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Old 05-17-2004, 08:39 AM   #1
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(05-17-2004) Bono on the barricades - Salon*

Bono on the barricades

The rocker humanitarian talks to Salon about why he's hopeful America will do its duty helping Africa -- and how if diplomacy doesn't work, "I'm ready to be out on the streets."

By Geraldine Sealey

May 17, 2004 | Bono likes to call himself just a noisy rock star. But your average noisy rock star doesn't get nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and tell presidents and members of Congress what the nation's priorities should be. So much more than a token celebrity spokesman, Bono's gone from being one of world's greatest rock stars to one of the world's leading voices in the fight against the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of our time -- AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa.

But don't call Bono a rocker with a cause. "This isn't a cause, we all have our causes. This is an emergency," he said on Sunday as he launched the ONE campaign (http://www.onecampaign.org/) to convince Americans that we need to demand a more urgent response from our leaders to the crisis in Africa.

Bono, co-founder of Debt AIDS Trade Africa, which advocates for African countries, wants 1 percent of the U.S. budget devoted to AIDS and poverty in Africa. But Bono's still trying to convince President Bush and Congress to follow through on their last round of promises, including providing cheap antiretroviral drugs -- plentiful right here in our neighborhood drug stores -- to Africa, where every day 6,500 people die from HIV/ AIDS as another 9,500 get infected. (He'll be encouraged to read this.: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/17/health/17AIDS.html)

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Oh yeah, this sure was worth my time. Why don't you post the whole interview next time instead of just pretending to?

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