|Instead of spending a budgeted $150,000 for a video for her song World’s on Fire, Canadian singer-songwriter and Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan made the video on a shoestring and donated the budget to humanitarian projects that will make life better for thousands of people in 20 different countries around the world. Here’s the video, and here’s the list of projects. Brava!
And speaking of worlds on fire, if you haven’t already read Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassini’s e-mail From Baghdad, you owe yourself to read it now. This article, coming from a writer for the hawkish WSJ, will dispel any illusions you might have that:
- Iraq is safe enough for people to venture outdoors, let alone carry on with their lives
- Average Iraqis want US troops to stick around
- The US and its selected Iraqi government successors are ‘in control’ in Iraq
- The crisis in the country isn’t quickly disintegrating into civil war
- Any significant progress has been made in rebuilding the hundreds of billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure inflicted by Bush’s ‘liberation’
- Average Iraqis are grateful for the US intervention
- There is any real hope for an orderly transition of power from US troops to an Iraqi security, military and police force
- Sufficient oil flow will resume in the foseeable future to help start paying for the rebuilding of the Iraqi state, or to lessen the growing shortage of oil reserves and soaring cost of oil
- There is any hope whatsoever for free and fair elections 90 days from now as scheduled, when the most influential power blocs in the country are either banned from or boycotting the election, and when potential voters know that voting means risking your life
Thanks to Dynamic Doug and Mousemusings for the link to Sarah’s video..