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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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  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    242 BEAUTIFUL : 11/15/2007 at 4:54 pm

    EVERYONE ON EARTH HATES HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ALL HOLLYWOOD HATES HER
    _______________________________________________

    And the 6,631,386,689 people in the world thank you for thinking for them and telling them how they feel. :)

  • hehe

    2. Angelina Jolie
    Genuine concern for the well-being of less fortunate people is a noble pursuit, but shameless self-promotion in the guise of humanitarianism ultimately becomes nauseating. Traveling the Third World with a small army of stylists and publicists, the one-time Lara Croft feels like an unholy mix of Mother Teresa and Paris Hilton: look at the poor, but make sure you get me in my best light. Ironically, more people saw her in Cambodia or Namibia than in “A Mighty Heart.”
    Anti-Freeze: How about adopting an American kid and making movies that people want to see?

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    Now what loonies???????????????????????????????????????????????

    Brad is the best choice of boyfriend if you want the world to hate you and have no career left.

    Jen was on that list on 2006 and the loonies tought it was legit, now what??????
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    LMAO! She’s done. Finally people are sick of her, keep thinking that the world loves her lol

    Her public career is done. She should STFU about her “donations”. A lot of people does more than her and don’t talk about it every 5 seconds.

    KARMA BABY

    BRAD IS SO MUCH BAD LUCK

  • angel

    242,your words show that you are the real lunatic,gush,you must be dreaming,this lady has already done so much at her young age,people line out at premiers to see her,she is a UN representative,,she won evey award out there,what is there not to love?haters wake up your boat is sinking

  • perhaps Grammar school would be a good idea for You ?

    252 hehe

  • think positive!

    251 Mr and Mrs Smith : 11/15/2007 at 4:59 pm

    242 BEAUTIFUL : 11/15/2007 at 4:54 pm

    EVERYONE ON EARTH HATES HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ALL HOLLYWOOD HATES HER
    _______________________________________________

    And the 6,631,386,689 people in the world thank you for thinking for them and telling them how they feel. :)
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    Is this the number of the voices in her head?? DAMN!!! LMAO!!

  • astrid

    So what if she’s in the Frigid 50? How credible is that website and why their opinion is any different than other bloggers who dislike Jolie? Everyone has the right to their opinion, so does Film Threat, but to say that a reason for Angelina to somehow redeem herself is to adopt an American kid is the most xenophobic racist piece of sh*t I hear from Americans. Not all Americans, thank God.Adoptions are a personal choice and a child’ life is saved no matter where he lives in the world. You know that the same people would say she adopted American to improve her image so it doesn’t really matter. I’m glad she continues to do her thing despite bigots, racists and narrow-judgment a*holes everywhere.

    Now, I have to agree with sbc here for a moment. I love both of them and their family. But if Zahara’s bio family does exist and it seem that at least the grandmother is alive, I think she should send them money. She doesn’t have to, she doesn’t owe them anything but if she did I think Zahara will love her more for that. She doesn’t know Maddox’s family but Z and Pax have some extended family I believe. One day these children will grow up and learn about their families.How would they both feel to learn that their relatives were dirt poor and may have died of starving when they enjoyed all the luxuries of life?

    Again, we don’t know if they support these families, but if they did they wouldn’t be bribed by tabloids so easily for fear of losing a steady income.I don’t think Angelina adopted the whole family but a mere &200 a month would be plenty for them and what’s $200 for Angelina? Nothing.

  • I Love Just Jared

    I agree that’s why Jared is number one. I think I’m gonna do a story on his blog and how it’s the most accurate blog with the most savvy people on here. We all know the origination of the trolls because they have key words that originate at another blog who will be over by this time next year.

    Jared just needs to post his disclaimer on personal attacks and slander like all reputable blogs and they sky is the limit for him. Maybe even a television show cuz the others are all about lies and innuendos. Those entertainment shows better drop the tablogs as sources and use JJ as a source.

