungle. The smells: Overwhelming florals, sweat mixed with fire, markets with overripe tomatoes and dried fish. The sounds: horns blaring, dogs barking, a language you don’t understand, laughter. The tastes: juicy mango, maize from a pot. The feeling: jarring roads, crowds, awe.

Water. A precious commodity transported on the heads, or in other creative ways, of many a child, many a woman. Not too many years ago, when Esmé was a baby, it was our privilege to experience Africa. To play a small supporting role in the creation of more water sources, wells, for various communities.

So here’s a book that grabbed us from the first page…P1130641

Synopsis of Book

A Chameleon, a Boy, and a QuestA Boy Named Mu, an African Journey, and You

Mu, a ten-year-old orphan, has lived his entire life in the heart of Africa. For as long as he can remember he has served in the household of a great-uncle where he is unloved and ignored. In his drudgery-filled life, Mu has little hope of happiness, and little hope that anything will ever change.

But one day, everything does change. On his way to draw water one morning, Mu is astonished when a chameleon greets him by name and announces that they will embark on a quest together. And what a quest it turns out to be! Mu faces danger and finds unexpected allies as they journey through a fascinating and ever-changing landscape.

A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest blends magical realism with a compelling story. The exciting story line combines an orphan's journey to find a home with the plight of child soldiers and the dangers of the Ebola virus and, along the way, highlights universal themes of integrity, loyalty, faith, and love. Written by long-time medical missionary J. A. Myrhe, the artful story is laced with subtle gospel themes and handles cross-cultural issues with grace and sensitivity. Kids will encounter good and evil and learn the truth about hope, happiness, and what it means to be human in this page-turning first book in a new series.

What you'll find in A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest:

  • A page-turning children's action and adventure story set in a fictional African land
  • Blends magical realism and compelling storytelling with gospel themes to draw kids gently into the truth
  • Deals with real-life but (seemingly) faraway themes like the plight of orphans, the duties of child soldiers, and the reality of the Ebola virus
  • Written by a long-time medical missionary to Africa who handles cross-cultural issues with grace, sensitivity, and love

About the Authors

J. A. Myhre serves as a doctor with Serge in East Africa where she has worked for over two decades. She is passionate about health care for the poor, training local doctors and nurses, promoting childhood nutrition and development, and being the hands of Jesus in the hardest places. She is married to her best friend and colleague Scott, and together they have raised four children for whom many of her stories were written as Christmas presents.
Find Jennifer online:
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Genre:  8-14 year olds, Christian adventure 
Physical Description:  Paperback, 128 pages 
List Price:  $15.99, currently $13.59
To Buy: http://bit.ly/1NDAPy1
For More Information: http://litfusegroup.com/author/JAMyhre

Mom’s Review:

Africa. This book had me at Africa. The chameleon (we had one in our yard), the jerry can of water, the poinsettia bush, the description of clothing, the outdoor school, the hospital wards, the jarring roads, the dog, the family relationships. I could just visualize it all. It’s fun to remind Esmé of her past there, to share the experience with her through the vividly described setting of this book.

The talking animals. Miss Esmé has been a fan of talking animals ever since I’ve been reading to her. A talking chameleon? Right up her ally. Great for imaginative kids.

The adventure. This is a fun read! There is mystery. Every chapter ends with a desire to find out what happens next. With lots of animal action as well, this is an adventure for both boys and girls.

The allegory. Betrayal. Courage. Redemption. You can find the story of Good and Evil subtly woven throughout this book.

Overall, this is an exciting read-aloud (though of course your child may want to read on her own) adventure with great cultural and redemptive qualities. I highly recommend it.

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for coordinating this book for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


          $350 Million in pledges to support refugees in Uganda   
A summit held in Uganda’s capital Kampala, the Solidarity Summit on Refugees raised more than $350 million in pledges to support more than 1.2 million refugees hosted, for the most part, in local communities. The event was co-chaired by the President of Uganda Yoweri Musevini and the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
          Children worst affected by the S Sudan conflict   
According to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR), more than one million children have now fled the conflict in South Sudan including some 160,000 refugee children in the Bidibidi refugee settlement in northern Uganda. More than 5,000 are believed to have crossed South Sudan’s borders alone, or were separated from their families along the way. […]
          Reply by Jonathanp55 (UID 17301720)   
I have no idea how I came to this sight, but for you American people wanting to lock gays up and says that Uganda is good country, go there. There is NOTHING wrong with being gay.
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 22659898)   
Uganda? I was just going to eat my breakfast, but after reading this I have a mental image of two black dudes fucking each other in the ass and sucking each other off and now I'm not hungry anymore.......
          Botswana Under-19s v Uganda Under-19s   
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           Periodistas de Sudán del Sur y Uganda forman una red para informar de la situación de los refugiados    
Varios grupos de periodistas de Sudán del Sur y Uganda han formado la red Cross Border Network para informar de la situación de los refugiados sursudaneses en Uganda, así como de las comunidades de acogida y de los desplazados a nivel interno.
           ماتش مصر و اوغندا في تصفيات كاس العالم 2018 ، الموعد والتوقيت والقنوات الناقله والملخصات و الاهداف والمعلقين   
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          Re: White top seeks black guys   
Hi there guy,

I have come across your ad and got captivated, hence contacting you with the hope that we could become friends and more.

I'm a Ugandan and writing to you from Uganda, Africa. I'm 43, 150lbs, 5'7", dark chocolate complexioned, athletic and look as you see the pictures. I live in the capital Kampala. I am a bottom.

My hobbies and interests include music, reading, movies, some sport, hiking, bicycling, nature, and going to interesting places.

Well, I think this is enough for an initial letter. I hope you're just as interested as I am to find out about each other and take this connection further. I am looking for a man like you to settle down with in a secure relationship based on love, understanding, sharing, commitment, harmony, and all that a blissful union entails. If the distance is not a big issue to you and you think of me as worthy and compatible, then get back with me and we see the way to the next level. I am tired of always being hungry for love, living a fairytale life, and being in constant terror here in my country, which is I think the most homophobic society and country in the world.

Bye for now, and I'm looking forward to hearing back from you.

Regards,

Dave.
          Re: anybody from Uganda here?   
Hey there guy,
Greetings. I am from Uganda and can translate the song for you. Contact me on davikm@gmail.com.
Cheers,
Dean.
          Re: Rainbow Uganda Organisation   
Hey, add gay links in Uganda and legal reviews or videos or podcast links to related category of our web community.

http://gay411.org/category/uganda/
          East Africa   
It seems this site is pretty well-dominated with information regarding gay life in W. Africa. Perhaps, we can start more dialogue on similar topics in E. Africa. I lived in Tanzania when I was young and returned there for work just after university. Now, I am back in the US after completing my graduate degrees, but continue to work in E. Africa. I know Uganda is a very bleak scene nowadays for gays and lesbians. But, there is a growing advocacy for gay and lesbians especially in the capital. There are opportunities to meet gay men in some locales (ie. Matteo's after 10pm on Fri/Sat) in Kampala now especially near Makerere University (ie. T Cozy bar on Sunday nights). I will be happy to share a few experiences with others interested and who hopefully can share some as well.
          Uganda: Rights Not Repression : Sign the petition   
Gay Ugandans may be sentenced to death if legislation being debated right now passes.

High level international condemnation has just pushed the President to send the bill for review, but Ugandan allies say only a worldwide outcry could tip Parliamentarians away from discrimination, alarming them with global isolation.

We have just days left -- sign the petition to oppose Uganda's anti-gay law below and send it on to friends and family and it will be delivered to Uganda's politicians, donors and embassies around the world.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/uganda_rights_5 ... 586&v=5392

Read also : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 034335.ece

Here the bill : http://wthrockmorton.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/anti-homosexuality-bill-2009.pdf
          40 No Experience Customer Care Jobs - Field Officers at Tugende   
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          Finance and Administration Manager Senior NGO Jobs - ACTogether Uganda    
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          UN Finance Assistant Jobs - United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (UNRSCE)   
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          Market Development Specialist NGO Jobs - GOAL International    
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          Risk and Compliance Manager Career Opportunity - Bayport Financial Services Uganda Ltd    
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          Strategic Information & Evaluation Officer US NGO Data Jobs - Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)    
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          Communications Officer NGO Jobs - World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)    
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          3 Fresher WASH Assistant Career Opportunities - Danish Refugee Council (DRC)    
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          Project Accountant PEPFAR Grant Jobs - PACE    
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          Human Resources Manager US Non-profit Jobs - Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)   
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          Regional Manager Job Placement - Dairy Development Authority (DDA)   
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          Kamala   
Download We were joined by The Ugandan Giant Kamala! For information on how to donate to his book and help his medical costs please visit: kamalaspeaks.com kickstarter.com Then Jack and Incher went over: - RAW - Impact - NXT Arrival Fatal Four Way - Chris Melendez - Jack's new top 10 list ?! - Jimmy Jam makes a revelation - OIB bahs - So much more !!!
          Land will be major source of discontent in Uganda   

This week, senior Jinja District leaders were accused before the commission of inquiry into land matters of grabbing Kimaka forest and Uganda Railways land. In April 2015, the highest level of discontent over land matters in Amuru District ended in a nude demonstration involving residents of the area who displayed their anger over the way Apaa land issue was being handled.


          Uganda: Mining Firm Told to Pay Concession Fee Arrears   

A Leader of the Opposition in the Tenth Parliament Winnie Kiiza has said government should recover from Tibet Hima Mining Company Limited whatever money it has made in Uganda. She said although the company should, from 2013, have been remitting a $1.5 million concession fee to the government annually, it has not been doing this.


          Uganda: Bobi Wine Wins Kyadondo East By-Election With 78 Percent of Vote   

Kyadondo voters can now officially continue with their early celebrations following the announcement of Robert Kyagulanyi as winner of the Kyadondo East by-election. The 35-year-old artiste, Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine swept the votes with 77.7 percent win, losing at only two of the 93 polling stations.


          Uganda: Top Army Generals On 2021, 2022 Retirement Lists Revealed   

UPDF generals Katumba Wamala, Charles Angina, Otema Awany and Nakibus Lakara top the lists of 581 officers who are set to retire in the years 2021 and 2022. Katumba was early this year relieved of his duties as UPDF chief of defence forces and was then controversially appointed state minister for works, a political position, without first retiring from the army.


          Korea's Eximbank helps develop Uganda'...   

The Export-Import Bank of Korea said Friday it held a joint workshop with World Bank to come up with details on how to support agriculture development in Uganda. The four-day workshop in the capital city of Kampala aimed to further the discussion for the $300 million joint program between the Eximbank's Economic Development Cooperation Fund and the World Bank to develop the African country's agriculture, energy, and information, communications and technology sectors during 2015-2019.


          HIV+ soldier sentenced to 10 years for underage orphan's rape   

The 2nd Division Court Martial in Makenke, Mbarara, in western Uganda, presided over by Colonel Geoffrey Mujuni Rwamunyonyore, on Wednesday sentenced the Private to 10 years imprisonment for defiling an under-age girl, Uganda's Chimp Reports reported. The soldier was charged with aggravated defilement as he was HIV-positive and had intentionally passed the disease on to the 14-year-old girl.


          Police fire live bullets to disperse angry crowd   

Police backed by armed Uganda People's Defence Forces personnel have surrounded a house were pre-ticked ballot papers are believed to be stored reports Michael Kakumirizi. On its garage, the house has posters of President Museveni and the NRM candidate Sebalu pinned.


          Uganda: Drama As Condolence Money Goes 'Missing' At Former Minister's Burial   

There was drama at the burial of late Maria Nakalema Lubega Mutagamba, the former minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities at Gamba village in Kakuuto sub-county in Rakai district yesterday afternoon. Hundreds of mourners descended on the village to send off Mutagamba, 65 who succumbed to liver cancer on Saturday last week.


          Uganda: Kasese Killings Aftermath - Residents Desert Health Centre   

Health workers at Bwesumbu Health Centre II in Bwesumbu Sub-county, Busongora North in Kasese District, have abandoned duty following the November 26, 2016 clashes between government forces and the royal guards that left at least 100 dead. Bwesumbu Health Centre II, located at the sub-county headquarters, was a battlefield between the Rwenzururu royal guards and security personnel during the attack on the Rwenzururu palace that left many bodies lying at the facility.


          Uganda: Kampala City Traders Give 9-Day Ultimatum On Rent Bill   

City traders under their union, Kampala City Traders Association , have issued a nine-day ultimatum to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, to present a revised law on rent of business premises or take industrial action. "The matter has been given a deadline and this is the 6th of July where we need the Speaker to have come up with a definite date on when they are starting to deliberate or what time they will have finished a law on landlords and tenants relationship," Kacita spokesperson Issa Sekito said on Tuesday during the association's 16th Annual General Meeting in Kampala.


          Uganda: Artisanal Miners Petition Museveni Over Eviction Order   

Thousands of artisanal miners in Mubende are living in fear after they were told about a proposal to evict them from land totaling about five square kilometres. The miners have now petitioned President Museveni over an eviction order that could see them taken off the land where they carry out gold mining.


          Uganda - A Country Of Sheer Wildlife   

Uganda is gifted with more than 1,000 bird species which are local to the nation & accumulated in the Albertine area. These add up to 67 percent of Africa's & 11 percent of the globe's total populace which makes the nation a must-visit for bird lovers.


          Gorilla Tracking Etiquettes In Uganda   

Gorilla tracking in Uganda is considered as an exceedingly attractive adventure for tourists from all walks of life. A great number of travelers visit Uganda deliberately to observe these rare primates who shares 97 percent of their genes with human beings.


          Blindness does not stop this beekeeper, baker, and kayaker from expanding their vision [video links]   
In rural Uganda, people who are blind or visually impaired often go to the city to look for work. But jobs are hard to find, and many end up as street beggars.Instead, Ojok Simon wants them to know about a way they can earn money without leaving home: beekeeping. Simon, 36, became visually impaired after he was severely beaten by rebels who came to his village when he was a child. He has been a beekeeper for 15 years, and in 2013 [...]
          Uganda: Bobi Wine Wins Kyadondo East By-Election With 78 Percent of Vote   
[Observer] Kyadondo voters can now officially continue with their early celebrations following the announcement of Robert Kyagulanyi as winner of the Kyadondo East by-election.
          Uganda: Ghetto Kids to Feature On Ellen Degeneres Show   
[Monitor] The Ghetto Kids hit a new high when they became the first Ugandan performers to take stage at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards. Their performance was hailed by Ugandans but the Ghetto Kids are not done yet. The group, which is still in USA has big plans ahead including appearing on The Ellen Degeneres show.
          Uganda: Baby Driver Will Make You Love High-Speed Cars   
[Observer] This crime comedy introduces us to Baby (Ansel Elgort), an escape driver for bank robbers. He is forced to either work for them or have his girlfriend killed.
          Uganda: Ugandan Designers to Showcase in the U.S.   
[Observer] Two seasoned Ugandan fashion designers - Anita Beryl of Beryl Qouture and Claire Kigozi of Claire's Designs - are set to showcase at the 10th edition of the Baltimore fashion week.
          Uganda: Chameleone Promises Fireworks At Lugogo   
[Observer] Since taking part in the Tubonga Naawe anthem, a campaign song that was used to canvass votes for President Yoweri Museveni in last year's elections, many artistes have somewhat failed to pick themselves up thanks to a boycott that followed.
          Uganda: Oliver Mtukudzi Set to Light Up the Lock Down Concert   
[Observer] Zimbabwean musician, Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi, is set to be the headline artiste at the first-ever Lock Down concert this evening at Imperial Royale hotel.
          Uganda: Bobi Wine - From the Ghetto to Parliament   
[Observer] Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine's victory in the Kyadondo East by-election yesterday completed a remarkable transformation of the artiste, who years ago never imagined he would join politics.
          Uganda: Oliver Mtukudzi Promises Historic Show   
[Monitor] World renowned vocalist and instrumentalist Oliver Mtukudzi famously known to many for his hit "Todii" has promised Ugandans' to expect nothing less than a magical show in The Lock Down concert tomorrow.
          5 Luglio, Beninsieme 2017 al Nabilah   
tavolorelatoriBENINSIEME 2017 L’APPUNTAMENTO BENEFICO PIU’ ATTESO DELL’ESTATE TORNA MERCOLEDI 5 LUGLIO AL NABILAH

La nona edizione devolverà il ricavato alla realizzazione di una biblioteca e di una mediateca nella Casa dei Cristallini al Rione Sanità mentre in Benin supporta un progetto di sostegno agli studi di specializzazione in pediatria oncologica di un giovane Prete medico Beninese. Mercoledì 5 luglio, al Nabilah, in Via Spiaggia Romana 16 a Bacoli, a partire dalle 19, avrà luogo l’evento BeninsIeme 2017, organizzato dall’associazione DareFuturo Onlus, in sinergia con le Associazioni PHP e Col Cuore Disponibile. La location ospiterà per l’ottava volta la serata benefica che è giunta alla sua nona edizione, grazie alla generosità della famiglia Iannuzzi. L’appuntamento è ideato da Roberto Pennisi, Fondatore e Presidente di DareFuturo Onlus e anche quest’anno intende raccogliere fondi da destinare all’Associazione che opera non solo in Benin e Togo ma anche a Napoli. Il ricavato di questa edizione sarà destinato alle Missioni Camilliane in Benin e alla realizzazione di una biblioteca e di una mediateca nella Casa dei Cristallini al Rione Sanità. Come sempre, la madrina dell’evento, condotto da Serena Albano, Serena Bernardo e Simonetta de Chiara Ruffo sarà l’attrice Cristiana dell’Anna. L'appuntamento è stato presentato questa mattina nel corso di una conferenza stampa al circolo Posillipo alla quale hanno partecipato Maria Caniglia, Presidente Commissione welfare del Comune di Napoli, Roberto Pennisi - Presidente DareFuturo Onlus, Giuseppe Gambardella - Console del Benin a Napoli, Gianluca Guida – Direttore Istituto Penale Minorile di Nisida, Aldo Cappelli - vicepresidente DareFuturo Onlus, Ciro Oliva – Concettina ai Tre Santi. Durante l’evento, patrocinato dal Comune di Bacoli e dal Consolato del Benin, sarà consegnato il Premio DareFuturo Onlus a personalità napoletane che si sono distinte nei campi della solidarietà, della cultura, dell’imprenditoria. Quest’anno il premio, realizzato dall'artista Claudia Piscitelli sarà consegnato a Gianluca Guida, Direttore dell’Istituto Penale Minorile di Nisida e Don Ciro Nazzaro, parroco del Rione Salicelle di Afragola. Tanti gli amici che hanno voluto aderire all’iniziativa: si ballerà infatti con i Fiori Rosa – Lucio Battisti Rock Tribute di Satriano e Canessa e gli Imprenditori per Caso di Falchero e Cimmino. Il dj set sarà a cura di Aldo & Antonello, e Massimo Caserta. I momenti piu’ significativi della serata saranno immortalati dai due fotografi che da sempre accompagnano l’iniziativa, Claudio Danisi e Pippo by Capri, e dalla new entry Giancarlo de Luca. Il buffet sarà a base di pizze offerte da Concettina ai Tre Santi e di genovese preparata con la cipolla ramata di Montoro, offerta da Nicola Barbato della GB Agricola. Questo il commento commosso di Roberto Pennisi, Presidente di DareFuturo Onlus: “Con emozione mi accingo a presentare la nona edizione di Beninsieme in quanto cadono due importanti anniversari, i venti anni di mio impegno nel cosiddetto terzo mondo tra Uganda , Benin e Togo, ed il compimento il 6 luglio dei miei primi settant'anni. Per queste ricorrenze sono stato sollecitato dal mio Padre Spirituale don Gennaro Matino a raddoppiare il premio annuale DareFuturo (già Mosi Cicala), che per questa edizione verrà assegnato a don Ciro Nazzaro parroco alle Salicelle di Afragola, ed a Gianluca Guida Direttore dell'Istituto penale di Nisida. Due grandi personaggi accomunati dal quotidiano impegno di Educatori e Correttori, il primo sotto il profilo ecclesiastico, il secondo invece laico. Come negli ultimi quattro anni, il nostro impegno di DareFuturo si estrinseca sul versante Africano con un progetto di sostegno agli studi di specializzazione in pediatria oncologica di un giovane Prete medico Beninese ; nell'ambito di Napoli invece, con un progetto ,in favore della Casa dei Cristallini onlus nel quartiere Sanità, che prevede la creazione di una biblioteca ed una mediateca” Anche il Console del Benin a Napoli, Giuseppe Gambardella, sottolinea l’importanza delle sinergie per aiutare chi ha bisogno: “L’evento Beninsieme organizzato dall’Associazione Onlus “DareFuturo”, presieduta dal Prof. Roberto Pennisi è divenuto ormai un appuntamento annuale immancabile nello scenario della solidarietà internazionale. Il Professor Pennisi , medico volontario che gode della mia profonda stima, da tantissimi anni opera in Repubblica del Bénin e organizza periodicamente missioni umanitarie a sostegno dell'Ospedale "La Croix" dei Padri Camilliani a Zinviè, per donare le giuste cure mediche ai più deboli. Gradirei aggiungere che con il Suo importante contributo siamo riusciti a realizzare numerosi progetti, tra cui la costruzione di ben due moduli scolastici, rispettivamente edificati nel villaggio di Karimama e di Abomey". "Sono onorato di partecipare a questa iniziativa -ha dichiarato il Console del Bénin Giuseppe Gambardella - e ringrazio il Prof Pennisi, in quanto eventi del genere hanno il merito di dare un aiuto concreto e tangibile a chi ne ha bisogno. Come dico spesso, e come ho sottolineato in molte occasioni, è solo grazie ad una sinergia di intenti che è possibile realizzare grandi opere” “Queste manifestazioni sono importantissime – conclude Ciro Oliva - perché mettono al centro dell’attenzione chi soffre, sia nei Paesi del Terzo Mondo che nella nostra città. Ringrazio di cuore il Presidente Roberto Pennisi e il vicepresidente Aldo cappelli perché hanno voluto che quest’anno io fossi presente anche in rappresentanza del quartiere da cui provengo, il Rione Sanità a cui saranno destinate la biblioteca e la mediateca. Io sono costantemente vicino a questi bambini che stanno crescendo lì dove sono nato e dove continuo a portare avanti la mia attività; mi piacerebbe che questi bambini, infatti, imparassero a guardare con ottimismo verso il futuro, impegnandosi e studiando anche grazie alla mediateca e alla biblioteca. Ringrazio Gina Buonsangue, l’educatrice che si occupa del loro doposcuola e del progetto Magnà, realizzato con la giornalista Monica Piscitelli. Per questo sono grato a tutti voi per la vicinanza alla Casa dei Cristallini, che per me rappresenta anche il futuro dei figli del quartiere sanitàI PREMIATI Anche i premiati commentano emozionati la notizia del riconoscimento che sarà loro attribuito; queste le parole di Gianluca Guida, Direttore dell’Istituto Penale Minorile di Nisida : “Siamo particolarmente felici di questo riconoscimento che non mi è accordato per meriti personali ma perché rappresento quanti quotidianamente lavorano con me per il recupero dei ragazzi di Nisida. Una volta sentii dire da un anziano collega che per essere un uomo “al Servizio” bisogna essere “un uomo della propria nazione e del proprio tempo” e io sono certo che gli uomini e le donne che fanno parte della mia équipe abbiano fino ad ora fornito, con le loro vite e il loro talento, un alto contributo al bene pubblico vivendo i problemi del nostro tempo con un grande senso di appartenenza allo Stato. Sono molti anni che seguo personalmente le iniziative della onlus DareFuturo, e prima ancora le attività dell’Associazione Mosi Cicala. In particolare da quando nel 2012 è partito il Progetto Napoli, per i ragazzi della nostra città, ci siamo sentiti accomunati dall’attenzione condivisa verso la promozione e protezione dei diritti dei minori. Con entusiasmo abbiamo sentito Papa Francesco negli anni sottolineare sempre più spesso l’esigenza di prendersi “cura” delle persone come del creato. Il “caring”, il prendersi cura, è da anni lo spirito che anima il nostro progetto educativo con l’obiettivo di migliorare il futuro della Città di Napoli partendo dai ragazzi e cercando di stabilire con loro un dialogo attraverso il quale trasmettere il grande valore del bello e del buono quali maestri di vita. Come sostiene DareFuturo “Tutti siamo necessari!” e nessuno può sottrarsi ai propri doveri di solidarietà sociale se vogliamo costruire un futuro con meno povertà e meno diseguaglianze. Una società come dice Roberto Pennisi in grado di tenere “ sempre una porta aperta e la possibilità di dare sostegno ed amore”. Una società “più uguale” è anche una società più sicura.” Gli fa eco Don Ciro Nazzaro, parroco del Rione Salicelle di Afragola, anch’egli premiato: “La gratitudine che esprimo a coloro che hanno voluto pensare a me per questo premio non può non essere estesa a tutti coloro che hanno con me collaborato. Al mio fianco ho avuto collaboratori tenaci che hanno creduto nel progetto realizzato , ma che è "in fieri", è solo all'inizio. Ma se costante è stato lo sguardo verso la meta è solo grazie a coloro che mi hanno dato gli strumenti per iniziare. Ringrazio don Gennaro Matino, il dott. Pennisi , e le varie associazioni fondazioni e enti che hanno creduto e sperato con me. È possibile, anche in contesti particolari come Salicelle, anch'esso terra di fuochi, rendere fertile il terreno con semi di partecipazione e solidarietà. Grazie.” DOVE E’ POSSIBILE ACQUISTARE I BIGLIETTI -Caramanna Gioielli, Via Cavallerizza, 2 - Concerteria, Via M. 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NOTE SU DAREFUTURO ONLUS . DareFuturo onlus nasce IL 9 aprile 2016 come continuazione dell’Associazione Mosi Cicala fondata nel 2008 allo scopo di sostenere la promozione e protezione dei diritti dei minori, delle donne e dei malati, con particolare attenzione all'Africa. Nel 2008 l’associazione Mosi Cicala coagula l’opera di Medici e volontari che si recano già dall’anno 2002 presso l'Ospedale "La Croix" di Zinviè, nel Benin, per prestare servizio nei reparti di Chirurgia e Pediatria. Svolgono inoltre sostegno e servizio presso la Missione delle Figlie di San Camillo, sempre a Zinviè, impegnate nella lotta alla malnutrizione infantile, causa di altissima mortalità nei primi 5 anni di vita.Sono circa 250.000 le persone che fanno capo a questi due presidi sanitari, creati dai Missionari Camilliani alla fine degli anni 70. Nel 2012,dopo i primi 4 anni di attività in Benin, i progetti di solidarietà della onlus Mosi Cicala in considerazione della difficile congiuntura, si allargano con il Progetto Napoli alla città di Napoli ed alla sua provincia più in difficoltà, seguendo la strada indicata dal nostro riferimento spirituale, don Gennaro Matino. I fondi da Noi impegnati derivano da eventi e da donazioni di singoli che generosamente, anche in un momento difficile, non dimenticano di porgere una mano a chi è in difficoltà. Tutti siamo necessari! Medici, architetti, studenti, prefetti, impiegati, musicisti, ingegneri, cuochi, baristi, commessi, surfisti… la nostra è un’associazione di liberi pensatori e sognatori, chiunque ha il desiderio di dedicarsi ai deboli e bisognosi troverà sempre una porta aperta e la possibilità di dare sostegno ed amore.http://www.darefuturoonlus.it/
          Example - "Let's Talk About Me" Series: 04/27/2008   
This Sunday we had a special guest, so no podcast will be released. If you don't know, Grace has a heart for God, for others, for children, and for some reason we've yet to completely figure out; we have a heart for Africa.  Today those loves came together when the Ugandan Orphan Choir shared the love of God in song and dance.  It was an amazing experience and a perfect living example for us to close out the "Let's Talk About Me" series. God truly was glorified and we were changed.  The choir had the largest single day of sponsorships in the history of the ministry.  For more information about this choir or to sponsor a child of your own go to Uganda Orphans Choir  
          Ouganda : un atelier sur l’harmonisation de la pêche sur le lac-Edouard se tient à Kasese    

La ville de Kasese (Ouganda)  accueille depuis mercredi 28 juin, un atelier sous régional sur l’harmonisation des textes règlementant la pêche sur le Lac-Edouard.

 

Participant à ces travaux, le secrétaire général de la Fédération des comités des pêcheurs individuels du lac Edouard, Josué Kambasu Kachuva Mukura, indique que cette rencontre est bénéfique pour les populations riveraines des deux pays.

 


          Spark of Hope from Entebbe   

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni called the Nile Basin countries Summit in March as he is the chair of the Nile Council of Ministers of Water Affairs of the Nile Basin Initiative . On the Summit held last week in Entebbe Museveni has called on the Nile Basin countries to engage in strategic level discussions on River Nile issues.


          4th Annual Eco Film Festival at the Labia Theatre 23 – 30 March 2017   

The 4th Annual SA Eco Film Festival returns to Cape Town and surrounds, proudly supported by leading Western Cape ECO Friendly business partners Sustainable.co.za, Ballo, Reliance and Hemporium.
This years Festival theme is #ChangeIsHere in light of a tumultuous 2016 – which took the record for the hottest global temperatures ever measured, served up several political surprises across continents and saw burgeoning technological advances from driverless cars to falling costs of renewable power – whatever your opinion or beliefs, #ChangeIsHere.
With engaging and thought provoking program content the Festival seeks to explore what changes are needed, and how our personal change can affect the world for the better. We are proud to be showcasing challenging, intriguing and creative film content from SA and across the World highlighting issues that effect us all, whilst introducing participants, filmmakers and audience members alike to sustainable living choices and life style changes that are available, today.
With audience Q&A’s, guest speakers and more, this years SA Eco Film Festival is gearing up to create an ever bigger impact than ever before.

The program covers a broad range of pressing topics, each with a unique approach highlighting the urgency of the environmental situation and offering hope by uniting people working towards a solution. Among the issues covered are population growth and its devastating combined effect with consumerism; escalating global trade and the impact of the massive maritime freight industry, the hidden realities of climate change on the oceans and ideas to utilise this vast resource in addressing water scarcity. The exposé continues with threatened seed banks and the patenting thereof by corporate greed and social injustice still rampant in child slavery. Underpinning these themes is a call to action to protect what we take for granted and debunking an outdated system no longer in line with the demands of the future.

