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Can you tell that woman was raised in a free country? Love it.

 

(My heart goes out to the North Koreans, Chinese citizens, etc!)

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Incredible breakup song - even if love doesn't "remain the same." Sung by Gavin Rossdale. I think of this song as 'Here I Am Without You' although it's called 'Love Remains The Same.'

 

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf met on Monday with high-powered delegations from the United States of America, representing Senators, former senior government officials, business leaders, entertainers and philanthropists.
 
At a meeting Monday evening at her Foreign Ministry office, President Sirleaf held discussions with six U.S. Senators, the founder of the ONE Campaign and RED, the CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, and more.
 
In welcoming the delegation, President Sirleaf said that Liberia owed so much to many of those seated around the table, as she singled out former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, singer Bono and the members of the U.S. Congress present.
 
According to an Executive Mansion release, the President recalled the measures taken by her administration during the first six years, which she called the period of stabilization, and the plans for the second term, the period of transformation, and cited measures the government is taking., in implementing its Agenda for Transformation, in the areas of peace, security and the rule of law, economic transformation, human development, and more.
 
In their turn, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Justice, National Defense, State for Presidential Affairs, Lands, Mines & Energy, Information, and Commerce & Industry explained the progress made and the challenges faced in their respective areas.
 
The leader of the congressional delegation, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), spoke about his hopes for Liberia, under the leadership of President Sirleaf, but also mentioned the economic constraints being placed on his country because of the sequestration policy.
 
Also making comments about their impressions about Liberia were Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Johans (R-NE) and John Thune ((R-SD). Former Secretary of State Rice and Bono also spoke, comparing the Liberia today with when they last visited the country.
 
The CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Muhtar Kent, said he had come to Liberia because President Sirleaf had invited him to do so two years ago, when they appeared together at the Clinton Global Initiative.
 
He spoke of his company’s plans to expand operations in Liberia and introduce new packages, including the production of juices, and spoke of his company’s support for women entrepreneurs who, because of owing their business, they are today able to support their families and send their children to school.
 
Before the meeting with the two delegations, President Sirleaf held a tête-à-tête with former Secretary Rice. She then met with CEO Kent and other executives of the Coca-Cola Company. At a press stakeout following the meeting, there were statements by President Sirleaf, Senator Graham and Bono.
 
President Sirleaf expressed a warm welcome to Senator Graham, the other Senators in the delegation, to ONE/RED and Bono. She said that Liberians were happy to receive this delegation, as it was important to let Liberians once again recognize the support that the country has received from the United States. The President said a special welcome to former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and recalled the role she and Bono had played in Liberia’s debt relief.
 
The President said that the support Liberia received from the U.S. Congress has enabled the country not only to celebrate ten consecutive years of peace, but also to have made progress in reconstructing the economy, and trying to make sure basic services are delivered to the people.
 
Said the President: “Their coming at this particular time re-motivates and re-energizes us to continue what we can do to make Liberia a post-conflict success story. As we say to them, our success is the United States success because they have invested so much in our future.”
 
Senator Graham observed that he has been in Congress almost 20 years, but had never seen a delegation like this one, and he attributed the high-powered delegation to Liberia, the President and the people. He said he had come to Liberia because Bono had told him that Liberia was one country in Africa that he should visit, “because it all comes together here: a struggling people who have lived through incredible difficulty but who are on the rise to a great future.”
 
There are seven United States Senators in this delegation, the Senator said, adding that “this is unheard of, leaving their families and their constituents to come here, because we care. Africa is the great prize of this century, and I believe that the American taxpayer will be proud of what’s been achieved by Liberia.
 
He mentioned former President George W. Bush’s interest in Liberia, and noted that both his former Secretary of State and Chief of Staff, Condoleeza Rice and Josh Bolten, were on the trip. The seventh Senator was Chris Coons (D-DE), who had succeeded Vice President Joe Biden.
 
Senator Graham spoke of America’s investment in developmental aid projects which had created opportunity in Africa and would create opportunity for American business. Here was an opportunity to create friendships in a world that is coming apart at the seams. As the Mideast is falling apart, he said, “Africa is on the rise, and we want to be part of that.”
 
