The neo-colonialism of starvation


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925 million people in the world are suffering from hunger while the price of food is going up. Since July, that figure has increased by 18%. Malnutrition is the main cause of death, and it comes so far above illnesses like AIDS, malaria or TB. Most of the starving nations are in Africa. Having said this to start off with, the first thoughts of the richer States should be that of helping Africa and not exploiting it.
13 million Ethiopians donít have enough food. However, the Ethiopian government has offered three million hectares of cultivatable land to nations where starvation is unknown. 1,000 hectares have already been rented out for 99 years to a billionaire from Saudi Arabia and cultivated with greenhouses, constructed with the best technology, that produce 50 tons of food a day and sent within 24 hours to restaurants all over the Middle East. A study carried out by the company called Grain has shown that 50 million hectares of fertile land (almost twice the surface area of Italy) has been bought by international economic groups or directly by governments of the top States in the world. Darfur is not only a massacre, itís also a business. Jarch Capital, a New York investment company has rented 800,000 hectares in the South of Sudan. The estimate return on investment is estimated to be at least 25%. For years, India, China and Korea have been going shopping for African land in Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya and Senegal. Africa is the planetís great feeding trough at the expense of the starving. Like the others, the EU plays its part. With the directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources there is the objective of producing 10% of energy from biofuels by 2015. According to the organisation ActionAid, the European biofuel companies have already bought nearly 4 million hectares that in the future will become 17.5 million.
Disruptive events due to hunger are ever more frequent. The causes are the erosion of the soil in the more developed nations due to cementification and drying up due to intensive cultivation, and the change in climate with massive flooding, as in Pakistan, or fires of proportions never experienced before, like the one in Russia where they had to forbid the exportation of wheat. The food war is at the beginning and in comparison, the oil war will seem like a walk in the park. On the world chess board, things are happening, to get possession of cultivatable land, itís the most powerful nations, like in a great big game of ďRiskĒ. This is neo-colonialism of starvation that cannot go on for a long time. Itís not possible to think of Africa or South America where China is present with the acquisition of immense agricultural territories, not taking action to hold back their food resources in the event of a world crisis. Itís not possible to bomb cultivatable land. In the future true wealth will be a field of wheat, a kitchen garden or a greenhouse.
If possible near home.

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And itís this that nourishes the Power, the indifference of the Italians.

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#Louis Pacella | November 19, 2010 03:00 AM

Great observations Louis and I agree completely.

...and, would like to add the following.

Nowhere else in the world, not even in Hough Hefner's villa, can women get promoted so fast as in Italy.

All they need is the following:
a miniskirt
25 cm high heels
having posed for a nude calendar
a healthy dose of the cult of personality
and the less knowledge of politics they have the better.

With the above qualities, women in Italy can get where even Heineken cannot reach - for example:

into the italian prime minister's bed
(or under his desk ... )
and then straight into the italian parliament.

Carfagna is going to resign from parliament and from the PDL after voting for Berlusconi in December ?

Of course she will ..... and then watch her surface 2 days later somewhere in top politics somewhere between Salerno and Naples.

Where is Cicciolina when her country needs her most ?!

Keyser Soze

Posted by: Keyser Soze | November 21, 2010 05:15 AM

Not content with having virtually destroyed our economies the speculators are now turning their attention to commodities, energy, utilities, gold and anything else that moves to make them more money.
All this with total contempt or consideration for the millions in the poorer nations who, if nothing is done to alleviate their plight, will continue to risk their lives to cross the seas to Europe hoping for a better life. Somebody must tell them that that the better life they seek is only an illusion. The only solution to save the planet from future conflicts that the race for raw materials will enevitably cause is to invest in the so called developing nations. How can our political leaders fail to grasp the obvious that by providing education, housing, infrastructure and economic development the poorest populations will be able to improve their standard of living, thereby reducing the need to emigrate and ultimately create a growing consumer market as the BRIC countries have been able to do. We have a moral obligation to share more. Remember the old Indian saying: "We cannot eat gold." I have advised this in my report sent to world leaders. "A Moral Path to Recovery." It can be seen on my blog:

Posted by: peter fieldman | November 19, 2010 10:00 AM

One of the reason Italians soldiers are in Afghanistan, says La Russa, is to save Afghan women from the Taliban. Noble mission. Except it's soaked in hypocracy. His boss worsened women's conditions in Italy. The World Economic Forum's 2010 Global Gender Gap ranked Italy 74th, six places lower than last year. Namibia is 25th, Kazakhstan 44th, and many other women in Third World Countrries are treated better than Italian women. Italian men work less and make more: 70% of them have never used an oven; 95% have never used a washing machine; Italian women work 21 hours at home on top of their work outside of the house; women get paid 20% less than men for the same job. Old news? Neither is anyone surprised outside of Italy. What can be expected from a country governed by a cradle robber? And they're right. It's Italian women that need to be protected from a medieval mentality, never mind Afghanistan.

Posted by: Louis Pacella | November 19, 2010 03:00 AM

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