Kony 2012

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US Hunt for Joseph Kony Heats Up

Obama to send aircraft, 150 special ops forces to Uganda

(Newser) - A viral video campaign may not have turned up a warlord accused of murder, rape, and kidnapping in central Africa, but the White House is hoping a ramped up effort by the United States will. The Washington Post reports that President Obama has ordered a strengthened US presence in Uganda—... More »

Kony 2012 Guy on Nude Rant: 'That's Not Who I Am'

Filmmaker Jason Russell gives first interview since meltdown

(Newser) - Jason Russell, co-founder of the controversial nonprofit Invisible Children and creator of the Kony 2012 viral video, gives his first interview Sunday since his bizarre naked meltdown on the streets of San Diego this past March. Oprah scored the big exchange, and Gawker 's got its hands on a... More »

Don't Let Pussy Riot Be the New Kony 2012

Keep the focus on activism, not punk rock: Joshua Foust

(Newser) - The world's anger at Russia over its treatment of Pussy Riot seems to be moving in the wrong direction. Yes, we should decry the country's clampdown on activism. What we shouldn't be so concerned about is the fact that the victims, in this case, happen to be... More »

Ugandans to Release Their Own Kony Video

'UgandaSpeaks' wants local voices to be heard

(Newser) - The Kony 2012 video made a lot of Ugandans mad—and not because of the atrocities it depicted. Now Ugandan bloggers, outraged by the viral sensation's lack of actual Ugandan voices and the fact that, as one says, their story was "grossly mistold," are working on their... More »

Kony 2012 Sequel Released

Part II is still 'slick, hip' but lacks Jason Russell

(Newser) - The sequel to viral video sensation Kony 2012 is here, and it's lacking a pretty big component of the first video: Jason Russell . Russell, the Invisible Children co-founder who narrated the first video, was hospitalized after an outburst in San Diego last month. As a result of his absence,... More »

Tomorrow: 'Kony 2012,' the Sequel

Invisible Children to present more complex investigation

(Newser) - After garnering 86 million views and counting, Invisible Children's activist video sensation has spawned a sequel. "Kony 2012, Part II" comes out tomorrow, NPR reports. The sequel is set to offer a more thorough investigation of Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army; the first piece was criticized... More »

Diagnosis for Kony 2012's Russell: Reactive Psychosis

Jason Russell will remain hospitalized for weeks: family

(Newser) - The family of Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell says his half-naked romp through San Diego was caused by "brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by extreme exhaustion, stress, and dehydration." His wife had earlier said as much , but the new statement claims this is his official... More »

Wife of 'Kony' Video Maker: Exhaustion Led to Meltdown

Jason Russell wasn't on drugs or booze, says family

(Newser) - The man who created the viral Kony 2012 video will be out of the public spotlight for the foreseeable future after his very public meltdown , says his family. Jason Russell's wife denies that alcohol or drugs set off Russell yesterday, when he was detained after running naked through his... More »

Invisible Children Co-Founder Found Half-Naked, Detained

Jason Russell is one of those behind 'Kony 2012' viral video

(Newser) - Jason Russell, a co-founder of the charity behind the Kony 2012 viral video , was detained in San Diego yesterday for allegedly being drunk and masturbating in public. Russell, 33, was found allegedly vandalizing cars, masturbating, and generally acting strange, a police officer says, adding that he may have been under... More »

Anti-Kony Group to Air New Video Today

New film will aim to answer Invisible Children's critics

(Newser) - The guys behind the Kony 2012 viral video are going to do what they do best to answer critics: unleash a video. Invisible Children's video exposing the evils of Joseph Kony has grabbed more than 72 million views, and triggered major buzz about how to put an end to... More »

Anti-Kony Charity Slammed for Spending Habits, Gun Pic

'If you don't accept our unorthodoxy, you don't get us,' says co-founder

(Newser) - An evangelical-linked charity behind a massively viral video exposing the evils of African warlord Joseph Kony is scrambling to answer questions about how it spends its money and a controversial photo showing members posing with weapons. Only 32% of $8.6 million raised by video-maker Invisible Children last year went... More »

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