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March 8, 2012 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
Even after decades of well-documented murder and plunder, even after the International Criminal Court indicted him and a U.S. president dispatched a special forces team to help catch him, African warlord Joseph Kony remained largely obscure to the West. That changed with startling swiftness this week, with the viral proliferation of a smoothly produced 29-minute video, "Kony 2012," that calculatedly taps the power of social media in an effort to make the fugitive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army a figure of global infamy.
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March 24, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Monday that it is stepping up the search for fugitive rebel leader Joseph Kony in Central Africa, deploying 150 Air Force special operations troops and four tilt-rotor transport planes to Uganda to help with the manhunt. The aircraft -- V-22 Ospreys that can land and take off like helicopters -- will be used to move African troops and their U.S. advisors faster and farther across the vast distances in the  countries where Kony's Lord's Resistance Army operates.
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June 30, 2012 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
It's been nearly four months since "Kony 2012" exploded into public consciousness as a rare bird: an Internet video that captivated the multitudes with a story of geopolitics and human suffering, not a pop diva's star turn. The video about a brutal militia leader in central Africa topped 70 million views in the first week of its release in March. Invisible Children, the human rights group that produced the piece, just as quickly became the object of derision. Critics said the San Diego-based organization had oversimplified and distorted the story of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, which has kidnapped children and turned them into sex slaves and boy soldiers for more than a quarter of a century.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By James Rainey
The charismatic young social activist renowned for the breakout "Kony 2012" video on enslaved African children, and for a painfully public personal meltdown, returned to a public stage this week at UCLA, urging 1,500 acolytes to make their lives "bigger than your best dream. " Jason Russell, co-founder of the nonprofit Invisible Children, went to a psychiatric hospital after he was arrested for traipsing, naked, down a San Diego street. He said Thursday he felt guilt and embarrassment for distracting attention from the video - said to be the most viral in history - after it got more than 100 million views in just six days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - First came the sensation: an activist video that captivated tens of millions of viewers in just a few days with its plea for the capture of African warlord Joseph Kony and an end to his mass abductions of children for use as soldiers and sex slaves. Then came the scandal: the video's creative director running naked through the streets of San Diego, talking gibberish, all caught on cellphone video by a bystander and splashed onto TMZ. Six months later, the San Diego-based group Invisible Children is attempting to recapture the lost momentum of the spring with a new video - explaining the naked escapade and trying to refocus public attention on bringing down the messianic Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army.
WORLD
October 25, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Obama administration officials Tuesday sought to convince skeptical members of Congress that 100 U.S. military advisors being sent to central Africa will spend only a few months in the region helping to crush a notorious guerrilla group. Senior Pentagon and State Department officials said they did not plan to expand the role or the number of troops being sent to advise African forces battling the Lord's Resistance Army, a small but vicious militia that has terrorized villages and towns in northern Uganda and nearby countries for more than two decades.
WORLD
October 15, 2011 | By Brian Bennett and Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
President Obama is sending about 100 special forces troops to central Africa to help target the leadership of the Lord's Resistance Army, a notorious militia that has been raping and pillaging in the remote jungles of northern Uganda and neighboring countries for more than two decades. The first team of armed advisors arrived in Uganda on Wednesday. Over the next month, the remaining U.S. troops, most of them Army Green Berets, will be sent to Uganda and surrounding countries, including South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Congo.
WORLD
December 27, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Ugandan rebels fleeing a multinational offensive have raided a Congolese village and killed at least 15 people, U.N. peacekeepers said. Troops from Uganda, Congo and southern Sudan launched an assault Dec. 14 against the Lord's Resistance Army. They so far have failed to corner its reclusive leader, Joseph Kony. The U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said fleeing fighters this week attacked the village of Faradje, near the border with Sudan. In addition to killing villagers, they looted and destroyed homes, it said.
WORLD
December 16, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three African armies have launched an offensive against Ugandan rebels based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda, southern Sudan and Congo wiped out the main camp in Congo used by the elusive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, said a spokesman for Congo's army. There was no immediate word on casualties. It was unclear whether Kony was there. The rebels, who have been fighting for 20 years, are notorious for kidnapping children and using them as soldiers.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Forget Justin Bieber and Rihanna: This week the teenage crowd is obsessed with Joseph Kony, an African warlord responsible for vile acts against children in Uganda and surrounding countries. That's a shift. The reason? Kony 2012 -- a video produced by Invisible Children, a small San Diego-based nonprofit, that suggests that thanks to the power of social media, people right here in America (and around the world) have the power to stop Joseph Kony -- if only they are willing to spread the word through Facebook and Twitter.
