pretty much a clone of the avaaz methodology

One difference: compared to Avaaz, these people have got superior deniability. There isn’t a single corporate, banking, foundation or think tank member among them – RB

Joseph Kony is not in Uganda (and other complicated things)
Joshua Keating, Foreign, Mar 7 2012 (abridged)

Have you seen something like this fly across your Twitter or Facebook feed today?

Joseph Kony is basically Adolf Hitler. He has an army of 30,000 mindless children who slaughter innocent people in Uganda.

Or perhaps this?:

#TweetToSave the Invisible Children of Uganda! #Kony2012 Make Joseph Kony Famous!!

“Kony 2012”, a video posted by advocacy group Invisible Children to raise awareness about the pernicious evil of Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, has already been viewed over 8 million times on Vimeo and more than 9 million times on YouTube (and surely more by the time you read this) since its release this week. Let’s get two things straight: (1) Joseph Kony is not in Uganda, and hasn’t been for 6 years; (2) the LRA now numbers at most in the hundreds. Following a successful campaign by the Ugandan military and failed peace talks in 2006, the LRA was pushed out of Uganda and has been operating in extremely remote areas of the DRC, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, where Kony himself is believed to be now. The Ugandan military has been pursuing the LRA since then but had little success (and several big screw-ups). In October last year, Obama authorized the deployment of 100 US Army advisors to help the Ugandan military track down Kony, with no results disclosed to date. Additionally, the LRA does not have 30,000 mindless child soldiers. This grim figure, cited by Invisible Children in the film, and by others, refers to the total number of kids abducted by the LRA over nearly 30 years. Eerily, it is also the same number estimated for the total killed in the more than 20 years of conflict in Northern Uganda. So why is “Uganda” trending on Twitter? Meddlesome details like where Kony actually is aren’t important enough for Invisible Children to make sure its audience understands. The video, narrated by Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, says its purpose is to intensify pressure on the US government to make sure Kony is brought to justice this year, and as the message broadcast throughout says, what is important is simple: Stop Kony. Among other emotive shots, the video features Russell’s attempt to explain the LRA to his toddler son, enthusiastic (and mostly white) volunteers putting up posters and wearing Kony 2012 bracelets. Invisible Children has made virtually no effort to inform. Only once, at 15:01 in the movie, over an image of a red blob on a map leaving Northern Uganda and heading West, is the fact that the LRA is no longer in Uganda mentioned, and only in passing:

As the LRA began to move into other countries, Jacob and other Ugandans came to the US to speak on behalf of all people suffering because of Kony. Even though Uganda was relatively safe they felt compelled to tell the world that Kony was still out there and had to be stopped.

That’s it, in a 30-minute movie. And with both the graphic and reiteration of how awful the LRA is, you might think reasonably “move into other countries” meant expanding rather than fleeing. In any case, the focus, seconds later, is on Invisible Children’s activities in the US at the time, not what was happening back in Africa. I can see why some of P Diddy’s followers might be confused. Along with sharing the movie online, Invisible Children’s call to action is to do three things: (1) sign its pledge, (2) get the Kony 2012 bracelet and action kit (only $30!), and (3) sign up to donate. There is intense criticism out there over Invisible Children’s finances, including that it spends too much money on administration and filmmaking, while still touting its on the ground NGO-style projects. Also, apparently it’s never been externally audited. I’m going to stay out of that, other than to say you can check out IC’s own financial disclosure information here. It’s unclear what exactly Invisible Children wants to do, other than raise a lot of money and attention. Here’s Russell in the video (21:40):

We know what to do. Here it is, ready? In order for Kony to be arrested this year, the Ugandan military has to find him. In order to find him, they need the technology and training to track him in the vast jungle. That’s where the US advisors come in. But in order for the US advisors to be there, the US government has to deploy them. They’ve done that, but if the government doesn’t believe the people care about Kony, the mission will be cancelled. In order for the people to care, they have to know. And they will only know if Kony’s name is everywhere.

So the goal is to make sure that Obama doesn’t withdraw the advisors he deployed until Kony is captured or killed.


  1. Posted March 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Chris Sarette of Invisible Children attended the inaugural 2008 AYM summit, and is a member of its successor,, the Jared Cohen-inspired State Dept./corporate front for regime change.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Sarette’s biography on their about us page doesn’t indicate any formal employment by govt or corp entities. Thanks for the AYM and connection. Here they are on Wikipedia:
    The latter makes its State Dept connection quite explicit in the first sentence. You will doubtless be infuriated to know that it was Tony Cartalucci who first blew the whistle on them, in Feb 2011:

    One of AYM’s clicktivists goes by the super name of ‘Roman Tsunder’. In this interview he makes the remarkable statement: “We sell eyeballs.” He further imparts this odd self-description: “My passion has always been youth. My family immigrated to the US when I was five, and had a typical immigrant story. Youth is a big piece of my background.” This would seem to suggest a spurious correlation between immigrant status and youthiness.

