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Uganda: Grandmaster Museveni and his Gay Rights Pawn

For the canny Museveni, the controversy over gay rights is not a moral issue but a political opportunity. And in this political chess game, he has so far outmanoeuvred everyone.

Inconsistency Killed the Cause: The West's Outcry Over Uganda is Too Little Too Late

The West has had years to criticise Museveni for rights abuses. The fact that condemnation is only coming now, and over gay rights, plays right into the wily old president's hands.

Feet-Dragging, Fast-Tracking and Freedom of Movement: Where Now for the EAC?

With relations within the East African Community fraying in recent months, the upcoming heads-of-state summit will be all the more important.

Danger in Labour: Uganda’s Maternal Health Crisis

From drug shortages to insufficient staff to having to pay for 'free' treatment, pregnant women face countless challenges. And that's presuming they can even reach a health centre.

The Third Way: Israel Can't Solve its Asylum Seeker Issue That Easily

Israeli politicians have announced a deal whereby an East African country, believed by most to be Uganda, will accept its African asylum seekers. But is this even legal?

Pincer Movements, Choppers and Teamwork: How the M23 was Pushed Back

Less than a year ago, the national army and UN mission watched on as the M23 moved across the region. This week, it is the rebels that have been swept aside. What changed?

I Don’t: Uganda’s Controversial Marriage and Divorce Bill is Left on the Shelf

Uganda’s Marriage and Divorce Bill, which would make marital rape illegal, has been shelved again after public consultations.

A Schoolboy Error: Museveni’s Broken Promise to Ugandan Teachers Provokes Strike Action

The Ugandan government’s failure to fulfil its pledge to increase teachers’ salaries has resulted in country-wide strikes, with no easy resolution on the horizon.

Uganda's 'Literary Desert' is Back in Bloom

In 1969, Taban lo Liyong declared Uganda "a literary desert". In 2013, Oscar Ranzo and a growing number of Ugandan authors would beg to differ.

East Africa: Can Pipeline Dreams Become Reality?

Can a regional project for two new oil pipelines be realised with such volatile neighbourly relations?

Watoto wa Beni: an Unexploded Bomb in North Kivu

Violence is on the rise in little-reported on Beni, as armed men compete amidst claims that a militant group has links to Somalia's al-Shabaab.

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