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Why You Should Feel Awkward About the ‘Kony2012′ (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2012

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Leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, answers journalists’ questions in Ri-Kwamba, southern Sudan, Nov. 12, 2006.

Most Americans began this week not knowing who Joseph Kony was. That’s not surprising: most Americans begin every week not knowing a lot of things, especially about a part of the world as obscured from their vision as Uganda, the country where Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commenced a brutal insurgency in the 1980s that lingers to this day.

A viral video that took social media by storm over the past two days has seemingly changed all that. Produced by Invisible Children, a San Diego-based NGO, “Kony2012″ is a half-hour plea for Americans and global netizens to pay attention to Kony’s crimes — which include abducting over 60,000 children over two decades of conflict, brutalizing them and transforming many into child soldiers — and to pressure the Obama Administration to find and capture him. Within hours of the slick production surfacing on social media, it led to #StopKony trending on Twitter, populated Facebook timelines, was publicized by Hollywood celebrities and has been viewed some 10 million times on YouTube. Suddenly, a man on virtually no Westerner’s radar became the international bogeyman of the moment.

(VIDEO: The Lord’s Resistance Army Hunts Children in Sudan)

It’s an incredible public relations coup for the NGO, which congratulates itself in the film for spurring U.S. Congress last October to send 100 military “advisers” to aid Ugandan forces in their war against Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. The LRA is without a doubt a nasty outfit, responsible for massacres of civilian populations, mass rapes, contemptible acts of mutilation and, most notoriously, the creation of an army of child soldiers, forced to perform gruesome deeds. In 2005, the International Criminal Court in the Hague put Kony at the top of its most wanted list, indicted on 33 counts including war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sure, the U.S. remains in the minority of nations yet to officially recognize the ICC’s jurisdiction, but that, Invisible Children’s members would likely argue, ought not change the need for a moral clarion call: Kony must be brought to justice. Read the rest of this entry »

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The ‘Occupy’ Movement: Turning Anger Into Awareness

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 8, 2011

The turning anger into awareness could be very close to the enlightenm­ent.
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Facebook Activism Takes the Next Step in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 8, 2011

Kathmandu May 7, 2010:A new facebook activism took form of reality in expression of aggression against the Constitution Assembly Members here in Nepal. From the past few years the Nepalese people have been waiting for their new constitution where one after the other things have prolonged endlessly in expanding the declaration date of constitution.  People specially youths gathered here in Kathmandu Maitigahar area  and peacefully protested against the delay of declartion of constitution under the facebook project Nepal Unites, to “ Show up -Stand up-Speak up”program. People showed a huge concern over the delaying Process and its existence.

Nepal was declared Federal Democratic Republic in 2008 after out casting the long lasting Monarchy system.  From then, a unicameral body of 601 members was formed as a result of the Constituent Assembly election which was held on April 10, 2008. The Constituent Assembly was tasked with writing a new constitution, and to act as the interim legislature for a term of two years which has already expired and the constitutional assembly has further extended their declaration dates accordingly. Read the rest of this entry »

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