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Live 8 gets mixed review

Danny Schechter gives the lowdown on the Live 8 concert from this past weekend. Side by side with stars like Paul McCartney, George Michael, and numerous international players who seldom get US radio play:
"There were leading NGOs and lobbyists advocating for controls on climate change, fairer trade, debt reduction and more aid. They have come up with policy proposals that already seem be embraced by some G-8 governments..."
Yet despite the fact that:
"Nelson Mandela said it would be a crime against humanity if governments ignored the demands of the public. 'Do not look the other way,' he demanded. 'We want action.' His was the only real political statement I heard in two hours of prime-time programming..."
Sparks yet again followed George Galloway (you may know him as that Brit who gave Republican Norm Coleman a lashing over the UN oil-for-food scandal a couple of months back). Galloway apparently dissed Bono and organizer Bob Geldof for engaging in delicate conversation with the likes of Bush and Blair whom they should be busy denouncing as war criminals.

Good point but it seldom gets you onto the MTV.

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