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Kony needs to be brought to justice. As I'm sure you are all becoming aware of while this video travels the viral circuit.


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I'd like to share some observations of mine...
The first being: spending the resources to bring Kony to justice shouldn't be a priority. Why?
Because, in the grand scheme of things, he's just one person. And while one person can commit extremely heinous atrocities and crimes against humanity... There's a bigger picture to think about.
Besides, where do you suppose Kony gets all those weapons? Shouldn't something like that be the bigger priority?

Uganda isn't the pit of despair that it was when Kony was there. Yes, It's a nation recovering from a dark period, a struggling nation; but a nation that is trying to build itself. And that is what the real focus needs to be on --growth and development. That means education, economy, healthcare, infrastructure, and sustainable government.
That doesn't mean: Chasing some lunatic across a continent and perpetuating the belief that the Ugandans are forever victims.

An article worth reading regarding this subject.


I make an effort to maintain a certain level of skepticism in my life; it's both a blessing and a curse.
Personally, I am skeptical of large organizations that pump a lot of effort into the commercialization of their cause. These days, the concept of selling "awareness" seems particularly silly when things like twitter/facebook/etc. exist.
Awareness now costs practically nothing... And the flipside of that coin is: advertising can now cost practically nothing. With both in mind, it's easy to see how non-profits/501's become so... profitable (Invisible Children only spends 32% on direct services). (Komen would be my other example of an organization that distracts with awareness when it is action that is needed.)



Now, I'm not saying Invisible Children is a bad organization... Hearts are in the rights places and all. But frankly, they're focusing on the wrong details --while framing them in Western perspectives. Since when do Westerners have the authority to speak for the people/nations of Africa? Hint: Colonization doesn't count.
How about letting Ugandans speak for Ugandans? Novel concept.

Quite simply, I just don't think that they're worth giving your money to. I suggest finding a different charity/organization to give to if you're looking to donate. One where your dollar will go further than a t-shirt for yourself and the nebulous idea of "awareness".
Buy a goat instead. Or some ducks. Or maybe even a llama.
Give money to organizations that help people to provide for themselves --everybody wins.



Kony is evil... and he needs to be brought to justice.

But you know what's more important than that?




Raising the literacy rate.
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RaichelChu26 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Writer
Everything you say seems true, but I still am compelled to support their cause. If we're lucky, really lucky, maybe this will raise awareness for the other problems.
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I suggest you investigate it more, before you commit yourself to supporting their cause. Be a detective.
After all... What reason is there to not do some extra research?

Twilight Sparkle would encourage you to do the homework.
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RaichelChu26 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Writer
Ideed.
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SeaShepherd97 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Eh. Why is it so hard for people to swallow their pride and just do something good without any strings attached? (Yet another reason I'm a proud Sea Shepherd supporter--100% of donations go straight to the cause.)
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exiana Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
personally, I think that if the US were to want to fix uganda of all of this, then we would have to turn around and start going after the war criminals we would have to had worked with in order to get Kony. If the current regime there knows that, and they find out we have been talked into "fixing" the place somehow, that would potentially put the advisers over there in a lot of danger.

if we want to use force to fix that place, then there are really two options from what I can tell, either we take place directly against uganda's current regime itself, or we start a resistance, train and fund it. only problem is, we already learned why not to make resistances to indirectly undermine opponents before. that's where about half of our enemies came from these days. What's more, most resistances over there tend to become like the LRA.

I agree, the use of force over there won't really solve anything. the ugandan military isn't the "good guys" by any measure, they are just the guys that slowed down on the evil a slight bit after gaining power.
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exiana Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
and I say uganda because I'm lazy and really mean the area affected by that whole mess as a whole. it's just that there would have to be backlash against the ugandan government itself as well.

basically, if we were to make ourselves responsible for "fixing" the place directly, we would have ourselves another vietnam on our hands.
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KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Huh: [link]
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Great video. :thumbsup:
Thanks.
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haleyspeers Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for making this journal :) After speaking to you I did some research myself and discovered things similar to what you've touched upon, though I still do support Kony as I did before. Just now it's with a more open mind to what their real goal is.
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hahasauce Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahhh thank you! I must show this to my friend!!! She's absolutely crazy about this... she did realize that only 31% of the money was for children and the rest was for filming and whatever, but still. She did go a bit overboard in my opinion. I told her a lot of times that it was really bad that that was happening, but still! There are so many bad people in the world anyways.
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Haunt-Me42 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I agree. Thanks.
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Lupinator Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Well, from watching the movie they seem to be providing community support as well. There was a part about schools and stuff, so I think its fine to do both yanno? Awareness plus fundraising, and both are needed to perpetuate each other into fruition.

Granted, it was all very Hollywood/showy/la-dee-da in its presentation but I have a hard time knocking it for anything serious. And, Kony is, after all, the number one most wanted international war criminal, so we might as well try to do something about it. Frankly, from my time in the service, I feel a little disgusted with the fact that as a soldier I can never truly fight for anything very moralistic--I am reduced to being a tool for our nationals economic and political gain--which sounds vaguely imperialistic to me. It's one of the reason I wouldn't want to reenlist. Now, lets say there was some separate mercenary band of Target Corporation Soldiers with the fundamental goal of wiping the crud off the planet, I might actually consider joining such a team.

