Updates on “Kony 2012”

I promised to keep you updated on “Kony 2012” developments. In keeping with my word, might i direct you to two conversations i think worth supporting and critically engaging in:

The #Uganda2012 Project:

‘The first part of the project will be a film called #Uganda2012. The film will harness the creative energies of Ugandan filmmakers, photographers, activists, writers, poets and artists to tell the REAL story of  Joseph Kony’s tragic legacy in Northern Uganda and document the the work of many amazing Ugandans who have worked tirelessly to rebuild the region. The film will be released on April 18, two days before the #KONY2012 “Cover the Night” action.’

And this article from Al Jazeera of a screening in Uganda that caused some serious frustration:

   ‘People I spoke to anticipated seeing a video that showed the world the terrible atrocities that they had suffered during the conflict, and the ongoing struggles they still face trying to rebuild their lives after two lost decades.

  The audience was at first puzzled to see the narrative lead by an American man – Jason Russell – and his young son.

  Towards the end of the film, the mood turned more to anger at what many people saw as a foreign, inaccurate account that belittled and commercialised their suffering, as the film promotes Kony bracelets and other fundraising merchandise, with the aim of making Kony infamous.

  One woman I spoke to made the comparison of selling Osama Bin Laden paraphernalia post 9/11 – likely to be highly offensive to many Americans, however well intentioned the campaign behind it.

  The event ended with the angrier members of the audience throwing rocks and shouting abusive criticism, as the rest fled for safety, leaving an abandoned projector, with organisers and the press running for cover until the dust settled.’

You are all most welcome.


Thoughts in my Head: History is in its Writer.

It’s crazy to me how broad the commentary goes in this country concerning political debate aftermath. I didn’t watch the Florida debate last night (there was Downton Abbey to catch up on, and that’s quite enough drama and intrigue for one evening) but, ever the attempting-to-be-a-good-citizen-and-remain-informed-young-feminist that i am, i spent my breakfast hour this morning pouring over articles recounting last night’s throwdown.

Whenever doing this, i try to read articles on the same topic, but from three different sources. My favorites tend to be the BBC (no one is surprised), Al Jazeera (in English), and the New York Times. All three of the articles i perused over my coffee presented such varying perspectives on the debate – so distinctive, in fact, i wanted to share them here and solicit your thoughts on the matter.

I felt as though the AJE article had the most holistic perspective: focusing only minimally on the tax issue (which was pretty much the sole focus of the NYT & BBC pieces) and instead directing the reader’s attention to the candidates’ stances on Cuba, Gingrich’s ties to Freddie Mac, and quoting the campaign’s strategists by means of providing insight into the stances taken. In my opinion, i felt as though the AJE stance was pretty pro-Ron Paul in its selection of quotes and images, whereas both the NYT and BBC(as aforementioned) focused primarily on the tax issue, and therefore Gingrich and Romney.

And in some ways i think this makes utter sense – Gingrich and Romney are polled to be the heavyweight contenders in Florida. Yet Santorum, winner of the Iowa caucus, seemed to have little to no play in any of the articles. Perhaps it’s because i’m not really versed in the ways of politics, but this song-and-dance routine that has been the primaries for a Republican candidacy seems to be nothing short of a Broadway flop.

As always, though, i found that Jay Smooth (of illdoctrine.com) had the most brilliant and snarky commentary of the day. Ten points to the house of Smooth, ladies and gents:


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