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by Firoze Manji and
media is replete with images from Niger of dying children grappling with
emaciated breasts that have long dried from starvation.The famine in Niger
exposes the sham of G8 pledges to end poverty in Africa during and after their
recent meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland and the complicity of those aid agencies
who said not a word about this when they had accesses to millions of viewers
watching geriatric jives during the Live8 concerts.
is evidence that G8 leaders and international agencies (www.dec.org.uk ) knew about the crisis brewing
in Niger for nearly a year. They must have known that at the same time in Niamey
shops and markets were (and are still) flooded with food for the rich.
Born out of genocide; born to live off
August, two historical events are commemorated, both of which had a major impact
on the destiny of millions of people and changed the face of the world forever.
The first, remembered on August 6 and 9, is the horrific nuclear bombing of the
Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 that killed hundreds of
thousands of people. The second, marked on August 23, reminds us of the
abolition of the slave trade, a system that devastated African societies for
hundreds of years. What is the nature of the system that allows for atrocities
such as these and countless others? Jacques Depelchin goes to the heart of
capitalism and finds a system gone mad.
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