Theroux Slams Bono's African Ideas

American travel writer PAUL THEROUX has slammed BONO's poverty awareness tactics - claiming the U2 star has no idea about what third world countries really need to tackle their problems.

Theroux, who has written extensively about Africa and penned the travel memoir DARK STAR SAFARI, is concerned Bono is doing more harm than good by "badgering people for money" when education is the real key to Africa's redemption.

He says, "There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can't think of one at the moment.

"I would not send private money to a charity, or foreign aid to a government, unless every dollar was accounted for - and this never happens.

"Dumping more money (on Africa) in the same old way is not only wasteful, but stupid and harmful; it is also ignoring some of the more obvious points.

"Bono not only believes that he has the solutions to Africa's ills, he is also shouting so loud that other people seem to trust his answers."


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antes que nada hay que saber lo que es el concilio para opinar en contra de una persona y la forma urbis como debe ser explicada porque yo no soy ni gringa ni mexicana pero si una venezolana que quiere que se arreglen las cosas en el mundo atravez de la sintesis misionera porque nuestra mision sanar con la palabra muy bien que ellos hacen con su voz y sobre todo que para cada cosa existe un calendario tambien hay que saber lo que es una eclesia en africa para hablar de las uvas en el tiempo porque las misiones son universales y en ese momento entra tambien el dinero cuidado y no un banco porque el espiritu santo es persona viva en todo aunque usted no entienda lo que estoy escribiendo porque antes de tocarle algo sagrado a dios hay que saber lo que es la familia porque hay estar preparado para tocarles las cosas a dios y si no hay economia en un hogar no se come( .... ) si entendi lo que dice el texto...
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Dumping money on Africa is not the solution to the problem, nor do I believe that is Bono's intent. But money is needed for things like education, vaccines, and cancellation of debt. Without the debt cancellation, there is no way to end the cycle of crushing poverty that exists, and debt is only one element of that poverty. There also exists extreme corruption, greed, drought, famine, etc. Of course the monies given ought to be accounted for and unless I am grossly mistaken, Bono has addressed this.Theroux doesn't like being hectored by an Irishman in a cowboy hat. Too bad. That same Irishman has possibly set into motion a chain of events that may ultimately save the lives of millions of people. If he offends or annoys a few people along the way, who cares?
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Theroux does not know what he's talking about. What has he done to save anyone? Nothing that comes to mind. If it wasn't for people like Bono and others nothing would ever be done to help erradicate the emergency in Africa,and the 22nd century there would still be more Africans dying that it would probably erradicate a whole continent. Is that what Theroux wants?God Bless Bono, because he's doing the Lords work! Are you Theroux?Happy Holidays,Robyn
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concessum.....The maternal love of the Catholic Church embraces all people. As you know, venerable brother, the Church from the beginning sought to completely eliminate slavery, whose wretched yoke has oppressed many people. It is the industrious guardian of the teachings of its Founder who, by His words and those of the apostles, taught men the fraternal necessity which unites the whole world. From Him we recall that everybody has sprung from the same source, was redeemed by the same ransom, and is called to the same eternal happiness. He assumed the neglected cause of the slaves and showed Himself the strong champion of freedom. Insofar as time and circumstances allowed, He gradually and moderately accomplished His goal. Of course, pressing constantly with prudence and planning, He showed what He was striving for in the name of religion, justice, and humanity. In this way He put national prosperity and civilization in general into His debt. This zeal of the Church for liberating the slaves has not languished with the passage of time; on the contrary, the more it bore fruit, the more eagerly it glowed.etc....spanish gerl
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Who has done more for Africa - Bono or Theroux? Bono has focused attention on Africa more than anybody else on this earth. If Theroux wants to help Africa, he should work with Bono not against him. Bono may not be absolutely perfect, but he is trying with his whole heart as hard as he can...
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here here.work with him, not against. this man theroux' comments are shocking.
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If Theroux had educated himself At All! about what Bono's doing he would have found that Bono firmly believes and expresses this belief, that the answer is not just pouring money down a rat hole, he's a complete advocate of aid with accountability - otherwise forget it, you will not get aid. Bono has said, at least a thousand times, and I know because I read and watch what he's doing very closely, that he wants your voice not your money.This is the concept behind the One Campaign. Maybe you should check this out, Theroux, before you start slamming Bono. As a writer, you look like a fool when you talk about someone you obvisously have not read much about.
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