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LA Times still pro Bono. Having started the speculation about Bono for World Bank president the Los Angeles Times has editorialised again in his favour. It still thinks "he would have been a sound choice to lead the World Bank".

The paper, however, refuses to follow Bono in backing Powell as a replacement candidate. more...

Alex Wilks ~ March 16, 2005

Elvis has left the building. "Bono has called James Wolfensohn... 'the Elvis of economics'," writes Michael Ackley.

Ackley continutes: "This must be distressing to Alan Greenspan, who might have to settle for being economics' Buddy Holly or, perhaps, Jerry Lee Lewis".

David Steven ~ March 14, 2005

Bono halts own bandwagon. Not a great surprise, but Bono is not available for the World Bank president position.

The head of campaign group DATA. established by Bono campaign for him on debt, aid and trade issues, has confirmed this. Jamie Drummond, DATA's executive director, told Reuters: "I can't believe I need to say this, but there are no circumstances in which Bono would be nominated or accept the World Bank job". more...

Alex Wilks ~ March 11, 2005

CNN Wolfowitz confusion. A piece on CNN.com quotes relevant experts praising Bono, but outlining the difficulties he would face in any transition to the Bank and putting his chances of getting the job at "zero".

Intriguingly part of article's sub-title reads "Wolfowitz re-emerges as a possible candidate". But readers will not find any further mention of Wolfowitz in the article. Sub-standard subbing it seems.

Alex Wilks ~ March 09, 2005

Bursting Bono's bubble. A US student newspaper has a pot at Bono, considering him well-motivated and -informed on the issues, but not well-suited to the job. more...

Alex Wilks ~ March 08, 2005

The heart says Bono. The media are going all gooey at the idea of Bono at the helm of the World Bank. John Snow probably meant to rule him out of the running in yesterday's comments to ABC - but he's set of a flurry of speculation that Bono's next gig will be in Washington...

David Steven ~ March 07, 2005

London Times backs Bono. The Times is not keen on Taylor or Tobias (insufficient stature) or Fiorina (the job would be a reward for failure).

Perhaps surprisingly, the paper joins the Bono bandwagon: "Bono has international credibility, a keen understanding of development issues and, through his mega-earnings with U2, a handle on money."

David Steven ~ March 02, 2005

Bono for the Bank. The Los Angeles Times is the latest paper to unilaterally back a candidate for World Bank president.

Its choice? Bono - "the most eloquent and passionate spokesman for African aid in the Western world." more...

David Steven ~ February 25, 2005


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