Music: Right Man, Right Time

The debate on global poverty needed a bit of glamour. Bono supplied it

When a celebrity finds a cause, cynicism is the first reaction. There are exceptions, of course, like the work of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills on land mines. But often, we suspect that we're being conned--that film stars and musicians have calculated that supporting some benighted group is a way of redoubling our reverence for them. And we know that some causes--Tibet, HIV/AIDS--are frankly more fashionable than others. Offhand, I can't think of one celebrity who has dedicated time and money to reducing the number of deaths from diarrhea, a killer throughout the developing world and one easily treated by simple,...

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