March 26, 2013 |
Standing before the International Criminal Court on Tuesday for the first time, Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda denied he was guilty of a long list of wartime crimes. Ntaganda faces charges of forcing children to fight as soldiers and indirectly perpetrating murder, rape, attacks on civilians and other crimes against humanity. He was officially informed of the charges against him at the hearing Tuesday in the Hague. The warlord said he was not guilty before a judge interrupted and told him he did not yet need to enter a plea.
March 19, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- In his seven years on the run from international justice, Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda became a symbol of the International Criminal Court's impotence. Now the court, which lacks a police force to arrest those it has indicted, will have an unexpected opportunity to demonstrate its relevance in Ntaganda's case. The warlord-turned-general-turned-warlord, who launched last year's rebellion in Eastern Congo, shocked everyone when he walked into the U.S. embassy in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Monday and asked to be handed over to the ICC to stand trial.
January 12, 2013 |
TARIN KOWT, Afghanistan - A shy boy with filthy hands and a shabby tunic approached the great man, bowed and tried to kiss his hand. Gen. Matiullah Khan was seated like a sultan on a cushion in his hojra , his airy receiving room. He barely looked at the boy. He nodded to an aide, who withdrew a thick wad of Pakistani rupees from his pocket and handed it to Matiullah. The most powerful man in Oruzgan province, a warlord and tribal leader turned police chief, glanced at the cash.
November 14, 2012 |
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.
October 28, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - If they could sit down together, the chancellor and the hotheaded student activist who helped shut down his university might find that they are not so very different. After all, Afghanistan's history has dealt both men harsh blows. But that same history also divides them. The older one, attuned to what was lost in decades of war, seeks stability at all costs; the student, knowing just conflict and chaos, has no patience left for the older generation he blames for the violence.
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October 8, 2012 |
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.