BEFORE THE FLOOD (96 MINS, USA, 2016)

Leonardo di Caprio travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of climate change and the concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

 

CAN YOU DIG THIS (80 MINS, USA, 2016)

These South LA "gangster gardeners" are creating an oasis in one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. Not a story of science and economics but a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to get on and "plant some shit."

 

CHANGE (5 MINS, SINGAPORE 2016 - ANIMATION)

Constant change is a natural part of Earth’s life, and its interconnected systems can easily adapt to slow change. But the natural balance gets disrupted when changes happen rapidly. Our growth and prosperity are changing Planet Earth, and some of those changes may be forever.

 

CYCLOLOGIC (15 MINS, SWEDEN/UGANDA 2016)

Traveling the streets of Kampala by bike is exhausting and dangerous. Chaotic and dangerous traffic, endless queues, pollution, motorcyclists and cars attacking you from every angle. Politicians seem to have given up on finding a solution. But there are a few people who strive to show that there are alternatives. Urban planner Amanda Ngabirano's biggest dream is to have a cycling lane in her city. An impossible task according to many.

Not according to Amanda.

 

DEATH BY DESIGN (73 MINS, USA 2015)

Just what is the cost of our digital dependency? Director Sue Williams debunks the notion that electronics is a “clean” industry. From early poisonous practices in Silicon Valley, to China’s ongoing dumping of chemicals this is a story that isn’t being told - but can no longer be ignored.

 

FOOTPRINT (82 MINS, FRANCE/USA 2016 – SOME SUB-TITLES)

Takes a dizzying spin around the globe, spending time with indigenous health workers, activists, and the ordinary people who challenge ideas and suggest changes needed to cope with the weight of humanity’s footprint on the world.

 

FREIGHTENED (84 MINS, SPAIN/FRANCE 2016)

'Sea blindness' refers to a shroud of secrecy that allows hugely lucrative shipping companies to shirk labour, ecological & ethical responsibilities. As trade globalises, so do goods and services – at an alarming cost. Denis Delestrac exposes devastating effects of freight shipping & suggests workable solutions that prioritise consumer awareness & commercial accountability.

 

KAYABIKE (45 MINS, SOUTH AFRICA 2016)

The life of a kids and their BMX coach training in a South African township (Kayamandi), waiting for competition day. Throughout the process they will learn much more than just how to pedal.

 

KOKOTA (30 MINS, CANADA 2016)

Kokota was teetering towards collapse, climate change and local deforestation were the culprits. This inspiring gem shows how unlikely heroes have managed to adapt to a warming climate.The film promises to leave audiences around the world believing that simple solutions really can have huge impacts for change.

 

LITTLE TEETH (7 MINS GERMANY 2016)

Indonesia is one of the world’s biggest exporters of shark fins. They are consumed in a soup that is considered a delicacy. Rising demand devastates the balance of the ocean. One surfer in Bali didn’t just stand back and watch - he convinces local fishermen to sell the sharks to him alive instead of killing them. This short includes the release of rescued baby sharks into a protected marine park.

 

NORMAL IS OVER (103 MINS, NETHERLANDS/SA 2015)

A compelling film chronicling the way humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet, while Offering changes and solutions, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time. This film is intended to challenge viewers on many different levels but, most of all, offers hope.

 

SEA OF LIFE (86 MINS, CANADA 2016)

Sea of Life seeks to inspire change by bringing audiences an eye-opening adventure from the beautiful world of coral reefs. There are introductions to the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists, and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.

 

SEED – THE UNTOLD STORY (94 MINS, USA, 2016)

A David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food, this harrowing and heartening story features reluctant heroes rekindling a lost connection to our most treasured resource and reviving a culture of life.

 

TAWAI (100 MINS, UK 2017)

Bruce Parry, BAFTA award winning documentarian, explores what has happened to humankind since we stopped roaming and began to settle. From the jungles of Borneo to India and from the Amazon to the Isle of Skye what has happened to our societies, to our relationships with each other, and how we relate to the natural world?

 

THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (80 MINS, USA, 2016)

The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, this film investigates the impacts of irreversible climate change through the lens of US national security and global instability. The film's unnerving assessment is not a reason for fatalism but a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy.

 

THE CHOCOLATE CASE (90 MINS, NETHERLANDS 2016)

In 2003, a group of young Dutch journalists began a campaign against child slavery in the cocoa industry. Their journey towards a slave-free world cocoa began as part of a report on a current affairs TV program. Combining archival material with new footage and interviews an inspiring story is brought up to date.

 

THERE WILL BE WATER (58 MINS, DENMARK 2016)

With the world rapidly running out of water, British engineer Bill Watts has a big idea: turning salt water into an energy source, and using large desert areas to produce energy, food and clean water. But turning his lightbulb moment into a viable commercial prospect proves a difficult nut to crack.

 

THE VALUABLE WASTE (47 MINS, NIGERIA 2016)

Waste management is a problem everywhere. Now, with the cooperation of stakeholders and social groups contributing and participating in managed recycling schemes at a local level, a clean and healthy environment seems a possibility through a sustainable development in West Africa.

 

WHAT IS REAL (79 MINS, SOUTH AFRICA 2016)

Join South African director, Jay Mac, as he narrates a world of change through a method called, Jivamukti Yoga. Told through the people that made that history around the world, spanning over three decades including Sting, Russell Simmons, Krishna Das, Donna Karan, WAH, MC Yogi and many more...

 

WOMEN ARE THE ANSWER (90 MINS, AUSTRALIA 2016)

Population growth has been left out of the climate debate because it is seen as controversial. The global population has passed the 7 billion mark, but one state in southern India has found a solution. The unique history of Kerala and ‘the Kerala Model’ is outlined, using it as an example of achieving population control in developing countries without coercion.

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          Blindness does not stop this beekeeper, baker, and kayaker from expanding their vision [video links]   
In rural Uganda, people who are blind or visually impaired often go to the city to look for work. But jobs are hard to find, and many end up as street beggars.Instead, Ojok Simon wants them to know about a way they can earn money without leaving home: beekeeping. Simon, 36, became visually impaired after he was severely beaten by rebels who came to his village when he was a child. He has been a beekeeper for 15 years, and in 2013 [...]
          Israel Day #12 - Meditation at the end of the Day   

8 from our group concluded the day with a trip to a yoga studio for what we thought was to be restorative yoga - some kind of treatment to help us process the events of the past two weeks and to work out the kinks in our bodies from stress and sitting on the tour bus so long. Turns out it was a meditation session led by an amazing woman, Anat Zahor (link here). She appeared to be 30 years old but in fact has a 23-yr-old daughter, and 19- and 17-yr-old sons. She listened intently to our responses to her questions about what we had seen and done and how we were feeling, i.e., what we felt we needed at this point in the "mission" trip.  


She reminded us of the 3 basic facts of existence in Buddhism (her practice):
  1. Impermanence or Change (anicca)
  1. Suffering or Unsatisfactoriness (dukkha)
  1. Not-self or Insubstantiality (anattaa).
She expounded on each of those for some period of time. Any concerns I had about falling asleep were dropped when she started speaking - she was so interesting, and her accent made it important to focus. 


She then led us in a short guided meditation that was so helpful. I wish I had brought audio recorder for that one.

She asked for a volunteer to read a piece of paper containing a "poem" that she had prepared - one which turned out to be just what many of us needed to hold in tension the "dual narratives" - or "dualing narratives" -- that we've been listening to for these 2 weeks. She asked for a volunteer to read it (someone "whose English was better that hers," she said, though hers was quite good).  I volunteered to read the handout, which, it turns out, comes from one of my favorite books at home. Sweet to hear it again:


Call Me by My True Names
by Thich Nhat Hanh
From: Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh


In Plum Village, where I live in France, we receive many letters from the refugee camps in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, hundreds each week. It is very painful to read them, but we have to do it, we have to be in contact. We try our best to help, but the suffering is enormous, and sometimes we are discouraged. It is said that half the boat people die in the ocean. Only half arrive at the shores in Southeast Asia, and even then they may not be safe.

There are many young girls, boat people, who are raped by sea pirates. Even though the United Nations and many countries try to help the government of Thailand prevent that kind of piracy, sea pirates continue to inflict much suffering on the refugees. One day we received a letter telling us about a young girl on a small boat who was raped by a Thai pirate. She was only twelve, and she jumped into the ocean and drowned herself.

When you first learn of something like that, you get angry at the pirate. You naturally take the side of the girl. As you look more deeply you will see it differently. If you take the side of the little girl, then it is easy. You only have to take a gun and shoot the pirate. But we cannot do that. In my meditation I saw that if I had been born in the village of the pirate and raised in the same conditions as he was, there is a great likelihood that I would become a pirate. I saw that many babies are born along the Gulf of Siam, hundreds every day, and if we educators, social workers, politicians, and others do not do something about the situation, in twenty-five years a number of them will become sea pirates. That is certain. If you or I were born today in those fishing villages, we may become sea pirates in twenty-five years. If you take a gun and shoot the pirate, all of us are to some extent responsible for this state of affairs.

After a long meditation, I wrote this poem. In it, there are three people: the twelve-year-old girl, the pirate, and me. Can we look at each other and recognize ourselves in each other? The title of the poem is "Please Call Me by My True Names," because I have so many names. When I hear one of the of these names, I have to say, "Yes."

Call Me by My True Names
Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.

Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
death of all that are alive.

I am the mayfly metamorphosing on the surface of the river,
and I am the bird which, when spring comes, arrives in time
to eat the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily in the clear pond,
and I am also the grass-snake who, approaching in silence,
feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks,
and I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to
Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea
pirate, and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and
loving.

I am a member of the politburo, with plenty of power in my
hands, and I am the man who has to pay his "debt of blood" to, my
people, dying slowly in a forced labor camp.

My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all
walks of life. My pain is like a river of tears, so full it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.

-- Thich Nhat Hanh


             
Coltan and Your Mobile:  Disturbing effect of a key electronic material on the ongoing disaster in the Congo.  "Columbite-tantalite (from here on referred to as Coltan). On its own it looks and feels like a very fertile soil, but when refined you get a highly heat-resistant metal powder called tantalum. Once refined, coltan has myriad uses, all of which pertain to its particular properties of being a dense mineral with the ability to withstand high temperatures and stress.To the high-tech industry this tantalum is a magic dust that is essential in making computer chips, stereo’s, VCR and DVD players and mobile phones. As such, coltan derivatives are used as capacitors in devices such as mobile phones and even complex missile guidance systems. ..

Coltan is mined by hand in the Congo by groups of men digging basins in streams by scrapping off the surface mud. They then “slosh” the water around the crater, which causes the Coltan ore to settle to the bottom of the crater where it is retrieved by the miners...

While a fair majority of the worlds tantalum supply comes from legitimate mining operations in Australia, Canada and Brazil the recent demand for tantalum has caused a more sinister market to begin flourishing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where 80% of the world’s known coltan supply is subject to “highly organized and systematic exploitation.” There, warring rebel groups - many funded and supplied by neighboring Rwanda and Uganda - are exploiting coltan mining in the Eastern DRC to help finance political and human oppression, child enslavement, torture and war. The mining area is also within one of the main ranges of the threatened Eastern Lowland Gorilla  .. In April of 2001 the United Nations issued a report on the rape of resources from the DRC. In their findings field investigators reported that Rwandan, Ugandan and Burundian rebels had looted and smuggled thousands of tons of coltan from the Congo into their countries to export to the global market, using the profits to finance their militias. ..Coltan smuggling has also been implicated as a major source of income for the military occupation of Congo which is also linked to forced child enlisting, rape and the rampant spread of HIV. ..

Manufacturers rely on their “suppliers” which are Tantalum capacitor makers like Kemet of Greenville, S.C., the world’s largest tantalum capacitor maker and on the companies trading the minerals. .. some 80 percent of the worlds Coltan comes from the DRC and most of that passes through several black market hands before its finally delivered to the refineries it what appears to be legitimate means."

          HEALTH FINANCING STRATEGY   

The main objective of this Health Financing Strategy is to facilitate attainment of Universal Health Coverage through making available the required resources for delivery of the essential package of services for Uganda in an efficient and equitable manner. The instruments to achieve universal health coverage are sound health financing mechanisms. The strategic interventions herein are revenue collection, risk pooling and strategic purchasing. Thus in the medium term, no person should face risk of impoverishment when accessing health care nor should anybody forego medical services because of financial reasons. 

 
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          HEALTH SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2015/16 - 2019/20   

The second National Development Plan 2015/16 – 2019/20 was launched and sets Uganda’s medium term strategic direction, development priorities and implementation strategies. The NDP’s theme is "Strengthening Uganda’s Competitiveness for Sustainable Wealth Creation, Employment and Inclusive Growth" and the thrust is to accelerate transformation of Ugandan society from a peasant to modern and prosperous country within 30 years.

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          Comment on What is really going on within ‘shrinking civil society space’ and how should international actors respond? by Clare Kaijabwango   
Hi Interesting discussion. I have worked in Civil society in Uganda for 13years and based on that and others experiences plus reading, I am inclined to focus on the value for money produced by Civil society before, like Luc says, fight for status quo. For years Civil society organisations have recieved funding for development work in different thematic areas, however how accurately is value added measured and documented. This is in no way intended to undermine the existing monitoring and Evaluation systems and methodologies. I think learning from the private sector-way of managing business and calculating value for money may be of great use. After this is done comprehensively then we can confidently fight for the status quo! Would trying to protect civil society space inherently we are protecting value? This may vary with individual countries but I think still remains a criticam question to answer?
          Queen of Katwe's Visit Inspires Students   

National Scholastic Chess Foundation brought Uganda’s junior chess champion, Phiona Mutesi to meet with students at New York City area schools. Phiona and her coach, Robert Katende, shared their inspiring stories of how chess, education and determination came together to create an amazing life transformation.

(PRWeb May 28, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11886962.htm


          From the Slums to Worldwide Attention, Uganda’s Chess Champion Begins US Tour   

Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi and her coach, Robert Katende, will be presenting to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to share her inspiring story of how chess, education and faith came together to create an amazing life transformation. From there the two will visit schools across America, presented by National Scholastic Chess Foundation.

(PRWeb April 23, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11788765.htm


          "The Queen of Katwe" Uganda’s Junior Chess Champion Begins US Tour   

Invited to the USA by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Saturday, April 19, Uganda’s Junior chess champion Phiona Mutesi and her coach, Robert Katende will begin a 33 day tour of the U.S. to share her inspiring story of chess, education and faith coming together to create an amazing life transformation.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11777307.htm


          Drake Jealous Of Rihanna’s Billionaire Boyfriend & Doesn’t Think Hassan Jameel Deserves Her   

It seems like Drake refuses to accept that Rihanna has finally moved on from him. The “Hotline Bling” hitmaker is said to be jealous of Rihanna’s new beau, Saudi billionaire Hassan Jameel, and thinks that the 29-year-old businessman doesn’t deserve her. According to reliable sources, Drake doesn’t know what makes the Barbadian beauty like Hassan. “Drake is kinda jealous of […]

The post Drake Jealous Of Rihanna’s Billionaire Boyfriend & Doesn’t Think Hassan Jameel Deserves Her appeared first on Western Uganda's Biggest radio..


          Jay-Z Apologizes to Beyonce for Infidelity in New Song ‘4:44’   

Jay-Z apologizes to Beyoncé for his past infidelities and fallacies as a husband in the rapper’s brutally honest “4:44,” the title track off his just-released new album.   “And if my children knew / I don’t even know what I would do / If they ain’t look at me the same / I would probably die with all the […]

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          Bamugemereire land commission arrests more people in Jinja   

The Catherine Bamugemereire headed commission  of inquiry into land issues has caused the arrest of Yahaya Kisakye, a fraudster , masquerading as Personal Assistant to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to grab people’s property and public land in Jinja. Appearing before  the commission  on wednesday, Kisakye insisted he had papers of ownership of the government forestry land at Kimaka in […]

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          Farmers warned on vending milk in plastic cans   

The state minister for Animal husbandry and Industry, Joy Kabastsi has warned milk vendors against keeping milk in plastic containers. While presiding over the milk month celebrations held at Masindi Booma grounds yesterday, the minister asked milk sellers to partner with Dairy Development Authority (DDA) to be able to provide them with Cans, to avoid […]

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          Besigye treason case adjourned, vows not to return to court   

Former FDC presidential candidate , Dr. Kiiza Besigye  has for the second time vowed not to return before the Nakawa court, due to extension of his bail granted to him by the High court. Besigye who had returned this morning for the mention of his treason  case and extesnion  of bail  also dared the state […]

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          Cristiano Ronaldo Welcomes Twins Via Surrogate   

Cristiano Ronaldo is now a father of three. The Real Madrid star took to his Facebook page on Thursday, June 29 to announce that he welcomed twins, reportedly a boy and a girl, via surrogate. The announcement came along with a cute photo of him and his newborn babies. In the photo, the twins, who […]

The post Cristiano Ronaldo Welcomes Twins Via Surrogate appeared first on Western Uganda's Biggest radio..


          Kanye West to Go Back on Tour in Early 2018   

Kanye West is reportedly set to resume his canceled “Saint Pablo” tour in early 2018. Sources close to the situation says that Live Nation, which produced the tour in 2016, has been in talks with the “Famous” hitmaker. A source reveals to TMZ, “We’re ready to jump as soon as he gives the green light.” […]

The post Kanye West to Go Back on Tour in Early 2018 appeared first on Western Uganda's Biggest radio..


          Leaders Demand For Youth Development Bank   

200 youths representatives from across all the regions in the country have resolved to push for the creation of a Youth Development Bank. The decision stems from nationwide consultations involving youth leaders showing the Youth Livelihood Fund (YLF) and Youth Venture Capital Fund are not helping to solve the youth unemployment problem in the country. […]

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          Christians Welcome Archbishop Nkoyoyo   

It was celebrations and praises at St Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe, as Christians welcomed the retired archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo. Archbishop Nkoyoyo has since December 2016 been undergoing cancer treatment in the United Kingdom (UK). His medical condition came to the limelight following reports that the archbishop required close to 265 million Shillings to cater for […]

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          Trump travel ban comes into effect   

People from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees now face tougher US entry due to President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. It means people without close family or business relationships in the US could be denied visas and barred entry. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces are not considered to be “bona fide” relations. […]

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          Uganda Online: Bebe Cool had it rough with Bobi Wine fans   

Bebe Cool with a Nigerian star in th Coke Studio

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          Uganda: Express Coach Tips Saddam to Raise to Occasion   
[Monitor] Kampala -Express head coach has backed his former captain Saddam Juma to shine on his debut when his new paymasters KCCA take on Fus Rabat in the Caf Confederation Cup tie at Lugogo on Sunday.
          Uganda: Pressure Game for Jamal As Derby Day Beckons   
[Monitor] Kampala -Ugandan goalkeeper Salim Jamal was quick to declare Al-Merreikh's 1-all draw at Al-Hilal "a good start" to the former's Caf Champions League campaign.
          Uganda: Dusting Engines   
[Monitor] Kampala -Mohammed Essa did more than dominate the 2012 Shell V-Power Pearl of Uganda Rally. As he smothered his competition, he thrilled the fans too.
          Uganda: Rugby Cranes' Odongo Wants to Turn New Page   
[Monitor] Kampala -Veterans Alex Mubiru and Mathias Ochwo might be former Rugby Cranes captains but the current skipper Brian Odongo commands as much respect.
          Uganda: Drivers , Passenger Risk Lives As Potholes Eat Up Old Taxi Park   
[Monitor] Kampala -It's a Friday evening and passengers in the interminably busy Old Taxi Park are rushing to get taxis to various destinations.
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          Teamwork   
Our lack of posts is an indication that we are busy. This week Darcy (whose on summer break from being a speech assistant) is putting together our lesson plan for Zambia. We are also busy going to hygiene training at our church each evening. The training is being taught by a Seeds of Hope staff member and a Lifewater volunteer who just returned from Zambia. In addition to learning the hygiene lessons, its great to hear about Zambia!

Since we don't have time to write anything we outsourced most of this edition to our team member, Lon whose from Colorado. We thought you might be interested in who's going with us to Zambia. Lon is our team leader and as such is taking care of logistics, as well as, team teaching with us. We know Lon well as all of us went through sanitation training together and stayed together in the home of some fabulous Lifewater staff. We asked him to write a bio, so here it is... Thanks Lon!

Lon grew up in the Air Force. Living in many states, Canada, and Japan, he developed an appreciation for other cultures. In his brief career as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers, he learned about building latrines among other things. In his career in the oil business, he learned about drilling wells and pumping them as well as managing people.

Then one day in 2004 while coming out of a church where he had been unable to plug into a ministry, he saw a Lifewater display about drilling water wells. He thought "If God has ever spoken to me, it is now. This relates to my entire background.” He attended Lifewater's annual conference and committed to becoming a volunteer. The next year, he took hygiene training and participated in a trip that Rod Thompson led to Tibet where they taught drilling at a school on a 12,000' plateau.

In June 2006, he attended pump repair training and went to Ethiopia on a trip led by Terry Steinhoff (who first introduced him to Lifewater). They taught pump repair to about 18 students. Half were with Kale Heywet Church, and half were Ethiopian government employees. In February, 2007 he went on another trip led by Rod Thompson to Uganda to teach pump repair. Students were from Divine Waters and JOY drilling.

Having taken Sanitation training with Darcy & Jeff, he is now headed for Zambia with them. His passion of trying to get the oil industry involved in supporting safe water efforts is meeting some level of success – please pray for that support to grow!
          Gandaki River   

The Kali Gandaki or Gandaki River is one of the major rivers of Nepal and a left bank tributary of the Ganges in India. It is also called Krishna Gandaki in Nepal. It has a total catchment area of 46,300 square kilometers (17,900 sq mi), most of it in Nepal. The basin also contains 3 of the world's 14 highest mountains over 8,000m, the three being Dhaulagiri I, Manaslu and Annapurna I.Dhaulagiri I is the highest point of the Gandaki basin.The river is called Sapta (seven) Gandaki for seven tributaries rising in the Himalaya or further north along the main Ganges-Brahmaputra divide. These are called Daraudi, Seti, Madi, Kali, Marsyandi, Budhi, and Trisuli.
The Kali Gandaki river source is at the border with Tibet at an altitude of 6,268 m (20,564 ft) at the Nhubine Himal Glacier in the Mustang region of Nepal.  The headwaters stream on some maps is named the Chhuama Khola and then, nearing Lo Manthang, the Nhichung Khola or Choro Khola. The Kali Gandaki then flows southwest through a sheer-sided. In Kagbeni a major tributary named Johng Khola or Kak Khola descends from Muktinath.The river then flows southward through a steep gorge known as the Kali Gandaki Gorge, between the mountains Dhaulagiri (8167 m) to the west and Annapurna I (8091 m) to the east. If one measures the depth of a canyon by the difference between the river height and the heights of the highest peaks on either side. The portion of the river directly between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I is at an elevation of 2520 metres, 5571 metres lower than Annapurna I. The river is older than the Himalayas.
South of the gorge, the river is joined by Rahughat Khola at Galeshwor, Myagdi Khola at Beni, Modi Khola near Kushma and Badigaad at Rudrabeni above Ridi Bazaar. The river then turns east to run along the northern edge of the Mahabharat Range. The largest hydroelectricity project in Nepal is located along this stretch of the river. Turning south again and breaking through the Mahabharats, Kali Gandaki is then joined by a major tributary, Trishuli at Devighat,The trisuli river is already mixed with five tibutaries named budugandaki, marshyandi, daraudi, seti and madi, then by the (East) Rapti draining the Inner Terai valley known as Chitawan. The Gandaki then crosses the outermost foothills of the Himalayas—Sivalik Hills—into the Terai plains of Nepal. From Devighat, the river flows southwest of Gaindakot town and is known as Narayani or Sapt Gandaki.


          Mwanamuziki Bobi Wine achaguliwa kuwa mbunge Uganda   
Mwanamuziki mashuhuri wa mtindo wa Afrobeats nchini Uganda Ugandan Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, maarufu kama Bobi Wine, ameshinda ubunge katika uchaguzi mdogo nchini humo.
          Mwanafunzi wa chuo kikuu cha Makerere, anatarajiwa kuchukuliwa hatua za kinidhamu   
Mwanafunzi wa chuo kikuu cha Makerere nchini Uganda, anatarajiwa kuchukuliwa hatua za kinidhamu
          Mchoraji mahiri asiyeona nchini Uganda   
Msanii Ritah Kivumbi anapenda sana tasnia ya Sanaa ya uchoraji ijapokuwa ni mtu asiyeona. Alipoteza uwezo wa kuona alipokuwa mtu mzima na sasa hawezi kuajiriwa tena.
          WorldRemit Offers Mobile Money in Uganda   

Global online money transfer platform launches mobile wallet service.

(PRWeb May 07, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11828001.htm


          Trivia Q&A: June 28   
The crowds keep getting bigger as the summer begins for Trivia at Professor Thom's, and we had 19 teams in last night. It was another spirited crowd that really enjoyed the night. It was good to see that, and thanks also to a few of my softball playing friends who came in last night and took part as one team.

It was a tight race all night, and by the time we reached IQ Trivia, it was a tie for first. But our friends from DIMS reached the winner's circle again, having a strong final round and winning with 50 points. Congratulations to them. Second place went to It's Worldwide, It's Worldwide with 41 points, and third place went to This Team Name Has Been Delayed By Train Traffic with 40 points.

Best Team Name: I've Been Waiting Five Years, But Trivia Baby Is Finally In The Oven

Current Events
1. What Oscar-winning actor announced his retirement from acting last week & he'll have one final film released later this year?
2. What Oscar-winning filmmaker was announced last week as the new director of the Han Solo "Star Wars" spinoff movie, after the two original directors were recently fired?
3. What actor appeared at the Glastonbury music festival in England last week and told the assembled audience, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" in his diatribes at President Trump?
4. What celebrity couple bought Jackie Kennedy's Cartier watch at auction in New York last week for $379,500?
5. Over 150 people were killed last Sunday when an overturned oil tanker exploded in what Asian country?
6. Markelle Fultz of the University of Washington was the first player taken in the NBA Draft last week and was selected by what team?
7. What controversial actor, who has appeared in two baseball movies, put a Babe Ruth World Series ring up for auction, and the bidding has topped more than $600,000, which will make it the highest-priced championship ring ever sold?

July 4th Trivia
1. On this day in 1826, what two former presidents both passed away on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence?
2. In 1976, Israeli commandos rescued hostages on an Air France jetliner at Entebbe Airport in what African country?
3. In 1863, the city of Vicksburg, MS surrendered after a 47-day siege to what Civil War Union general?
4. Ron Kovic, a Vietnam veteran and peace activist, was born on July 4, 1946. What Hollywood actor portrayed him in a film based on his life?
5. In 1881, Tuskegee University opened in what US state?
6. In 1855, "Leaves of Grass," the most famous book published by what American poet, was released in Brooklyn, NY?
7. George Steinbrenner was born on this day in 1930. How many World Series titles did the Yankees win with as the principal owner?

The Q Train: 2000s Album Trivia
1. Born This Way
2. Take Care
3. The Rising
4. Red
5. Back to Black
6. Kid A
7. Stankonia
8. The 20/20 Experience (Part I)
9. The Suburbs
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind

General Knowledge
1. What musical group was Beyonce originally part of? ( 1 pt)
2. What American city holds the oldest annual marathon in the world? ( 1 pt)
3. The TV series "The Walking Dead" is set mainly in and around what major southern US city? ( 1 pt)
4. Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for what film? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the only continent without an active volcano? ( 2 pt)
6. In what city is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame located? ( 2 pt)
7. What sport would you make use of a cart called a sulky? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the smallest country in the world in terms of land area where French is an official language? ( 4 points)
2. Who was the only villain to appear in the first three of Christopher Nolan's "Batman" films? ( 4 points)
3. What Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was voted in 1999 as the best novel of the 20th century by American librarians? ( 4 points)
4. What Asian country was partitioned at the 17th Parallel by the Geneva Accords of 1954, though its own delegates refused to sign the agreement? ( 5 points)
5. Who was the best-selling music artist of the decade of the 2010s in the US, selling a combined 23.3 million albums and singles in this country? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Daniel Day-Lewis; 2. Ron Howard; 3. Johnny Depp; 4. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian; 5. Pakistan; 6. Philadelphia 76ers; 7. Charlie Sheen.

July 4th Trivia
1. John Adams & Thomas Jefferson; 2. Uganda; 3. Ulysses S. Grant; 4. Tom Cruise; 5. Alabama; 6. Walt Whitman; 7. seven.

The Q Train: 2000s Albums Trivia
1. Lady Gaga; 2. Drake; 3. Bruce Springsteen; 4. Taylor Swift; 5. Amy Winehouse; 6. Radiohead; 7. Outkast; 8. Justin Timberlake; 9. Arcade Fire; 10. U2.

General Knowledge
1. Destiny's Child; 2. Boston; 3. Atlanta; 4. "Boys Don't Cry;" 5. Australia; 6. Springfield. MA; 7. harness racing.

IQ Trivia
1. Monaco; 2. The Scarecrow; 3. "To Kill a Mockingbird; 4. Vietnam; 5. Adele.
          National Expert in Cookstove - ?Uganda Green Schools NAMA'' - Kampala   
Application Deadline: 14 July 2017
          Uganda: Mubende Gold Row - Museveni Petitioned Over Eviction Notice   
[Observer] The fight over land rights in a gold mining area in Mubende has come to a head, with the artisanal miners vowing to defy a presidential directive that called for their eviction in favour of a certain company, writes CHRISTOPHER TUSIIME.
          Using ICTs to Map the Future of Humanitarian Aid (part 1)   
Haiti map after the 2010 earthquake. Over 450 OpenStreetMap volunteers from an estimated 29 countries digitized roads, landmarks and buildings to assist with disaster response and reconstruction. OpenStreetMap/ITO World

The word “disruption” is frequently used to describe technology’s impact on every facet of human existence, including how people travel, learn, and even speak.

Now a growing cadre of digital humanitarians and technology enthusiasts are applying this disruption to the way humanitarian aid and disaster response are administered and monitored.

Humanitarian, or crisis, mapping refers to the real-time gathering and analysis of data during a crisis. Mapping projects allows people directly affected by humanitarian crises or physically located on the other side of the world to contribute information utilizing ICTs as diverse as mobile and web-based applications, aggregated data from social media, aerial and satellite imagery, and geospatial platforms such as geographic information systems (GIS).

