Ten For the Next Ten
In his latest column for the New York Times, Bono comes up with his Top Ten list of ideas that might make the next decade 'more interesting.'
From solving the problem of intellectual property in the digital age to the first World Cup in Africa, from the return of the 'sexy' car to transformative health initiatives like Angiogenesis
and rotavirus vaccines. Here's one of the ten, 'Viva la (Nonviolent) Revolucion.'
'As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King's life work,' President Obama said in his Nobel acceptance speech, 'I am living testimony to the moral force of nonviolence.
So, he might have added, are the Germans and Eastern Europeans who came out a couple of months ago to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Wall. And so are the brave Iranians who continue to take to the streets despite the certainty of brutal repression. Like Neda Agha Soltan, they are living (and bleeding and dying) testimony.
The start of the decade ought to be a time for a little bit of hope - not the wispy stuff, but battle-hardened hope, forged in the grim, purposeful spirit of the times. So I'll place my hopes on the possibility - however remote at the moment - that the regimes in North Korea, Myanmar and elsewhere are taking note of the trouble an aroused citizenry can give to tyrants, and that people in places filled with rage and despair, places like the Palestinian territories, will in the days ahead find among them their Gandhi, their King, their Aung San Suu Kyi.'
Read the whole column at The New York Times.