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BY SCOTT MACDONALD
Last month, the video “KONY 2012” turned the world’s attention to eastern Africa and the child-soldiers of the Ugandan guerrilla group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, and its leader, Joseph Kony.
“He makes them mutilate people’s faces, and he forces them to kill their own parents.”
Now, WikiLeaks claims the San Diego-based nonprofit behind the ultra-viral film spied for the Ugandan government. The Daily Monitor has more.
“Leaked cables of secret diplomatic notes by American officials in Uganda to Washington reveal that Invisible Children, the makers of the controversial film, Kony 2012, shared intelligence information with Ugandan security operatives that led to the arrest of a number of suspected regime critics.”
Several of the leaked cables from the US former ambassador to Uganda, Steven Browning, mention the NGO. One particular cable describes the arrest of former LRA soldier Patrick Komakech in early 2009, which then set off a string of related arrests.
“Invisible Children reported that Komakech had been in Nairobi and had recently reappeared in Gulu, where he was staying with the NGO. Security organizations jumped on the tip and immediately arrested Komakech on March 5.”
Komakech was featured in several of the organization’s previous documentaries, and another group had even brought him to America to share his story. Invisible Children emailed a statement to Foreign Policy magazine explaining why they provided the Ugandan government with Komakech’s whereabouts.
"In 2009, Invisible Children was contacted by … the U.S. Embassy in Kampala regarding Patrick Komakech, a former LRA combatant who Invisible Children had been supporting ... It was brought to our attention that Mr. Komakech and a group of others were allegedly involved in activities that could be jeopardizing the lives of civilians and putting the organization and its staff at risk.”
These cables suggest Invisible Children got cozy with the Ugandan government, which has also been criticized for human rights violations against its citizens. Black Star News, an investigative newspaper based in New York which originally broke the story, explains.
“Kony2012 was viewed more than 100 million times; yet it now turns out that Invisible Children may have duped a global audience by hiding the fact that it's been working closely with the [current Ugandan President Yoweri] Museveni regime all along.”
As the Daily Monitor reports, the admission could negatively affect Invisible Children’s nonprofit status.
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BY GINA COOK
ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA
If you haven’t heard of “Kony 2012” already-- it’s the viral video that’s garnered more than 60 million views in a week. Lots of views, and a lot of controversy over what the non-profit behind the vid, Invisible Children, is doing to stop rebel violence against children in Uganda.
Here’s a clip:
“This movie expires on December 31, 2012, and its only purpose is to stop the rebel group the LRA and their leader Joseph Kony.”
Thousands are spreading word of the film via Facebook and Twitter, including celebrities like Rihanna and Oprah — celebrities the campaign was specifically targeting. But there are debates about Invisible Children -- including about what the org does with its money. KRDO explains what tax records show:
Reporter: ”Over 3.8 million bucks went to events, media campaigns and making videos like this one. Only 32% of donations went to direct services in Africa.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney has praised the campaign for raising awareness about Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army, but CBS questioned a member of Invisible Children about what it’s actually doing to help the children in Uganda.
Anchor: “Shouldn’t your goal be to make sure it changes something for the children there, not how many people see it?”
Member of Invisible Children: “Well absolutely, that’s the point. I mean our goals are two-fold.”
The video is also receiving criticism for being too vague and trying to wrap up a complex issue in only 30 minutes. A reporter for The Australian says the video evades a major fact about Joseph Kony.
“Unfortunately, it looks like meddlesome details, like where Kony actually is, are not important enough for Invisible Children to make sure its audience understands...Only once, at 15:01 in the movie, is the fact that the LRA is no longer in Uganda mentioned, and only in passing.”
And the Winnepeg Free Press says people should be more aware of an issue before they share it online and pronounce their support.
“Experts agree the involvement of children in the LRA has been vastly exaggerated. Studies show the prevalence of child soldiers in the LRA has been consistently over-reported.”
In response to the backlash, Invisible Children made a “Critiques” page on its site. It addresses accusations about finances -— arguing one third of funds are spent on operating programs on the ground in LRA-affected areas. The org also addresses the accusation that the video is ambiguous.
“Invisible Children has sought to explain the conflict in an easily understandable format, focusing on the core attributes of LRA leadership that infringe upon the most basic of human rights. In a 30-minute film, however, many nuances of the 26-year conflict are admittedly lost or overlooked.”