Enter the Mappers

When a crisis strikes, it can be difficult for aid teams to coordinate their response if the affected area has been insufficiently mapped.

Enter the humanitarian mappers – thousands of mostly unpaid volunteers that provide vital information to aid agencies and responders by: monitoring social media in the affected area to see how or where the crisis is spreading; keeping tabs on news reports to gauge any impact on communication networks; and downloading satellite imagery of poorly mapped regions to ensure critical infrastructure – such as hospitals, roads and communications networks – have been properly identified.

Utilizing maps and satellite imagery from Google, the U.S. Department of State’s Humanitarian Information Unit and other providers, mapping can be of a single hazard or several hazard maps  can be combined in a single map to provide a composite picture.

One of the first major crisis mapping events was the 2010 Haiti earthquake which left hundreds of thousands dead and damaged infrastructure. Hundreds of mappers tracked Tweets from affected Haitians and used satellite imagery from the World Bank to carefully trace the road network in-country. According to leading digital humanitarian Dr. Patrick Meier, this crowdsourced map became “the most detailed roadmap of Haiti ever produced” and was done in a matter of days.

Mapping tools

A few well-known mapping tools are Ushahidi, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), MapAction, and the International Network of CrisisMappers. Ushahidi, out of Kenya, tracks election monitoring and citizen engagement as well as crisis mapping, and is considered a leader in the field. Over 3,500 volunteers have collectively made 12 million edits to OpenStreetMap according to its web site, while CrisisMappers engages more than 8,900 members in over 160 countries. MapAction trains volunteers on its individual mapping service and deploys them to crisis areas with the United Nations’ rapid response Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team.

HOT was the mapping platform used in the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Tyler Radford, HOT’s Executive Director, said that the group works with a range of partners to stay on the cutting edge of the mapping field.

“We work to serve the needs of humanitarian partners active on the ground such as American Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and many more, “he said. “We have operations in Northern Uganda to assist in providing better information on the South Sudan [refugee] crisis, and in Turkey to support Syrian refugees.”

Although HOT, along with partners at Missing Maps, has put more than thirty million people on the world map, many places in the world are still largely invisible. And HOT plans to do something about it.

“Over the next 3 to 5 years, HOT will be working on making mapping even more widely accessible to more people than at any time in history. …We are researching things like artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically detect and extract features like buildings and roads from satellite imagery,” said Radford. “We are helping more local OpenStreetMap enthusiasts run projects that contribute to real-world challenges in their communities by providing small grants, [and we are] training… more volunteers and local governments to… map the places they live and work and fill critical data gaps.”

I took HOT’s mapping platform for a spin a few months ago. After inadvertently locking a high priority mapping project underway so that I could play around – my apologies, guys – I picked a lower priority project and attempted to highlight a few buildings and roads in Zimbabwe. The process was actually fun; it was amazing to see what I highlighted become easily identifiable sections of the map. Too nervous to save my changes, it was nonetheless easy to understand why mapping is so appealing and an increasingly important piece of the ‘digital humanitarian’ movement.
          The rise of artificial intelligence: what does it mean for development?   

Video: Artificial intelligence and the SDGs (International Telecommunication Union)

Along with my colleagues on the ICT sector team of the World Bank, I firmly believe that ICTs can play a critical role in supporting development. But I am also aware that professionals on other sector teams may not necessarily share the same enthusiasm.

Typically, there are two arguments against ICTs for development. First, to properly reap the benefits of ICTs, countries need to be equipped with basic communication and other digital service delivery infrastructure, which remains a challenge for many of our low-income clients. Second, we need to be mindful of the growing divide between digital-ready groups vs. the rest of the population, and how it may exacerbate broader socio-economic inequality.

These concerns certainly apply to artificial intelligence (AI), which has recently re-emerged as an exciting frontier of technological innovation. In a nutshell, artificial intelligence is intelligence exhibited by machines. Unlike the several “AI winters” of the past decades, AI technologies really seem to be taking off this time. This may be promising news, but it challenges us to more clearly validate the vision of ICT for development, while incorporating the potential impact of AI.

It is probably too early to figure out whether AI will be blessing or a curse for international development… or perhaps this type of binary framing may not be the best approach. Rather than providing a definite answer, I’d like to share some thoughts on what AI means for ICT and development.

AI and the Vision of ICT for Development

Fundamentally, the vision of ICT for development is rooted in the idea that universal access to information is critical to development. That is why ICT projects at development finance institutions share the ultimate goal of driving down the cost of information. However, we have observed several notable features of the present information age: 1) there is a gigantic amount of data to analyze, which is growing at an unprecedented rate and 2) in the highly complex challenges of our world, it is almost impossible to discover structures in raw data that can be described as simple equations, for example when finding cures for cancer or predicting natural disasters.

This calls for a new powerful tool to convert unstructured information into actionable knowledge, which is expected to be greatly aided by artificial intelligence. For instance, machine learning, one of the fastest-evolving subfields in AI research, provides feature predictions with greatly enhanced accuracies at much lower costs. As an example, we can train a machine with a lot of pictures, so that it can later tell which photos have dogs in it or not, without a human’s prior algorithmic input.

To summarize, AI promises to achieve the vision of ICT for development much more effectively. Then, what are some practical areas of its usage?

AI for development: areas of application

Since AI research is rapidly progressing, it is challenging to get a clear sense of all the different ways AI could be applied to development work in the future; nonetheless, the following are a couple areas where current AI technologies are expected to provide significant added-value.

First, AI allows us to develop innovative new solutions to many complex problems faced by developing countries. As an example, a malaria test traditionally requires a well-trained medical professional who analyzes blood samples under a microscope. In Uganda, an experiment showed that real-time and high-accuracy malaria diagnoses are possible with machines running on low-powered devices such as Android phones.

Secondly, AI could make significant contributions to designing effective development policies by enabling accurate predictions at lower costs. One promising example is the case of the US-based startup called Descartes. The company uses satellite imagery and machine learning to make corn yield forecasts in the US. They use spectral information to measure chlorophyll levels of corn, which is then used to estimate corn production. Their projections have proven to be consistently more accurate than the survey-based estimates used by the US Department of Agriculture. This kind of revolution in prediction has great potential to help developing economies design more effective policies, including for mitigating the impact of natural disasters.
Weekly state and county-level corn prediction by Descartes lab

Looking forward – Toward the democratization of AI?

Many assume that it is too early to talk about AI in the developing world, but the mainstreaming of AI may happen sooner than most people would assume. Years ago, some tech visionaries already envisioned that AI would soon become a commodity like electricity. And this year, Google revealed TensorFlow Lite, the first software of its kind that runs machine learning models on individual smartphones. Further, Google is working on the AutoML project, an initiative to leverage machine learning to automate the process of designing machine learning models themselves.

As always, new technology can be liberating and disruptive, and the outcome will largely depend on our own ability to use it wisely. Despite the uncertainty, AI provides another exciting opportunity for the ICT sector to leverage technological innovation for the benefit of the world’s marginalized populations.
 
          Self driving in East Africa   
Hello, does anyone has experience regarding self-driving through East Africa? We will start a round-trip for 2.5 month in about 2 weeks, that will take us from Nairobi to Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania back to Nairobi. We've read several blogs and reports and are confident, that we can do the driving ourselves with great caution and patience. For a safari, we would always take a guide for several reasons (a.o. not get lost, find the animals...). Unfortunately, we couldn't find any reports re ... [Posted by IvoS - Jun 30, 16:47]
          Sex For Fish: USAid Fights Women’s Reluctant Trade On Lake Victoria Shore   

The “sex for fish” culture has long prevailed along the shores of Lake Victoria in Busia county, but USAid’s is fighting the trade. Baldwin flew from Washington DC to meet health officials from Busia county and to Tororo, Busia and Malaba districts of Uganda at Sio Port to assess the impact of the trade. Peer […]

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          Comment on ADEPR: Baramponda Sinoga! Nyuma ya Gisozi, ubu harasabwa ituro ryo kubaka urusengero muri Uganda. by Nhabimana Mary   
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          Comment on ADEPR: Baramponda Sinoga! Nyuma ya Gisozi, ubu harasabwa ituro ryo kubaka urusengero muri Uganda. by Santos Bito   
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          Comment on ADEPR: Baramponda Sinoga! Nyuma ya Gisozi, ubu harasabwa ituro ryo kubaka urusengero muri Uganda. by Twizeyimana Elyse   
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          Comment on ADEPR: Baramponda Sinoga! Nyuma ya Gisozi, ubu harasabwa ituro ryo kubaka urusengero muri Uganda. by Ben Mwema Muhire   
Eh! Mumbabarire njye ntabwo nigeze mbaza ngo asengera he? Iryo nabajije ni uko yaba asobanukiwe ubunyamakuru beta Gikiristo icyo bisobanuye. Kurwanjye ruhande numva abanyamakuru ba Gikiristo bakwoye gukora akazi kwabo batibagiwe abo aribo. Otherwise Gihozo njye ntabwo naje kuvugira Adepr ahubwo kuvugisha ukuri nibyo byatumye ntanga icyiyumviro cyanjye.
          Comment on ADEPR: Baramponda Sinoga! Nyuma ya Gisozi, ubu harasabwa ituro ryo kubaka urusengero muri Uganda. by Ntacyo Gihozo Claude   
#muhire uyu munyamakuru cg iki kinyamakuru nicyumukristo wa ,ADEPR wishaka kumvikanishako yanga idini asengeramo
          Comment on ADEPR: Baramponda Sinoga! Nyuma ya Gisozi, ubu harasabwa ituro ryo kubaka urusengero muri Uganda. by Ntacyo Gihozo Claude   
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          Kenya gives in to U.S. threats after proposed used clothes ban   

Kenya has withdrawn a proposed ban on used clothes by the East African regional bloc after threats by the United States to review trade benefits to specifically Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Kenya's Trade and Industrialization Principal Secretary Dr Chris Kiptoo said the country had decided to comply with the African Growth and Opportunity Act conditions, reports web portal The East African.


          Germany donates 16 million euros to UNHCR for S. Sudanese refugees in Uganda   
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany announced yesterday a grant of Euro 16 million to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to assist South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. The contribution will help UNHCR provide nearly 1 million South Sudanese refugees with improved access to education, better housing and increased access to drinking […]
          Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs Xu Jinghu Attends Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees   
On June 23, 2017, on behalf of China, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs Xu Jinghu attended at invitation the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees held in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. Special Representative Xu Jinghu addressed the meeting. Commending the contributions Uganda has made to alleviating Africa’s refugee pressure, Xu […]
          The German Language Festival of secondary schools in Uganda 2017   
What: 9th German Language Festival of Schools in Uganda When: 2nd July 2017, 9: 00 am to 5:00 pm Where: Nabisunsa Girls’ School, Kyambogo The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Uganda along with the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/Ugandan German Cultural Society and the Association of Teachers of German in Uganda (ATGU) is privileged to […]
          CEO (Based in Uganda)   
Our client is looking to appoint a CEO for their Uganda office Ideally we are looking for someone with a wealth of experience in Logistics and Supply Chain acquired from a leading logistics firm in the UK The candidate should have the skills and expertise to undertake business development and run a busy office as the CEO reporting to the chai
          TGGA YATOA SOMO JUKWAA LA UWEZESHAJI WANAWAKE KIUCHUMI KISARAWE   

Katibu Tawala wa Wilaya ya Kisarawe, Mtera Mwampamba (kulia) akipata maelezo kutoka kwa Kamishna wa Chama cha Tanzania Girl Guides (TGGA) Makao Makuu, Rose Majuva kuhusu kazi zinazofanywa na chama hicho ikiwemo kuwapa uwezo wanawake wa kujitambua na kujiamini alipokwenda kuzindua Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi wilayani humo.

Majuva aliwaasa wanawaje kuacha kutumia mikopo ya benki kuchezea ngoma bali waitumie kujiendeleza kibiashara na kuwa na tabia ya kulipa kwa wakati mikopo hiyo. Pia aliwaeleza mbinu mbalimbali za kufanya biashara na miiko yake. (PICHA NA RICHARD MWAIKENDAKAMANDA WA MATUKIO BLOG.

Katibu Tawala wa Wilaya ya Kisarawe, Mtera Mwampamba (kulia), akiangalia kiroba cha mkaa uliotengenezwa kiasili kwa kutumia taka mbalimbali alipokuwa akitembelea mabanda ya wajasiriamali kabla ya kuzindua Jukwaa hilo. Kushoto ni Gifti Mbaraka wa banda hilo la Vijana Wasiriamali Wakulima Kisarawe. Katikati ni Mkurugenzi wa Halmashauri ya Kisarawe, Mussa Gama.

Wananchi wakisikiiza kwa makini maelezo kutoka kwa Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Valentina Gonza jijsi ya kutengeneza jiko la kutumia mwanga wa jua kupikia vyakula mbalimbali kwa gharama nafuu wakati wa maonesho yaliyofanyika wakati wa uzinduzi wa jukwaa hilo mjini Kisarawe.

Girl Guides wa TGGA, wakitengeneza Green House ya kupanda matunda na mbogamboga majumbani waliposhiriki uzinduzi wa Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi wilayani Kisarawe. Kutoka kushoto ni Rachel Baganyire kutoka Uganda, Michelle kutoka Rwanda na Happy Mshana wa Makao Makuu ya TGGA, Dar es Salaam.
Kamishna wa Makao Makuu ya TGGA, Rose Majuva (kulia) akisoma maadili ya kiongozi anavyotakiwa awe wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi Wilaya ya Kisarawe.
Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Ruth Namatanga akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam,Rehema Kijazi akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Valentina Gonza akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Ruth Namatanga akikusanya kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
Baadhi ya viongozi wa TGGA wakihesabu kura wakati wa uchaguzi huo
Viongozi wa TGGA wakiwa kwenye banda lao wakati wa maonesho yaliyofanyika wakati wa uzinduzi wa Jukwaa hilo mjini Kisarawe
Mwampamba akiangalia bidhaa mbalimbali za wajasiriamali
Girl Guides kutoka Madagascar akijitambulisha wakati wa mkutano wa Jukwaa hilo. Kutoka kulia ni Rachel Baganyire kutoka Uganda na Michelle kutoka Rwanda. Vijana hao wapo nchini kwa miezi sita katika programu ya kubadilishana uozefu katika masuala ya utamaduni, uongozi na ujasiriamali
Mkufunzi kutoka Makao Makuu ta TGGA, Happy Mshana akielezea jinsi alivyopata uzoefu alipoiwakilisha TGGA kwenye mafunzo ya kubadilisha uzoefu nchini Madagascar

           TGGA YATOA SOMO JUKWAA LA UWEZESHAJI WANAWAKE KIUCHUMI KISARAWE    
 Katibu Tawala wa Wilaya ya Kisarawe, Mtera Mwampamba (kulia) akipata maelezo kutoka kwa Kamishna wa Chama cha Tanzania Girl Guides (TGGA) Makao Makuu, Rose  Majuva kuhusu kazi zinazofanywa na chama hicho ikiwemo kuwapa uwezo wanawake wa kujitambua na kujiamini alipokwenda kuzindua Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi wilayani humo.

Majuva aliwaasa wanawaje kuacha kutumia mikopo ya benki kuchezea ngoma bali waitumie kujiendeleza kibiashara na kuwa na tabia ya kulipa kwa wakati mikopo hiyo. Pia aliwaeleza mbinu mbalimbali za kufanya biashara na miiko yake.
 Wananchi wakisikiiza kwa makini maelezo kutoka kwa Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Valentina Gonza jijsi ya kutengeneza jiko la kutumia mwanga wa jua kupikia vyakula mbalimbali kwa gharama nafuu wakati wa maonesho yaliyofanyika wakati wa uzinduzi wa jukwaa hilo mjini Kisarawe.

 Girl Guides wa TGGA, wakitengeneza Green House ya kupanda matunda na mbogamboga majumbani waliposhiriki uzinduzi wa Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi wilayani Kisarawe. Kutoka kushoto ni Rachel Baganyire kutoka Uganda, Michelle kutoka Rwanda na Happy Mshana wa Makao Makuu ya TGGA, Dar es Salaam.
 Kamishna wa Makao Makuu ya TGGA, Rose Majuva (kulia) akisoma maadili ya kiongozi anavyotakiwa awe wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi Wilaya ya Kisarawe.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Ruth Namatanga akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam,Rehema Kijazi akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Valentina Gonza akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Ruth Namatanga akikusanya kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Baadhi ya viongozi wa TGGA wakihesabu kura wakati wa uchaguzi huo
 Viongozi wa TGGA wakiwa kwenye banda lao wakati wa maonesho yaliyofanyika wakati wa uzinduzi wa Jukwaa hilo mjini Kisarawe
 Katibu Tawala wa Wilaya ya Kisarawe, Mtera Mwampamba (kulia),  akiangalia kiroba cha mkaa uliotengenezwa kiasili kwa kutumia taka mbalimbali alipokuwa akitembelea  mabanda ya wajasiriamali kabla ya kuzindua Jukwaa hilo. Kushoto ni Gifti Mbaraka wa banda hilo la Vijana Wasiriamali Wakulima Kisarawe. Katikati ni Mkurugenzi wa Halmashauri ya Kisarawe, Mussa Gama.
 Mwampamba akiangalia bidhaa mbalimbali za wajasiriamali
 Girl Guides kutoka Madagascar akijitambulisha wakati wa mkutano wa Jukwaa hilo. Kutoka kulia ni Rachel Baganyire kutoka Uganda na Michelle kutoka Rwanda. Vijana hao wapo nchini kwa miezi sita katika programu ya kubadilishana uozefu katika masuala ya utamaduni, uongozi na ujasiriamali
Mkufunzi kutoka Makao Makuu ta TGGA, Happy Mshana akielezea jinsi alivyopata uzoefu alipoiwakilisha TGGA kwenye mafunzo ya kubadilisha uzoefu nchini Madagascar.
  (PICHA NA RICHARD MWAIKENDAKAMANDA WA MATUKIO BLOG

          L'Ougandais Bobi Wine, "président du ghetto" et star du reggae devenu député   
Pendant la décennie écoulée, les Ougandais ont connu deux présidents: l'inamovible chef de l'État Yoweri Museveni, à la tête du pays depuis 1986, et...
          3 Sales Executive Job Opportunities - FIG Consult Limited (Computer Distributor Company)    
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          Comment on Africell, Vodafone, Airtel, UTL and MTN Uganda APN and Internet settings you need to know by Asoma Monga Joel   
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          EUROPA/ITALIA - Suore Bianche in capitolo: portatrici di speranza, ascoltando lo Spirito, verso le periferie   
Roma - Le Suore Missionarie di Nostra Signora d'Africa conosciute come “Suore Bianche” aprono il loro 25° Capitolo generale a Roma, sabato 1 luglio.
Per tre settimane le capitolari rifletteranno sulle sfide poste oggi dalla missione alla Congregazione sotto il tema "Portatrici di speranza, ascoltando la voce dello Spirito, avanzando insieme verso le periferie". Nel corso del Capitolo verrà eletto il nuovo Consiglio generale.
Secondo la nota inviata all’Agenzia Fides, la Congregazione è stata fondata nel 1869 dal Card. Charles Lavigerie, un anno dopo la Società Missionaria dei Missionari d'Africa . Le religiose sono attualmente 633, originarie di 32 nazioni, impegnate in 26 paesi, di cui 14 in Africa: Mauritania, Tunisia, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Ciad, Congo, Ruanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda e Malawi.
Il carisma della Congregazione è l'evangelizzazione dei popoli dell'Africa, espressa in vari settori: educazione, pastorale, salute, giustizia e pace, integrità del creato, dialogo interreligioso, specialmente con i credenti dell'Islam.

          Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments   
Mumbai-based telecoms provider *Reliance Jio Infocomm* has revealed that the *Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1)* submarine cable system has entered commercial operations. The 25,000km network – owned by a consortium of 19 global service providers – connects Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and Europe. AAE-1 is described as ‘the longest 100Gbps technology-based submarine system’ and offers design capacity of over 40Tbps. The fibre-optic system landed in Pakistan earlier this week, with 19 international terminal stations – out of a total of 21 (20 landing points and a land extension in Singapore) – now live. AAE-1 consortium member *Retelit* of Italy disclosed that the last section of the system connecting the Hong Kong PoP will be completed ‘immediately after the summer’. *A trio of companies – China-based operator *China Unicom*, Cameroonian state-owned telecoms provider *CamTel* and equipment vendor *Huawei Marine* – have signed an agreement to construct the *South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL)* system aiming to connect Kribi (Cameroon) and Fortaleza (Brazil). Adopting Huawei Marine’s advanced 100G technology, the 6,000km system will feature four fibre pairs with a design capacity of 32Tbps. When completed, the network – which is aiming to be the ‘first direct access cable connecting Africa and South America’ – will provide reliable, high-quality telecoms infrastructure to support growth in the two developing regions. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s Cable Compendium, in December 2016 *Nexans* disclosed that it will supply the required submarine repeatered optical cables (ROC) for the SAIL system. The cables will be manufactured and tested at Nexans’ Rognan factory in Norway, with contract delivery scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.*The *TKO Express* system connecting Hong Kong’s data centre campuses of Chai Wan and Tseung Kwan O (TKO) has entered operations. The construction of the cable system – which features 1,728 fibre cores – was completed earlier this year, with full end-to-end testing of the system commencing on 20 February. TKO Express is owned and operated by Asian dark fibre and Ethernet provider *Superloop*. The cable was manufactured in *Prysmian’s* Calais (France) factory and was airlifted to Sydney (Australia) for the application of additional layers of moisture barriers and aluminium tape, with final sheath applied in the group’s Liverpool (Australia) plant. The whole manufacturing process took a total of six months.*The government of the Solomon Islands and the newly established *Solomon Islands Submarine Cable Company (SISCC)* have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with *Huawei International* for the deployment of the *Solomon Islands Submarine Cable (SISC)* linking the South Pacific nation to the rest of the world. Under the turnkey contract, Huawei will deploy a 3,400km fibre-optic cable from Sydney to Honiara, comprising two optical fibre pairs with potential capacity of 2.5Tbps, in addition to a 600km domestic network linking Noro in the Western Province and Auki (Malaita Province) with Honiara. The planned system – expected to be ready for service (RFS) in early 2019 – also includes a Branching Unit for a possible use by another regional operator.*Internet services in Congo-Brazzaville have now been restored, following a two-week disruption to the *WACS* system caused by a fishing vessel 12km from Pointe-Noire in mid-June, AfricaNews writes. During the system repair, services were offered using VSAT links connected via a cable from Kinshasa in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).*Three East African Community (EAC) member countries – *Uganda*, *Rwanda* and *Tanzania* – have agreed to speed up interconnectivity between their respective National Fibre Networks. Mr Bagiire Vincent Waiswa, Permanent Secretary of Uganda’s *Ministry of ICT and National Guidance*, told the Daily News that negotiations between the sector ministries are currently being finalised to ensure that the interconnection was completed within the set timeframe: ‘In some cases, road networks had already been connected. What now remains is interconnection of ICT between the three countries. We are looking forward that the exercise will be completed soon. These are the final steps.’*Lastly, *GTT Communications* has agreed to acquire US-based service provider *Global Capacity* from owner Pivotal Group for USD100 million in cash and 1.85 million shares of GTT common stock. The announcement comes hot on the heels of GTT’s planned takeover of *Perseus* (revealed earlier this month) and a deal to acquire *Hibernia Networks* (announced in November 2016). Global Capacity operates a software-defined backbone network, dubbed *One Marketplace*, which covers 98% of US businesses (85% of global businesses). The deal will expand GTT’s overall footprint with last-mile connectivity to more than 9.6 million US commercial addresses, from 41 data centres and 1,750 central office PoPs. *We welcome your feedback about the *Cable Compendium*. If you have any questions, topic suggestions, or corrections, please email *editors@commsupdate.com*
          Literary Days at the Norwich Showcase   
Some days of one's life one feels grateful for nothing more than the simple pleasure of being alive, and among people tuned not just to the same frequency (principally the wavelength answering to a love of language, jokes, and coffee), but also the same forms -- the old and new ones of literature, literary debate, production, and transmission.

I've been thinking these unoriginal, but nevertheless compelling, thoughts particularly strongly over the last four days as I attend, from morning to night, a set of readings and discussions in England at the Norwich Showcase, an event organised by the British Council. The festival brings together 40 of the best contemporary British writers working in a diversity of forms and languages (across fiction, poetry, drama, performance poetry, nature writing, translation) with a set of representatives from literary organizations, periodicals and festivals from Britain and around the world from Brazil to Uganda to Malaysia to Canada. I'm in Norwich to speak about contemporary Indian literature, and my own work as the Fiction & Poetry editor of The Caravan.

Very often the pleasures of a text are enhanced by the voice of the mind that composed them. Over the last four days I've heard verse by Hannah Lowe, several of them about her father, a professional gambler (a recording of which you can hear here; the texts of some of the poems are here), Tom Warner (here's his very funny and acute poem "Day Thirty-Two", about a survivor of an air crash on a desert island looking at life around him, and here are two others called "Magician" and "Under Natural History"), Kei Miller (who read his excellent "12 Notes For a Light Song of Light"), and Lavinia Greenlaw. If you'd like to listen to Miller and Warner reading one after the other, a podcast of their readings alongside the poet Emily Berry is here.

Yesterday I also enjoyed the writers Robert Macfarlane, whose work I admire greatly, and Adam Foulds talking about new directions in writing about landscape. Macfarlane spoke illuminatingly about the centrality in literature of "the connection of aesthetics to ethics -- the idea that if you learn to see the world differently you'll probably behave differently" and turned the idea into an image by describing it as "a fairly reliable two-stroke engine".

Later, the novelist Adam Thirlwell delivered a razor-sharp talk about the idea of translation not as a substitute for the original but rather a match for it, involving a number of subjective choices made by the individual translator that can never be worked up into a replicable theory or system. Here's is Thirlwell's essay "The Joyful Side of Translation". There was also an astonishing session of performance poetry last night by Luke Wright, who compressed dozens of verbal riffs, jabs, jests and grumbles into a quarter of an hour of pure energy -- a bit like a verbal equivalent of a surging and dipping run downfield by Gareth Bale, the left-winger of the most romantic football team on the planet, Tottenham Hotspur. (Wright cracked everyone up with his line "Some of my best women are friends".)

But there's also been a chance to learn about a host of strategies being employed in our shapeshifting literary world to bring new readers to literature, use new media in the service of literature, and link up the private and the social sides of literature. The marvellously funny and articulate writer Damian Barr is also the salonniere for the Shoreditch House Literary Salon, which hosts an evening, free to all, of readings and bookchat among writers selected by Barr in London every few weeks (the Facebook page for the Salon is here; I'm going to the next event, "Faith and Doubt", on Wednesday the 14th). This isn't your standard meet-the-celebrity event: no books are available for sale, and there are no signings either -- it's all about the written word and the conversation during and after.

The Ugandan writer Doreen Baingana spoke of her work setting up support networks for women writers with her group Femrite, and the writer Jorge Antonio Marques of Brazil (who has, among other things, written a book about the history of tattoos) described his efforts to set up a most unusual literary festival, Flupp, to be held in Rio de Janeiro later this year, to be held on a hilltop in a favela. Samantha Schnee spoke about the work she and her colleagues have done over the last decade publishing over a thousand writers from over a hundred countries in English translation in the marvellous webzine Words Without Borders. Recent issues include a special on the Arab Spring, and an older one focussed on Urdu fiction from India. (An old Middlestage review  from 2007 of a Words Without Borders anthology is here.)

And with that I'm off to shop, during our lunch break, at a little secondhand bookstore opposite the Norwich Cathedral, where all of today's events are being held against the background of the cathedral's steepling spire. My little jaunt there during the morning's coffee break has already yielded two quite rare books, which further intensifies my conviction that there's no university in the world quite as useful as a good secondhand bookshop.

          Sénégal: "Gold Cup" - Des changements en vue contre l'Ouganda   
[APS] Dakar -L'équipe nationale de rugby à XV du Sénégal va comporter des changements dans sa composition lors de son match contre celle de l'Ouganda, samedi à partir de 16 heures au Stade Iba Mar Diop, pour le compte de la "Gold Cup", a appris l'APS vendredi de source fédérale.
          Parents increase benefits using the power of community   
Maxensia, a widowed mother of eight, tends to her coffee plants in a village in Uganda. Nearby, 11 pigs sunbathe in a sty built of rough wood. At age 50, Maxensia has become an entrepreneur. Her pig farm is growing, and she also runs a small coffee farm. After her husband died 17 years ago, Maxensia struggled to provide for […]
          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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          Love Factory Wishlist - by: Roger Hanna   
The app works great but here's my wishlist:

Fields for Registration Page

*Nested tables that associate City, State ( in our case Province), Country. Country should force State (Province) with the proper list associated and then Province force city list associated. Makes for more accurate memberships when the users search and especially for marketing advertizing. As we know when a user currently signs up they can type any garbled nonsense for the State. I had a few people sign up while testing the site and one placed Uganda as the City, Canada as the Country! Another put Nairobi as the City, Canada as Country (New Feature?).

Under Settings>Memberships
*Ability to add Features/Offerings to the Memberships table inside the app rather than having to search the install files to determine where to place the code.
A button "add feature" showing upload button to add icon, a field to add name of feature and field to add description that will pop up on mouseover (new Feature?) or better yet add an extra column to the Memberships table to add the description.

I purchased another plugin (SEO Glossary) to describe other terms used on the site. It would not work with Love Factory and their response was "the developers of Love Factory as they need to make their add-on compatible with ours..." that plugin would have solved the missing descriptions for the features. This definitely would be a good new feature...better than having to write up a page to describe the features and the user having to navigate back and forth from description page to the Membership page when they can simply be "mouseover-hovered" right where the user is--in membership.

I do understand that the Joomla! built in registration does not itself offer nested fields but keep in mind this is a professional-paid application and one of the features advertising as a revenue generator...membership registration has to be accurate.

I am still stuck with a paid unusable product. I cannot open the site to the public for sign ups until at least nested fields are associated.
Charging for custom code as would be the case for the Memberships wishlist above makes sense.

Accurate sign up-user registration...no that really should be a part of the build.
          Mwanamuziki Bobi Wine achaguliwa kuwa mbunge Uganda   

Mwanamuziki mashuhuri wa mtindo wa Afrobeats nchini Uganda Ugandan Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, maarufu kama Bobi Wine, ameshinda ubunge katika uchaguzi mdogo nchini humo.

