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Bono exposed as a complete fraud

‘Bono’s positioning of the west as the saviour of Africa while failing to ­discuss the harm the G8 nations are doing has undermined campaigns for justice and accountability.’

It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq.

At one point Geldof appeared, literally and figuratively, to be sitting in Tony Blair’s lap. African activists accused them of drowning out a campaign for global justice with a campaign for charity.

But this is worse. As the UK chairs the G8 summit again, a campaign that Bono founded, with which Geldof works closely, appears to be whitewashing the G8′s policies in Africa.

Last week I drew attention to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, launched in the US when it chaired the G8 meeting last year. The alliance is pushing African countries into agreements that allow foreign companies to grab their land, patent their seeds and monopolise their food markets. Ignoring the voices of their own people, six African governments have struck deals with companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, Dupont, Syngenta, Nestlé and Unilever, in return for promises of aid by the UK and other G8 nations.

Bono of U2 new world order puppet

A wide range of activists, both African and European, is furious about the New Alliance. But the ONE campaign, co-founded by Bonostepped up to defend it. The article it wrote last week was remarkable in several respects: in its elision of the interests of African leaders and those of their people, in its exaggeration of the role of small African companies, but above all in failing even to mention the injustice at the heart of the New Alliance – its promotion of a new wave of land grabbing. My curiosity was piqued.

The first thing I discovered is that Bono has also praised the New Alliance, in a speech just before last year’s G8 summit in the US. The second thing I discovered is that much of the ONE campaign’s primary funding was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, two of whose executives sit on its board. The foundation has been working with the biotech company Monsanto and the grain trading giant Cargill, and has a large Monsanto shareholding. Bill Gates has responded to claims made about land grabbing in Africa, asserting, in the face of devastating evidence and massive resistance from African farmers, that “many of those land deals are beneficial, and it would be too bad if some were held back because of western groups’ ways of looking at things“. (Africans, you will note, keep getting written out of this story.)

The third thing I discovered is that there’s a long history here. In his brilliant and blistering book The Frontman: Bono (in the Name of Power), just released in the UK, the Irish scholar Harry Browne maintains that “for nearly three decades as a public figure, Bono has been … amplifying elite discourses, advocating ineffective solutions, patronising the poor and kissing the arses of the rich and powerful”. His approach to Africa is “a slick mix of traditional missionary and commercial colonialism, in which the poor world exists as a task for the rich world to complete”.

Bono, Browne charges, has become “the caring face of global technocracy”, who, without any kind of mandate, has assumed the role of spokesperson for Africa, then used that role to provide “humanitarian cover” for western leaders. His positioning of the west as the saviour of Africa while failing to discuss the harm the G8 nations are doing has undermined campaigns for justice and accountability, while lending legitimacy to the neoliberal project.

Bono award from Queen Elizabeth II

Bono and awards from Queen Elizabeth II

Bono claims to be “representing the poorest and most vulnerable people“. But talking to a wide range of activists from both the poor and rich worlds since ONE published its article last week, I have heard the same complaint again and again: that Bono and others like him have seized the political space which might otherwise have been occupied by the Africans about whom they are talking. Because Bono is seen by world leaders as the representative of the poor, the poor are not invited to speak. This works very well for everyone – except them.

The ONE campaign looks to me like the sort of organisation that John le Carré or Robert Harris might have invented. It claims to work on behalf of the extremely poor. But its board is largely composed of multimillionaires, corporate aristocrats and US enforcers. Here you will find Condoleezza Rice, George W Bush’s national security adviser and secretary of state, who aggressively promoted the Iraq war, instructed the CIA that it was authorised to use torture techniques and browbeat lesser nations into supporting a wide range of US aims.

Here too is Larry Summers, who was chief economist at the World Bank during the darkest days of structural adjustment and who, as US Treasury secretary, helped to deregulate Wall Street, with such happy consequences for the rest of us. Here’s Howard Buffett, who has served on the boards of the global grain giant Archer Daniels Midland as well as Coca-Cola and the food corporations ConAgra and Agro Tech. Though the main focus of ONE is Africa, there are only two African members. One is a mobile phone baron, the other is the finance minister of Nigeria, who was formerly managing director of the World Bank. What better representatives of the extremely poor could there be?