  3. Posted March 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I think you’ll find that AYM’s founders — Jared Cohen, Jason Liebman and Roman Tsunder — have more than youth in common. Perhaps their desire to promote democracy, particularly in the Middle East, is inspired by a sense of tikkun olam.

    And it doesn’t “infuriate” me in the least, Rowan, that Cartalucci was the one to expose AYM’s role in fomenting the “Arab Spring.” It’s only to be expected that the perps have their man be the first to discover the crime, so as to lead sceptics away from their scent. In this case, the “investigator” focused attention on the faceless corporate co-sponsors, while ignoring the fact that its creator Jared Cohen was a protégé of Larry Diamond, the founding co-editor of NED’s Journal of Democracy. NED, of course, was designed by Allen Weinstein and has been run from the start by Carl Gershman, the Trotskyite/neocon former “researcher” for the ADL, that well-respected defender of human rights for all.

  4. niqnaq
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Well, he must have received a chutzpah transplant, because if you follow the Edelman Public Relations link from his story, you will find loads more of the usual suspects, including Henry Kissinger and “Lord” Jacob Rothschild (sic):

    However, Tony has confused Edelman (of Edelman Public Relations) with International Crisis Group’s Kenneth Adelman, former US Ambassador and Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. It’s possible both Edelman and Adelman support Tony’s bête noire, Thaksin Shinawatra. Here are two more links on this Edelman: link #1, link #2.

    I’ve implanted wikilinks for the perps in your comment.


  5. Posted March 10, 2012 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    Kenneth Adelman is senior counselor to Edelman, so they most likely share the same agenda. However, such “confusion” or “sloppiness” is one of the hallmarks of disinformation artists, as it serves to undermine the credibility of those who unwittingly repeat their “mistakes”.

    Adelman is a signatory of Kristol & Kagan’s PNAC who in 2002 infamously assured readers of the Meyer family’s Washington Post that the Iraq War would be a “cakewalk”. He is married to Carol Adelman, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, the Israel lobby think tank founded by Cold War nuclear game theorist Herman Kahn, whose MAD theories made him one of the inspirations for Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.

    Edelman, the PR company, is one of the co-sponsors of

  6. Posted March 10, 2012 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Indeed. If you follow Cartalucci’s link to Kissinger and Rothschild, it takes you to a PR piece for Khodorkovsky by Anne Applebaum, a Soros apologist employed by the Rothschild-owned Economist to cover the “grab-it-ization” of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

  7. niqnaq
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    Indeed that looks damning:

    Above all, though, Khodorkovsky started the Open Russia Foundation, whose board members included Henry Kissinger and Lord (Jacob) Rothschild, and whose launch took place at the American Library of Congress. But the Open Russia Foundation was not just well-connected: it also funded genuinely good causes in Russia, including human rights groups, as well as schools, institutes and other organisations dedicated to the promotion of democracy and Western values. Whether or not he did so in the beginning, it seems that Khodorkovsky did actually start to believe in the causes his foundation was promoting….

    But what you missed is that this is in the context of what he’s just linked to five lines before: Engdahl’s critique:

    Khodorkovsky’s real crime is that he was a key part of a Western intelligence operation to dismantle and destroy what remains of Russia as a functioning state. Khodorkovsky built some impressive ties in the West. With his new billions in effect stolen from the Russian people, he made some powerful friends. He set up a foundation modeled on US billionaire George Soros’ Open Society, calling it the Open Russia Foundation. He invited two powerful Westerners to its board: Henry Kissinger and Jacob Lord Rothschild. Then he set about to develop ties with some of the most powerful circles in Washington where he was named to the Advisory Board of the secretive private equity firm, Carlyle Group where he attended board meetings with fellow advisors such as Bush 41 and James Baker III. Khodorkovsky was in the process of negotiating via his Carlyle friend Bush 41, father of the then-Pres Bush 43, the sale of 40% of Yukos to either Chevron or ExxonMobil. Khodorkovsky had also secretly made a contract with London’s Lord Rothschild not merely to support Russian culture via the Open Russia Foundation. In the event of his possible arrest, the 40% share of his Yukos stocks would pass into the hands of Lord Rothschild.

    You have a problem with Tony almost as severe as he has with Thaksin Shinawatra.

  8. Posted March 10, 2012 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    I didn’t miss anything, Rowan. And I don’t have “a problem” with him; I just know his schtick. Actually, I have more of a problem with people who fail to see it…

    Here is trying (successfully it seems) to draw readers away from the predominantly ethnic nature of the financial pillaging of Russia. Six of the seven oligarchs who paid for Yeltsin’s 1996 re-election in return for the privilege of buying ex-Soviet properties at absurdly low prices were Jewish: Khodorkovsky, Boris Berezovsky, Vladimir Guzinsky, Alexander Smolensky, Mikhail Friedman and Valery Malkin. Their looting of the state’s assets in the greatest heist in history — up to the Bernanke bailout — was enabled mainly by their Russian co-ethnic Chubais and the Harvard “advisory” team of Larry Summers, Andrei Schleifer, Jeffrey Sachs et al.

