Thursday, December 3, 2009

American-Inspired Hatred in Uganda

Updated below.

Rachel Maddow is on the case of the anti-gay bill in Uganda and the Americans who inspired it.

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Think Progress is reporting that Sweden is threatening to cut off aid to Uganda if the bill passes.

According to comments attributed to Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden’s development assistance minister, the Swedish government says it would cut aid to Uganda over an anti-gay law they find “appalling”.

“My number two at the ministry, who has direct contact with the Ugandan government, has brought it up,” Ms Carlsson recently told Swedish Radio News. “We’ve talked about it in Uganda, and I’ve also tried to speak to the kind of organisations in Uganda that are the target of the legislation.” Uganda receives about $50 million in development aid from Sweden annually.

The whole world is watching.

Update: Here’s the segment from the December 3 program that looks at lawmakers in America who might be able to convince the Ugandan parliament that passing the bill might not be in their best interest.

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