Forest Whitaker to receive NAACP Chairman's Award

Forest Whitaker to receive NAACP Chairman's Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Actor, producer and director Forest Whitaker is to receive the NAACP Chairman's Award during a ceremony in Los Angeles next month, organizers said.

Book: Queen Elizabeth joked about hitting Idi Amin with sword

LONDON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II joked about hitting Ugandan dictator Idi Amin with a ceremonial sword if he came to a Silver Jubilee service in London, a new book says.

Conservative MP's dad running as UKIP candidate

LONDON, May 1 (UPI) -- The United Kingdom Independence Party Tuesday revealed one of its candidates in local elections is the father of a Conservative member of Parliament.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.
By United Press International

Son of Idi Amin charged in beating

COLNBROOK, England, April 12 (UPI) -- A son of the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin has been charged in Britain with taking part in a beating at an immigration center, authorities say.
Whitaker to star in Armstrong bio-pic

Whitaker to star in Armstrong bio-pic

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Forest Whitaker has signed on to direct and star in a bio-picture about jazz great Louis Armstrong.

Analysis: Middle East crisis explained

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- As a matter of courtesy, this reporter replies to all comments from readers. Occasionally some responses are so erroneous in their observation of the initial piece, as well as in the direction and the sense of the analysis, that they merit somewhat more than the traditional thank you. At times, perhaps, the fault is the reporter's, for lack of clarity in his syntax -- this was not the case this time -- and sometimes maybe the reader is at fault due to a misconception of the facts, or because sometimes the truth may be hard to accept.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Raid on Entebbe leader dead at 70

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Lt. Gen. Dan Shomron, the Israeli paratroop commander who led a 1976 raid to free 103 hostages at Uganda's Entebbe Airport, has died in Israel at age 70.

'King' honored at BAFTA Scotland awards

GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- "The Last King of Scotland," a movie about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, won the prize for best feature film at the BAFTA Scotland awards Sunday night.

Archbishop of York takes on Mugabe

LONDON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The Uganda-born Archbishop of York urged the British government Sunday to use sanctions against President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Dictator's son in British jail

LONDON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A man jailed in Britain for the gang killing of a Somalian youth has been identified as the son of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.

Kidnapped reporter 'journalist of the year

LONDON, May 10 (UPI) -- BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, kidnapped in Gaza two months ago, was named broadcast journalist of the year Thursday by the London Press Club.

'The Departed' takes best picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- "The Departed," a story of intrigue and betrayal between the Boston police and the Irish mafia, was named best picture at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Whitaker wins Oscar for Idi Amin portrayal

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Forest Whitaker, who played despot Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland," won the best actor Oscar Sunday at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
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Idi Amin
Uganda: What is amazing about General Idi Amin's first four years as president of Uganda is that he has survived to begin his fifth. The former boxer, cook and sergeant major has confounded his critics and neatly sidestepped a series of military uprisings. Here he presides at a military parade in January of 1975. (UPI Photo/Files)

Idi Amin Dada (c.1925 – 16 August 2003) was a military leader and President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King's African Rifles, in 1946, and eventually held the rank of Major General and Commander of the Ugandan Army prior to taking power in the military coup of January 1971, deposing Milton Obote. He later promoted himself to Field Marshal while he was the head of state.

Amin's rule was characterised by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000. Notable backers of Amin included Muammar al-Gaddafi's Libya, the Soviet Union and East Germany, with early support for his regime coming from the United Kingdom, Israel, and Apartheid-era South Africa.

In 1975–1976, Amin became the Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, a pan-Africanist group designed to promote solidarity of the African states. During the 1977–1979 period, Uganda was appointed to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. From 1977 to 1979, Amin titled himself as "His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular".

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