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Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Uganda, now you have touched the women

In October 2011, the Ugandan government sent Ingrid Turinawe to the infamous Luzira Prison--Uganda’s Guantánamo--for the treasonable act of walking to work. This week, the State, again, attacked Turinawe and other women activists for the “crime” of standing, speaking out, driving, and generally being. Big mistake.

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Uganda’s Guantánamo

By Dan Moshenberg Last week Ingrid Turinawe, the leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Women’s League, in Uganda, was sent to the infamous Luzira Prison. Everywhere one looks, there are “infamous” prisons. For the United States,...

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Music Break / Sylvester & Ssavoo

The video for Kampala rappers Sylvester & Ssavoo’s “Akaseera” comes with a laid back groove. I am still celebrating Ugandan independence. Via Silkamb.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The “colorful” women of Karamoja

By Dan Moshenberg Somebody call Paul Gauguin. The site of exotic exploration of bare naked, happy  “backward”, “traditional”, and yet, magically, beautiful women has moved from Tahiti to Karamoja, in northeastern Uganda. According to media responses to...

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Music Break / Maurice Kirya

“Wooye” by Ugandan crooner Maurice Kirya.  

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Helen of Kampala

I’ve been wondering when The New York Times would do an analysis piece on the political protests in Uganda and what angle they would take. They have now. Reporter Josh Kron (is he new in the region?)...

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Forcing Museveni from Power

Journalist Pascal Zachary–on his blog Africa Works–argues that the protests in Uganda that started April 4, are strategically “ill-timed” and that opposition leader Kizza Besigye (shot in the hand, and in jail at present), while brave, can...

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Save the Museum (in Uganda)

Just about this time last year, Uganda lost a priceless part of its cultural heritage when the Kasubi Tombs were burnt down. The tombs were a UNESCO World Heritage Site and were built in 1882 – the...

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Being Gay in Africa

The problem is the way I dress. Everyone is asking, ‘is that a boy or a girl?’ In clubs, when ladies can get in for free, they push us, tell us we are not ladies and that...

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Statement by Bloggers on the Murder of David Kato

“We the undersigned wish to express our deep sadness at the murder of Ugandan human rights defender David Kato on 26th January 2011.  David’s activism  began in the 1980s as an Anti-Apartheid campaigner where he first expressed...

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

“Wow, Africans on skateboards, so cool”

Yan Gross, the Swiss photographer and skateboarder–in an interview with South African journalist, Sean O’Toole, in Frieze (January/February 2011)–mocking the reaction of journalists, photographers and filmmakers, who flocked to Kampala, Uganda, after his self-published photoseries of a...

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Tell ‘Em to Skate*

The Uganda Skateboard Union has (deservedly) been getting a lot of love lately. We’ve written about them a couple of times (here and here), and they’ve been featured in the UK Independent, GOOD, and now in the...

Friday, May 7th, 2010

TGIF

Sean wrote this piece about the great Uganda Skateboarding Union earlier this year. They’ve blown up as of late, and this video shows you why. The sounds provided by the East African Bashment Crew aren’t a bad...

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Skateboarders in Kampala

Great series of images by photojournalist Marc Hofer of a small group of skateboarders in the Ugandan capital Kampala who built their own skate park complete with ramps after one of them got introduced to skateboarding by...

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

VIDEO: BOBI WINE FOR PRESIDENT

The Fader interviews the Ugandan musician Bobi Wine (whose pronouncements on the shortcomings of the country’s political leadership has earned him the title “Mr President”). More, including links to two of Bobi Wine’s dancehall-inflected songs, see here.