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G8 and Bono

Bono and AliWe had the G8 Summit 2013 in Northern Ireland on Monday and Tuesday last. Barack Obama's wife and children spent most of their time visiting TCD in Dublin, Glendalough Lakes in Wicklow, and attending a special presentation of Riverdance. When Obama joined them in Dublin on Tuesday evening the four of them joined Bono, his wife and two sons for a meal (fish and chips) in the south of Dublin. What is this telling us about G8 Summits and their real interests?

ONE is a campaign founded by Bono and friends about 10 years ago to call on rich and powerful nations to help Africa. Now it appears to be pushing African countries into agreements which allow foreign companies to grab their land, patent their seeds and monopolise their food markets. Ignoring the voices of their own people, six African governments have struck deals with companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, Dupont, Syngenta, Nestlé and Unilever, in return for promises of aid by the G8 countries.  In other words, ONE simply promotes a new wave of land grabbing in Africa.  To some, Bono is the ultimate celebrity philanthropist, the rocker who cajoles presidents into committing billions to help the world's poorest. But, according to Harry Browne's scathing biography (The Frontman: Bono (in the Name of Power), the U2 singer is an "ambassador for imperial exploitation" and a hypocrite who has failed to come clean over his own "murky" tax affairs".  (The band moved their business affairs from Ireland to the Netherlands in 2006 after tax breaks for artists were capped in Ireland). Browne maintains that "more than even his music, Bono's international work may be his most heinous crime".      

Comments

nothing monsanto touches will ever come to any good.
Just so.
We never stop destroying Africa:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175714/tomgram%3A_nick_turse%2C_blowback_central/

The Terror Diaspora
The U.S. Military and the Unraveling of Africa
By Nick Turse
Nothing good ever comes of Nestlé either.

Just what kind of company sells baby formula milk powder to areas in Africa where they know full well there is no safe water supply with which to make it up and makes all efforts to encourage local women to see this as 'better'?

Given my left wing Socialist beliefs, it will be as well that I don't kick off on the topic of the G8!
even as a conservative voter, I fully loathe what companies such as Monsanto and Nestle are doing. I think your views are shared by a great many. Maybe we should all be speaking up.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMMENTS.
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