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Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs


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Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is responding by slamming the door on refugees and cutting aid funding while proposing a massive expansion of the U.S. military.


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Famine sighs like a scythe
across the field of statistics and the desert
is a moving mouth. In the hold of this earth
10,000,000 shoreless souls are drifting.
Somalia: 765,000, their skeletons will go under the tidal sand.
"We'll meet you in Bristol to conclude the agreement?"
. . .

We are roaches,
riddling the state cabinets, entering the dark holes
of power, carapaced in topcoats,
scuttling around columns, signalling for taxis,
with frantic antennae, to other huddles with roaches;
we infect with optimism, and when
the cabinets crack, we are the first
to scuttle, radiating separately
back to Geneva, Bonn, Washington, London.

--Derek Walcott, from "The Fortunate Traveller", 1981


#3

What Amy Goodman neglects to mention is that the U.S. Navy is helping to enforce the food blockade of Yemen. The bombing is terrible but is nothing compared to the genocidal blockade.

Peace
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#4

IMHO, Mr. Guterres is putting the cart before the horse - at least in Syria - where IIRC it was a serious food shortage resulting from several years of drought that led to the conflict in the first place.  While it is true that
the U.S. could help to relieve these crises TEMPORARILY, in the long run things are going to get much worse before they get better - as confirmed by warnings from our Department of Defense.  Mis-quoting Lord Aragorn, "Global Warming is upon you, whether you would have it or not."  And the results of global warming will include widening shortages of food as both droughts and flooding increase. The excessive use of chemical fertilizers and irrigation has temporarily enabled greater productivity, but the long-term effect is soil depletion and even total destruction of farmland.*  There is barely enough food available today to feed all of humanity, even if it were evenly distributed, but distribution involves the use of fossil fuels which exacerbates the very global warming that's a root cause of the problem.  Adding to the challenge is the unsustainable growth in human numbers – over Seven Billion today, and projected to reach TEN Billion by 2100.  Of course the next major extinction is on the horizon, and if Mother Nature is kind there may be 500 Million humans left by 2150, rather than the more likely Zero.

* See page 414 of my (2nd) cousin John McPhee's treatise 'Annals of the Former World' for an example of "modern" agriculture run amok.


#5

"The excessive use of chemical fertilizers and irrigation has temporarily enabled greater productivity, but the long-term effect is soil depletion and even total destruction of farmland."

Another ploy by the powers that be to sell petroleum based fertilizers and a way of doing agriculture that destroys communities and the soil itself. https://foodfirst.org/nigerias-latest-food-sovereignty-struggle-the-world-is-watching/

If the west isn't bombing people, we are stuffing our failed agriculture system down their throats. Democrat and Republican leadership alike.


#6

The US military's expansion into Africa during the past decade is focused on enabling Monsanto and cronies to control African agriculture via their tried and tested extortion strategy.


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Not to mention the increasing cost of energy due to depletion of the low cost sources and the high cost of the "tight" sources. The world population exploded on cheap/free energy and once it is gone the world will revert to a more sustainable population.


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We already know that Yemen and Somalia and northeast Nigeria don't want us there. And don't want the Saudi Arabians there either. (Perhaps Yemen will become Saudi Arabia's Vietnam, like it had for Egypt in the 1960s...) And there is substantial reason to believe that we don't want more Yemenis, Somalians or northeast Nigerians from Boko Haram tribes in the USA.

Rev. Malthus told us that disease and famine are what happens when a place gets overpopulated, and the functioning of the system has broken down as it has. No one disputes that both conditions are true, that those places are overpopulated, and have ceased to function. Perhaps the best thing is to let it happen. Those places will be better off when they have fewer people.

BTW, we already know that the UN can't forestall or resolve many conflicts. It has had some small success in limiting the size of conflicts, and in tilting the playing field so that Western military interventions tend to fail, so those aren't attempted so much anymore.


#9

Amy, get At the truth of 911 . Maybe then the war mongering of the U.S. will end.