Biggest merger since peanut butter and jelly? I think we all saw both these coming.
I’ve thought about this a lot so I’m glad someone decided to write about it.
I’ll leave you all with a (rare) happy ending this week. We got a tip from Kim Yi Dionne earlier today about Ralph Kasambara, a political prisoner in Malawi who was being held in what are terrifyingly called “condemned cells.” Deets are here. But, in the time from when we got the tip to now, “a Judge has issued a High Court Order for the immediate release of Ralph.” Now, let’s not forget to knock on wood, but this actually sounds like good news. Don’t get used to it…
- More drama in the Campbell-Taylor-Farrow saga. Naomi Campbell may be subpoenaed to testify at Charles Taylor’s trial as she allegedly received a diamond from him. This story basically seems true unless Mia Farrow, who says Campbell told her about the diamond and is willing to testify, is completely making it up. The more I write about this the more it feels like a weird dream.
*Correction. The couple is actually a male and a transgender woman. Thanks to tinarussell for directing me to this article. Sorry for the mistake and for taking so long to correct it. I will try to do better next time.
Last week, police in Malawi arrested 21 year old Peter Sawali for putting up posters reading “Gay rights are human rights” in response to the public indecency trial of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga. (The two men face up to 14 years in prison for attempting to marry.)
Apparently, the government believed Monjeza and Chimbalanga were Malawi’s only gays, so imagine their surprise to be confronted with a well-organized gay rights campaign secretly producing and distributing “expertly and expensively printed” posters and leaflets. The authorities have announced that whoever is doing it had better reveal themselves so that they can be arrested too.
I’m thinking given how poorly Malawi has treated the two gays they’ve got, it’s not likely anyone’s going to respond to the request “if there are others, let them come out in the open.” When will governments learn that gays are a privilege, not a right?
Hattip to @SoAfricaAIUSA
Update: If you’d like to blow the Malawian government’s mind by demonstrating that people who are neither gay nor Malawian (or at any rate, not both) care about this issue too, head on over to Amnesty and sign their petition.