Bob Geldof: 'Who says aid doesn't work?'

Twenty-five years after Band Aid, Bob Geldof went back to Africa to see how millions of lives have been transformed. Paul Vallely reports

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Your worrying report on Colombia suggests the perfect scenario for the next Iraq ("The US builds up its bases in oil-rich South America", 22 November). Not only does it offer the US generals a chance to get back at "those infuriating commies" in the south, it also provides the next scenario necessary for the perpetual state of war needed by the military complex and arms suppliers.

Geldof's return to Ethiopia

Paul Vallely watches the rock star receive a hero's welcome in the country whose suffering inspired the next chapter in his life

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Leading article: Twenty-five years after Band Aid

A quarter of a century on from the famine that mobilised Band Aid, Ethiopia faces another food crisis. There will be those who will seize on our report today to say: "See! Nothing can be done; foreign aid is a waste of money." The Independent on Sunday takes the opposite view.

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When Kevin Poole made his League debut, Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, the IRA had just tried to blow up the British cabinet in Brighton, Clive Lloyd's West Indies had thrashed David Gower's England 5-0 and Bob Geldof was recording Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

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The lampooning puppet show returns tonight &ndash; but Peter Fluck says it's not a patch on the Eighties original

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The one ray of hope in the lecturers' pay dispute is that the two sides are still talking. The unions and university employers were meeting as we went to press to explore whether there were any avenues open to resolve the dispute. The prospects do not look rosy - at least until the unions' conferences and the merger of the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (Natfhe) are out of the way. Even then, there will be competition between the two top dogs of the unions, Sally Hunt of the AUT and Roger Kline of Natfhe, to see who can more successfully capitalise on the militant mood of the academic troops. The election for the new general secretary of the merged union will take place later this year and the atmosphere will remain febrile until then.

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