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.
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.
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.”