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Rock star, currently touring with his band, will be in Ottawa to discuss African aid initiatives with NGOs
U2 rock star and philanthropist Bono will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau following a session with several non-profit organizations in Ottawa on Monday.
Stuart Hickox, founder of the non-profit "social marketing" organization One Change, confirmed Bono is coming to the capital for talks focused on aid in Africa, and is expected to attend question period following that meeting.
The Prime Minister's Office confirmed the meeting between Harper and Bono will take place Monday afternoon. Harper is expected to discuss his maternal and child health initiative, which he has previously discussed before the United Nations General Assembly.
U2 singer wades into row over Apple and Irish state aid - and says that capitalism and commerce play a vital role in lifting people out of poverty
by Rupert Neate and Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian/The Observer
From stadium-packing rock star to champion of the impoverished, Bono has fronted a band and causes that have endeared him to millions. But the U2 frontman is likely to alienate more people than he wins over with his latest rallying cry: backing Ireland's corporate tax regime.
In an interview with the Observer, the Irish singer says his country's controversial policies - which help multinational companies avoid billions in tax - have "brought our country the only prosperity we've known".
The 54-year-old says that Ireland's economy is dependent on attracting multinational companies - including Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon - with tax avoidance strategies, including a loophole dubbed the "Double Irish", the use of two Irish companies to lower the effective tax rate.
by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker
A few years ago, I was caught up in a big research project about contemporary hymns (or "hymnody," as they say in the trade). I listened to hundreds of hymns on Spotify; I interviewed a bunch of hymn experts. What, I asked them, was the most successful contemporary hymn--the modern successor to "Morning Has Broken" or "Amazing Grace"? Some cited recently written traditional church hymns; others mentioned songs by popular Christian musicians. But one scholar pointed in a different direction: "If you're willing to construe the term 'hymn' liberally, then the most heard, most successful hymn of the last few decades could be 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,' by U2."
Most people think of U2 as a wildly popular rock band. Actually, they're a wildly popular, semi-secretly Christian rock band. In some ways, this seems obvious: a song on one recent album was called "Yahweh," and where else would the streets have no name? But even critics and fans who say that they know about U2's Christianity often underestimate how important it is to the band's music, and to the U2 phenomenon. The result has been a divide that's unusual in pop culture. While secular listeners tend to think of U2's religiosity as preachy window dressing, religious listeners see faith as central to the band's identity. To some people, Bono's lyrics are treacly platitudes, verging on nonsense; to others, they're thoughtful, searching, and profound meditations on faith.
By Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times
(Originally posted June 18, 2013)
First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia dined with U2 singer Bono and his family in Dublin this afternoon after visiting Glendalough, Irish media reported.
Finnegans pub has hosted its share of famous visitors, including Salman Rushdie, Mel Gibson and Penelope Cruz. About 60 invited guests were inside before the first family arrived, the Irish Times reported.
"I thought this was a secret," Bono said to the crowd waiting outside, an Irish news website reported.
Fish and chips, cottage pies, smoked bacon and cabbage and chicken with mozarella were said to have been on the menu, Independent.ie reported.
By Dan Weil, Newsmax
When he was in the White House, George W. Bush and rock star Bono worked together to eradicate AIDS in Africa -- to the point that the U2 leader became the president's buddy, Bush tells Fox News.
"He was skeptical of me, and frankly I was skeptical of him," Bush said. "And we became pals because we shared a common desire to help others on the continent of Africa.
"Bono's the real deal," Bush added in an interview with his former press secretary Dana Perino.
Assessing his presidency, Bush said, "I know I gave it my all. I know I didn't sell my soul. I know we dealt with some pretty tough problems. . . . I know our White House was a joyful place."
As written in the Wall Street Journal's blog from November 14, "even Bono is worried about the fiscal cliff."
As taken from their website:
The lead singer of Irish band U2 says spending cuts that hit in January would devastate programs to help the world's poor, leading to more than 60,000 deaths.
"There's real jeopardy," Bono said Wednesday at a discussion at the World Bank with bank President Jim Yong Kim. "I'm still terrified of people wrestling the wheel of this mad lorry that they're driving off the cliff."
Sequestration -- a package of automatic spending cuts set in motion last year -- would slash funding for U.S. programs grouped in the federal budget as "international affairs" by 8.2%, or $4.7 billion, in the current fiscal year. Bono said that includes about $2 billion from anti-poverty programs, such as treatment for HIV/AIDS, on which he focuses at his anti-poverty advocacy group, ONE.
"We know there's going to be cuts," he said. "We understand that. But not cuts that cost lives."
You can watch the full 55 minute video of Bono above.
BONO stunned housemates on the African version of Big Brother - when he appeared on video screen to address them.
The legendary rocker was beamed to the house live from Dublin, which contains housemates from 14 different African nations.
"This is your Irish rock star fan, Bono. You are my big brothers and little sisters", he said.
The U2 front man spoke to the housemates about the garden which they have to cultivate over the course of the series, as part of the new campaign being run by his ONE charity.
By David MacDougall and Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
OSLO (AP) -- Aung SanSuu Kyi and Bono joined forces Monday as the Myanmar democracy activist's European tour moved from the home of the Nobel Peace Prize to the land of U2.
The pair spent more than an hour answering questions at an Oslo conference of peace mediators at the end of Mrs. Suu Kyi's four-day visit to Norway. Then they jetted together to the Irish capital, Dublin, for an evening concert in her honor.
Bono, who wrote the 2000 hit "Walk On" in praise of Mrs. Suu Kyi's long exile from her family and dedicated U2's 2009 world tour to her, had never met her before. He admitted he found her a wee bit intimidating.
Cuban dissident Oscar Elias Biscet says the praise from Bono at a Miami South Florida concert was for the Cuban people overall.
By Juan O. Tamayo, The Miami Herald
Cuba's leading dissident, Oscar Elias Biscet, said he "was shaking with happiness" as he learned Thursday that rock star and social activist Bono had sung his praises during a jam-packed U2 concert in Miami.
The 73,000-strong audience at the Sun Life stadium roared with delight Wednesday when Bono urged support for the 49-year-old Biscet and declared that "some day soon Cuba will be free."
"As you read me what he said, I was shaking with happiness because it showed it's good when one is chosen as a symbol of his people," Biscet told El Nuevo Herald, which first told him of Bono's comments.