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Consider Empire of Shame

November27

Allow me to begin simply with: Happy Thanksgiving.

I am not thumping my chest (well… today).  This is just me trying to keep huge global events (that might include hunger and anarchy) in perspective on a day when many Alpharetta Moms are plotting how best to invade Wall-Mart for Christmas bargains.

Jean Ziegler is a senior professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris. He is one of the leading protagonists in the world for the anti-globalization movement and has taken a continued stand for human rights, the right to food and a decent livelihood for all people. In 2000, he was appointed by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

He kept this position until March 2008 in spite of much hard criticism from the neoliberal leaders of the U.S. and the UN for his categorical stand for equal rights for all people. His continued fight against poverty, hunger and chronic malnutrition in the world has been a constant embarrassment to the West. He is now the Swiss member of the UN Human Rights Council. His is one of the very few voices heard on the international scene speaking out loudly against the criminal financial system that has put the world in its present tailspin with hunger and lack of human rights, devastating a continually increasing mass of the world’s 6.6 billion population.

Unfortunately Ziegler is not very well known in the Anglophone world, where, for (obvious?) political reasons, his humanitarian message is hushed up.

He says in “Empire of Shame – A Conversation with Jean Ziegler”:

“One thing is certain: world agriculture, in the current state of productivity, could feed twice the number of today’s global population. So it is not a matter of fate: hunger is manmade.”

Then of course, there is always “Handlebars” by Flobots.  It’s quite relevant.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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