posted on Jul, 3 2010 @ 12:03 AM
How Goldman Sachs Caused a 'Silent Mass Murder,' Gambling on Starvation in the Developing
By now, you probably think your opinion of Goldman Sachs and its swarm of Wall Street allies has rock-bottomed at raw loathing. You're wrong.
There's more. It turns out that the most destructive of all their recent acts has barely been discussed at all. Here's the rest. This is the story
of how some of the richest people in the world - Goldman, Deutsche Bank, the traders at Merrill Lynch, and more - have caused the starvation of some
of the poorest people in the world.
It starts with an apparent mystery. At the end of 2006, food prices across the world started to rise, suddenly and stratospherically. Within a year,
the price of wheat had shot up by 80 per cent, maize by 90 per cent, rice by 320 per cent. In a global jolt of hunger, 200 million people - mostly
children - couldn't afford to get food any more, and sank into malnutrition or starvation. There were riots in more than 30 countries, and at least
one government was violently overthrown. Then, in spring 2008, prices just as mysteriously fell back to their previous level. Jean Ziegler, the UN
Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, calls it "a silent mass murder", entirely due to "man-made actions."
Earlier this year I was in Ethiopia, one of the worst-hit countries, and people there remember the food crisis as if they had been struck by a
tsunami. "My children stopped growing," a woman my age called Abiba Getaneh, told me. "I felt like battery acid had been poured into my stomach as
I starved. I took my two daughters out of school and got into debt. If it had gone on much longer, I think my baby would have died."
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[edit on 3-7-2010 by Jack Jouett]