Well it didn’t take Simon long to find the artists and to choose the song that will be covered…..
Via BBC News
Rod Stewart, Leona Lewis, JLS and Michael Buble have all agreed to take part in the Haiti charity single, which has been organised by Simon Cowell.
The artists will record a cover of REM’s ballad Everybody Hurts. Continue Reading..
When I sent a friend of mine the link to this news story he replied back with some thought provoking commentary. Read below.
I can’t remember whether it was the United Nations or the World Health Organization but, whichever, their statistics BEFORE the earthquake was that there were 2 million Haitians without a reliable supply of food. Strangely enough, this is about the same number of people that the various charities are now trying to supply food to in Haiti. And it’ll probably be the same number in a few years time when Simon Cowell, Gordon Brown, Bono and Sting have moved on to getting some positive publicity out of the next disaster.
When I asked if he thought that perhaps we were being far too cynical he replied,
Probably. I guess that stars getting involved and charity relief singles etc do provide immediate relief and raise consciousness of the difficult circumstances under which people less privileged than us have to live.
He then went on to add,
The scale of these tragedies is eminently preventable. Death tolls from earthquakes in rich countries (e.g. USA, Japan) are much lower than those in poorer countries (e.g. Haiti, Iran). It’s not so much the strength of the earthquake but the strength of the buildings. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t give money now, but unfortunately all this does is keep them alive to return to the same level of poverty and vulnerability to the next disaster. The only way to really reduce the risk of similar tragedies in the future is to distribute the wealth more fairly, so that they can construct homes that actually protect them. But, for now they’ll get water and food, and probably a fair bit less than they need to rebuild the unsafe houses that killed so many of them in the first place.
In Istanbul, they’re building a huge tunnel under the Bosphorus right across a major fault line. But it’s being built to withstand any strength of earthquake, as many other buildings of the cities in the developed world are.
Most of the deaths are preventable, but only with political and economic change, not charity.
Your thoughts please….