He also expressed the job that comes from seeing one’s philanthropy and investment saving thousands, if not millions, of children who would face certain death. This, said Senator Graham, “is only possible through partnerships, and the Liberian Government and the Liberian people have been great partners. We want to continue this partnership with you.”
 
For his part, Bono declared that himself to be a great fan of President Sirleaf’s, and he felt as if he’d been working for her, for a while now. “I’m starting to understand this success that’s unfolding here,” he said, but noted the President’s impatience with the pace of this success.
 
This success, he said, was not only the President’s; he had had met with members of her Cabinet, who are so smart, and so committed. In Liberia, he said, there is this sense of optimism that we can do it. Other countries have taken a more autocratic approach to their post-conflict situation.
 
Of Liberia, he said, “this is a real democracy; it is a really beautiful thing to see and very difficult to pull off, and everybody has to believe in it. Most people do, and I will continue to work for you.”
 
Referring to the congressional delegation, Bono pointed out that there are no votes to be gained by them in coming to Liberia. This is not politics as usual. Rather, these are people who, in a way, have a vision of the future.
 
They see that Africa will probably double the population of China by 2015. Everyone says China is the country of the future; but these people see Africa as the continent of now! They are visionaries, in that sense. They are here because of their hearts and their heads, and I’m so glad to be a part.
 
President Sirleaf also recognized the CEO of Coca-Cola, Mr. Kent, pointing out that the company has a lot of investment in Liberia and has been with Liberia through thick and then, through the difficult days. Following the press stakeout, President Sirleaf hosted a reception for the delegations.
 

 

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"In welcoming the delegation, President Sirleaf said that Liberia owed so much to many of those seated around the table"

 

What about the u2 fans that gave Boner his "Great Life" and have to wait many years for him to get his arse in gear and do what we all pay good bloody money for?

 

Sorry but it fucking angers me......  call me selfish but I think the fans of u2's music ( not the goody goody bleeding heart jump on a bandwagon one's that only like them because of all the save the world bullshit and probably don't give a shit about their neighbours plight but will give a shit for other countries because Bono says to ) deserve more from him for their loyalty to u2 than one album every 5 years or when he can be arsed his greasing up to politicians really sticks in my throat I do firmly believe he has forgotten he is a singer in a band and if it had not been for the fans buying u2 stuff and putting them on the rock n roll (I refuse to call them a pop band) map he would not have the popularity etc to be doing all this.

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Bash I agree with you. 

 

Esp when you read from other members and hear from the U2 camp that the band would have released more albums if it was not for Bono's mixing with world leaders, but I suppose people now view Bono as a leader of some sorts who is a singer in a band called U2.

 

The rockstar Bono died years ago when Zoo TV pulled the plug.

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Bash I agree with you. 

 

Esp when you read from other members and hear from the U2 camp that the band would have released more albums if it was not for Bono's mixing with world leaders, but I suppose people now view Bono as a leader of some sorts who is a singer in a band called U2.

 

The rockstar Bono died years ago when Zoo TV pulled the plug.

Where's that applause picture thing because that post needs that picture.....

 

Sad but true man

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Bono the rock 'n' roller left after Pop.

 

Once he started that jubilee 2000/drop the debt thing it's just been one charidee after another,and to me the music has suffered as a consequence.

 

The U2 of AB/Zooropa/Pop was a creative era and granted it lost a few fans but they had a spark,could you say the albums since had it? Also the songwriting hasn't hit those heights since

 

Anyway if that's his forte thesedays then so be it,Can see why it pisses people off that he's more arsed about his standing in the political/celebrity world than the actual music.

 

And that would be me included because it's ALWAYS been about the music for me,once that goes then is it still worth it?

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I would the the song writing has def suffered, maybe not so on No LIne. 

 

Maybe once the hype of Live 8 died down and people got bored of those white bracelets, and in those five years they actually recorded some decent material. Rick Rubin sessions being noted.

 

But I was pleased with No Line. It was certainly and improvement to the more commercial albums, which I think saved them from their views of Pop being the end of U2. Because No Line got mixed reviews and from them dropping the songs on 360, it was pretty evident U2 did not believe in the songs as much and went for the hits. Which is what Bono wants is to be more commercial again and get played on the radio.

