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Angelina Jolie's 'Economist' Article

Angelina Jolie's 'Economist' Article

The Economist has published Angelina Jolie‘s article for their annual spin-off issue, The World in 2008. CLICK HERE to read the full article.

In other news, Angelina Jolie‘s adoption of daughter Zahara in July 2005 was completely legal, the agency involved said on Thursday.

Tabloids reported earlier this week that relatives of two-year-old Zahara, including a woman who says she is her birth mother, want the child returned to Ethiopia.

“The court in Addis Ababa approved the adoption after studying the document her grandmother wrote … saying her daughter, the mother of Zahara, had died and she was too poor to bring her up,” Tsegaye Berhe, the head of Wide Horizons for Children adoption agency told Reuters.

“The grandmother brought three witnesses to court who testified that Zahara‘s mother had died and that her father was unknown … The court also investigated the social status of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt before approving the adoption. [The adoption was] legal and irrevocable. The controversy is media hype by unethical journalists exploiting the poverty of the grandmother.”

In other words, reporters paid the relatives to raise the dispute.


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A year for accountability

Angelina Jolie, goodwill ambassador to the UNHCR, hopes for progress in bringing war criminals to justice

On a recent mission for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, I had the opportunity to visit a refugee camp in Chad just across the border with Sudan. Sitting with a group of refugees, I asked them what they needed. These were people who had seen family members killed, neighbours raped, their villages burned and looted, their entire communities driven from their land. So it was no surprise when people began listing the things that could improve their lives just a little bit. Better tents, said one; better access to medical facilities, said another. But then a teenage boy raised his hand and said, with powerful simplicity, “Nous voulons un procès.” We want a trial.

A trial might seem a distant and abstract notion to a young man for whom the inside of a courtroom is worlds away from the inside of a refugee camp. But his statement showed a recognition of something elemental: that accountability is perhaps the only force powerful enough to break the cycle of violence and retribution that marks so many conflicts.

I believe 2008 can be the year in which we begin seeking true accountability and demanding justice for the victims in Darfur and elsewhere. Through accountability we can begin the process of righting past wrongs, and even change the behaviour of some of the world’s worst criminals.

The international tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda have shown the way in convicting heads of state and generals for genocide and crimes against humanity. The UN-backed special court for Sierra Leone has already sentenced three former leaders of a pro-government militia to jail for war crimes committed during the country’s civil war in the 1990s.

In Cambodia, the joint UN-Cambodian court to try top former Khmer Rouge leaders with war crimes and crimes against humanity has begun calling witnesses. It has taken a long time to get even this far, but a trial is likely in 2008. In The Hague, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has begun trials of two of the Congolese leaders charged with fomenting killings and rapes amid the violence that has raged there for over a decade.

Make no mistake, the existence of these trials alone changes behaviour. Seeing the indictment of Thomas Lubanga and the detention of Germain Katanga by the ICC brought to mind a trip I had taken to Congo five years ago. In the Ituri region, where Mr Katanga’s reign of terror had been most intense, our group attended a meeting of rebel leaders. They had gathered in a field to discuss the prospects for a peace agreement—which were not looking very good. The conversation turned hostile and the situation grew extremely tense. At that point, one of my colleagues asked for the name of one of the rebels, announcing, perhaps a bit recklessly, that he was going to pass it along to the ICC.

It was remarkable: this rebel leader’s whole posture changed from aggression to conciliation. The ICC had been around for only five months. It had tried no one. Yet its very existence was enough to intimidate a man who had been terrorising the population for years.

Ending the cycle of violence

This is not an isolated example. Accountability has the potential to change behaviour, to check aggression by those who are used to acting with impunity. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor of the ICC, has said that even genocide is not a crime of passion; it is a calculated decision. He is right. Common sense tells us that when risks are weighed, decisions are made differently. When crimes against humanity are punished consistently and severely, the killers’ calculus will change.

My hope is that these examples of justice in the name of accountability will be just a few of the many to come. I hope that the Sudanese government will hand over the government minister and the janjaweed militia leader who have been indicted for war crimes by the ICC, and that the teenager I met in Chad will get to see the trial he seeks. I hope that those responsible for the atrocities in Darfur will be held to account, not only for that young man’s sake, but for the world’s.

Only through justice will we achieve peace. And only when there is peace will the world’s nearly 39m displaced persons and refugees be able to return home.

The strong preying upon the weak and the weak, upon achieving strength, extracting retribution: this is the nature of so many of the world’s conflicts. The role of aggressor and victim may alternate over time, the tools of destruction may become more sophisticated, but little else changes.

Despite the horror I have seen in my travels, the hopeful lesson I take is that we can begin to put an end to the cycle of violence and retribution that gives rise to war criminals and sets forth floods of refugees. Let 2008 be the year in which we see the principle of accountability put into action.

