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World Bank delays $90 million loan to Uganda over anti-gay law

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law that has drawn widespread criticism from Western governments, the United Nations and rights groups.

World Bank headquarters in Washington DC

World Bank headquarters in Washington DC

A bank spokesman said Thursday the loan was intended to help the East African nation strengthen its health systems.

He said the bank division that lends to the private sector wants to ensure that the development objectives of the project would not be adversely affected by the enactment of the new law.

President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill on Monday, saying he wanted to deter Western groups from promoting homosexuality in Africa.

It calls for life in prison for those convicted of engaging in gay sex.

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  1. I would cut them off permanently…and would feel no remorse for doing so.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:07am
  2. Cutting off poor people only hurts poor people but World Bank is finally rethinking their position on LGBT rights as human rights.

    Replied on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:25am
  3. I agree starve the government into submission.

    Replied on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:55am
  4. Stop all $$$ to Uganda!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:08am
  5. This is this the way to play ball. Nice
    Work

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:08am
  6. AWESOME!!!! MONEY HURTS ALL FORMS OF POWER!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:09am
  7. cut them off for good.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:09am
  8. No aid for goverments’s committing crimes against humanity!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:09am
  9. Yea right move they gotta b human

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:10am
  10. the world bank? the same bank whos members include russia, US, jamaica and nigeria? theyre harly the sorta people to preach about gay rights

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:10am
  11. Gays too are human beings they live among us and we gotta respect them

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:10am
  12. A step in the right direction.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:10am
  13. My thanks to the World Bank.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:10am
  14. Wow they’re own government don’t help the own people there so it’s just gonna be more genocide rape God knows what else i pray for the women &children & the innocent people who can’t. Even express any opinions.. & do suffer over financial disadvantages

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:11am
  15. Good, but also World Bank = yuck.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:11am
  16. thas dumb

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:11am
  17. Yes, please stop giving the money to Uganda or else keeping them power if giving $$$$.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:12am
  18. USA gives $44BILLION! Cut them off

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:12am
  19. Cock suckers

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:12am
  20. very good, do not give them any financial aid.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:12am
  21. Good! Hit them where it hurts…there $$!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:13am
  22. All human greated in the image of the Almigty, so help me God

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:13am
  23. Ha.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:14am
  24. They shouldn’t give it to them permanently. Uganda has only made the world a worse place to live in.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:15am
  25. Good we dont need the fund coz no mo re gaysm in africa

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:15am
  26. it is good seeing the number of people and organizations standing for equality.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:17am
  27. Yesss!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:19am
  28. CUTE OFF

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:21am
  29. South Africa embraces every person regardless to their sexuality what happen to these barbarians not even Idi Amin in all his savagery enacted laws like these.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:22am
  30. Yisssss. Do that ish.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:24am
  31. Discontinue all financial support.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:24am
  32. good

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:25am
  33. Good.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:26am
  34. In what Era is Uganda still living in.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:26am
  35. Good! Cut those idiots off!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:26am
  36. Good!! Send it to somewhere else that actually helps all of it’s people!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:30am
  37. @andrew. Google world bank .org they’re not what you think.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:33am
  38. Don’t give them a dime! There are many plenty of people suffering ! Because of there law’s.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:34am
  39. The only way to show we mean business

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:38am
  40. Can’t help but think this type of action will only increase anger and violence directed toward the LGBTQ ppl in Uganda though. I understand the intention, but may prove more harmful to them.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:38am
  41. no money is the ONLY way to affect change at this point

    Replied on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:42am
  42. Just trying to lend a more critical eye to the situation, rather than a reactionary one.

    Replied on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:53pm
  43. Great, it’s about time someone stands for the right thing.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:39am
  44. They should call all outstanding loans.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:40am
  45. HIT ‘em where it hurts! IMBECILES! It’s a shame such “laws” get enacted in 2014!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:43am
  46. sadly….it’s a double edged sword….there are other people who will suffer by taking money away….and those LGBT will still be suffering. However, I do understand this desire.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:46am
  47. The Ugandan government probably uses the money to buy weapons, or it ends in the pockets of those who are favored anyway. How can there be so much aid, yet people there are still poor as heck?