Personally, I feel like taking an active role in changing the world for a better place, and I'm willing to go to some of the more effective extremes to do it.

In regards to this video, there is no such thing as bad publicity. Just look at how many youtube hits the song "Friday" has. I bet she's doing awfully well of the awful song.
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Lupinator Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
also, I need to proof read.
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iduntlikedeviantart2 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry CU, but no amount of logic can stop the force of nature that is slacktivism.

Remember that whole thing with SOPA? And everyone on dA replacing their avatars with "Censored due to SOPA" as if that would single-handedly stop the bill? Can't stop morons from doing pointless things to help them believe they're making the world a better place.
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Except the SOPA thing was successful (in that it halted the bill) thanks to the internet and Google-and-friends.

The SOPA campaign would be an example of "slacktivism" (:lol:) that worked.
[link]


Of course, the derps over in congress and the senate will just introduce it again, just with a different acronym wrapping... Or they'll try and sneak it into a different bill.

Still, it's good to know the internet can "fight back".
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marikaefer Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Slacktivism? A great word, thank you <3
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RedPhyrex Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Logic.

How refreshing.
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Wolfhart07 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Very well put, and I couldn't agree more. It's refreshing to hear from an articulate person who takes the time to think the matter through instead of simply jumping on the first-source bandwagon.
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anzul Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
hmmmm.... perhaps they are aiming too many resources into "clening" the past instead of building the future?

if that is the case, they are tinking whit theyr hearts instead of theyr heads... which its stupid... but human too :/

heh, tanks for your thoughs :)
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PeppermintFeathers Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for that. I agree.
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KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
While watching the movie and reading the sources on that web-site and some other materials on the subject, I've got a feeling that it is not even about the Kony, it is about the concept. Old as the world concept that propagates the idea that people can change things just given on a bit different level, more dynamic and accurate, clear.

I, personally, have doubts it will work, since all other examples and realizations of such concept didn't really reach its goal, but who knows...
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zsxdcv Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I posted a 600 nerd rage on facebook yesterday, basically saying the same thing. It's more important that those people get food an better living conditions before a man that could be dead for six years.
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MeaninglessArtist Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Spend ALL the pennies!
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GeekPony Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All the pennies?
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MeaninglessArtist Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, just about.
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motomori Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
saying bringing one man down does nothing isn't true
this is not just about bringing kony down, this is also about inspiring a nation to realise that they can in fact do something, there is a list with all the war criminals and kony is number one, its true there are more things wrong, that the world isn't a fair place and that there are many more things wrong with it, but instead of opening the flood gates why not start with number one, we can't take out all the worlds problems in one go but if we can bring this man down and serve justice than it becomes a symbol and even more of an inspiration.

so I do not agree with saying just going after one man isn't going to do anything.

it's a start and it's better than doing nothing and thinking others will fix.

you don't have to do anything, i don't donate either but i do hang posters and spread the word, the goal is to pressure the government to do more to bring this man down, it's about the masses getting the powerfull to react so justice can be served
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I never that bringing him down does "nothing".

I said that it shouldn't be a priority.
Kony hasn't been in Uganda for quite a few years. In fact, he hasn't been seen in public since 2006. The LRA has weakened considerably since 2008.
And just last October, President Obama sent about 100 troops to Uganda to help advise the people there in their efforts to stop the LRA.

Going after Kony won't accomplish nothing.
What I'm saying, is that it won't accomplish much in the way of helping the people of Uganda.


If one's goal is to help the people of a struggling nation, then one should do just that: help the people. Help them by giving them the means to become a stable, independent, nation. Spreading awareness is great and all... But it is important to focus on what Uganda actually needs, rather than what Westerner's think it needs. And what does Uganda need?
Infrastructure.
Things like schools, hospitals, roads, community centers, local economies, internet access, women's rights, employment, and an elected government that is held accountable to its actions by its people --by Ugandans.

Education, I believe, is the most important. Education frees people from fear, oppression, and weakness. Education is empowering, and it is an education that fuels a better future.

Raising the literacy rate is more important than chasing after a criminal.
Educating the people of Uganda would help them more than chasing one crazy man would.


You do not defeat evil by pursuing it. You defeat it by loving those around you.



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motomori Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
yes but kony has been laying low before only to strike again when people started to get comfortable, the man has been running free for 26 years, 26 years it seems people didnt see it as a priority so what should we do? just ignore it for another 26 years so people can say "well he is laying low again for now so lets fix this another time" and what do you think will happen if invisible children stops this whole thing now? its going to blow over in another week and a lot of people would just not look at Uganda at all, it is true more organisations do other things for these people like building them schools and helping them to stand on their own two feet, but never have I seen this or heard about it, invisible children might put a lot of funding in advertising but it did open up the eyes to a lot of people and these people will hopefully continue to put their effort and time in to it, even if it is only clicking a like button and sharing a video, because where 100 people might do nothing more than that, perhaps 10 will actually continue and donate to more causes who help this country, spreading awareness isnt useless and I believe what they do is a good thing.

the point is, people like looking the other way and most of them are in fact lazy, not everyone is going to do something but if something as simple as a short documentary can move so much people to just put a little effort in this we can still go a far way, it connects people and some will also start putting effort in other organisations.
at this point invisible children have raised a lot of awareness and people need to see that this is not useless, even for your own organisations
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
The point is that Invisible Children is missing the point.