  • kelly

    Angie is amazing, she is larger than life. If she keeps doing this, I believe she will get Nobel Peace Prize someday. More and more people around the world admire her. She and Brad are perfect couple and they make each other better. Love them.

  • angel

    242,252,now you are answering yourself,you are one lazy bas*ard who has not done research,all trolls are brainless

  • film threat

    she’s in good company, Natalie Portman, Penelope Cruz, Leonardo Decaprio and many many more.

  • soopx

    hi jp fans i’ve been gone since yesterday i see x fans are trying to drag angelina down it won’t work.we all know what a wonderful amazing lady she is.they are just people who have nothing going good in their life so they come here to pick on angie.we all know how much brad and angie love each other and that is what counts.love the jps forever.everything will be good for these people because they are good people,and look how much love they have for one another and their children,don’t let ugly people upset you.they can do nothing to jps or to us fans.

  • guli

    Hiya BAMPZS Fans, I’ll be back later …. I thought I’d leave the haters with a few videos, this one thanks to LA…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxPdbrm8HxI

  • Frenchy

    The Fridid 50? LOL!!!!! I wish I were that cold, LMAO!!!!!!!!

    But seriously what is a film magazine doing talking about frigidity? They just made themselves a tabloid LOL!!!!!!

  • angel

    kelly,i thing she derserve it too,as they continue to help bring attention to many thing,God will continue to bless their family

  • Lady G

    256 astrid : 11/15/2007 at 5:02 pm

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    So, you are saying that anyone that adopts should support the bio family?

    Or is it only Angie that has to do this?

    As I have said before clean your own house and let Angie tend to hers. You know live and let live!

    btw you do understand there are laws that governs adoptions, right?

  • jill

    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.

    ****************************************************

    OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I have heard everything!

  • http://tricky love rachel green & the actress who plays her

    i love you jen aniston!!!!!!!! i friggin’ love you!!!!!!!!!

  • astrid

    Maniston loonies, hold your horses. Angelina was in the Frigid List in 2003, incidentally she was No. 2 then as well. Yet, 4 years later her career has bounced pretty good and she may get plenty of Noms this year. I prefer her making movies like Mighty Heart than yet another Tom Raider 3. I’ll be here to gleefully dancing around when she starts raking up noms.

  • angel

    guys lets talk awards,gloden globenomination is on december 13,fingers cross for both brad and angie

  • guli

    Here is another great one for the haters and this one is very new….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuzDxejH09g

  • Me too

    Of course I do realize that this is a blog as such it is subject
    every inane idea that anyone has the unfortunate ability to dream up. I do however, want to recognize and appreciate those regulars like guli, Mr and Mrs Smith, African girl, Passing Through, the real tita, think positive!, Frenchy, Estelle, piper, with a low, dina #1, Peaches and a score of other dedicated fans too numerous to name. The positive vibe that you contribute here is worth wading through all of the rest of the extraneous crap.

  • Swoon

    Angelina & Brad must be so excited. The holidays are about to begin next week with Thanksgiving. I’m excited because it was around this time that I knew that Brad & Angelina were serious about each other. I saw pics of them just after picking up a Christmas Tree holding the tree. How symbolic. These set of picture exist so I ‘m sure it will turn up soon again.

  • think positive!

    For Christ sake!! They didn’t rent Zahara. They adopted her!!!

  • Lady G

    256 astrid : 11/15/2007 at 5:02 pm

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    So, you are saying that anyone that adopts should support the bio family?

    Or is it only Angie that has to do this?

    As I have said before clean your own house and let Angie tend to hers. You know live and let live!

    btw are you a lawyer? Do you run an adoption agency? Do you understand or know the laws that governs adoptions? Just asking these questions since you set yourself up as an expert on the matter. :roll:

  • angel

    she was in the list in 2003,then these people are obsessed with her,lets talk award please

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    270 astrid : 11/15/2007 at 5:09 pm

    Maniston loonies, hold your horses. Angelina was in the Frigid List in 2003, incidentally she was No. 2 then as well.
    ______________________________________________________

    NOOOOO. Seriously. LMAO. If that’s true, that’s some funny sh*t. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • angel

    gulli,thanks for the video

  • guli

    Ohhhh since the trolls and haters are soooo childish I think this might register with them, what do you think????

