Part 9 of Who is 'Europe'?, a weekly series on how European natives and residents are responding to pressures from terrorism, migration, nationalism, and the 'European project.'
The proposed Uganda legislation would criminalize homosexuality, and could be potentially more far-reaching than the anti-gay law that a court struck down in August.
Kenya says it will build a new mega-port, oil refinery, and rail terminus on historic Lamu Island. Can it pull off East Africa's biggest infrastructure project without spoiling an ancient treasure?
New fighting in CAR between Ugandan troops and Seleka rebels could also jeopardize what has been a bright spot in the fight against Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
That news has been bandied about for some time: Yet it fits Mr. Kony's pattern of marginalizing talent and senior officers in the pursuit of absolute control and those who are loyal.
The Ugandan Army quickly crossed into South Sudan on behalf of the government when fighting broke out in December. That may have started something.
For the most part, Africans used to get along with gays and homosexuals even if they might not agree with the behavior. Then came 2013 and widespread retribution.
Less noticed than President Museveni's anti-gay bill was a simultaneous anti-porn law that has resulted in women wearing modern garb being publicly stripped and shamed.
Uganda seeks to be a regional power, is militarist and prone to adventures. It fought the rebels in S. Sudan and its troops could jeopardize a peace deal there.
Lord's Resistance Army leader Kony may not be ready to quit. But UN fact finding teams, leaflets calling for defection, and other efforts can make a difference.