The principles of food sovereignty

Pambazuka News

Yash Tandon (2008-06-18)

A proper analysis of the food crisis is a matter that cannot be left with trade negotiators, investment experts, or agricultural engineers, writes Yash Tandon. It is essentially a matter of political economy. A crisis for some is an opportunity for others. Any analysis of the present food crisis carries with it its own prescription, and these prescriptions have the potential to bring benefits for some and losses for others. A proper analysis of the food crisis is a matter that cannot be left with trade negotiators, investment experts, or agricultural engineers, writes Yash Tandon. It is essentially a matter of political economy. A crisis for some is an opportunity for others. Any analysis of the present food crisis carries with it its own prescription, and these prescriptions have the potential to bring benefits for some and losses for others. Continue reading The principles of food sovereignty

Churches tell world leaders in Rome: ‘feed the hungry’

International Catholic News

Jean Blaylock

The plea “Give us this day our daily bread” needs to be heard by world leaders meeting in Rome on the global food crisis, say church representatives across the globe.

“The Lord’s Prayer highlights that having enough to eat is, and has always been, central to the Christian idea of a world shaped by justice and mercy,” observed Sushant Agrawal, Director of the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) in India. “If God’s will was done, no one would go hungry.”

At present 854 million people – one person in every eight – are hungry, and the current crisis caused by rapid increase in food prices may add another 100 million people to that count. Continue reading Churches tell world leaders in Rome: ‘feed the hungry’

Africans in the Dark over the Congo River project

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23 April 2008 – Terri Hathaway (International Rivers, Africa Campaigner)

A lucrative hydropower scheme proposed for the Congo River has become Africa’s next great scramble. Led by the World Energy Council, major industries, banks, and governments met in London this week to seek their piece of the US$80 billion Grand Inga project – the world’s largest hydropower installation. The scheme is being promoted as a development venture to electrify the African continent, where two in every three people now lack access to electricity. Nearly a hundred officials and big money interests discussed how to profit from one of Congo’s great natural resources, but Congolese officials disappeared shortly after the meeting commenced with no explanation to organizers. Worse, organizers had refused to invite Congolese civil society and area communities, leaving no voice to defend the country’s interest. Continue reading Africans in the Dark over the Congo River project

Hundreds of nuns and monks march on Parliament to call on UK to kick carbon habit

Independent Catholic News
Hundreds of nuns, monks and clergy descended on Westminster yesterday, today to demand that MPs strengthen the Climate Change Bill and ‘kick the carbon habit’ for the sake of the poorest in the world.

Those in developing countries are the first to experience the devastating impacts of climate change – despite contributing to it the least. In its current form, the Climate Change Bill ignores the latest scientific evidence and key recommendations from all three parliamentary committees that reviewed the draft bill and recently the United Nations Development Programme also warned that the Bill needed improving as its targets were not ambitious enough. Continue reading Hundreds of nuns and monks march on Parliament to call on UK to kick carbon habit

U.S. Woes, Anti-Immigrant Moves Hit Latin America

By Abid Aslam

WASHINGTON, May 13 (IPS) – Economic woes and hostility against immigrants in the United States are having a financial impact thousands of miles away, in the communities to which migrant workers send their hard-earned savings.

In particular, fewer Latin American immigrants are sending money to their homelands on a regular basis, the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) has found. Continue reading U.S. Woes, Anti-Immigrant Moves Hit Latin America

The Return of the Fourth Fleet

Venzualenanalysis.com
May 10th 2008, by BBC

The U.S.S. George Washington is currently in Brazilian waters carrying out military exercises.

After 58 years, the United States Navy will reactivate the Fourth Fleet, which will be in charge of patrolling Latin American waters.

The fleet had been deactivated following the end of the Second World War, but starting July 1st of this year, U.S. naval forces will have a high level command specifically dedicated to supervising the projects of its units in Latin America and the Caribbean.

A U.S. military spokesperson pointed out to the BBC that this does not imply in itself an increase in U.S. military presence in the region. Continue reading The Return of the Fourth Fleet

40,000 people marched to the Republican National Convention to say ‘US Out of Iraq Now

Dear Friend of United for Peace and Justice,

Yesterday, on a hot and humid day in St. Paul, Minnesota, upwards of 40,000 people marched to the front door of the Republican National Convention to say ‘US Out of Iraq Now’, ‘Money for Human Needs, Not War’; ‘No to the Republican Agenda’; ‘Yes to Peace, Justice, and Equality’.

Like most major marches, no one knew for certain how many people would turn out for the March on the RNC. The media coverage of the long struggle with local officials for permit rights had, in the end, helped organizers get the word out throughout the Twin Cities area for the march. Groups all around the upper Midwest organized buses, vans, and carpools to bring people into town. It was clear that this was an opportunity not to be missed. As the Republican Party was beginning its four-day gathering to nominate John McCain as their presidential candidate, we would be on the streets to raise a clear strong voice addressing the war and a range of other issues. Continue reading 40,000 people marched to the Republican National Convention to say ‘US Out of Iraq Now