Make Poverty History has been co-opted by New Labour, and the finger is being pointed at Oxfam, claimed an article in the New Statesman. There are rumours of splits, with other NGOs blaming Oxfam for allowing the campaign's message to become virtually indistinguishable from that of the Government. "They go out on a limb to endorse the Government," argued on anonymous NGO official. The baffling response from another unnamed source close to Oxfam was: "Do you piss in the tent or do you crap in the woods?"
Meanwhile, BBCi reported on a landmark court case in Switzerland. The Swiss branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres is being sued by the Dutch government for the return of the ransom money it allegedly paid for the release of one its aid workers held in Russia's Dagestan republic for nearly two years. Apparently $1.25m (£685,875) was paid for his release, but the Netherlands claimed MSF took the money as a loan and promised to pay it back. MSF denied it played any part in ransom negotiations.
And now for the charity football results. Eclipsing even Liverpool's European Champions League triumph, heavy metal website Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles hailed Iron Maiden's victory in the charity Soccer Six tournament. The band beat Radio One in the final, even without lead singer Bruce Dickinson.
Their route to the final included a 4-3 thriller with Blazin' Squad.