Sunday, July 03, 2005

Live 8

Twenty years after a scruffy one-hit wonder first demonstrated his gift for lofty dreams and grandiose statements, hundreds of the world's top performers and more than 1 million fans united for 10 free concerts across the globe aimed at fighting African poverty. Bob Geldof claimed Saturday's shows would be "the greatest concert ever," and it was hard to argue with him after the unprecedented gathering drew everyone from Snoop Dogg to Bill Gates, Mandela to Madonna.

In Edinburgh, Scotland, more than 200,000 campaigners formed a human chain around Scotland's medieval capital, demanding that the world's most powerful nations lift Africa out of poverty. Launching a week of demonstrations before the G-8 summit, Saturday's "Make Poverty History" march piles pressure on U.S. President George W. Bush and other leaders to end the misery of millions in the developing world. Philadelphia's Live 8 attracted hundreds of thousands.

"Mahatma Gandhi freed a continent, Martin Luther King freed a people, Nelson Mandela freed a country. It does work. They will listen," Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof said. But the ultimate success of the Live 8 extravaganza will be judged by whether the world's most powerful leaders, gathering next week for the Group of Eight summit meeting, listen to Geldof's demands for debt forgiveness, trade concessions and $25 billion in aid for Africa.

"We're not looking for charity, we're looking for justice," Bono said. "We cannot fix every problem, but the ones we can, we must." I disagree with him because it's not a crime of developed nation if developing countries and their people are poor. Charity is MUST in this case, if someone really want to solve this problem. There is need to come with nation specific idea to overcome this problem with new development projects. Two thumbs-up for those who organized and performed in this event.

Live 8 is supposed to be world's big concert organized to fight with poverty. Hundreds and thousands people united at different places around the world. It's a good cause and I really appreciate it. But if you really think about the crowd or people gathered for this or about whole this thing, one question come in my mind. People were united to see or watch world's top performer live at stage for FREE or those people really do care about poverty. My bet is 50-50.

Music's over, now time for action people. Let's wait and watch what will be the outcome of GR-8 summit.


Gangadhar said...

Yeah..we shall wait for the outcome of Live 8!!

Nupur said...

Great concert...huh? :)

Mridula said...

The recent bombings in London seem to have a aim to disrupt G8 meeting. What a sad thing to happen anywhere in the world.