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jeff25624 said:
The ironic thing is, that even if the G8 leaders followed through on most of the "demands" of Live 8, it would not make a difference. The situation would remain the same.
The first live aid was a trumendous help in africa. They even had a girl who's life was saved thanks to Live aid she just got out of agricultural college. even one life saved is still better than saving none in my opinion.
 

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He's just a Contrarian.

If the demands posed by the Live 8 organisers were to be put into effect there would be a HUGE impact on global poverty, evcen though corruption and inefficiency would absorb some of the funds.

Or perhaps there is no problem, just like there's no global warming, and just like the Holocaust never happened.....
 

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Jackonicko said:
He's just a Contrarian.

If the demands posed by the Live 8 organisers were to be put into effect there would be a HUGE impact on global poverty, evcen though corruption and inefficiency would absorb some of the funds.

Or perhaps there is no problem, just like there's no global warming, and just like the Holocaust never happened.....
The problem isn't debt, it's the mindsety of the people themselves. They have to want to change, and for the better. The situation will never resolve itself. I mean, how many bilions and billions of dollars have been pumped into Africa already at this point? Has it it had the effect we hoped it would? Absolutely not. Throwing money and reducing debt does not change the fact that politically and socially, Africa is at a place we cannot reach.
 

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I WANT TO WATCH IT BUT AOL ONLINE IS SO SLOW!!!!

Singaporean TV doesn't air it either...In fact, it wasn't even on the news..
 

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The problem isn't debt, it's the mindsety of the people themselves. They have to want to change, and for the better. The situation will never resolve itself. I mean, how many bilions and billions of dollars have been pumped into Africa already at this point? Has it it had the effect we hoped it would? Absolutely not. Throwing money and reducing debt does not change the fact that politically and socially, Africa is at a place we cannot reach.
I do agree with parts of what you are saying. There is no doubt throwing money at the problem will not solve it. I do think that we can reach Africa though.

We need to educate them on how to produce food etc for themselves.

If the money raised could go into these type of programs which already do exist (one example - goats are delivered to farmers and they are taught how to make money from their milk etc and care for them) ... and more education in this area eventually things could improve.
 

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"I mean, how many bilions and billions of dollars have been pumped into Africa already at this point? Has it it had the effect we hoped it would?"

No. Of course it hasn't. But has it saved lives? Has it improved the situation in some of the countries? Yes, hugely. Can we in the West afford it? Yes, easily. Are we morally obliged to TRY to do something? Yes, absolutely.

Aid given to some African countries has been relatively well used, while in others it has been largely soaked up by corrupt Governments. That's not an excuse for doing nothing - it's a reason to target aid more precisiely, which is what those who backed Live 8 want to achieve.

It's easy to parrot the cynical view that Aid is something givcen by poor people in the developed world to rich people in the Third world, but that doesn't make it right.
 

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I just bought the Make Poverty History wristbands for £6 including shipping. I'm not much into wristbands (its too highstreet) but I thought it'd be the best way for us to make a contribution.

If 25p can save a life, I don't see why we can't give a try.

Maybe poverty won't be ended at G8 but its a realisable aim within 2 decades if we keep at it. For all the nonsense on the Iraq war and his "feud" with Gordon Brown, I think this is the legacy Tony Blair wants to leave 10 Downing Street with and its a good one.
 
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