The more I read this, the more I’m of two minds here…on the one hand, this is political hypocrisy of the first order, given the recent raft of sanctions levied agst. Uganda by the United States over the country’s anti-LGBT policies. On the other hand, given the growing power of China w/in Africa at present on the international stage, one suspects that the Obama Administration weighed their options here and essentially threw the LGBT community under the political bus, thinking in essence, that ‘blocking Chinese entreats’ into Africa trumps human rights’, a politically crass move that doesn’t benefit this administration in the long term and insults one of the Democratic Party’s core constituencies.
How does that saying go….”with friends like these, who needs enemies?”
Does Obama’s fear of Chinese in Africa excuse him from his promise of sanctions for gays?
By Melanie Nathan, July 01, 2014.
The U.S. President, Barack Obama, seems to have gone ahead with an invitation to the “first abuser” of LGBT Uganda’s human rights, despite his promise to blacklist all such abusers from entering the United States. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is among African leaders invited by the President to the first ever American-African Summit scheduled to take place in Washington in August this year. And it was this very “first abuser” who declared war on the world’s gays and enacted persecutory anti-LGBT laws by signing the Anti-Homosexuality Act.
Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Ambassador James Mugume confirmed that President Yoweri Museveni would attend the one week event.
“Yes we received an invitation and the President will be going to the US for the Summit,” he said. He refused to…
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