Uganda

Demonstrators show "stop oil in Africa" written on their hands during a protest with Stop Pipelines coalition against pipelines in East Africa.

Land issues at the heart of Uganda’s oil showdown

Residents in Uganda's oil-rich Hoima district say their land is up for grabs as an ambitious oil pipeline project plans to run more than 800 miles from the western part of the country all the way to neighboring Tanzania.

Land issues at the heart of Uganda’s oil showdown
After the discovery of commercial quantities of oil in 2006, Hoima, Uganda, is being referred to as “Oil City,” Hoima, Uganda, November 2022.

Why African countries like Uganda are investing in fossil fuels

Why African countries like Uganda are investing in fossil fuels
A nurse prepares a Pfizer coronavirus vaccination at the Kiswa Health Center III in the Bugolobi neighborhood of Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. 

Why auto-disable syringes are key to vaccinating the world

Why auto-disable syringes are key to vaccinating the world
Ugandan author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is seen in an undated photo posted to his Twitter Dec. 25, 2021.

'The torture of political prisoners is real' in Uganda, says poet and free speech activist

'The torture of political prisoners is real' in Uganda, says poet and free speech activist
Pupils wear face masks as they attend class at Kitante Primary School in Kampala, Uganda

Uganda's schools reopen, ending world's longest lockdown

Uganda's schools reopen, ending world's longest lockdown
Rows of fresh Wau Eats samosas waiting to be packed and delivered to eager customers, Nairobi, Kenya

Apple pie samosas for Thanksgiving? In East Africa, these fried treats are a hit.

Aleya Kassam, one of the founders of Wau Eats in Nairobi, said her family has enjoyed making samosas for generations. As they experiment with different fillings, Americans living in Kenya are even ordering apple pie samosas for Thanksgiving.

Apple pie samosas for Thanksgiving? In East Africa, these fried treats are a hit.
A forensics officer secures the scene of a blast next to the central police station in Kampala, Uganda, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. 

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 3 people in Uganda

The suicide bombings are the latest in a string of explosions that have plagued Uganda in recent weeks. 

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 3 people in Uganda
President Joe Biden meets virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington

US and Chinese presidents strike conciliatory tone during hourslong meeting

US and Chinese presidents hold virtual meeting to discuss strengthening ties. Also, the head of Ecuador's prison system and the country's armed forces chief resign over fresh gang violence that's left another 68 inmates dead. And, twin blasts in the Ugandan capital kill at least three people and injure dozens of others near parliament and the central police station.

US and Chinese presidents strike conciliatory tone during hourslong meeting
Climate activist Vanessa Nakate, of Uganda, delivers her speech during a Fridays for Future demonstration in Milan, Italy, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate: 'We want climate action and our voices will not be silenced'

Vanessa Nakate, a young activist from Uganda, is an advocate for climate justice in neglected communities across the "global south," countries that are among the least responsible for causing climate change yet suffering the most from its effects.

Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate: 'We want climate action and our voices will not be silenced'
Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, speaks at a press conference in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. 

Opportunity seizure: Part I

Sometimes, states adopt repressive policies just because they can. Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive into research on how it happens with a focus on Uganda.

Opportunity seizure: Part I
Hundreds of people gather near an evacuation control checkpoint during ongoing evacuations at Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul.

As Afghans flee Taliban rule, some find a temporary new home in Uganda

Uganda is one of several countries that have agreed to assist the United States in a rushed and chaotic effort to evacuate Afghans from Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

As Afghans flee Taliban rule, some find a temporary new home in Uganda
A woman is shown walking and wearing a face mask and blue t-shirt in a nearly empty dining hall with a sign in the nearground that says "Tokyo 2020."

Tokyo Olympics to allow spectators amid ongoing coronavirus crisis

Top of The World: Organizers for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics said on Monday that venues could welcome fans up to 50% capacity. And, Health officials in Brazil confirmed a grim milestone over the weekend: The country has passed 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. Also, Ethiopians went to the polls on Monday in a general election test for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Tokyo Olympics to allow spectators amid ongoing coronavirus crisis
The latex-covered hands of a medical professional are shown drawing a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

US backs waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines

Top of The World: The Biden administration announced it backs a temporary waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines. And, the IFRC warned of an impending crisis in Nepal due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Also, Ugandan warlord Dominic Ongwen, the former child soldier turned top commander of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, was sentenced by the International Criminal Court to 25 years in prison

US backs waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines
Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine is shown wearing a gray blazer an speaking into severla microphones.

A conversation with Bobi Wine, Ugandan opposition leader

Since 2018, the Ugandan government has been playing a game of catch and release with opposition leader and pop music star Bobi Wine, the stage name of Robert Kyagulanyi. The 39-year-old's latest detention — which lasted a matter of hours — happened on March 15, as Wine led a protest in Kampala. Wine, a member of the Ugandan parliament, also leads the National Unity Platform, a political party deeply at odds with President Yoweri Museveni. In January, Wine lost to Museveni in a disputed presidential election but he is not letting up on his quest to unseat Museveni.

A conversation with Bobi Wine, Ugandan opposition leader
Dominic Ongwen is shown sitting and wearing a gray suit while two security officers are shown standing on either side of him.

ICC convicts former LRA rebel commander

Top of The World: The ICC has convicted Dominic Ongwen, a former commander of Uganda's notoriously brutal rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, of war crimes and crimes against humanity. And, the Canadian government has designated the far-right Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity. Also, Canada is defending its decision to take COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX.

ICC convicts former LRA rebel commander