Tag Archives: Africa

BOTSWANA: High Court Decriminalizes Homosexuality

The Independent reports: Botswana has decriminalised homosexuality. The southern African nation’s High Court rejected sections of the penal code that criminalise same-sex relations and impose up to seven years in prison .Activists and rights groups cheered the unanimous ruling, which called the sections unconstitutional. High Court said in its ruling that penalising people for who they are is disrespectful, and …

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Kenya High Court Upholds Criminalization Of Gay Sex

The New York Times reports: Kenya’s High Court on Friday upheld laws that criminalize gay sex, declining to join the handful of former British possessions that have recently abolished a prohibition imposed by Britain during the colonial era. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the court, announced in a courtroom packed with activists who wanted to see the …

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Ethiopian Airlines Crash Kills All 157 On Board [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: An Ethiopian Airlines jet has crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board. The airline said 149 passengers and eight crew members were on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya. It said 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans and seven British nationals were among the passengers. The crash happened at …

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SOUTH AFRICA: Outcry Over Faked Raising From The Dead Spawns Viral “Resurrection Challenge” [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: A group of funeral directors in South Africa say they will sue a self-styled prophet who claims to have resurrected a dead man. A viral video of Pastor Alph Lukau shows him shouting “rise up” to a man lying down in a coffin who then jerks upright to cheers from worshippers. The funeral companies say they were …

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Canadian Catholic Group Blames Obama After Angolan Parliament Decriminalizes “Homosexual Perversion”

From the far-right LifeSiteNews: The national parliament of Angola has approved a new criminal penal code that omits penalties contained in the previous criminal code for “vices against nature,” that is, unnatural sexual acts including homosexual sodomy. It also prohibits discrimination based on “sexual orientation.” Homosexualist organizations are characterizing the repeal as a victory against “colonialism,” given that the legal …

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Angola Drops Anti-Gay Laws, Bans Discrimination

The Jurist reports: Angola’s parliament approved a new penal code Wednesday that drops provisions widely interpreted to criminalize homosexuality. The new penal code is Angola’s first since it gained its independence from Portugal in 1975. The prior code contained many holdover provisions from the colonial era, including a ban of “vices against nature,” which was understood to criminalize same-sex relationships …

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Denmark Suspends $10 Million In Aid To Tanzania After “Unacceptable Homophobic Comments” By Politician

The BBC reports: Denmark is withholding 65m krone (£7.5m; $9.8m) in aid to Tanzania after “unacceptable homophobic comments” from a senior politician, a minister says. Development minister Ulla Tornaes did not name the official but said she was “very concerned” by the comments. Last month, Paul Makonda, commissioner for the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, called on the public to …

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US Condemns “Escalating Attacks” Against LGBTs By Tanzania Government After Arrests Of Ten Gay Men

Via press release from the State Department: The United States government is deeply concerned over escalating attacks and legislative actions by the Government of Tanzania that violate civil liberties and human rights, creating an atmosphere of violence, intimidation, and discrimination. We are troubled by the continued arrests and harassment of marginalized persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and …

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EU Recalls Tanzania Ambassador Amid Threats To LGBTs

The Associated Press reports: The European Union has recalled its ambassador to Tanzania, citing “the deterioration of the human rights and rule of law situation” in the East African country where one regional official last week called for the outing and arrests of homosexuals. A statement emailed to The Associated Press Monday said the EU will be conducting a broad …

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State Department Issues Warning For LGBT Americans Living In Tanzania: Review Your Social Media Profiles

The Hill reports: The State Department is warning U.S. citizens in Tanzania of a crackdown against gay people in the East African country. The State Department said in a notice on its website that citizens should “employ sound security practices” and review their “internet footprint and social media profiles.” “Remove or protect images and language that may run afoul of …

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TANZANIA: Fearful LGBTs Go Into Hiding As Governor’s Call To Turn Them In Yields Thousands Of Messages

The Guardian reports: A Tanzanian official said he has received thousands of messages after ordering the public to report the name of any person suspected of being gay. Paul Makonda, regional commissioner for Dar es Salaam, made the request on Monday, pledging that a special team would “get their hands on them” next week. By Tuesday, he said he had …

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Tanzania Governor Launches “Hunt” For LGBT People: “Give Me Their Names And My Team Will Get Them”

Agence France-Presse reports: The governor of Tanzania’s economic capital Dar es Salaam on Monday launched an anti-gay crackdown, threatening to arrest people suspected of being homosexuals. “I have information about the presence of many homosexuals in our province,” Paul Makonda told reporters on Monday, calling on citizens to begin reporting homosexuals for round-ups to begin next week. “Give me their …

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IDAHO: Wildlife Official Faces Resignation Calls For Boasting That He Killed An “Entire Family Of Baboons”

Do not scroll down if the photos will upset you. The Idaho Statesman reports: Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer shared photos of his guided hunting trip in Africa with friends and colleagues when he returned last month, expecting they’d appreciate his success. Instead, several former Fish and Game commissioners are pushing for his resignation — with a photo …

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MALAWI: Melania Greeted With “Not A Shithole” Sign

The New York Times reports: The U.S. first lady was joyously welcomed at the airport, with singing and dancing by a troupe of women and scores of schoolchildren waving African and Malawian flags. The high-pitched sounds of women vocalizing were heard at the airport and at her subsequent appearances. In southern Africa, the vocalization is often done as a celebratory …

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Melania’s First Official Solo Trip Will Be To Africa

CBS News reports: First Lady Melania Trump is planning her first big solo international swing with a trip through several African countries in October, CBS News has confirmed. The first lady first told The Associated Press in a written statement Monday that she’s looking forward to learning about the issues that children living on the continent face, as well as …

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Feds Hand Out Lion Trophy Permits To GOP Donors

The Huffington Post reports: The federal government has issued more than three dozen permits allowing hunters to import lion trophies from two African nations since 2016, according to copies of the applications obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.  Thirty-three Americans were issued permits to import 38 lion trophies between 2016 and 2018, at least half of whom have …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Presser With Nigerian President

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump is hosting President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday. After a working lunch, the pair will take questions from reporters during a joint press conference at 1:30 p.m. ET in the White House Rose Garden. They are expected to discuss the economy and national security. Buhari is the first leader …

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Trump Ridicules Protections For Immigrants From “Shithole” Countries: Why Are We Having Them Come?

The Washington Post reports: President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to …

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ZIMBABWE: Dictator Robert Mugabe Resigns

The New York Times reports: Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, resigned as president on Tuesday shortly after lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against him, according to the speaker of Parliament. The speaker of Parliament read out a letter in which Mr. Mugabe said he was stepping down “with immediate effect” for “the welfare of the people …

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Trump To Lift Ban On Importing Elephant Trophies

ABC News reports: The Trump administration plans to allow hunters to import trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States, reversing a ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2014, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official confirmed to ABC News today. Even though elephants are listed as endangered under the Endangered …

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