The food riots of 2008 that swept through the Global South returned with runaway food-price inflation in 2010–2011, this time sparking full-scale rebellions in Tunisia, Yemen, and Egypt. Unable to control price inflation or contain rebellion, the oligopolies of the corporate food regime are trapped in a classic crisis of capital accumulation.
By: Jonathan Benson
Parents of dozens of African children severely injured by a combination meningitis vaccine known as MenAfriVac are demanding answers following a recent declaration by government officials that the vaccine was somehow not the culprit in the tragedy.
By: ABDI GULED
Islamic extremist rebels are fighting a campaign in Somalia to administer a polio vaccine, charging that it contains the virus that causes AIDS or could make children sterile, a battle of words that is frustrating health workers.
We had already talked about this some time ago but now they seem to come to light things we have reported here:
By: Erin-Conway Smith
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—When Madonna adopted daughter Mercy James from an orphanage in Malawi, a judge ruled that the adoption could go ahead, despite Madonna not being a resident, because of the pop star’s charitable work in the impoverished country.
Hunt for fugitive warlord Joseph Kony on hold because new government said to be not co-operating with African Union mission.
African troops in Central African Republic have suspended the hunt for the fugitive warlord Joseph Kony because the new government there is not co-operating with the mission, Uganda’s top military official said.
LOURI, Chad — One morning, a little girl called Achta sat in the front row of this village’s only school and struggled mightily with the assignment her teacher had given her.
by Glen Ford
“For 16 years, Uganda and Rwanda have done the bidding of their paymasters and arms suppliers, the American and British governments.”
The United States has financed and given overall direction to the worst genocide since World War Two, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
By: Belen Fernandez
Many argue that Monsanto’s contributions in India have led to a “suicide economy” [EPA]
The website of US-based biotech giant Monsanto boasts that the corporation qualifies as “a sustainable agriculture company”.
By David Blair
All of the 7,000 people gathered around a school on the northern edge of the city of Goma were enduring the trauma of forced displacement for at least the second time.
By Abayomi Azikiwe
Unbeknownst to the majority of people in the United States, the Pentagon is directing increased attention to the African continent. The formation of the United States Africa Command (Africom) in 2008 signaled this trend which had been developing for at least a decade.
By: Moni Basu, Faith Karimi and Nkepile Mabuse
The National Union of Mineworkers is a close ally of the country’s ruling African National Congress. The miners, according to several South African media outlets, feel they are not adequately represented by the battling unions.
Intro by Zen
Talk about a total contrast. This beautiful pictorial rebuke is a first hand encounter with the insane reality of the crippling Gates-backed vaccine push in Africa, against the backdrop of loving individuals taking real action to help alleviate the real problems and needs of their fellow man.
I can’t imagine a greater exposé.
The devastating Somali civil war since 1991 forced the Somali marine and fisheries sector to an abrupt collapse and almost all Somali fisheries activities shut down. The vessels of the Somali national fishing fleet were abducted and have never been returned. It is estimated that at least 200,000 people lost their jobs and the Somali fishing communities are still struggling to recover.
THE IUU MENACE AND FISH LAUNDERING PRACTICE
THE ORIGIN OF SOMALI SEA PIRACY
PIRACY INCIDENTS 2008/2009
HAZARDOUS WASTE DUMPING
Italian Mafia and Somali Pirates Connection
Hassan Isilow is a research journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, reported that “As a result of this (dumping of toxic material at Somali coasts), a group of enterprising Somalis leaving at the port of Eyl , a haven for piracy, approached the Italian mafias in Rome and explained their annoyance over the dumping of toxic wastes on their waters.
The group of Somalis then requested the Italian mafias to protect their waters and start collecting revenue from vessels plying the route. The Italian Mafias accepted to help their former protectorate by stopping the irresponsible dumping of toxics wastes on one condition, which was to seize any vessel travelling on the Somali waters and demand a ransom. Hence the beginning of a flourishing piracy business at the port of Eyl where NATO forces even fear to go.”
My friends in Somalia tell me it’s no longer a secret that some pirates are working closely with Italian Mafias in a bid to restore the countries environment, after continued dumping of toxic wastes in the Somali waters. When I asked them why Somalis chose the Italian Mafias, they said the two tribes have a long history of understanding and trust. First, Italy was Somalia’s colonial master and thus Somalis speak Latin, a language that unites the two. Half of Somalias population today lives in Italy , where they have intermarried with Italians and have been assimilated into the Italian culture, so they considered themselves as good friends.