    Replied on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:58am
  48. No doubt, there are probably lined pockets. I would hope there would be some money getting to those that need it. Makes me sad to think so many people with so little.

    Replied on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:48am
  49. Yes! Finally someone taking a stand in Washington.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:48am
  50. The same thing happened to Arizona. Governor Jan Brewer, learned too late about what kind of repercussions might occur, from her delaying to veto the stupid bill that Arizona wanted to pass as law. Anybody in the world can be fair game when legislating laws supporting social wrongdoing.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:48am
  51. I AGREE WITH YOU STEVE. HOPEFULLY USA WILL DO SOMETHING.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:49am
  52. I’m for this postponing of the loan. although don’t we not have other debts to be paying. Why are we loaning money we don’t have

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:50am
  53. Do we not have**

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:51am
  54. Well, I’d be delighted once the USA realizes the influence of Scott Lively and other Christian-right-wing preachers from the USA on this particular legislation…

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:51am
  55. Let them wither.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:53am
  56. If the Ugandans can’t play nice damn straight the world should take the ball away. GoT wisdom: they can die in their old world or live in the new one.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:56am
  57. GOOD ON YOU WORLD BANK — THANK YOU

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:02am
  58. 2011 NPR story – origins of this bill has ties to US evangelical Christian ministers http://www.npr.org/2011/05/12/136241591/professor-traces-history-of-ugandas-anti-homosexuality-bill

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:02am
  59. Y ARE WE SENDING UGANDA 400 MILLION IN AID REALLY Y ?

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:03am
  60. Delay?…just jump2 deny!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:06am
  61. THAT’S HITTING WHERE IT HURTS WHAT AN ERA TO BE LIVING IN.YAHOO!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:10am
  62. whoopsie

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:12am
  63. Finally World Banki is paying attention to LGBT rights but they should NOT punish people for the human rights violations of dictators that does NOT help anyone.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:12am
  64. Good

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:12am
  65. DOES’NT FEEL TO GOOD TO B DENIED SOMETHING U NEED & WANT,HUH?FIGURE IT OUT,FOOLS.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:12am
  66. Should deny!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:14am
  67. All countries should stop supporting all these welfare countries.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:16am
  68. good for them

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:17am
  69. Stop all kinds of aid and let them suffer.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:22am
  70. Give the 90 million to the lgbt community in Uganda!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:27am
  71. Cut all US aid too !!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:31am
  72. Stop helping these types of countries discriminate. I understand it’s the World Bank and some people will go without. But a message needs to be sent in a very powerful way. DISCRIMINATION = NO FUNDS!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:36am
  73. Decline the loan ..

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:54am
  74. the power of money, changed ariz, there is hope

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:58am
  75. STOP ALL MONEY TO UGANDA! Absolutely.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:59am
  76. cut off funding completely

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 6:04am
  77. I am so sorry for the innocent people who will suffer because of this decision but I also know that discrimination of this magnitude has to be stopped! Life in prison for being Gay! That is sick. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 6:08am
  78. Stop helping countries that hate the United States also….

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 6:38am
  79. No Delays, You Suspend any Aid to them. Ya know these kind of countries, all monies and supplies never get to the people…shut it all DOWN…

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 6:40am
  80. Good move…BUT, the downside to this is now they get to blame the gays (and kill them) for something else. Lose-lose all around…

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 6:55am
  81. Double speak & hypocricy.Saudi Arabia is an ally of the West yet gayism is punishable by death.Iran is a member of WB too yet gays are hanged there.Chinese investment is becoming more popular in Africa as demonic Western Colonialist economies stagnate.When the IMF & WB were formed Africa was not represented.That is a white man’s institution.To hell with their attitudes.Africans are no longer slaves of the West

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:01am
  82. apparently they ARE if they're begging for money!

    Replied on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:45am
  83. I would cut them off completely…..

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:03am
  84. Cut bum off.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:19am
  85. I would loan them a dime for their actions.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:32am
  86. delay just isn’t good enough either change the law or find your money from some other source, end of story

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:40am
  87. Good!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:45am
  88. Good..that’s all I have to say..