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cERTl2qI5U

  • soopx

    remenber how the other day haters were saying brad left with blond in car and left angie by herself, then we saw video on lulop.co and brad was protecting angie,its all lies haters just don’t know what to say they are hurting so bad.

  • film threat

    Angies in good company Lenardo Decaprio, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Vince Vaughn and many others.

  • http://jen jen=people’s choice award

    we love you jen!!!! you are NEVER in middle of controversy. youare a saint.

  • angel

    this list can bring her luck come oscar time,yippie

  • wake up Americans
  • Stop creating drama

    IGNORE THE TROLLS. The only people responding to trolls are trolls themselves.

  • angel

    283,in your dreams,please

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    282 film threat : 11/15/2007 at 5:15 pm

    Angies in good company Lenardo Decaprio, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Vince Vaughn and many others.
    ______________________________________________

    That’s some pretty good company. Especially Natalie Portman cause I like her and think she’s got a good head on her shoulders.

  • astrid

    Lady G,

    No, I said that $200 a month wouldn’t be much for Angelina to send to them and that’s a fortune for those families. Not all adopted families can afford to do that, but she can.I am not judging her and it would be ok even if she didn’t, because she doesn’t owe them anything, but imagine if one day Zahara asks her why her relatives died in poverty and she didn’t help them out. She’s gonna hold Angelina and Brad accountable and she may not be entirely wrong on that.

    Again, she’s not responsible for them, but I wish she did it. I wouldn’t love her any less but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with everything she does or doesn’t.

  • angel

    guys i think the GG is where their chances are stronger

  • http://pq p.q

    Angie rocks!

  • angel

    289,i doubt that was the real grandmother,people do anything for money

  • guli

    273 Me too—-there are so many great JP fans here from all over the world and I think most of the folks who have been here for years love meeting new JP fans. I want to thank you for your post and I’m hoping more JP fans will chime in on regular basis. :-) BBL….

  • astrid

    “btw are you a lawyer? Do you run an adoption agency? Do you understand or know the laws that governs adoptions?”

    __________________________________

    Lady G, what’s next? WHAT ARE MY CRIMES??? HAVE I RAPED ANY BABIES? Yes, it’s possible to have a different opinion and still be a fan of this family. Are you friends with Cliniqua by the way? Jesus.

  • PLEASE

    Astrid, you don’t know what Angie does and what she does not do. Just leave her alone. Because someone does, does not meant they should be responsible for the world. They do what’s best for their kids. Do you like the whole world to tell you what to do?

  • jill

    I just sent an e-mail to the editor of Outa Touch telling her she has the moral sense of a skid-row prostitute and the only thing her magazine is good for is to line a garbage can.

  • kearnie

    Is it me or did the Ethiopian source just say – Brad and Angelina jointly went to Ethiopia to adopt Zahara. He wanted to adopt Zahara 4-5 months after his separation in Mar 2005. just couldn’t put his name on the documents just yet. However, he was officially investigated by the Ethiopian government. wow.

  • angel

    got to get ready for work

  • sofia

    If you guys think that FilmThreat = Hollywood, you’re very naive and obviously no nothing about the industry.

  • kearnie

    Is it me or did the Ethiopian source just out Brad’s status in the adoption of Zahara – Brad and Angelina jointly adopted Zahara – by saying he was officially investigated by the Ethiopian government as though he would be on the adoption papers. wow.

  • sofia

    Typo: Know

  • victims

    The whole matter about adoption should be private. It does not matter whether it be Angie or someone non famous. I feel for this family and I feel for the jolie-pitts. In Touch Magazine has sunk very low, this info whether true or not, should not be for public consumption. I am happy that zee is alive and has a family, however I think alot poor people get taken advantage of. If the grandmother/mother is telling the truth then they are victims also. Victims of their poverty.

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