And, not everyone is against Invisible Children’s message. A Forbes contributor says the video is so influential that it will lead politicians to act.
“Through a cocktail of video, social media, and concrete action steps, millions of people can be brought together as one to express outrage and demand that their governments act.”
Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court on 33 separate criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity.
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Just because Kony hasn't been seen for over 6 years it does not mean he is not still active or influential.
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BY LUKE LEONARD
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN
A documentary film released online is gaining worldwide attention. With more than 9 million views on YouTube and Vimeo in just two weeks, the viral film aims to thrust an African military rebel leader onto the public stage.
“This movie expires on December 31st 2012. And its only purpose is to stop the rebel group - the L.R.A., and their leader Joseph Kony. And I’m about to tell you exactly how we’re going to do it.”
The man behind the film — Jason Russell, is looking to raise awareness of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s rise to power in Uganda. Independent Television News has more on the rebel group.
“Indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2006 for war crimes including recruiting child soldiers and sex slaves, the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has since evaded capture.”
TIME reports on the scale of the L.A.R.’s alleged crimes:
“Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army began its violent rise in 1986, and the group is believed to have abducted 66,000 children and displaced over two million people, turning young boys into child soldiers, younger girls into sex slaves …”
The Toronto Star says the filmmaker is involved in the charity Invisible Children — which plans to boost awareness of the doc through a grassroots campaign.
“The movement also hopes to ‘Cover the Night’ in cities around the world on April 20 in an old-school campaign to plaster places such as Toronto with posters, stickers and banners. The poster … shows Kony alongside Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler.”
A-list celebrities are coming out in support of the campaign. Pop singer Rhianna tweeted to her 14 million followers the trending hashtag #KONY2012 and
“PLEASE go to Invisiblechildren.com Even if its 10 minutes... Trust me, you NEED to know about this!”
TechCrunch notes: the viral nature of the video is yet another example of the power shift from legacy media to the internet.
“While once the mainstream media had to get involved, now the combined power of millions through the Internet can have an even bigger impact. This is another coming of age moment for YouTube, for Twitter, and for society. It’s time to use our clicks to take a stand.”
In today's show, we talk about Kony. Joseph Kony. And how he needs to be the most infamous person in the world.
BY MILA MIMICA
President Obama’s putting boots on the ground in Uganda -- to the tune of 100 U.S. troops in support of that country’s fight against rebel forces.
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir reports.
“President Obama sent a letter today to Congress announcing the U.S. military will put 100 combat-ready troops on the ground in central Africa to help the local military help remove the Lord’s Resistance Army’s Joseph Kony and his commanders.”
As Washington Post’s Elizabeth Flock explains, Kony and the LRA are responsible for wreaking havoc across central Africa for more than two decades.
“...the group has engaged in an armed rebellion against the Ugandan government and committed an extraordinary number of human rights violations … [T]roops enter a village, killing the adults and kidnapping the children. The boys are enscripted into the army and the girls are taken as ‘bush wives.’”
CNN’s Barbara Star points out the intervention in central Africa is part of recent intelligence-gathering attempts.
Barbara Star: “US troops may wind up now in Uganda, South Sudan, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s part of a growing military effort to engage in Africa.”
General Martin Dempsey: “And so our presence on the African continent is part of our network of building partners, of gaining intelligence.”
The fact President Obama chose to send a letter to Congress after deploying troops to Uganda as well as in Libya earlier this year is drawing some parallels between the two incidents, but a contributor to Fox News says the two cases are not created equal.
“It is surprising. Although this is very different from the Libyan case... Congress unanimously in both houses passed a law in 2009 calling on the president to put a stop to Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army.”
Although it took the administration two years to act on that law, Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda’s foreign acting foreign minister, told Al Jazeera the country has needed international military aid for decades.
“For 20 years, the government of Uganda has been pleading with our American and European friends to help in the LRA problem, because these are international terrorists … We wanted our friends to help in providing technical support, such as intelligence, because they have the best."
According to The New York Times, the U.S. sent 17 counter-terrorism specialists to Uganda during George W. Bush’s administration. But...
“Unlike the earlier effort, the 100 military advisers sent by Mr. Obama will be armed. They will be providing assistance and advice to their African hosts, Mr. Obama said, and ‘will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense.’”