Angelina Jolie: The World in 2008 [The Economist]

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2,217 Responses to “Angelina Jolie's 'Economist' Article”

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  1. 51
    I don't get it Says:

    I don’t understand why these tabloids are trying so hard to break them up. If they are not together, how are these tabloids going to continue to make money off of them?

  2. 52
    I don't get it Says:

    I don’t understand why these tabloids are trying so hard to break them up. If they are not together, how are these tabloids going to continue to make money off of them?

  3. 53
    chris Says:

    of course tabloids using for media attention, because brad and angie & family are the well known hollywood superstar right now. once you mention angie and brad in your article, media notice right away. you guys, all the real people who has been following this couple, since the beginning of their unique relationship who love them, don’t let the bad tabloids going inside of your brain. I’ve been buying all magazines before, but when I found out that it all lies, I never buy the tabloid magazines since then. I only buy certain Magazine now, like People and Hello. Angie and Brad are the remarkable holywood star right now, I am starting to notice, matt,cheadle,leo for his passion towards the environment,Clooney(but I not totally yet), all the holywood star who is doing a great job helping other people, epecially the unfortunate, I applauded you all and I promise to support your movie by every movie you make, together we work better and make the world a better place to live. Hopefully, people doesn’t know anything will wake up and see the real truth and nothing but the real truth what is going on the world that we living in right now. Hope this will help to everybody, and stop writing nonsense and stupid accusation to someone you don’t even know. thanks jared for this oppurtunity!

  4. 54
    originaltruth Says:

    All the tabloid lies backfired this week, didn’t they?

  5. 55
    Felinelilly Says:

    Something occured to me yesterday with People retracting the “split pant” story. The story made it on the radio and I’d heard it for three days straight in their entertainment reports. They even had a “Call in and tell us if you’ve ever had it happen to you” segment. I haven’t heard anything on the station about the fact that the story was false. That means that millions of listeners probably still believe that Angie split her pants. It’s not a big deal, but that means that millions of trash readers will believe In Touch’s story, as vile as it is, because it’s now in circulation. All the rags should be shut down if they’re going to sink this low. They shouldn’t be allowed to freely attack children like this. It’s absolutely disgusting! The media medium right now is scary, but THANK YOU ANGIE FOR WRITING WORTHWHILE ARTICLES.

  6. 56
    aimee Says:

    I think its a generally well thought out article, the vocabulary is a little elementary (meaning it will be less likely to appeal to ir scholars or theorists, what have you) but the intention was there. I wish she would have used more facts, though…just to cover all the bases. At least she cared enough to take the time out to write the article. And it would be nice to see the ICC actually DO something :)

  7. 57
    African girl Says:

    7 Besane : 11/15/2007 at 1:45 pm

    Tabloid writers make their living out of catering to Jolie-Pitt haters (”MiniVan majority”) who are so desperate for any bad news for Angie. There are no shortage of resentful and insecure women who take their own misery out on successful, beautiful and talented Angelina. HATERS are the ones who are exploiting the poor grandmother in Africa. Shame on you.

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    It’s sad isn’t it…that instead of taking a page out of AJ’s book and do something worthy, these INSECURE women wait anxiously for her to fail.

  8. 58
    angel Says:

    54,yes,all the tabloid lies backfired,guys lets send it to other blogs

  9. 59
    daisy Says:

    Shame on you, unethical journalists! I stopped buying tabloids long ago. Not a good example. Very misleading and truly pathetic that they still lie to try and ruin Angelina. The girl is amazing and continues doing great things, not only for her children and Pitt but for the other people in the world! I read and love her article. More power to her.

  10. 60
    chris Says:

    Accountability will be perfect to end all this unfairness attitude. Thanks Jared

  11. 61
    STFU Says:

    Sam got all exited that didn’t read the statement from the adopcion agency lol

  12. 62
    Besane Says:

    52 I don’t get it : 11/15/2007 at 2:22 pm
    I don’t understand why these tabloids are trying so hard to break them up. If they are not together, how are these tabloids going to continue to make money off of them?
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    Right, tabloids will be reduced to keep assigning random ‘boyfriens’ one after another, to Miss Pity.

  13. 63
    benie Says:

    36 sam

    Angie was NOT at all rude in her comments about Madonna. Of course if you only read the tabloid account of what she said you might get that idea. She was asked about the adoption, and said:
    about her supposed quotes in a french magazine..

    “The article included many falsehoods,” Jolie said in a statement on Monday. “I said many positive things that were omitted. I feel we must focus on the present and I encourage everyone to be supportive so that every child can adjust nicely to their new home.”

