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Members of U.S. Congress Invoke their Faith to Oppose Ugandan anti-Gay law

Five Republican members of Congress penned a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Mouseveni urging him to do everything within his constitutional authority to stop legislation that would criminalize homosexuality, sometimes under the penalty of death, from being enacted in Uganda.  The signatories, Representatives Chris Smith, Frank Wolf, Joe Pitts, Trent Franks and Anh “Joseph” Cao are conservative, members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and self-proclaimed “men of faith.”  

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New Ugandan Legislation Includes Death Sentence for Active Homosexuals

The Ugandan government is currently debating a new law against homosexuality. Regular homosexuality is punishable by seven years in prison. Being HIV positive and having gay sex – even with a condom – would be punishable by death. I don’t think it is culturally insensitive to say that this is a very bad law.

 

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Nigeria Eliminates Guinea Worm

The New York Times reported yesterday that Nigeria has eliminated Guinea worm. It’s been an entire year since a worm was seen. This is a big deal. Guinea worm is a horrifying monster of a parasite; the worms can grow to three feet long and come busting out of human skin through an open sore. There is no medication for someone infected with a guinea worm. READ MORE

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Stopping Smoking in Africa

The WHO just launched a major tobacco control program in Africa. It’s funded with ten million dollars from the Gates Foundation, and it’s going to focus on building the ability of African governments to enforce controls against tobacco use.

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Activist groups none-too-pleased with Darfur envoy Scott Gration

After the Obama administration rolled out its much anticipated Sudan Policy Review in mid-October, activists praised the content of the review, but adopted a “wait-and-see” attitude as to whether or not the policy recommendations would be implemented.  Well, they’ve waited. And after yesterday’s Congressional testimony from U.S. Sudan Envoy Gen. Scott Gration, they are not too happy with what they have seen.

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Clinton: Guinea violence a “vile violation” of rights

Hillary Clinton says that the United States government is formulating a response the recent flare up of violence in Guinea in which government forces shot and raped hundreds of demonstrators gathered at a soccer stadium. 

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