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Old 06-17-2005, 07:09 PM   #1
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Great Article by Bob Geldof

June 14, 2005

Don't blink: the world is tilting on its axis
Bob Geldof


As long as Tony Blair doesn’t back down, he has an historic chance to make poverty history in Africa



A YEAR AGO, when I suggested to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown the idea of the Commission for Africa, I secretly hoped for a political breakthrough. I also hoped for tough public debate on what is clearly the greatest political problem of our time. How do we stop the pornography of poverty that is paraded across our television screens every night? How much can we do to stop that and how much can be achieved while there is such egregious corruption in many African governments? The success or failure of our efforts depends heavily on the willingness and ability of African governments to govern effectively and tackle corruption.


The level of debate on this island has developed into something extraordinary, something this country, the media and this generation should be proud of. And, thanks to the results at the meeting of G7 finance ministers at the weekend, that debate may actually come to a successful juncture with the political process, some time over the next month. If you’re interested in this stuff, then you live in exciting times, because we have helped to define the terms of debate for these times.



It’s been well covered that the Chancellor pulled off 100 per cent debt cancellation. But it must be clear that this is just a first step. Still hidden among the tedious small print of the “communiqué” (how demoralising to have become a summit geek) is that for the first time the Germans and Italians signed off on doubling aid — by committing themselves to give the magnificently generous sum of 0.7 per cent of their respective national wealth to foreign assistance by 2015. This goal has been put off for 35 years, and now they join the majority of the G7 who are committed to this goal. This is bigger than the debt deal, and makes the full achievement of the Commission for Africa’s goals ever more possible, though still, at this moment, just out of reach.

The doubling has not yet been secured because the Canadians, the Japanese and above all the Americans have not yet delivered future commitments on aid. That is Mr Blair’s job now. Canada is the only G8 member in real financial health, operating at a surplus; America’s President owes the Prime Minister a lot both politically and personally and has promised more, though as yet we’re not sure how much or in what form; and Japan, once the world’s largest donor, cannot be let off the hook. Live 8, the poverty coalitions and the Prime Minister need to focus on these countries to achieve the second piece of the debt-aid-trade package. The game is on.

Trade justice has not yet been secured. The finance ministers made progress on this at the weekend, demanding that a timetable be agreed by the Hong Kong trade meeting in December to get rid of the nauseating protectionism and subsidies that cause people to suffer in Africa. And they promised Africans the independence to decide for themselves when, and how, they should open their own markets to competition. On this one point there is some consternation about the debt deal from the weekend: I’m all for conditions that fight corruption, but not for those conditions that allow the IMF and the World Bank to meddle and micromanage economic and trade policy in these countries. It is quite ridiculous and irrelevant to demand as a condition of debt forgiveness that a country with no economy open its markets to us without demur. That makes no sense and has no advantages to us; Africa has a pathetic 2 per cent of world trade.

For the Prime Minister an historic deal is now in his sights. It could be his for the taking. Don’t back down. Don’t lower the bar. Don’t blink. Accept no half-measures or small-time initiativitis from the Americans, Canadians or Japanese. Know that especially in American and Canada there are growing, powerful domestic lobbies that are looking for historic outcomes at the Gleneagles summit. An entire country, and increasingly the global media, and a generation of Africans, are looking now to you. The spotlight is on your next move.

And as informed taxi drivers, bartenders and African citizens will now tell you, the right thing is this: debt cancellation, doubling aid, trade reform, delivered on an emergency basis and bound with tough conditions to ensure democracy, accountability and transparency from these governments towards their citizens, and the firm rooting-out of corruption. Remember that it was above all the African commissioners on the Commission for Africa who demanded the very toughest anti-corruption measures. The sceptical columnists are right: we must be accountable through the toughest standards to ensure new resources are allocated to the best-governed countries. This was always the fourth part of the debt-aid-trade-governance package. One cannot work without the other. That was clear always within the commission’s analysis.

And those who write that everything is useless, what do they propose? Nothing? We sit and absorb the ceremony of death played out live on our screens every night. Or we try. We at least try. And we try together.

