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Monday, July 04, 2005
Fifi, Peaches and Pixie
Maybe Bob Geldof will go down in history as the man who singlehandedly ended poverty in Africa.
Or maybe not.
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No one questions private voluntary organizations. Not the U.S. government, which needs to get rid of the food and wants to keep its aid bureaucracy functioning. Not the host government, whose officials often profit from the aid racket. Not the public, which sees aid workers as so many Mother Teresas. And not the press--especially not the press--which has, in recent years, become an integral part of the aid system.
The press's role in that system is to convey to the West the PVOs' view of Africa. And because the distribution of food aid is first and foremost a business, it is not surprising that the priorities of aid organizations dominate the West's image of the continent--an image of helpless nations in need of our support.
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-07-04 9:10:03 PM
This article is a must-read on African aid. Bob Geldof will only end African poverty in his dreams. Live8 was created simply for the edification of Geldof's and Bono's already super-sized egos. If either really cared for Africa and the plight of Africans, they would be living there and actively participating in its re-development. Both are farcical, but do a good job of suckering people.
Posted by: Old Mother | 2005-07-04 10:49:19 PM
The answers sound easy but i,ll bet that some would miss at of them becuase their educated at these rotten schools and the NEA
Posted by: trembling timberdoodle | 2005-07-05 12:08:54 PM
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