Sunday, August 21, 2011

Man Made Famines: An Inglorious Tradition Continues

Profiteering from hunger?

The UN World Food Programme is investigating the possible theft of food supplies meant for Somalia's famine victims. But it has denied reports that half of all its aid is being stolen and sold on the black market.

Drought and man-made factors created famine in Somalia

"This crisis wasn't just about the drought and the lack of rain but also about the people in power and policies.

The crisis has been caused by the poor rains (two successive poor rains) but also by the poor policies.
In the rest of the region, food is always around but consumers struggle to aford it. Retailers are also affected by high fuel prices. Production and distribution are controlled by a select few so ordinary people suffer. When they buy their products, they buy less of it and they buy less variety. High food prices have more than doubled and people now use half of the income for food. With each drought, the poorest have fewer assets to sell to buy food. So overtime, more people depend on food aid, already millions survive on it every year.
Al Shabab, the Al Qaeda linked group, has allowed the UN in to feed starving people. They really hold the key to opening that flow of aid."

Food Riots and Man-Made Famine 2011
It now seems likely to be one of the most tragic and inevitable global trends for 2011:food riots.

Man made hunger in Horn of Africa [CNN 7-28-2011]

A man-made famine - India and the world in the Great Hunger of 2008
India’s Emerging Food Security Crisis: The Consequences of the Neoliberal Assault on the Public Distribution System

Man-made famines
Book Review: The Geography of Famine, by William A. Dando. Arnold, London, 1980.
Published in The Ecologist Vol. 10 No. 10, December 1980.
THIS IS an extremely interesting book. Its overt goal is to show that, in general, famines, rather than be ‘acts of God’, as many people assume, are, in fact, man-made:
“Natural factors cause crop failures, but humans cause famines”.

Winston Churchill blamed for 1m deaths in India famine
Sir Winston Churchill may be one of Britain's greatest wartime leaders, but in India he has been blamed for allowing more than a million people to die of starvation.

The British Riots: The State unleashes the Dogs of Media
It's the same old 'high Tory' vindictive litany directed at the most vulnerable in our society, the forgotten and disenfranchised. There is not single expression of self-doubt as to how a very large section of society could feel so alienated, so desperate that they would destroy their own neighbourhoods. The class divide could not be plainer for all to see.

The Benz Burners Arrive: Protests Come To Germany As Arsonists Burn Down "Fat Cat" Cars

Damn It Or Fear It, The Forbidden Truth Is An Insurrection in Britain
By John Pilger

Message from Anonymous AntiSec Vanguard Defence Industries Leaked


BROWSE THE LEAK (more links included)


Fukushima radiation alarms doctors
Japanese doctors warn of public health problems caused by Fukushima radiation.

Building the Afghan Narrative with Black Propaganda, the People, the Process & the Product
By definition, America’s use of Psychological Warfare is described as the “The planned use of propaganda and other psychological actions having the primary purpose of influencing the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of hostile foreign groups in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives.”  Of course this very definition is itself propaganda, a white lie which omits the fact that America’s domestic population is just as often the target of psychological warfare as any “hostile foreign groups.” 

True cost of Afghan, Iraq wars is anyone's guess

Phone hacking: News of the World reporter's letter reveals cover-up
Disgraced royal correspondent Clive Goodman's letter says phone hacking was 'widely discussed' at NoW meetings

Kierkegaard's Influence on Hunter S. Thompson
Thompson: The Death of the American Dream

Thompson's writings on the death of the American dream are, in part, a response to Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling.

Facebook and the Decline of Ideas
"It is certainly no accident that the post-idea world has sprung up alongside the social networking world. Even though there are sites and blogs dedicated to ideas, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Flickr, etc., the most popular sites on the Web, are basically information exchanges, designed to feed the insatiable information hunger."

Madrid protest against pope visit ends in clashes
Thousands of Spaniards protested against the visit of the pope to Madrid today. Clashes between protesters and police led to six arrests and 11 wounded.

Spanish protests over cost of Pope's visit
Critics say pope's four-day visit to Madrid will cost Spaniards $144m at time of economic hardship.

Dag Hammarskjöld: evidence suggests UN chief's plane was shot down
Eyewitnesses claim a second aircraft fired at the plane raising questions of British cover-up over the 1961 crash and its causes

Cleared over Afghan deaths
One of the most rancorous episodes in the recent history of the Australian Army has ended with the decision by the military prosecutor to drop the remaining charges - against a commando officer - over the deaths of six Afghan civilians in 2009.

The following short essay provides some insight into the activities of Wackenhut Corporation, the Guardians of the famous, restrictedArea 51, and many other restricted areas within the US.

Folks, it just keeps getting more insane.

Financial Terrorism In America: How The Economic Elite Made Off With $46 Trillion
Abstract :: Welcome to World War III
Despite increasing personal financial hardship, most Americans remain unaware of the economic world war currently unfolding.

Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?
A whistle-blower claims that over the past two decades, the agency has destroyed records of thousands of investigations, whitewashing the files of some of the nation's worst financial criminals.

10 false flags operations that shaped our world
 From Nero to 9/11, via Pearl Harbour and the Gulf of Tonkin incident... Joe Crubaugh provides an "all time greatest hits" of false flag operations, whereby one scenario is repeated... as the world keeps falling for the same lie.

How to: know when to use photos from social media
Privacy issues, copyright law and the ethics of publishing photographs and videos from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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