Saturday, July 23, 2005
Debunking the Da Vinci Code
I think this is an appropriate article, since today is the day for St.Mary Magdalene, the way she is portrayed in the Da Vinci code is absolute nonesense and disrespectful.
Click on the link above if you would like to know more about her.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
New Blogger alert!
My good friend Stefanie (aka: Stef) has a new blog!! Check her out here http://pushing-senses.blogspot.com
And give her a nice blogger welcome!
Saturday, July 16, 2005
In answer to your quesiton David, you son Jonathan is right, our toilet water flushes opposite to yours. :-) He wins!
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Take the color test
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Tuesday, July 12, 2005
I'm glad that people have taken an interest in the Susan Torres post I wrote a while ago, it's really shown me personally (of course I know it's not about me!) how people can be so caring toward others, because we all know people who just don't care.
For a while I was so dissapointed with my family, not my immediate family but relatives, how they only care about money and what they have. I found that if they heard of someone other than them finding happiness they would either turn it into a big joke or seem down about it, I asked myself so many times "how can people be like this? why are they upset over something good?"
Also the Uganda post, it's great that people feel for others in trouble.
Im just happy that I have been reminded that there is a lot of good around here and people that care.
Thats about it from this tired traveller.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
Uganda Conflict Action Network
Africa Faith and Justice Network is a non profit organization led by Catholic priests and sisters.
Read on below and if you feel you want to help, give a link to their site on your blog...
The 19-year-old war in northern Uganda is a complex conflict that has been misunderstood by various actors, leading to inadequate and ineffective policy prescriptions. The war is essentially two conflicts in one: first the fighting of the Lord's Resistance Army, which is waging war against the Ugandan government and terror against Acholi civilian population in the north, and second, the real grievances of Ugandans in the north against the existing government.
The war arose out of a repressive, divisive political climate, which was embedded by British 'divide and rule' colonialism and then perpetuated by post-colonial Ugandan politics. This climate created a politicized North-South divide in Uganda, which, mixed with the normalization of political rebellion, created a swamp for insurgency. When the current president, Youweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement took power in 1986, they alienated the northern peoples, creating perceptual and actual incentives for rebellion.
Since 1986, the insurgency within northern Uganda has undergone four stages, beginning with a more popular rebellion of former army officials and evolving into to the current pseudo-spiritual warlordism of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). To date, the LRA consists predominantly of abducted children brainwashed, brutalized and forced to kill viciously as child soldiers. Alienated from the Acholi, the LRA wages terror on the civilian population as a means to maintain attention and challenge the government.
After attempted peace talks facilitated by Betty Bigombe collapsed in 1994, the conflict was morphed into a proxy war that cannot be understood separate from the geopolitics of the Great Lakes Region. In 1994, the Sudanese government began to provide military assistance and support the LRA, while the Ugandan government provided military assistance to the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), an insurgency in southern Sudan. The West, particularly the United States, saw this as the battlefront of the war against the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in sub-Saharan Africa and pumped significant amounts of aid to the SPLA through Uganda. New elements of a war economy and arms trafficking made peace more elusive.
Following September 11, 2001, the United States found a significant ally in the Museveni NRM regime in Uganda. The U.S. quickly declared the LRA a terrorist group and increased military aid to the Ugandan government. This relationship only further solidified the insistence of Museveni on a military approach to end the war. Unfortunately, the "military solution" has exacerbated northern grievances and proven ineffective over the years. According to almost all analysts of the conflict, serious facilitated negotiations with trust-building mechanisms are the key to peace. However, the obstinacy and inconsistency of Museveni, coupled with the incoherency of the LRA, has made such talks difficult.
The consequences of the war cannot be overstated. At the end of 2003, Jan Egeland, the United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the BBC: "I cannot find any other part of the world that is having an emergency on the scale of Uganda that is getting so little international attention." On the ground in northern Uganda, the scene is shocking. Tens of thousands of civilians have been maimed or killed by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). More than 25,000 children aged seven to seventeen have been abducted from towns and camps. Ninety percent of the region's population of almost two million people has been relocated into internally displaced people's camps that lack food and security. People in the camps are enduring disease, malnutrition, and nighttime attacks from the LRA. An old man living in one such camp told us, "Since 1985, we have just had restless nights...In some ways, we are already dead. We yearn for peace, but we have no hope anymore."
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Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Darling harbour is gorgeous and even though it's winter, it sure doesnt feel like it here.
Last night I sat and watched all the city lights reflecting on the water, it was so pretty that for a few moments I forgot my problems, unfortunately they don't get forgotten for long.
Hope every one is doing well. Thanks to those who wished me a safe trip and thanks for your prayers. Bye for now :)
Monday, July 04, 2005
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Saturday, July 02, 2005
You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.
You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!