Jim Werbaneth's Blog – May 2009 Archive (3)

The Lord's Liberation Army: Chasing Some of the Worst Hoodlums in East Africa

Africa might be called the Dark Continent because it's a giant blindspot to most people. We get used to the disease, famine, natural disasters, and the manmade abuses, the violence, even the genocide in Africa. After a while, it seems to be a matter of "What's another starving kid with a distended belly?" Or "What are a few thousand people chopped up by machetes among friends?"



What most of the rest of world calls shocking, disgusting and abhorrent, too much of Africa calls just… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on May 19, 2009 at 3:58pm — 3 Comments

Army Officer Oldest Service Member Killed in Iraq

Major Stephen Hutchison of Scottsdale AZ became, at age 60, the oldest American service person to die in action in Iraq. Major Hutchison was a Vietnam veteran who rejoined the Army in the wake of 9/11. His wife objected, so he waited until her death to rejoin.



When killed by a a roadside bomb, Major Hutchison was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, of the 1st Infantry Division.…



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Added by Jim Werbaneth on May 14, 2009 at 8:54pm — 6 Comments

Backlash Against Sharia Law in Pakistan

As the government offensive in the Swat Valley heats up, there may be an erosion of support for Sharia law and Islamist governance that once existed throughout Pakistan. The Pakistani legal system reported was slow, inefficient, and corrupt, giving people reason to reach out for an Islamist alternative.



But that alternative did not work out quite as well as promised. Now Pakistan is in a fight for its life and its identity.…



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Added by Jim Werbaneth on May 10, 2009 at 1:29pm — No Comments

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