The situation in Syria is dire and saddening. From the outside there is not much insight into the situation itself still. And the insight we are getting is slowly turning into calls for war, either by spreading the horror stories from the killers themselves or by the Syrian National Council, who seems to be calling for armed resistance as well, which could only help multiply killers instead of stopping the murder.
Should that wish be fulfilled? Certainly not, past experience has shown that
a) the number of casualties will increase a lot when weapons are brought into the country and an open civil war is furthered.
Further b) the participation of civil society would diminuish and the success chance of the uprising, which is linked to the participation of the population would go down while at the same time offering the brutal Syrian government even more ‘excuses’ for military intervention against its own people.
Additionally c) it would strengthen Assad’s narrative that the uprising is directed by foreign countries and therefore resistance would be a legitimate way of dealing with the ‘terrorists’. View full article »
If you are on one of the social networks or read news in the last two days you likely noticed a video called “KONY 2012” which has gone viral with millions and millions of views. The video itself describes horrors by a group called “Lords Resistance Army” (LRA) and calls for ‘supporting the arrest’ of its leader, Joseph Kony. In four days, the video was viewed 65 million times – and voices world wide have joined to speed up the hunt for Joseph Kony, often in understandable outrage against the horrors inflicted on victims of all ages.
Care is called for to several aspects, number one, the content itself. The LRA has has not been active in Uganda since 2006 and is by far not Ugandas most eminent problem. So one question raised by many is, why not highlight the problems of Ugandas government which would have much ? Ugandas president was ‘elected’ by votes which were heavily critized due to allegations of fraud and surpression of opposition. The Times has a short report on the violent crack down on opposition protests from early last year, while on Reuters you can read about the continuation at the end of 2011. The Ugandan government is investing lots of money into military while unemployment is as high as economy is depending on coffee sales mostly! View full article »
Congratulations to @sciint for their new website – now we can finally share the latest posts over at http://t.co/XhWLmsiF sidebar
We finally have a nearly complete list together with the links to the descriptions in the online database for workcamps online of the No-More-War workcamps of 2012! Enjoy browsing and writing applications
Just look up on the Workcamps / Activities page!