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Ugandan tabloid prints list of ‘homosexuals’

Ugandan tabloid prints list of ‘homosexuals’

By Saad Abedine and Elizabeth Landau, CNN
updated 9:58 AM EST, Tue February 25, 2014
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Ugandan President: Being gay not a right

  • Musevini: “They are disgusting. What sort of people are they?”
  • In 2010, another tabloid published similar lists
  • After that, the high court banned all media from publishing such lists

(CNN) — A day after Uganda passed harsh anti-gay laws, a tabloid newspaper came out with a list of what it called the country’s top homosexuals.

The cover of the Red Pepper newspaper read, “EXPOSED! Uganda’s 200 Top Homos Named,” with several photographs next to the headline.

The story was not available on their online edition.

On Monday, President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that made some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison.

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“They’re disgusting. What sort of people are they?” he told CNN’s Zain Verjee afterward. “I never knew what they were doing. I’ve been told recently that what they do is terrible. Disgusting. But I was ready to ignore that if there was proof that that’s how he is born, abnormal. But now the proof is not there.”

This isn’t the first time that a Ugandan newspaper have identified people it claimed were gay.

In November 2010, Rolling Stone — a local tabloid which has no relation to the iconic U.S. music magazine — listed 100 of what it called the country’s top gays and lesbians, with photos and addresses alongside a yellow banner reading “hang them.”

The next month, the paper listed 10 more people it claimed were gay. The list included addresses and alleged intimate details about them.

Advocacy groups filed a lawsuit. And the Ugandan high court banned all media outlets in the country from publishing such lists.

Museveni: It’s an ‘inborn problem’

Museveni had commissioned a group of Ugandan government scientists to study whether homosexuality is “learned,” concluding that it is a matter of choice.

“I was regarding it as an inborn problem,” he said. “Genetic distortion — that was my argument. But now our scientists have knocked this one out.”

The bill was introduced in 2009 and originally included a death penalty clause for some homosexual acts.

The nation’s Parliament passed the bill in December, replacing the death penalty provision with a proposal of life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.” This includes acts in which one person is infected with HIV, “serial offenders” and sex with minors, according to Amnesty International.

Prison terms for gay outreach

The new law also includes punishment — up to seven years in prison — for people and institutions who perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, language that was not in the 2009 version of the bill.

Lawmakers in the conservative nation said the influence of Western lifestyles risked destroying family units.

The bill also proposed prison terms for anyone who counsels or reaches out to gays and lesbians, a provision that could ensnare rights groups and others providing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The White House issued a statement Monday: “Instead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality.”

Prevalent attitudes

Attitudes against homosexuality are prevalent in Uganda. A 2013 report from Pew Research found that 96% of Ugandans believe society should not accept homosexuality.

Thirty-eight African countries have made homosexuality illegal. Most sodomy laws there were introduced during colonialism.

Even before Museveni signed the bill into law, homosexual acts were punishable by 14 years to life in prison.

Ugandan gay rights activist Pepe Julian Onziema told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that some gay people in Uganda would rather kill themselves than live under the new law.

“Prior to the bill becoming law today, people attempted suicide because they are like, ‘I’m not going to live to see this country kill me — so I would rather take my life.’ “

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$425M Powerball Winner!

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$425M Powerball Winner!

5 things to know about the Powerball jackpot

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 Published: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

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Power Ball lottery estimated jackpot stands at $400 million on February 18, 2014.

Wednesday’s Powerball drawing carries an estimated $400 million jackpot. If no one matches all the numbers, the prize potential will grow before the next drawing on Saturday. Here are five things you should know about Powerball payouts and your odds of winning. The drawing is at 10:59 p.m. EST.

GROWING INTO RECORD TERRITORY: The estimated $400 million jackpot is the sixth-largest in U.S. lottery history. Impressive, but it may not hold that record in a few years … or even a few months. More than half of the 10 largest lottery jackpots have…

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School lunch supplier closed by USDA reopens; some Hot Pockets recalled

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School lunch supplier closed by USDA reopens; some Hot Pockets recalled

By Ed Payne and Chandler Friedman, CNN
updated 6:16 PM EST, Wed February 19, 2014
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You may want to put down that Hot Pocket

  • USDA had closed meat plant that supplies federal nutrition programs
  • The meat plant, closed for ‘insanitary conditions’ reopened Wednesday
  • In separate action, Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets may contain recalled meat
  • No illnesses have been reported in relation to the recall

(CNN) — A California meat company suspended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of “insanitary conditions” is operating again, the agency said Wednesday.

