All Blog Posts Tagged 'hunger' (7)

The over-simplified narrative of the Somali famine.

The recent attention afforded to the Somali famine has mostly infuriated me. It’s not because I don’t care about those who are starving, quite the contrary; it’s more that I am infuriated with the way that the crisis is being painted in the media. For example:

The way it is so constantly referred to as a “natural disaster”, the result of drought or climate change, or some other ecological problem, as opposed to being a…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 2, 2011 at 8:29pm — 13 Comments

Prisoners Have Nothing to Gain by Eating

Prisoners risking death by refusing food in the Pelican Bay supermax, and those hunger striking in solidarity in prisons around California are a judgment of our sickness. "The degree of civilization in a society," said Dostoyevsky, "can be judged by entering its prisons."

Civilization is something we no longer seem to aspire to. The United States locks up more people and a greater percentage of its people than anyone else. We lock them in training centers for anger and violence. We…

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Added by David Swanson on July 18, 2011 at 9:52am — 1 Comment

PACQUIAO VOWS FIGHT VERSUS POVERTY

PACQUIAO VOWS FIGHT VERSUS POVERTY

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Good morning from the Pearl of the Orient!

 

Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, world’s best boxer pound-per-pound and the greatest boxer of the century, just defeated California’s prized fighter Mosley. The fight didn’t only highlight the prowess of the world’s best—and that best could extend to being the world’s top athlete today—but more importantly it heralded…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on May 18, 2011 at 3:23am — No Comments

seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - Arundhati Roy - Fault Lines - Al- Jazeera

 

http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/faultlines/2010/05/20105610311806602.html

 

 

 

In 1997, Arundhati Roy's first novel The God of Small Things made her the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize. More than six million copies of the book were sold worldwide.

Since then, she has turned her pen to politics. During the Bush…

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Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on May 10, 2011 at 9:47pm — No Comments

GLOBAL OLIGARCHS WINNING IN AQUINO’S DISPENSATION

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Global oligarchs and their military-technocratic-political subalterns supported Noynoy Aquino’s presidency. Their bridgeheads here are the likes of the Makati Business Club, Cuisia-Paderanga Opus Dei troikas, and the oligarchs whose names sound Filipino but whose own businesses have grown global in scope.

 

Through the PPP or Public Private Partnerships, both foreign and local oligarchs have been partnering to monopolize benefits…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 13, 2011 at 7:25pm — No Comments

POVERTY: PH LINGERING ACHILLES HEEL

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Let me follow through on the hunger report by reflecting on poverty once more. Ph is an economic boom episode and its chief exec Noynoy Aquino has been in power for almost a year since installation. Yet hunger grows amidst relative abundance!

 

Government statistics has to be massaged anew so as to make it appear that poverty has been going down. The ‘doctorates of statistical massage’ should better do their jobs well, as the…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 11, 2011 at 7:07pm — No Comments

HUNGRY FOLKS GROW AMIDST PLENTY

HUNGRY FOLKS GROW AMIDST PLENTY

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

The Social Weather Stations or SWS just recently conducted its regular national survey on hunger, with the alarming conclusion of growing poverty incidence. A 20% hunger rate was the bleak turn of the survey, which is indeed gruesome to the stomach given the economic boom years.

 

It seems that the only people benefiting from the economic boom are the likes of SMC’s Ang,…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 10, 2011 at 7:15pm — No Comments

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