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Dirk39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-06-05 11:09 PM
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Live 8: Corporate Media Bonanza
Live 8, "the greatest concert" ever aired live, has been presented to World public opinion as an "awareness campaign" in solidarity with Africa. Its stated objective was to put pressure on the Group of Eight leaders (G8) to increase foreign aid flows and cancel the debt of the World's poorest countries.

In the words of its promoter Bob Geldof, Live 8 has provided a "unique opportunity" to save a continent from a humanitarian disaster.

The Live 8 concerts organized in the eight major industrial countries (as well as in South Africa), however, were not intended to raise money for the World's poorest countries.

In fact quite the opposite.

Live 8 is a multimillion dollar undertaking, which will result in huge profits for its corporate sponsors including AOL Time Warner, the US based media giant, the Ford Motor company, through its Swedish affiliate Volvo and Nokia, the cell phone company, not to mention Britain's EMI Music Group, which has entered into a highly lucrative arrangement with the Live 8 organizers.

AOLTime Warner controls the US broadcasting rights which it has licenced to the Walt Disney Company for broadcast TV on ABC and a myriad of affiliated TV and radio stations, including Premiere Radio Networks, XM Satellite Radio and Viacom's MTV Networks (for cable TV). AOL also holds the exclusive online rights for the event on the internet.


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Dirk39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-06-05 11:48 PM
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1. Woman of substance

Bianca Jagger accused Geldof of 'sleeping with the enemy' by cosying up to Tony Blair.

Woman of substance

She said: "When the relationship between celebrities and politicians becomes a mutual admiration club than that is really worrying."

Indeed it appears Bob Geldof is not a popular man among these groups as this sentiment was repeated in the Usher Hall across town by veteran South African freedom fighter, and Robben Island inmate with Nelson Mandela, Dennis Brutus.

He said: "Somehow the focus has shifted to entertainment which is a distraction from the much more serious issue of life or death. We have been duped into an approach to a problem by offering a solution which is no solution.

"The G8 is the source and engine of our suffering, our pain and our oppression. Instead of poverty, it is the G8 we should be making history of."

Fu*k Geldorf, Fu*k U2, Fu*k Pink Floyd, Fu*k Madonna. They should earn their next Millions elsewhere...

Shut them down,

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