Friday, July 06, 2007

What Bono doesn't say about Africa - Los Angeles Times

What Bono doesn't say about Africa - Los Angeles Times:
"In truth, Africans are and will be escaping poverty the same way everybody else did: through the efforts of resourceful entrepreneurs, democratic reformers and ordinary citizens at home, not through PR extravaganzas of ill-informed outsiders.

The real Africa needs increased trade from the West more than it needs more aid handouts. A respected Ugandan journalist, Andrew Mwenda, made this point at a recent African conference despite the fact that the world's most famous celebrity activist — Bono — was attempting to shout him down. Mwenda was suffering from too much reality for Bono's taste: 'What man or nation has ever become rich by holding out a begging bowl?' asked Mwenda."
Precisely stated. No person ever got truly rich by stealing from another. Wealth must be earned.

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