  9. niqnaq
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    We know this, Maidhc. You just want to find hook noses and greasy kaftans under the bed.

  10. Posted March 10, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    “We know this, Maidhc. You just want to find hook noses and greasy kaftans under the bed.”

    No, Rowan. I’m just pointing out the obvious that Tony Cartalucci somehow seems to miss, but which you seem to want to find excuses for.

  11. niqnaq
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Yeah, well, I’m not conducting a witch hunt here, Maidhc, and you are going on my black list. As a matter of fact, you fit the profile of a planted provocateur much more closely than Tony does. Plus, you are now in bed with a CIA man, who you have apparently forgotten colluded with’s cover-up of Sibel Edmonds’ story on the Free Syrian Army, and is now colluding with the general cover-up of the sticky bombers fiasco. You all seem to think that Jew-baiting will substitute for facts.

  12. Posted March 10, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Maidhc- – unbelievably you are using MY research, MY lists, and MY reportage to claim I am hiding these people!? I exposed AYM AND National Endowment for Democracy-including both their corporate-fascist links and their role in backing PNAC, Soros and ElBaradei, CFR’s Faisal and the Ground Zero Mosque!

    In fact, reading your blog – it is basically a month-late reflection of everything I’ve written, with the only discernible difference being the word “Jew” or “Jewish” interjected every other sentence.

    I am not going to obsess over this fake strategy of ethno-religious tension they have for so long masterfully manipulated us all with. I will not obsess over the “Jews.”

    Additionally, I had a good God-fearing neighbour back in America who was Jewish, as well as a few friends in the Marines who were likewise Jewish. I write each and every article as if they are reading it. I will call criminals, criminals, and decent men, decent men based on their deeds and affiliations, not their ethnic predisposition. I have clearly done this in my research and reporting – to the extent that it serves as a primary source for your own work.

    You can continue your crusade to make ethnicity the measure of a man – I refuse to join you.

  13. niqnaq
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for that, Tony. Painful though it is, I think the occasional nose-to-nose confrontation is worthwhile to clear the air.

    This is of course a very difficult topic. As it happens, I wrote a comment that converges on it from another angle, yesterday:

    What I said there is that, out of all the international networks of criminals of different ethnicities, those networks which happen to be composed of criminals of Jewish ethnicity enjoy an exceptional impunity, because nobody wants to expose them if the price for doing so is to be accused of anti-Semitism. One has to stick very closely to the facts, and avoid the miasma of circumstantial associations.

  14. lafayettesennacherib
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    ” Plus, you are now in bed with a CIA man, who you have apparently forgotten colluded with’s cover-up of Sibel Edmonds’ story on the Free Syrian Army, and is now colluding with the general cover-up of the sticky bombers fiasco.”

    Who’s that, the CIA man? Sorry, but I’ve don’t know the history of Maidhc’s gripe against Caralucci, so that went over my head. Very impressive sleuthing on both your parts, so it’s a shame you fell out. But you’ve a point, RB ” We all know that”, so if Maidhc can’t tell us any more than that himself, it seems unfair to pull up Cartalucci for it, but, as I said, I don’t know the history of this… Cartalucci has just about lodged in my long-term memory now, due to his recent prominence in Global Research email newsletters, but he seems ok so far.

  15. lafayettesennacherib
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    PS I wrote the above post before the last 2 posts had appeared.

  16. niqnaq
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m talking about Phil Giraldi, who is now writing directly for The Passionate Committment, Maidhc’s blog, while still writing for and In my opinion, Phil, at the very least, allowed himself to be sidetracked from pursuing the Syrian story in interviews with and in articles for it, until such time as the destabilisation of the Assad regime was far advanced. In addition to that, I maintain that the correct explanation of the sticky bombers fiasco is that the MeK staged the sticky bombings unassisted by Mossad or anybody else, which is why they were fiascos, but that etc do not want to admit this because it lets Israel off the hook, something they will never do, since their prime selling point is arguing that Israel, rather than the USA, is responsible for all the world’s ills.

  17. lafayettesennacherib
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Ah right.

    While it’s sort of on topic, I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on why Richard Sakwa’s book on Khodorkovsky seems to have been withdrawn – no copies on Amazon or ABE?

    It was reviewed in the London Review of Books in Feb 2010 (not a very interesting review, but free to non-subscribers)

    and is still listed on Amazon, but as ” we don’t know when or if this will be back in stock”
    The Quality of Freedom: Khodorkovsky, Putin and the Yukos Affair

  18. niqnaq
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Interesting sounding book. Khodorkovsky has powerful champions right here in London, does he not? Perhaps the book was considered too objective. There is a big push on to paint Putin as a tyrant, and this implies painting Khodorkovsky as a martyr to free enterprise. You can read a good chunk of the book on at the link.

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