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February 25, 2008

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[...] The fate of the LRA's self-styled mystic leader Joseph Kony remains uncertain. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, but earlier in the week both sides agreed serious crimes during the war would be dealt with locally.

Analysts believe that satisfied Kony he would not be prosecuted abroad, and enabled the progress of recent days.

So, what, he's going to retire to his gardening?

Every time I get my hopes up about an African nation (e.g., the D.R.C., Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia (Somalia!!), Rwanda, etc. etc. etc.) my optimism is inevitably crushed. I desperately hope that the L.R.A.'s cease-fire will hold, but it is hard not to take every new declaration of peace in Africa without a large helping of salt.

Thank you, though, for helping to spread this (tentatively hopeful?) news. The blackout of African human rights reportage in U.S. media (with the occasional exception of Darfur) is a goddamn travesty.

BTW: any chance of an semi-exhaustive report on Somalia (the top humanitarian disaster in the world, according to UNICEF)? Nobody knows about the disastrous conditions there (not to mention the White House's complicity in the situation), and any exposure it can get can only help. Thanks!

I desperately hope that the L.R.A.'s cease-fire will hold, but it is hard not to take every new declaration of peace in Africa without a large helping of salt.

Then take at least a temporary declaration of peace with a shot of tequila. In a good way.

Thanks, I needed that.

Seconding Batacchia. Happy tears and soft sobs. Bring on the peace.

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