Friday, May 1, 2009

Africa starving - crisis continues and some swine's

Anyone else noticed the subtle and slow turnaround in the media coverage of the swine flu? Slowly but surely one journalist after the other comes crawling with nicer words saying we might wanna take it easy. Also notice how the news about the swine flu have started to go down in size from several pages to one or two and on the papers Internet sites the news are not always the first you see/read when going to the URL anymore. They are still milking it of course, but you can notice a difference. And CDC/WTO suddenly tries to dampen the hysteria, before doing everything in their power to increase it. I also have noticed several bloggers, mainly from the left flank, that earlier blamed the Swedish government for not doing enough and said we should prepare, now all of a sudden they are talking about how everything is blow out of proportion. What happened? If you use the internet to find news, also try and use it to find alternative view-points and check what have been done before during similar newsbreaks.

Governments everywhere is trying to restrict, bound and control the Internet, just for preventing us from finding out the truth about things. If it wasn’t for the Internet, even more people would be running scared and those several pages of propaganda would still be in our faces. Is it surprising governments want to control this waste information channel? It is power. Use it, while you can.

One very neglected place and what this entry really is about is Africa and what is going on in several countries in Africa at the moment. There is actually rising poverty and increasing hunger fears at levels equivalent to the economic crisis. While mainstream economists, governments and even stock-brokers is starting more and more saying that the turnaround is here, that the crisis is easing off, the curves in Africa is not pointing upwards (which they aren’t in our part of the world either). This is because in the real world the crisis isn’t turning around, it is just temporarily halted. Thanks to fictive bubbles created by money printing and enormous state-loans the market is “tricked” and thru governmental take-over’s unemployment is kept down a bit demanding even more loans and more printing of money. Also remember that rates are very low which means that people earn more money spending them than saving them, keeping the scam rolling. What will most likely happen now is that we are going to stand still for a half a year or so, markets going up and down from day to day. This until all the inflationary money really hits the markets or some event triggers a new downwards spiral. If you take a look at the corporate loans and bonds markets in America for example the defaulting (people not paying back the loans) is growing and if the speed takes off, that’s the next bubble that will bursts and then; hello depression!

So on the day of collective thinking, or the day after, depending on your time zone, take a couple of seconds and look at these countries and really see all the millions of dead-people-walking soon to be the victims of this crisis. Africa isn’t really that effected by “our” depression, but it will be enough for most of these already living on the edge.

An estimated 50 percent of the country’s four million citizens are living below the poverty line on the equivalent of $1 a day. The calorie intake of 39 percent of households is lower than the minimum daily recommended level of 2,000-2,500. Twenty-six percent of children under five years of age are chronically malnourished; 33 have iron deficiency. Some 13 percent of the population has an iodine deficiency, while vitamin A deficiency is running at 47 percent.


Alarming levels of malnutrition are being recorded in children between six and 59 months old in the north-eastern region of Mandera, which is grappling with successive droughts, high food prices and a scarcity of water.

Three consecutive years of drought and meager harvests have put thousands in the southern areas of the country down on the slippery slope to hunger, and the children usually go first. And the political situation doesn’t help either.

And these are only three countries that are suffering because of protectionism from richer countries and in-house authoritarian policies. When this crisis goes on, which it will, and when (not if) it turns over to a full depression these people are going to die. If I’m right most of these people have a year, at the most, to live. The enemy class is responsible for this, but you are too, not only have you voted for those in charge, you also don’t even try to understand or know what’s really going on in the world. For most of these people it is already too late, this depression will happen, no matter what you do, but maybe there will be a next time and maybe then you have learned something.

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