Celebrities passing themselves of as humanitarians is always, always, always something to be leery of. As in, run the other way! Bono/Geldoff were two of the biggest celebrity frauds. Think LiveAid and Bono the venture capitalist
Billions of dollars raised for African famine relief by celebrities Bono and Bob Geldof have instead funded civil war across the continent, says terrorism expert Dr Loretta Napoleoni.
That huge amount of aid, which includes money from the United Nations and donations generated by Live Aid for Ethiopia, organised by Geldof, and the Live 8 concert in 2005, organised by Bono, has instead “served as a rogue force, notably as an important form of terrorist financing” in countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya. Ethiopia, for example, received $1.8 billion in foreign aid between 1982-85, including a large contribution from Live Aid; $1.6 billion of that, she points out, was spent on buying military equipment.
That is the case in the relationship between Bono and [American economist] Jeffrey Sachs, who is among the people who caused the chaos of the transition of the former communist countries into free-market economics.
I do not believe the narrative of Bono and Geldoff as naive waif like persons. Ditto for Sean Penn. This is a way to make money. This is the way to exploit for future profitable ventures.
Ukraine crisis is uniting democracies in Europe and Pacific but complicating relationships with China, India and Gulf states
Amid all the green on the UN scoreboard, however, there was also a fair spattering of yellow, 38 abstentions of countries still sitting on the fence in the most recent vote on Thursday. Those include the world’s most populous countries, China and India, representing more than a third of humanity between them
Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy’s question to the European Council about taking sides was directed specifically at Viktor Orbán, the prime minister of Hungary, whose government voted for a UN resolution deploring the attack on Ukraine, but has been adamantly opposed to energy sanctions, providing arms to Ukraine, or even letting arms supplies cross its territory.
On the UN security council the US and its allies have been especially annoyed at the non-committal role of the United Arab Emirates, normally seen as a reliable US ally in the Middle East. But increasingly the Emiratis’ de facto ruler, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has found common cause with Moscow in opposing radical Islam and democracy in the region. The crown prince of Abu Dhabi has declined calls from Biden and infuriated Washington just over a week ago by inviting the Russian-backed Syrian (leader) dictator, Bashar al-Assad, for a state visit, opening a door out of isolation.
In this looming civilisational contest, the most important swing vote is India, the one major democracy not to oppose the attack.
Not only did the government of Narendra Modi abstain at the UN, failing to even mention Russia in its bland description of the unfolding catastrophe in Ukraine, it is also working towards setting up a rouble-rupee trading mechanism that will help Moscow avoid dollar-oriented sanctions
“I think we would certainly all acknowledge and agree that when it comes to votes at the UN, India’s position on the current crisis has been unsatisfactory, to say the least. But it’s also been totally unsurprising,” Rapp-Hooper said.
China’s abstention is of another kind, one that conceals support rather than reflects ambivalence.
Oh yes he did. As daft as he is he stated the goal exactly. Biden states plainly what has been a goal for years- Overthrowing Putin. Balkanizing Russia
White House official asserted that Biden was “not discussing Putin’s power in Russia or regime change.”
Dmitry Peskov told Reuters: “That’s not for Biden to decide. The president of Russia is elected by Russians.”
The Americans haven’t concerned themselves with that reality. Ever. Others selecting their own leader has been an inconvenient nuisance that can be spun away with just the right propaganda such as R2P. Making mass murder palatable.
The ministry noted that Ankara held talks with Russia and Ukraine regarding the incident later in the day.The movement of ships through the Bosphorus was temporarily suspended, but resumed later in the day.
In the meantime, reports suggest that another mine has been spotted near the popular tourist destination of Agva.Previously, reports suggested that multiple mines installed by Ukraine in the Black Sea, had left their anchors due to a storm and drifted away, posing a danger to ships in the Turkish straits.