 

You may argue that Beautiful Day and Sometimes You Can't Make it, won awards, so the songs writing was there for them to be recognized as good songs. But albums as a whole? Behind and Bomb are their weakest complete albums.

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Thanks Febottini!

 

Things go the pace they have to go... The progress in Africa is possible thanks to all the people who believe in it. It is just the beginning and not many have seen it from the day one, but that vision has always been there. It's a very exciting thing to be involved for sure.

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Thanks Febottini!

 

Things go the pace they have to go... The progress in Africa is possible thanks to all the people who believe in it. It is just the beginning and not many have seen it from the day one, but that vision has always been there. It's a very exciting thing to be involved for sure.

"It is just the beginning"?????????????? WTF????

"Exciting thing to be involved in"????....WTF ?????? Im sure the starving and dying may disagree there no?????

 

As for it being just the beginning the Africa plight was brought to our attention in 1983 30 YEARS AGO yes 30 and whats changed???....pretty much nothing except dictators getting rich and pop/rock/film stars raising their profile

 

I remember seeing this in 1983 and it was heartbreaking

 

http://youtu.be/mj2jf0US8zI

 

i gave then but 30 years on I am immune to it we have people in our own countries starving and in poverty it's about time we looked after our own.

 

im old enough to remember this from the start but nothing I repeat nothing has changed except people getting rich off it and it certainly is not the people needing it that are.

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Thanks Febottini!

 

Things go the pace they have to go... The progress in Africa is possible thanks to all the people who believe in it. It is just the beginning and not many have seen it from the day one, but that vision has always been there. It's a very exciting thing to be involved for sure.

"It is just the beginning"?????????????? WTF????

"Exciting thing to be involved in"????....WTF ?????? Im sure the starving and dying may disagree there no?????

 

As for it being just the beginning the Africa plight was brought to our attention in 1983 30 YEARS AGO yes 30 and whats changed???....pretty much nothing except dictators getting rich and pop/rock/film stars raising their profile

 

I remember seeing this in 1983 and it was heartbreaking

 

http://youtu.be/mj2jf0US8zI

 

i gave then but 30 years on I am immune to it we have people in our own countries starving and in poverty it's about time we looked after our own.

 

im old enough to remember this from the start but nothing I repeat nothing has changed except people getting rich off it and it certainly is not the people needing it that are.

 

Something has changed Bash.

 

Bono's hair has become even worse than in 1985.

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Thanks Febottini!

 

Things go the pace they have to go... The progress in Africa is possible thanks to all the people who believe in it. It is just the beginning and not many have seen it from the day one, but that vision has always been there. It's a very exciting thing to be involved for sure.

"It is just the beginning"?????????????? WTF????

"Exciting thing to be involved in"????....WTF ?????? Im sure the starving and dying may disagree there no?????

 

As for it being just the beginning the Africa plight was brought to our attention in 1983 30 YEARS AGO yes 30 and whats changed???....pretty much nothing except dictators getting rich and pop/rock/film stars raising their profile

 

I remember seeing this in 1983 and it was heartbreaking

 

http://youtu.be/mj2jf0US8zI

 

i gave then but 30 years on I am immune to it we have people in our own countries starving and in poverty it's about time we looked after our own.

 

im old enough to remember this from the start but nothing I repeat nothing has changed except people getting rich off it and it certainly is not the people needing it that are.

 

Something has changed Bash.

 

Bono's hair has become even worse than in 1985.

 

True Story Mac.......lol

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To tell you the truth, as much as I loved this band, they are no longer at the top of my list.  It pains me to say that, truly.  Although, they've had a great run, particularly in the beginning, and yes, "No Line..." was a good album for the most part. I can't motivate myself at the present time to listen to them.  I don't know what it is but it will take quite a bit of creativity with this next album for me to fall in love, the way I used to be.

 

I've found many great bands to be so much more relevant and true to their roots and fans.  I'm not saying the charity work is a bad thing, but it's true, I feel U2 fans are not a priority. At least not within the last decade....possibly more.

 

For now my heart is being occupied by other bands <3

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