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I wish I had been listening more carefully to the news this evening. If I had, then I would be able to let you know the name of the charity providing humanitarian aid in Africa that had criticised Geldof for re-releasing the same single.
As the lyrics concentrate on famine caused by drought the charity is concerned that the wording of the song does not accurately portray the current problems faced by the majority of Africans, namely those caused by war and civil unrest.
They were quick to point out though that they didn't want to discourage anybody from buying the single.

This is the point though, whether people are buying the single because it'll make them feel like they've done their bit to help, or whether the whole ego/publicity fest has meant that others will instead make a donation rather than buy the single. At least more money is being thrown at the problem.

It would be nice to see the money raised go to humanitarian charities working not just in Africa, but anywhere in the world that their help is required most.


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Good post Johnny, nice to have a spot of righteous vitriol with your lunchtime plum duff... :wink:

It's true though, how pathetic are these pop people? If Bono really is resentful that someone else is stepping in and re-using his original line then he's a bigger twat than I thought. It's an awful line anyway and the whole point about Band Aid 2004 is surely that it's new (er crap) bands not the original old lacquered haired buffoons from 84 or whenever it was.

I also just noticed that old Live Aid has been released on DVD. Please someone tell me that all proceeds will be going to the new cause...

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It was crap the first time around. And Geldof is even more pompous than Bono.


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I wonder if Chumbawamba will re-release their "Pictures Of Starving Children Sell Records" in response as they did to the original!

Whilst we parade pictures of undernourished black children, we set the limits on our understanding of starvation. We hold the picture up high for all to see. We say, "this is reality". In our minds Africa and the rest of the Third World becomes as big as this picture... and invariably the words beneath the picture say only "Give Generously" or "They Need Your Help." Never "This is what we are doing, with our insatiable taste for luxories". Never "This is what we have done with our tradition of slavery, genocide and exploitation." Worst of all, that picture, and the myths which surround it, never prompt us to ask why...

We exchange this picture, this symbol of helplessness, for our own helplessness. Someone passes a plate around and we put in our loose change. At the same time as feeling compassionate, we feel guilty - and yet we never dare to admit that the picture also symbolises our ignorance, our decadence. We feel shocked, and want rid of the picture; a few pennies buys us the quickest escape route, as we carry on eating ourselves to death from the same plate.
The picture of the starving child is real, but only if we detach it from the lies which usually surround it. It is real when we discover that it is the organised viciousness of the capitalist system, and our part within it, which causes famine. Getting rid of the picture means replacing guilt with action and solidarity. It means overthrowing the entire economic political order. Until then, starving children will continue to sell the notion of a caring, sharing West.

"It is a common myth within capitalist thought that the individual through drive and hard work can become a capitalist. In the USA, it is usual to refer to an individual like John D Rockefeller as someone who rose 'from rags to riches'. To complete the moral of the Rockefeller success story, it would be necessary to fill in the details on all the millions of people who had to be exploited to become a multi-millionaire. The acquisition of wealth is not due to hard wark alone, or the Africans working as slaves in America and the West Indies would have been the wealthiest group in the world."

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