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Joseph Kony and the Power of the Warlord

Monday, April 9, 2012

There’s a warlord in the news again. With 86 million views and counting, the “Kony 2012” web video and its recently released sequel brought unprecedented attention to Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The videos are part of a campaign orchestrated by the U.S.-based NGO Invisible Children to rally international support for Kony’s capture. The major news outlets responded in kind, with ABC, CNN and the New York Times casting Kony as a warlord.

The problem is, warlords don’t exist. At least not as Invisible Children and its growing audience think they do. ...

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