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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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  • film threat

    more on the frigid List
    Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Billy Bob Thornton, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Swank, Owen Wilson, Jim Carrey.. Not bad company at all.

  • jill

    283 jen=people’s choice award : 11/15/2007 at 5:16 pm
    we love you jen!!!! you are NEVER in middle of controversy. youare a saint.
    *************************************

    The “saint” has screwed so many guys in the past two years that she might as well hang a sign between her legs saying “OPEN FOR BUSINESS”.

  • soopx

    yeah and they investigated brad so see everyone calls zahara angies baby,which we all new that brad brought her home.and she is the oldest daughter of angelina and brad.

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    289 astrid : 11/15/2007 at 5:18 pm

    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.
    _____________________________________________

    See, you’re thinking that’s how Zahara is going to think and react when you like me don’t know if that’s going to be the case. Angie has said she talks to Maddox about his being adopted and I would think she tells him everything about where he came from. If she does that with Maddox, I’m sure she’ll do the same with Pax and Zee and any other adopted child they may have. I’m also pretty sure that Brad and Angie will take Zee to Ethiopia to see where she came from and maybe start a project there, the way they’ve done with Maddox.

  • observation deck

    it came to my observation that when The Departed aired the other night, the first name on the end credits as executive producers was Brad Pitt.

    I don’t remember this when the movie came out. I thought he was third. I’m sure I would have remembered because I jumped at that first credit when I saw it on tv but don’t remember it in the movies. I knew he was one of the producers but not the first name.

    Anyway that Oscar winning film is the reason he’s getting so many projects greenlit.

  • kearnie

    All I am going to say is that…someone people at Outttouch must be soooo angry at Angelina like she did something to her personally…to fly over to Africa, pay people to find information about the grandmother who probably live in a remote vilage ro somewhere not too easly accessible…

    just to pay her for a story in next week tabloids.

    Talk about people who have lost it upstairs.

  • kearnie

    edited:

    All I am going to say is that….someone or some people at Outttouch must be soooo angry at Angelina like she did something to her personally…to fly over to Africa, pay people to find information about the grandmother who probably lives in a remote vilage or somewhere not too easly accessible…..

    just to pay her for a story in next week tabloids.

    Talk about desperate people who have lost it upstairs.

  • soopx

    289 astrid:we don’t know what this child will think,no one knows the future.with parents like angie and brad i’m sure she will be doing good in this world.

  • think positive!

    Once and for all. Zahara’s biolgical mother IS DEAD!!!! Look at the Reuters article.

  • angel

    there is this man from outa touch that they always invite on tv,he hates angie,i was watching court tv and they were talking about celebs and media control,he was so mean,even the other guest that was invited told him that he was wrong

  • vickifromtexas

    anyone can see angelina is an incredible person, she has a big heart, she puts her money and time where her mouth is. i think the media panders to the small minded individuals who are jealous of angelina. how sad it is when so many women could be supporting a strong, empathetic, proactive woman but they are being petty and jealous instead.

  • I love Just Jared

    In Touch is absolutely repulsive.

  • soopx

    280 guli:thanks for the video.

  • angel

    bye bampzs

  • anon

    If you all want to do something about the tabloids, please bring it to the attention of New York State’s Attorney General since the publishing is in NY. This Attorney General has been victim to tabloids himself so you have a sympathetic ear.

    Other than that, let’s move on never to discuss these things again.

  • http://justjared dina #1

    158 Estelle

    I was going to say the exact same thing. In some countries they do sell their children. But Angie and Brad adopted a child and started supporting the family can you imagine the uproar? They would surely be accused of baby buying, or worse. I am amazed at how others can suggest what BP/AJ should do. And yet I wonder about their charitable/humanitarian donations and efforts. Peace.

  • Q? to 224 THANK YOU BRAD

    303 film threat : 11/15/2007 at 5:26 pm
    more on the frigid List
    Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Billy Bob Thornton, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Swank, Owen Wilson, Jim Carrey.. Not bad company at all.

    Is Brad responsible for all these actors being on the list too? LMAO

  • soopx

    314 :I’m with you .i only trust jared now.

