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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

What happens next in Ukraine?

February 25th, 2014
04:39 PM ET

After last week's political upheaval, and the terrible scenes of violence that accompanied it, the big question in regards to Ukraine is what happens next.

Becky spoke to Anne Applebaum, author and columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, to get her opinion on where the country is headed.  She says Ukraine’s problem isn’t just one of finances.

“It’s not just about money.  The money was on offer before,” Applebaum says.  “The problem has been that the Ukrainians haven’t been willing to do the very profound economic reforms, in some cases of a kind that ought to have been done twenty years ago.”

Applebaum says political change within Ukraine is a certainty, but that the country’s future leaders may not be the big names we’re used to seeing in the headlines.

"The Ukrainians no longer have any appetite for these big personalities, these charismatic people who have a lot to say but then aren't able to do anything," Applebaum says.

Text: With ousted President on the run, Ukraine delays forming new government

Text: 'We were trapped': Eyewitness to the massacre in Kiev

 


Filed under:  Europe • Ukraine

Ugandan President: Being gay not a right

February 25th, 2014
03:43 PM ET

Uganda's president has signed sweeping anti-gay legislation, introducing life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality." Anyone who counsels or provides services to LGBT people would also face prison time, a provision that ensnares rights groups currently operating in the country.

CNN's Zain Verjee spoke exclusively to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni about his motivations for introducing the new law.

During the interview, Museveni said that he is "acting on behalf of society."  His motivation for stepping up the country’s existing anti-gay legislation came as a result of Ugandan scientists producing a report finding no genetic link to homosexuality. "Once you argue that it is a question of choice, then really you have lost the argument,” Museveni said.

In reaction to the bill's condemnation from Western governments and human rights groups, he responded: " They are not going to make our people budge.”  Museveni went on to say: “If you don't agree, you just keep quiet.  If we are wrong, we shall find out by ourselves."

Zain asked Museveni whether he personally dislikes homosexuals.  “Of course,” Museveni said.  “They are disgusting."

Text: Uganda's President Museveni signs controversial anti-gay bill into law

Text: Ugandan tabloid prints list of 'homosexuals'

 

 


Filed under:  Africa