Wine, ambaye aliwania kama mgombea huru, aliwashinda wagombea wengine wane katika eneo bunge la Kyadondo Mashariki katikati mwa Uganda.

Alipata kura 25,659 kutoka kwa kura 33,310 zilizopigwa, gazeti la serikali la New Vision limeripoti.

Gazeti hilo linasema baada ya kutangazwa mshindi, aliahidi kuangazia zaidi kuwaunganisha raia.

"Jambo langu la kwanza ninalotaka kufanya ni kufanikisha maridhiano kati ya viongozi wa Kyadondo Mashariki...Ninataka siasa zitulete pamoja... jinsi muziki ufanyavyo."

Mwanamuziki huyo alikuwa amekamatwa na polisi na kuhojiwa kwa muda kabla ya kuachiliwa siku chache zilizopita.
Mwanamuziki Bobi Wine akamatwa Uganda

Kiti hicho cha ubunge kiliachwa wazi baada ya mahakama kuamua kuwa uchaguzi uliofanyika mapema mwaka jana haukufuata kanuni na sheria za uchaguzi.

Kiongozi wa chama cha upinzani cha FDC Kizza Besigye amempongeza mwanamuziki huyo kwenye Twitter.

Ameandika: „Ushindi mkubwa kwa Mheshimiwa Bobi Wine. Hongera - Nguvu za Raia!! Ndio maana watu wa Wakiso hawakuruhusiwa kupiga kura mwaka 2016."

Wine alianza muziki mapema miaka ya 2000.

Baada ya uchaguzi mkuu wa 2016, alichomoa wimbo kwa jina Situka, ambao maana yake ni Inuka au Zinduka kwa Kiluganda.

Kwenye wimbo huo, anatoa wito kwa raia wa Uganda kuchangia katika vita dhidi ya rushwa na ukiukaji wa haki nchini mwao.

          SHOCKING: Man Fakes Chief Justice Signature   
Three men are currently in hot soup after they did the unthinkable in unskillful attempt that backfired back with an an Odd of over 41, believe me. Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Mr. James Eremye has accused one of three individuals blamed for faking Chief Justice Bart Katureebe’s original signature to pay a fine of […]
          5 Surprising Facts About The Refugee Crisis   
The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes is the highest since World War II. According to a new report from the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, 65.6 million people are currently living as refugees or as displaced persons inside their own countries. This includes 10.3 million people who were uprooted from their homes in 2016. Syria continues to be the largest source of refugees. According to the U.N., 12 million Syrians — more than half the country's population — have been forced from their homes. Five million have fled to neighboring countries and Europe, while the rest remain inside Syria, officially labeled as displaced persons. Syria is also the largest source of new refugees: 824,000 in 2016. It was followed by South Sudan, where 740,000 people fled the country because of the brutal civil war. There are now 1.4 million South Sudanese refugees abroad, along with 1.9 million internally displaced people. Neighboring Uganda has taken in hundreds of thousands of
          French Montana Raises Over $250K for Kids In Uganda With His ‘Unforgettable Healthcare Campaign’ [VIDEO]   

Rappers get a bad name, especially in the media, but today’s “Good News of the Day” comes courtesy of rapper French Montana who is putting his money where his heart is on his humanitarian mission to make healthcare a right, and not a privilege, for those less fortunate. Check out his inspirational story below… The

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          Blindness does not stop this beekeeper, baker, and kayaker from expanding their vision [video links]   
In rural Uganda, people who are blind or visually impaired often go to the city to look for work. But jobs are hard to find, and many end up as street beggars.Instead, Ojok Simon wants them to know about a way they can earn money without leaving home: beekeeping. Simon, 36, became visually impaired after he was severely beaten by rebels who came to his village when he was a child. He has been a beekeeper for 15 years, and in 2013 [...]
          Uganda's 'Ghetto President' reggae star becomes real life MP   
For the last decade Ugandans have known two presidents: Yoweri Museveni, the country's long-time ruler, and musician Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a. Bobi Wine, a.k.a. His Excellency the Ghetto President.
          Eteritique och Neal’s Yard Remedies inleder samarbete med barnfonden   

Eteritique och Neal’s Yard Remedies inleder samarbete med Barnfonden För varje ny gillare på Eteritiques Facebooksida under mars, april och maj skänker vi 1 krona till Barnfonden. Dessutom kommer 5% av försäljningspriset på alla Neal’s Yard Remedies mamma- och babyprodukter i Sverige att under året skänkas till Barnfondens arbete för att fler mammor i Uganda

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          Before you purchase a Toyota Crown in Uganda   
Toyota Crown 2004 The Toyota Crown is a line full-estimate extravagance vehicles by Toyota basically went for the Japanese market and sold in other
          Before you buy a Toyota Vanguard in Uganda   
2012 TOYOTA VANGUARD The Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover SUV (sport utility vehicle) produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer
          Before you buy a BMW 1 Series in Uganda   
BMW 1 SERIES The BMW 1 Series is a series of small luxury cars manufactured by the German automaker BMW since 2004. Successor to the BMW Compact, it has
          Before you buy a Tata SFC Truck in Uganda   
The Tata SFC is a highly versatile LCV built for light commercial applications. Designed as a pickup, the vehicle is available with GVWs (gross vehicle
          Before you buy a Tata LPK 2518 Truck in Uganda   
The LPK model is part of Tata’s Construck range of trucks so the vehicle was especially built for construction sites and different harsh working conditions.
          Before you buy Tata Prima Truck in Uganda   
Tata decided to take a stab at the heavy duty segment and has come up with the Prima truck which will compete in the 40 tonnes segment with famous names
          Before you buy a 2015 Ford Everest in Uganda   
Say hello to what is potentially the best true SUV Ford has ever made, the 2015 Everest. Just try not to fall in love. The Ford Everest is strictly for
          Before you buy a Tata TL Pick-Up in Uganda   
The Tata brand may not sound familiar to many of you, but the company is the biggest player in the Indian automotive industry and builds car, commercial
          Before you buy a 2000 Tata SE 1613 Truck in Uganda   
Most of the current trucks in Tata’s lineup are rugged and solid vehicles build to deal with the harshest working conditions without breaking down. Besides
          Before you buy a Mitsubishi Fuso fighter truck in Uganda   
Mitsubishi’s medium duty truck was built with versatility in mind and is available in a wide range of version with GVMs (Gross Vehicle Masses) ranging
          Before you buy a Mitsubishi Fuso Heavy Duty Truck in Uganda   
Mitsubishi’s range of heavy duty trucks received recently a host of upgrades which make it able to deal better with the competition. The truck received
          Re: White top seeks black guys   
Hi there guy,

I have come across your ad and got captivated, hence contacting you with the hope that we could become friends and more.

I'm a Ugandan and writing to you from Uganda, Africa. I'm 43, 150lbs, 5'7", dark chocolate complexioned, athletic and look as you see the pictures. I live in the capital Kampala. I am a bottom.

My hobbies and interests include music, reading, movies, some sport, hiking, bicycling, nature, and going to interesting places.

Well, I think this is enough for an initial letter. I hope you're just as interested as I am to find out about each other and take this connection further. I am looking for a man like you to settle down with in a secure relationship based on love, understanding, sharing, commitment, harmony, and all that a blissful union entails. If the distance is not a big issue to you and you think of me as worthy and compatible, then get back with me and we see the way to the next level. I am tired of always being hungry for love, living a fairytale life, and being in constant terror here in my country, which is I think the most homophobic society and country in the world.

Bye for now, and I'm looking forward to hearing back from you.

Regards,

Dave.
          Re: anybody from Uganda here?   
Hey there guy,
Greetings. I am from Uganda and can translate the song for you. Contact me on davikm@gmail.com.
Cheers,
Dean.
          Re: Rainbow Uganda Organisation   
Hey, add gay links in Uganda and legal reviews or videos or podcast links to related category of our web community.

http://gay411.org/category/uganda/
          East Africa   
It seems this site is pretty well-dominated with information regarding gay life in W. Africa. Perhaps, we can start more dialogue on similar topics in E. Africa. I lived in Tanzania when I was young and returned there for work just after university. Now, I am back in the US after completing my graduate degrees, but continue to work in E. Africa. I know Uganda is a very bleak scene nowadays for gays and lesbians. But, there is a growing advocacy for gay and lesbians especially in the capital. There are opportunities to meet gay men in some locales (ie. Matteo's after 10pm on Fri/Sat) in Kampala now especially near Makerere University (ie. T Cozy bar on Sunday nights). I will be happy to share a few experiences with others interested and who hopefully can share some as well.
          Differing Causes of Lactic Acidosis and Deep Breathing in Cerebral Malaria and Severe Malarial Anemia May Explain Differences in Acidosis-Related Mortality   
Lactic acidosis (LA) is a marker for mortality in severe malaria, but the mechanisms that lead to LA in the different types of severe malaria and the extent to which LA-associated mortality differs by type of severe malaria are not well described. We assessed the frequency of LA in children admitted to Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda with cerebral malaria (CM, n = 193) or severe malarial anemia (SMA, n = 216). LA was compared to mortality and measures of parasite biomass and sequestration (P. falciparum histidine-rich protein-2 (PfHRP2) concentration, platelet count), and to a measure of systemic tissue oxygen delivery (hemoglobin level). LA was more frequent in children with SMA than CM (SMA, 47.7%, CM, 34.2%, P = 0.006), but mortality was higher in children with CM (13.0%) than SMA (0.5%, P<0.0001). In CM, LA was associated with increased PfHRP2 concentration and decreased platelet count but was not associated with hemoglobin level. In contrast, in SMA, LA was associated with a decreased hemoglobin level, but was not associated with PfHRP2 concentration or platelet count. LA was related to mortality only in CM. In multivariable regression analysis of the effect PfHRP2 and hemoglobin levels on LA and DB, only PfHRP2 level increased risk of LA and DB in CM, while in SMA, elevated hemoglobin strongly decreased risk of LA and DB, and PfHRP2 level modestly increased risk of LA. The study findings suggest that LA in CM is due primarily to parasite sequestration, which currently has no effective adjunctive therapy, while LA in SMA is due primarily to anemia, which is rapidly corrected with blood transfusion. Differing etiologies of LA in CM and SMA may explain why LA is associated with mortality in CM but not SMA.
          As Good as the Networks They Keep?: Improving Outcomes through Weak Ties in Rural Uganda   
We examine an intervention randomized at the village level in which female farmers invited to a single training session were randomly paired with farmers whom they did not know and encouraged to share new agricultural information throughout the growing season for a recently adopted cash crop. We show that the intervention significantly increased the productivity of all farmers except of those who were already in the highest quintile of productivity, and that there were significant spillovers in productivity to male farmers.
          Uganda: Rights Not Repression : Sign the petition   
Gay Ugandans may be sentenced to death if legislation being debated right now passes.

High level international condemnation has just pushed the President to send the bill for review, but Ugandan allies say only a worldwide outcry could tip Parliamentarians away from discrimination, alarming them with global isolation.

We have just days left -- sign the petition to oppose Uganda's anti-gay law below and send it on to friends and family and it will be delivered to Uganda's politicians, donors and embassies around the world.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/uganda_rights_5 ... 586&v=5392

Read also : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 034335.ece

Here the bill : http://wthrockmorton.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/anti-homosexuality-bill-2009.pdf
          Se duplican en un año los delitos sexuales cometidos por inmigrantes en Alemania   

Dos policías alemanes han sido apartados de sus puestos después de no haber atendido a una mujer violada por un inmigrante en Bonn. Sin embargo, este no ha sido el único caso de agresión sexual.

Y, es que, la desatención de los agentes ha acrecentado la percepción de que las autoridades alemanas no se están tomando en serio la oleada de violaciones  sexuales que se están cometiendo desde que la canciller Angela Merkel abriera las puertas a los inmigrantes.

Por su interés reproducimos el artículo de Gatestone Institute:

El incidente se produjo poco después de la medianoche del 2 de abril, cuando una mujer de 23 años fue violada en un campamento de la reserva natural de Siegaue. Cuando el novio de la chica, de 26 años, presa del pánico, llamó al número de emergencias para pedir ayuda, una agente cogió el teléfono.

El novio de la joven llamó en varias ocasiones a los agentes

El hombre dijo: "A mi novia la está violando un hombre negro. Lleva un machete". La policía respondió: "¿Estás de coña?" ("Sie wollen mich nicht verarschen, oder?"). El hombre respondió: "No, no". La policía dijo: "Hum". Tras unos momentos de silencio, le aseguró que enviaría un coche de la policía a investigar. Después la policía dijo: "Gracias, adiós", y colgó abruptamente el teléfono.

Unos minutos después, el novio volvió a llamar al número de emergencias de la policía y otro agente cogió el teléfono. El hombre dijo: "Hola, acabo de hablar con su compañera". El agente replicó: "¿De qué se trata?" El hombre: "Se trata de que están violando a mi novia". El agente: "Esto es en Siegaue, ¿verdad?". El hombre: "Exacto". El agente le dijo entonces al hombre que llamara a la policía en Siegburg, una localidad al norte de Bonn. "Ellos pueden coordinar esto mejor", dijo el agente antes de colgar.

la policía de Bonn anunció dos meses después de la violación que los dos agentes implicados en el caso no podrían "nunca jamás" volver a trabajar en  la policía

La policía llegó finalmente al lugar de los hechos unos veinte minutos tarde. Frank Piontek, portavoz de la comisaría de la policía de Bonn, defendió al principio la conducta de la policía: "Aunque la policía hubiese manejado esto de otra forma, no se podría haber hecho nada para detener la violación". Frente a la corriente de indignación pública, sin embargo, la policía de Bonn anunció el 31 de mayo —dos meses después de la violación— que los dos agentes implicados en el caso no podrían "nunca jamás" volver a trabajar en el centro de control de emergencias de la policía.

Mientras, seis días después de la violación, la policía arrestó a un sospechoso, un migrante de Ghana de 31 años llamado Eric Kwame Andam X., a partir de pruebas de ADN. Eric X. era bien conocido por la policía alemana: había sido detenido cinco veces por distintos delitos, pero nunca fue acusado y lo dejaron siempre libre. Luego se supo que había huido de Ghana en 2016, después de asesinar a su cuñado.

[caption id="attachment_15537" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Refugiados en Hungría Cientos de refugiados musulmanes de paso en Hungría camino al norte de Europa.[/caption]

Tras abandonar Ghana, Eric X., cuyo padre era uno de los principales productores de cacao del país, viajó a Libia. Desde allí cruzó el mar Mediterráneo hasta llegar a Italia, donde solicitó el asilo y pasó nueve meses en un centro para refugiados.

A principios de 2017, Eric X. cogió un tren en Roma; llegó a Alemania el 10 de febrero de 2017 y allí solicitó asilo. Un mes después, las autoridades alemanas rechazaron su solicitud. Eric X. debería haber sido deportado el 17 de marzo —dos semanas antes de la violación en Bonn—, pero un abogado de inmigración presentó una petición en su nombre para apelar la resolución del asilo, aunque las leyes de la UE estipulan claramente que Eric X. sólo podía pedir asilo en un único país de la UE, en su caso, Italia. Los jueces de allí no pudieron fallar sobre la apelación en su plazo, por la sobrecarga de casos similares.

El caso de Eric X. y su víctima de violación de 23 años ha revelado, una vez más, el fracaso sistémico de las autoridades alemanas

El caso de Eric X. y su víctima de violación de 23 años ha revelado, una vez más, el fracaso sistémico de las autoridades alemanas para mantener la ley y el orden y la seguridad de la población: no aseguran las fronteras, no se veta la entrada de inmigrantes, no se procesa y encarcela a criminales, no se deporta a solicitantes de asilo rechazados y la policía no se toma en serio la crisis de violaciones cometidas por migrantes en que está sumida Alemania.

Más de 3.000 delitos sexuales

Un informe anual —Kriminalität im Kontext von Zuwanderung—, publicado por la Oficina Federal de Investigación Criminal (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) el 27 de abril reveló un aumento de casi el 500% en los delitos sexuales (definidos como agresiones sexuales, violaciones y abuso sexual de menores) cometidos por migrantes durante los últimos cuatro años.

El informe revelaba que los migrantes (Zuwanderer, definidos como solicitantes de asilo, refugiados e inmigrantes ilegales) cometieron 3.404 delitos sexuales en 2016, alrededor de nueve al día. Esto era un aumento del 102% frente a 2015, cuando los migrantes cometieron 1.683 delitos sexuales, alrededor de cinco al día. En comparación, los migrantes cometieron 949 delitos sexuales en 2014, aproximadamente tres al día, y 599 delitos sexuales en 2013, cerca de dos al día.

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Según el informe, los principales agresores en 2016 eran de: Siria (un 318,7% más respecto a 2015), Afganistán (+259,3%), Irak (+222,7%), Pakistán (+70,3%), Irán (+329,7%), Argelia (+100%) y Marruecos (+115,7%).

El problema en Alemania de los delitos cometidos por migrantes lo está exacerbado su benevolente sistema legal, en el que los agresores reciben sentencias relativamente blandas, incluso por delitos graves. En muchos casos, los individuos arrestados por delitos sexuales son puestos en libertad tras ser interrogados por la policía. Esta práctica permite a los sospechosos de delitos seguir perpetrándolos con la práctica inmunidad.

En Hamburgo, por ejemplo, un solicitante de asilo de 29 años y origen afgano agredió sexualmente a una joven de 15 años cuando ésta dormía en una habitación de un hospital de la zona. El afgano había sido admitido en la sala de urgencias del hospital por su avanzado estado de intoxicación etílica. El afgano, al que nadie atendía, acabó metiéndose en la habitación de una mujer de 29 años que logró que la dejara en paz. Después entró en la habitación de la chica de 15 años y realizó actos sexuales sobre ella. Fue detenido y puesto en libertad. La policía dijo que no había suficiente base para presentar cargos.

También en Hamburgo, un tribunal dictaminó el 8 de junio que Alí D., un migrante iraquí de 29 años que violó a una chica de 13 en la estación de metro de Jungfernstieg, no podía ser culpable de la acusación de abuso sexual de menores (Sexueller Missbrauch von Kindern) porque no podía saber que la chica tenía menos de 14 años. Descartada la acusación de abuso sexual de una menor, Alí D. se enfrenta a una sola acusación por violación que, en este caso, conlleva una sentencia máxima de cuatro años de cárcel.

El tribunal dijo también que Alí D. tenía la "responsabilidad disminuida" porque estaba borracho cuando violó a su víctima

El tribunal fue indulgente porque Alí D. —que huyó a Hungría tras la agresión y fue extraditado a Alemania el 2 de marzo— confesó la violación de la chica. El tribunal dijo también que Alí D. tenía la "responsabilidad disminuida" (verminderte Schuldfähigkeit) porque estaba borracho cuando violó a su víctima.

El mismo tribunal había impuesto anteriormente condenas suspendidas a un grupo de adolescentes serbios que habían violado colectivamente a una chica de 14 años y la dejaron abandonada, creyéndola muerta, a varios grados bajo cero. En su momento, el juez dijo que, aunque "las penas podrían parecer suaves al público", los adolescentes habían confesado todos, parecían arrepentidos y ya no representaban un peligro para la sociedad.

La sentencia, que efectivamente permitía a los violadores salir en libertad, provocó un raro arrebato de indignación pública por el problema de los delitos sexuales a manos de migrantes en Alemania. Una petición en internet que pide que los adolescentes pasaran una temporada en la cárcel ha recabado más de 100.000 firmas, y los fiscales dijeron que apelarían el veredicto. El tribunal, sin embargo, todavía no ha accedido a volver a juzgar el caso.

[caption id="attachment_40175" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Cementerio alemán el que se llevó a cabo la violación / Bild Ralf, Meier Cementerio alemán el que se llevó a cabo la violación / Bild Ralf, Meier[/caption]

En Berlín, un tribunal absolvió a un turco de 23 años del delito de violación porque su víctima no pudo demostrar que fue sin su consentimiento. El tribunal escuchó el testimonio de cómo el hombre empujó la cabeza de la víctima entre las barras del cabecero de una cama y la violó repetidas veces durante un lapso de más de cuatro horas. La mujer gritaba para que parase, y se resistía arañando al acusado en la espalda, pero en un determinado momento dejó de resistirse. El tribunal preguntó: "¿Es posible que el acusado pensase que usted estaba de acuerdo?" El tribunal dijo que no podía determinar si, desde la perspectiva de la cultura turca, lo que ella pensaba que era una violación podría haber sido simplemente sexo salvaje.

En la vecina Austria, el Tribunal Supremo redujo la sentencia de Amir A., migrante de 21 años iraquí, de siete años a cuatro por violar a un chico de diez años en una piscina pública en Viena. Durante su juicio inicial, Amir A. confesó haber violado al niño. Dijo que fue una "urgencia sexual" porque no había tenido relaciones en cuatro meses. Su abogado defensor convenció al Tribunal Supremo de que la sentencia de siete años era "draconiana" y "excesiva". Contando el tiempo que ya ha cumplido, Amir A. saldrá pronto en libertad.

Si las encuestas de opinión dan alguna indicación, no parece que la canciller Merkel deba temer un precio político por su papel en la crisis migratoria

Entretanto, si las encuestas de opinión dan alguna indicación, no parece que la canciller Merkel deba temer un precio político por su papel en la crisis migratoria. De hecho, es tan popular ahora como lo era antes de que estallara la crisis en agosto de 2015.

El 64% de los alemanes satisfechos con Merkel 

Una encuesta de ARD-Deutschlandtrend publicada el 8 de junio reveló que el 64% de los alemanes están "satisfechos" o "muy satisfechos" con Merkel. Si la canciller alemana fuese elegida directamente, el 53% (un 4% más respecto al mes anterior) elegiría a Merkel, mientras que un 29% optaría por su oponente socialdemócrata, Martin Schulz (un 7% menos respecto al mes anterior).

En septiembre de 2016, la encuesta de ARD-Deutschlandtrend reveló que el ratio de popularidad de Merkel se hundió hasta el 45%, el porcentaje más bajo en cinco años, y un descenso del 67% respecto al año anterior. En ese momento, más de la mitad (51%) de los encuestados dijo que "no sería bueno" que Merkel se presentara a otra legislatura en 2017.

[caption id="attachment_51479" align="aligncenter" width="434"]La canciller alemana, Angela Merkel La canciller alemana, Angela Merkel / EFE[/caption]

Las encuestas parecen presentar dos factores a favor de Merkel: la falta de un rival suficientemente fuerte para desafiarla, y que los votantes podrían pensar que ella es la candidata menos mala para dirigir el país.

Soeren Kern es analista de política europea para el Instituto Gatestone en Nueva York. Síguelo en Facebook y en Twitter.

Agresiones sexuales y violaciones cometidas por inmigrantes 

Un migrante sirio de 25 años violó a una mujer de 24 años en Magdeburgo. Un hombre de "piel oscura" (dunkle Hautfarbe) agredió sexualmente a una chica de 17 años cuando ésta iba corriendo en Hockenheim. Dos hombres de "piel oscura" (dunkler Teint) agredieron sexualmente a una mujer de 21 años en Coburgo. Un migrante de 18 años de Túnez agredió sexualmente a varias mujeres, incluida una agente de policía, en la estación de trenes de Friburgo. Fue detenido y puesto en libertad.

Un taxista turco violó a una mujer de 23 años en Wiesbaden. Tres "hombres de aspecto árabe del sur" (südländischem bzw. arabischem Aussehen) agredieron sexualmente a una mujer de 21 años en Pforzheim. Un migrante de 19 años de Nigeria intentó violar a una mujer de 22 años en Múnich. Tres hombres "de aspecto árabe" (arabisches Aussehen) agredieron sexualmente a una mujer de 21 años en Pforzheim. Un hombre de "aspecto del sur" (südländischer Typ) agredió sexualmente a varias mujeres en Chemnitz.

[caption id="attachment_69925" align="aligncenter" width="631"]Alemania Pegida Manifestantes de Pegida, movimiento que en Alemania lidera las protestas contra los refugiados musulmanes.[/caption]

Un hombre de "piel oscura" (dunklerer Teint) intentó abusar de una niña de 11 años en Bielefeld. Un "hombre de aspecto extranjero con la piel de color marrón oscuro" (ausländischem Aussehen mit bräunlicher Hautfarbe) agredió sexualmente a una chica de 16 años en un tren en Marburgo. Un hombre "del sur" (südländischer Typ) fue arrestado por agredir sexualmente a varias mujeres de edades entre los 20 y los 50 años en Bonn. Un hombre con "la piel oscura" (dunkle Haut) se exhibió ante una mujer de 20 años en Herten. Un hombre con "aspecto del sur" (südländisches Erscheinungsbild) agredió sexualmente a una chica de 17 años en Kaltenkirchen.

Un afgano de 17 años violó a una chica de 17 años en Calden. Un hombre con "acento posiblemente acento" agredió sexualmente a una joven de 15 años en Kierspe. Dos hombres "de piel oscura" (dunkle Hautfarbe) intentaron raptar a una niña de siete años en Kiel. Dos hombres que hablaban alemán con acento de Europa del Este intentaron violar a una mujer de 45 años en Papenburgo.

Un "refugiado" de 19 años violó a una chica de 16 en Minden. El sospechoso era conocido por la policía por diversos delitos previos. Un hombre de "piel oscura" (dunkler Teint) agredió sexualmente a una mujer de 20 años que corría en Kleve. Un hombre "con aspecto del sur" (südländische Erscheinung) agredió sexualmente a una mujer en Núremberg. Un migrante de 28 años de Somalia agredió sexualmente a una mujer en Giessen. Ella se defendió con un espray de pimienta; él fue arrestado en el lugar de los hechos.

Los agresores fueron identificados después de ordenar que los 59 hombres de un centro de acogida proporcionaran muestras de ADN

Un grupo de solicitantes de asilo afganos y somalíes violaron colectivamente a una chica de 15 años en Tulln (Austria). Los agresores fueron identificados después de ordenar que los 59 hombres de un centro de acogida proporcionaran muestras de ADN.

Dos hombres que "hablaban un alemán deficiente" agredieron sexualmente a una mujer de 20 años en Múnich. Varios migrantes agredieron sexualmente a una mujer de 21 años en Augsburgo. Un hombre no identificado agredió sexualmente a una niña de 10 años en Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Un hombre no identificado agredió sexualmente a varias adolescentes en Kierspe. Un hombre de "Europa del Este" intentó violar a una mujer de 45 años en Papenburgo. En el momento del ataque, la mujer estaba paseando a su perro, un pastor alemán, que se lanzó a morder al hombre y le hizo salir corriendo.

[caption id="attachment_69040" align="aligncenter" width="616"]cruz roja_alemania_Bild El cadáver del trabajador de la Cruz Roja asesinado a puñaladas por un refugiado sirio / Bild[/caption]

Un migrante de 26 años de origen eritreo violó a una menor cerca de la estación de tren de Hennef. Cuatro hombres "de piel oscura" (dunkelhäutigen Männern) agredieron sexualmente a una mujer de 24 años en Giessen. Tres hombres "de piel oscura" (dunkelhäutiger Mann) agredieron sexualmente a cuatro mujeres en el centro de Stuttgart. Dos turcos, de 19 y 31 años respectivamente, violaron a una chica de 13 años en Wismar. Los hombres se habían insinuado a la joven, que estaba sola en casa en el momento del ataque, a través de internet.

Dos "africanos" (schwarzafrikanischer Typ) soltaron a un perro contra una mujer de 21 años y la agredieron sexualmente en una estación de tren en Múnich. Un migrante de 36 años de Bulgaria agredió sexualmente a una mujer de 21 años en Kassel. Un hombre "con aspecto del sur" (südländisches Aussehen) agredió sexualmente a una mujer de 17 años en la estación de tren de Ulm.

Un hombre "con aspecto de Europa del sur" (südosteuropäisches Aussehen) agredió sexualmente a una mujer en Núremberg. Un hombre "de piel oscura" (südländischer/dunkler Hauttyp) agredió sexualmente a una mujer de 26 años en Essen. Un sirio de 22 años violó a su exnovia en presencia de sus dos hijos pequeños en Barsinghausen. Un hombre "de piel oscura" (dunklen Teint) agredió sexualmente a punta de cuchillo a una mujer de 24 años en Giessen. Un "hombre del sur" (südländischer Typ) agredió sexualmente a una mujer de 22 años cuando ésta estaba corriendo en Augsburgo. Un hombre "con un fuerte acento de Europa del Este" (starkem osteuropäischen Akzent) intentó raptar a una mujer de 21 años en Herden.

Un marroquí de 19 años agredió sexualmente a dos mujeres en Stuttgart. Un hombre "con aspecto del sur" (südländisches Aussehen) agredió sexualmente a una chica de 13 años

Un marroquí de 19 años agredió sexualmente a dos mujeres en Stuttgart. Un hombre "con aspecto del sur" (südländisches Aussehen) agredió sexualmente a una chica de 13 años en Lörrach. Un migrante de 21 años de Libia agredió sexualmente a una mujer de 20 años cuando se encontraba en el baño de un restaurante de Plauen. Un hombre "de piel oscura" (dunkelhäutigen Mann) agredió sexualmente a una mujer de 30 años en Freilassing.

Tres solicitantes de asilo fueron arrestados por agredir sexualmente a varias mujeres en un festival al aire libre en Darmstadt. Un hombre "con aspecto del sur" (südländisches Erscheinungsbild) se exhibió a una corredora en un parque de Oberhausen. Un hombre no identificado se exhibió a una mujer en Bremen.

Un hombre "de habla árabe" agredió sexualmente a una chica de 14 años que iba montada en su bicicleta en Elmshorn. Un migrante de 24 años de Guinea agredió sexualmente a una mujer de 32 años en un carril para bicicletas en Olpe. Un hombre "de piel oscura" manoseó a una mujer en un festival al aire libre en Nürtingen. Cuando ella le dio una bofetada, el sospechoso, que sigue suelto, le rompió a la mujer una jarra de cerveza en la cara.

Un solicitante de asilo de 27 años fue arrestado por violar a una mujer de 37 años en Hamburgo-Sülldorf. Un hombre de 40 años de la India agredió sexualmente a una mujer de 52 años en un tren en Chemnitz. Un hombre "con aspecto africano" (Erscheinungsbild her afrikanischer Abstammung) agredió sexualmente a una mujer de 34 años en la estación de tren de Ottbergen. Tres hombres "de aspecto del sur" (südländisches Erscheinungsbild) agredieron sexualmente a dos mujeres en Winsen.