    In an interview in Gala magazine, Jolie, 31, said of Madonna and her efforts to adopt 1-year-old David Banda: “Madonna knew the situation in Malawi, where (David) was born. It’s a country where there is no real legal framework for adoption. Personally, I prefer to stay on the right side of the law. I would never take a child away from a place where adoption is illegal.”

    But Jolie, whose son Maddox, 5, and Zahara, who turned 2 on Monday, are from Cambodia and Ethiopia, respectively, has sympathy for the singer. “I have been horrified by the attacks she’s been subjected to,” she says. “All that should count is the happiness of her little David.”
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    BTW, are you aware that Z was extremely sick when Angie adopted her? She would be most likely DEAD now if not adopted. but that isnt important to you is it..not as important as criticizing Angelina.

  14. 64
    Lady G Says:

    7 Besane : 11/15/2007 at 1:45 pm

    Tabloid writers make their living out of catering to Jolie-Pitt haters (”MiniVan majority”) who are so desperate for any bad news for Angie. There are no shortage of resentful and insecure women who take their own misery out on successful, beautiful and talented Angelina. HATERS are the ones who are exploiting the poor grandmother in Africa. Shame on you.

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    ITAWY, Besane.

    As the old adages goes….

    Women are our own worst enemy. And it’s so true!

  15. 65
    GladGladGlad Says:

    At least AJ is oblivious to most of this stuff. I remember at LA premiere of O13 some one of the TV airhead entertainment show hostesses said “oh we heard about the poem pendant Brad designed for you birthday blahblahblah” and Angelina had the most dead blank look on her face I’ve ever seen and said “I don’t know about that I got something else very sweet.” She really blocks this stuff out! I bet the Zahara mess eeked through ********!

  16. 66
    angel Says:

    lets make it ignore the trolls day,am tire of people like sam

  17. 67
    Mr and Mrs Smith Says:

    You know what I really LOVE? That NEITHER Angie nor Brad or any of their representatives made a comment about the Zahara story. Instead, the Ethiopian adoption agency is the one which made the official statement. I think OutTouch was expecting them to respond in some way, but, they must be somewhat disappointed that once again, their target isn’t paying them any attention.

  18. 68
    Lady G Says:

    65 GladGladGlad : 11/15/2007 at 2:33 pm

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    During Angie’s latest promotion for the movie ‘Beowulf’, Angie said that friends tell her what’s being written. So I am sure that she and Brad were told about the latest round of lies about Zahara’s adoption. I bet even Cindy G. got calls about it, too.

    When it comes to the children it’s a whole different ballgame where Angie and Brad are concern. It’s one thing to lie about them and another to lie about their children.

  19. 69
    WTF? Says:

    I don’t think it’s the Mini Van majority who reads these tabloids. They are into Martha & Oprah & Colin Cowie, Tiffany charm bracelets and having a Danielle Steele novel life.

    The people that read these seem to be lower income women (no disrespect) who thrive on misery. Then they can feel smug at the negative news and feel some sort of hollow satisfaction that even “these” people have problems. Pathetic….

  20. 70
    ENERGY Says:

    http://www.mcvuk.com/press-releases/33317/I-play-Acquires-Rights-for-Universal-Pictures-Wanted

    God read about wanted video game.

  21. 71
    ENERGY Says:

    http://www.mcvuk.com/press-releases/33317/I-play-Acquires-Rights-for-Universal-Pictures-Wanted

    Good read about wanted video game.

  22. 72
    tino tonatini Says:

    Angie she will pass this like other …if she gave Z gets back to Et you think she will have abetter life we all no absoulutely not so this luck littles girls she has it all they better bot scrued her life by gossip surrounding….

  23. 73
    the real tita Says:

    #36: sam, it’s karma to you that there are proof, evidence that the tabs lie about the JPs all the time. You’re like a darn barnacle, always clambering to any rusted ship that sails along. Don’t you ever learn? You can’t ever win cause you were a born loser!

    Fold that freaking tent and just live in a cave. That’s where you belong. You’re an annoying, repulsive excuse of a human being! Tsupiii!

  24. 74
    To Just jared Says:

    YOU ARE A HERO! God bless you.

  25. 75
    Reason Says:

    36 sam : 11/15/2007 at 2:12 pm
    I am sure that Z will want to see her real grandparent someday. Whether or not the adoption is legal bio parents and grandparents should always have rights to a child. Angie should take that child to see them. ________________________________________________________________

    1) Angie was in no way rude towards Madonna.

    2) Why should the birth family always have rights? When you think about it, blood doesn’t really mean much. Angelina and Brad are Zahara’s parents and they are her family now. End of story. I think taking her to see her bio family at such a young age would do more harm than good. When she’s old enough, she can decide on her own whether or not she wants to meet her bio family.

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