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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.


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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  • anon

    87 sbc : 11/15/2007 at 3:02 pm

    would you STFU about this? Marie Osmond has three adopted children should she or any other person who has adopted since Biblical times be supporting the “kin” instead of adopting them?
    You have no education whatsoever.

  • Estelle

    Thank you JJ for the new thread.

  • sofia

    God, Maddox’s Mug Shot – get over it, will you? Why are you still bitter about your break-up with Brad? That was 2.5 years ago! Geez.

  • angel

    96,i feel the same,i thing the writers are running out of materials

  • think positive!

    79 chris : 11/15/2007 at 2:54 pm
    You wrote a wonderfull post!!

  • Sam


    Are you guys saying that blood doesn’t mean much! WOW that is quite the statement. Blood relatives are very important. Are you saying that blood grandparents should not be allowed to see their grandchildren if they are adopted? They have every right. Yes maybe these people want to make money but won’t you if you were living in poverty and the person who took your child probably spends more on their toys then you will have in a lifetime? Really these people probably even read and gave up this child because they were scared. Let’s see how much compassion Angei really has towards those in this situation. If she has any she will arrange for them to meet.

    She won’t though because she couldn’t care less. Was the adoption legal. Oh yeah it was buyt that doesn’t mean it was moral,

  • STFU

    It would be nice if Angelina gave the poor grandmother a stipend every month. If Brad and Angelina are millionaires then their daughter’s grandma should not be poor.

    she didn’t want the kid, why would brad and angelina pay her? that’s insane.

    She gave Z to an adoption agency, that’s how it end their relationship with them.

  • *

    #52 I Don’t Get It : Of course the tabs want the JP’s to break-up. Think of all the spin the tabs can get out of it – why? who? where? when? what’s Mad got to do with it? did Z in anyway turn Brad and Angie against each other? what about Pax? how did he stick his fingers into it? poor poor Shiloh – abandoned by her evil mom at such a young age – how’s she to cope! will she turn into another Britney Spears as a result of this?

    And this is only the tip of the tabloid iceberg!!! Think of the years and years of spin as the kids grow up and the parents grow older – Angie an old hag…how Brad takes pity on her…and take her out for a motorcycle ride for old time sake! Kids in rehab…who’s to blame?


  • babababababababa

    Blood relatives are very important
    Not really.

  • http://sbc sbc

    I am just saying: Angelina is aware the grandmother is poor and is aware of her existence so why noto help her financially. If she did not know of her existgence then there is no one to help but how couild you enjoy Zahara everyday and yet know her grandmother is poor as dirt and not help her? Same with Madonna. You adopt the man’s son yet you know the man is dirt poor and do nothing for it? People like that should adopt kids whose families they do not know but if you are aware of the family’s existence then at least buy her a house or something to help her live her old days. At least Zahara can have someone to visit when she is an adult. The grandmother is responsible for Zahara being here so help her. That is all. What is so hard about that?

  • the real tita

    #63: bennie, you are wasting your words on sam. All she will hear is that Angie is bad and she needs to pay for taking Brad away from her idol.

    X is their poster girl for not so pretty or untalented woman done good. When the poseur lost the prince to a real princess, they were back to being the mediocre who somehow just got lucky once and never will again. Cinderella’s coach turned back into a pumpkin and she’s back in the kitchen scrubbing floors and talking to rats. They will forever hate Angie for that.

  • sam why don’t you buy IN touch and read the whole thing


    stop talking out of your ass and read In Touch.

    Zahara’s family is very happy that a 2 millioners save her and are raising her, if she was still living with them at this point she would be dead.

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    98 cheddar : 11/15/2007 at 3:10 pm

    Did Angelina write a book?

    Yes. It’s entitled, Notes of My Travels. You can find it here.

  • angel

    here we go again,now they should give the relatives money,this is stupid,some arguments by trolls?lunatics/jen hens are so lame

  • nila

    77 sbc : 11/15/2007 at 2:53 pm

    Angelina should keep the baby. It is hers legally. One question though: why is Zahara’s grandmother in poverty? Why don’t Brad and Angelina financially support her? Just like David Banda’s father. How can celebrities adopt poor kids and live with the fact that tehir kin is living in poverty? This is the tricky part of adoption. Angelina should support the grandmother. It is Zahara’s bloodline.
    Excuse me but.. most children adopted in the US are NOT orphans. Many are poor or in some ways not equipped to provide for a child. Should all celebs and americans who adopt from this country also provide for the bio families? this is crazy. You will be having people getting pregnant just so they can be taken care of economically.