Casos judiciales relacionados con inmigrantes

10 de mayo. Un somalí de 18 años fue sentenciado a pasar siete años y medio en un hospital psiquiátrico por agredir sexualmente a dos ancianos y asesinar a una mujer de 87 años en una residencia de Neuenhaus. El somalí había entrado en la residencia por la noche a través de una puerta que no estaba cerrada con llave. Realizó actos sexuales encima de un anciano que estaba dormido. Después entró en la habitación adyacente y realizó actos sexuales sobre otro anciano que dormía. Cuando la mujer del hombre se despertó y sorprendió al somalí en el acto, el somalí la golpeó con tanta fuerza que ésta murió instantes después.

[caption id="attachment_22499" align="aligncenter" width="549"]Refugiados sirios intentan llegar a Hungría Refugiados sirios intentan llegar a Hungría/wikipedia[/caption]

11 de mayo. En Landshut, un solicitante de asilo de 37 años de Uganda fue sentenciado a cuatro años de cárcel por violar a una mujer de 29 años. La mujer iba en su bicicleta cuando el hombre la paró, le arrancó la ropa y la amenazó con una pistola si ella se resistía al acto sexual. El juez dijo que el hombre tenía "responsabilidad disminuida" (verminderte Schuldfähgkeit) porque estaba bebido cuando violó a su víctima. El juez también señaló que el hombre no podía ser deportado porque es bisexual y la homosexualidad es ilegal en Uganda.

El juez también señaló que el hombre no podía ser deportado porque es bisexual y la homosexualidad es ilegal en Uganda

11 de mayo. En Bremgarten (Suiza), un migrante de 20 años de origen eritreo fue sentenciado a 38 meses de cárcel por intentar violar a una mujer de 19 años. Para defenderse, el sospechoso culpó al alcohol y al diablo.

16 de mayo. En Bochum, Ziyad K., un migrante de 32 años de origen iraquí, fue sentenciado a once años de cárcel por violar a dos mujeres chinas. El juez dijo que tenía la impresión de que el hombre, que confesó los delitos, "no entendía lo que había hecho". El juez añadió: "Es importante señalar que esta causa no es contra los refugiados o los solicitantes de asilo".

22 de mayo. En Leipzig, Mirza B., un migrante de 23 años de Pakistán, fue sentenciado a un año y diez meses de cárcel por agredir sexualmente a varias mujeres. Durante su juicio, Mirza B., cuyo alemán al parecer se limitó a tres palabras, "Yo te f..." ("Ich f... dich!"), admitió haber cometido los delitos. Su excusa: el alcoholismo. ("Bebo siete cervezas al día") y la ignorancia ("No sabía que la agresión sexual es un delito"). Mirza B. no puede ser deportado porque no tiene pasaporte u otra identificación oficial.

La entrada Se duplican en un año los delitos sexuales cometidos por inmigrantes en Alemania aparece primero en Actuall.


          Cuando Handa se convirtió en Nandi   
María Cecilia Silva-Díaz, editora de Ediciones Ekaré y coordinadora del Máster en Libros y Literatura Infantil y Juvenil de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, nos cuenta su experiencia como traductora de La sorpresa de Nandi (Handa's surprise en inglés), escrito e ilustrado por Eileen Browne 




De  todas las obras traducidas que forman parte del catálogo de Ediciones Ekaré, puede que La sorpresa de Nandi sea mi preferida. De este álbum me gusta todo: la historia, tierna y divertida al mismo tiempo; su ritmo perfecto, la imbricación del texto y las imágenes, su colorido. Para mí es un honor figurar en los créditos como traductora, aunque, como todo lo que se hace en Ekaré, fue en realidad un trabajo en equipo. A continuación contaré una pequeña anécdota de esta experiencia.

Corría el año 1996 y Elena Iribarren, una de las editoras de Ediciones Ekaré, me pidió que me hiciera cargo de la traducción de un álbum recién publicado que, con su fino ojo de editor, quería incorporar al catálogo de la editorial. El libro me encantó desde el primer momento y acepté el reto. No soy traductora y en el proceso me topé con algunos de los clásicos asuntos que hacen dudar a los traductores: ¿cómo traducir los nombres de las frutas y los animales que cambiaban de un país a otro? ¿Parchita o maracuyá? ¿Aguacate o palta? 








No  voy a contarles sobre las numerosas reuniones que tuve con las editoras para tomar estas decisiones, pero sí me gustaría compartir cómo cambiamos el nombre de la protagonista y de su amiga. 

En la versión original los personajes se llaman Handa, la protagonista, y Akeyo, su amiga. Las niñas del cuento pertenecen a la etnia Luo que vive en Kenia, Tanzania, Uganda y Etiopía. Me preocupaban estos nombres en un libro que probablemente leerían niños que aún estaban en proceso de dominar el código escrito. Handa, en español se lee de forma diferente, con la h muda. Akeyo, aunque se lee igual, no parece un nombre. Creo que pocos padres hispanohablantes le pondrían a su niña un nombre que suena como el demostrativo "aquello", por más sonoro y africano que sea. 



Teníamos un problema y en aquellos tiempos no era tan sencillo como ahora encontrar este tipo de información. Escribí una carta a la Organización Mundial del Libro Infantil (IBBY), preguntándoles si me podían poner en contacto con algún especialista keniata para pedirle ayuda con los nombres. En eso estaba, cuando, por arte de magia, un sábado por la mañana se presentaron en el Banco del Libro en Caracas, al 1,2,3, este sábado es..., una actividad que todavía se organiza una vez al mes, nada menos que el embajador de Kenia y su esposa. Venían invitados por el embajador de Nigeria porque ese día se iban a contar historias nigerianas y querían ver si su embajada podía patrocinar un sábado dedicado a las historias de Kenia. Inmediatamente Elena Iribarren y yo nos acercamos y les mostramos el libro explicándoles nuestro problema. El lunes siguiente había en mi escritorio un papel con nombres de los Luo, que gentilmente había elaborado la embajada. De todos los nombres de la lista, los que más me gustaron fueron los de Nandi y Tindi, sencillos, sonoros y tiernos ...y así les puse. 



          Re: White top seeks black guys   
Hi there guy,

I have come across your ad and got captivated, hence contacting you with the hope that we could become friends and more.

I'm a Ugandan and writing to you from Uganda, Africa. I'm 43, 150lbs, 5'7", dark chocolate complexioned, athletic and look as you see the pictures. I live in the capital Kampala. I am a bottom.

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          Re: anybody from Uganda here?   
Hey there guy,
Greetings. I am from Uganda and can translate the song for you. Contact me on davikm@gmail.com.
Cheers,
Dean.
          Re: Rainbow Uganda Organisation   
Hey, add gay links in Uganda and legal reviews or videos or podcast links to related category of our web community.

http://gay411.org/category/uganda/
          East Africa   
It seems this site is pretty well-dominated with information regarding gay life in W. Africa. Perhaps, we can start more dialogue on similar topics in E. Africa. I lived in Tanzania when I was young and returned there for work just after university. Now, I am back in the US after completing my graduate degrees, but continue to work in E. Africa. I know Uganda is a very bleak scene nowadays for gays and lesbians. But, there is a growing advocacy for gay and lesbians especially in the capital. There are opportunities to meet gay men in some locales (ie. Matteo's after 10pm on Fri/Sat) in Kampala now especially near Makerere University (ie. T Cozy bar on Sunday nights). I will be happy to share a few experiences with others interested and who hopefully can share some as well.
          Uganda: Rights Not Repression : Sign the petition   
Gay Ugandans may be sentenced to death if legislation being debated right now passes.

High level international condemnation has just pushed the President to send the bill for review, but Ugandan allies say only a worldwide outcry could tip Parliamentarians away from discrimination, alarming them with global isolation.

We have just days left -- sign the petition to oppose Uganda's anti-gay law below and send it on to friends and family and it will be delivered to Uganda's politicians, donors and embassies around the world.

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Here the bill : http://wthrockmorton.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/anti-homosexuality-bill-2009.pdf
          Periodistas de Sudán del Sur y Uganda forman una red para informar de la situación de los refugiados   
Varios grupos de periodistas de Sudán del Sur y Uganda han formado la red Cross Border Network para informar de la situación de los refugiados sursudaneses en Uganda, así como de las comunidades de acogida y de los desplazados a nivel interno.
          30 JUIN 2017 : George Alula alobi Kabila azo bela LIBOMA . Ensemble déclenchons la lutte pour la nouvelle indépendance du Congo sous l'occupation Rwando-Ougandaise (vidéo)   


30 juin 1960 -30 juin 2017 **** 57 ans *** quelle indépendance? ===> Ensemble déclenchons la lutte pour la nouvelle indépendance du Congo sous l'occupation Rwando-Ougandaise. Boyoka message na biso ya UNIC - MOUVEMENT YA LISANGA YA BANA CONGO. Depuis Washington. Lelo tokosolola na lingala ***** BO PANZA LISOLO MAKASI - BO APPUYEZ SUR PARTAGER - SHARE NA ANGLAIS.


          Uganda: Weep Not, Child - a Story of Upe Pioneer From Kigarama in Kabale   
[Monitor] One of the things I cherished back then in school, was the non-academic educational experience in our earlier primary education. Therefore, I wish to tell a story of a small boy from Kigarama village in Kabale District. This boy may not have been the most remarkable in his village but his perspective of the social realities at that time is still relevant even in understanding the realities around us today.
          Uganda: Skill the Youth to Curb Rising Unemployment   
[Monitor] The high rate of unemployment among the youth continues to be a glitch in Uganda's economy. According to the latest census report, Uganda's population between the productive age of 14 and 64 is slightly more than 18 million. However, 58 per cent of people in this age bracket are unemployed despite government programmes such as Operation Wealth Creation to create employment opportunities commercial agriculture and industries.
          Daniel Hannan and Paddington Bear   


Paddington came from Peru, made friends with his fellow migrant Mr Gruber and became a much-loved part of British life.

By contrast, in the words of Ian Jack behind the London Review of Books paywall:
The three young men – born in 1970 or 1971 – had certain similarities in their personal histories. Hannan and Carswell spent their childhoods in faraway, politically disturbed countries as the children of British expatriates: Hannan’s family had a poultry farm in Peru, while Carswell’s parents were doctors in Uganda. Hannan and Reckless boarded at Marlborough before Oxford. Carswell went to Charterhouse before UEA. 
To see them as a social ‘type’ might be stretching it; nevertheless they share a flashy certitude and know-all bumptiousness that might stem from their ambition, as outsiders in the muted social codes of England’s ancient universities and more expensive public schools, to make their mark. 
Hannan, after all, was the Vote Leave campaigner who stood on a desk and recited the St Crispin’s Day speech to his colleagues when the news came through of Leave’s victory, and perhaps to do that it helps to have been raised as a little Briton in Peru.
Whatever the truth of that, Hannan appears determined to make life less comfortable for Mr Gruber.

And if Mr and Mrs Brown took Paddington in today they could be imprisoned for 14 years.
          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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          Chaos as Mbarara Central market demolition starts   

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          Govt Domestic Borrowing on Target – BoU   

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          EAC mulls direct vote for regional assembly   

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          GULU: 5 Sir Samuel Baker School Students for leading a violent strike   

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          RUGBY AFRICA GOLD CUP 2017: SENEGAL Vs UGANDA   

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          Must Pahandus / Bad Black (2016)   
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          WCL Division 3 Review; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast   
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          African and Asian WCLQ; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast   
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          Shocking! See Reason Why 12 Year Old Ugandan Boy Committed Suicide   

Sorrow and shock engulfed residents of Kiwafu West, Uganda, after a 12-year-old boy identified as Derrick Mukisa, a primary two student at Kiwafu Modern Primary School was found hanging on a rope in a bed room. Taban Stephen, the uncle of the

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Background: Pretreatment HIV drug resistance (PDR) can impair virological response to ART, jeopardizing effective treatment for children.Methods: Children aged ≤12 years initiated first-line ART in Uganda during 2010–11. Baseline and 6 monthly viral load (VL) and genotypic resistance testing if VL >1000 copies/mL was done. The 2015 IAS-USA mutation list and Stanford algorithm were used to score drug resistance mutations (DRMs) and susceptibility. Virological failure (VF) was defined as two consecutive VLs >1000 copies/mL or death after 6 months of ART. Factors associated with failure and acquired drug resistance (ADR) were assessed in a logistic regression analysis.Results: Among 317 children enrolled, median age was 4.9 years and 91.5% received NNRTI-based regimens. PDR was detected in 47/278 (16.9%) children, of whom 22 (7.9%) had resistance against their first-line regimen and were therefore on a partially active regimen. After 24 months of follow-up, 92/287 (32.1%) had experienced VF. Children with PDR had a higher risk of VF (OR 15.25, P <0.001) and ADR (OR 3.58, P =0.01).Conclusions: Almost one-third of children experienced VF within 24 months of NNRTI-based first-line treatment. PDR was the strongest predictor of VF and ADR, and therefore presents a major threat in children. There is a need for ART regimens that maximize effectiveness of first-line therapy for long-term treatment success in the presence of PDR or incorporation of routine VL testing to detect VF and change treatment in time, in order to prevent clinical deterioration and accumulation of additional drug resistance. Children ≤3 years should be initiated on a PI-based regimen as per WHO guidelines.

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Zifa announced on their website that Norman Matemera, a Zimbabwe Republic Police officer, will officiate a Caf Confederation Cup match between Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda and Faith Union Sport of Morocco in east Africa on Sunday. He will be assisted by Brighton Nyika and award-winning Salani Ncube while Nomore Musundire will be the fourth official. […]

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          Spiritual bees attack man after stealing car, surrenders himself to police   

According to Nairobi News, Mr. Francis Sikadigu, a middle-aged Ugandan, had allegedly drugged the car owner before driving off to an unknown destination. When he got into the station after abandoning the car at the gate to the Bungoma County Assembly, he was reportedly groaning in pain and moving in circles as the bees tormented him.


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          On this July Day in History   

July 1, 1867. The Constitution Act, 1867 is enacted,  uniting the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.

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July 2, 1788. The United States Constitution was ratified.

July 2, 1881. President James A. Garfield was shot as he entered a railway station in Washington, D.C. He died on September 19.

July 2, 1964. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights of 1964 into law.

July 3, 1976. In a raid on Entebbe airport in Uganda, an Israeli commando unit rescued over 100  hostages on a hijacked Air France airliner. The jet had been on its way from Tel Aviv to Paris when it was hijacked by pro-Palestinian guerrillas.

July 4, 1776.  The Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.

Louis Pasteur by P. Debré

July 6, 1885.  Louis Pasteur administered the first successful anti-rabies inoculation.

July 7, 1898. Hawaii was annexed by the United States.

July 10, 1943. The Allied invasion of Italy began on the island of Sicily.

The fourteenth of July by Christopher Prendergast

July 14, 1789. Revolutionaries stormed the Bastille in Paris. The medieval fortress, armory, and political prison represented royal authority. Its fall became a turning point for the French Revolution, and is celebrated every year in France as French National Day.

July 16, 1969.  Apollo 11 Lunar lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on its way to the moon.

July 17, 1918.The Russian royal family (Czar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, son Alexei, and daughters Olga, Maria, Anastasia and Tatiana) were executed by the Bolsheviks in the Russian town of Ekaterinburg in Siberia.

July 19 & 20, 1848. A women's rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York, marking the beginning of an organized women's rights movement in the United States. Speakers included Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Frederick Douglass.

July 20, 1969. After the successful landing of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

July 22, 1934. Bank robber John Dillinger - designated "Public Enemy No. 1" - was shot and killed by FBI agents as he left a movie theater in Chicago.

July 25, 1956. The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with a Swedish liner on its way to New York. 1,634 people, including the captain and the crew, were rescued before the ship went down.

July 28, 1932. The Bonus Army was evicted by U.S. Army troops under the command of General Douglas MacArthur. About 15,000 World War I veterans had marched to Washington, D.C., demanding payment of a war bonus they had been promised. After camping out for two months, President Herbert Hoover ordered their eviction.

 

Hoffa by Arthur A Sloane

July 30, 1975. Former Teamsters Union leader James Hoffa disappeared. He was last seen outside the Machus Red Fox in Bloomfield Township. Michigan.


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          UGANDA Kettenanhänger aus massiv 925 Silber mit 50 cm Halskette   
37,90 EUR
Halskette Panzer 1,2 mm - 50 cm lang - mit Kettenanh?nger aus der Form der Uganda Landkarte aus massiv 925 Sterling Silber!Der Anh?nger ist mit einer gro?en ?se versehen, sodass dieser auch mit einer etwas dickeren Halskette getragen werden kann.Die Anh?nger werden in einer traditionsreichen deutschen Goldschmiede aus massivem Material hergestellt und selbstverst?ndlich 925 gestempelt!Landkarte: UgandaMaterial: massiv 925 Sterling SilberGr??e: ca. 23 mm und 1mm dickGewicht: ca. 3,8 gOberfl?che: Vorderseite handpoliert und R?ckseite matt geb?rstetHalskette: 50 cm lang, Panzer 1,2 mm mit Federring-VerschlussSonderanfertigungen, wie z.B. ein anderes Land, gr??er oder aus einem anderen Material k?nnen auf Wunsch f?r Sie hergestellt werden. Fragen Sie uns einfach danach! Wir werden Ihnen sicherlich weiter helfen k?nnen!Alle Kettenanh?nger werden direkt nach Ihrer Bestellung von einer traditionsreichen deutschen Goldschmiede extra f?r Sie angefertigt.Die Abbildungen sind nicht in Originalgr??e - Bitte entnehmen Sie die Gr??e der jeweiligen Produktbeschreibung!

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          UGANDA Anhänger aus 925 Silber mit Brillant am Wunschort mit Halskette   
86,90 EUR
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          La RDC et l’Ouganda appelées à délimiter leur frontière sur le lac Edouard   

Des associations des pêcheurs de la RDC et de l’Ouganda recommandent à leurs gouvernements respectifs de délimiter la frontière existant entre les deux pays sur le lac Edouard.


L’application de cette recommandation permettra de mettre fin aux cas récurrents d’arrestation, par des forces de l’ordre eux deux pays, des pêcheurs opérant sur le lac Edouard, a expliqué à Radio Okapi Josué Mukura le secrétaire général de la Fédération des comités des pêcheurs individuels du lac Edouard.


          Episode 148: First Bort   
  Microchips-For-Newborns Hoax Has Thousands of Christians Believing That the End Times Are Near… Again Women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, says senior politician in India's Socialist Party Police: WV ‘magical warlock’ coerced sex from kids by promising to cure ill mother Parents Say 234 Schoolgirls Are Missing in Mass Nigerian Kidnapping, Far Higher Than Official Reports http://homeschoolersanonymous.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/50-shades-of-grey-or-contemporary-christian-music-lyrics-a-quiz/ Private school chief linked to Islam Trojan Horse plot says: Stone all adulterers to death   Archbishop Slings Bigotry at Atheists Glenn Grothman Says John Kerry Upset God By Condemning Uganda's Anti-Gay Crackdown Bob Marshall Reiterates Claim That Disabled Children Represent God's 'Vengeance' For Abortion Pat Robertson: Jesus said an asteroid could destroy Earth next week http://igg.me/at/veteranjobs   http://youtu.be/v-j26Cn3MRE?t=4m11s
          Episode 140: Atheistically Speaking   
Thanks to Thomas 1/2 of Atheistically Speaking: http://atheisticallyspeaking.com/   Ardent Atheists Spread Their Reverence For Disbelief Teen dies at the hands of Islamic priest performing an exorcism. 29 Boys Killed as Boko Haram Attacks Boarding School in Nigeria Lively: Anti-Gay 'Revolution' Needed To Stop Demonic 'Conspiracy' To 'Homosexualize The World' Ugandan Minister for Ethics & Integrity says men raping girls is natural Arizona passes law allowing shopkeepers to refuse to serve gay people 'EXPOSED!' Ugandan Tabloid Publishes List of 'Top' Homosexuals Pro-life Virginia Sen. values rights of fetus over those of ‘host,’ which ‘some refer to as mothers’ Church officials blame Minnesota mom for not protecting sons from priest who abused them Rep. Paul Broun Vows To Vote Only For ‘Biblical’ Laws (Video)   Free thought festival: http://wiscatheists.wix.com/freethoughtfestival   Atheist meetups in IL: http://www.meetup.com/atheists-199/  
          Episode 130: Discern the Unhuman Nonhuman   
Ugandan MPs pass life in jail anti-homosexual law Klingenschmitt: Gays 'Have Something Unhuman Inside Of Them Russian actor who ran for president wants to put all gay people ‘in the oven’ Candidate for Congress compares ‘Duck Dynasty’ star to Rosa Parks Radical Islamist Amputates Hands in Accordance with Sharia Law http://skepticallychallenged.org/
          Episode 95: Let Me Kiss Your Boo Boo   
Babies' herpes linked to circumcision practice Uganda proposes ban on miniskirts in move against women's rights Toronto dad upset he's not allowed to watch daughter's swim class Dome: NC lawmaker equates Islamic prayer with terrorism 'Filthy homosexuals': Michigan GOP leader Dave Agema's Facebook post sparks furor Renew America Reveals Satan's Ten Gay Commandments Republican Congressman Cites Biblical Great Flood To Say Climate Change Isn't Man-Made Survey http://www.wizzard.tv/survey/dissonancepod Go To ur website: http://dissonancepod.com to check out the images mentioned in this show.
          Episode 75: Kill the Gays Bill   
Uganda Passes ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Christian Teacher Burned Crosses onto Students' Arms and Pushed Creationism -- Now He's Claims His "Free Speech" Was Violated? We don’t have all the answers, evolution is a theory Here Is What Louisiana Schoolchildren Learn About Evolution Texas petition to secede reaches threshold for .. Drunk-Driving Teen Sentenced to 10 Years of Church Attendance as Part of His Probation Lawyer for anti-gay Christian group arrested for child porn Indian woman dies after abortion refusal in Ireland Perry Noble Blames Homosexuality on Non-Tithing Christians Science isn't Scary youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ScienceIsnotScary?feature=watch Visit our Website at http://dissonancepod.com for more info.
          Episode 56: Purity Ballz   
Friday the 13th Phobia Rooted in Ancient History Televangelist Tells Christians to Write in ‘Jesus’ on Election Day Mexico: Christian fundamentalists burn down a school “possessed by the devil” (video) State Officials Say It’s Time To Pray For Rain Controversial religion from Japan finds success in Uganda, infuriating Christian clerics American Family Association Calls For Boycott Of Google Over Company's Support Of LGBT Rights SPLC demands hate group stop misusing gay couple’s engagement photo Pledging Virginity to Dad: A New Doc Explores the World of ‘Purity Balls’ Afghan female rights activist killed in latest act of violence against women Islamic Clerics Call on Egypt to Destroy Great Pyramids Anal sex is your passport to paradise – but only if you’re a suicide bomber Imam arrested on sodomy charges Report: Cannibal Cult in Papua New Guinea Killed Seven ‘Evil Sorcerers,’ Used Their Penises to Make SoupClips: Neil Degrasse Tyson, The Simpsons, Jesus Camp, AFA Vs. Google, Allahu Akbar, A Few Good Men.Visit our Website at http://dissonancepod.com for more info.
          Africa: Uganda Ends Zambia's Africa Netball Championship Dream   
[Times of Zambia] Zambia's campaign at the Africa Netball Championship ended in defeat as the cash strapped team lost 67-50 to Uganda, who made history by becoming the first host nation to win the continental event unbeaten.
          Episode 12 - Prayers for Rain   
This podcast is for the week of 9/5/2011 to 9/11/2011. News Items for this Week: Three homosexuals murdered in Iran for being Gay. In Uganda, AIDS patients pray for a cure instead of taking medicine. A statue of the Virgin Mary is credited with preventing a home from burning in the Texas wildfires. The jobless are encouraged to take their resume to church and put it on the altar to help them get a job. Rick Perry has a pray for rain weekend backfire, emphasis on FIRE. Perry cuts budgets for protecting against wildfires. Bachmann wants to get rid of the Department of Education, citing the constitution. Ron Paul wants to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood. New photos of the moon landing from the Lunar Orbiter. Clergy not admitted to 9/11 ceremony. Rick Perry cites Galileo when asked about climate change. Clips used: Intro clip: Steve Hughes: the "straightness" of gay men, and the "gayness" of straight men. Segment clips: Jesus Camp, “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen, “What Ever Happened to Mary,” Chumbawamba, Apollo 11 recording.
          Inside Facebook’s plan to wire Uganda with fibre optic internet… and why it could fail   

There is no debating how important Internet connectivity is, by extension, fast Internet connectivity – the type made possible by fiber. In my opinion, fiber infrastructure requires long-term vision and patient investment capital. If such infrastructure is harnessed correctly, the returns are infinite. Just think of how physical networks like railways, oil pipelines, and roads spur economic and social activity. In this age, the Internet could potentially have even more extraordinary results, but this may not be the case with Facebook’s fiber optic project in Uganda. It has been four months since Facebook announced its ambitious 770 km backhaul fiber…

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          Comment on Pathogenic microbes with characteristics pigments production by Robert Opio   
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          Ugandan National player looks back at basketball upbringing in Cambridge   

Those are my earliest memories of playing basketball in Cambridge.” ... We'd go play at the river, we'd play at the Central Square YMCA, [we'd play] ...

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          TGGA YATOA SOMO JUKWAA LA UWEZESHAJI WANAWAKE KIUCHUMI KISARAWE    
 Katibu Tawala wa Wilaya ya Kisarawe, Mtera Mwampamba (kulia) akipata maelezo kutoka kwa Kamishna wa Chama cha Tanzania Girl Guides (TGGA) Makao Makuu, Rose  Majuva kuhusu kazi zinazofanywa na chama hicho ikiwemo kuwapa uwezo wanawake wa kujitambua na kujiamini alipokwenda kuzindua Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi wilayani humo.

Majuva aliwaasa wanawaje kuacha kutumia mikopo ya benki kuchezea ngoma bali waitumie kujiendeleza kibiashara na kuwa na tabia ya kulipa kwa wakati mikopo hiyo. Pia aliwaeleza mbinu mbalimbali za kufanya biashara na miiko yake. (PICHA NA RICHARD MWAIKENDAKAMANDA WA MATUKIO BLOG
 Wananchi wakisikiiza kwa makini maelezo kutoka kwa Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Valentina Gonza jijsi ya kutengeneza jiko la kutumia mwanga wa jua kupikia vyakula mbalimbali kwa gharama nafuu wakati wa maonesho yaliyofanyika wakati wa uzinduzi wa jukwaa hilo mjini Kisarawe.

 Girl Guides wa TGGA, wakitengeneza Green House ya kupanda matunda na mbogamboga majumbani waliposhiriki uzinduzi wa Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi wilayani Kisarawe. Kutoka kushoto ni Rachel Baganyire kutoka Uganda, Michelle kutoka Rwanda na Happy Mshana wa Makao Makuu ya TGGA, Dar es Salaam.
 Kamishna wa Makao Makuu ya TGGA, Rose Majuva (kulia) akisoma maadili ya kiongozi anavyotakiwa awe wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa la Uwezeshaji Wanawake Kiuchumi Wilaya ya Kisarawe.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Ruth Namatanga akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam,Rehema Kijazi akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Valentina Gonza akigawa karatasi ya kupigia kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Mkufunzi wa TGGA, Makao Makuu Dar es Salaam, Ruth Namatanga akikusanya kura kwa Wajasiriamali wakati wa uchaguzi wa viongozi wa Jukwaa hilo.
 Baadhi ya viongozi wa TGGA wakihesabu kura wakati wa uchaguzi huo
 Viongozi wa TGGA wakiwa kwenye banda lao wakati wa maonesho yaliyofanyika wakati wa uzinduzi wa Jukwaa hilo mjini Kisarawe
 Katibu Tawala wa Wilaya ya Kisarawe, Mtera Mwampamba (kulia),  akiangalia kiroba cha mkaa uliotengenezwa kiasili kwa kutumia taka mbalimbali alipokuwa akitembelea  mabanda ya wajasiriamali kabla ya kuzindua Jukwaa hilo. Kushoto ni Gifti Mbaraka wa banda hilo la Vijana Wasiriamali Wakulima Kisarawe. Katikati ni Mkurugenzi wa Halmashauri ya Kisarawe, Mussa Gama.
 Mwampamba akiangalia bidhaa mbalimbali za wajasiriamali
 Girl Guides kutoka Madagascar akijitambulisha wakati wa mkutano wa Jukwaa hilo. Kutoka kulia ni Rachel Baganyire kutoka Uganda na Michelle kutoka Rwanda. Vijana hao wapo nchini kwa miezi sita katika programu ya kubadilishana uozefu katika masuala ya utamaduni, uongozi na ujasiriamali
Mkufunzi kutoka Makao Makuu ta TGGA, Happy Mshana akielezea jinsi alivyopata uzoefu alipoiwakilisha TGGA kwenye mafunzo ya kubadilisha uzoefu nchini Madagascar

          Pastor Lively Files Challenge to Judge's Prejudicial Language   
Contact: Liberty Counsel, 407-875-1776, Media@LC.org; Press Kit   SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 8, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Earlier this week federal Judge Michael A. Ponsor ruled that he lacked jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit against Pastor Scott Lively by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Company that the federal Alien Tort Statute (ATS) does not allow a foreign citizen to sue a U.S. citizen in America allegin Source: Liberty Counsel
          Government Relations Manager at Living Goods   
At Living Goods we empower people to improve the health of their families, friends and communities. Living Goods supports networks of 'Avon-like' health entrepreneurs who go door to door to teach families how to improve their health and wealth and sell life-changing products such as simple treatments for malaria and diarrhea, safe delivery kits, fortified foods, clean cook stoves, water filters, and solar lights. By combining the best practices from business and public health, we are dramatically lowering child mortality AND creating livelihoods for thousands of enterprising women. Living Goods supports a network of over 2,000 micro-entrepreneurs in Uganda and Kenya who teach families in their communities how to improve health and well-being while selling affordable, high-impact products like basic medicines, fortified foods, water filters, clean cook-stoves, and solar lights. As part of the Branch Team, you will play a key role in supporting Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to deliver high quality health care to their communities and generate sales of critical products. Responsibilities Support driving the Kenya advocacy and influencing plan of Living Goods through organizing and managing a variety of stakeholder's engagement activities. Maintain a stakeholder database and manage the day to day relationships with all key influencers and other partners at county level. Support in the initial engagement with a new county and sub county, helping to establish new ways of working and support the branch staff in stakeholder engagement and ensuring the county and sub county government are fully engaged and supportive of our operations. Represent and offer support in county and sub county technical meetings and engagements and actively seek out, identify, advise upon and implement opportunities for collaborative work across the sector. Prepare and give feedbacks to the sub counties on the implementation impact realized on a quarterly basis and prepare joint plans. Prepare and present reports and key insights as necessary to national and county groups and individuals. Track and update the Director for Health and Government Relations on the status of all LG obligations to the county governments. Support the field teams in managing the daily relations with the government and other stakeholders. Qualifications and Person Specifications Degree in health sciences. Post-graduate training in Management or Public Health an added advantage. 5 years or more experience bringing a sound understanding of the Kenya Health System and prior work experience with and/or involving close association with national and county governments. Entrepreneurial spirit and drive for results. Exceptional natural leader with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Should be flexible and willing to travel across Kenya and periodically stay up-country. Good computer and analytical skills a must.
          Sales Executive at Harriet Group   
Harriet Group of Companies Ltd is a dynamic and exponentially growing group with operations in Europe, Kenya, Uganda and UAE. We offer quality services in the following vertical markets; Publishing, Strategic Marketing, Corporate Communications and PR, Events Management, Empowerment/mentor-ship and corporate support services. Responsibilities for the Sales Executive Job You role will be 100% sales You will be required to meet your targets You will be required to be very professional and good in your sales efforts in the following areas; Emailing Telesales Field sales Meetings Follow up and closure Other methods you chose to employ You will be required to be a good team player Qualifications for the Sales Executive Job At least 2 years' experience in sales To be a fluent English speaker A professional demeanor is very important
          Kony 2012: How Much Do People Really Know?   
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Frierson) -- The KONY 2012 viral internet video has people all over the world fired up about rebel atrocities in Uganda, but how much do people really know about the conflict? WMOT reporter Cortney Frierson spoke with students on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University to find out.
          Comentario en Reseña: Sushi Go! por Jugandalf el gris   
Hola de nuevo iMissut! Te dejo el enlace del articulo que he subido hoy mismo, ha sido un curro considerable al final. Te enlacé también en tu reseña del Love letter, que me pareció q estaba muy bien tambien. http://bit.ly/2tq8APt Si te gusta y t aptce compartirlo por las redes seria un gran empujon :) Gracias, un saludo!
          Italian Coffee Brands   

Italian Coffee Brands
Famous Italian Coffee Brands

The history of coffee in Italy goes back to the 17th century, when the Italian merchants got it from the Muslim countries like Middle East, the northern part of Africa, Persia and Turkey. Although the Italian coffee is very famous, the Italians do not grow the beans themselves. Most of it is exported from countries like India, Belgium, Russia, Germany and Spain. If you want one of the best coffee in the world, then what you can do is use the Italian coffee brands. Here is a list of Italian coffee brands that you can try out.

