Review of the Week – 5 to 11 March 2012
That Was The Week That Was
This week’s seen the spread of easily one of the best examples of a viral campaign: KONY 2012. The video, which went live on Monday under the YouTube channel of not-for-profit organisation Invisible Children, Inc, aims to raise awareness of the head of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony. But despite the film’s big success – it’s had over 70 million views in the space of the last seven days – some question the organisation’s actions. My friend, Borlase headboy and fellow Taplow Youth Choir singer, Remy Osman wrote his opinions on Facebook on Tuesday.
Controversial, but hold your horses on this whole ‘Kony 2012’ thing:
Just remember that the Ugandan military is using this as an excuse to enter other countries and exploit the Congo’s resources, while murdering and raping innocents. The Ugandan government is full of far worse criminals than Kony, and their president is responsible for millions of deaths. (I particularly reject the idea that Kony is “the worst war criminal in the world”.)
Also, Invisible Children lobbies for DIRECT military intervention in Africa. Didn’t we learn anything from our terrorist hunts in the middle east?
Just consider this before jumping on the emotional bandwagon…”
— Remy Osman, writing on Facebook, 6 March 2012
As we in the west woke on Monday, we learned that in Russia, Vladimir Putin had won his third term as President. But there’s claims of unfair practices and, as the Telegraph stated, “international observers reported widespread irregularities; the poll in Chechnya was 99.7 per cent in his favour, based on a 99.6 per cent turnout”.
On Wednesday, six British soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan after their vehicle was hit by an explosion. The biggest single loss of UK life in Afghanistan since 2006, the fatalities have caused the British death toll since 2001 to rise to 404. They were named on Thursday as Sgt Nigel Coupe, Cpl Jake Harley, Pte Anthony Frampton, Pte Christopher Kershaw, Pte Daniel Wade, and Pte Daniel Wilford. They had an annual age of 22, but five of them were 21 or younger.
Perhaps the most scandalous story of the week in western Europe is the news that Briton Chris McManus and Italian Franco Lamolinara were murdered by their captors in Nigeria, during a rescue operation of which President Giorgio Napolitano was not given advance warning.
And, in other news: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s son, Charlie Gilmour, is to resume his studies at Cambridge University, after serving a 16-month sentence for his role in the 2010 student fees protest. Coca-Cola and Pepsi have both been forced to alter their recipes after the state of California declared one of its flavourings, 4-methylimidazole, a carcinogen. And on Friday, Prince Harry enjoyed a game of rugby on a beach in Brazil, during an official visit to the South American country.
“One plea to all Brazilians, though. Please, please, if we show you how to play rugby, don’t do what you’ve done with football, and leave us wishing we hadn’t!”
— Prince Harry, whilst playing sports on Rio de Janeiro beach, 9 March 2012
Photo of the Week
This week’s Photo of the Week is not the most inspired shot, but I like it for its ability to show everybody working together to make biscuits for Mothering Sunday next week. Taken yesterday, a making the biscuits wasn’t as easy a job as one may imagine – to bake, decorate, and wrap them all took the best part of the afternoon, but for the smiles on the female church congregation members’ faces next week, it’ll have been worth it.
Quote of the Week
“I wish the other gays at Furze Platt would hurry the f**k up and come out, I know you’re there.”
— Jack Cooper, uncensored tweet, 10 March 2012
This Week’s Number One
‘And Finally’ Story of the Week
From CBBC Newsround:
After the UK’s surprise selection of Engelbert Humperdinck, Russia has now picked their entry – a group of grannies!
The Buranovo Grannies beat off a lot of glam competition to represent their country at this year’s contest in May.
The folk band performed in traditional red dresses and shoes made out of tree bark!”
More fetails about this story are available online from Newsround.