Make Poverty History, the One campaign in America and Live 8 are indeed forcing change. The world is slowly, creakingly but surely beginning to tilt on its axis. It is for Tony Blair and the other heads of government and state in Gleneagles at the G8 summit to ensure they go further, all the way. Do more because you can, and do it now because you must.

To do nothing is intolerable. To do something is not enough. To do everything we can is our clear duty. And we are winning. See you in Edinburgh.

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This inspirational piece by Bob Geldof was from The Times Online from the U.K., 14 June 2005.


If you're able, PLEASE go to Edinburgh to be part of this most magnificent gathering of concerned people from around the world.


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Old 06-18-2005, 05:57 AM   #2
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Bob Geldof:
"This is not Live Aid 2.

These concerts are the start point for The Long Walk To Justice, the one way we can all make our voices heard in unison.

This is without doubt a moment in history where ordinary people can grasp the chance to achieve something truly monumental and demand from the 8 world leaders at G8 an end to poverty.

The G8 leaders have it within their power to alter history. They will only have the will to do so if tens of thousands of people show them that enough is enough.

By doubling aid, fully cancelling debt, and delivering trade justice for Africa, the G8 could change the future for millions of men, women and children."


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The five LIVE 8 concerts taking place around the world mark the start of The Long Walk To Justice.

Ahead of the G8 Summit, hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe will make their way by land, sea and air to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, to show the leaders of the world's richest nations that they must act to stop the scandal of extreme poverty.

The event will culminate on the eve of the G8 Summit on Wednesday 6th July with the final mass moment before the eyes of the world turn to those 8 men in that 1 room – one final chance to say now is the time, this is the year, YOU can make poverty history.

Wear a White Band
2005 offers a unique opportunity for everyone to come together and ask the G8 to make poverty history. LIVE 8 is one event of many around the world supporting the aims of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. The global symbol of the campaign is a white band. To find out how to get one, and for more information about what is happening near you, visit one of the sites below.

In the United Kingdom
www.makepovertyhistory.org

In the United States
www.one.org

In Canada
www.makepovertyhistory.ca

In France
www.2005plusdexcuses.org

In Germany
www.weltweite-aktion-gegen-armut.de

In Spain
www.pobrezacero.org

In Japan
www.hottokenai.jp

If your country is not listed above, please visit www.whiteband.org for a list of current international partner campaigns.

G8 Gallery
As part of The Long Walk To Justice a huge photo-campaign - The G8 Gallery - will see hundreds of thousands of pictures posted along two miles of railings in Princes Street, Edinburgh. This visual statement will show that you and millions like you, want our leaders to use the power they have to end poverty - for good.

If you make it to Edinburgh on Wednesday 6th July you can attach the pictures of you, your friends and your family to the gallery yourself.

If you can't be in Edinburgh you can send us your pictures and we will attach them for you. Details of where to send your pictures will appear here shortly.

Edinburgh 50,000
This is the final moment; this is the time for the G8 leaders to decide whether they are going to end poverty.

As the leaders fly into Gleneagle’s on the evening of Wednesday 6th July, a very special event at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium will signal the end of the Long Walk To Justice and the beginning of the G8 Summit.

Hosted by Lenny Henry and Peter Kay, the event will include some of music’s biggest names such as Annie Lennox, Snow Patrol, Travis, The Sugababes, Ronan Keating, Texas, Youssou N’Dour, McFly, Midge Ure and African artists from Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD plus a line up of very special speakers.

Together they will make a final call for the G8 to do what the world is asking them to do - put an end to poverty once and for all.


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This international movement for Justice for Africa is just TOO IMPORTANT for us to ignore!

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Thank you Jamila! I respect and admire Bob Geldof alot
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You're welcome, LadyRhia.

Bob Geldof is the conscience of we don't want to listen to.

He speaks the truth with no waffling and I love him for that.

I just hope that we can affect REAL change for Africa at that G8 summit.

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Yes I admire that he doesnt hold anything back and tells it like it is.

