Uganda http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19065/all en Uganda quiet before election day http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/uganda-politics/uganda-quiet-election-day Country has a hiatus from campaigning the day before presidential vote.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/uganda-politics/uganda-quiet-election-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kizza Besigye Uganda Yoweri Museveni Africa Emerges Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:18:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5624575 at http://www.globalpost.com Oil, democracy, and Uganda http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/uganda-politics/oil-democracy-and-uganda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Today's elections are about much more than voting. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Elections are underway today in Uganda. The African country has been in the news for much of the past year due to its <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/100225/ugandas-gays-fight-back">controversial laws on homosexuality</a>, and the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/110127/uganda-gay-rights-activist-brutally-killed">January murder</a> of a prominent gay rights activist.</p> <p> But that&#39;s not all at stake today.</p> <p> As GlobalPost Senior Correspondent for Africa Tristan McConnell points out, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/110217/uganda-oil-economy-museveni">the other main issue in Uganda is oil</a>. The Rift Valley is full of the stuff, and Uganda&#39;s oil windfall is estimated to be worth $2 billion a year for the next two decades.</p> <p> But along with a potential boost to Uganda&#39;s economy, oil money brings worries: Corruption. Environmental degredation. Complicated relationships with Chinese and other foreign oil firms.</p> <p> Here&#39;s how Tristan puts it:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/uganda-politics/oil-democracy-and-uganda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Oil Uganda Emerging Markets Energy Macro Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:56:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5624633 at http://www.globalpost.com Uganda: Voting slow, security high http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/110218/uganda-elections-museveni <p> Voting was slow in Uganda&rsquo;s presidential election Friday in which President Yoweri Museveni is widely predicted to extend his 25-year rule.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/110218/uganda-elections-museveni" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kizza Besigye Uganda World Leaders Yoweri Museveni Elections Fri, 18 Feb 2011 21:37:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5624646 at http://www.globalpost.com Uganda election: One voter's story http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/110218/uganda-election-museveni <p> Uganda is the first sub-Saharan African nations to hold an election since the historic demonstrations that toppled longtime leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/110218/uganda-election-museveni" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Uganda Yoweri Museveni Elections Sat, 19 Feb 2011 01:20:10 +0000 Gregory Branch 5624704 at http://www.globalpost.com Uganda President Yoweri Museveni headed for landslide victory http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/110220/uganda-president-yoweri-museveni-landslide-victory <p> Many voters respect Museveni for restoring stability and overseeing a period of sustained economic growth.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/110220/uganda-president-yoweri-museveni-landslide-victory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kizza Besigye Uganda Yoweri Museveni Sun, 20 Feb 2011 12:48:00 +0000 News Desk 5625595 at http://www.globalpost.com Uganda elections: Victory for Musenveni, for now http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/110221/uganda-elections-victory-musenveni-now <p> The Uganda elections are over, but an &quot;Egypt-style&quot; protest may be next.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/110221/uganda-elections-victory-musenveni-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Uganda Yoweri Museveni Elections Politics Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:21:33 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5625736 at http://www.globalpost.com Uganda government fires on protesters, 1 dead http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110415/uganda-government-fires-protesters-1-dead <p> NAIROBI &mdash; Uganda has been rocked by anti-government protests over spiralling food and fuel prices. Anti-government demonstrations have also occurred in Swaziland and Burkina Faso.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110415/uganda-government-fires-protesters-1-dead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Uganda Fri, 15 Apr 2011 19:54:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5638052 at http://www.globalpost.com Ugandan lawmakers debate anti-gay bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110510/uganda-anti-gay-bill-hearings-death-penalty <p> Uganda&#39;s parliament could vote on the anti-gay bill as early as this week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110510/uganda-anti-gay-bill-hearings-death-penalty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Gay rights Uganda Tue, 10 May 2011 09:25:00 +0000 News Desk 5643749 at http://www.globalpost.com Uganda opposition leader "stopped from returning home" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110511/uganda-opposition-leader-kizza-besigye-stopped-airport-crackdown <p> Kizza Besigye was trying to return home a day before President Museveni is due to be sworn in for a fourth term.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110511/uganda-opposition-leader-kizza-besigye-stopped-airport-crackdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kizza Besigye Uganda Politics Wed, 11 May 2011 08:51:00 +0000 News Desk 5644024 at http://www.globalpost.com Uganda inauguration didn't go as planned http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110512/uganda-protests-museveni-besigye <p> KAMPALA, Uganda &mdash; It was an embarrassing display for Museveni, whose guests saw the army fire tear gas to disperse crowds of anti-Museveni protesters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110512/uganda-protests-museveni-besigye" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kizza Besigye Uganda World Leaders Yoweri Museveni Thu, 12 May 2011 20:12:13 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5644378 at http://www.globalpost.com Is this the end of Uganda's anti-gay law? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110513/uganda-gay-bill-rights <p> KAMPALA &mdash;&nbsp;Uganda&#39;s parliament didn&#39;t pass its notorious anti-gay law. But the lawmaker that drafted it says he will try again.