It's also not a new thing. My high school raised money for Invisible Children when their organization was relatively new. That was back in '07 and '08 (as the conflicts were starting to come to a close).

Things have since changed. Uganda is now in recovery... and efforts to help Uganda, should be focused on that recovery. Not on "old news".


"'Misinterpretations of media content may lead some people to believe that the LRA is currently active in Uganda,' said the government in Kampala.
'It must be clarified that at present the LRA is not active in any part of Uganda.
'Successfully expelled by the Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces in mid-2006, the LRA has retreated to dense terrain within bordering countries in the Central African area.
'They are a diminished and weakened group with numbers not exceeding 300.' The government statement said 'the threat posed by the LRA in our neighboring countries is considerably reduced and we are hopeful that it will be altogether eliminated with the help of US logistical support.'"

[link]


"For Okot Patrick, a local government official in the Ugandan northern town of Gulu, from where Kony hails, the rebellion no longer is an issue. Officials are focusing on following the resettlement of more than 2.5 million people, formerly displaced by the war.
'People have more pressing problems such as poverty and diseases,' he said."
...
"The Ugandan president’s office welcomed the campaign which seeks to raise awareness towards the plight suffered by the LRA victims. However, it warned against misrepresenting facts on the ground.
'We are grateful for renewed efforts which seek to contribute to the arrest of Joseph Kony and the elimination of the LRA…the Government of Uganda however, would strongly urge that any awareness campaign fully takes into consideration the current realities of the situation.' the presidential spokesman said in a statement.

[link]


[link] -Africans respond.
[link] -A Ugandan's response.
[link] -A Nigerian American aid worker's response.
[link] -Al Jazeera.
[link] -Washington Post.
[link] -The Economist.
[link] -Council on Foreign Relations.
[link] -Reddit; Noelle Jouglet Communication Director, Invisible Children.


Invisible Children may have good intentions... but they are encouraging the spread of misinformation by focusing on the wrong issues.
If they want to help the former child soldiers, then they should actually do so...
Because right now, the 32% of their finances which they do send to Uganda... are going to the Ugandan Military (who aren't that much better than the LRA, honestly). Again: Invisible children supports military intervention. They are sending money... to the Ugandan military (also, it's worth mentioning that the Ugandan government doesn't exactly have a clean record when it comes to corruption). Where is the logic in giving money to a corrupt military to end a fight... that ended a few years ago...?



Yes, Kony is evil.
Yes, child soldier are a tragedy.
Yes, war is horrible.

And yes, Invisible Children has raised a lot of awareness with their emotionally-charged ad campaigns. Unfortunately it is awareness about the wrong issues.


The silver lining is: Perhaps now there can be a discourse about the REAL issues facing Uganda, so as to correct this blunder.


-CU

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QuercusRobur Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
In her journal entry Buttersc0tchSundae gave a few interesting links as well.

[link]


Its kinda sad that people who are willing to donate to a good cause are lied to, probably just so they dont rethink about donating.
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doogieums404 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I tried explaining this to people, but they keep getting angry at me.
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Groblisk Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for you're pennies, i will spend them wisely on alcohol
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
That's some cheeeaaap alcohol.
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Stollen99 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, thanks. We need more people like you. I'm pretty irritated at people who's all like "you don't fully support these guys? i'm gonna ignore your arguments and call you heartless!"
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Thank you for this. It shall be spread.
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CAPSLOCK44 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
I completely agree. This organization everyone's donating their first-born child to only gives 35% of the profits it receives to the cause it supposedly supports. The rest is all pocketed.
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MeaninglessArtist Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How are you supposed to split a first-born child into 65 and 35% parts? LOL
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Scrooples Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree 100% with this, but the youtube vid is still a valuable resource in my opinion.
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FeatherCollector Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
This is why I'm glad that the new Bronies for Good charity is going to a Ugandan health clinic and a green village for displaced children. I will happily support their new album.

I do think that Kony needs to be brought to justice, but sustainable development also needs to happen, and I think bringing awareness to the issue can't hurt.
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Starmuttani Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Just everything in this journal.
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da-andi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
+1 Kudos for your Awareness!
Was about time that someone thinks about this viral Video before pushing it simply forward.
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StormCloudThePegasis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
That and Invisible Children is actually a scam. The 3 guys that run it are making a profit of a quarter million each. Check this out [link]
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Thechibiwerewolf Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
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Bladespark Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I couldn't agree more! You say it very well.
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Harp-s-ong Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you sir! Glad to see more people spreading the word about what really matters.
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Zekaire-Aquanimus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So very true.
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