from BBC.com:

"…His Lord’s Resistance Army movement has been demanding that Uganda be ruled according to the Biblical 10 Commandments.

Wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mr Kony has failed to sign a peace deal with Uganda’s government, seeking assurances that he and his allies will not be prosecuted.

But after more than two years of delicate peace negotiations, regional governments appear to have lost patience with Mr Kony, mounting a new attack on LRA bases in eastern DR Congo.

Born in the early 1960s in Odek, a village east of Gulu, Mr Kony is remembered as an amiable boy.

"He played football and was a brilliant dancer," one of his former classmates said, recalling the rebel leader’s days at Odek primary.

He is thought to be the cousin of Alice Lakwena, a former prostitute who formed the Holy Spirit Movement in 1986.

This group represented the Acholi people who felt excluded from power after the overthrow of the northern leader, Milton Obote, by Mr Museveni.

Ms Lakwena promised her followers immunity from the bullets of the Ugandan army, but Mr Museveni’s troops defeated her movement in 1988 and she fled to Kenya.

Spirit medium

After this defeat, Mr Kony founded his own rebel group which over the next 19 years went on to abduct thousands of children to become fighters or sex slaves.

Mr Kony himself is thought to have at least 60 wives, as he and his senior commanders take the pick of the girls they capture.

He sees himself as a spirit medium.

Young abductees, who have escaped from the LRA, say that Mr Kony would tell them he got his instructions from the Holy Spirit and would often preach in tongues.

"I will communicate with Museveni through the holy spirits and not through the telephone," he once said.

He has created an aura of fear and mysticism around himself and his rebels follow strict rules and rituals.

"When you go to fight you make the sign of the cross first. If you fail to do this, you will be killed," one young fighter who escaped from the LRA told Human Rights Watch.

"You must also take oil and draw a cross on your chest, your forehead, and each shoulder, and you must make a cross in oil on your gun. They say that the oil is the power of the Holy Spirit."

Mr Kony appears to believe that his role is to cleanse the Acholi people.

He uses biblical references to explain why it is necessary to kill his own people, since they have - in his view - failed to support his cause.

"If the Acholi don’t support us, they must be finished," he told one abductee."

shit like this pops up on the news while we’re eating our food, we say “oh that’s horrible” and keep eating.

But really what can you do. families are starving in Syria just as they are here. All of it is sad.

"(Reuters) - Syrian government forces killed more than 60 people on Tuesday in assaults on villages and an artillery barrage in the restive city of Homs, activists said, and the Red Cross called for daily ceasefires to let in urgently needed aid. 

Activists said at least 30 people died in the bombardment of the Baba Amro neighborhood of Homs city, and at least 33 were killed when forces trying to crush opposition to President Bashar al-Assad stormed villages in northern Idlib province.

 

In Damascus, security forces opened fire on demonstrators overnight, wounding at least four, activists said. Violence in has hit the capital over the past week, undermining Assad’s assertion that the 11-month-old uprising against his rule is limited to the provinces and the work of saboteurs.

 

Activist accounts of the violence could not be confirmed. The government bars most foreign journalists from Syria.

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it had asked authorities and rebels to agree daily ceasefires so life-saving aid can reach civilians in hard-hit areas including Homs.

 

"It should last at least two hours every day, so that ICRC staff and Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers have enough time to deliver aid and evacuate the wounded and the sick," ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger said.

 

Western and Arab powers that are openly seeking Assad’s downfall are preparing for the inaugural meeting of a “Friends of Syria” contact group in Tunisia on Friday…”

"US President Barack Obama has marked the end of the Iraq war by applauding the "extraordinary achievement" of US troops in a conflict he firmly opposed."

-goddamn finally

apob:

And now in 2011, Joseph Kony and the LRA are still active and up to their old tricks: Click Here!

 sadly…we don’t hear about it.

apob:

And now in 2011, Joseph Kony and the LRA are still active and up to their old tricks: Click Here!

 sadly…we don’t hear about it.

this is really fuckin sad…okay the first couple of accounts from the women are expected but the last paragraph/interview, about the woman being sexually assaulted. Really now? Can we get some therapists over there?  

the paint of war.

the paint of war.

the Fifth Element

Here are things I don’t understand,

why art has restrictions.

why poetry must have some deeper intellectual meaning when it might just be as simple as it sounds.

why people have to make life so stressful and terrible.

what do we kill for.

why the blacks sit with each other during lunch time and not the white kids.

why people care so much about what others think.

why these restrictions exist in our lives.

why we’re always being lied to by someone.

why we have labels.

why the earth hasn’t retaliated against us yet for destroying it.

why you don’t care.

why I’ve stopped caring.

I watched the Fifth Element this morning, I’ve seen it before of course but the scene where she’s types in “war” and these horrific images appear-really subsided in me. So much pain, anguish, hatred and fear has been instilled in the name of power, money, oil, generic substances. I have stopped caring because I’m so used to all of it and that’s sad. I’m used to hearing about the war in Israel and the Middle East, Tibet, rape stories, maiming stories-it doesn’t affect me, it just adds to the list. Don’t you find that sad?