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110513/uganda-gay-bill-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Gay rights Uganda Fri, 13 May 2011 23:35:17 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5644652 at http://www.globalpost.com Uganda’s press freedom is under threat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110518/uganda-press-freedom <p> NAIROBI &mdash; Uganda has for years been a place where foreign journalists love to work. Not so any longer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110518/uganda-press-freedom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Uganda World Leaders Yoweri Museveni Education Thu, 19 May 2011 10:14:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5645680 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama LRA move sparks outcry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/obama-lra-uganda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obama announces he is sending 100 "combat-equipped" troops to central Africa. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jordan Helton </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> President Obama announced in a letter to Congress today that he is sending 100 &ldquo;combat-equipped&rdquo; troops to central Africa to help efforts in the fight against the Lord&rsquo;s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group in the region.</p> <p> In the letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Obama said that 12 combat troops were deployed on Oct. 12, and the remaining troops will follow during the next month with further communications, logistics and combat support, <a href="http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/14/obama-sending-combat-troops-to-central-africa-to-aid-rebel-fight/" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>.&nbsp; A defense department official explained that the troops will be working in central Africa for a few months in an &quot;advisory role,&quot; <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/obama-sends-100-us-troops-to-uganda-to-combat-lords-resistance-army/" target="_blank">ABC reported.</a></p> <p> <strong>More: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/uganda-starts-first-war-crimes-trial" target="_blank">Uganda starts first war crimes trial</a></strong></p> <p> &quot;I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield,&quot; Obama said in the letter,<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/14/us-usa-africa-lra-idUSTRE79D4R520111014" target="_blank"> according to Reuters.</a></p> <p> The president wrote that &quot;for more than two decades, the Lord&#39;s Resistance Army (LRA) has murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women, and children&quot; and that the group &quot;continues to commit atrocities.&quot;</p> <p> Once in Uganda, the troops also could deploy to South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo &mdash; all areas where LRA attacks have been reported &mdash; with the host-nation&rsquo;s permission, <a href="http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/10/20111014174712102972.html" target="_blank">Al Jazeera reported.</a></p> <p> <strong>More: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/100427/uganda-lra-joseph-kony" target="_blank">Stopping LRA is not all about Kony</a></strong></p> <p> Obama specified, however, that the U.S. personnel will not seek to directly engage LRA &mdash; which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization &mdash; but only act in self-defense.</p> <p> He said: &quot;The support provided by U.S. forces will enhance regional efforts against the LRA. However, although the U.S. forces are combat-equipped, they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to partner nation forces, and they will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense.&quot;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/lra.htm" target="_blank">According to Global Security</a>, the LRA has been accused of serious human rights violations, including the torture, rape and killing of civilians, including children. Since being pushed out of Uganda into the Congo in 2005, the LRA, led by Joseph Kony, has attacked villages in the neighboring countries, often abducting children and forcing them to act as child soldiers.</p> <p> At least 30,000 people have died during the 20-year reign of terror inflicted by Kony and his aides, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15317684" target="_blank">BBC reported</a>, and around 2 million people have been displaced.</p> <p> The International Criminal Court has had arrest warrants out for Kony and other top commanders since 2005.</p> <p> <strong>Readers&#39; opinons</strong></p> <p> Obama&#39;s move to send troops to central Africa has already proved controversial among readers.</p> <p> GlobalPost facebook fan Owen R. Broadhurst wrote, &quot;Four new war fronts on top of eight or more that we already have involvement in? Who&#39;s the warmonger now?&quot;&nbsp; Fellow GP follower Alex Wiley joked, &quot;How are republicans not totally in love with him? He&#39;s the best republican president in office since Reagan.&quot;</p> <p> But Dykstra Garcia commended Obama on his decision, saying, &quot;Educate yourselves on the LRA before making comments that demonstrate your ignorance.&nbsp; It&#39;s about time the US lent some support here.&nbsp; Kony needs to go.&quot;</p> <p> Bill Vear asked, &quot;Where is the approval Of Congress?&nbsp; Why is it our job?&quot;</p> <p> While on Twitter, @shauggy wrote, &quot;I never want to be flippant about warfare, but when I heard Obama was sending troops to combat the LRA I was excited.&quot;</p> <p> Tweeter @hafsamohamed1 seemed outraged when he wrote, &quot;LRA? Obama sends Advisors?Can we quit with the euphemisms?Just say it Obama...You want to wage war on Africa!&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/obama-lra-uganda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Obama Uganda Conflict Zones Africa Emerges Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:05:00 +0000 Jordan Helton 5677974 at http://www.globalpost.com Rush Limbaugh says Obama is targeting Christians by fighting Lord's Resistance Army http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/111015/rush-limbaugh-obama-christians-lra-lords-resistance-army-uganda <p> The LRA is a guerilla group that roams through lawless regions of Central Africa, and is accused of horrific atrocities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/111015/rush-limbaugh-obama-christians-lra-lords-resistance-army-uganda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Congo Obama South Sudan Uganda Conflict Zones Military Politics World Religion United States Sat, 15 Oct 2011 17:03:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5678028 at http://www.globalpost.com LRA: 5 Things to know about the Lord's Resistance Army http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111017/lra-uganda-lords-resistance-army <p> The decision to use the troops as advisers in the fight against the Lord&#39;s Resistance Army &mdash; a notorious fighting group in the region &mdash; leaves many readers with questions about the origin and operations of the LRA in Central Africa.</p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111017/lra-uganda-lords-resistance-army" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Uganda Conflict Zones War Politics Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:01:00 +0000 Jordan Helton 5678150 at http://www.globalpost.com