Lavazza
The Luigi Lavazza S.p.A., an Italian coffee products manufacturer, was founded in the later 19th century by Luigi Lavazza. What started off as a small grocery store, now exports coffee nearly all over the world. The Lavazza company gets the coffee beans from various parts of the world where coffee is grown, such as from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Uganda. This Italian coffee brand is famous all over the country and as well as the world and is popularly known as "Italy's favorite coffee". This company also looks after the agricultural program to ensure that the growers can grow good quality beans. The company has spread over countries like Spain, France, United Kingdom, Austria, India and Portugal.

Illy
The next brand among the Italian coffee drinks, is the Illy. This company was founded in the region of Trieste, by Francesco Illy (who invented the first automatic coffee machine in 1935), in the later 20th century. At present, his grandson, Andrea Illy and his siblings, Riccardo Illy and Anna Illy, are running the company. This brand is famous for one blend of coffee in three roast variations; the dark, the normal roasted and the decaffeinated. The beans used by this company are mainly from Arabia, the Arabica beans, which are low in caffeine content.

Segafredo Zanetti

This Italian coffee brand was founded by Massimo Zanetti. Like the other Italian coffee brands, this brand too started off from a small store and then swiftly became popular across the world. Segafredo Zanetti, is one of the leading producers of Espresso in the world and it is also the leading brand of Italian coffee. If you want a taste of Italian coffee then this brand is the first brand that you have to try out.

Molinari
The history of this Italian brand of coffee goes back to the early 19th century by the Molinari family. After the company became popular, the name of the company was changed from Giuseppe Molinari to Ditta Fratelli Molinari and they opened their own coffee house in the 19th century in Rome and that became the meeting point of several intellectual people. The Molinari family then set up a coffee roasting center and after that there was no looking back for the family. Today this coffee brand is known not only in Italy but across the world.

          Donovan, Beasley speak about Ghana rivalry [Video]   
Clint Dempsey scored against Ghana at the World Cup
Just as James Bond always seems to run into his nemesis at a casino, the U.S. men's national team always seems to encounter Ghana at the World Cup.

The Americans and the Black Stars have squared off in each of the past three editions of the tournament and the 2-1 score line in every match has shown that not much has separated the two sides. Ghana prevailed on the last day of the group stage in 2006, with Stephen Appiah's penalty knocking the U.S. out of the tournament. The Black Stars duplicated the feat in South Africa four years later, prevailing in the round of 16 thanks to Asamoah Gyan's extra-time goal. The U.S. finally got a measure of revenge in Brazil in 2014, with John Brooks' 86th minute goal proving to be the difference.







The two sides will meet amid more relaxed surroundings this Saturday, playing in a friendly at Hartford's Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. But given the big games involving the two teams, is the matchup turning into an underrated rivalry? That sentiment has seeped a bit into the media and respective fan bases given that the time horizon of their memories runs longer than that of most players. It's certainly not thought of that way on the U.S. side.

"It just seemed more coincidental I guess," said former U.S. international Landon Donovan in an exclusive interview. "It just seemed like in the draws or the way the tournaments worked out, you always ended up playing them. 'How did we get Ghana again?'"

U.S. veteran defender DaMarcus Beasley added, "In 2014, it was honestly never talked about that 'Oh, Ghana beat us in '06 and 2010 and now we have to come out and beat them.' There was a little extra motivation, but a lot of guys weren't even in those World Cups, so it was tough to have it feel like a rivalry with Ghana."

That said, the two sides have delivered plenty of drama when they've met. And the Black Stars have proved to be a difficult opponent for the U.S. simply because its strengths have tended to mirror those of the Americans, while also having edges in other critical areas.

"One of the things we would have over tactically better teams or technically better teams was our athleticism," said Donovan. "That would get thrown out when you would played Ghana because they were either as athletic or more athletic than we were, so we couldn't use that as a strength in the way we could against other teams.



"Then, a lot of times with African countries or sometimes Caribbean or Central American countries, they're a little disorganized and so you could take advantage in that way. But Ghana is at the higher end of that spectrum where they were just organized enough to cause us problems. Coupled with their athleticism, they could make enough plays where they would keep us from scoring, and it just ended up being a bad matchup in that way for us."

For Donovan, the two losses to Ghana were painful in different ways. By the time the 2006 match rolled around, his confidence was at a low ebb, and that didn't change that day in Nuremberg. By Donovan's own admission he played "poorly and timidly." The U.S. was also on the business end of a hugely controversial decision: Appiah's penalty came courtesy of a phantom foul by Oguchi Onyewu.

"It's a game that always sticks out in my mind as everything I didn't want to be as a soccer player," said Donovan. "That was a game we all thought we should have won."

But it was the 2010 defeat that cut deepest. After the U.S. won its group, its side of the bracket looked wide open as the winner of its game against Ghana would face off against the winner of Uruguay and South Korea. A trip to the semifinals was a distinct possibility.

"At this point in our history, we're not a team that can look way down the bracket regardless of who we come up against and say, 'We should be in the quarters or the semis,' like a team like Germany or Brazil or Spain. If the bracket lined up like it was Brazil in the round of 16, Germany in the quarterfinal, then you would look at it through a different lens. When it's Ghana and then it would have been Uruguay, you look at it realistically and say, 'these are teams that we can beat.'"

It didn't happen. Instead, a giveaway from Ricardo Clark that turned into an early goal for Kevin-Prince Boateng and a sub-par day from goalkeeper Tim Howard saw the U.S. fall; a golden opportunity was missed. Donovan is of the opinion that the U.S. was emotionally spent from the emotional roller coaster that was its last-gasp win over Algeria in the group stage. One minute the U.S. was looking like it would exit the tournament, the next it was a group winner.



"I think if we had a few more days to prepare, we could have put a better performance together," he said of the Ghana match. "They were [coming off short rest] too, don't get me wrong, but it was a survival of the fittest game and we just didn't have enough."

So what changed in 2014? The U.S. was certainly more clinical in front of goal. In addition to Brooks' goal, Clint Dempsey's slalom through the Ghanaian defense gave the Americans an early lead. But this was a day when the U.S. defended a little bit better than its counterparts despite conceding Andre Ayew's late equalizer. And on this day, the U.S. had to be better on defense, given that it had just 38.9 percent of possession.

"You definitely have to be defensively sound because if you get stretched against a team like Ghana, they're going to kill you," said Beasley, who started at left-back that day. "They're so fast and so quick on the counter that if you have too many guys forward, they're very skillful and quick enough to make two or three passes and then have a one-on-one with the keeper. Making sure that you're defensively smart, and that all your lines are working as a unit, you can be OK. I think we made it hard for them."

Ghana remain near the top of Africa's elite. They fell on penalty kicks to Ivory Coast at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and fell in the semis of the 2017 edition. However, their World Cup qualifying campaign is in peril thanks to a 0-0 home draw against Uganda that has left them in third place of its four-team group through two matches.

As for the U.S., there is a perception in Africa that the U.S. isn't as invested in soccer as one might expect. Without question, investment has increased, although the competition within the U.S. sporting landscape remains intense.

"I think the issue is that people see the investment that goes into the other sports in America, and they assume American soccer doesn't have real investment," Donovan said. "The reality of America is that you can have four or five or six top-notch sports that all have significant investment. So while it probably doesn't look like it from an outsider perspective, there are still significant resources going into the growth and development of soccer here. This has only been really a 30-year project since Paul Caligiuri's goal [that sent the U.S. to Italia 1990.] We're still pretty far ahead of the curve, and it's only going to get better."

The U.S. will be hoping that will continue on Saturday, although it's likely that Ghana, just like in the World Cup, will be mighty difficult to overcome.

Watch Ghana vs USA Video Below:







Source: espn.com
          5DmkII in Uganda part 2   

My second video with Man Booker prize winning writer Anne Enright as she visits the Katine project in Uganda. The project run by aid agency AMREF is sponsored by the Guardian and Barclays bank. More details or make a donation look here guardian.co.uk/katine

A run and gun video shot entirely on a Canon Eos5DmkII with a Nikon 17-35 f2.8 and Contax/Zeiss 85mm f1.4

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There were a number of challenges shooting this video. I didn't have a Matte box wide enough and so the extremely bright light caused my neutral density filters to flare so much I had to give up on them causing higher shutter speeds than I would have liked.

With most of the shots done handheld with a modified Red Rock Micro rig I had to devise a way to see the screen and focus. The solution was a hood-pro hoodsock borrowed from my Sony EX-1 jury rigged to the screen. It works quite effectively allowing shooting in the brightest conditions and you can focus quite well.

Audio was handled entirely by a Sennheiser MKE400D microphone. This wasn't easy as I couldn't monitor it at all. I did a back up recording on my Edirol R-09 for safety.

The result isn't perfect and there is room for improvement but I hope it proves what can be done in a documentary with DSLR video.

This time all footage was converted to XDCAM EX using Mpeg Streamclip before editing in Final Cut pro. There are only basic brightness and colour adjustments.

More on Anne Enright here:
guardian.co.uk/books/2007/oct/16/bookerprize2007.thebookerprize6

Cast: Dan Chung

Tags: 5dmkII, Canon, Nikon, Anne Enright, The Guardian, Zeiss, Uganda, AMREF and aid


          The extreme violence of Uganda’s militant LRA   
With the Kony 2012 video about the abuses of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony making its way through the Internet, more people than ever are aware of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), a ruthless insurgency that has operated in central Africa for decades. Unfortunately, the Kony 2012 video has done little to foster a real understanding of why the LRA uses such extreme violence.
          E-Commerce Firm Kilimall Takes On a B2B Model to Achieve ‘Africa’s Alibaba’ Dream   

E-Commerce firm Kilimall has launched a Sino-African Business To Business (B2B) Model that will lay a solid foundation on its pursuit of being the Alibaba of Africa. The online commerce company which has its operations in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda is set to implement the model that will allow merchants in continental Africa to conduct […]

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          Amnesty Internetional - Rapporto 2010 - La Situazione dei Diritti Umani nel Mondo   

Il Rapporto Annuale 2010 di Amnesty International documenta la situazione dei diritti umani in 159 paesi e territori nel corso del 2009.

Il Rapporto ripercorre un anno in cui la richiesta di giustizia è sembrata per molti essere un ideale lontano, mentre la vita quotidiana delle persone continuava a essere dilaniata da repressioni, violenze, discriminazioni, giochi di potere e battute d'arresto politiche.

Ma il Rapporto celebra anche progressi concreti, rivelando come sia divenuto ormai sempre più difficile per i responsabili dei peggiori crimini assicurarsi l'impunità.

La richiesta di giustizia non si limita più solo a garantire indennizzi per uccisioni o torture, ma si estende fino a occuparsi della negazione di tutti quei diritti necessari a ogni persona per vivere in dignità la propria vita.

Introduzione al Rapporto Annuale 2010 di Claudio Cordone,

Segretario Generale ad interim di Amnesty International

Tra gennaio e maggio del 2009, nello Sri Lanka, circa 300.000 civili sono rimasti intrappolati in una piccola striscia di terra, tra le Tigri per la liberazione della patria Tamil (Ltte) in ritirata e l'esercito che avanzava. Nonostante un crescendo di denunce di violazioni dei diritti umani, il Consiglio di sicurezza non è intervenuto. Almeno 7000 persone sono state uccise ma alcune fonti parlano persino di 20.000. Il governo dello Sri Lanka ha liquidato le notizie di crimini di guerra commesse dalle sue forze armate e ha respinto le richieste di un'indagine internazionale.

Nel contempo, non ha svolto alcuna inchiesta credibile e indipendente. Il Consiglio Onu dei diritti umani è stato convocato in sessione speciale, ma i giochi di potere hanno portato gli stati membri ad approvare una risoluzione proposta dallo Sri Lanka, in cui ci si complimentava per il successo ottenuto contro l'Ltte. Alla fine dell'anno, nonostante ulteriori prove di crimini di guerra e di altre violazioni dei diritti umani, nessuno era stato portato di fronte alla giustizia.

È veramente difficile immaginare un fallimento peggiore nell'accertamento delle responsabilità di chi ha violato i diritti umani.

Tutto questo mi ha fatto tornare in mente l'introduzione al Rapporto annuale 1992. Intitolata "Farla franca con gli omicidi", questa denunciava i tanti paesi in cui leader civili o militari responsabili di aver ordinato o tollerato omicidi, sparizioni forzate, stupri sistematici e altre torture, non correvano alcun pericolo di essere chiamati a risponderne di fronte alla giustizia.

Lo Sri Lanka figurava nell'elenco, in quanto il governo dell'epoca era venuto meno al dovere di sottoporre a procedimenti giudiziari i responsabili di decine di migliaia di esecuzioni extragiudiziali e sparizioni forzate, nella violenta reppressione dell'insurrezione interna degli anni 1988-90.

La domanda è spontanea: è cambiato qualcosa negli ultimi due decenni? Se esaminiamo la situazione dello Sri Lanka nel 2009 o quelle della Colombia o di Gaza, sarebbe facile concludere che no, non è cambiato niente. E se cosÌ stanno le cose, perché ostinarsi a chiedere che i responsabili delle violazioni dei diritti umani siano chiamati a rispondere del loro operato? In questo modo, però, rischieremmo di perdere di vista gli importanti progressi fatti in meno di 20 anni che, nonostante sfide vecchie e nuove, rendono oggi più difficile a chi ha commesso dei crimini sfuggire alla giustizia.

È vero, il raggio d'azione della legge è lungi dall'essere totale. Alcuni casi sono fuori da ogni monitoraggio, in altri la giustizia ci mette troppo tempo. Ma ci sono dei progressi. Per di più, l'accertamento delle responsabilità è stato esteso dal tipico ambito della ricerca della giustizia per omicidi e torture, alle violazioni di diritti umani fondamentali come quello al cibo, all'educazione, all'alloggio e alla salute, diritti necessari per vivere in dignità.

I risultati raggiunti

Essere chiamati a rispondere per qualcosa che si è fatto, o qualcosa che si è mancato di fare, e che ha avuto conseguenze dirette su altre persone è un concetto ampio: lo si può usare, dal punto di vista politico, come nelle elezioni; oppure, da un punto di vista morale, per misurare i valori di una società.

Gli standard internazionali sui diritti umani si concentrano sulla cosiddetta "accountability" per definire una responsabilità di tipo giuridico. Le persone hanno dei diritti che devono essere previsti e protetti dalla legge. Coloro che detengono il potere hanno i doveri, a loro volta sanciti dalle leggi, di rispettare, proteggere e garantire i diritti individuali.

Essere chiamati a rispondere, sul piano giuridico, delle proprie azioni, è importante, soprattutto e in primo luogo, perché chi ha sofferto un danno ha diritto alla verità e alla giustizia. Le vittime e i loro familiari devono vedere i torti subiti riconosciuti e i responsabili chiamati a risponderne. Verificare se le vittime hanno titolo a ricevere un risarcimento, scoprire quanto è accaduto, da parte di chi e perché è tanto importante quanto portare di fronte a un giudice i responsabili delle violazioni commesse.

Accertare i fatti e chiarire le responsabilità aiuta anche a guardare avanti. Costituisce una forma di deterrenza nei confronti di chi ha commesso un crimine e anche una base su cui avviare riforme delle istituzioni statali e internazionali. Meccanismi efficaci ed efficienti in questo ambito possono aiutare gli stati a rendere migliori le leggi e la prassi e a verificare l'impatto di queste ultime sulla vita delle persone.

Negli ultimi 20 anni, una campagna globale è riuscita a stabilire il ruolo della giustizia internazionale. Tra i suoi successi, c'è l'istituzione nel 1998 della Corte penale internazionale (Icc), ispirata dai tribunali internazionali che si occupano di genocidio, crimini contro l'umanità e crimini di guerra nell'ex Jugoslavia e in Ruanda.

Il 2009 è stato uno spartiacque: un capo di stato in carica, il presidente del Sudan Al Bashir è stato raggiunto da un mandato d'arresto emesso dall'Icc per cinque imputazioni relative a crimini contro l'umanità (omicidio, sterminio, trasferimento forzato di popolazione, tortura e stupro) e due imputazioni di crimini di guerra (per aver colpito la popolazione civile).

Alla fine del 2009, il procuratore dell'Icc aveva avviato indagini su tre situazioni deferite alla Corte dagli stati in cui erano occorsi i crimini, in Uganda, Repubblica Democratica del Congo e Repubblica Centrafricana, e su una situazione deferitale dal Consiglio di sicurezza in Darfur, Sudan. Il procuratore aveva inoltre richiesto alla Camera preprocessuale di autorizzarlo ad aprire un'ulteriore indagine in Kenya. L'Icc ha chiamato a comparire, oltre al presidente sudanese, il capo di un gruppo armato del Darfur e ha emesso mandati d'arresto per un leader della milizia, per un funzionario governativo di alto profilo e per il presidente del Sudan, oltre che per i capi di gruppi armati operanti in Uganda, Repubblica Democratica del Congo e Repubblica Centrafricana. Si è trattato di passi avanti importanti per affermare il principio che tutti coloro che commettono crimini di guerra o crimini contro l'umanità devono essere chiamati a risponderne allo stesso modo, che siedano in un governo o appartengano ad altre forze.

Recentemente, il procuratore dell'Icc ha ampliato il raggio geografico d'azione del suo lavoro, avviando indagini preliminari su quattro situazioni al di fuori dell'Africa: Afghanistan, Colombia, Georgia e il conflitto di Gaza e del sud d'Israele del 2008-2009.

Il processo di ratifica progressiva dello Statuto di Roma dell'Icc (110 stati alla fine del 2009) ha dato il via a riforme legali a livello nazionale per conferire alle corti locali giurisdizione su crimini di diritto internazionale, tali da consentire di incriminare presunti autori di reati quando si trovano all'estero, nel caso in cui, e solo nel caso in cui, beneficino dell'impunità nel loro paese.

Nonostante alcuni passi indietro, registrati lo scorso anno, nello sviluppo di un sistema di giurisdizione universale, come l'appovazione in Spagna di una legge che restringe il suo ambito di applicazione, avvocati hanno avviato cause e alcune hanno registrato progressi presso i tribunali nazionali (nelle Americhe, in Europa e in Africa). In Sudafrica, a dicembre, due Organizzazioni non governative hanno contestato in tribunale la decisione delle autorità di non aprire un'indagine secondo la legge sulla giurisdizione universale del Sudafrica, in merito alle accuse di crimini contro l'umanità commessi in Zimbabwe da persone che era noto avessero visitato il Sudafrica.

Alla fine dell'anno, più di 40 stati, dal 1998, avevano emanato legislazioni per ribadire o ampliare la giurisdizione universale su crimini di diritto internazionale, contribuendo in questo modo a tappare una piccola parte della falla globale dell'impunità.

Queste indagini e questi procedimenti hanno trasformato il modo in cui i governi e l'opinione pubblica valutano i crimini di diritto internazionale. Sempre di più, questi casi sono visti per quello che sono: gravi reati che meritano di essere sottoposti a inchieste e processi, piuttosto che questioni politiche da risolvere per via diplomatica. Essendomi impegnato strenuamente, insieme ai miei colleghi, per assicurare alla giustizia l'ex presidente cileno Augusto Pinochet dopo il suo arresto a Londra nel 1998, sono particolarmente incoraggiato da questo cambio di prospettiva.

In tutta l'America Latina, tribunali e governi stanno riaprendo le indagini su crimini a lungo occultati dalle leggi di amnistia. Questi sviluppi mostrano come, persino a distanza di decenni, e nonostante numerose amnistie e provvedimenti d'impunità emanati per bloccare le inchieste, la società civile continua a lottare per buttare giù gli ostacoli alla verità, alla giustizia e alla riparazione.

Tra le molte sentenze che possono essere considerate pietre miliari, figura indubbiamente la condanna nell'aprile 2009 dell'ex presidente peruviano Alberto Fujimori, per crimini contro l'umanità. Questa ha dato un minimo di conforto alle famiglie di coloro che furono sequestrati, torturati e assassinati dalle squadre della morte in tre casi risalenti all'inizio degli anni Novanta. A ottobre, la Corte suprema dell'Uruguay ha stabilito che la legge d'amnistia prolungata alla fine degli anni Ottanta era nulla e priva di efficacia, in quanto non in linea con gli obblighi di diritto internazionale del paese. Alla fine dell'anno, in uno dei più importanti processi dopo il governo militare (1976-1983), i pubblici ministeri dell'Argentina hanno iniziato a presentare le prove a carico di 17 membri delle forze armate e della polizia accusati di torture, sparizioni forzate e omicidi all'interno della famigerata Scuola superiore di meccanica della Marina (Esma).

Nel 2009, la ricerca della giustizia è andata ben oltre l'America Latina. La Sierra Leone, per esempio, si è avvicinata alla riconciliazione col suo passato grazie alla conclusione di tutti i processi della Corte speciale per la Sierra Leone, tranne quello nei confronti dell'ex presidente della Liberia Charles Taylor, ancora in corso. In Asia, uno dei più truci comandanti dei khmer rossi è finalmente arrivato in un'aula di tribunale, per rispondere di crimini di guerra e crimini contro l'umanità commessi oltre 30 anni prima: Kaing Guek Eav, conosciuto anche come Duch, era il comandante dell'Ufficio per la sicurezza del carcere S-21, dove vennero torturate e uccise almeno 14.000 persone, tra l'aprile 1975 e il gennaio 1979. Si è trattato del primo processo celebrato dalle "Camere straordinarie dei tribunali della Cambogia", che in quanto tribunali temporanei devono lasciare il passo a un sistema giudiziario funzionante non appena possibile, ma che almeno permettono ai sopravvissuti di rendere note le loro sofferenze.

Anche gli stati potenti hanno scoperto che non sempre possono sfuggire alla giustizia. Mentre alcuni stati europei hanno agito blandamente sulle violazioni dei diritti umani nel contesto della "guerra al terrore" diretta dagli Usa, a novembre un tribunale italiano ha condannato 22 agenti della Cia, un funzionario dell'Air Force statunitense e due agenti dell'intelligence italiana per il loro coinvolgimento nel sequestro di Usama Mustafa Hassan Nasr (Abu Omar), avvenuto nel settembre 2003 a Milano. Abu Omar era stato trasferito in Egitto, attraverso una rendition, e qui detenuto in segreto per 14 mesi e, come da lui denunciato, sottoposto a torture. Il processo ha avuto luogo in larga parte grazie alla determinazione dell'ufficio della procura milanese nel far rispettare la legge e nonostante le pressioni del governo a chiudere il caso e il fatto che nessuno degli agenti Usa fosse mai stato arrestato né tantomeno fosse presente in aula.

L'esistenza dell'Icc ha portato una più seria attenzione persino in stati dove l'immunità avrebbe potuto essere garantita dalla mancanza formale di accettazione della giurisdizione della Corte.

Il Consiglio Onu dei diritti umani ha istituito una missione indipendente di accertamento dei fatti, presieduta dal giudice sudafricano Richard Goldstone (già Procuratore dei tribunali penali internazionali per il Ruanda e l'ex Jugoslavia) e chiamata a indagare sulle presunte violazioni durante i 22 giorni di conflitto a Gaza e nel sud d'Israele, terminati nel gennaio 2009. Il rapporto Goldstone è giunto a conclusioni analoghe a quelle delle missioni di ricerca di Amnesty International, e cioè che sia le forze israeliane, sia Hamas (e altri gruppi palestinesi) avevano commesso crimini di guerra e forse anche crimini contro l'umanità.

Il rapporto Goldstone, sottolineando che "la prolungata situazione d'impunità ha dato luogo a una crisi della giustizia", ha raccomandato che se le due parti non avessero svolto indagini e portato i responsabili davanti alla giustizia, il Consiglio di sicurezza avrebbe dovuto esercitare la sua autorità e deferire il caso all'Icc. Nel novembre 2009, l'Assemblea generale dell'Onu ha dato alla parte israeliana e a quella palestinese tre mesi di tempo per dimostrare di essere intenzionati ad aprire indagini in linea con gli standard del diritto internazionale.

Un esempio di risposta rapida della comunità internazionale è stato l'istituzione, da parte delle Nazioni Unite, di una Commissione d'inchiesta sui fatti del 29 settembre quando a Conakry, la capitale della Guinea, 150 persone sono state uccise e molte donne stuprate in pubblico da parte di uomini delle forze di sicurezza, intervenuti per reprimere brutalmente una manifestazione pacifica in corso nello stadio. A dicembre, l'inchiesta ha concluso che erano stati commessi crimini contro l'umanità e ha raccomandato di deferire il caso all'Icc, che ha avviato un esame preliminare.

Infine, gli ultimi 20 anni hanno visto una crescita esponenziale dei meccanismi di "giustizia transitoria", in molti paesi usciti da lunghi periodi di conflitto armato o di repressione politica e che hanno iniziato a fare i conti col loro passato, mediante differenti modelli di accertamento delle responsabilità. Nel corso del 2009, procedimenti di verità e riconciliazione e i loro aggiornamenti sono andati avanti in Liberia, Isole Salomone e Marocco/Sahara Occidentale.

Il Marocco è il solo paese dell'area Medio Oriente - Africa del Nord ad aver agito in questo modo, anche senza aver introdotto elementi di giustizia penale. Mentre ad Amnesty International raccoglievamo le informazioni utili per supportare questo processo, dopo decenni di ricerca su casi individuali, era chiaro a tutti noi che l'accertamento delle responsabilità debba andare di pari passo con quello della verità, se davvero si vuole ottenere una riconciliazione basata sulla giustizia.

La tentazione rimane quella di dire che "il passato è passato" ma l'esperienza ha dimostrato che consentire ai responsabili di "farla franca con gli omicidi" può condurre a una pace precaria e di breve durata.


          Soldatini di Piombo    

Una piaga sociale, quella dei bambini soldato, lungi dall'essere sanata: oltre trecentomila minorenni attualmente impegnati in conflitti nel mondo, e centinaia di migliaia che hanno combattuto nell'ultimo decennio in eserciti governativi o armate di opposizione.

Il dramma dei bambini-soldato in Uganda e in Sierra Leone, raccontati dal giornalista e missionario fondatore della MISNA, la Missionary Service News Agency, la più importante agenzia di informazione e controinformazione sulle aree più depresse del mondo.

Uganda e Sierra Leone sono due realtà segnate da un comune denominatore:

la sofferenza inferta su un'umanità ancora imberbe,
con un'inusitata voglia di vivere che rende le loro storie ancora più agghiaccianti.

Giulio Albanese racconta una serie di storie incentrate sul dramma dei bambini soldato in Uganda e in Sierra Leone, due realtà emblematiche per tutti coloro che si battono contro l'arruolamento dei minori.

Due paesi in cui la violenza devastante del mondo degli adulti non lascia speranze a un'umanità ancora imberbe, piegata con strumenti di pressione fisica e psicologica a combattere senza pietà: vera e propria ‟carne da cannone" al servizio del gioco del potere degli adulti. Rapiti all'età di dieci-undici anni, i bambini vengono convinti di essere invincibili attraverso strani riti magici di derivazione animistica e dal rilascio progressivo sottopelle di sostanze amfetaminiche.

Talvolta la loro cieca violenza è rivolta contro gli stessi villaggi dove sono cresciuti, fatto che poi vanifica, alla fine del conflitto, ogni strategia di reinserimento nelle famiglie di origine.

