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Originally posted by MrStyx
Enough with the raiding resources crying. Africa has been known to be rich with resources for decades if not centuries. Nobody is suddenly looking to plunder them now. If anything its more a strategic move not one based on raping and pillaging resources, but one of global positioning. You think China gives a rats about Africa. If anyone is plundering resources it would be them not the US.
However, in 2006, oil was discovered near Lake Albert along the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and since that historic find leaders and advocates have proceeded with preparations to exploit the nation's oil. Estimated to be Sub-Saharan Africa's biggest onshore oil discovery in 20 years, the find raises Uganda's confirmed oil reserves to two billion barrels, of which over 800 million barrels are expected to be recoverable.
Early extraction of crude oil is projected at 4,000-5,000 barrels per day with production anticipated to begin by 2013. Experts in government and industry say Ugandan oil production will increase to 125,000 barrels per day or more after five years, and continue at the top rate for 15-20 years more. This windfall would position Uganda to accelerate growth, diversify its economy and also drastically reduce its petroleum import costs, currently at $600 million annually.
Originally posted by juleol
What is also weird is how this has gone viral only now. This is something that we knew about a decade ago as well and been reported well even by mainstream media, but yet now decades later one "documentary" changes it all.
And this is just one of many countries with similar or worse issues, but yet no one is screaming about those...
There is for sure some kind of agenda behind this viral video i think.
In response to Kony 2012 video made by InvisibleChildren, I do not think the LRA or Kony is good and I do not support them. I trust the 100 U.S. military troops already sent are doing their job to find Kony, whether he is dead or alive and do what needs to be done for the sake of Central Africa. I am just promoting the education one should do before they believe everything they see. The Kony 2012 Video is not the only information you should rely on. Research. I am all for the cause, just not the video that was made.
"All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach." ~ Adolf Hitler
TextThis is the first large-scale campaign to mobilize social medialites to aggregate public support for what would otherwise be, controversial pro-intervention US foreign policy. The production relies on highly charged and often unrelated emotional triggers, which ultimately rely on the viewers sense of compassion in tandem with a lack of prior information on the subject to produce a desired result – explicitly, the villainous mythification of Kony and the mainstream acceptance of US presence in Africa through a proposed archipelago of AFRICOM military bases in the region.
TextThis film attempts to purportedly “change the conversation of our culture,” however it remains a highly sophisticated refurbishment of pro-military interventionist foreign policy propaganda, dependent on dangerous subliminal messaging.
I never thought that I would be wrapped up in such an extraordinary story; it's almost like being in a Hollywood musical.
TextFurthermore, the film was produced by an organization called Invisible Children, Inc., who have been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide necessary information in the Bureau’s standards assessment.
Invisible Children, Inc. has failed to disclose a list of sponsors (beyond the donations of American high school students), and has also earned a low rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited.
In a 2011 financial statement, the organization disclosed that only 31% of all the funds they receive are used for charitable purposes, with the majority allocated toward travel expenses and employee salaries.
Invisible Children has also been accused of fraud and voter manipulation in a recent charity contest sponsored by Chase Bank and Facebook.
The group’s Co-Founder and President, Laren Poole addressed the International Criminal Court in 2009 alongside Aryeh Neier, President of George Soros’ pro-war Open Society Institute. Invisible Children has partnered with two other organizations, Resolve and Digitaria, to create the LRA Crisis Tracker, a digital crisis-mapping platform that broadcasts attacks allegedly committed by the LRA.
On its list of corporate sponsors, Resolve lists Human Rights Watch and the International Rescue Committee. Digitaria’s website boasts commercial clients such as CBS, FOX, MTV, ESPN, Adidas, NFL, Qualcomm, NBC, National Geographic, Hasbro and Warner Brothers.
While KONY 2012 attempts to portray itself as an indigenous activist movement bent on bringing justice to African children, its parent organization is affiliated with the upper echelon of the US corporate media and a network of foundation-funded pro-war civil society groups with a long history of fomenting pro-US regime change under the banner of democratic institution building. According to Invisible Children’s own LRA Crisis Tracker, not a single case of LRA activity has been reported in Uganda since 2006.
The website records ninety eight deaths in the past year, with the vast majority taking place in the northeastern Bangadi region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a tri-border expanse sharing territory with the Central African republic and South Sudan.
So we are responding with our most ambitious and controversial event to date. THE RESCUE is a worldwide rally on April 25th in 100 cities across 10 countries. Participants will 'abduct themselves' on behalf of abducted child soldiers. Each city will be 'rescued' by a prominent political or cultural figure who attends the event and makes a statement on behalf of the child soldiers. Confirmed rescuers include Pete Wentz, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Bell, Switchfoot, and Paramore among others. Together we are demanding that our world leaders make this conflict a visible priority and put an end to the longest-running war in Africa.