Adam Branch on Kony 2012

Adam Branch is senior research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda, and assistant professor of political science at San Diego State University, USA. He is the author of Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda.

“…Invisible Children’s campaign is a symptom, not a cause. It is an excuse that the US government has gladly adopted in order to help justify the expansion of their military presence in central Africa. Invisible Children are “useful idiots”, being used by those in the US government who seek to militarise Africa, to send more and more weapons and military aid, and to bolster the power of states who are US allies.”

Dangerous ignorance: The hysteria of Kony 2012 is an excellent article on AlJazeera site that needs reading.



One response to “Adam Branch on Kony 2012

  1. Read the article at Al Jazerra and referred to it on my own blog. excellent article,
    In January 2009, i quoted Matthew Green’s book, ‘The Wizard of the Nile’ (2008:312).
    “The roots of Kony’s war stretched all the way back to the north-south divide crystalized under colonial rule, then nourished by Uganda’s cycles of post-independence bloodshed. But as long as the conflict was portrayed as the result of one man’s seemingly inexplicable “evil”, there was no need for people to look any deeper. And blaming one ‘madman’ played right into Museveni’s hands. Blaming Kony makes it easy for Museveni’s powerful backers in London and Washington to not just turn a blind eye on Museveni’s forcibly transferring the Acholi population into camps where they are left literally to rot, but also to tacitly give their agreement to this strategy.”

    That is, of course, not the only point that we might make and when Adam Branch asks the question;
    “How often does the US government find millions of young Americans pleading that they intervene militarily in a place rich in oil and other resources?
    It really is tome for us to understand what is really happening in Africa.


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