‟Super Soldier ha nove anni quando viene sequestrato in Sierra Leone dai ribelli del Fronte unito rivoluzionario (Ruf). Qualcuno ha l'ardire di raccontargli che avrebbe dovuto combattere per il bene dei suoi genitori. Peccato che erano stati proprio quei sanguinari aguzzini a massacrare l'intera sua famiglia. Poi tenta di fuggire ma viene catturato nuovamente. Per punizione gli vengono impressi a fuoco sul petto i caratteri del Ruf..."



          Più Forte di Ebola   
Il diario di Elio Croce, missionario comboniano nell’ospedale St.Mary’s Lacor (Gulu, Uganda), dove si affronta il virus Ebolaresponsabile della tragica epidemia che ha devastato il Paese, fino algennaio 2001. L’ospedale, fondato dal dott. Piero Corti, è divenutofamoso in tutto il mondo per il coraggio di medici, infermieri emissionari nell’aiutare la popolazione. In molti sono morti: perfino ildirettore del centro, Matthew Lukwiya. Da cristiano Croce combatte lasua battaglia convinto che ci sia un senso e che Dio lo conosce.Scienza, fede e cuore hanno sconfitto Ebola: come raccontanell’introduzione Blaine Harden, inviato del New York Times.
          This is the story of a struggling librarian from Uganda   
The incoming chair of the Petroleum & Energy Resources Division [DPER] of SLA dropped us a link to an interesting librarian. <blockquote>This is the story of a struggling librarian from Uganda, Africa and how the Petroleum & Energy Division [DPER] of SLA has sponsored his membership in SLA and now DPER is fundraising to help bring Stephen Kizza to the 2010 SLA meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The division board members feel that this very positive story demonstrates the power of SLA networking and how SLA members help one another. DPER International Relations Chair, Dennie Heye of Shell in the Netherlands said, "I want the world to know the power of SLA and networking. I hope it inspires others to do the same with peers in lesser developed nations." </blockquote> <!--break--> http://slablogger.typepad.com/sla_blog/ http://beyondthebookcast.com/global-information-partners/ http://globallibrarianship.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/raising-funds-for-global-information-partners-through-sla/ Here is the link to the transcript of the podcast. http://www.beyondthebookcast.com/wp-images/HeyeKizzaTranscript.pdf Please contact Dennie.Heye@shell.com

          Siemens unterzeichnet Vereinbarungen mit Uganda und Sudan   
• Teilnahme an "Make-IT Allianz" zur Förderung von Startups und Technologieunternehmen in Afrika
• Absichtserklärungen über Zusammenarbeit bei Stromversorgung, Industrie, Transport- und Gesundheitswesen
• Schwerpunkt auf Infrastrukturinvestitionen und Partnerschaft zwischen öffentlicher Hand und Unternehmen

Siemens will mit den afrikanischen Ländern Uganda und Sudan auf den Feldern Stromversorgung, Industrie, Transport- und Gesundheitswesen künftig enger zusammen arbeiten. Auf dem World Economic Forum 2017 im südafrikanischen Durban unterzeichneten die afrikanischen Staaten entsprechende Absichtserklärungen. Die Unterzeichnung fand im Beisein von Brigitte Zypries, Bundesministerin für Wirtschaft und Energie, Joe Kaeser, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Siemens AG und weiteren hochrangigen Persönlichkeiten statt.
          Ark   

The Ark
Do you remember Jason Russel.... 
Kony 2012 filmmaker Jason Russell was moving at a frenetic pace, crisscrossing the country doing interviews and making appearances, trying to keep up with the viral success of his campaign.
And then came the naked public meltdown on a San Diego street that was captured on video.
He addressed the bizarre incident in a new video he hopes will bring interest and action back to Kony 2012, a campaign that calls for the arrest of alleged Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.
"My mind betrayed me and I was hospitalized," Russell said in the new video. "If you're put in the position to give answers to every question a dozen times over, your mind starts to lose track of where you are, if you've slept, who's for you, who's against you."


Since then I’ve heard him speak and talk about what he went through. It blows my mind. It puts fear in my heart. It makes me question, “Lord am I the right guy for this job? Am I ready for the national stage, for national scrutiny?” I don’t know. It’s scary to think about. You know after hearing his story I got on my knees and I prayed to God and I wept over this. Lord protect me. Protect this project. Protect what we’re trying to do here. I don’t know…

 I’m easily distracted. My heart is fickle. Beyond that, so many times I want the glory. I want the glory. I want people to look at me and think "Look at what Steve has done". I was on Skype with Fred the other day, Fred from Uzima. And he said this, he like, “I’m excited to get done with 60 years of ministry together and to look back at what God has done. To be able stand together and look back at what God has done over the last 60 years.” And I gotta tell ya man that was so humbling. It was so exciting.

I guess my fear is like am I ready for the national stage? Is this project ready for national scrutiny? Can I handle it? And I don’t know. I’m scared of it. For the first time in this project I’m actually scared and it’s not because of a wild beast eating me or getting hit by a car or getting attacked by somebody or whatever. This is like a legitimate fear of failure. Or not meeting some standard…or I don’t know…but I’ve been questioning God if I’m the right man for the job.

This whole last year  the theme was never say no. Never say no to any request on this project. And I learned a lot and I got to do a lot. But something I realized was I wasn’t being the capitan of the ship. I was letting outside influences determine the course of my project. I wasn’t staying focused on my task. And I need to put boundaries in place to protect this, to protect the project, to protect myself, to protect Uzima. Maybe its cynical to think that there are people or that there are forces working against this project at some level, but I’m a Christian, I am doing this for the Lord, and I absolutely believe that the enemy wants to stop what I’m doing and what we’re doing.

And I think looking at this Jason Russell, Invisible Children and Joseph Kony thing it hit me. Hard. It put it into perspective. The reality of what is going on here. If last year was about never say no, this year is about being a better steward of the project. This year is about being a better leader. This is about being a better manager of what God has given me and what’s in front of me.

You know, I’ve always wanted to be a leader. I think on some level I’ve always wanted to be leading and the Captain of the ship, I guess. Soy capitán! But I think now that I’m here, I realize the cost of it. I realize that it’s just not about being the one in charge. It’s about being the one that is responsible for it all. Now I know, listen I’ve heard it all, I have heard all the, ya know, “with great power comes great responsibility” or ya know…whatever leadership you can think of, I’ve heard them. But I’ve never understood it until I was here where there is actual, legitimate cost. People, the children, the rehab, my best friend, there is a lot on the line here. Not that I didn’t take it seriously, but I just... Maybe I didn’t see how fragile it is, I guess. With that said though, with the fear of being in leadership, with the fear of the national stage, I guess, I am very, very, very hopeful. Needle2Square is going through some big changes. We’ve had to grow as the need has grown in Africa. We’re having to change focus a little bit. Change the focus of the message because things are different now. As the leaders, as ST and I have talked about it, as my board has talked about it, and his board, and Fred and I… Ya know, we’re having to make some big changes because things are changing. The need is changing there over in Africa. The need has gotten bigger and broader. Ya know, the involvement of everybody else has opened more possibilities. I’ve needed to create a better infrastructure for my project  a better way of doing things and that’s really exciting. And I’m very hopeful. And I honestly feel like this is the year. This is the year that... God’s going to do something and that’s scary. I’m gonna quickly read something…

 I’m going to try to apply how I feel to a story in the Bible. It’s Noah’s Ark. So God tells Noah he’s gonna to flood the earth and he says I need you to build an ark. And I’m going to read to you what God tells him to build.

First of all, this is the very first boat in the history of mankind. This is the first ark. And God is giving the plans to Noah. So, God who knows everything, knows it all, gives the blueprints of building this ark to Noah. I’m gonna read it and I’m gonna explain how I feel and what I’m thinking.

So it’s Genesis Chapter 6, and verse 14 is where I’m going to pick up:
So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.[d] 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[e] high all around.[f] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 

 What I find so interesting about this boat. The very boat that God told him to build, doesn’t have a rudder and it doesn’t have a compass or even a sail. The very boat, first boat in history doesn’t have a way to steer, and doesn’t have a way to navigate where you are going. Doesn’t have a compass. And honestly, that’s how I feel like this project is sometimes. I honestly feel like sometimes Im drifting in flood waters “I’m out here, God. I’ve done what you’ve asked me to do. You didn’t give me the tools I needed to succeed, God. All I got is this goat. And now I’ve got the Bell’s Palsy. I have to talk; to be able to communicate CLEARLY. And not look like a crazy person or like I’m handicapped. My project is already weird enough. I’m walking across America with a goat and now I got a handicap, now I got this droopy face. God, do you hear me? I’m doing what you told me to do!" 

And you start thinking, “Did I miss a step? Did I forget something in the blueprints? Did I not hear God right? There’s not the proper tools here! I can’t steer this thing! There’s no wind, there’s no sail. How we gonna get anywhere? There’s no compass! I don’t know where I’m going!”

Have you ever felt like that? I  think about being on the boat; Im Noah and my son Ham comes up and says, “Okay, what’s next? How do we get there?” You start looking for the steering wheel and everybody is looking to you for leadership. “How do we steer this thing? How we gonna make this work? How we gonna get anywhere?”


right now this is the words that are constantly in the back playing in my head “I’m not raising the money. It’s not working. How ya gonna do this, Steve?”

lets go back to the story of the ark.

What’s the bird that Noah sends out? It’s the dove. And what is the branch that it brings back? It is the olive branch. And throughout history what do those represent? In the bible, the dove represents the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, the olive branch in peace.

here it is... heres my hope... here is the answer to how Im going to do it...

All I have is the GOD. Ill I have his the Holy Spirit bringing me peace. It’s gonna get done. I have no other assurances that is gonna happen. All I have is the Holy Spirit bringing me peace and that’s it. We’re not raising a lot of money right now and it can be discouraging. It can be very discouraging. All I have is the Holy Spirit. All I have is God right now. That’s it.

My prayer is that the Lord makes me ready. If the Lord is going to make this thing a national story, if this is going to make it, make it big, then Lord make me ready.  


          Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity   

The following are excerpts from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report  that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The report, released in January 2017, documented events of 2016. In some cases, we have added updates from the first half of 2017.

The countries are all listed below in alphabetical order. This compilation is not comprehensive. If a country is not listed, that means there was no mention of LGBTI/SOGI issues for that country in the 2017 World Report. For example, many of the smaller Caribbean countries and some African countries are omitted due to research limitations, but most have anti-LGBT laws on the books and pervasive homophobia and transphobia. On the other hand, several countries that are not included here made progress in the 2016-2017 period: Belize, Nauru and the Seychelles all decriminalized consensual same-sex conduct, for example. Human Rights Watch has only recently begun investigating the rights of intersex people, so there are few references to intersex rights.

This is a living document which will be updated regularly to reflect new events and further Human Rights Watch research.

Last updated: June 23, 2017

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Argentina

In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The Civil Marriage Law allows same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages and affords them the legal protections of marriage enjoyed by opposite sex couples, including adoption rights and pension benefits. Since 2010, nearly 15,000 same-sex couples have married nationwide. In 2012, the landmark Gender Identity Law established the right of individuals over the age of 18 to choose their gender identity, undergo gender reassignment, and revise official documents without any prior judicial or medical approval.

Armenia

Activists reported that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LBGTI) people face discrimination, harassment, and violence. The government has not addressed hate speech or discrimination against LGBTI people. Gender identity and sexual orientation are not included as protected grounds in anti-discrimination or hate speech laws, limiting legal recourse for many crimes against LGBTI people. Following the October 2015 Rainbow forum, organized by Armenian LGBTI-friendly groups to discuss protection and promotion of minority rights, anonymous people targeted some participants with intimidation and threats, mostly on social media, including to burn and kill them. Authorities refused to launch a criminal investigation into the threats, citing lack of evidence. In June 2016, the LGBT rights group, PINK Armenia, published a survey revealing that 90 percent of the population is hostile to LGBTI people and support limits on their rights. In July 2016, PINK Armenia released a report documenting 46 cases of violence and discrimination against LGBTI people in 2015. The government has not taken meaningful steps to combat stereotypes and discrimination against LGBTI people.

Australia

Australia does not recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Australian government announced a plebiscite on the right of same-sex couples to marry, but political opponents blocked it, arguing a plebiscite is expensive and wasteful and that the issue should be determined by a parliamentary free vote.

Australia continued its policy of intercepting asylum seekers and forcibly transferring them to Nauru and, until 2016, to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Asylum seekers or refugees perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) face harassment and abuse despite the recent decriminalization of same-sex conduct in Nauru. In Papua New Guinea, such conduct remains criminalized.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh witnessed a spate of violent attacks against secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners, and members of religious minorities in 2016. Prominent gay activists Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) magazine, and Mahbub Rabby Tonoy, the general secretary of the group, were  murdered in April. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the killings. Fearing for their lives, many LGBT activists sought temporary refuge outside the country.

“Carnal intercourse against the order of nature” carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In May 2017, police raided a private gathering of gay and bisexual men, and allegedly paraded them in front of media, exposing them to their families and the public. Authorities said they declined to press charges under the colonial-era sodomy law because they did not catch the men in the act of sexual intercourse. The government has twice rejected recommendations to repeal the colonial-era law during its Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. The Bangladesh cabinet in 2014 declared legal recognition of a third gender category for hijras—a traditional cultural identity for transgender people who, assigned male at birth, do not identify as men—but the absence of a definition of the term or procedure for gaining recognition of third gender status led to abuses in implementation of the legal change. In June and July 2015, a group of hijras were subjected to harassment and invasive and abusive physical examinations at a government hospital as a requirement to join a government employment program. The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission in 2017 agreed with LGBT civil society groups to establish a desk at the commission for reporting SOGI-related issues.

Belarus

Parliament adopted a vaguely worded bill in May 2016 on “protecting children from information harmful for their health and development.” These provisions may be used to restrict dissemination of neutral or positive information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as “discrediting the institution of the family.”

Bolivia

In May 2016, the Plurinational Assembly passed a bill that allows people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. Same-sex couples in Bolivia are not allowed to marry or engage in civil unions. The 2009 constitution defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Open Centre, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights organization, documented 23 cases of hate speech and incitement of violence and hate and two crimes and incidents motivated by prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the first three months of 2016. The reaction of authorities to these incidents is generally inadequate. There was no progress in police investigations into the 2014 attack on a film festival that Sarajevo Open Centre organized.

In its annual progress on Bosnia and Herzegovina published in November, the European Commission highlighted the failure of authorities to amend the constitution, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and to implement rulings by the Constitutional Court. The report also identified inadequate legal protection for LGBTI persons and the failure of authorities to protect adequately the rights of minorities and to ensure media freedom.

Brazil

Brazil’s Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage in 2011 and it upheld the right of same-sex couples to adopt children in 2015. But the Chamber of Deputies was, at time of writing, debating a bill that would define a family as a union between a man and a woman. The national Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office received 1,983 complaints of violence, discrimination, and other abuses experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in 2015. In the first half of 2016 the ombudsman received 879 such complaints.

Burma

Burma’s national penal code criminalizes consensual same-sex behavior between adult men. In recent years police have arrested gay men and transgender women assembling in public places, and politicians have called for the “education” of gay people.

Cameroon

Cameroon’s penal code punishes “sexual relations between persons of the same sex” with up to five years in prison. The law is regularly enforced, and in previous years, the Cameroonian authorities have subjected men arrested under this law to forced anal examinations. Although the number of arrests appeared to decrease for several years, activists reported a new uptick in arrests and prosecutions in 2016.

Chile

A “civil union” bill presented by former President Sebastián Piñera in 2011 that provides legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples became law in April 2015 and went into effect in October 2015. In September 2016, the Senate Human Rights Commission approved a bill to recognize the gender identity of transgender people, with a Senate vote expected in December.

China

China has no law protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no legal recognition of same-sex partnership. Possibly because their activism is not considered threatening to the state, LGBT individuals enjoyed some success advancing legal cases in 2016. In January, a Hunan court heard a case filed by Sun Wenlin against the local Bureau of Civil Affairs, which had refused to marry Sun and his male partner. Though the court ruled against Sun in April, his case—the first gay marriage lawsuit accepted by Chinese courts—attracted wide media attention. In June, a Henan court accepted a case filed by Yu Hu against a mental health hospital that had subjected him to 19 days of involuntary “therapy” to “cure” his homosexuality. Also in June, a Guangdong university student, Qiu Bai, sued the provincial education department over textbooks that depict homosexuality as an illness. Qiu filed a similar suit in 2015, though she withdrew it later because the department had promised to look into the matter. She decided to sue again after the authorities’ pledge failed to materialize. In June, China voted against a UN resolution creating an expert post dedicated to addressing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colombia

In September 2016, the Council of the State—one of Colombia’s high courts—annulled the 2012 re-election of Alejandro Ordoñez as the country’s inspector general and dismissed him from office. Under Colombian law, the inspector general is charged with protecting human rights, but during his seven years in office, Ordoñez repeatedly sought to undermine the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

In recent years, authorities in Colombia have taken several steps to recognize the rights of LGBT people. In June 2015, the Justice Ministry issued a decree allowing people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. In November 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled that sexual orientation could not be used to prohibit someone from adopting a child, although a legislative proposal to hold a referendum on this issue remained pending at time of writing. In April 2016, the Constitutional Court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry. In October 2016, FARC leaders met with conservative politicians and agreed to promote a definition of the family as formed by a man and a woman. The FARC backtracked after meeting with LGBT representatives days later. Conservative politicians and evangelist leaders had attacked the peace agreement claiming that it would “destroy families.” Between January and June 2016, the Ombudsman’s Office received 89 reports of cases of violence against LGBTI people.

Cote d’Ivoire

No law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status. Côte d’Ivoire does not criminalize same-sex conduct, but the criminal code establishes higher penalties for same-sex couples convicted of public acts of indecency. Two men were in November convicted of public indecency and sentenced to three-month prison terms after being accused of same-sex sexual acts. Two gay men were assaulted in June 2016 after a photo was published of them signing a book of condolences to the victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, US.

Croatia

In February, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that Croatia discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation against a woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, by denying her the right to a residence permit in Croatia to join her female partner.

Ecuador

In 2016, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against Ecuador in a case determining that it is discriminatory to punish officers who allegedly have homosexual sex on military installations.

Egypt

Sexual relations outside marriage are criminalized. Since 2013, authorities have pursued a campaign to intimidate, track, and arrest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including entrapment using social media applications. Police regularly used forced anal examinations in prosecutions of those suspected of homosexual sex. Solidarity With Egypt LGBTQ+, an advocacy group, said it had recorded 114 criminal investigations involving 274 LGBT individuals launched between the end of 2013 and November 2016, 66 of which involved the authorities’ use of social media.

Estonia

The government failed to adopt amendments that would allow the Co-Habitation Act to fully enter into force in 2016. The act is progressive legislation that extends the rights of marriage to unmarried—including same-sex—couples, encompassing, among other things, child adoption and property rights.

Gambia

The government continued to resist calls to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality, including an October 2014 law that introduced a series of new “aggravated homosexuality” offenses that impose sentences of up to life in prison. The criminalization of same-sex conduct leaves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Gambians at risk of arbitrary arrest and detention, although fewer arrests and physical abuse of LGBT Gambians were reported in 2016.

Georgia

In August, President Giorgi Margvelashvili blocked a referendum bid on defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman, saying that the issue is already covered in the civil code. Kvirikashvili vowed to pursue a constitutional definition of marriage after the October elections, arguing that this would help counter alleged Western efforts to spread same-sex marriage “propaganda” in Georgia. Local rights groups feared this effort would further marginalize the LGBT community and intensify anti-LGBT prejudice. Authorities declined a request by LGBT activists to hold an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare, stating it was already booked for a procession by Orthodox groups to mark Family Day, an annual event established by the Orthodox Church in 2014. Activists refused to celebrate IDAHO in the alternative venue offered. The Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG), a local LGBTI rights group, said it documented almost 20 cases of attacks against transgender people in 2016. In October, a transgender woman was beaten and stabbed in what rights groups suspected was a hate crime. Police arrested a suspect on attempted murder charges, and the public defender urged authorities to examine a possible hate motive.

Honduras

Rampant crime and impunity for human rights abuses remain the norm in Honduras. Despite a downward trend in recent years, the murder rate is among the highest in the world. Journalists, peasant activists, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are among those most vulnerable to violence.

In June 2016, several United Nations agencies working in Honduras urged the government to investigate killings of LGBTI activists and noted that sexual violence against LGBTI individuals forces them into “internal displacement” or to flee the country in search of international protection.

Hungary

In August 2016, a lower court sentenced a right-wing extremist to 10 years’ imprisonment for violent attacks between 2007 and 2009, including throwing Molotov cocktails at the homes of socialist MPs and an attack on a gay bar in Budapest.

In July, the ECtHR ruled that Hungary had arbitrarily detained an Iranian gay man and failed to take into account his vulnerability in detention arising from his sexual orientation.

India

In February 2016, the Supreme Court of India allowed a challenge to section 377 of the penal code to proceed, referring the case to a five-judge bench. The colonial-era provision, which the court had upheld in 2013, criminalizes same-sex relations between adults. In June, several well-known LGBT professionals filed a petition in Supreme Court arguing that section 377 violates the right to life and personal liberty, but the Supreme Court deferred the petition to the Chief Justice. In August, the government introduced a new bill in parliament on the rights of transgender persons. The bill was flawed, however, by provisions that were inconsistent with the 2014 Supreme Court ruling that recognized transgender individuals as a third gender and found them eligible for quotas in jobs and education.

India’s voting record on rights issues at the UN was disappointing. In July, the government abstained on a resolution that created a UN expert post to address discrimination against LGBT persons and voted in favor of amendments to weaken the mandate, saying India’s Supreme Court was still to decide on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

Indonesia

Starting in January 2016, high-ranking Indonesian officials made a series of vitriolic anti-LGBT statements and policy pronouncements, fueling increased threats and at times violent attacks on LGBT activists and individuals. In some cases, the threats and violence occurred in the presence, and with the tacit support, of government officials or security forces. State institutions, including the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Child Protection Commission, issued censorship directives banning information and broadcasts that portrayed the lives of LGBT people as “normal” as well as so-called propaganda about LGBT lives. Ministries proposed discriminatory and regressive anti-LGBT laws. An ongoing case in the Constitutional Court is considering a petition that proposed amending the criminal code to criminalize sex outside of marriage and same-sex sexual relations. During the initial hearings, the petitioners—led by a group called the Family Love Alliance—put forward ill-informed and bigoted testimony similar to the anti-LGBT rhetoric espoused by Indonesian officials and politicians earlier that year. The government, the respondent in the case, said criminalizing sex out of wedlock would make “the sinner a criminal, and the government authoritarian,” a view echoed in testimony by the National Commission on Violence Against Women and other groups opposed to the petition. At time of writing the court had not yet ruled on the petition. While president Joko Widodo, or “Jokowi” in October 2016 declared that police must protect LGBT people and not discriminate against them, he failed to uphold that principle in action. In 2017, police raided at least two private gatherings of gay and bisexual men on the pretense of the discriminatory anti-pornography law, which construes gay sex as “deviant” and prescribes increased punishments for it, and Sharia police publicly flogged two gay men for private, consensual sex in Aceh province.

Iran

Under Iranian law, many nonviolent crimes, such as “insulting the Prophet,” apostasy, same-sex relations, adultery, and drug-related offenses, are punishable by death.

In March, the United Nations Children’s Rights Committee noted that flogging was still a lawful punishment for boys and girls convicted of certain crimes. The committee noted reports that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) children had been subjected to electric shocks to “cure” them.

Iraq

ISIS’s Diwan al-Hisba (Moral Policing Administration) and online media apparatuses have publicly announced 27 executions of allegedly gay men, at least nine of them in Iraq. The main method ISIS used to execute these men has been to throw them off the roofs of high-rise buildings.

Iraq’s penal code does not prohibit same-sex intimacy, although article 394 makes it illegal to engage in extra-marital sexual relations. Due to the fact that the law does not expressly allow same-sex marriage, it effectively prohibits all same-sex relations. In July 2016 Moqtada al-Sadr, the prominent Shia opposition cleric, stated that although same-sex relationships are not acceptable, individuals who do not conform to gender norms suffer from “psychological problems,” and should not be attacked.

Israel/Palestine

There are different legal systems in occupied Palestinian Territory. The British Mandate Criminal Code Ordinance, No. 74 of 1936 is in force in Gaza. In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Jordanian Penal Code of 1960 applies, and does not contain provisions prohibiting adult consensual same-sex conduct. In Gaza, having “unnatural intercourse” of a sexual nature, understood to include same-sex relationships, is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In February 2016, Hamas’s armed wing executed one of its fighters ostensibly for “behavioral and moral violations,” which Hamas officials acknowledged meant same-sex relations.

Italy

As of May 2016, same-sex couples may have their relationships legally recognized as civil unions, though they do not have the right to adopt.

Japan

A bipartisan parliamentary group established in March 2015 continued to discuss legislation to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but at time of writing it had yet to come up with an agreed draft bill. Japanese law treats those requesting legal recognition as transgender as having a “Gender Identity Disorder” and requires obtaining such medical diagnosis. It also requires forced sterilization, compulsory single status, not having any underage children, and being 20 years or older. While same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Japan, Tokyo’s Shibuya ward in April 2015 became the first municipality to pass a regulation recognizing same-sex partnerships, with more municipalities recognizing such partnerships in 2016 and 2017. Bullying is a problem in Japanese schools generally, and particularly so against LGBT students. In April 2016, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the first time released a guidebook for teachers regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. And in 2017, MEXT announced amendments to the national bullying prevention policy to include specific mention of LGBT students for the first time.

Jamaica

Jamaica is moving toward a revision of its rape law, which currently defines rape as the penetration of the vagina with the penis without consent. A proposal has been floated for a new law that is gender neutral. The absence of a gender-neutral rape law has been put forth in the past by politicians as justification for retaining Jamaica’s colonial-era “buggery” law, which criminalizes both consensual and non-consensual sex between men. The possible promulgation of a gender-neutral law on rape or sexual assault may therefore be a first step toward decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct.

Kazakhstan

Surveys of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people reveal that many hide their sexual orientation or gender identity—including to healthcare providers—out of fear of reprisals or discrimination. When LGBT people report abuse, they often face indifference and hostility from authorities. Transgender people must undergo humiliating and invasive procedures—including coerced sterilization—to change gender on official documents. Without identity documents, transgender people struggle to access employment, healthcare, and education. The UN Human Rights Committee called on the government to end discrimination and violence against LGBT people and review gender-reassignment surgery procedures.

Kenya

Kenya’s penal code prohibits “carnal knowledge against the order of nature,” generally understood as consensual sex between men, and “indecent practices between males.” Civil society organizations and activists filed two landmark constitutional petitions against these sections in April and June 2016, arguing that the laws violate constitutional rights, including the rights to equality and nondiscrimination, human dignity, freedom and security of the person, privacy, and health. Kenya continued the prosecution of two men on charges of “carnal knowledge” after police arbitrarily arrested them in Kwale County in February 2015. The case remained open but was suspended pending the ruling of a constitutional petition filed by the two men, asserting that state officials had violated their rights by subjecting them to a forced anal examination. The High Court rejected the petition on the grounds that the men consented to the examination, ignoring that the men were in police custody and not able to provide free and informed consent. The men have appealed the ruling. The government appealed a 2015 High Court decision ordering the Non-Governmental Organizations Board to register the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), a civil society group. Parties were awaiting a hearing date at time of writing. The Kenya Film Classification Board overstepped its jurisdiction in asking YouTube to remove a locally produced video addressing same-sex relationships, prohibiting an alleged lesbian speed-dating event, and attempting to ban a podcast with alleged lesbian content.

In May 2017, the Attorney General established a “Taskforce on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms Regarding Intersex Persons in Kenya.” Its mandate includes to “recommend comprehensive reforms to safeguard the interests of intersex persons.” The secretariat of the task force is based at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. The task force will be open to receiving submissions on best practices from around the world, and there is a strong possibility that it will result in the establishment of policies that protect the rights of intersex people. While it will not directly address SOGI related rights, the task force may produce a rights-based framework around intersex people with aspects that will be transferrable to the advancement of LGBT rights.

Kyrgyzstan

LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan experience ill-treatment, extortion, and discrimination by both state and non-state actors. There is widespread impunity for these abuses. On May 24, 2016, the law, order and fighting crime parliamentary committee returned Kyrgyzstan’s anti-LGBT bill, which would ban “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” for a repeat second reading, where it then stalled. The bill appears aimed at silencing anyone seeking to openly share information about same-sex relations in Kyrgyzstan. Following a live debate on LGBT rights on national television, Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee on National Security on June 14 summoned the editor-in-chief of Kloop.kg, an online media portal, for questioning about its coverage of the show. The television’s supervisory board also formally reprimanded its general director for airing the content. Also in June, Kyrgyzstan voted against a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council establishing the mandate of an independent expert to address violence and discrimination against LGBT people.

Latvia

According to Latvian LGBT activists, the authorities used a 2015 law on “constitutional morality education” to censor discussion about LGBT people in at least two schools in 2016.

Lebanon

Sexual relations outside of marriage—adultery and fornication—are criminalized under Lebanon’s penal code. Furthermore, article 534 of the penal code punishes “any sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature” with up to one year in prison. In recent years, authorities conducted raids to arrest persons allegedly involved in same-sex conduct, some of whom were subjected to torture including forced anal examinations. In February 2016, a Syrian refugee, arrested by Lebanese Military Intelligence officers apparently on suspicion he was gay, was allegedly tortured while detained at Military Intelligence, Ministry of Defense, Military Police, and Jounieh police centers. In January 2017, a judge in Metn challenged the legal basis of the arrest of men for same-sex conduct, declaring that homosexuality is “not a criminal offence,” although under Lebanon’s legal system, the ruling does not create a binding precedent.

Malaysia

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia. Article 377A of the penal code criminalizes same-sex activity between men with punishments of up to 20 years in prison and whipping. Numerous Sharia-based laws and regulations prohibiting a “man posing as a woman,” sexual relations between women, and sexual relations between men effectively criminalize LGBT people.

