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May 10, 2008

Stop Politicizing the Myanmar / Burma Disaster

Filed under: Politics,World News — cyberwanderer @ 12:06 am
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The conduct of politicians right after the devastating Myanmar disaster is disgusting. Bush and Harper were quick to point finger at the Military Junta. U.S. then say if Myanmar government does not handle this properly it would lead to their downfall. They then went on to accuse the Myanmar’s government of being slow to act. This is coming from a government who failed to act for a long time after Hurricane’s Katrina disaster in New Orleans. They commanded that Myanmar government let them in. While the U.S. government take advantage of this massive disaster to undermine the government of that country, and western media constantly chide Myanmar for failing to act (starting immediately right after the disaster), Asians seem to have different opinion. AFP reported that:

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insists aid to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar has nothing to do with politics but critics and some Asian diplomats wonder whether Washington is mixing the two.

Taiwanese religious leader claim exactly opposite to what U.S. and their media have been reporting:

A Taiwanese Buddhist leader said Friday that Myanmar was promptly dispatching food and medical materials to cyclone survivors even though the reclusive country has been slow to let foreign aid workers in.

Master Hsin Tao made the comments as he returned from a trip to Yangon to assess the destruction from Cyclone Nargis.

He led a team of 10 Taiwanese aid workers to Myanmar this week and dispatched 6 tons of food to cyclone survivors.

Myanmar’s government on the other hand, coming under attack, reacted with stupendously stupid decision of blocking foreign experts and showing lack of sound judgment. Both sides should just let the Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) take care of matters behind the scene and all politicians should just shut up! This is not the time for politics and trying to overthrow a government. There are real people suffering on the ground.

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February 25, 2008

Biofuel could contribute to world hunger

starvation.jpgEver since I heard Bush pronounce his support for biofuel in Brazil, I can’t help but wonder how that would affect world food supply. BBC is reporting today that UN might soon have to ration food in their aid program, due to sky rocketing prices of food worldwide. As agriculture lands are diverted to produce biofuels instead of producing crops for foods, it will surely increase prices of food. This would make basic food even more unaffordable for those living in poverty. It will just add to the factors already mentioned by UN in today’s BBC news.

CBC has an “In depth” article about the international food aid program. It cites reduced food supply due to drought (resulting from climate change) that could contribute to crop losses. Another factor that can have catastrophic consequence is conversion of agriculture lands.

But environment and food security campaigners warn that the expected switch from food crops to biofuel crops could have a devastating effect for the world’s hungry population.

“The impact on global food supply will be catastrophic: [it will be] big enough to tip the global balance from net surplus to net deficit,” British activist George Monbiot wrote of biofuel development.

“If, as some environmentalists demand, it is to happen worldwide, then most of the arable surface of the planet will be deployed to produce food for cars, not people.”

Convincing Brazil and other third world countries to forego their rush to produce crops for ethanol and biofuel might be hard since the profit that can be made is much bigger. Electric cars along with wind, solar or nuclear energy generation might be a better option and it might be prudent to discourage biofuel early on before it is too late.

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