U pay tax 2

As Bono and his bandmates took to the Pyramid Stage, activists from direct action group Art Uncut inflated a 20ft balloon emblazoned with the message “U Pay Your Tax 2?” exposing U2′s offshore tax avoidance.

If, as ONE does, an organisation keeps telling you that it’s a “grassroots campaign”, it’s a fair bet that it is nothing of the kind. This collaboration of multimillionaires and technocrats looks to me more like a projection of US and corporate power.

I found the sight of Bono last week calling for “more progress on transparency” equally revolting. As Harry Browne reminds us, U2′s complex web of companies, the financial arrangements of Bono’s Product RED campaign and his investments through the private equity company he co-founded are all famously opaque. And it’s not an overwhelming shock to discover that tax justice is absent from the global issues identified by ONE.

There is a well-known if dubious story that claims that at a concert in Glasgow Bono began a slow hand-clap. He is supposed to have announced: “Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies.” Whereupon someone in the audience shouted: “Well fucking stop doing it then.” It’s good advice, and I wish he’d take it.

Bono hanging out with some other NWO criminals: 

Bono with Obama

Obama…the teleprompter reading president who bombs kids for a living and gets a peace prize.

Bono and Al Gore

The inconvenient lie that is Al Gore.

Bono and Clinton

Bill Clinton…where do I even start with this guy?

George W. Bush, Bono

Wanted war criminal George W. Bush Jnr.

Bono with Lindsey Graham

War mongering senator John McCain.

Bill Gates and Bono

Mr Eugenics himself Bill Gates.

Bono and Tony Blair

Wanted war criminal Tony Blair.

Bono and the Queen

Madame evil and best friend of mass pedophile Jimmy Savile, Queen Elizabeth II.

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The world government exposed
Covered-up: Prince Charles’ links to mass pedophile Jimmy Savile
The Prince and the Pedophile: Charles’ connections to pedophilia networks
David Icke exposing Bilderberg and the truth about the Royal Family
To even ‘imagine’ toppling Queen means life in prison
The Great Culling has begun
Bill Gates admits to chemtrails

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jun/17/bono-africans-stealing-voice-poor

173 comments

  1. Excellent article. No act stays on top this long unless they are getting a lot of help from the PTB. Even The Beatles were a Government psy-op. You’re OK – until you don’t follow the script – as John Lennon and George Harrison found out. Geldof is another piece of work. As his wife Paula Yates and her lover Michael Hutchence of INXS found out, you can NEVER cross a Knight of the Realm and get away with it.

    • How could I be so blind as to the link with the Hutchence murder. Thanks. Got any low down on why Stuart Adamson was murdered?

      • Just from a quick look, nothing really comes to mind. SSRI’s perhaps? There’s always the Mafia/Music industry angle – the same ones that got Bobby Fuller in 1966; suicide by swallowing gasoline? I don’t think so …
        Maybe he started making public statements about 9-11?

  2. Bono and the rest of the CUNTS (including the biggest cunts of all, the Americunts).

    May they rot in hell.

    • Please rephrase “Americunts” to the “American governmentcunts” if you would. Not all Americans are happy about their federal officials, or state officials, OR city officials. Not all of us are happy at all with what has been transpiring behind the curtain at all.

    • With respect, as a UK citizen, I have found my experiences in the US
      as very happy and 99.9% of Americans as kind and understanding, people
      who DO care about fellow humans all over the world. Having said that, US foreign
      policy should take a fucking walk. It does not represent the majority of decent,
      upstanding US citizens.
      Blackie

      • As a canadian citizen, I agree and back you up 100%.

      • Thank you! I am an American who cannot stand what our government is doing to our country and other countries!!!!! Sadly, a lot of Americans are just now waking up to this fact….because of media brainwashing and misinformation. The American people want no part of this!! If you want to swallow everything you’ve ever been told about us without confirmation…go ahead, but I guess that those who hold that judgement might just deserve to rot in hell as well?

      • THANK YOU! I am an American as well, and I try to back up Obama as much as possible to get rid of all the 19th century freaks that stand in his way. I am a frequent supporter of the ONE campaign, also co-founded by Bono.

        • You obviosly have not been saturated by his back catalogue of bullshit.

