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

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  1. 151
    angel Says:

    tommorrow is the big day for beowulf

  2. 152
    Mr and Mrs Smith Says:

    147 ENERGY : 11/15/2007 at 3:40 pm


    I think the adoption story is being discussed because Jared has put the statement from the Ethiopian adoption agency here. I really really like that he did that too. He’s probably the only blog to do that, but, he’s always been different from the rest. So, I guess there are two topics people can discuss, the adoption one, and the article that Angie wrote. :)

  3. 153
    wake up Americans Says:


  4. 154
    }~{ Says:

    a high school or college student could have written that had they the ability and/or finances to travel and do the proper research….not to mention, the special access that she was granted to these people because of her status. seriously, pull yourselves back and look at this without bias. it’s wonderful that she takes the time to care and contribute but…..come on. this is not the work of a genius or even a person of impressive intellect. had a “no name” contributed this piece, it never would have been even seriously considered for publication….

  5. 155
    To #124 Says:

    Jen didn’t want a child nor want to adopt a child. Too much responsibility for her being a selfish, lazy woman. And she hardly does anything for St. Jude’s… As for stunning, I’d seen other women look better.

  6. 156
    piper, with a low Says:

    I forgot to comment on the article… it is great, but as I read it, I can’t help but think that although the refugees are in a decidedly drastic circumstance, in terms of seeking out justice, Angelina, despite having major bank, is also in a precarious situation when it comes to seeking fairness for herself and her family.

    If she were to go after the tabs, how would that look? Suing over flyspecks, although this b^ll$hit about Zahara and Shiloh is especially nasty, could magnify how out of touch and frivolous the Western world can be.

    Our country has made Angelina very wealthy, but really, our country hasn’t been very good to her, has it? Many of us criticize her from sun up to sun down and yet, she really hasn’t done anything to compromise our safety, our well-being, or our quality of life.

  7. 157
    Mr and Mrs Smith Says:

    153 }~{ : 11/15/2007 at 3:46 pm


    Awwww, feeling bad that she can get articles to be published in Washington Post and now The Economist and you can’t?

  8. 158
    Nanana Says:

    Does anybody believe Zahara would want to go back to Ethiopia to have a poverty-stricken life?

    God! leave the kid alone. Let her to have a good life with Brangelina!

  9. 159
    Estelle Says:

    Sam- educate yourself on adoption law and legal procedure before you post please.
    sbc- So you want to re-write the adoption law, stating that if anyone adopt a child who still has some relatives, then the adopt parent should support the adopted child’s family as well?…muahahahaha. Well, imagine all the poor people around the worlds giving up their children for free money monthly.

  10. 160
    linda Says:


  11. 161
    Estelle Says:

    155 piper, with a low – Well said.

  12. 162
    wake up Americans Says:


  13. 163
    Mayka Says:

    Sam – While I agree with you that blood families are not necessarily ‘not important’, my humble opinion is that you are seeing this case in a black and white situation. Adoption carries with it a lot of issues that cannot be put in a simple equation as ‘birth families have rights, therefore adopted families should respect those rights.’

    When Z’s grandmother gave her up for adoption, she was giving up any legal rights to her grandchild. Did that make her a bad grandmother? Not necessarily. She most probably did do it out of extreme poverty. Does she really want to see her grand daughter again? She most probably does, and I feel for her pain, but adoption is not about her. It’s mostly about the child.

    From what I can tell, Angie and Brad are very loving parents, and any decision they make will be for the best interest of their child, as they see fit, just like any good parents. It’s possible that they feel that at this stage in Z’s life, she should have stability, and therefore bringing in someone whom she probably doesn’t even remember would create that imbalance. Maybe they would prefer that Z face this when she is much older, and able to decide on her own if she wants to do it or not. Does Z want to see her grandmother? Maybe.. or maybe not. She’s too young to really decide.

    These are all speculations on my part, much as any other scenario anyone else outside this family unit would have (including your own speculations as to why they’re not doing it). Bottomline is, there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer when it comes to issues like this. It’s a judgment call that Angie and Brad reserve the right as Z’s parents – and yes, they ARE her parents. And again, as far as I call tell, they adore and love Z, and would not do anything that they feel would not be in her best interest. As to whether they are right or wrong in their decision, that’s neither for me nor you to judge.