Ironically some Somalis belong to the mafia family in Italy which is known as the ‘Ndrangheta. The origins of this mafia group dates back to the 19th century when a group of Sicilians were expelled from Sicily by the newly formed unified government. These Sicilians settled in the Calabria region and began to form small crime groups. Today the Calabria Mafia is believed to have about 6000 members who are particularly hard to infiltrate because the organisation is based on blood ties and marriage. The pirates could also be using the money they receive as ransoms to either support terrorist organisations or the continuity of the Somali war that has been ongoing for the past 17 years.
Others involved in Toxic Waste production for Somalia
Two of The ’Ndrangheta‘s members are being investigated, along with eight former employees of the state energy research agency Enea, The acronym ENEA stands for Ente Nazionale per l’Energia Atomica, National Agency for Atomic Energy.
The eight are suspected of paying the Mafia to take waste off their hands in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time they were based at the agency’s centre at Rotondella, a town in Basilicata province in the toe of Italy, which today treats “special” and “hazardous” waste. At other centres, Enea studies nuclear fusion and fission technologies. In the memo Fonti said he was paid 330,000 euros to ‘dispose’ of 600 containers of dangerous waste materials stored in two warehouses belonging to Italy’s new technologies and environmental agency ENEA. The materials came from Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany and the United States and were removed on 10-11 October, 1987, Fonti said.
ENEA’s closed ties with The Ndrangheta were also exposed when Anti-mafia police in the southern Italian city of Potenza was reported investigating allegations that the Calabrian mafia (N’drangheta) helped an Italian firm to sell radioactive materials to the regime of late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
In his latest book, ‘N’drangheta’ an Italian historian and expert on the N’drangheta, Antonio Nicaso, explains that a now declassified CIA document supports these allegations. The unnamed Italian company on three occasions between 1979 and 1982 sold uranium to Saddam, who wanted to acquire nuclear weapons, the CIA document claims. Quoting the CIA report, Nicaso said the materials included 486 tonnes of yellowcake uranium, 33,470 kilogrammes of urainum dixoide and 6,005 kilogrammes of depleted uranium dioxide from Italy, Portugal, Nigeria and Brasil.
Several N’drangheta bosses were involved in the toxic and radioactive waste materials trade, N’drangheta turncoat Francesco Fonti testified in a memorandum to Italy’s national anti-mafia directorate cited by Nicaso.
Eight former ENEA directors and two alleged N’drangheta bosses are reported to be currently under investigation in connection with Fonti’s testimony, according to Nicaso.
Fonti also testified there had been other consignments of uranium and of Kalashnikov rifles and cash. He claimed a number of politicians had been involved in this trade, and said several ships transporting radioactive materials had sunk off the southern Italian coast, Nicaso said.
CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
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KONY 2012 is a viral sensation that swept the entire world in less than 24 hours. Its main subject is the African rebel leader Joseph Kony, his war crimes and the clearly defined “movement” to stop him. Countless celebrities have endorsed the movement, news sources have reported it and social media is buzzing with it. While the problem of guerrilla warfare and child soldiers has plagued Africa for decades, and severaldocumentaries have already been produced regarding the issue, this particular 29-minute video made managed to obtain mass exposure and support.
KONY 2012 is less of a documentary than it is a highly efficient infomercial that is tailor-made for the Facebook generation, using state-of-the-art marketing techniques to make its point. Young people like “underground movements” and want to feel like they are changing the world. KONY 2012 taps into these needs to bring about something that is not “hip” or “underground” at all: A military operation in Uganda. Not only that, it urges the participants of the movement to order stuff, to wear bracelets that are associated with an online profile and to record their actions in social media. This makes KONY 2012 the first artificially created movement that is fully track-able, monitor-able and quantifiable by those who engendered it. In other words, what appears to be a movement “from the people” is actually a new way for the elite to advance its agenda.
A Propaganda Experiment
The video begins with an interesting statement: “The next 27 minutes are an experiment. But in order for it to work, you have to pay attention”. It is an experiment as it tests a new, groundbreaking way to get an agenda accepted by the Facebook generation. In the past, when the government needed to justify the invasion of a country, the President would sit in front of the camera and tell the public why war should be declared in this area of the world. In the case of KONY, the military agenda is disguised as grassroots activism, where the US army entering Uganda would be perceived as a “victory of the people”, effectively reversing the communications model.
Due to the advent of social media, the above diagram has become a lot less effective to get a message across to the young generation. It is not CNN reports and the President addressing the nation anymore, it is about “liking” Facebook pages and viral YouTube videos. This is where messages now come across. Always studying, analyzing and exploiting the most effective ways to persuade public opinion, KONY 2012 appears to be an attempt to test out the effectiveness of a “viral” propaganda campaign. By creating this “movement” and making young people actually DEMAND the U.S. government intervene in Africa, the masterminds behind this campaign would manage the impossible: Reversing the propaganda model in order to make it emanate from the people. By doing so, the elite’s agenda is not only accepted by the masses, it is perceived as a victory by them.
