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December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Leaders Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

February 10, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa-UgandaGayActivists-20120210 Gay Rights in Africa

Unfortunately, much of sub-Saharan Africa is homophobic. Recent legislation, some proposed, some passed, condemns gay marriage and sometimes outlaws gay sexual activity. Nigeria, Uganda, and Liberia …

December 7, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Gay Rights in Africa Gay Rights in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks about the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people from around the world in her "Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights" speech on Interna…

December 8, 2017

Global
same sex marriage Same-Sex Marriage: Global Comparisons

A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, but opposition remains strong in many countries.

June 17, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
President Goodluck Jonathan presents his administration's midterm report during Democracy Day in Abuja May 29, 2013. Gay Marriage and Goodluck Jonathan’s Tricky Position

This is a guest post by Dominic Bocci, assistant director at the Council on Foreign Relations’ David Rockefeller Studies Program. The passage of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill on May 31, 201…

December 7, 2011

Elections and Voting
2012 Campaign Roundup: Foreign Aid and Gay Rights 2012 Campaign Roundup: Foreign Aid and Gay Rights

Secretary of State Clinton is greeted by members of audience after defending rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around world on Human Rights Day at United Nations in Geneva. (J. …

April 13, 2017

China
Great-Wall-opening Hollywood and China’s Unequal Affair

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the first post in his three-part series on the relationship between Hollyw…

March 3, 2017

China
JY-Lee-court Samsung Scandal, Islamic State and China, Philippine HIV, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Larry Hong, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Samsung heir indicted on corruption charges. Lee Jae-yong, the de facto head of Samsung Group, w…

April 25, 2014

Lebanon
WR04252014_CROPPED Weekend Reading: Syrian Gastronomy, Arab Film, and Gay Rights in Lebanon.

Lauren Bohn talks about the importance of food with Syrian refugees in Beirut for Bon Appetit. Maya Sioufi discusses how Cinephilia is investing in the future of Arab cinema. Farah Wael examines ga…

January 15, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Members of religious groups campaigning against homosexuality hold placards during a rally in Kampala August 21, 2007. Nigerians Circle the Wagons Against West on Anti-Gay Law

Nigerians across religious, ethnic, and regional divisions are strongly supportive of the anti-gay measure recently signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan. The legislation criminalizes virtua…