June 4, 2010 |
David Kaye warns in his June 1 Op-Ed article that bringing the crime of aggression within its ambit may erode support for the International Criminal Court. It is true that the ICC has done an admirable job in the years since its founding in holding trials for those accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Without the ICC, these individuals, accused of the most heinous mass crimes, might not ever face justice and punishment. The ICC is an institution that our nation's founders would have recognized.
April 5, 2010
Just before Christmas, the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group with roots in Uganda, perpetrated a massacre in the Makombo area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over four days, the rebels hacked and clubbed to death more than 320 unarmed civilians and kidnapped 250 others, including dozens of children. Survivors and escapees interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that the rebels left a 40-mile trail of mutilated bodies, some still tied to trees. The world learned only recently of the attack.
March 15, 2010
SERIES Top Gear: In the season premiere, the guys drive through Romania in search of the greatest road in the world. With Eric Bana (5 and 8 p.m. BBC America). 20/20: This program, from ABC News, takes behind-the-scenes look at ABC's series "The Bachelor" (8 p.m. ABC). Home Rules: Former WNBA player Fran Harris steps in to help frazzled families improve their relationships while an interior designer enhances their living spaces, in this new weekly series.
January 10, 2010 |
When word began to whip around the world that the Ugandan parliament would take up a bill making lesbian or gay sex a capital crime, my thoughts went first to a nightclub I frequented when I lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, a few years ago. It was always a revelation to spend an evening at Simply Blue. The club was a collecting spot for Africa's gay diaspora, and its patrons came from every part of the continent. The age range was wide, class lines were smudged, and there was a symphony of languages.
November 20, 2009 |
Since its inception in 2003, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief -- PEPFAR -- has become the largest public health program in history. Created by President George W. Bush, it has distributed nearly $50 billion worldwide, mostly in Africa, to prevent the spread of HIV and to treat its victims. Over the last five years, the fund has provided care for 3 million people and prevented an estimated 12 million new infections. Even Bush's harshest critics do not deny that PEPFAR has been a huge success in combating the AIDS epidemic.
October 23, 2009 |
At least 20 people were killed and 61 others injured in shelling that began when Somali insurgents fired on the president's airplane as it prepared to leave Mogadishu early Thursday, officials said. President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed was leaving for the Ugandan capital of Kampala for a meeting of African leaders when the airport was attacked with a barrage of mortar rounds, presidential spokesman Abdulkadir Mohammed Osman said. Ahmed's plane was not hit and the president was not injured, he said.
September 12, 2009 |
Rioters angry over political and land issues clashed with government forces for a second day, and at least six people were killed in the capital, Kampala, and an outlying area. The violence, which has killed 13 people, stems from disputes between the government and members of the Buganda, one of Uganda's four ancient kingdoms. Members of the Buganda ethnic group have clashed previously with the government over land rights. Barricades of burning tires were erected in Kampala as stone-throwing mobs roamed the streets, underlining growing tensions in a nation hailed for its relative stability and economic growth.
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June 11, 2009 |
Luke Cole, a leading theorist and practitioner of environmental justice law, who battled toxic waste facilities, mega-dairies, mining companies and other pollution threats in poor and minority communities in California and Alaska, died Saturday in a car crash in Uganda. He was 46. Cole was traveling with his wife on a rural road in western Uganda when a truck hit their vehicle head-on. He died at a clinic a short time later, according to his father, Herbert Cole.