    Why is Z’s grandmother in Poverty???? You obviously need to do some reading about the problems and hardships of other countries.

  • juju

    106 Sam : 11/15/2007 at 3:15 pm

    No they have no right!
    When a mother, a grandmother… gives a child to adoption (child that if wasn’t adopted by Angie and Brad would be dead) loses any right to the child.

  • think positive!

    I just finished reading the article. It was amazing!!

    Congratulations Angie!!!

  • nila


  • nila

    why are my posts not posting????

  • originaltruth

    I am just saying: Angelina is aware the grandmother is poor and is aware of her existence so why noto help her financially.

    The grandmother gave her away for adoption, why don’t you understand that? Angelina adopted her from the orphanage after the grandmother left her there. Angelina saved Zee’s life.

  • the real tita

    #70: Yay, Angie will be in another video game. I wonder if they will ever do a Beowulf? Yay, Angie…You’re everywhere…poor haters and trolls! Can’t find any respite from the JPs. Soon it will be the whole BAMPZS coming at you.

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    106 Sam : 11/15/2007 at 3:15 pm

    Oh please. You don’t give a damn about Zahara or her relatives back in Ethiopia. That I’m sure of 100%. For you and your kind, all it boils down to is that you hate Angie and to you she must suffer in any way possible.

  • nila

    most children adopted in the US are NOT orphans. Many are poor or in some ways not equipped to provide for a child. Should all celebs and americans who adopt from this country also provide for the bio families? this is crazy. You will be having people getting pregnant just so they can be taken care of economically.

    Why is Z’s grandmother in Poverty???? You obviously need to do some reading about the problems and hardships of other countries.

  • Anonymous

    News outlets, including Us Weekly, reported that Angelina Jolie’s black Versace pants split on the red carpet at the London premiere of Beowulf November 11.

    Though a seam appeared to be split in photos, her stylist Jen Rade tells it was a zipper.

    In fact, Rade says Jolie “even wore the pants home on the plane.”


    First of all, Jennifer Aniston is stunning and was declared the woman who sells the most magazines. Number two, I agree, Angelina should give the family money. If it was Jennifer, she would do it. She has a heart. I would imagine that is why Jen won’t adopt: because she knows she would rather not take a kid away from their Grandma without paying their Grandma some money. Instead, Jen gives money to St Jude’s. Poor Angelina, she does not know better. But she tries.

  • angel

    sbc,that will look like they are paying for the baby,this two have done so much,if we cannot support them we should let them be,am from Africa i know how wide spread poverty is and how horrible the orphanages are,these women are given us Africans a bad name,she should be greatful that z is healthy and happy,z could have had childhood diseases or died of malnutrition,brad and angie should be praised.let me assure you that am sure majority of people are not greedy as those people,you can be poor but still have some dignity,they spoiling it for other babies who need adoiptive parents

  • piper, with a low

    110 sbc : 11/15/2007 at 3:18 pm

    Angelina never met that woman and even if she did, she doesn’t owe her money.

    You seem to be confusing the Madonna situation with this. And Madonna doesn’t owe David’s father jack squat!

  • the real tita

    #70: oh, I forgot to thank ENERGY. Thanks for the link.

  • GladGladGlad

    95 MADDOX’s MUG SHOT : 11/15/2007 at 3:06 pm

    AFTER ONLY 5 MONTHS TOGETHER, ANGIE & BRAD DECIDED TO ADOPT A CHILD? Why else would the Ethiopian Adoption Agency have to examine the relationship between her and BRAD PITT? Since Jennifer Anniston filed for divorce in March 2005 and Zahara was adopted in July 2005, that would mean, if we are to believe them that they did not start the relationship until after the divorce papers were filed, that they were together ONLY 5 MONTHS! If this is the case, then that would also mean that THESE 2 CLOWNS HAVE THE WORST JUDGEMENT EVER AND SHAME ON THE ETHIOPIAN ADOPTION INVESTIGATORS!

    Angelina adopted Zahara as a single parent and made that very clear at the time. Brad went to Ethiopia as a friend. Maddox was on the trip as well. Brad wasn’t with her when she was united with Zahara. There is no provision in Ethiopian adoption law for unmarried couples to adopt. In fact, most countries with international adoption programs don’t allow adoption AS A COUPLE if you aren’t legally married.

