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One Senator is Blocking a Bill to Support Peace Efforts in Northern Uganda

Courtesy of Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, millions of Americans have seen how a single United States senator can use procedural chicanery to prevent important legislation from moving forward.  By withholding his “consent” from a resolution extending unemployment benefits to out of work Americans last week, Bunning prevented social security checks from reaching many thousands of people in need. 

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Kenyan VP In D.C. To “Raise The Red Flag” on Somalia

Steve Clemons lands a really great interview with Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo “Steven” Musyoka, who was in Washington, D.C. this week for the National Prayer Breakfast.   Anyone interested in Somalia and the politics of East Africa should spend the next 8 minutes watching this video. 

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An Evolution of Threats Against UN Aid Workers in Somalia

Somalia has long been one of the most dangerous places in the world for UN-affiliated aid workers.  Beyond the general lawlessness of the place is the fact that one of the main insurgent groups, al Shabaab, has specificily targeted aid workers and UN agencies as enemies. 

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Eritrea’s Transition to Pariah-State Status Nearly Complete (UPDATE Sanctions Pass, 13-1)

Six months ago, I predicted that Eritrea was on its way to becoming the newest pariah state on the international scene. Later today, that status may be officially confirmed as join the ranks of Sudan, North Korea, and Iran when the Security Council votes on a sanctions resolution on Eritrea and its political leadership.  How did it come to this?  I’ll refer back to my original post.

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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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