You don’t win 14 Grammys feeding Africans

The satirical geniuses [genii? – Ed] at The Onion perfectly pre-empted Amnesty International’s decision to give U2 their 2005 Ambassador of Conscience Award for ’21 years of commitment to equality’.. with this article, “Rest Of U2 Perfectly Fine With Africans Starving”, replete with quotes from the music-playing part of the band – “When Bono starts telling the audience how messed up the world can be and how we should work together to make things better, I usually just zone out.” heh

  • Mickhall

    I realize Bono makes himself an easy target with his endless traipsing around the rich and powerful’s white houses and palaces, but increasingly more of us are beginning to view him in much the same way as we do Smashy and Nicey, the two ‘DJs’ who were obsessed with their own ‘charity work’.

    I suppose instead of shaking all these President’s, PM and Popes hands Bono would do more good for the economically ‘down trodden’ African if he were to pay for a hit man to Knock them off. [or take them out in americanese] The truth is if Bono or his little brother Geldof were any threat to the people the likes of Bush represents he would not get in a hundred miles of the White House or the Vatican come to that.

    Of course the media is well aware of this, but loyally play their part and give exposure to self publicists like Bono, as it is part of the democratic charade that our political system is encased in. Look they say in wonder, even a silly pop star can get to meet our great leaders and give them a piece of his mind on the great unwashed behalf, ain’t democracy great.

  • spartacus

    not much more to say mick. you’ve nailed it.

  • Mark_Baxter

    Yeah, he should probably just stop because sure whats the point eh?
    /sarcasm off

  • Keith M

    I have no problem with Bono going around supporting whatever cause he wishes, what I do object to is that he takes advantage of Ireland’s generous taxconcessions to artists and then tells our government how it should be spending other people’s tax money.

  • Cynic

    “Make Bono History”?

  • 6countyprod

    So what have all you enlightened cynics ever done for Africa or Africans? Let’s hear your resumes!

    Reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt:

    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

  • ch in texas

    Amen. 6countyprod, It seems that Bono is taking heat here for hobnobbing with the pols. I think Bono said it best, somethink like if you want to help Africans with Aids, you have to go to those in power aand persuade them to contribute. He basiclly said don’t piss off the drug companies with boycotts, b/c they’re the ones with the drugs!

  • As mentioned, Bono is the front for the impression given to people with regards to democracy. He’s no commoner, regardless of the role of he’s playing.

  • Mickhall


    The trouble with the likes of Bono is that they refuse to accept Pres Bush and the drugs companies re-aids are part of the problem, his refusal to use the public muscle that is undoubtedly behind him, instead relying on his imo somewhat limited personal attributes to sweet talk these front men of capital is a major error.

    One only has to see the total failure of neo-liberal economics in the third world and combating aids in Africa to understand this. A country like Mexico which exports its people to the USA and with which it has a free trade agreement which it sticks to the best it can can only manage 1% growth whereas China and Vietnam to name two countries that refuse to go down this road have over five percent. What this tells me is like most things in life you must have horses for courses. Again the majority of third world nations followed the diktats of the world Bank and IMF and privatized their state industries etc, allowed unrestricted access to foreign capital have done less better than those states who refused the IMF model of one size fits all. South Korea and Taiwan are to good examples here. Check out there progress in comparison with the south American nations who went done the World bank/IMF road? Incidentally this has resulted in a massive backlash in the americas developing against the US government. [chavas etc]

    As to aids, almost all US aid to Africa on this matter now comes with strings attached, i e no condoms, abortion, etc. If the softly softly catch a monkey approach works so well, where is the meat.

    Hope your good lady is still protesting the war about time you gave her your support 😉

    All the best.

  • Mickhall, Yes, the old trouble ‘n strife is still aganst the war. Whenever I get my conservative mag in the mail, she tells me the latest installment of Mein Kampf is on my desk! Damned red-haired irish women!

    You throw out so much, it’s had to pick a point to start at. I can’t see how Pres bush is part of the problem, when he pledged 18 billion for African aids at G-8. Sure it has strings attached. You can’t give that kind of money to any President for Life in an African country without strings.

    It’s interesting that you hold out 2 communist countries as having high growth. Have you seen what China is doing to its enviroment to maintain that growth? Or the way it treats its coal miners in order to fuel that growth? It’s not pretty.

    I’ve got to express some ignorance about IMF workings, but it seems to be big in currancy stabalization.

    Well, gotta get some sleep so I can put in one of those 12 hour American work days, workin’ for the man! Cheers.

  • Mickhall


    Your right, China was a poor example on my part. I have just read the excellent biography of Mao by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, it made an old lefty like me shift very uncomfortably in my chair.

    Don’t work to hard,