When the war on Iraq was declared, a great portion of young Americans opposed the war. How is it they are now begging the government to send troops to Africa? A simple video, specifically conceived for the Facebook generation did the trick. As it is the case in most campaigns to justify a war, the first goal was to identify a bad guy.
Identifying the Bad Guy
I have absolutely no intention of defending Joseph Kony or to say “he’s not that bad”. He, along with many other guerrilla factions across Africa, has committed despicable atrocities. However, the problem of child soldiers has existed for decades and there are literally hundreds of Joseph Konys across the African continent. In some cases, some of the armies are actually funded by Western countries. If we would truly go to the root of the issue, we’d discover that Africa has been plagued with the problem of warring factions and rebel guerrillas ever since Western forces “liberated” their colonies and divided the continent of Africa according to Western interests. Indeed, instead of setting the boundaries of each country according to the geographic location of the ethnic groups and tribes that live there, countries were created according to the economic needs of colonizing forces such as Great Britain, France and others. The net result is: A bunch of artificial countries that each contain several tribes, ethnic groups, languages and religions. When one group takes power, the others are repressed, which leads to violence and rebellion. Add to the mix extreme poverty due to resources being siphoned out of Africa by Western countries and you’ve got a breeding ground for merciless warlords. As long as this problem exists, Joseph Konys will continue to emerge in Africa.
But the video mentions none of this. All it says is that arresting Kony would “make the world better”. KONY 2012 is all about identifying a bad guy, “making him famous” and have people demand his death by U.S. forces. Fixing the true cause of problems in the third world has never been on the Agenda. But picking out a “bad guy” to justify military action has always been part of it. If in the case of Saddam Hussein, “facts” (that ultimately proved false) were given to justify the invasion of Iraq. A different technique is being used with Kony, one that originates from advertising.
Any marketing specialist will tell you: “Facts don’t sell, emotions do”. The first part of KONY 2012 solely addresses emotions. It is about making the filmmaker likeable, showing gut-wrenching images of African kids in pain, in misery and in despair. Then, the turning point: Joseph Kony is the cause of all of this. Not centuries of exploitation and devastation by Western forces in Africa that lead to chaos, lawlessness and poverty. No, it’s Kony. That bastard. George Clooney is really mad at him right now. He even tweeted about it.
Defining the Agenda
KONY 2012 is a movement backed by some of the world’s most powerful entities and has precise goals. As the movie’s intro states, it is an experiment. It is an opportunity to create a movement that can be fully trackable, quantifiable and manageable through social media whose culmination is a U.S. military intervention in Uganda. The carrying out of this mission will not only be perceived as a victory, it will restore young people’s faith in democracy. What the members of this movement might not realize is that they are helping the advancement of the elite’s agenda towards a New World Order.
The second part of the movie let’s go of emotions and describes to the viewers what the elite expects from them. U.S. troops are already in Uganda, but, according to the movie, Kony “changed his tactics”… Damnit Kony, you and your sneaky tactics. Apparently, high tech satellites, unmanned drones and all kinds of radars are not enough to catch this guy. Nope, in order to catch him, a complicated plan, involving the purchase of an “Action Kit” and the registering an ID bracelet on a website is required. Makes sense.
Once the bracelet is registered, members can associate it with their Facebook account, which will keep track of all KONY-related actions. The end result is: every single member of KONY 2012 will be known, identified and easily tracked – with constantly updated information. All of this data will of course be collected, scrutinized and stored by those in charge.
Furthermore, members are asked to contribute a “few dollars a month” to TRI, an organization whose ultimate goal is American military intervention in Uganda.
To support the cause and to make it popular, a bunch of elite-sponsored artists and politicians have been enlisted, including Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Oprah, George Clooney, Bono, etc (omg! could be truth!). While some of them might be genuinely concerned about problems in Africa, most of them are pawns of the elite that are used to promote its agenda.
After going past the celebrities and the emotions, the end result of this campaign is simple and steeped in real politik: Since the fall of rival superpower USSR, Western forces have sought to bring down and to control regional powers around the world, mostly in third countries. Uganda is part of that plan. The same way the spectre of Bin Laden was used to invade Afghanistan, Kony is being used to enter Uganda.
KONY 2012 is a cleverly orchestrated campaign specifically aimed at today’s youth, the future citizens of the world. Using state-of-the-art techniques and new technologies, the campaign is a first attempt at “reverse propaganda”, where the agenda APPEARS to emanate from the people. By using emotions, irrational thoughts and superficial explanations, KONY 2012 attempts to trick well-meaning people, who desire to make a positive change in the world, to instead fuel a gigantic war machine that is controlled by the world’s elite.
Is KONY 2012 trying to eradicate child-soldiers or is it attempting to create a new kind of child-soldiers?