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I just saw about 30 seconds of Bob saying 'it isn't good enough' on ITV news. He was obviously speaking for much longer but they didn't give him the air time.

Here's a news article on the subject:


Geldof gives U.N. 4/10 on poverty relief
By Mike Peacock

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rocker turned aid activist Bob Geldof gave world leaders an unflattering four out of 10 on Thursday for helping Africa beat poverty. 

The Irish campaigner, who championed the Live 8 global music campaign in July to "make poverty history", also said rich countries were backsliding on commitments to level the playing field on trade. 

Artist Bob Geldof (L) and British Prime Minister Tony Blair attend a briefing on world poverty named "Building on Glenagles," referring to the G8 summit held in July, on the second day of the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, September 15, 2005. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)
Two months after lauding leaders of the Group of Eight industrial powers for agreements on debt and aid at a meeting in the Scottish town of Gleneagles, he said a U.N. summit under way in New York had failed to live up to their ambition. 

"I'm not thrilled," Geldof told a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at U.N. headquarters. 

"We have actually seen a clawback on the language on trade at Gleneagles." 

Blair said it was time to call the bluff of leaders who promised to scrap tariffs and trade barriers that price poor African nations out of the market. 

He said world trade talks in Hong Kong in December would be the test of rich nations' commitment to help the poor. 

"If we have a failure ... it will echo right around the world. I am not prepared to have that, not without the most monumental struggle," Blair, who chairs the G8 in 2005, said. 

On Wednesday, U.S. President George W. Bush said in a speech to the summit he was prepared to drop all trade barriers if other trading powers did the same. Trade experts say the challenge was unlikely to be taken up. 

Bush also insisted the United States was committed to the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, despite earlier U.S. attempts to have the phrase deleted from the summit document. 

Geldof said the U.N. summit had failed to give new impetus to meeting those objectives on alleviating poverty and disease. 

"If that was the benchmark, then I feel a sense of disappointment ... it was suborned by other factors," he said. 

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atlast some news.there was one line on bbc about iit saying he gave them 4/10 but that was it.



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Nothing at all on BBC America, other than the summit itself and Kofi Annan, and then Mr Blair briefly but nothing about Sir Bob. Not so far, at least.

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"Suborned."  I love it when he uses those SAT words.



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BBC America  last night showed Sir Bob & Mr Blair addressing a UN forum, with Sir Bob indeed running his hands through his hair, looking askance, saying he gave their aid/poverty response a 4 out of 10. He looked embarrassed and upset, looked away from the camera. The same BBC broadcast aslo had two Hillary Anderson (reporter) reports on Niger, as the harvest is now in but that means no more outside food aid, besides the fact that many people actually cannot to buy the harvest food because prices are too high. Not a good report for either UN or Niger aid.

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why didnt they show that here?!!!!!!

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franna wrote:


"Suborned."  I love it when he uses those SAT words.

What does it mean

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to persuade somebody to commit a crime or other wrongdoing, for example to bribe another party to tell lies in court.or so it says in the dictionary

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Oh ok, thanks tango.

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Gosh this is an educational forum, isn't it?


Great word though. Very appropriate.



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