#MSM #Kony2012 #PSYOP - Director Hospitalized After Exhibiting Bizarre Behavior - March 16, 2012
“The director of a documentary about a notorious Ugandan warlord that went viral after its release this month was picked up by police Thursday in San Diego after several people reported a man running through the streets in his underwear, screaming, sources said Friday.
While San Diego police declined to provide the identity of the 33-year-old man, an official familiar with the case confirmed him to be Jason Russell.
Police said the man, who 911 callers said was interfering with traffic and acting irrationally, was not arrested and was transported to a local medical facility.
Russell is one of the founders of the San Diego-based nonprofit group Invisible Children, which produced the half-hour film about warlord Joseph Kony. “Kony 2012” skyrocketed to popularity on YouTube, propelled by thousands of posts on Twitter and Facebook, garnering nearly 80 million views since its March 5 release.
Ben Keesey, the group’s chief executive, issued a statement Friday confirming that Russell was hospitalized for “exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition.”
“The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday,” Keesey said.
The popularity of the film led to a flurry of media appearances for Russell and his fellow Invisible Children co-founders and prompted scrutiny from some who argued that the social media frenzy was too little, too late.
The group has said it hopes the film and other efforts will make Kony a household name and drum up international support to halt killings, rapes, abuses and abductions committed by his group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, in central Africa.
Kony has operated in central Africa for two decades and is wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. In October, the United States sent 100 combat-equipped troops on a mission to kill or capture Kony.”
Director of #Kony #Kony2012 Arrested - Exclusive Police Audio
http://sheilaaliens.net/?p=432 Police audio @ 0:22 Jason Russell, the director of the massively popular Kony 2012 video about a fugitive Ugandan rebel leader, has been arrested on charges of masturbating in public and vandalising cars in San Diego.
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/kony-2012-video-director-arrested-in-cal…
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From a Canadian Press interview with a New York PR firm hired by Invisible Children:
“With all due respect, I think [Mr. Oyston’s] criticisms and things he’s written are important but are a little misinformed and naive,” said Jesse Derris of Sunshine, Sachs & Associates.
To which I shrug and say, “This isn’t about me.”
However, I’m keen to know if Jesse and Invisible Children thinks Rosebell Kagumire, an award-winning Ugandan journalist with a Master’s in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies, is naive in her criticisms.
Or if Adam Branch, senior research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda, and author of Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda, is naive in his criticisms.
Or if Arthur Larok, Action Aid’s country director for Uganda, with a Master’s Degree in Governance and Development and nine years of service as the Director of Programmes at the Uganda National NGO Forum, is naive in his criticisms.
Or if TMS Ruge, a Ugandan and co-founder of Project Diaspora, a group seeking to involve Africa in its own development, is naive in his criticisms.
And I’d really, really like to know if Invisible Children thinks Anywar Ricky Richard, a former child soldier in the LRA and director of northern Ugandan organization Friends of Orphans, is naive in his criticisms.
KONY 2012 (by INVISIBLE CHILDREN) [Full Length]
KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.