  • Lady G

    289 astrid : 11/15/2007 at 5:18 pm

    ================================================

    All I have to say is life isn’t black and white and it’s shame that you are refusing to see the shades of gray.

    Angie has done a great job so far with all her children and it’s not our place to question how, what, when, and where the children are concern.

    I hope no one questions every move you make, how you raise your children (if you have any), where you live, where you travel, what type of job you should take, etc. We don’t like it when big brother goes sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong — so why should you and others want to micro manage Angie’s life?

  • lol

    who the hell are these fanatics. Why they sound same , even they are quoting the same way just “*” replaced with ~ and _ . Get a life los ers. Let the stars be what they are .. don’t hound after them and their pictures 24/7, because of ppl like you paparazzi s are on their face always.. imagine what kind of damage it can do to young kids… and god forbid if they turn out whac ko as Britney .. it’s going to be on you lo on s .

  • Jolie-Pitt

    303 film threat : 11/15/2007 at 5:26 pm
    more on the frigid List
    Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Billy Bob Thornton, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Swank, Owen Wilson, Jim Carrey.. Not bad company at all.

    Is Brad responsible for all these actors being on the list too? LMAO
    ———
    Nicole Kidman was also on the list for her string of movie flops.

  • soopx

    296:thanks jill ,also thanks guli for video.

  • Barry bonds

    OT

    Baseball superstar Barry Bond indicted on Federal prejury and obstruction of justice charges

  • http://justjared felinelilly

    To change the subject, if I remember correctly, PAX WILL BE 4 YEARS OLD IN 5 DAYS. When he was adopted, I remember reading that his birthday is on November 20th. It stuck out because it’s exactly 1 month before his Daddy.
    Looking at the birthdays, it goes: Zee, Shi, Mom, Mad, Pax, Dad.
    Older sis, younger sis, female parent in the first half of the year, and older bro, younger bro, male parent in the second half.
    Zee starts out the year in January, Daddy finishes the year in December. :D

  • AJ Legend in the making

    She is on every list even the bad ones.

    Bottom line is She is the biggest celebrity in the world!

    321

    if i could micro manage amgies life the first thing she would do is dump Brad Pitt. haha

  • Where is Tom Cruise?

    323 Jolie-Pitt : 11/15/2007 at 5:45 pm
    303 film threat : 11/15/2007 at 5:26 pm
    more on the frigid List
    Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Billy Bob Thornton, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Swank, Owen Wilson, Jim Carrey.. Not bad company at all.

    Is Brad responsible for all these actors being on the list too? LMAO
    ———
    Nicole Kidman was also on the list for her string of movie flops.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
    He belongs on the list. more than anyone else on here.

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    319 Q? to 224 THANK YOU BRAD : 11/15/2007 at 5:42 pm

    303 film threat : 11/15/2007 at 5:26 pm
    more on the frigid List
    Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Billy Bob Thornton, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Swank, Owen Wilson, Jim Carrey.. Not bad company at all.

    Is Brad responsible for all these actors being on the list too? LMAO
    _________________________________________________

    :lol: :lol: :lol: Poor Brad, to be responsible for so many people.

  • Hmm

    304 jill : 11/15/2007 at 5:26 pm

    Just because that tactic worked for you , you are recommending it to everyone? Get a life moron.

  • Jolie-Pitt

    323 Jolie-Pitt : 11/15/2007 at 5:45 pm
    303 film threat : 11/15/2007 at 5:26 pm
    more on the frigid List
    Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Billy Bob Thornton, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Swank, Owen Wilson, Jim Carrey.. Not bad company at all.

    Is Brad responsible for all these actors being on the list too? LMAO
    ———
    Nicole Kidman was also on the list for her string of movie flops.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
    He belongs on the list. more than anyone else on here.
    —-
    This list is pathetic and has nothing to do with their personal lives but mainly box office success. They should have changed the title of their list. I bet they chose random A-Listers just to get attention for their crappy magazine.

  • evil much?

    327

    Why don’t You tell that to Maddox, Zahara, Pax and Shiloh.