I hope we can too.I see a positive start that I hope continues.
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I am a huge fan of Bob Geldof. He's the guy the politicians really need to listen to.
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I think that since he is so brass,he is not taken as seriously as other people.I think they judge him on his colorful language,but if it helps....IMPO
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Check out the link on the home page of Interference for the link to a GREAT article in this week's TIME magazine with Bob Geldof and Bono.

Here is the first part of the interview - go to the link on the homepage for more.



Pooh-bahs of Poverty
Three big shots, eight very big shows. Bob Geldof, Bono and Richard Curtis talk to Josh Tyrangiel about what on earth they're doing with LIVE 8
By JOSH TYRANGIEL
Archive: Rocking the Global Village (1985)
TIME Archive: Rock Wrestles With Big Issues (1985)

Posted Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005
In 1985 Bob Geldof gave birth to Live Aid, the groundbreaking rock-concert series that raised $200 million for African famine relief. Bono of U2 and Richard Curtis (screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill) were there. That day inspired them to learn more about Africa and ultimately form their own antipoverty campaigns. Now the three friends are organizing Live 8, a series of free international concerts to be held on July 2 with unprecedented star power (Will Smith is host of a hip-hop-heavy show in Philadelphia; Pink Floyd will reunite in London on the same bill as U2, Coldplay, Madonna and Paul McCartney), all to pressure G-8 leaders to make debt forgiveness, fair trade and increased aid part of their Africa policies.

BOB, FOR YEARS YOU INSISTED YOU WOULD NEVER REVIVE LIVE AID. WHY?

BOB GELDOF Not to be immodest, but the first one was perfect in almost every sense. Artistically, people seemed to up the ante, and the performances were pretty great across the board. Huge amounts of money were raised, not a penny lost, and politically it elevated the issue onto the global table. The whole thing just worked, unbelievably. So you f___ with that legacy at your peril. Then there's the personal thing. David Bowie was on a high afterward, and he said, "Let's do this every year." I said, "Go on, you f_______ do it then." It's so exhausting, and you get into terrible trouble at home because you're not there at all.

RICHARD CURTIS I've already forgotten the name of my fourth child. [Laughter.]

GELDOF The thing that ultimately did it for me was their [Bono's and Curtis'] insistence. In retrospect I think maybe I was ambushed.

[TO BONO AND CURTIS] DID YOU COORDINATE YOUR ATTACKS ON HIM?

BONO Had there been real coordination, we would have been announcing this six months ago, not six weeks ago. It was all a bit haphazard actually. Bob didn't want to repeat himself, and he has a word he uses better than anyone else in the English language, and he just kept repeating that word followed by "off." [Much laughter.] I remember saying, "Look, Bob, if you don't want to do it, please, just don't tell anyone," because the mere threat of staging it at some point actually keeps a fair bit of pressure on certain politicians.

YOU ULTIMATELY DECIDED TO TIME LIVE 8 AROUND THE G-8 SUMMIT. ISN'T IT A BIT ODD TO STAGE A ROCK CONCERT AROUND WHAT'S ESSENTIALLY A POLICY MEETING?

BONO It's proof of how far we've come. The difference between this era and the original manifests itself in the Drop the Debt campaign. It's the journey from charity to justice. From the tin cupping of Live Aid—big cups, sure, $200 million cups—to now, when $25 billion is on the table, and we're not begging for it. Over the years, with the Make Poverty History campaign in Europe and the One campaign in the U.S., we have moved into real politics and real activism. We've cultivated a constituency so that now, when those eight men meet on a golf course, we can apply real pressure to them.

CURTIS We are living in a world where 50,000 people die every single day of simple poverty, and it's not treated like a crisis. There's got to be a moment, an explosive moment of concentration on this issue. The point of Live 8 is to provide the colossal, dramatic moment where everybody gets to grips with it.
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Jamila - thanks for the good material to read. You, Bob Geldof (and of course Bono!) are true crusaders!
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Thanks, hotpepper, those are very kind words.

Only God knows how true they are, but I do love and respect both of those men very much.

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