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***Disturbing but not so surprising news from South Africa’s “Social Attitudes Survey” shows that 80% of the population are against same-sex marriage. The very real possibility of ANC President, Jacob Zuma, who embodies some of the worst manifestations of macho nationalism and a man whose disdain for women was evident in the 2006 rape trial for which he was acquitted, becoming the next President of South Africa, will mean women and LGBTI become much more of a social force and develop strategies to counter act his influence in South African politics.

***Burundi moves closer towards criminalising homosexuality.

The Association for the Respect of Homosexuals’ Rights (ARDHO) protested against the new penal law adopted overnight, which abolishes the death penalty but makes homosexuality a criminal offence.

“We at ARDHO are outraged by this decision to criminalise homosexuality. We don’t understand how educated people can adopt such a law because homosexuality is neither a disease nor a deviance,” an ARDHO official told AFP.

***Pray the Devil Back to Hell” documents the story of the courageous Liberian women who organised and came together to bring peace to their country. The reviews are excellent and with Angelique Kidjo on the soundtrack I will be watching out for this. Meanwhile watch some clips and listen to some music.

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***Silent Screams from Zimbabwe – Kubtana reports on the elderly woman “bumped by a blue Merc” who sits in shock on the roadside as no one bothers to do anything and someone asks

Why did the foolish woman not cross the road at the traffic lights? She ought to thank her lucky stars a Merc hit her. There was an unspoken consensus that the woman was to blame. Accusatory eyes pierced at her all round.

Natasha likens the silence at the woman’s fate to that of the silence from Africans around the fate of Zimbabwe. An excellent analogy.

***The two Nigerian bloggers, Emeka Asiwe and Jonathan Elendu, have now both been released but are still being prevented from returning to their homes in the US

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