Famine fears in Bush’s ‘new’ Afghanistan

This video is called Pain at the Mirwais Hospital, Kandahar, Afghanistan (Sept 07). It says about itself:

Afghan doctor explains the lack of medication, food and services available in Kandahar hospital, Afghanistan. While a very malnourished three year old girl sits beside him, suffering tremendous pain.

By James Cogan:

Millions face starvation in Afghanistan

9 January 2009

A social catastrophe is unfolding in Afghanistan. 2008 was the seventh consecutive year of drought and poor harvests and as many as 8 to 10 million people face starvation as the harsh winter sets in and snow falls isolate rural communities. The worst affected provinces are in central and northern Afghanistan where US and NATO forces have exerted almost unchallenged control since the 2001 invasion and claim to have spent billions of dollars on reconstruction and development.

Great wealth of Afghan elite sows bitterness: here.

Afghanistan: Food Crisis, Poverty Spur Child Marriages, Grim Realities for Girls: here.

The global food crisis may have dropped out of the headlines but, as Jayati Ghosh shows, price rises and the factors that created them are still very much with us today: here.

Growing years cut short for toddlers from poor families: here.

9 thoughts on “Famine fears in Bush’s ‘new’ Afghanistan

  1. Posted by: “frankofbos” FrankOfBos@yahoo.com

    Thu Jan 8, 2009 10:19 pm (PST)

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    Warming Denial Bus, 1/9

    The Bush administration flat out lies about WMDs on this date, even
    while on-the-ground weapons inspectors say they have found nothing
    (2003). Also the Bush administration sneaks off the global warming
    denial bus on this date, finally admitting that green house gases
    impact climate change (2007). Not that they intend to do anything
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  2. Canada, US should leave Afghanistan
    Monday, January 12,2009

    OTTAWA: A retired American colonel and prominent academic is calling for US president-elect Barack Obama to reconsider his plans to expand his country’s military mission in Afghanistan. Andrew Bacevich, a foreign affairs specialist at Boston University, said the U.S. and allies like Canada should start to withdraw from the war-torn country because it “simply does not make sense” to stay. Appearing on CTV’s Question Period Sunday, he said the original objective of the mission was to make sure the region does not become a breeding ground for Al Qaeda terrorists, who could then have a safe haven to launch attacks on the West. Bacevich said that now the Taliban has been forced out of power, there is really no need for Western countries to stay in the country and try to make it into a modern democracy.

    “Our interests there are very limited. As long as Afghanistan is not a sanctuary for terrorists that have the aim and capability to attack us in the West, we don’t really care that much about what happens in that country,” he said.

    “We don’t have to create a modern, coherent, Afghan nation-state in order to achieve those limited interests. The great defect, I think, of Western policy over the last few years is to assume that we have to create a modern Afghan nation state where none has ever existed.”

    Obama has said he wants to refocus America’s military attention on Afghanistan as the U.S. plans to reduce its military presence in Iraq. He has suggested that as many as 30,000 more U.S. troops could head to Afghanistan within the year.

    Bacevich said that doesn’t make sense during the current economic crisis, especially when the U.S. is projecting a deficit topping $1 trillion. He said the U.S. and other Western nations can fight terrorism without being in Afghanistan.

    “We’re in the midst of the worst economic downturn in this country (the U.S.) since the Great Depression, and that economic downturn is affecting Canada (and it) will continue to affect Canada,” he said. “The truth is that we don’t have the money to sustain misguided foreign policy initiatives.”

    Bacevich added that it is “incumbent on us to spend our national security dollars wisely.”

    He said the bulk of the burden in Afghanistan is being carried by the U.S., Canada and Britain, because NATO is not the cohesive organization it was during the Cold War.

    “I would go back and emphasize that Canadian power and, I think, Canadian political will is limited. But it’s time for those of us on this side of the border to recognize that American power and American will is also limited,” he said.




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