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Saturday, March 10, 2012

KONY 2012: Activism or Propaganda?

In light of the "Kony 2012" craze sweeping the web, some perspective is much needed. While the video may pull at the heartstrings, (as propaganda films are intended to do) this article sheds some light on the latest push for American imperialism.

It's a classic as propaganda pieces come. The short but overwhelmingly powerful film uses all the best tear-jerk techniques. In the end, the film denounces Joseph Kony, the leader of the brutal Lord's Resistance Army, while giving the impression that Museveni's dictatorship and his brutal military, which was found liable for war crimes in Democratic Republic of Congo by the International Court of Justice, has nothing to do with the atrocities committed against children in Uganda. It also doesn't inform viewers that Museveni abducted thousands of child soldiers to win his insurgency in Uganda in 1986, launching the pattern of child soldier recruitment all over Africa.

Read the rest here. 

Drew Martin,
Blogger, THL