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    Kony 2012

    Something all of you must watch. A movement to bring a war criminal to justice. Please watch the video and help.


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    I watched the video today with my family and I'm glad you've posted a thread on this (I was about to and then I saw yours). Everyone should watch the video, it's not partisan and encourages everyone from either side to join the fight in bringing the worlds worst criminal (according to the international court) to justice.
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    Re: Kony 2012

    Prerequisite for anyone posting about this video in this thread:

    "I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."

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    Re: Kony 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    Prerequisite for anyone posting about this video in this thread:

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    Re: Kony 2012

    The more you know:

    Michael Deibert: The Problem With Invisible Children's "Kony 2012"

    Uganda News - Breaking World Uganda News - The New York Times

    Child Sacrifice in Uganda: Witch Doctors May Spread Belief - ABC News

    The worst form of human trafficking | Washington Times Communities

    Kony's been pretty much silent since 2006. Some of the LRA has been moderately active, but nobody can ascertain that Kony is involved in their actions. I think we need to focus on other issues. Capturing this man doesn't seem like it'll solve the problems in Uganda.

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    In November 2011, a Foreign Affairs article reproached Invisible Children and some of its partner organizations for "manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA's use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying Kony -- a brutal man, to be sure -- as uniquely awful, a Kurtz-like embodiment of evil.”[32]

    One of Invisible Children’s partner organizations addressed this blanket accusation as a "serious charge...published with no accompanying substantiation."[33]

    Some have taken issue with the branding of Invisible Children's awareness campaigns, including Chris Blattman, a policy and development expert.[34]

    Charity Navigator, a non-profit organization dedicated to "intelligent giving"[35] gave Invisible Children three out of four stars and a rating of 51.52 out of a possible score of 70. [36] Charity Navigator currently ranks Invisible Children two stars for accountability and transparency (primarily for not having their financial statements audited by an independent committee), and four stars financially.[37]

    The Better Business Bureau (BBB) noted in its report: "[Invisible Children] did not provide requested information. As a result, the Better Business Bureau cannot determine if it meets standards."[38] The BBB further noted that, "Despite written BBB Wise Giving Alliance requests in the past year, this organization either has not responded to Alliance requests for information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to the Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability."[39]

    Invisible Children's financial reports reveal that the organization's three filmmakers and co-founders received a combined pay of $262,287 for the fiscal year ending June 2011. This comprises 2.93% of IC's expenses.[40] In addition, Invisible Children holds the following assets: computer equipment ($751,000), transportation equipment ($288,762), video and camera equipment ($177,769), and furniture and fixtures ($45,361). During the course of the fiscal year, Invisible Children spent roughly $8.9 million, of which $2.8 million was spent directly on projects in central Africa. Other major expenses included salaries, transportation, and production costs for films. [41]
    Invisible Children Inc - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Kony 2012

    I have a soft spot for kids, so anyone that promotes awareness I will not put down!

    I will say I wish the video was shorter. I had seen Kony in several FB status updates and didn't have a clue what it was. I played the you tube clip on my iphone and realized it was 30min long. I didn't have time to watch it so I just googled to get the info.

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    I have a soft spot for kids
    Then you should know that Invisible Children promotes military intervention on the part of the Ugandan Army, which is notorious for the rape of women and murder of children.
    "I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."

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    Re: Kony 2012

    Here are some relevant links that people should read before jumping on this bandwagon:

    Guest post: Joseph Kony is not in Uganda (and other complicated things) - By Michael Wilkerson | FP Passport

    Visible children | Chris Blattman

    Kony 2012: Why I’m Opposed To The Campaign | Life | Sabotage Times

    I wish that people would actually do some research into topics like these before mindlessly jumping on a bandwagon.

    EDIT: Please, we need to stop the slacktivism
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    Re: Kony 2012

    The situation is a helluva lot more complicated than IC makes it out to be. The LRA probably only has a few hundred fighters, who do still cause significant problems, but they are no longer in Uganda. They have been pushed out of the country and are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan. A far greater threat to the Ugandan people is the Ugandan government. Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 25 years, leads a government that imprisons homosexuals, has violently crushed dissent, not quashed a large child sex trade, and like Kony employs an army that routinely rapes women and children. Sure, raise awareness about the sonofabitch, but don't keep facts from getting in the way of your feel-good campaigning.
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