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:57am
  89. make him suffer

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:27am
  90. deve ser feito um bloqueio a uganda .no maney uganda ,

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:35am
  91. ALL aid should be cut off immediately, it doesn’t go to those in need anyway!~

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:40am
  92. Stop all money to them.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:41am
  93. Good worst country

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:52am
  94. cutting dem off might lead to a hundred pple sufferings. jst bcus of their homophobes government, doesnt mean d rest of d citizens shud suffer. d delay is wlcumed. bt i say nah to cutting dem off

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:53am
  95. cancel the loan !

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:24am
  96. No money for u…dumbazzzes..

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:34am
  97. Stopping this kind of hate begins with silencing the Americans who are driving it all. And, as far as I’m concerned, that can be accomplished by any means necessary.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:37am
  98. Good! Why do they need it anyways?

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:44am
  99. “Delays” is the key word here.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:44am
  100. Delayed…not revoked.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:59am
  101. let them starve to death… Majority of Ugandans wants this bill so let them suffer the consequences!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:16am
  102. All modern nations need to offer asylum to LGBTQ refugees from Uganda at this point… Until something can be done about this legally, they will need to be offered safety. Without world influence nothing will change. Russia will certainly take this opportunity to make a new ally in hate. Watch and be ready, the fight against homosexuality is far from over.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:26am
  103. AWESOME

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:31am
  104. Stella Maris most Ugandans support it/him!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:38am
  105. I don’t think that punishing many for the actions of few is right if the money is needed to keep people alive I don’t agree with the Ugandan laws either.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:43am
  106. Corrupt money once it gets there

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:51am
  107. GOOD stop allAID alll

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:58am
  108. Make it more than a delay. Cut it off for good.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:59am
  109. Oh and it’s funny to find out the president of Uganda has a gay boyfriend,, how funny trying to hide his dam life??? The ones whom push the bans more are the closet queens

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:01am
  110. Awesome

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:05am
  111. Good, it’s a start.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:15am
  112. Cancel this fucking loan. Let them starve.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:19am
  113. nice we can’t extend unemployment for our people in a poor economy but we can send 90 million to a country most of us don’t give a rats ass about, way to go America.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:30am
  114. “President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill on Monday, saying he wanted to deter Western groups from promoting homosexuality in Africa.”
    You learn something new every day. I didn’t even know you could promote gay-ness. Promote like a religion? But wait, there’s no ban on promoting other religions….hmmm.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:47am
  115. Yeah!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:59am
  116. Don’t postpone it. Just reject it, don’t give them any loans!! A government that imprison their own people for being different, don’t deserve any help. That is how Hitler started.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:01pm
  117. The US and Canada needs to withhold aid to Uganda just as long as this law is in effect.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:02pm
  118. Don’t give them $@$&&’

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:23pm
  119. Don’t GIVE THEM SHIT!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:26pm
  120. As we know from previous experience, the world bank is neither.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:26pm
  121. This is the kind of protesting I like seeing in the world! Everyone was talking about the “protesting” going on at the olympics, that was nothing. A few people wearing rainbow gloves, having queer members? That’s not protesting.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:29pm
  122. .T Y. World Bank. Hey Uganda…no money..for abusive

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:31pm
  123. good!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:32pm
  124. Cut them off!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:38pm
  125. Absolutely . There definitely needs to be sanctions for such a despicable government.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:43pm
  126. cancel it

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:53pm
  127. NO aid, NO loans. Hit them in the wallet, that is the ONLY thing they care about.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:57pm
  128. No Money, No Aid to Uganda!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:18pm
  129. don’t give them anything for being ignorant and living in the dark ages!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:25pm
  130. YES STOP ALL $$$$ TO UGANDA!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:53pm
  131. Fuck the homophobes in Uganda! No more aid from anyone for them would be a good start!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:59pm
  132. ha ! let them find their own way….

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:02pm
  133. Thank you World Bank.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:06pm
  134. Let these savage bigots eat roots and insects. ..

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:12pm
  135. Cut off all Western aid funding and loans to Uganda and any country that does not respect human rights!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:21pm
  136. NO aid to Uganda in any form. No help, nothing.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:35pm
  137. This should put all other nations on notice

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:47pm
  138. The problem with this, is the Innocents who will suffer over this delay of $, although who knows how much of it actually reaches them.

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:53pm
  139. Good!

    Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 3:00pm