Both government and private actors attempted to limit expression in support of LGBT rights. In February 2017, JAKIM (the Ministry for Islamic Development) endorsed so-called “conversion therapy,” claiming that gays should seek guidance from God, “repent,” and enter into heterosexual marriages. In March, the Film Censorship Board demanded that Disney edit out four minutes of the children’s film “Beauty and the Beast” because of a “gay moment.” Disney refused to make any cuts to the film, and the board eventually backed down and allowed the unedited film to be screened in Malaysia. In May, Taylor’s University in Subang Jaya canceled a three-day Pride celebration organized by Pelangi, an LGBT rights organization. In June, the Ministry of Health, in response to strident criticism from activists and the general public, reframed the terms of a youth video competition on sexual and reproductive health, removing language and criteria that stigmatized LGBT identities in favor of language that appears to affirm them.

In February 2017 Sameera, a transgender woman, was murdered in Kuantan. In June, an 18-year-old in Penang, T. Nhaveen, died after a group of teenagers allegedly beat and raped him while taunting him with insults such as “pondan,” a derogatory Malay term for an effeminate male, a gay male, or a transgender woman.

Mexico

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Mexico City since 2010. Since then, nine states have legalized it; in 2015, the Supreme Court opened the door to recognition in all states by ruling that the definition of marriage as a union only between a man and a woman constitutes discrimination and thus violates Mexico’s Constitution. In May 2016, President Peña Nieto introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, to remove sexual orientation and gender identity as barriers to adoption, and to recognize gender identity through the reissuance of birth notices, without a doctor’s involvement. Two committees in the Chamber of Deputies voted against the initiative in November.

Morocco/Western Sahara

Moroccan courts continued to jail persons for same-sex conduct under article 489 of the penal code, which prohibits “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” A Beni Mellal court convicted two men of homosexuality after a group of youths on March 9 burst into the home of one and pushed the two men naked into the street, filming the assault and later posting the clip online. The two men were freed after spending one month in prison; in April, a court imposed prison terms on two of their attackers. On October 27, police in Marrakesh arrested two girls aged 16 and 17 who were reported for cuddling in a private home. They were jailed for one week and charged under article 489, then provisionally released. In December, they were acquitted.

Authorities require but often refuse to issue permits for foreign broadcast media to film in Morocco. On April 3, police detained and then expelled a crew of the French news program “Le Petit Journal” as it tried to film in a neighborhood of Beni Mellal where the abovementioned gay-bashing assault had taken place.

Nepal

In line with a 2007 Supreme Court decision and a subsequent court order, the government in 2015 began issuing passports in three genders: “male,” “female,” and “other.” Some with “other” passports have successfully traveled abroad with their travel documents recognized by foreign governments. The new constitution recognizes that citizenship is available in three genders, and protects “gender and sexual minorities” in clauses related to equality before the law and social justice. Activists remain frustrated with the lack of implementation of a Supreme Court-mandated committee recommendation that the government recognize same-sex relationships.

Netherlands

At the start of 2016, NGOs reported threats and discrimination against LGBT asylum seekers at asylum facilities, and a Dutch independent monitoring body, the Dutch Board for Protection of Human Rights, found in February that LGBT asylum seekers at a large facility face discrimination.

Nigeria

The passage of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, SSMPA in January 2014, has far reaching effects on members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The law is used to legitimize abuses against LGBT people, including mob violence, sexual abuse, unlawful arrests, torture and extortion by police. On February 13, the police arrested a homosexual couple in the federal capital for allegedly attempting to conduct a wedding. The wedding sponsors and the hotel venue owner were also arrested. The penalty for entering into a gay marriage under the SSMPA is 14 years. Ironically, former President Jonathan who defied global pressure before signing the bill into law, said belatedly in June 2016 that “with the clear knowledge that the issue of sexual orientation is still evolving, the nation may, at the appropriate time, revisit the law.”

In November 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urged the Nigerian government to review the SSMPA in order to prohibit violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and ensure access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for LGBT individuals.

Pakistan

In 2009, Pakistan’s Supreme Court called for improved police response to cases involving transgender people, and to ensure the rights of transgender people to basic education, employment, and protection. However, despite the court order, violent attacks on transgender and intersex women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province surged in 2016, with unknown assailants frequently targeting those involved in activism. Official responses have been inadequate. Human rights groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have recorded dozens of threats to, and attacks on, people and property, including abuses while in police custody. In September 2016, the National Commission for Human Rights called on the government to investigate the attacks, and in 2016 and 2017 local governments and parliament hearings reflected an increased amount of attention to the plight of transgender women—including a unanimous resolution in the Khyber Pakhdunkhwa assembly calling for voting rights for transgender people.

Papua New Guinea

The PNG criminal code outlaws sex “against the order of nature,” which has been interpreted to apply to consensual same-sex acts, and is punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island have reported being shunned, sexually abused, or assaulted by other asylum seekers.

In May, during the periodic review of PNG’s human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council, countries made more than 150 recommendations on sues including ratification of international treaties, establishing a national human rights commission, promoting gender equality, addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence, decriminalizing consensual same-sex relations, and abolishing or placing a moratorium on the death penalty. In September, PNG responded that it would ratify all core human rights treaties “on the basis of priorities” and that, while there are challenges to implementing reforms, it is committed to establishing a human rights commission, improving gender equality, and addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence. It also noted, however, that “LGBT is currently not a priority of the Government” and that the “death penalty is in our national law, however despite this, the current government directive is not to implement until further directions are issued.”

Peru

In March 2015, Congress rejected a bill to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. In September 2016, a Congressional supporter of President Kuczynski announced that he would introduce a new legislative proposal to recognize same-sex civil unions.

People in Peru are required to appear before a judge in order to revise the gender noted on their identification documents. In an August 2016 report, the human rights ombudsman noted that courts had rejected most of these requests, often applying inconsistent criteria.

Philippines

The House of Representatives began consideration of House Bill 267, the “Anti SOGI (Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity) Discrimination Act” in June 2016. If approved, it will criminalize discrimination in the employment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and prohibit schools from refusing to register or expelling students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate has introduced companion legislation, Senate Bill No. 935, otherwise known as the Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB), which had its first hearing in August. House Bill 267 will also sensitize police and law enforcement officers on LGBT issues and train them to attend to complaints. These initiatives are essential given that LGBT rights advocacy groups have warned that hate crimes against LGBT people are on the rise and that the Philippines has recorded the highest number of murders of transgender individuals in Southeast Asia since 2008. The bill would also prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in access to health care.

Russia

Authorities continued to implement discriminatory policies and laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In March, police found journalist and theater critic Dmitry Tsilikin dead in his St. Petersburg apartment from stab wounds. The perpetrator, arrested a week later, confessed that he planned to blackmail Tsilikin about his homosexuality, but killed him during a confrontation. The police did not categorize the killing as a hate crime. In January, a court in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, found LGBT activist Sergei Alekseenko guilty of violating the discriminatory “gay propaganda” law which prohibits allowing children access to positive information about LGBT relationships. The court called several publications on the website of an LGBT organization formerly run by Alekseenko “gay propaganda” and fined him 100,000 rubles (US$1,300). Authorities continued legal action against Deti-404, an online support group for LGBT children. In April, a court in the Siberian town of Barnaul ruled to ban the website. As of November, Deti 404’s website remained blocked. In September, a court in Siberia ruled to block BlueSystem.ru, a highly popular LGBT news site. As of November, the site was blocked.

In February 2017 and stretching through at least the first week in April, law enforcement and security officials in Russia’s Chechen Republic launched an unprecedented anti-gay purge. They rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, held them in unofficial detention facilities for days, humiliated, starved, and tortured them. They forcibly disappeared some of the men. Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings. Their captors exposed them to their families as gay and encouraged their relatives to carry out so-called “honor killings.” Although Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov has denied the round-ups, there is evidence that high-level officials in Chechnya sanctioned them. Russia’s federal government pledged to investigate, but intense and well-founded fear of official retaliation and honor killings, and overwhelming stigma will prevent many victims from coming forward.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges use principles of uncodified Islamic law to sanction people suspected of committing sexual relations outside marriage, including adultery, extramarital and homosexual sex, or other “immoral” acts. If such activity occurs online, judges and prosecutors utilize vague provisions of the country’s anti-cybercrime law that criminalize online activity impinging on “public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy.” In February 2016, the Saudi Gazette reported that the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution is considering requesting the death penalty for anyone “using social media to solicit homosexual acts.”

In February 2017, Saudi police arrested 35 Pakistani citizens, some of whom were transgender women. One of them died in detention. Her family said her body bore signs of torture, while the Saudi authorities said she had died of a heart attack.

Serbia (Kosovo)

Attacks and harassment of human rights defenders continued. According to local LGBT and human rights organizations, the majority of attacks and threats against members of the LGBT community go unreported with only known LGBT activists filing complaints. In June, in Vojvodina in Northeast Serbia, an LGBT activist was attacked and kicked in the head by four unidentified perpetrators. No one had been prosecuted at time of writing. In August, LGBT activist Boban Stojanovic, one of the Belgrade Pride organizers, was punched and called a “fag” in downtown Belgrade by two unidentified men. Police were investigating at time of writing. Hundreds of police officers deployed in Belgrade to protect the LGBT Pride march in September, which occurred without violence. This was a marked improvement from previous years when protesters attacked the parade, or the government had cancelled the event citing security concerns instead of providing adequate security.

The Kosovo Constitution protects against sexual orientation-based discrimination and a 2015 anti-discrimination law enumerates protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity; however, implementation remains weak.

Singapore

The rights of Singapore’s LGBT community are severely restricted. Sexual relations between two male persons remains a criminal offense, and there are no legal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Media Development Authority effectively prohibits all positive depictions of LGBT lives on television or radio. The annual Pink Dot Festival in support of LGBT rights celebrated its eighth year in Hong Lim Park in June 2016, supported by the sponsorship of corporations including Google, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BP, Bloomberg, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook. A few days after the event, the Ministry of Home Affairs warned multinational companies to stop funding the event, saying such support constitutes “foreign interference” with domestic affairs. In October, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that, under newly promulgated rules, any entity that is not incorporated in Singapore and does not have a majority of Singapore citizens on its board is now required to apply for a permit to sponsor an event in Hong Lim Park.

Associations of more than 10 people are required to register with the government, and the Registrar of Societies has broad authority to deny registration if he determines the group could be “prejudicial to public peace, welfare or good order.” The Registrar of Societies has refused to allow any lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual (LGBT) organization to register as a society on the ground that “it is contrary to the public interest to grant legitimacy to the promotion of homosexual activities or viewpoints.”

All films and videos shown in Singapore must be pre-approved by the Board of Film Censors. Theater productions must also obtain a license under the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, and to do so must submit their scripts for approval. In June 2016, a production of “Les Miserables” was forced to delete a scene containing a same-sex kiss.

South Africa

South Africa has a progressive constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and protects the human rights of LGBTI people. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has taken significant steps to improve coordination between government and civil society in combatting violence (including rape and murder) against lesbians and transgender men. On September 6, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that due to widespread homophobic attitudes within South African society, and to protect the rights of LGBTI people, homophobic US pastor Steven Anderson and members of his church were banned from entering the country because they promote hate speech and advocate social violence. He said constitutional and legislative guarantees, including the rights of LGBTI persons, must be respected by all. Domestic LGBTI groups lauded the decision. In June 2017, at the 8th South African AIDS Conference, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) launched the national HIV framework for LGBTI people. South Africa is the first country in the world to launch an HIV framework specifically for LGBT people as part of its national strategic plan. The objective is to “reverse the burden of disease from HIV, STIs and TB and to promote a rights and evidence-based environment for LGBTI people in South Africa.”

Some of South Africa’s votes at the United Nations were contrary to the country’s stated human rights principles. For example, in July, South Africa voted against a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the protection of human rights on the internet and abstained on a key HRC vote to appoint an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. The abstention went against the country’s strong constitutional protections and domestic laws around sexual orientation and gender identity. But on November 21, in the UN General Assembly committee, South Africa voted to allow Vitit Muntabhorn, the newly appointed UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, to continue his work. The vote was taken after the African Group put forward a resolution to stop the operations of the UN expert who was appointed in September by the Human Rights Council.

Sri Lanka

State and non-state discrimination and abuses against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) population persist. Sections 365 and 365A of the Sri Lankan Penal Code prohibit “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and “gross indecency,” commonly understood in Sri Lanka to criminalize all same-sex relations between consenting adults. Sri Lankan law does not specifically criminalize transgender or intersex people. But no laws ensure that their rights are protected, and police have used several criminal offenses and regulations to target LGBTI people, particularly transgender women and men who have sex with men (MSM) involved in sex work. These include a law against “cheat[ing] by personation,” and the vaguely worded Vagrants’ Ordinance, which prohibits soliciting or committing acts of “gross indecency,” or being “incorrigible rogues” procuring “illicit or unnatural intercourse.” Some trans women and MSM said that repeated harassment by police, including instances of arbitrary detention and mistreatment, had eroded their trust in Sri Lankan authorities, and made it unlikely that they would report a crime. Several people also reported discriminatory treatment at the hands of medical authorities, leading many transgender people to self-medicate rather than seeking professional assistance.

Syria

News reports in 2016 indicate that ISIS continues to execute men accused of homosexuality. In one reported case from Deir al-Zour governorate, a 15-year-old boy was thrown from a building in January 2016 after he was accused of being gay. At least 25 men have been murdered by ISIS in Syria on suspicion of homosexuality or for sodomy, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Tanzania

Tanzanian law criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adult males, with a penalty of 30 years to life in prison, one of the most severe punishments for same-sex intimacy in the world. Zanzibar has slightly different laws but criminalizes both male homosexual conduct and lesbianism. The laws are rarely applied, but police and other authorities use them as a pretext to extort, abuse and marginalize LGBTI people. 

Under the government of John Magufuli, Tanzania has seen an unprecedented crackdown on LGBT people. The government has shut down HIV outreach services and drop-in centers targeting men who have sex with men (MSM); banned the import of water-based lubricants, an important HIV prevention tool; and threatened to shut down LGBT organizations. Police in Zanzibar arrested nine young men, charged them with homosexual conduct, and subjected them to forced anal examinations at a government hospital in December 2016. They were released on bail, but the cases remain open. Another young man was arrested in Dar es Salaam in March 2017, and was also subjected to a forced anal exam. In June 2017, President Magufuli publicly condemned same-sex relationships.

Tunisia

The penal code punishes consensual same-sex conduct with up to three years in prison. Anal testing is used as the main evidence in order to convict men for homosexuality. In two high-profile cases in 2015, at least seven young men were arrested and subjected to anal examinations by forensic doctors, whose reports were used as evidence to convict them of sodomy and imprison them, even though it is well-documented that such exams lack medical value. On appeal, their sentences were reduced to two months in the first case, and one month in the second.

Tunisia has thus far been unwilling to consider decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct but, in its 2017 UPR review, accepted a recommendation to end forced anal examinations. This positive development followed months of advocacy from Tunisian and international human rights groups. The United Nations Committee against Torture, in its 2016 evaluation of Tunisia, condemned the use of anal examinations as to prove homosexual conduct. Shortly before the UPR review, the national medical council issued a circular calling on medical personnel to stop conducting anal examinations without consent.

Turkey

Authorities frequently impose arbitrary bans on public assemblies and violently disperse peaceful demonstrations. For the second year running, the Istanbul governor’s office banned the annual Istanbul Gay and Trans Pride marches in June 2016, citing concerns about security threats and public order.

Turkmenistan

Under Turkmen law homosexual conduct is punishable by up to two years in prison. Widespread prejudice leads to homosexuality being treated as a disease, including by medical institutions and judicial authorities. Law enforcement officials and medical personnel subject persons detained and charged with sodomy to forced anal examinations, with the purported objective of finding “proof” of homosexual conduct.

Uganda

After nine years, the Constitutional Court finally ruled in November on a challenge to a limitation on the mandate of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which barred it from investigating any matter involving behavior “considered to be immoral and socially harmful, or unacceptable by the majority of the cultural and social communities in Uganda.” The judges determined the limitation was unconstitutional and violated the right to a fair hearing. Perversely, this provision had meant that the very mechanism designed to protect people from discrimination could blatantly discriminate against women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, sex workers, and anyone else who might not have been perceived to reflect the views of the majority.

Same-sex conduct remains criminalized under Uganda’s colonial-era law, which prohibits “carnal knowledge” among people of the same sex. The new NGO law raises concerns about the criminalization of legitimate advocacy on the rights of LGBTI people. In August, police unlawfully raided a peaceful pageant that was part of Gay Pride celebrations in Kampala. Police locked the venue’s gates, arrested activists, and beat and humiliated hundreds of people, violating rights to association and assembly. Police continue to carry out forced anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct. These examinations lack evidentiary value and are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may amount to torture.

Ukraine

Since 2014, the government has introduced several progressive policies supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, but anti-LGBT sentiment remains strong among high-level government officials and the public. In March 2016, about 200 anti-gay, far-right supporters attacked a venue in Lviv hosting a LGBT equality festival, eventually causing the event to be cancelled. The Kyiv LGBT Pride march held in June took place without the violence against participants that had marred it in previous years. Ultra-nationalist groups had threatened to make the march a “bloody mess.” Around 6,000 police officers protected the 1,500 march participants. The first LGBT Pride march took place in Odesa in August. Local authorities initially attempted to ban it, but relented when organizers changed the route. Police arrested four ultra-nationalists who attempted to disrupt the event. A new draft of the amended labor code does not include an anti-discrimination provision that would protect LGBT people in the workplace.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE’s penal code does not explicitly prohibit homosexuality. However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes (but does not define) “indecency,” and provid

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          Gold Cup Africa : opération rachat du Sénégal face à l’Ouganda   
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          Centrafrique: violences dans le sud-est, 2 morts et 3500 déplacés   

Un soldat des Forces de défense du peuple ougandais (UPDF) patrouille à Zémio, dans le sud-est de la Centrafrique, le 25 juin 2014 AFP/Archives MICHELE SIBILONI

De violents affrontements depuis mardi ont fait 2 morts, 4 blessés, et déplacé 3.500 personnes à Zémio, dans le sud-est de la

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          Lo-Fi Opening Day TEAM UGANDA PARK   
this kind of shitty rainy sunday we suddenly decided to open team uganda snowboard park, hemsedal, for the 2011/12 season. contains heavy wind, icy grass, a puppy and an ATW.

a skanks and pranks production. we don't mess around.


pre season TEAM UGANDA PARK (raggar-edit) from Mari Söderholm on Vimeo.


          Re: White top seeks black guys   
Hi there guy,

I have come across your ad and got captivated, hence contacting you with the hope that we could become friends and more.

I'm a Ugandan and writing to you from Uganda, Africa. I'm 43, 150lbs, 5'7", dark chocolate complexioned, athletic and look as you see the pictures. I live in the capital Kampala. I am a bottom.

My hobbies and interests include music, reading, movies, some sport, hiking, bicycling, nature, and going to interesting places.

Well, I think this is enough for an initial letter. I hope you're just as interested as I am to find out about each other and take this connection further. I am looking for a man like you to settle down with in a secure relationship based on love, understanding, sharing, commitment, harmony, and all that a blissful union entails. If the distance is not a big issue to you and you think of me as worthy and compatible, then get back with me and we see the way to the next level. I am tired of always being hungry for love, living a fairytale life, and being in constant terror here in my country, which is I think the most homophobic society and country in the world.

Bye for now, and I'm looking forward to hearing back from you.

Regards,

Dave.
          Re: anybody from Uganda here?   
Hey there guy,
Greetings. I am from Uganda and can translate the song for you. Contact me on davikm@gmail.com.
Cheers,
Dean.
          Re: Rainbow Uganda Organisation   
Hey, add gay links in Uganda and legal reviews or videos or podcast links to related category of our web community.

http://gay411.org/category/uganda/
          East Africa   
It seems this site is pretty well-dominated with information regarding gay life in W. Africa. Perhaps, we can start more dialogue on similar topics in E. Africa. I lived in Tanzania when I was young and returned there for work just after university. Now, I am back in the US after completing my graduate degrees, but continue to work in E. Africa. I know Uganda is a very bleak scene nowadays for gays and lesbians. But, there is a growing advocacy for gay and lesbians especially in the capital. There are opportunities to meet gay men in some locales (ie. Matteo's after 10pm on Fri/Sat) in Kampala now especially near Makerere University (ie. T Cozy bar on Sunday nights). I will be happy to share a few experiences with others interested and who hopefully can share some as well.
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Gay Ugandans may be sentenced to death if legislation being debated right now passes.

High level international condemnation has just pushed the President to send the bill for review, but Ugandan allies say only a worldwide outcry could tip Parliamentarians away from discrimination, alarming them with global isolation.

We have just days left -- sign the petition to oppose Uganda's anti-gay law below and send it on to friends and family and it will be delivered to Uganda's politicians, donors and embassies around the world.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/uganda_rights_5 ... 586&v=5392

Read also : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 034335.ece

Here the bill : http://wthrockmorton.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/anti-homosexuality-bill-2009.pdf
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          ONTD Reading Challenge (July) - "I Don't Know Her"   
Happy July! A new month, a new ONTD Reading Challenge task! This month the theme is "I Don't Know Her," and the task is to read a book by a woman author who you've never read anything by. If you've yet to decide on a book (or books), milfordacademy and hjalmartazar are here with a selection from across the globe!



Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo (Nigeria)
"Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage--after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures--Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time--until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine."

The Queue, Basma Abdel Aziz (Egypt)
"Citizens from all walks of life mix and wait in the sun: a revolutionary journalist, a sheikh, a poor woman concerned for her daughter’s health, and even the brother of a security officer killed in clashes with protestors. Among them is Yehia, a man who was shot during the Events and is waiting for permission from the Gate to remove a bullet that remains lodged in his pelvis. Yehia’s health steadily declines, yet at every turn, officials refuse to assist him, actively denying the very existence of the bullet. Ultimately it is Tarek, the principled doctor tending to Yehia’s case, who must decide whether to follow protocol as he has always done, or to disobey the law and risk his career to operate on Yehia and save his life."

We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
"Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.

But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few."

Aya, Marguerite Abouet (Côte d'Ivoire)
"In the sun-warmed streets of working-class Yopougon, aka Yop City, holidays are around the corner, the open-air bars and discos are starting to fill up, and trouble of a different kind is about to raise eyebrows. At night, an empty table in the market square under the stars is all the privacy young lovers can hope for, and what happens there is soon everybody's business. Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the studious and clear-sighted Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a breezy and wryly funny account of the desire for joy and freedom, and of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City."

Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe, Doreen Baingana (Uganda)
"Set mostly in pastoral Entebbe with stops in the cities Kampala and Los Angeles, Tropical Fish depicts the reality of life for Christine Mugisha and her family after Idi Amin's dictatorship. Three of the eight chapters are told from the point of view of Christine's two older sisters, Patti, a born-again Christian who finds herself starving at her boarding school, and Rosa, a free spirit who tries to magically seduce one of her teachers. But the star of Tropical Fish is Christine, whom we accompany from her first wobbly steps in high heels, to her encounters with the first-world conveniences and alienation of America, to her return home to Uganda."




The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, Martha Batalha (Brazil)
"Euridice is young, beautiful and ambitious, but when her rebellious sister Guida elopes, she sets her own aspirations aside and vows to settle down as a model wife and daughter. And yet as her husband's professional success grows, so does Euridice's feeling of restlessness. She embarks on a series of secret projects - from creating recipe books to becoming the most sought-after seamstress in town - but each is doomed to failure. Her tradition-loving husband is not interested in an independent wife. And then one day Guida appears at the door with her young son and a terrible story of hardship and abandonment. The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao is a wildly inventive, wickedly funny and keenly observed tale of two sisters who, surrounded by a cast of unforgettable characters, assert their independence and courageously carve a path of their own in 1940s Rio de Janeiro."

Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn (Jamaica)
"At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves must confront long-hidden scars. "

Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien (Canada)
"Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations—those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences."

The Body Where I Was Born, Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico)
"From a psychoanalyst's couch, the narrator looks back on her bizarre childhood—in which she was born with a birth defect into a family intent on fixing it—having somehow survived the emotional havoc she went through. And survive she did, but not unscathed. This intimate narrative echoes the voice of the narrator's younger self, a sharp, sensitive girl keen to life's hardships."

Lakota Woman, Mary Crow Dog, (US)
"Mary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopeless of reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native American communities in the sixties and seventies. It is a unique document, unparalleled in American Indian literature, a story of death, of determination against all odds, of the cruelties perpetuated against American Indians, and of the Native American struggle for rights."

Things We Lost in the Fire, Mariana Enríquez (Argentina)
"A woman returns to the rundown suburb of Buenos Aires her family once called home. From the safety of her window, she watches as a teenage prostitute raises her five-year-old son on the street. They sleep outside, surrounded by pimps and addicts, psychopaths and dealers, worshippers of the occult and corrupt police.

One day, the mother and the dirty kid are gone, and the dismembered body of a child is found in the neighbourhood. Is the murder part of a satanic ritual, or a gangland killing? Could it be the dirty kid, and if so, is his mother a victim too; or an accomplice; or his killer?"




Waking Lions, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (Israel)
"Dr Eitan Green is a good man. He saves lives. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road in his SUV, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene. It is a decision that changes everything. Because the dead man’s wife knows what happened. When she knocks at Eitan’s door the next day, tall and beautiful, he discovers that her price is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan’s safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies."

Penance, Kanae Minato (Japan)
"When they were children, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were tricked into separating from their friend Emily by a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurs: Emily is found murdered hours later. Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko weren't able to accurately describe the stranger's appearance to the police after the Emily's body was discovered. Asako, Emily's mother, curses the surviving girls, vowing that they will pay for her daughter's murder."

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang (China)
"Through the story of three generations of women -- grandmother, mother and daughter -- Wild Swans tells nothing less than the whole tumultuous history of China's tragic twentieth century, from sword-bearing warlords to Chairman Mao, from the Manchu Empire to the Cultural Revolution. At times terrifying, at times astonishing, always deeply moving, Wild Swans is a book in a million, a true story with all the passion and grandeur of a great novel."

Foreigner: A Novel, Nahid Rachlin (Iran)
"Feri, an Iranian woman in her thirties, left Iran to study and work in the United States, where she married an American and settled down. Now, after fourteen years, she has returned to Iran to visit her family. Unexpectedly, she finds herself strangely pulled by the old culture, where she will confront as never before the question of where she belongs and how she wants to live."

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (South Korea)
"Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan."




Based on a True Story, Delphine de Vigan (France)
"Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and unable to begin writing her next book, Delphine meets L. L. is the kind of impeccable, sophisticated woman who fascinates Delphine; a woman with smooth hair and perfectly filed nails, and a gift for saying the right thing. Delphine finds herself irresistibly drawn to her, their friendship growing as their meetings, notes and texts increase. But as L. begins to dress like Delphine, and, in the face of Delphine's crippling inability to write, L. even offers to answer her emails, and their relationship rapidly intensifies. L. becomes more and more involved in Delphine's life until she patiently takes control and turns it upside down: slowly, surely, insidiously."

House of Day, House of Night, Olga Tokarczuk (Poland)
Nowa Ruda is a small town in Silesia, an area that has been a part of Poland, Germany, and the former Czechoslovakia in the past. When the narrator moves into the area, she discovers everyone--and everything--has a story. With the help of Marta, her enigmatic neighbor, the narrator accumulates these stories, tracing the history of Nowa Ruda from the its founding to the lives of its saints, from the caller who wins the radio quiz every day to the man who causes international tension when he dies straddling the border between Poland and Czechoslovakia."

Café Europa, Slavenka Drakulic (Croatia)
"Drakulic notes that Eastern Europeans are so anxious to become like their Western counterparts that every city and town has a Cafe Europa that is a pale imitation of similar establishments in Paris and Rome. She presents here a collection of essays that explore life in various Eastern European countries since the fall of communism. As a citizen of Croatia (formerly a part of Yugoslavia) living now in Vienna with her Swedish husband, she writes knowingly as a survivor of a communist regime, as one who realizes that pitfalls still lie ahead for nations emerging from the Soviet yoke."

The Door, Magda Szabó (Hungary)
"A stylishly told tale which recounts a strange relationship built up over 20 years between a writer and her housekeeper. After an unpromising and caustic start benign feelings develop and ultimately the writer benefits from what becomes an inseparable relationship. Simultaneously we learn Emerence's tragic past which is revealed in snapshots throughout the book."

Quicksand, Malin Persson Giolito (Sweden)
"A mass shooting has taken place at a prep school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb. Eighteen-year-old Maja Norberg is charged for her involvement in the massacre that left her boyfriend and her best friend dead. She has spent nine months in jail awaiting trial. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. How did Maja—popular, privileged, and a top student—become a cold-blooded killer in the eyes of the public? What did Maja do? Or is it what she failed to do that brought her here?"




The Hate Race, Maxine Beneba Clarke (Australia)
"'Against anything I had ever been told was possible, I was turning white. On the surface of my skin, a miracle was quietly brewing . . .'

Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street.

Except for this one, glaring, inescapably obvious thing."

Breadfruit , Célestine Vaite (French Polynesia)
"When a drunken Pito proposes to Materena, she initially thinks it's just the booze talking. As she nevertheless starts planning, she juggles everyday life only to have Pito act as though he's forgotten his proposal."

Carpentaria, Alexis Wright (Australia)
"In the sparsely populated northern Queensland town of Desperance, loyalties run deep and battle lines have been drawn between the powerful Phantom family, leaders of the Westend Pricklebush people, and Joseph Midnight’s renegade Eastend mob, and their disputes with the white officials of neighboring towns. Steeped in myth and magical realism, Wright’s hypnotic storytelling exposes the heartbreaking realities of Aboriginal life."

Picnic at Hanging Rock, Joan Lindsay (Australia)
"Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.

They never returned."

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (New Zealand)
"It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky."



5 LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN AUTHORS TO READ RIGHT NOW
50 Books by African Women That Everyone Should Read
50 books by African Women That Everyone Should Read (pt. 2)
25 New Books by African Writers You Should Read Note: Some of these writers are not women
Writing Against the Grain: Contemporary Korean Women to Watch
10 Classic Japanese Novels by Women Authors
South Asian Women Authors We Love
10 Must Read Women Writers From the Middle East
Thanks to milfordacademy for these links!


SOURCES: AFRICA: 1 2 3 4 5 AMERICAS: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ASIA: 1 2 3 4 5 EUROPE: 1 2 3 4 5 OCEANIA: 1 2 3 4 5



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