http://thejuicemedia.com Rap News Episode 12: YES WE KONY. It's March, and the Internet delivers 2012's first globe-consuming meme: the unstoppable, Stop-Kony 2012 video, which has highlighted the plight of African child soldiering like never before. But is it really good? Is it really bad? Or is the world really more complex than 'good guys' and 'bad guys'? Whatevers; one thing's for sure, this is momentous: never had a 27-minute video devoid of both cats and boobs ever achieved such virality. Is this a demonstration of the internet's ability to instantly inform and engage tens of millions; and a hopeful sign that there is a willingness among those millions, to engage passionately with something more meaningful? Or does Kony2012 just mark the dawn of a rapacious new era of viral humanitarian marketing? Join your charitable host Robert Foster - and our special guest, General Baxter, direct from AFRICOM - as we delve into the dark heart of the matter.
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Mark Heywood tells a tale of two countries: China and South Africa and looks at what the cost of a lack of leadership around HIV/AIDS meant in South Africa and what a lack of political leadership can mean in China in the next few years.
Learn more: http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/africa/water-wars-ethiopia-and-kenya
World Water Day on March 22 reminds us of the 1 billion people on Earth who lack easy access to the water most of us take for granted. Global climate change is making that struggle worse, as we see in this report from the rugged region of southern Ethiopia, where drought is drying up wells, threatening an ancient way of life and fueling conflict.
Reporting from Ethiopia and Kenya, Seattle-based multimedia journalists Sarah Stuteville, Jessica Partnow and Alex Stonehill from The Common Language Project, Kenyan journalist Ernest Waititu of AfrikaNews.org and project intern and videographer Julia Marino of Ohio University take an in-depth look at East Africans' struggles for water and how the actions of Americans are both alleviating and intensifying the problem.
This report is part of Pulitzer Center-sponsored project "Water Wars: Ethiopia and Kenya" (http://bit.ly/sa6BtQ).
Video by Julia Marino and Alex Stonehill with reporting by Ernest Waititu
Special thanks to Salihu Sultan and the Ethiopian Red Cross
Produced by the Common Language Project in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
As featured on Foreign Exchange, an Azimuth Media production.
And on 1h2o, a Knight Center for International Media project
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About Director: Christian is an eleven-year-old who wrote, directed, produced, and edited this documentary BY HIMSELF about his experience in Ethiopia, Africa. Although not the initial plan, in the past several months reactions to his film have led to the development of a much needed reconstruction project in an Ethiopian elementary school where children still sit on the dirt floors for their lessons. Christian and his friends have experienced a paradigm shift with the realization that they (elementary students) CAN change the face of education half a world away! By letting go of limiting thoughts and "being the change they wish to see in the world", they are challenging others to live and love LARGE...right NOW! About the film: The images and video show a rare view of this young American boy (9yrs) and his sister (8yrs) traveling through small villages and bridged the cultural gap through the language of music. Tourism is relatively new to this East African nation due to many years of civil war and unfortunately it has been long associated with draught, famine, and AIDS. You are about to learn of a new Ethiopia, one of beauty, of peace... of hope. A nation of natural and cultural wonders once hidden by a thick veil of war and hunger.
It is the world's biggest humanitarian crisis and it seems to be getting worse.
Thousands of people are on the move fleeing from both war and famine and of all the countries affected, its Somalia which is most stricken with half of its seven million population at severe risk. While the UN sponsored transitional government has complained of food holding by some aid agencies the al-Shabaab militia says these NGO's have no business in the areas they control.