  • juju

    110 sbc : 11/15/2007 at 3:18 pm

    Why just the grandmother? Why not the ants, the uncles, the cousins… hell the all family. That is stupid.

    Brad and Angie adopted a child, not the all family.

  • http://justjared bermy girl

    People do have a lot to say from the sidelines when this particular couple adopt.

    Zahara would not be here had she not been adopted.She would have died, according to the doctor. Isn’t it hypocritical to talk about blood relatives and scrutiny of Brad and Angelina when this vibrant little girl would have died?

    The true test of her birth family’s love is in their being happy that she was saved from that situation and is now healthy and part of a loving family.

  • think positive!

    It doesn’t take just blood and sperm to be a parent. Blood is not everything. There are parents out there who abuse their children daily. Should I call them parents because of sharing the same blood??

    Some people are really confused.

    As Brad said:

    “My kids are my blood as much as any natural born. I can’t live without them”

    It takes great strength and courage to raise a child that is not related to you. And it takes to work hard daily to be a parent. It’s the unconditional love and the commitment. Not just blood.

  • liz


    Jen was declared the woman who sells more magazines based on how she sells tabloids. And jen won’t adopt because she is selfish. If she had a heart..she would want to take a child into her home who might otherwise DIE…and since Jen is worth 110 Million dollars.. she must really also be greedy based on what YOU think because if not, she would adopt and give money to the bio family. Right?

  • sleepy

    Zahara was Brad’s first daughter. I don’t know why but the haters can’t stand it.

    121 Mr and Mrs Smith : 11/15/2007 at 3:27 pm


    Oh please. You don’t give a damn about Zahara or her relatives back in Ethiopia. That I’m sure of 100%. For you and your kind, all it boils down to is that you hate Angie and to you she must suffer in any way possible.

    So true and so weird.

  • angel

    124,are you from anothe world?huh

  • ms smith

    Excellent article. Angie is a very smart lady. Only at 16, she graduated from high school.

    She had a wild period in her life but now she’s such a wonderful person.

    I hope Lindsay, Paris, and Britney will find their good ways soon.

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    124 JENNIFER ANISTON IS STUNNING : 11/15/2007 at 3:27 pm


    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • benie

    Brad and Angie adopted a child, not the all family.


  • sofia

    Econo-people – I think you’re losing sight of the point here – the point is to spread the word about the atrocities in Darfur. Wonderful as Judge Mrs. Akua KUENYEHIA may be, do you think that the typical person would go out of his way to seek out her article? As evidenced by the number of people who have now read Angelina’s article and consequently learned about Darfur, she was very successful in spreading the word. So what if it was an actress who wrote it? So what if she’s no scholar? Does that make her any less compassionate; does that give her less of a right to feel that she has to say something about the genocide? And if ordinary people like me read Angelina’s article and as a result seek out more information, maybe even Judge Mrs. Akua KUENYEHIA’s work, then didn’t Angelina fulfil her purpose? Sad to say, it’s your elitist attitude that turn a lot of people off.

  • angel

    us liesly made the correction,good for them,i still will never buy tab rags

  • http://none linda

    Dirty “BASTARD REPORTERS” doing their dirty tricks again. Anyway the truth always prevail.

  • sofia


    Bwahahahaha! That is all.

  • ms smith

    I like Angie a lot but PLLLLEASE do not compare to Jen. They live their lives differently.

    Angie and Jen are both good people. More than 50% of marriage in US are dissolved. I think Brad and Angie are better match than Brad and Jen.

  • ewwwwww

    what is it about the word adoption that no one understands?
    adoption = give up all rights to a child forever and beyond. The world & the law doesn’t look too kindly to people appearing out of the woodworks and claiming anyone. This is ridiculous. People are acting like they don’t know what adoption is now. Lawd hammersy.

    Nevermind. I realize that they are being stupid so they can be trolls.

  • Yawn

    124 JENNIFER ANISTON IS STUNNING : 11/15/2007 at 3:27 pm

    Wrong thread dear.

  • http://t.c t.c

    good article.

  • wake up Americans

    American tabloid readers, it is time to grow up and demand the truth. Now that legit news outlet are calling out the lies, I think things are going to get better.





  • anon

    130 bermy girl : 11/15/2007 at 3:29 pm

    People do have a lot to say from the sidelines when this particular couple adopt.
    You’d think they created adoption the way so many have an opinion. Thankfully those opinions don’t count at all.

  • sofia



    I’m sorry for posting again. I’m still STUNNED.