Bono In Africa

Debt-relief foes in Congress have warned that the benefits of debt cancellation would never reach the poor. We found the opposite. In each country that we visited on this trip – Malawi, Uganda, Ghana – the government is pursuing a meticulous and transparent process to ensure that budgetary savings from debt relief are actually channeled into urgent social sectors. The problem is not waste or corruption, the problem is that the extent of help from the United States and Europe is so meager in the face of the enormous crisis.

A piece about AIDS in Africa by Bono’s current brother-in-arms, Harvard economist Jeffrey Sachs. The piece goes on to mention a solo performance by Bono of ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ in Malawi last February, during one of his fact-finding missions. (Thanks to our anonymous tipster)

Lunch with Satan

The Guardian explains how Bono wooed Washington, and Bono comments on the threat of losing his street cred: “Edge was pleading with me not to hang out with the conservatives. He said, ‘You’re not going to have a picture with George Bush?’ I said I’d have lunch with Satan if there was so much at stake.”

On the other side of the pond The Voice of the Turtle – an online journal of left-wing politics and culture, is running a Bono ‘Pro and Con‘ piece.

WEF TV have uploaded ten minutes of fantastic footage of Bono addressing the World Economic Forum delegates, captured from German TV. Hear him speak out on Oprah Winfrey, Paul O’Neill, his recent trip to Africa, AIDS activism… it’s all there, and it’s all coherent (!). (stream / download)

He Is The World (Economic Forum)

Bono has certainly been making his presence known at this week’s controversial World Economic Forum meeting in New York City. A quick Yahoo! News search turns up several new articles and photos, and such surprising tidbits as a joint press conference with Bill Gates (where the man Bono dubbed “the pope of software” pledged $40 million to African AIDS relief) and this memorable quote: The lead singer of best-selling Irish rock band U2 has lent an air of popular legitimacy and urgency to this week’s gathering of the world’s rich and powerful that prime ministers and top corporate chieftains only wish they could attract. Screw the world leaders; it’s all about the pop stars.