Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 11

Phony 2012

EPPWhat are the broader motivations and implications behind the Kony 2012 video? Taking a look at the geopolitics of the region, its recent history, and Western subsidies for dictatorships ("dictatorship by franchise") as well as profiting off of genocide (such as in the Congo), the Kony 2012 video is designed as an emotional appeal for military intervention in Uganda to purportedly stop a conflict which had stopped several years ago. Taken with the context of major oil reserves having been discovered in Uganda, along with the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) program to militarize foreign policy for the continent, the video is a propaganda ploy designed to expand U.S. imperial hegemony in the region. This is no less evident from the fact that the most interviewed person in the video, John Prendergast, was a former State Department and National Security Council official during the Clinton administration, responsible for overseeing U.S. imperial policy in the region, and has since mobilized campaigns of celebrity personalities to promote foreign intervention. Coincidence or consistency?

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  1. myscott2 says:

    Thank you Gavin,
    A very “human” analysis of the situation in Central Africa.

    Just a little information: Patrice Lumumba was assasinated in 1961. Mobutu Sese Seko president of Congo died in 1997.

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