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Uganda Hates Gay People And Miniskirts… And Other News

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One day after Uganda passed a law banning miniksirts and other sexually suggestive material, parliament approved an anti-homosexuality bill.

Uganda’s new bill makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence not to report gay people – which is still slightly better than what the bill originally proposed. The initial proposed bill suggested introducing the death sentence for anyone caught engaging in homosexual acts for a second time, as well as for gay sex where one partner is a minor or has HIV. While homosexuality was always illegal in Uganda, the new bill toughens penalties and also criminalises the public promotion of homosexuality. “I am officially illegal,” Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha said after the vote. The MP behind the bill, David Bahati, said “This is victory for Uganda. I am glad the parliament has voted against evil.” Others supporters echoed Bahati’s statement, saying the bill is needed to protect traditional family values, which they say are under attack from Western-inspired gay rights groups. BBC News

manila_mayor_AP_360x270Paging airport security: beef up your security. The mayor of a southern Philippines town was among four people killed in a shooting at a Manila airport Friday. Ukol Talumpa was killed together with his wife, an 18-month-old baby and one other person after a gunman opened fire outside of a terminal. The gunmen then escaped on a motocycle and disappeared into heavy Manila traffic. Talumpa had survived at least two earlier assassination attempts but it turns out that three times was the charm. National Post

Jack KingstonNo soup for you! Or any type of food for that matter. Georgia Republican Rep. Jack Kingston plans to teach them that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Complaining that the school lunch program for low-income students is too expensive and also sends the wrong message to society, Kingston asked a local Republican Party group, “Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria…” Fellow Georgian Newt Gingrich made a similar statement in 2011 during his presidential campaign, when he suggested failing schools in low income neighborhoods “ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school.” I guess the Georgia peach doesn’t fall far from the tree. Politico

Mikhail-Khodorkovsky2It only took 10 years of rotting away in a Russian jail but now Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former chairman of Yukos Oil and once Russia’s richest man, is free. In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned the former oil tycoon and his former political arch-nemesis. Khodorkovsky was released from a prison camp on Friday morning and did what any sane person would do and immediately got the hell out of Russia. Now safely in Germany, Khodorkovsky continues to maintain his innocence in a case that many consider a vendetta by Mr. Putin against a rival in business and politics. New York Times

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Ugandan Government Passes Law Banning Miniskirts

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Ugandan MPs have passed a controversial bill that will ban miniskirts as well as any other revealing clothing items.

Uganda’s anti-pornography bill, which was first proposed back in April, was passed after a very short debate in parliament.  The bill still needs to be approved by the president before becoming law but given the conservative culture in Uganda, it’ll likely go through. After all, this is the country that supports giving the death penalty for homosexual acts.

The anti-pornography bill covers a range of practices and activities, including sexual material in music videos and anything that shows indecent acts or behaviour intended to corrupt morals – so basically it covers everything. But the controversy seems to have gathered around the issue of miniskirts.

When the bill was first introduced, Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s ethics and integrity minister, said that women who wore “anything above the knee” should be arrested.

“Any attire which exposes intimate parts of the human body, especially areas that are of erotic function, are outlawed. Anything above the knee is outlawed. If a woman wears a miniskirt, we will arrest her,” Lokodo said.

The new law will ban not just miniskirts but any clothing item that shows parts of the body including breasts, thighs and buttocks. But Lokoda, a former Catholic priest, is just doing it for women’s own good. After all, women who dress provocatively are pretty much asking to be raped.

“One can wear what one wants, but please do not be provocative,” he said. “We know people who are indecently dressed: they do it provocatively and sometimes they are attacked. An onlooker is moved to attack her and we want to avoid those areas. He is a criminal but he was also provoked and enticed.”

The anti-pornography bill does not apply to men though.

Men are normally not the object of attraction; they are the ones who are provoked. They can go bare-chested on the beach, but would you allow your daughter to go bare-chested?” Lokodo explained.

The new legislation also means that many films and TV shows will be banned and personal internet use will be closely monitored by Ugandan officials. And Ugandans can forget about Madonna coming to perform! She’s totally banned – try Malawi instead.

Via: BBC News & The Guardian

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