HOW TO HELP:
Donate to Invisible Children: stayclassy.org/checkout/set-donation?eid=14711
For info on Invisible Children: invisiblechildren.com
For official MEDIA and artist REPRESENTATION ONLY: Christina Cattarini firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECTOR: Jason Russell LEAD EDITOR: Kathryn Lang EDITORS: Kevin Trout, Jay Salbert, Jesse Eslinger LEAD ANIMATOR: Chad Clendinen ANIMATOR: Jesse Eslinger 3-D MODELING: Victor Soto VISUAL EFFECTS: Chris Hop WRITERS: Jason Russell, Jedidiah Jenkins, Kathryn Lang, Danica Russell, Ben Keesey, Azy Groth PRODUCERS: Kimmy Vandivort, Heather Longerbeam, Chad Clendinen, Noelle Jouglet ORIGINAL SCORES: Joel P. West SOUND MIX: Stephen Grubbs, Mark Friedgen, Smart Post Sound COLOR: Damian Pelphrey, Company 3 CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole, Gavin Kelly, Chad Clendinen, Kevin Trout, Jay Salbert, Shannon Lynch PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Jaime Landsverk LEAD DESIGNER: Tyler Fordham DESIGNERS: Chadwick Gantes, Stephen Witmer
Original Instrumental Scores by Joel P. West joelpwest.com/
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There are plenty of things wrong with it, very naive. It re-enforces all the stereotypes: rich, mostly white folks from western countries going off to help little black kids in Africa. The people who made the film might have perfectly honest intentions, but the way they did it shows their narrow understanding of the world, as well as their lack of understanding of their own role in the world and in conflicts such as these. It also portrays the US as some force of good, which is just total nonsense. The US supports and has supported criminals who are as bad, and the American companies support militias in the Congo in order to extract a mineral called Colton, which is used in cellphones. These militias run slave and sex camps (Congo is the worst place in the world for women) but has anyone made a video on that? If you ask the same guys who made the Kony video, they would not even believe for a second that the US supports these atrocities in Congo. The video briefly mentioned that the US only intervenes in countries where its national interests are at stake; well, Congo is one of these countries, and the US intervenes in Congo, mainly supporting some of the worst acts of criminality in the world. If yAfghanistan is another country (from the point of view of children’s rights and women’s rights) where the US supported the worst of warlords and Taliban factions, even though they raped little boys and made the country a living hell for women. Obviously, nobody talks about the US role over here, simple because it doesn’t fall in framework of American benevolence. If you want to know more about how the US media reports different war crimes and genocides depending on the US political involvement in a given country, I urge you to read Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky, and the Politics of Genocide by Ed Herman.
Pakistan and Palestine are other two places where children suffer a lot. But as soon as you talk about helping children in these countries, people will start calling you a Taliban sympathizer or Hamas sympathizer. During the floods in Pakistan, many news stations in America were against giving aid to Pakistan because they said that their money would go to places where terrorist activities are high. Pakistan, because of its image, didn’t get enough media attention during the floods, even though the UN called the crisis over there as the worst in UN history. At the same time, the earthquake in Haiti got a lot of media attention (rightly so), but again, the way it was done re-enforced the cliché of rich, white folks who are trying to help helpless black in slums somewhere. And the reporting was totally divorced from any political analysis. More importantly, nobody mentioned the role that France, US and Canada have historically played in destroying Haiti.
Another objection of mine to the video and to the campaign is that it doesn’t emphasize on empowering the people in Uganda. This type of charity work re-enforces dependence and servitude. People have to be empowered so that they can stand on their own and not need anyone’s help in the basic things of life. The video and the campaign don’t have anything like that. But when you talk about empowering Third World countries, this is where things get complicated and you realize the role of colonialism and imperialism, and as soon as you do that, the image of a benevolent West just falls right to the floor. Slowly then you come to understand why some countries are poor and other are rich, and the interest the rich have to keep these countries poor.
Then the video celebrates how the US is sending its military in order to capture the guy or whatever. But this is just another illusion. The US has its military in Uganda, but that’s part of the wider American aim to establish itself in Africa and control the region – it has got nothing to do with helping people. Moreover, the US didn’t send its troops on the advice of these kids who took part in the video. The whole idea that the campaign led to this American response is just a joke. And since the video doesn’t realize this, it just creates an illusion about how political activism works and how it’s received by governments.
Another thing which I hated was how these people think that they have, all of a sudden, discovered something that nobody in the world knew about. Yea, people in the developed countries maybe didn’t know about Kony, but his victims know about him and so do the people of the region. More than anything else, it just shows the utter ignorance of the people in the developed world. The guy in the video thinks that he is just some kind of a prophet who discovered something that nobody else ever knew about. Only briefly does the video mention why people are ignorant of these things – this was at the end when they said something about consumerism and advertisement. However, it was very brief and wasn’t the main thrust of the video and I doubt if most people understood anything about that.
For anyone who is serious about human rights, Third World liberation and development, this video and campaign is a total joke and nobody would waste their time on it. But at the same time, it show how much work remains to be done in order to educate people on what the reality of the world is and how things are supposed to be done.
- Jahanzeb Hussain
*** this was a reply which I wrote to a friend. It’s not a serious analysis and therefore it misses many important points
KAMPALA, Uganda — When billions of barrels of oil reserves were found in Uganda five years ago, the discovery seemed like a gift from heaven to many in this poor, landlocked country.
