Pulitzer Center Update

This Week: Friends With Dictators

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H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda at the Somalia Conference in London, 7 May 2013. Image courtesy of Foreign and Commonwealth Office flickr/ Creative Commons. United Kingdom, 2013.

Our Man in Uganda

Helen Epstein

The U.S. has formed dubious alliances with a host of African dictators who, while promising to fight terrorism, “stoked up six wars in eastern and central Africa that left millions dead,” writes grantee Helen Epstein, in her new book, “Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror.” At the eye of the storm for more than 30 years has been Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, recipient of billions in U.S. aid. “The result has been mayhem in Rwanda, Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Uganda itself.” Helen talks about her book in this interview.

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Still image from The Abominable Crime. Image courtesy Micah Fink. 2013.

Still image from The Abominable Crime. Image courtesy Micah Fink. 2013.

Pulitzer Center at LGBT Film Fest in North Carolina

Winston-Salem’s Out at the Movies Film Festival screens grantee Micah Fink’s “The Abominable Crime.” Fink, Jamaican activist Maurice Tomlinson and senior education manager Fareed Mostoufi will take the issues of homophobia and stigma to area schools and universities, as part of Pulitzer’s NewsArts initiative exploring the intersection of the arts and journalism. See all of our LGBTQ reporting on the new portal.

 

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A Kurdish peshmerga soldier takes the lead during urban combat maneuvering training held near Erbil. Image by Spc. Tristan Bolden / U.S. Army. Iraq, 2015.

A Kurdish peshmerga soldier takes the lead during urban combat maneuvering training held near Erbil. Image by Spc. Tristan Bolden / U.S. Army. Iraq, 2015.

Iraqi Kurds Vote

Ken R. Rosen

 No surprise, Iraqi Kurdistan has voted to part ways with Iraq. What’s next is uncertain, as grantee Ken R. Rosen writes for The Atlantic: “While the referendum is largely symbolic, the governments of Turkey, Iran, Syria and the United States, oppose it, fearing that it will destabilize the region.”

 

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