Human Rights

The past century has seen a revolution in the struggle for human rights, but the revolution remains unfinished. There is an ongoing need to share knowledge and transform it into action and meaningful change. This section of the Weave is devoted to raising awareness of some of the world's most pressing human rights issues.

Uganda: What Makes a Leader Corrupt?

President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda Ghanian-born American Prof. George Ayitteh came out with a publication in the Foreign Policy Magazine earlier this year that targeted forty of the “worst of the worst” dictators in the world. Number nineteen of forty on the list was Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. I was rather surprised to see this news, even with current political and social issues that have gained attention in current events. The publication was recently written about on October 27, 2010. This illustrates the particular role that the media was trying to portray for the upcoming presidential election on November 11th. Museveni has been in power since 1986, giving him twenty-four years of rule, which one of the reasons that he was determined to be one of the worst leaders in the world in June.

Why is Uganda making international news?

Relating to my last post, Death For Gay Sex In Uganda , homosexua lity has been targeted as a controversial topic in conservative African nation-states. Uganda rarely is noticed by news media in general. However, since the ‘Rolling Stone’ article printed a list of 100 gay persons with the title of ‘Hang Them’ there has been a lot of international attention brought to Uganda from all media outlets. In the United States most of the attention from this story directly relates to U.S politics, correlating the Anti-Homosexuality Bill to "The Family" which is an organization ran by right wing conservative Evangelical Christians. People who have helped aid Uganda in formatting the bill include “Scott Lively, a California conservative preacher who has written a book, The Pink Swastika, about what he calls the links between Nazism and a gay agenda for world domination, which, by itself, would have raised the anti-colonial sensitivities of Ugandan society (Time Magazine).” Also, people from “ The Family” in Washington include political figures like “Congressmen Bart Stupak and Joe Pitts, (notorious for working together to strip reproductive rights out of U.S. health care reform); Nevada Senator John Ensign, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, and former Representative Chip Pickering of Mississippi, (all three guilty of adultery and hypocrisy - all three made their political careers by publicly professing their religious faith and their so-called "family values"); and, Senators Brownback and Inhofe (C Street Politics).” Ironically, elections are coming up and this debate is causing many people to take a step back and look at the political agenda of conservatives. The Ugandan Homosexuality Bill directly is being related to the extent to which U.S involvement has helped to create this controversy. This story has made great publicity for Democrats looking to criticize their candidates.

Oil palm industry fueling displacement?

Colombia is a country with rich natural resources and an ideal climate for agriculture. One growing industry is oil palm . Oil palm is grown commercially to produce palm oil , a product that goes into products we use every day in the US including including soap products and cooking oils.

Continued War on Drugs

Comparative Analysis of Elite Powers in News Media: Uganda

I’d like to take this opportunity to illustrate the effects that news media has on the general population. I will be posting different articles from varying sources that all show the roles of the elites and their effects on news media coverage. 

Does Free *AID* Exist?

Since the fall of Idi Amin in mid 1979 the United States has invested money with the IMF and World Bank in Uganda. US-Uganda relations have structured the country’s economy in a way that Uganda has achieved export-led economic growth. The United States has had a key position in creating economic reform in countries like Uganda in order to make them compete in international markets.  Since becoming indebted to countries like the U.S through International programs the government feels tied to having an export based economy. The comment below from Robert Kabushenga of New Vision said “if we can build our export base, then the productivity of the country has been undermined. And once our productivity is undermined, and then we’ll never get out of debt.”


Media coverage of Colombia

 A picture found among the belongings of a victim, held by a forensic anthropologist in the general prosecutor’s laboratory in MedellinConsidering the humanitarian crisis in Colombia as well as the amount of US aid to Colombia, mainstream media sparsely covers the ongoing conflict in the country and rarely offers a big picture context of what is going on.

Colombian President Santos Addresses IDPs

The Christian Science Monitor published an article yesterday on Colombian President Juan M anuel Santos' plan to address the IDP problem in the country.

Obama: the conflict in Colombia is not over yet

 With the recent killing of FARC leader Mono Jojoy and a number of other FARC members, Colombia and in particular President Santos, was highly praised by Obama as an exemplary model of success.

Internally Displaced Persons of Colombia