          I’ve just looked him up on Prikipidia(c) and it’s all there, give him an inch and

          he’ll give you a smile!! An awful ride altogether!!

        • If you did any kind of research on him, you would know that he was given knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, co-founded Prouduct Red, ONE, and EDUN. He also is widely recognized by Amnesty International and Burma Action, along with being awarded the Philadelphia Liberty Medal.

        • It is entirely due to research that I so confidentally espouse my view upon this wankers choice to top the wankers league. I was both blessed with luck and great judgement in watching his Emptiness prancing around a stage 34 years ago next February the Sickened and then again on 27th of July in Leixlip and I remember thinking that’s the prick I saw in Galway 6 months ago, everything he has uttered since is as nothing to anyone free in mind . I am quite certain that none of their stuff is self penned and absolutely not buy him, this is self evident on reading or trying to read his Elvis “POEM”, unbelieveably bad and only released to ease his ego, which must have taken an awful wallop after we replied to his artistic streak, which he stroked us with and our reply was codswallop. There is nothing a greedy man will not do to both provide for himself and then to try proving that it was all his own work when in reality it was the blood soaked sweaty tears of others who provided the genius he is so lackin of!! The Queen is biggest constitutional thief on the planet!! The medals are provided by big egos to enhance huge ones!!

        • Yeah the poem was crap, but everyone has a talent! Music and philanthropy are his, and he can do better without talent in poetry. You said, “There is nothing a greedy man will not do to both provide for himself and then to try proving that it was all his own work …”. HE DOESN’T NEED TO PROVE IT!!!! How do you know Steve Jobs wasn’t the founder of Apple?!? People witness these things and see the person build it up on their own, starting from a note posted inside a high school to form a band! WAKE UP!!! Perfect excuse, saying that he could be a fraud, when all the other entrepreneurs in the world have basically that same and identical record. If you have seen U2 in concert within the last 13 years, then you would understand that he is legitimate, and would be awake rather than asleep. Thirteen years asleep constitutes a heavy sleeper, but a light thinker. He personally got thanked by Aung Sang Suu Kyi when she got released from house arrest in Burma. Where did you get your research from about him being a fraud and taking others credit? Probably from some place like Fox News.

        • How much do you make for your fluffing bono ? Or is it a labor of love? Maybe more?

  3. Bono is a once in a generation dickhead.

  4. mediocre music
    mediocre man

  5. Rubbing elbows with those in power, is a Bono staple. Of course he is playing every angle of financial gain. if he was only so skilled, at helping the third world. these last five years, i am really not sure, what that aid and care is. Thomas in Vancouver Canada

    • The ‘Third’ world can help themselves.

      The most educated and able ‘third world-ers’ live in the Western nations at the moment.
      Free them, and allow them to run their own country.
      Obama the Mulatto could rule in any number of African countries and as
      a one-eyed king would be appreciated.

      At least he could teach them irrigation techniques.

      yes?

      daedalus

  6. This article is brillIant!!
    About time someone exposed this criminal.

  7. That is John- crazy ass -McCain and not Graham …

  8. Is anyone surprised, really? An entertainer that isn’t an elitist? Only a moron could be so naive. Hollywood / LA / New York / London..these are cities run by one group, zionists. They undermine societies and governments with subversion and deciet. They rile up the young with false movements against injustice, preach communism and socialism, not to bring people to together for peacful cooperation, but to instill in them the hive mind so that they can collectively destroy the tenents of the pillars of society, individuality, family and the right to freely profit from your work. Britan was conquered by deciet, Russia, Germany, and for the past 100 years the United States has been under the control of the zionists. They have even created the false sense of opposition in our two party system. The truth is there is no Republicans and no Democrats. They are the same and work towards the same ends, destruction of the people of United States, while at the same time feeding our young useful iditos in the armed forces into the furnace to further the goals and empire of their homeland, Israel. Bono is a tool of the zionists, the same that run Israel and control most of the “western” governments.

    • nice, you said it all in a nutshell

    • “First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin…”
      - Leonard Cohen.

    • Help, nurse, nurse, he’s out of his bed again!

    • @Glop, I know right? WTF are all these Fayx News loving morons coming from?

