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NAFTA Is Starving Mexico

NAFTA Is Starving Mexico
By Laura Carlsen, October 20, 2011


Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) became the law of the land, millions of Mexicans have joined the ranks of the hungry. Malnutrition is highest among the country’s farm families, who used to produce enough food to feed the nation.

As the blood-spattered violence of the drug war takes over the headlines, many Mexican men, women, and children confront the slow and silent violence of starvation. The latest reports show that the number of people living in “food poverty” (the inability to purchase the basic food basket) rose from 18 million in 2008 to 20 million by late 2010.

About one-fifth of Mexican children currently suffer from malnutrition. An innovative measurement applied by the National Institute for Nutrition registers a daily count of 728,909 malnourished children under five for October 18, 2011. Government statistics report that 25 percent of the population does not have access to basic food.

Playing For Change

I am addicted to this beautiful music.


Dedicated To Creating Positive Change Through Music & Arts Education

The project started in 2004 with the organization's self described goal to "inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music". The creators of the project, Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places such as New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and Ireland. Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted into their own style. Among the artists participating, or openly involved in the project, include Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Clarence Bekker, Tal Ben Ari (Tula), Bono, Keb' Mo', David Broza, Manu Chao and Grandpa Elliott.
The project's first single "Stand by Me", began with a Santa Monica street performer named Roger Ridley (now deceased). The duo traveled the world, recording more and more musicians. All of these versions were considered for mixing a pastiche final version. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_for_Change

Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay - RIP Mr. Ridley.

Stand By Me

A Change Is Gonna Come

Gimme Shelter


Don't Worry

One Love

Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives - The Environmental Footprint Of War

Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives - The Environmental Footprint ...
from: Alice & Lincoln Day


Synopsis: Using on-site and archival footage to illustrate specialist and eyewitness accounts from around the world, "Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives" shows how war and preparations for war further compromise the environmental health of a planet already stressed by massive population increases, ruinous environmental practices, and unsustainable demands on natural resources. In the context of growing awareness and alarm about global climate change, it shows natural security (the protection and preservation of ecosystems) to be an essential component of any realistic approach to national security

War and the True Tragedy of the Commons
Thursday 28 July 2011
by: H. Patricia Hynes, Truthout | News Analysis


Military Hazardous Waste Sickens Land and People

Chemical Warfare: Agent Orange

Dead Forests, Dying People: Agent Orange & Chemical Warfare in Vietnam
By Fred Wilcox
Source: The Asia-Pacific JournalTuesday, December 13, 2011

Biological Weapons: Bargaining With the Devil

Depleted Uranium Weapon Use Persists, Despite Deadly Side Effects
&feature=fvst - Deadly Legacy - Iraq

Landmines and Cluster Bombs: "Weapons of Mass Destruction in Slow Motion"

The Military Assault on Global Climate

Soviet-Armed Iraq Switches Allegiance to US Weapons Systems

Published on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 by Inter Press Service

Soviet-Armed Iraq Switches Allegiance to US Weapons Systems

by Thalif Deen


NEW YORK - As the United States withdraws the last of its 50,000 troops after a nearly nine-year military occupation of Iraq, visiting Iraqi President Nuri al-Maliki had one final request: billions of dollars worth of U.S. weapons for his ragtag armed forces.

The U.S. assured Iraq Monday that it would sell Iraq a second shipment of 18 F-16 fighter jets. Iraq has indicated it will need a total of 96 F-16s. (Credit. Miller/ CC by 2.0)
A longstanding Soviet and later Russian ally, Iraq under former president Saddam Hussein never had an ongoing military relationship with the United States.

Now, Iraq is gradually abandoning its huge arsenal of primarily Russian and French equipment in favour of U.S. arms.

At a White House meeting Monday, al-Maliki was assured a second batch of 18 sophisticated F-16 fighter planes to help rebuild the country's dilapidated air force, whose helicopters and missiles the U.S. destroyed during its long-drawn-out war beginning March 2003.

Africa’s Disputed Trees

Africa’s Disputed Trees
By Mark Hertsgaard


Source: Le Monde DiplomatiqueSunday, December 11, 2011

"At first the women weren’t sure they could do it. Or should do it. Many in the village agreed. Digging holes, planting trees, being leaders, weren’t these men’s jobs? “Everyone said we were crazy,” said vivacious Nakho Fall. We were in Koutal, a village in western Senegal where goats and chickens amble across sandy lanes that separate households. She was sitting under a shade tree with other women and their children; at 11am it was already very hot. (A month later the summer rains and humidity would make that day’s weather seem sublime.)"...

"So, defying local stereotypes, the women of Koutal decided to fight for their village. With seedlings and technical expertise supplied by the Senegalese government and foreign donors, they spent six years transforming 290 hectares of land from bare, crusted soil into a thriving agro-forestry reserve. They now harvest timber to sell in local markets and grow millet and other crops to eat. Incomes and food production have risen substantially, and they look to the future with a new confidence. “We are very proud that our children will benefit from this land,” said Adam Ndiaye, a grandmother. “And they will know this work was done by women.”"....

"Africa will suffer first and worst

The famine in the Horn of Africa is the latest reminder of what scientists have been saying for years: Africa will suffer first and worst from the extra heat and drought from climate change over the coming decades. Famine is not the only reason that 750,000 people — half of them children — are likely to die in the Horn soon, according to the United Nations: Somalia, the epicentre of the famine, has been plagued by civil war and a non-functioning government for years. But this famine was brought to a head by the worst drought in 60 years, which has caused deprivation and hunger in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, both more stable countries."...

I'm really going to miss the old DU homepage.

I originally loved the setup here and all the new features, but going back and forth between here and DU2 has been making me sad .... the old homepage had everything .... videos, journals, greatest ... all the news. It was all the best of DU in a single click, and felt like home. This feels sort of like moving from a tight, urban community to the burbs.

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