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JohnathanM
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Most charities are scams... and sadly, goodhearted people get scammed on
Live Aid: The Terrible Truth

On the 30th anniversary of Live Aid, we're republishing SPIN's 1986 exposé on the so-called "global jukebox"

One night at dinner in late 1985, a friend talked about Ethiopia being in a civil war. Neither I nor anyone else at the table had heard that. It hadn’t been covered in the American press. This was just six months after the Live Aid concerts in Philadelphia and London had directly and indirectly raised over $100 million dollars for famine relief in the African nation. The next day I asked my sister Nina, an assistant at SPIN then, to research this, because if the country was at war, it would surely be difficult to move aid around and get it to people who needed it.

In those days we didn’t have the Internet, so research was done by going to the library and trawling through endless spools of microfiche — film of newspaper pages from around the world. That evening she came into my office ashen faced — she had discovered it was clear, and very well evidenced, that this famine, the awful depictions of which had pulled on the world’s heartstrings, was man made, by government planes deliberately napalming rebel farms.

Every year Ethiopia experiences some degree of drought, the worst ones bringing famine. But the country historically dealt with this. Some years were worse than others. In 1984 the famine that inspired first Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and then Live Aid, was very bad and people were dying of starvation. But the cause was less nature than cynical genocide. A fact apparently so easy to discover that an editorial assistant barely out of college did so in a matter of hours at the library.

I asked Bob Keating, a superb young investigative reporter who had just started working with us, to look into this for a story. The assignment was simple — all this money had been raised, where was it going, was it actually doing good?
He discovered it was not doing good, but, horrifically, unimaginably, the exact opposite. The Ethiopian dictator, Mengistu, until then deadlocked in the war, was using the money the west gave him to buy sophisticated weapons from the Russians, and was now able to efficiently and viciously crush the opposition. Ethiopia, then the third poorest country in the world, suddenly had the largest, best equipped army on the African continent.

By this time we had all seen the pictures and TV footage of Bob Geldof, the figurehead of Live Aid, bear hugging and playfully punching Mengistu in the arm as he literally handed over the funding for this slaughter. It was on TV now alright, but as an endless, relentless reel of heroic Bob Geldof highlights. He drenched himself in the adulation and no one begrudged him it, until our investigation exposed the holocaust that Live Aid’s collected donations had help perpetrate on the Eritrean independence fighters.

Most damningly, Keating reported that Geldof was warned, repeatedly, from the outset by several relief agencies in the field about Mengistu, who was dismantling tribes, mercilessly conducting resettlement marches on which 100,000 people died, and butchering helpless people. According to Medicins Sans Frontiers, who begged Geldof to not release the money until there was a reliable infrastructure to get it to victims, he simply ignored them, instead famously saying: “I’ll shake hands with the Devil on my left and on my right to get to the people we are meant to help.”

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Hungrybear

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07/27/2018 09:24 PM
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Re: Most charities are scams... and sadly, goodhearted people get scammed on
Good hearted people are always scammed...but we always get the last laughlolsign
XJavier

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07/27/2018 10:32 PM
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Re: Most charities are scams... and sadly, goodhearted people get scammed on
I don't give to big charities anymore.

I gave to CBN at one time until I learned how much the higher ups take as a salary and how big their estates were.

Now I give to local people, where I know for sure I'm helping.
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07/27/2018 10:36 PM
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the biggest ones have tv adds.
Is This The Real World Or Is It Just Fantasy.
JohnathanM  (OP)

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07/27/2018 10:37 PM
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Re: Most charities are scams... and sadly, goodhearted people get scammed on
Some interesting facts here... I've always given to the Salvation Army.

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BirdMom

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07/27/2018 11:16 PM

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Re: Most charities are scams... and sadly, goodhearted people get scammed on
I stopped donating money a long time ago. Now I give tangible goods, like canned food.
Ozric

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07/28/2018 12:18 AM
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Re: Most charities are scams... and sadly, goodhearted people get scammed on
If only a small portion of every 1 dollar goes to support the activities of the charity and the bulk goes to the intended cause that is one thing,... however its dicy to get to the truth of that matter without digging. I used to do United Way through work years ago and I got to be resistent to the peer pressure tactics , but then I learned that above the two charities I directed my cash towards that every dollar a portion went to unPlanned nonParenthood and a few others I was against. When I found out, I dropped it.

best way is to do it anonymously.. just random acts here and there as opportunities arise... which can be pretty often

Last Edited by Ozric on 07/28/2018 12:19 AM
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Boaty

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07/28/2018 12:21 AM

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I only donate to my local homeless shelter, which I can easily confirm is doing good work.
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HO-ANU

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07/28/2018 01:06 AM
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Its best to donate to individual families, not organizations.
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07/28/2018 01:40 AM

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I stopped donating money a long time ago. Now I give tangible goods, like canned food.
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That's better than giving cash but it still goes to undeserving people most of the time.

If you want to give cash, food or anything pick people in your own neighborhood that you see could use it. If everyone did this the world would be a whole lot better place.

The most deserving people usually never ask for anything.





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