Despite Ugandans’ dreams of industrialization, the country’s most lucrative export is coffee, and fish is second. Nearly 40 percent of the population survives on less than $1.25 a day, according to the World Bank. But when oil starts pumping within the next several years, the expected revenue of up to $2 billion a year could propel Uganda into the strata of middle-income countries, where few sub-Saharan African countries rank. A refinery will be built; infrastructure is promised.
Yet there are growing worries that the oil may prove to be more of a curse than a gift, similar to the fates of other countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have joined the petroleum bonanza. Uganda is considered by international experts to be among the most corrupt nations in the world, and even before oil production has begun, several senior government officials, including the prime minister, have been accused of pocketing millions of dollars in bribes from oil companies, forcing at least one of the politicians to resign.
The web of scandals may delay the much-anticipated starting date of oil production, adding to the already volatile politics in Uganda, which has recently been the scene of one of the most active protest movements in sub-Saharan Africa. Uganda’s Parliament voted in an emergency session in mid-October to freeze all oil contracts and begin investigations of the country’s prime minister, internal affairs minister and foreign minister, all of whom are close to the president and have been accused of taking money from Tullow Oil, a British company in Uganda that was scheduled to complete a $2.9 billion deal with the Ugandan government and two other companies to produce Uganda’s oil. Tullow has denied the accusations.
Despite governing for nearly 26 years and handily winning re-election again this year, President Yoweri Museveni now finds that his popularity seems to be waning, along with his grip on the economy and his own party. Many here say that the bribery allegations are part of a campaign by some politicians to determine who comes next.
“Most obviously, the jockeying is for positions,” said Mahmood Mamdani, an anthropology professor at Columbia and Makerere University in Uganda, “especially given the expectation that Museveni will not run the next time.”
Mr. Museveni’s rise, from rebel to leader of a regional power, has paralleled Uganda’s. In the capital, Kampala, vendors sell posters of the president’s image edited into Terminator outfits, next to dictionaries and Bibles. He is prickly about criticism and refers to himself at times in the third person.
“Museveni can never be given money by anybody,” the president said at an impromptu news conference he held last month in Kampala, lashing out when the bribery allegations were publicized. “General Yoweri Museveni. To get money from a Muzungu, or anybody, for my personal use, is contempt of the highest order,” he said, using Ugandan slang for Westerner.
“The next generation of Ugandans could grow up in a very different country to that of their parents and grandparents,” the advocacy organization Global Witness said in a 2010 report. “But the risk of the resource curse phenomenon taking hold in Uganda cannot be ignored.”
Uganda has been rocked by a series of demonstrations over surging commodity prices — particularly petroleum — as inflation has hit 30 percent. Protesters say they are inspired by the Arab Spring revolts.
It is not just the decreasing value of Uganda’s currency that critics are complaining about; it is the way the money is being spent. The government was criticized in April for buying fighter jets from Russia for approximately $740 million, which some analysts saw as being costly status symbols rather than useful weaponry. According to the director of the Bank of Uganda, Mr. Museveni ordered the bank to release millions of dollars to pay for the fighter jets, which Mr. Museveni promised would be reimbursed with oil money, a prominent Ugandan newspaper reported.
Uganda’s oil lies underneath the forests and lakes lining the border with its troubled neighbor Congo. Oil industry and government officials estimate that Uganda will be able to pump about 200,000 barrels a day. But Uganda’s oil is waxy, difficult to pump and expensive to refine.
Still, the country has stated its intention to build a pipeline through Kenya to the port of Mombasa, and lawmakers have already accused Mr. Museveni of secretly selling off some crude oil to foreign nations.
As private investors come and go from Uganda, there are worries that hundreds of millions of dollars are up for grabs in kickbacks and secret deals.
According to American diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks, Tullow Oil accused the Italian company ENI of trying to bribe Ugandan politicians, including Mr. Museveni and the prime minister, with more than $200 million to secure oil rights held by Tullow’s onetime partner, Heritage Oil, a British company. One cable cites a Ugandan intelligence report given to the American Embassy by Tullow. But Tullow Oil itself helped write the intelligence report, the cable said.
As for the new bribery allegations, there are questions about their veracity, and some analysts believe that the politicians singled out — all close to Mr. Museveni (the foreign minister is an in-law) — are victims of a smear campaign to hurt their chances of succeeding Mr. Museveni.
“I have never let Uganda down,” Mr. Museveni said during the news conference. “Uganda will not lose, and cannot lose under my leadership. O.K.?”