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(en) Ireland, Working Class Resistance #10 - Its Official: POVERTY MADE HISTORY! --- um, sorry, no not really.

Date Wed, 21 Dec 2005 08:25:09 +0200

Before the Live 8 concerts and Geldof's Long Walk to Justice in
Edinburgh a person died due to poverty in Africa every 3 seconds.
And hidden behind the headlines that followed the London bombings
have Bobs 8 men done anything to change the world by making
poverty history. The short answer is no of course.
As journalist John Pilger put it "The truth is that the debt relief the
G8 is offering is lethal because its ruthless 'conditionalities' of
captive economies far outweigh any tenuous benefit. This was taboo
during the G8 week, whose theme was not so much making poverty
history as the silencing and pacifying and co-opting dissent and
So after the Make Poverty History campaign welcomed the G8 leaders
to Scotland asking "them to deliver trade justice, debt cancellation
and increased aid to developing countries"? (and yes Bruce
Whitehead of MPH actually did say that) the only countries eligible for
'debt relief' are the 16 who have adhered to the principles of
privatisation of services and deregulation of business. And 'debt
relief' only applies to relief on the interest payments over ten
years, leaving these countries with 70% of their 'debt' still to
While Geldof has declared his world-wide jamboree a resounding
success even Tony Blair has been forced to concede that the G8 have
not eradicated poverty in Africa.
In Africa after the Make Poverty History Campaign, after the ONE
campaign, after the Live 8 concerts and the Long Walk to Justice a
person dies every 3 seconds due to poverty. The celebrities however
have stopped clicking their fingers. Maybe they've learnt what our
ma's taught us at an early age "“ you can't just click yer
fingers and get handed whatever you want.

From the Pages of Working Class Resistance, magazine of


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