Congo, Uganda and South Sudan unite to fight LRA
Citing lack of progress towards a peace deal with LRA’s leader Joseph Kony, the leaders of Uganda, Congo and the autonomous region of south Sudan have agreed for the first time to co-ordinate military efforts to end one of Africa’s longest wars that has brought misery to a region bordering several countries. However, it is doubtful whether they can effectively resume an all out war against LRA. The people of Central African Republic (CAR), recently tasted LRA’s barbarism and fear the worst if the war materializes. Local Ugandans in the north do not want to jeopardize the normalcy restored by two years of ceasefire. Moreover, the south Sudanese, whose main trade route to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, and beyond passes through the affected area, oppose a renewal of war. And Congo, which would have to undertake the daunting task of driving the LRA out of its jungle hideouts in the country’s north-east, has one of the least competent armies in the world. Ugandan military believes that threat of force will drag the LRA back to negotiating table. At least those who oppose war would be encouraged by the news that has named a new negotiating team.
Pakistan protests after Australia announces India tour
Pakistan cricket board sounds really justified in accusing the Australian cricket team of practicing double standards after it confirmed to go ahead with the test tour of India. The team had postponed a test tour to Pakistan after raising concerns over its safety and the security situation within the country. The Australians have been unabashedly biased in their outlook towards Pakistan. We agree with country's grim security situation given the frequent bombings that rock the country, now and then, but since when did India become an exception to bloodshed? It too has witnessed spate of terrorist bombings in recent months at all the major cricket venues. How does that make India fair any better than Pakistan? All the talk about Pakistan's inability to provide security to the players is sham. In the end it is all about big money the Australians get to chase and possibly win in India and not Pakistan.
Malawi bars small traders from selling maize
Maize sellers have tagged the presidential order as ‘undemocratic’ since it bars them from selling the country’s staple grain. The vendors even went to the extent of saying that Muthalika lacked a sense of humanity. They asserted that it was strange for the president to attribute maize shortage in the country to the vendors while the government had sold a lot of maize to Zimbabwe despite earlier warnings that the country had little maize. The vendors in the region are not very well off rather they are small scale traders who ear their livelihood by selling the staple grain. Defending their part, they added that their prices are slightly higher as government has subsidized the ADMARC price. However, the truth is that the rich businessmen are hoarding maize and are buying out the small scale businessmen. This strategy by the so called high profile men has wrongly swayed the public opinion in favor of the current government as people have begin to think that the food situation is really bad. Hence the govt. intervened and banned private sale.
Gay parades, source of social mobilization in Brazil
Brazil is turning into a country of middle class. Given the economic advances that have occurred in recent years, more than 100 million Brazilians are part of the so-called middle class. The advancement of millions of Brazilians is transforming the country and the reflection of this are the gay parades. As with other parts of the world, the biggest event of urban social mobilization is not the May 1st, but the Gay Parades. Instead of workers demanding their rights, million of homosexuals dancing to the sound of electronic music and kissing each other! Instead of the struggle for equality, seeking the right to be different. But all this beauty and joy hide something sinister, the logic of capitalism, where everything must be bought, even the right to express the individuality. An example is the Gay Parade of Sao Paulo, the largest in the world, which is rightly held in the main artery of Brazilian capitalism, the Paulista avenue. There is no doubt that gays are gaining a larger space in Brazilian society, but this happens not because the issue of human rights in Brazil advanced, but because respect is something you buy, like a Calvin Klein underwear.
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In Northern Uganda, rebel leader Joseph Kony has abducted over 30,000 children to fight as child soldiers in a war that has been in existence for 20 years. Causecast featured organization Invisible Children has been actively raising awareness about these issues and motivated to find solutions. This episode of Cause in 60 highlights Invisible Children and 1,700 supporters which met in Washington DC for Lobby Days. The goal is to get Senate Bill 1067 passed in order to create a strategy to end the 20 year war and rescue the abducted children.
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Lara Logan joins Ugandan soldiers and their U.S. military advisers as they search the African jungle for the military madman Joseph Kony.
Lara Logan joins African soldiers and their U.S. military advisers as they search for Joseph Kony, the world's most wanted warlord known for abducting children to fight in his marauding army. Watch Logan's report on Sunday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.