“On Monday,(the Food Safety and Inspection Service) suspended operations at Central Valley Meat Co. due to insanitary conditions at the establishment,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday. “After the company took corrective actions to address the issue, the suspension was lifted, and the plant…

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Death Toll Rises In Ukraine Crisis As Clashes Shatter Truce

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Death Toll Rises In Ukraine Crisis As Clashes Shatter Truce

Updated: 42 reported dead in central Kiev, including protesters shot in the back. posted on February 20, 2014 at 6:09am EST

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Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

Updated — 9.50 a.m. ET:

KIEV, Ukraine — At least 42 people died in the bloodiest day of clashes here yet Thursday morning, as armed protesters shattered a truce agreed last night between Ukraine’s government and opposition by attacking police and reclaiming Kiev’s central square.

Protesters who had held out against police on Independence Square, known as the Maidan, launched an offensive at 7:30 a.m. local time, shooting at police and throwing Molotov cocktails, eyewitnesses said. Fighting then escalated dramatically over the next hour. Riot police returned fire and threw stun grenades before retreating.

Clashes spread from the square to Hrushevskogo Street, the main locus of violence Tuesday in which…

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Facebook made a breathtaking move yesterday, buying messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg

Even for Facebook, that’s a staggering amount to pay for a company with estimated 2013 revenue of only $20 million. It represents almost 10% of Facebook’s overall value — for a “messaging app.”

So in the wake of the announcement, the usual chorus of keyboard pundits took to Twitter to snicker together and pronounce Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, brain dead.

But Facebook buying WhatsApp for $19 billion isn’t a brain dead move.

It’s just bold.

Very bold.

Like other bold moves, Facebook’s WhatsApp deal could end up looking brilliant.

Or moronic.

That’s what makes it bold.

If it were guaranteed to end up looking brilliant, it wouldn’t be bold. It would be obvious, safe, and boring. And Facebook hasn’t built a service used by…

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Here’s A Full List Of Medal Winners At The Sochi Olympics

Here’s A Full List Of Medal Winners At The Sochi Olympics

The U.S. and Russia lead the way in total medals. Germany has the most golds with eight (via Google):

32 American Presidents Share Their Best Life Advice

32 American Presidents Share Their Best Life Advice

Some of them hated it. Some of them loved it. All of them learned from it.

Since George Washington’s inauguration, 43 men have occupied the White House to perform one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Some defined their terms with great accomplishments or grave misjudgments; others barely made a mark on history. Yet all strove to fulfill their mandate to the best of their abilities and live up to the incredible expectations placed upon them.

Whether they succeeded or failed, our fascination with presidents’ leadership styles, habits, decisions and personalities continue long after they leave office. Their perspectives and pronouncements are dissected over and over as we seek to understand what these men, who went through an experience most Americans can barely conceptualize, can teach us about life.

In honor of Presidents’ Day, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best advice from 32 presidents past and present on how to do and be your best, no matter how challenging your job is.

George Washington Quote

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George Washington, 1789-1797: “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”

John Adams, 1797-1801: “You will ever remember that all the end of study is to make you a good man and a useful citizen.”

Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809: “When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.

James Monroe, 1817-1825: “It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that [people] are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future.”

John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

Andrew Jackson Quote

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Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837: “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”

Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841: “All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess.”

John Tyler, 1841-1845: “Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.”

Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853: “An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.”

James Buchanan, 1857-1861: “A long visit to a friend is often a great bore. Never make people twice glad.”

Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.”

Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877: “The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881: “For honest merit to succeed amid the tricks and intrigues which are now so lamentably common, I know is difficult; but the honor of success is increased by the obstacles which are to be surmounted. Let me triumph as a man or not at all.”

James Garfield, 1881: “Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.”

Chester Arthur, 1881-1885: “Good ball players make good citizens.”

Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889, 1893-1897: “Whatever you do, tell the truth.”

Teddy Roosevelt Quote

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Teddy Roosevelt, 1901-1909: “We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.”

William Taft, 1909-1913: “Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood.”

Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921: “One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat.”

Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb … Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945: “Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you.”

Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953: “I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”

Dwight Eisenhower, 1953-1961: “Neither a wise man or a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”

JFK Quote

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John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963: “Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met — obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.”

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969: “If we succeed, it will not be because of what we have, but it will be because of what we are; not because of what we own, but, rather because of what we believe.”

Richard Nixon, 1969-1974: “The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep.”

Jimmy Carter, Jr., 1977-1981: “Piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.”

Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989: “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”

George H.W. Bush, 1989-1993: “No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.”

Bill Clinton, 1993-2001: “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

George W. Bush, 2001-2009: “Life takes its own turns, makes its own demands, writes its own story, and along the way, we start to realize we are not the author.”

Obama Quote

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Barack Obama, 2009-present: “One voice can change a room. And if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”