Uganda story: "what Invisible kids"?

You really should watch the video above; I do not think it’s amazing in and of itself that humans believe what we do…for history has shown us that we are all susceptible to propaganda and – generally – I think people care about people. But – if you step back for a moment and review what’s happening in Uganda with an objective and perhaps cynical worldview…you may be able to see something you didn’t see before.

America is in a resource war with the rest of the world – mainly China – in order to ensure access to oil and natural gas. Africa is the chessboard and we’re all just a bunch of pawns. Uganda found out it has as much as 1.5 billion barrels worth of oil around Lake Albert…and now we care about poor Ugandan kids.

“It is only the early risers who succeed in filling their baskets with white ants.”
~Ugandan proverb

The WSJ explains just how significant a find the Uganda oil finds are:

What has attracted companies like Eni to Uganda is the one billion barrels of crude already discovered in the Lake Albert Rift Basin, a vast, oil-rich area close to Uganda’s border with Congo to the west, and the huge untapped potential of the region. Tullow estimates that about 1.5 billion barrels, roughly the same amount as Yemen’s oil reserves, remain to be discovered in the basin.

Uganda also is seen as more stable politically than many of its neighbors, though the north of the country is wracked by armed conflict between the army and a rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Some of the most promising prospects are in Lake Albert itself, however, and will require offshore drilling using floating platforms. Industry experts have said there could be large amounts of oil on the Congo side of the lake, which remains largely unexplored.

[TULLOW]

In December of 2008 – Tullow Oil – finds an oil field that will produce 200 million barrels of oil around Lake Albert in Uganda and then again in a couple of months – they find another oil field that will produce an additional 300 million barrels of oil. You can see the timeline of Tullow’s discoveries HERE.

ABC reports on President Obama signing a bill in 2010 which specifically focused on disarming the LRA:

The president in his letter noted that Congress passed “the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act,” signed into law on May 24, 2010, in which, the president said, “the Congress also expressed support for increased, comprehensive U.S. efforts to help mitigate and eliminate the threat posed by the LRA to civilians and regional stability.”

When the president signed that letter in May 2010, he said the bill “crystallizes the commitment of the United States to help bring an end to the brutality and destruction that have been a hallmark of the LRA across several countries for two decades, and to pursue a future of greater security and hope for the people of central Africa. The Lord’s Resistance Army preys on civilians – killing, raping, and mutilating the people of central Africa; stealing and brutalizing their children; and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Its leadership, indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, has no agenda and no purpose other than its own survival. It fills its ranks of fighters with the young boys and girls it abducts. By any measure, its actions are an affront to human dignity.”

October 2011 – President Obama sent in 100 American special forces troops to “protect” and train those in Southern Sudan, Uganda and the Congo.

February 28th, 2012 – after 6 months of negotiations – Tullow Oil inked a deal with both French and Chinese oil producers to drill in Uganda.

The Telegraph reports:

But Kony and his diminishing troops, many of them kidnapped child soldiers, fled northern Uganda six years ago and are now spread across the jungles of neighbouring countries. “What that video says is totally wrong, and it can cause us more problems than help us,” said Dr Beatrice Mpora, director of Kairos, a community health organisation in Gulu, a town that was once the centre of the rebels’ activities. “There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.”

The guy behind both Tullow Oil and Heritage Oil (the company with a stake in Lake Albert’s oil find is Tony Buckingham – CEO of Heritage Oil and former mercenary….the DailyMail in the UK writes about him in 2010:

Tony Buckingham – one of the most prominent names in the 1990s world of mercenary soldiers – is to pocket an astonishing £84.5m dividend from Heritage Oil.

China and Hong Kong have a very different view of the Uganda story given that China and the U.S. are in a resource war – the Asia times thinks that it is about oil:

So why Uganda? Enter London-based Heritage Oil, and its chairman Tony Buckingham, a former – you guessed it – “contractor” (ie mercenary). Here’s Heritage’s modus operandi, described by Buckingham himself; they deploy “a first mover strategy of entering regions with vast hydrocarbon wealth where we have a strategic advantage”.

Translation: wherever there’s foreign invasion, civil war, total breakdown of social order, there are big bucks to be made. Thus Heritage’s presence in Iraq, Libya and Uganda. Source

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