Ugandans voted in an election on Friday expected to extend President Yoweri Museveni's time in power to three decades but which could turn nasty because the opposition wants street protests if the poll were deemed rigged. The campaign in east Africa's third largest economy was bitter, marked by widespread claims the ruling party has been paying voters to return Museveni for a fourth term.



At least two protesters were killed Thursday when soldiers opened fire on stone-throwing demonstrators in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah as the unrest triggered by turmoil elsewhere in the Middle East reached the normally placid enclave of Kurdistan in northern Iraq. Forty-three people were injured when the Kurdish pesh merga fighters fired live ammunition at youths throwing stones at the headquarters of the region's dominant political party, the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP), witnesses said.



Large protests have continued overnight in Libya following Thursday's "Day of Rage" against the government. Confrontations between security forces and protesters left two dozen people dead and many wounded on Thursday, according to Human Rights Watch.

Posted by Paul Bagshaw at NOT THE SAME STREAM:

Leonie Mendo is from Cameroon. She came to the UK at the invitation of a man she met over the internet. He locked her up, abused her and forced her into prostitution. When she became pregnant she was discarded. Only then was she able to ask the police for help. But she had no papers. She asked to stay in the UK on the grounds that she deserved humanitarian protection. The immigration court did not believe her account, nor has it accepted the expert witness reports of a midwife, a psychologist and a rape crisis counsellor.

I have known Leonie for over two and a half years. She is a devout Christian and a woman of deep integrity. There is no reason why she should invent a story which is, in practice, so self-denigratory and so harsh as a history for her daughter. She has been entirely consistent in her account since I have known her and I believe her entirely. She is terrified about being sent back to Cameroon - because her family will find her and are likely to attack her too, because she is a single mother, because she has a visibly mixed-race child who has no father.

The Home Secretary has the discretionary power to allow a person to stay. That is now what we are asking for.


Posted by Liz at FINDING LIFE HARD?:

I emailed the publisher to ask if they'd received my manuscript; yes, they had and I should get a reply soon. Today I had a rejection letter. A very nice rejection letter but nevertheless.


Please pray for our friend, Jack, who is having a miserable OFSTED experience and the inspectors haven't even arrived at his school yet.

Full details at WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO THIS, SIR?


From AFP:

Anti-whaling activists cheered Friday as Japan called its harpoon ships home early from their annual Antarctic hunt, citing high-seas harassment by environmentalist group Sea Shepherd. Activists from the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society had pursued the Japanese fleet for months in the icy waters near Antarctica, seeking to stop the slaughter.

Japan, which hunts the giant ocean mammals under a loophole to a global ban that permits lethal "scientific research", has killed 172 whales this season, only about a fifth of its target, the fisheries agency said.

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THE PRAYER LIST – 18TH. FEBRUARY 2011 — 6 Comments

  1. Concerning Jack, how the bleep do schools expect people to go into teaching when the odds are so stacked against them? Good teachers put in so much extra time doing the work that school admins should that many of them have little time for family or self, and then they are evaluated like assembly line workers, often by people who have no ability to recognize good or bad teaching, as they work off a checklist that was made up by theorists with little or no practical experience. Feh.

  2. No problem, Liz. I don’t know if you noticed but I added you to the blogroll (see New friends post a couple of days ago). This will mean that from now on friends will shun you, strangers will cross the road to avoid you and you’ll never get a job that doesn’t involve cleaning up yucky stuff. But one of the perks of being on the list, perhaps the only perk, is that we will pray for you (the atheists will think nice thoughts about you) should I notice any personal sadness or joy on your blog when I do my daily rounds.