gothwalk: (Default)
( Jul. 4th, 2005 10:51 am)
I'm somewhat bemused, somewhat amused, and somewhat despairing over the number of people who are saying "Live 8 is [insert negative] because any amount of money collected will make no difference in the long term".

People, you clearly didn't notice, but there was no money collected. The tickets were free, there was no donation method. That was not the point. Those people who are saying that corrupt governments in Africa are the problem - yes, that's what Live 8 was saying! Those people who are pointing to third world debt and trade barriers, yes, that's what Live 8 was saying. It really does your credibility no good when you rail against short term money collections by rich pop stars when there weren't any.

Let me summarise: Live 8 was about putting pressure on the G8 leaders to:

Drop third world debt
Dispose of trade barriers preventing Afican nations from exporting
Lend support to getting rid of corrupt governments in Africa
Increase aid to an actual meaningful level

Four items, very few of which have been comprehended by the naysayers. I hope the actual G8 were paying attention, but given the obtuseness of much of the population who were aware of Live 8, it's not awfully hopeful.

[Edit: [livejournal.com profile] hkim points out re: collecting money - That's not necessarily true. Each text for the London gig cost £1.50. I think about £3 millionw as raised. £1.6 million went to the Prince's Trust, a pay-off for cancelling Party in the Park. The rest covered costs, AFAIK.

So money wasn't collected for anything more than running costs.]
gothwalk: (Default)
( Jul. 2nd, 2005 09:45 pm)
Sting is onstage, singing "Every Step You Take" while the screens in the background show the faces of G8 leaders. Fantastic.
gothwalk: (Default)
( Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:57 pm)
I do wonder at the way in which the US Supreme Court situation and some missing troops in Afghanistan are getting more coverage in the US media than either G8 or Live 8. The term "liberal media" that gets chucked around looks like more and more of a red herring.
gothwalk: (hope springs eternally from my fist)
( Jul. 2nd, 2005 03:21 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] inannajones and I are intending to spend a good chunk of the day in front of the Live 8 concert being broadcast from Hyde Park in London. We've also got laptops here, so expect a fair bit of posting.

One of the major parts of Live 8 is the petition. Sign Here.

I'd like Live 8 to make a difference, and it's having the effect it's supposed to here at least - I'm thinking about the issues it's raising, poverty and global economies. There are some rumblings going on in the back of my head about the notion of anti-globalisation movement, which strikes me as a set of concepts that isn't going anywhere. I'd like to know what it's about before I dismiss it altogether. So tell me about it, please?

Good grief, Bill Gates just walked on stage...
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