Food shortage 2008 and other world news

25 04 2008

News Items from the past week

International food shortage: This is an issue that should be important to a lot of people. The food crisis is essentially the culmination of high fuel crisis (see Iraq, possible peak oil, flaccid US Dollar), and corn being used as alternative fuel in conjunction with feeding the world, while the land used to grow it isn’t being expanded on. The international food shortage that has swept the third world like a bad storm, and despite has the potential to be a serious destabilizing factor and a threat to world security. Despite this, no G8 leader has made any significant effort to help stem this and the only government body directly addressing this is the United Nations. (Continued on the Economist)

The Terrorist work together: Muammar el-Qaddafi and the oil industry work together to exempt Libya from complying with a law passed in January, that forces states that sponsor terrorism to compensate victims through seizure of assets/commodities held in the United States. Not surprisingly, the Bush Administration is also in on this. Remember: By conservative estimations, Libya would have to pay $3 Billion if they lose six court cases still pending. Read story here.

Race, Obama and the election: While the presidential election goes forth, one issue that seems to be inescapable is racism and the electorate. From the Reverend Wright controversy to the exit polls in Pennsylvania, race and Obama is an issue that is inseparable and despite the eloquent speech in Philadelphia, it’s still something that Obama America has to deal with. NYT Reports

Quote of the week: Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.

-Ronald Regan (Don’t ask why I’m quoting Ronald Regan)