An Appeal From Bono - Page 2 - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Free Your Mind > Free Your Mind Archive
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-05-2005, 11:18 AM   #16
Rock n' Roll Doggie
sue4u2's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: hatching some plot, scheming some scheme
Posts: 6,628
Local Time: 11:42 AM
I recently recieved the Annual Report from AFRICA so I'm armed with all the information I need when someone ask "How do I know where the money is going".

Good job everyone!!!

sue4u2 is offline  
Old 01-06-2005, 06:33 AM   #17
The Fly
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: manila
Posts: 145
Local Time: 04:42 PM
Thanks Jamila for posting that article.
You must have all read the article about the short clip shown on BBC during New Year's Eve which highlighted children scrounging thru a mountain of garbage here in my country the Philippines. Everybody's question in mind probably is how could a country such as mine, so rich in natural resources, who boasts of having one of the highest literacy rate in Asia, and whose 2nd language is English , allow this thing to happen. Like a lot of countries in Asia, here is a country where you can see the big gap between the rich and the poor. I am no economic or business expert, but my being a keen observer of what's going on around me made conclude that while it is sometimes considered cool to bash the rich for their decadent ways while their poor brothers die of hunger, one must also keep in mind that some the rich need not necessarily be blamed simply for being so. In the last two decades, a lot of good and bad things have happened in terms of economic relations between the rich and poor countries.
In short, new trade agreements and globalization had so tilted the world's economic status quo that some countries like ours may not be ready yet or have been able to catch up. Or worse, certain factors were overlooked such that the small players had been put in the losing end. Anyway, I can not go to greater extent discussing this because it is still best to "leave it to the experts." But maybe that is why organizations like DATA have been put up. Rich countries should not just give and give donations and money. The poor do not want to be beggars forever. They also want to stand up on their own... if only they would be given a fighting chance against the giants of global trade.

desire25 is offline  
Old 01-06-2005, 06:44 AM   #18
Rock n' Roll Doggie
dandy's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: styrofoam peanut commune
Posts: 4,310
Local Time: 01:42 PM
Originally posted by desire25
Rich countries should not just give and give donations and money. The poor do not want to be beggars forever. They also want to stand up on their own... if only they would be given a fighting chance against the giants of global trade.
that's an excellent point.

charity is great, but we need to find ways to create/support self-sustaining initiatives, through education, hospitals, and locally run development projects. if we can help implement the tools that will allow people to stand on their own two feet, to develop their potential, then the world will be making some progress.

dandy is offline  
Old 01-06-2005, 06:51 AM   #19
Rock n' Roll Doggie
sulawesigirl4's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Virginia
Posts: 7,416
Local Time: 11:42 AM
just a quick addition on the idea of FAIR TRADE. Living here in Mali, this has been a real concern that I have seen. Cotton is the major crop here (I believe Mali is either the 1st or 2nd largest producer in AFrica if not the world) and the country is one of the very poorest on the planet. But farmers can't even make ends meet because of the huge subsidies given to Western farmers which drives the global price down. These are the very people that scratching along on pennies, trying to make a living, hand-to-mouth and it's unconscienable that the global trade system is so heavily balanced in the favor of countries that are already filthy rich.

So that's my small piece. From the ground in Africa.
"I can't change the world, but I can change the world in me." - Bono

sulawesigirl4 is offline  
Old 01-06-2005, 09:54 PM   #20
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Jamila's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,454
Local Time: 10:42 AM
thank you both, sulawesigirl4 and desire25, for your contributions to this thread.

I think it's of utmost importance that people in the developed world listen to what those in developing countries say - that they don't want charity but a FAIR CHANCE to trade their goods on the world market in order to improve the living standards of their countries.

This message is slowly reaching the powers that be in global trade and world politics - largely in part to the efforts of Bono and others to focus on FAIR TRADE with developing countries.

Thanks for everyone's thoughts and ideas so far.


Jamila is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:42 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright ©