…. from the quill of Antisthenes
Some time, in fact a long time ago a friend warned me – when you see yet another famine on your TV screen, watch what is happening elsewhere. Now, in 2011, that is easier said than done. Today almost all the media march to the same socialist drumbeat. If your take at least occasional interest in what is happening around you and not just in your bank account, you probably noticed that according to the media there is a famine in Somalia, naturally caused by the US imperialists. It seems the American baddies had refused to support the warlords, which ought to be surprising and newsworthy in itself. Maybe Obama has not noticed as yet.
I read a few books about Africa, about the average journalists’ integrity and the news creation. I had seen some things. At any time, since time immemorial somewhere in Africa there are people dying of hunger. Nobody would deny it. Certainly not me. Yet a simple check on the United Nations website would show you the astonishing amounts of money allegedly going to Africa and a check of the world prices of basic food should indicate that your donation is not feeding the hungry. I mean the really hungry, not the charlatans running the charity scams. While on the internet, check the current, as opposed to two years ago, prices of the Iranian caviar and you will see that the life is hard. You’ll see how few caviar eggs your $1.90 out of your $2.00 donation buys.
If you just want to feel good and do not care … But if you do, I recommend the following books. They are not easy to find – Graham Hancock: The Lords of Poverty- The Power, Prestige and Corruption of the International Aid Business / 1989 and Michael Maren: The Road to Hell – The Savaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity / 1997.
So what is behind the current hunger hysteria? Problems in Libya? Syria? Tibet? Some place we just hear nothing about?