  • Lady G

    326 felinelilly : 11/15/2007 at 5:48 pm

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    Pax’s b-day is the Nov 29th.

  • AJ Legend in the making

    the list has nothing to do with box office success. They say Angelina travels with her team of stylist and we all know that’s not true.

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    Looking at the birthdays, it goes: Zee, Shi, Mom, Mad, Pax, Dad.
    Older sis, younger sis, female parent in the first half of the year, and older bro, younger bro, male parent in the second half.
    Zee starts out the year in January, Daddy finishes the year in December.
    ___________________________________________________

    I didn’t even notice that. That’s so cool. :)

  • soopx

    317 anon:thats a good idea.if all the fans wrote we might get some action.

  • the real tita

    #199: what would you know about morals when you are here judging yourself? Just because you preach it doesn’t mean you get to be excluded. Who are you, God?

  • soopx

    296 jill:Thanks again!

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    334 AJ Legend in the making : 11/15/2007 at 5:53 pm

    _____________________________________________

    They also said she’s got a publicist, and we know she doesn’t. The list is actually funny if you think about it. The fact that she was also on that list in 2003 and was also number 2 then is even funnier.

  • the real tita

    #304: Atta girl, Jill. She should also add, PRICE REDUCED FOR FAST SALE!

  • guli

    Oops—I forgot Preggy Jolie’s video that drove the tolls insane :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wSXBCigbNQ

  • http://justjared felinelilly

    333- Lady G – Ok, I guess I was off a few days.
    335- Mr and Mrs Smith – I agree, it’s very cool.

  • enough

    Once they get Angie’s name on a list, they hope they will be talked about. This is getting old and we should stop paying attention to all these lies except where we want to do something positive about it like writing to people who can stop these lies.

  • irma

    Tabloids are desperate even to the extent of including Z’s adoption.What happen to the real journalism? I guess, we have to stop buying tabloids that spread lies about others specially about Brad & Angie’s family. They really have to do something about these tabloids, at least People Magazine when they are wrong they have the nerve to admit & correct their mistakes. God bless the Jolie-Pitt’s.

  • http://none linda

    334/AJ in the making

    I read in some articles that she just travel by herself with a back-pack as luggage to go to these troubled countries as an Ambassador. The UN think or she thinks it would be safer to travel this way. It is secretly done, and when they think she’s safe that’s the time a UN reporter send the news and pictures all over the world about her trip.

  • Janice

    We haven’t seen the children in awhile. I’m glad that they’ve been away from the stalkerazzi. Some old pictures, we’ve seen most of these already and apologies as they are watermarked. I log in at Splash as a guest.

    Shiloh

    http://www.splashnews.com/AssetRoot2/Images/zooms/00000000179/spl4392_001.bro

  • Janice
  • Janice
  • bdj

    Thanks for the thread Just Jared and the information listed. The article written by AJ was very informative and compassionate.
    AJ is a major star. Tabs and obscure websites use her to get hits. The negative the article, the more hits it generates by haters and envious people looking for something to hate her for or libel her. It is a simple fact. Use BP or AJ name in your article and your web site will see an increase in hits.

    Whether written with a snarky tone, outright lies or even positive information, BP and AJ are good business for an obscure website, tab or blog. AJ is helping in the way she knows how. It is easy to sit behind a desk and not get involve. It is easy to hate those that take chances and risks to help others. The good thing about AJ is that she knows she has critics. However, this does not stop her from living her life and performing her UN duties.

    The fact is AJ is a well-respected UN Ambassador; writer for influential journals; a well-regarded actress; a devoted Mother and partner. These facts cannot be taken away from her, no matter the list hot or cold. However, it is funny how trolls/haters get such glee out of these lists. Best wishes to BAMPZS and peace to all. Thanks for all the updates Just Jared.

  • soopx

    341 guli :love that video .Brad wised up.thanks preggy!!!and thanks guli for posting it.

  • http://justjared felinelilly

    Thanks Janice for the pics!!! Shi is an absolute angel.

  • Janice
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