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    I'm pleased!
    Half of my family comes from The Gambia and it's only good that Jammeh gets less powerfull.
    However, it's weird considering Jammeh had a close relationship with Obama.
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    Looking at the map posted on the first page, one thing that is interesting (almost to the point of ridiculousness) is that of all the countries imposing prison sentences and other punishments for homosexuality, the good ole US decide to limit trade with possibly the smallest country of all. Yep, let's stick to the African countries so we don't lose too much money, right?
    Where are the trade limits/sanctions for Saudi Arabia ? India?
    Nope we need that oil money so we won't touch the Middle East even though they have the worst human rights record for homosexuals in the whole world :clap2:

    This is a pretty obvious political ploy.
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    This is cultural imperialism by demanding countries have the same cultural standards as you do and this is being done because of a strong homosexual lobby in u.s.

    This is shameful and america is the biggest supporters of homosexuality which is a massive pity.
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    (Original post by slade p)
    This is cultural imperialism by demanding countries have the same cultural standards as you do and this is being done because of a strong homosexual lobby in u.s.

    This is shameful and america is the biggest supporters of homosexuality which is a massive pity.
    Gambia has always had homosexuals. Although they probably haven't been really accepted because Gambia is a mainly Muslim country.
    Now a lot of them are fleeing to Senegal because some young men have disappeared and are presumably being tortured.
    Don't claim "cultural imperialism" because Jammeh is bloody crazy and his view of homosexuality does not represent that of Gambians.
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    (Original post by jedanselemyia)
    Gambia has always had homosexuals. Although they probably haven't been really accepted because Gambia is a mainly Muslim country.
    Now a lot of them are fleeing to Senegal because some young men have disappeared and are presumably being tortured.
    Don't claim "cultural imperialism" because Jammeh is bloody crazy and his view of homosexuality does not represent that of Gambians.
    Lots of countries do something which is not liked but are not sanctioned or penalized for it. This shows the intolerance of the homosexual lobby and supporters.
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    (Original post by GailQ)
    Looking at the map posted on the first page, one thing that is interesting (almost to the point of ridiculousness) is that of all the countries imposing prison sentences and other punishments for homosexuality, the good ole US decide to limit trade with possibly the smallest country of all. Yep, let's stick to the African countries so we don't lose too much money, right?
    Where are the trade limits/sanctions for Saudi Arabia ? India?
    Nope we need that oil money so we won't touch the Middle East even though they have the worst human rights record for homosexuals in the whole world :clap2:

    This is a pretty obvious political ploy.
    Of course - lets limit financial aid and trading capabilities for one of the countries that are most in need, leave its people to suffer through poverty or war, then make out like we're the good guys. Well played USA, well played.
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    (Original post by slade p)
    Lots of countries do something which is not liked but are not sanctioned or penalized for it. This shows the intolerance of the homosexual lobby and supporters.
    Nah, GailQ's observation is the real situation.
    It's just a pretext, even though Jammeh's treatment of homosexuals should be strictly punished.
    Although it's embarrassing to admit, Gambia's not that important on the international trade scale. The Gambian economy mainly revolves around agriculture and tourism. So it's not that big of a decision.
    And believe me when I say this, Jammeh has really strong ties with the US. His children have dual American citizenship (maybe not his latest daughter), he's been welcomed to the White House and he has propriety in the US. Half my family is from Gambia so they know this.
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    I really hate how much of a hypocrite the American government is. So its ok for them to trade/have relations with Saudi Arabia? Incredible.
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    (Original post by Anonynous)
    Homosexuality shouldn't be imposed in thesse countries. It's the west who think its acceptable.
    Wasn't it the West that told them it was unacceptable?
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    (Original post by slade p)
    This is cultural imperialism by demanding countries have the same cultural standards as you do and this is being done because of a strong homosexual lobby in u.s.

    This is shameful and america is the biggest supporters of homosexuality which is a massive pity.
    Demanding that countries have a basic standard of human rights and not persecute minorities is not "cultural imperialism", it's a case of human rights vs persecution. The USA is doing the right thing, the only criticism of what they're doing is that they don't do it with more countries that have anti-gay laws.

    If you think there's a strong "homosexual lobby" in the US you need to look again. There is also a strong nut nut lobby which vehemently opposes homosexuality. In fact, Uganda's anti-gay laws were partly the result of American Christian hate preachers who went to Uganda to preach and campaign against homosexuality. There's a video somewhere of one of them talking about how homosexuality being linked to paedophilia, and gay people being nazis that were involved in the Rwandan genocide.
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    Good for them.

    (Original post by al_94)
    Respect to Gambia for continuing to reject US imperialism.
    America is the one rejecting them. But yeah, down with imperialism! *shakes fist.*
 
 
 
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