  14. 164
    Sam Says:

    Don’t quite understand your guys excitment over bewolf. The success of this movie has nothing to do with angelina. She is in it for 6 minutes. Any naked hollywood beauty could have the same effect. The only difference is that most of them (i.e. halle berry, etc.) would never do this kind of thing. Also the world has shown in AMH and The Good shepherd that they really don’t like seeing Angie’s movies. Angie was out promoting so hard becuase she is desperate for a lead oscar the others were happy do have her do it becuase they don’t like the spotlight like she does. She loves showing off just like when she was with Billy Bob. In fact she is acting the exact same way!

    But go ahead I know that you guys think that if the movie does well it is all about Angie. I understand you have to live in your delusion it hard to admit that The Good Shepherd, AMH and AOJJ all BOMBED badly. So if you want to think that the movie’s success is becuase of Angie I understand!

    I love messing with you guys. It is so fun and you get so worked up!!!!!

  15. 165
    the real tita Says:

    #86: of course, you would rather read anybody else’s article except Angelina’s! However, I wonder if you read whatever those people you have named have written voraciously and have given them accolades for their effort.

    You are like every other hater waiting to pounce on anything that Angie does, so predictable and so obvious. Why do you always think that you are the smartest, most well informed and oh, so elite person on JJs threads? Dropping names, citing publications and freaking unearthing whole resumes just to prove you’re well read? Google much?

    Who bloody cares when you present information like this? Can’t show off to anybody else in the vicinity, can we? Want to impress, do we? On a celeb blog? Are we lost again?

    Roll along quietly before I push you down that ramp, shitzy! And take that condescending attitude along with you when you go.

  16. 166
    ENERGY Says:

    151 Mr and Mrs Smith : 11/15/2007 at 3:46 pm

    I understand MAMS, its just that by discussing it IT is getting the desired effect. They print lies to cause a major uproar so that people can discus their nonsense and maybe give them hits. This is some sort of emotional black mail, they knew what they wrote was wrong but since they have no shame to use a child to make money they keep doing it. I just dont feel like giving them a reason to write this again by discussing it till kingdom come.

    I appreciate the fact that Jared sets the record straight, this is what makes him different from all the other blogs, THANK YOU JARED.

  17. 167
    Yawn Says:

    153 }~{ : 11/15/2007 at 3:46 pm

    DUH? It’s precicely because of her status as a humanitarian, seasoned Goodwill Ambassador and hello? a member of Council on Foreign Affairs.
    Look at the people who write for that magazine. In that world she is just anybody but she’s an anybody with credentials.

  18. 168
    shhhhhhhh.... Says:

    124 paris hilton sells too! she was on a prime news cnn! and every entertainment news her face was on it! coz she’s hot!!!! she is also a good person too, she wants to help africa and CRACKHEAD like u in case welfare can no longer accomodate you. just only say the magic word ” tht’s hot!!!” and u will be mighty HIGH!

  19. 169
    wake up Americans Says:


  20. 170
    Observer2 Says:

    163 Sam : 11/15/2007 at 3:56 pm

    Sam, you need to go running and take some vitamins. Again, McPuffin, you’re just so wicked smaaat. You’re embarrassing yourself with it.

  21. 171
    linda Says:


    I think people involve in this kind of magazines don’t think ethics. Greedines is their priority not the decency of real journalism. Probably their mission is not to inform the public but to provoked negative reactions. GREEDINES is their priprity.

  22. 172
    Nanana Says:

    123 Anonymous : 11/15/2007 at 3:27 pm

    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.+


    tab are so funny! LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  23. 173
    Besane Says:

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    124 JENNIFER ANISTON IS STUNNING : 11/15/2007 at 3:27 pm
    She has a heart.

    Not enough heart to BABYSIT her own Goddaughter Coco, since she is only her Godmother. This came out from her own mouth live on Regis&Kelly. Sorry the truth = your cold-hearted Miss Pity, is out there and Brad realized before we did.

  24. 174
    angel Says:

    sam,give it up already,you are really geting boring

  25. 175
    }~{ Says:

    Mr and Mrs Smith,
    not really….but i hope you enjoyed the patronizing you attempted. awwwwwwwwwww….did it make you feel better??????

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