WORLD
April 3, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Uganda's military has suspended its hunt for notorious warlord Joseph Kony after rebels toppled the president of the Central African Republic last month. Kony, indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, is believed to be hiding in the eastern Central African Republic with his Lord's Resistance Army of several hundred fighters. A spokesman for the Ugandan military, Felix Kulayigye, told journalists Wednesday that Seleka, the rebel alliance that ousted Central African Republic President Francois Bozize, isn't willing to cooperate with the Kony hunt, so the operation had been suspended.
WORLD
January 11, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG - Opposition forces in the Central African Republic who took control of a large swath of the country in recent weeks have succeeded in forcing President Francois Bozize's government to share power, officials said Friday. In a deal averting a battle for control of Bangui, the capital, Bozize and the opposition agreed to a coalition government during peace talks in Libreville, the Gabon capital. Chad's foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who attended the talks, released a statement announcing the peace agreement.
WORLD
December 28, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - U.S. diplomats evacuated from the capital of the Central African Republic on Friday, the State Department reported, after a coalition of rebel groups swept across the country in recent days, seizing towns and diamond mining areas and threatening to oust the government. Residents of Bangui also fled by car, or by boat across the Ubangi River to the Democratic Republic of Congo, while others scoured markets stocking up on food in case war comes to the capital, according to news agencies.
WORLD
November 14, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams
Despite unspeakable brutality committed over 25 years, Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony continues to elude betrayal even by his victims. He is hunted by thousands of African Union troops guided by U.S. special forces, yet few familiar with Kony's history of murder, mutilation, kidnapping, sexual enslavement and child-soldier recruitment see much immediate prospect for his arrest and trial on war crimes charges. Kony's loyalists may have dwindled to as few as 200. Yet even as they remain scattered across remote stretches of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, his ragtag, poorly armed followers and their young captives survive by their wits in a sheltering jungle, ignored by indifferent governments and able to maintain a reign of terror.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - First came the sensation: an activist video that captivated tens of millions of viewers in just a few days with its plea for the capture of African warlord Joseph Kony and an end to his mass abductions of children for use as soldiers and sex slaves. Then came the scandal: the video's creative director running naked through the streets of San Diego, talking gibberish, all caught on cellphone video by a bystander and splashed onto TMZ. Six months later, the San Diego-based group Invisible Children is attempting to recapture the lost momentum of the spring with a new video - explaining the naked escapade and trying to refocus public attention on bringing down the messianic Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army.
WORLD
June 30, 2012 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
It's been nearly four months since "Kony 2012" exploded into public consciousness as a rare bird: an Internet video that captivated the multitudes with a story of geopolitics and human suffering, not a pop diva's star turn. The video about a brutal militia leader in central Africa topped 70 million views in the first week of its release in March. Invisible Children, the human rights group that produced the piece, just as quickly became the object of derision. Critics said the San Diego-based organization had oversimplified and distorted the story of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, which has kidnapped children and turned them into sex slaves and boy soldiers for more than a quarter of a century.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1997
Your Dec. 11 article was moving, on Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's recent visit to northern Uganda, where she witnessed firsthand the horrors of the brutal war. One hopes that the plight of thousands of children caught up in the civil war will this time catch the world's attention so that something is done soon to stop the 10-year, senseless war. However, as a Catholic priest from Uganda, I would like to correct the misinformation that the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By James Rainey
The charismatic young social activist renowned for the breakout "Kony 2012" video on enslaved African children, and for a painfully public personal meltdown, returned to a public stage this week at UCLA, urging 1,500 acolytes to make their lives "bigger than your best dream. " Jason Russell, co-founder of the nonprofit Invisible Children, went to a psychiatric hospital after he was arrested for traipsing, naked, down a San Diego street. He said Thursday he felt guilt and embarrassment for distracting attention from the video - said to be the most viral in history - after it got more than 100 million views in just six days.
OPINION
March 22, 2012 | By Jo Becker
Last week in The Hague, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, found the Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers in the armed conflict in that country, sealing his fate as the court's first convicted war criminal. At the same time, the viral video "Kony 2012"has seemingly achieved its goal of making Joseph Kony, another rebel commander facing an ICC arrest warrant, notorious for his alleged crimes, including the abduction of an estimated 30,000 children for hisLord's Resistance Army.
OPINION
March 14, 2012
No place like home Re " A prodigy works to aid others in Mexico," March 8 Kudos to Andrew Almazan. He is quoted as saying: "There are many opportunities here in Mexico, in work and in education; we just have to go out and find them. " Almazan just told the world that things aren't as dire in Mexico as many illegal immigrants who are now college-educated in the U.S. would have us believe. You read about the graduates who mow lawns as landscapers because they can't legally get a job in the U.S. doing what they went to college for. Enter Almazan, 17, a director of child psychology, saying that there is plenty of opportunity in Mexico.
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