      • You and Alice are obviously trolls…how many hundreds of King O’s phony twitter accounts are you two running, by chance? Throwing out the reference to Fox (faux) News gave it away. They are NWO shills just like the rest of the MSM, and we proud “tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorists,” or TRUTH SEEKERS for short, put NO stock in anything broadcast by those hacks. You useful idiots should know by now this is the case.
        Bitches, please!

    • Criticizing Israel is a completely different thing that being anti semetic – Glop is %100 right. Where the hell did ll these Nazi fools suddenly appear from during an informative and interesting discussion?

    • Then why did a progressive thinker (for the United States) like Obama, pick Bono as such a model for his election concert in 2008?

      • Obama ? A progressive thinker ? You must be out of your fucking mind. The man is guilty of several counts of treason, he should be behind bars. He’s no more than a mouthpiece for the global elites who are using the US to do their dirty work in the Middle East while undermining the US economy to bring it down cutting the path for their Fascist world government.

      • Because they are both attention whores and boot licking weasels looking to be seen as important.

      • Obama is a globalist puppet. And Bono is demonstrably on the payroll.

        Judge them by the fruits of their actions.

        But if you don’t see that by now, you probably don’t want to & never will…

        Good article!

  9. This schmoozing dickhead needs to have his ass kicked. I’m willing to stand in line to do so.

  10. Don’t worry about Bono’s taxes, he doesn’t pay any because he actually has no income. U2 are, at this point, wholly owned and scripted. They do not write any of “their” songs and have not for quite some time, if ever. This is why they advocate for the death programs in Africa.
    Bono is nothing more than a mouthpiece for his corporate masters. In short, Bono is a CUNT!

    • Glad you’ve got the inside scoop, Gandolph. Too bad you’re entirely wrong. He may be a c-nt but they write their own music. If you’re going to bash people, at least be well informed.

      • Anyone who feels they need to wear some cheap sunglasses to create an image………they are messed-up. As far as music goes, good band. Only thing “cheap-sunglasses-dude” is a front for the real talent behind him.

    • Bono was blackmailed by the Zionist elites along time ago. Now he is just one of the Zio puppet boys

    • I must agree with your comments. He’s either just another dumbassed rockstar seduced by the attention that the global elite give him or as you said just a self serving asshole who has sold out for a pocket full of silver. He must see how he’s allowed himself to be exploited; what the fuck’s wrong with him !!

      • So how is Bono a “rockstar seduced by the attention the global elite has been giving him”? Name one example for that! Bono clearly believes in the causes he supports, otherwise he would not be going to those third world countries and clearly helping them. You see, there are some good people in the world who wish to do good for it, and just get pleasure out of the act of helping others. I do, that’s for sure. I volunteer at a senior living home, and it brightens my whole day to see their smiling faces among the multiple struggles they face on their own. If Bono is being “exploited” in the name of service, he clearly is enjoying it and is proud of the work he is doing in Africa.

        • Just read the article, Tim – it’s not THAT difficult!!

        • After his presidential address, yes, a progressive thinker! He wants to and intends to reach across the aisle to the conservatives, so the conservatives can understand the desperation and need that the poor are in in the United States. Obviously some low moral development on the conservative side, but this article is biased against Americans. Although I am a liberal/democrat, one of Bush’s best things that he did in office was help out with fighting AIDS alongside Bono in Africa. Clinton, despite his reputation, the guy has solid morals about what needs to happen in our country. He even put us into an economic surplus, which Bush then promptly got rid of. Everyone has their faults, but with Bono leading international alliances, where is your reasoning that the Nobel Peace Prize judges are deluded? How can that many people that approve of him be deluded. I think it is you that is deluded, because the world desperately needs what Bono is saying that he’s trying to accomplish. Do you have any news articles from reliable sources that say that Bono is harming the African people in any way? And Obama, as he said in his address, intends to stop our war. He’s right, we cannot create the laws he wants to put in effect without the majority of the country helping too. I suggest that you read his address.

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/full-text-of-obamas-2014-state-of-the-union-address/2014/01/28/e0c93358-887f-11e3-a5bd-844629433ba3_story.html

      • He would not be famous if he wasn’t a Zionist-Jew, just like Beiber. Prove me wrong…..

  11. Better read up on Ms. Suu Kyi a little more.

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