Wow, a concert which will have the effect of propping up some of the worst, most despotic governments which use some of the worst, most corrupt and backward economic systems in the world…and you’re complaining about commercials being placed on TV? Gee, I guess the first payment that Live Eight should have made would be to the owners of the station so that they bought all of the advertising time. After all, the airwaves aren’t free (well, putting signals into them isn’t free.)
How’s about another idea. Instead of trying to pressure the G8 to ‘forgive debt, subsidize their governments and (you’ve got to be shitting me) give NEW LOANS!?’
If I missed my car payments, a big fellow named Bubba with a towtruck would come over and take it. If I’m Zaire (I refuse to call it the Democratic (it’s not) People’s (if you count the tortured, raped, murdered, deported) Republic (they haven’t had an honest election since when? Colonial days?) of Congo (true)), I can get away with owing the US $10.1 BILLION (not counting IMF and World Bank debts) and get away with paying only $74 million a year, and stopping all payments in '93? Where’s Bubba?!
Perhaps instead of ‘rocking out’ to draw attention to the plight of Africans and their debt, lets figure a way to keep the debt from happening again. Say, forgive it and then deny them further funds? Or perhaps forgive the debt, then seize their mineral resources as collateral against reneging on the debt? If you or I take out a loan, they usually want some form of security on it. Why shouldn’t the cesspool that is the majority of Sub-Saharan africa?