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Rio’s race to future intersects slave past

New York Times –Simon Romero RIO DE JANEIRO — Sailing from the Angolan coast across the Atlantic, the slave ships docked here in the 19th century at the huge stone wharf, delivering their human cargo to the “fattening houses” on Valongo Street. Foreign chroniclers described the depravity in the teeming slave market, including so-called boutiques selling emaciated […]

Ugandan leader signs harsh anti-gay bill, ignores warning from Obama

The Washington Post – Sudarsan Raghavan In the latest setback for gay people across Africa, Ugandan President Yoweri ­Museveni signed a law Monday that imposes tough penalties for homosexual acts, a move that drew condemnation from around the world and that could jeopardize Uganda’s relationship with the Obama administration and Western donors. Homosexuality was already […]

Obama condemns Uganda’s tough antigay measure

The New York Times – Sarah Wheaton RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — President Obama on Sunday condemned a measure to criminalize homosexuality in Uganda, publicly warning the country’s president that such discrimination could harm its relationship with the United States. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda signaled on Friday that he was likely to sign a bill […]

Ugandan president says he will sign tough antigay measure

The New York Times –Nicholas Kulish NAIROBI, Kenya — Gay rights in Africa suffered another setback when President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda told members of his party on Friday that he would sign a bill imposing harsh sentences for homosexual acts, including life imprisonment in some cases. The measure would criminalize “the promotion or recognition” of homosexual […]