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Museveni and Washington Part II

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 6:46 am

May 6, 2010

KAMPALA, Uganda – Why is the Obama administration pressuring Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to establish democracy, whereas American presidents dating back to Ronald Reagan have chosen to look the other way?

It boils down to both ideals and realpolitik. Read the rest of this entry »

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Uganda’s President Goes Rogue to Woo Washington

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 2:52 am

May 5, 2010

KAMPALA, Uganda – Uganda joined a select club the weekend before last, being just one of two countries willing to host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his sub-Saharan African “tour,” the other being Zimbabwe.

It makes perfect sense that Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe would give shelter to Ahmadinejad. Spurned leaders make good bedfellows (and for very entertaining bitch sessions).

But why Uganda, a close military and economic ally of the United States, would host the controversial leader at a time when global opposition to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology is at a record high, is a bit of a mystery. Read the rest of this entry »