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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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  1. 101
    anon Says:

    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.

  2. 102
    Estelle Says:

    Thank you JJ for the new thread.

  3. 103
    sofia Says:

    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.

  4. 104
    angel Says:

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

  5. 105
    think positive! Says:

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

  6. 106
    Sam Says:


    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,

  7. 107
    STFU Says:

    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.

  8. 108
    * Says:

    #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?


  9. 109
    babababababababa Says:

    Blood relatives are very important
    Not really.

  10. 110
    sbc Says:

    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?

  11. 111
    the real tita Says:

    #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.

  12. 112
    sam why don't you buy IN touch and read the whole thing Says:


    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.

  13. 113
    Mr and Mrs Smith Says:

    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.

  14. 114
    angel Says:

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

  15. 115
    nila Says:

    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.

  16. 116
    juju Says:

    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.

  17. 117
    think positive! Says:

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

    Congratulations Angie!!!

  18. 118
    nila Says:


  19. 119
    nila Says:

    why are my posts not posting????

  20. 120
    originaltruth Says:

    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.

  21. 121
    the real tita Says:

    #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.

  22. 122
    Mr and Mrs Smith Says:

    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.

  23. 123
    nila Says:

    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.

  24. 124
    Anonymous Says:

    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.”

  25. 125

    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.

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