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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. 2201
    Felinelilly Says:

    2198- Juju:
    Where did you see pics of Brad and Angie kissing inside the theater? Are they different ones than what Jared had? :)

  2. 2202
    here is the video Says:

    2198 juju

    Here is the video of Brad and Angelina leaving the L.A. premiere of Beowulf TOGETHER…

  3. 2203
    sidney Says:

    2202 here is the video

    I didn’t know that there was even video of them leaving together the premiere!! This proves even more that Life and Style is the WORSE PIECE OF SH!T of the tabloids!!

  4. 2204
    guli Says:

    Hello BAMPZS Fans!!!

    Helen–well stop lurking and start posting, welcome to BAMPZSville…

    Dina #1–your posts did show up at JJB and I responded around 2 am :oops: :oops: OK, you all know I am a night owl so don’t pick on me :-)
    Tabitha and piper many thanks for your take on Beowulf…on the other thread…

    BTW–thank you to whoever posted this at JJB and at JJ’s many thanks for part one of the prime time interview of OC12…. There are 5 parts, part one was posted on youtube…The rest are on and I think you all will enjoy it…:-)

    OK, BRB after I catch up here and at JJB’s…..

  5. 2205
    sidney Says:

    I love this site, because in here you can find the real truth and NOT the garbage that the tabloids want you to believe!!

  6. 2206
    sara Says:

    new thread you all

  7. 2207
    dina #1 Says:

    guli, piper with a low, tabith

    Thank you for your comments. I posted some. Peace.

  8. 2208
    shhhhhhhh.... Says:

    hey guys, i noticed the poster named BCBG, wht happened to her?

  9. 2209
    Faye88 Says:

    2127 Janice : 11/19/2007 at 11:49 am
    Thanks Janice for posting that interview!! :-) I heard an interview of Ms. Thornycroft a couple of days after the awards ceremony and found her fascinating and courageous. I’m glad to see she was very impressed with Angie.

    I posted this before, but in case anyone missed it. It’s an interview of Angie talking about playing Grendel’s mother in Beowulf. She goes into detail about the feet and tail.
    It’s pretty cool.

  10. 2210
    please no Says:

    Report Abuse 2118 Passing Through : 11/19/2007 at 11:36 am
    2109 ducky : 11/19/2007 at 11:20 am
    who saw this?


    Avril is going to be a busy girl because after she gets her revenge on Perez she’s going to need to go to Lamey’s, DListed, Gawker, Defamer, Jossip, IDLYITW, I’m Not Obsessed, WWTDD, x17Online, SplashNews, INFDaily, etc…because everybody agrees – she’s a snot-nosed, whiny, beeyotch…and possibly a plagiarist too boot!

    Does she honestly think thats gonna work??She’s a lost if she does.

  11. 2211
    Orchid Says:

    44 Besane : 11/15/2007 at 2:18 pm
    36 sam : 11/15/2007 at 2:12 pm
    It’s called Karma. …Babies as much as possible belong with their brith family.

    Yes, it’s called Karma. Tabloids were proven wrong. Since you are just a hater who doesn’t have any concern for Zahara anyway, let me give you some news. If Zahara belonged to her family, she won’t belong anywhere today, except in her little grave. Of course, you can’t care less about that, can you.
    You’re right! Zahara is alive now because Angie adopted her. Look at her now, healthy and thriving. Zahara is in very good and loving hands.

  12. 2212
    Z Says:

    1998 janice

    …”proof that A… is an international star”


  13. 2213
    rady22 Says:

    hi, guys, nice discussion,but i wanna say, Thanksgiving Day is coming, would you love to try something new to celebrate this great holiday? How about interracial hot dating? so many singles are there….you will be surprised…

  14. 2214
    Winnie Says:

    JARED I do not know if you will post this as I am convinced this is the “LOVE FEST SITE” for all things Agelina Jolie, her children and partner Brad Pitt.

    I have never been a fan of Angelina Jolie.

    I think anyone who deliberately keeps Grandparents away from their grandchildren is not in a position to be idolized. The majority of posters speak of Jolie’s compassion for the downtrodden and poor of countries outside the U.S. . Yet, Jolie appears to have no compassion for her own father who has never seen or held his own grandchildren. Jolie has said that she has children now, and has to make decisions that are in their best interest. As though this is somehow a freepass for her to be immature and act in ways that punish peoples behaviour for doing something ANgelina JOLie does not like or agree with.

    Some of you (posters) may call me a hater, troll, or simply an insecure ugly woman. I am none of those things. Just because YOU do not happen to agree with what I have written, does not mean it never happened.

    I would like to say in closing that I come to this site and others to read opinions which run the gamut from idolizing A.Jolie to intense dislike of her. I used to think I disliked her, but now I am not so sure. I almost said hated her, but you have to know someone to HATE THEM and I do not know ANGELINA JOLIE. That is why the word HATER offends me so deeply, because you would have to know Angelina Jolie personally to hate her. I wonder how many posters who call others HATERS know Angelina Jolie?

  15. 2215
    jessica Says:

    diva, perfect.

  16. 2216
    ANn Finstad Says:

    i just want to say thank you for the work that you have done jolie. you are an inspiration and advocate for many by opening the many eyes and windows of truth in the world. keep it up!

  17. 2217
    maria Says:

    plagarized. the same article verbatim was written in 2005 and not by jolie she should be ashamed of the scam.

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