PRI's The World: 12/20/2013

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Friday, December 20, 2013

The World on Friday: Russia's highest-profile political prisoner goes free. What does this mean for other Russian dissidents? Also, why some Chinese are now apologizing for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution. Plus, an author creates a musical playlist to go with his critically-acclamined novel.

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Global Politics

Uganda's gay community is one step away from a new reality — being illegal

If you're a gay rights activist in Uganda, well, you're now illegal according to an anti-gay bill just passed by the country's parliament. The bill bans any sort of promotion or protection of gay rights. It also calls for life in prison for those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality" which is defined as gay sex with those infected by HIV, minors, and the disabled. But activists aren't throwing in the towel, they're girding for a fight.

Marco Werman

Marco Werman is the host of PRI's The World.