Two steps forward, one step back for LGBTI rights in Africa

Today, the Ugandan Constitutional Court struck down that country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, which had been signed into law in February of this year. And earlier this summer, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Africa’s regional human rights body, issued a landmark resolution calling on its member states to respect and protect the human rights of sexual minorities. Meanwhile, however, as friends and family of Cameroonian human rights defender Eric Ohena Lembembe recently gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of his brutal murder, the police investigation remains at a standstill.


Political shorthand: On saying nothing while suggesting everything

It’s near 100 days to the 2014 United States Election (by my count, the actual 100th day is next Sunday. Election is November 4, 2014.)


1,000 march in Minneapolis to protest Israeli bombing of Gaza

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More than 1,000 people of many ethnic groups and many faiths gathered at 44th and Central in Northeast Minneapolis to rally in support of the Palestinian people on the day Israel invaded Gaza with army troops. The death toll is estimated at 274 Palestinians, mostly children and women, and two Israelis. The rally was organized by the Anti-War Committee.


When the idea of a bomb-free Laos became possible: An interview with Channapha Khamvongsa

Unexploded ordnance (UXO) are explosive weapons that did not explode when they were dropped and still pose a risk of detonation, many decades after they were used or discarded. About one third of Laos remains contaminated with UXO left behind from a Secret War bombing campaign during the Vietnam War era, including about 80 million cluster munitions. The majority of victims are children, who mistaken them for toy balls.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Minnesota Kurds Want Independent Kurdistan, Worry for Relatives In Iraq

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Jay Clark

Minnesota Kurds Hope that this flag is soon flying over an independent Kurdistan

Since the early 1990’s, a thriving community of Minnesota Kurds has grown  around the Moorhead area, and today numbers more than 1100.  Most of the Minnesota Kurds are from Iraqi Kurdistan


Reflections of New Minnesotans: The World Cup

This week's episode features a discussion of the 2014 World Cup, as well as a round-up of refugee and immigrant-related news. [Audio below]

Back to Iraq: The propaganda mill begins to churn…again

Pre-note: three interesting links at the end of this post.

First Comment from Kathy M, June 18:

To your point of questioning what our media tells us…You may have heard that the religious leader of Shia Muslims was fomenting violence. This article is considerably nuanced…complexity we Americans tend to overlook.
More comments at end of this post.


Is the beautiful game Laos' beautiful struggle?

The kicks! The slides! The hair! And those uniforms! I know that’s what you’re watching for. As the World Cup began last week, Laos is again sitting back and watching the big guys with the big money kick around the big balls.

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