— Severine Autesserre at African Arguments. The Continuing Trouble with the Congo
Kate Cronin -Furman at Wronging Rights. Recommended Reading: Peaceland
— Michael Deibert at his blog Michael Deibert, writer. Congo: Between Hope and Despair
Caring about injustice and human misery matters.
People can work together for justice and ameliorate misery.
Working together can enable us to thrive.
I believe this.
I’m naive and none too bright. Something about the Internet is I know just where to look for some stupid shit I’ve said, it’s still there. I looked back to see when I posted about the Invisible Children film. I saw an early cut on video tape which I watched with two friends from Northern Uganda. I was really moved. Just looking around the earliest post I saw where I wrote about it was in March of 2005.
My enthusiasm for Invisible Children seems more of a drifting apart than a parting of ways. So when I saw the reaction to the latest video, which I have not watched, I felt troubled. At Twitter among those who I follow were people linking to the video and those bitterly denouncing it.
Kony is a handy cover for the real reasons for US interest in the region, which are all about African resources.
I’m a lazy blogger, but I struggled with the wisdom of posting that. I don’t agree always with Crossed Crocodiles, but the posts there going back represent an important perspective questioning AFROCOM, the US African Command.
It’s not really easy to know about American foreign policy in Africa because there is little attention in US media. It’s also complicated because stated policy is very often difficult to harmonize with for lack of a better term “The War on Terror.”
Anyhow these issues are complex and very quickly I get into the weeds and lost. Nevertheless Crossed Crocodiles’s succinct statement about the reasons for US interests in the region rings true to me. But I was reluctant to post because I feel such sadness about the suffering caused by Kony and the more than twenty years long war.
I have two sets of Twitter feeds open for people I follow who ranted hot and heavy against Invisible Children’s new campaign. I’m sympathetic to their positions, and there are some powerful tweets. But I’m not going to link to them because the subject and the reasons for their complaints require some background and development.
In this brouhaha I do hope that an interest and caring about real people, real struggles and our ability to participate to create something good is not cast aside as a cynical delusion.
Howard French on how our preexisting notions of Africa leads us (in the USA in particular) wrong.
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