http://reuters.myway.com/article/20...3_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-GROUP-LIVE8-SATURDAY-DC.html Like throw free concerts, costing tens of millions of dollars? And these efforts will actually affect people to ask themselves to be taxed more in order to fund the poor in other countries. I'm confused, what is this really, but just another publicity stunt? Think away! Because obviously we continue to rape Africa of its resources without fair payment. :bj2: No, America freed several continents, Abraham Lincoln freed the blacks, and George Washington freed a country. And a fine effort it was, 20 years ago. I even fasted for 48 hours to raise $200 through pledges, when I was a Freshman in H.S. Utter bullshit. We do not need to give more aid to a continent full of failed Democracies. THEY NEED TO CHANGE. And of course we'd be happy to help out a free government with the full package of aid progams. Consult the multitude of other freed tyrannies, using military force sponsored by the USA, and now successfull Liberal Democracies, which exist all around the world. Sending all the Mugabi's in Africa a cool billion each isn't going to buy freedom for Africa. Any food aid will obviously be doled out by the government, its troops being first on the list. Reference Somalia. People like this who call America ignorant of the world obviously don't remember that jet travel is an American invention, which we use to travel the world in far more numbers than any country in the world. What a dumb comment. To send money (in unmarked bills?) Uhh, let me get this straight. We send money or direct aid over to these half-baked African tyrannies, and they'll stop the genocide of their own. Got it. Feh. *Puts fist in the air in the name of stopping the willing G8 genocide of the poor black Africans.* We make a difference every day with millions of lives. Starting with the AIDS drugs 'evil' American drug companies financed, and ending with the constant aid organizions the US sponsors, we're doing plenty to help a people who have never had the sense to help themselves, and overthrow their old tribal and despotic governments. I doubt anyone at the live 8 concert would sponsor real military action to solve such problems in Africa. No, just dole out more money to be used and abused by the current regimes. Great. Exactly what I expect from a 22 year old student. Moving on... Umm, yeah. More of a certainty, given the last 50 years of our aid programs. I look at the news, I see the murder of Christians by Muslims, the eviction of all White people from their property and the destruction of a countries infrastructure, and a constant brain drain from formerly capable Democracies in Africa. I sure don't hear of any famines though. Malnutrition, probably, but mass starvation? Don't think so. North Korea has the monopoly on that these days. This rock concert raised my awareness of how much Madonna sucks as a singer without a recording studio to edit in some kind of singing versatility, and how she is so pitifull trying to speak in that new British accent of hers. These are pitifull number for a free, big name concert. Of course, Canada and France never give a political sacrifice for Africa, anyway. But Bush pledging 15 billion in fighting AIDS was a BIG political risk. And Americans were okay with it. So we throw some of our own money at Putins' new Russia, and that's going to solve their problems? White people trying to get all mushy and emotional over Africa must be a real hoot to these people. I mean, like, do they give a shit about us? Obviously not our own security problems. No, it's just our money. It was the Western Anglo-Saxon world which developed technology and then enabled mankind to survive well enough to even consider charity as an option. African nations consider the concept of charity a foreign cash cow... they're themselves incapable of using their own resources to help end conflict on their own continent. And this is a CHOICE, not a matter of troop shortages. Which is where this grand idea of 'getting out the message' is defunct. Why perform in South Africa in order to 'raise awareness' of African poverty and try to extort more money from Western governments in order to stop the seemingly unstoppable. And not only did they pick the wrong country to visit in order to raise this awareness, they managed to piss off the local 'Black Musicians Freedom Brigade' who make it clear that only black people have a right to step in and try to change their way of life. And maybe they have a point.