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By Michael P. Orsi
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Idi Amin
African leaders joined thousands of Ugandans on Tuesday on an airstrip in the capital of Kampala, where 50 years ago Uganda announced its independence from British rule.
Overcoming hurdles both on and off the diamond, a group of youngsters from the small central Ugandan town of Lugazi are poised to make some hardball history Friday when they become the first African team to play in the 66-year history of the Little League World Series.
A group of Ugandan youngsters will become the first African team to play in the Little League Baseball World Series when it takes the field against Panama on Friday.
Influential church leaders are calling for an end to the 26-year rule of President Yoweri Museveni, who is resisting efforts to restore term limits on his office and is facing record-low public-approval ratings.
World history is littered with dictators who just happened to be — ahem — towering athletic giants. In honor of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who recorded an impressive two goals and one assist in a recent hockey game, we present a few of our favorite dictathletes.
Ugandans increasingly are comparing their current president to their former "president for life" — Idi Amin, whose ruthless dictatorship during the 1970s earned him the nickname "the butcher of Uganda."
In the late 1970s, then Egyptian Foreign Minister Boutros Boutros-Ghali couldn't figure out why African summit meetings unanimously voted against Egypt's peace treaty with Israel. He decided to sprinkle his delegation with intelligence gumshoes for the next summit in Sierra Leone in 1980. Their mission: Find out what kind of chicanery was going on behind the scenes.
"They start very good," he said. "Then they stay on, and it all turns out the same."