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Hunger Is a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction', says Jean Ziegler

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We can no more sit lethargically in our comfortable homes, watching the blatant propaganda that is fed to us through the Main-Stream Media, listening to the biased reports about the U.S. wars that are fought, so they tell us, in the name of freedom and democracy. The truth is that the wars are fought to make huge profits for the arms industries and all the big corporations. Take over lands and nations by war or by insidious so-called "aid' that ensnares the nations in a net of debts that it is impossible to get out of.

After reading Jean Ziegler's book, one is convinced that the time has come to act on what we know to be the truth. The West is corrupt to the gills and,  if we the people are too lethargic, ignorant or frightened to do something NOW, then the pillars of the world will crumble. And that will be the end.

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[1]  'Destruction massive -- Geopolitique de la faim' published in October 2011 ; Editions du Seuil ; Jean Ziegler, a former professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris, is member of the UN Human Rights Council's Advisory Committee with an expertise on economic, social and cultural rights. For the period 2000-2008, Jean Ziegler was the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In March 2008, Jean Ziegler was elected Member of the UN Human Rights Council's Advisory Committee. One year later, the Human Rights Council decided, by acclamation, to re-elect Jean Ziegler as a member of the Advisory Committee, a post he will now hold until 2012. In August 2009, the members of the Advisory Committee elected Jean Ziegler as Vice-President of the forum.

[2]  NAFTA = North American Free Trade Agreement; CAFTA = Central America Free Trade Agreement; FTAA = Free Trade Area  of the Americas

[3]  A study by Oxfam (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief) which has become famous showed  that wherever the IMF applied a structural adjustment plan during the decade 1990-2000, millions of more people were thrown into the abyss of hunger. Jean Ziegler: Destruction  massive ; p.179

[4]  For the horribly disfiguring and ultimately deadly disease called noma see  'NOMA -- The Face of Poverty', By Siv O'Neall, and the UN report 'The tragedy of Noma' by Jean Ziegler, Vice-President of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee.

[5]  On December 10, 1948, the 64 members of the UN unanimously adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It recognizes in Article 25 that "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."

[6]  This Brazilian doctor and physiologist (1908 -- 1973) to whom Jean Ziegler devotes two entire chapters in Destruction Massive, was an ardent fighter for the right to food, starting with his homeland in the Nordeste region of Brazil. When his book Geografia da fome (Geography of hunger) was published in 1946, de Castro already had a long career behind him. He became a world famous fighter for the right to food, and in particular he had studied the effects of undernourishment and child malnutrition.  He fled from Brazil to Paris in 1964 because of the barbaric military dictatorship that ravaged Brazil from 1964 to 1985. Geografia da fome has been translated into 26 languages.

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