Saturday, June 25, 2011

Engaging Conspiracy Theories On Africa's Great Lakes Region

Brian Solis wrote sometime ago:
"Once invincible organisations are seeking your help to earn relevance today and in the future".
Former Obama campaign new media operations manager Mary Joyce is worried that Obama and the State Department aren't getting the message, as she said in july:
"America is still the one speaking and others around the world are expected to listen."
@texasinafrica, a regular blogger on Rwanda, Congo and the rest of Africa, tweeted yesterday:
"I saw a preview screening of "Crisis in the Congo" in April. Strongly disagree with film's implication that US pulls strings in DC, Rwanda."
If US had that much influence, DRC would be much more stable than it is.
DRC is not a US foreign policy priority. Government doesn't care enough to engage in grand conspiracies some imagine.
The trailer she is referring to is probably this one.

In her tweets @texasinafrica touches on two central issues in political discussions and lobbying concerning the great lakes region and Africa in general:
  • Lack of Engagement by the US and the donors
  • anti-western or anti-african conspiracy theories/rhetoric.
Immediately comes to mind Bruno Ben Moubamba's crusade against Francafrique and the comment section under Congo: The Sucking Vortex Where Africa's Heart Should Be. The topic of the "weird world of the genocide belittlers" does have some relationship to these two issues as well.

Ironically the argument of  western prejudice against Africa is also often used by Kagame supporteres. Just read Andrew Mwenda's "Rwanda and Western prejudice against Africa".  Michael Fairbanks tapped into this source as well when he wrote his article "nothing good comes out of Africa"

In the article by Mary Joyce on “21st century statecraft”in which she said:
"What more can be done by those in US government? First: listen more. Instead of engaging with billionaires and titans of tech,"
Hiding behind the Dutch Ambassador to Rwanda, spreading propaganda for Kagame, commenting on the Kobagaya case just a month before the jury gave it's verict, not arresting Justus Majyambere, are all signs the US State Department thinks it's in their interest to keep people in the dark about their real intentions. It's obvious what that strategy leads to. As Brian Solis explains:

"Engage or Die"(Become irrelevant)

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