Issue No. 251/252 (Jul/Aug 2011)
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Tragedy in the Horn of Africa Drought, famine and conflict
humanitarian crisis unfolds in Horn of Africa
The underlying cause of
the drought that has metamorphosed into a famine is the slowly changing
global climate that is drying out eastern Africa.
By Doreen Stabinsky
degradation in the Greater Horn of Africa:
Some impacts and future implications
Some important human activities have
contributed to the region's environmental degradation and their resulting
By Kidane Mengisteab
do not happen overnight
Effective long-term solutions, such
as the implementation of drought management systems and measures to
combat creeping desertification, are needed to tackle the root causes
the sources of the Somali conflict
A combination of the struggle by local
groups for power and resources, colonial and foreign intervention and
state repression precipitated the conflict in Somalia.
By Afyare A Elmi
foreign policy blunders helped create the famine in Somalia
famine in Somalia
is not simply a consequence of drought, but also the result of giving
primacy to security interests over human needs.
IMF's role in the creation of famines in Somalia
IMF's intervention in the early 1980s contributed to the crisis of Somali
By Michel Chossudovsky
carried him a whole day while he was dead, thinking he was alive'
A report on the heart-rending plight
of Somali refugees fleeing from their famine-stricken land.
By Abdurrahman Warsameh
women bear superhuman burden in famine
Somali women, who traditionally bear
the primary burden to care for and sustain their families, have now
been saddled with even more excruciating demands in this time of famine.
decimates livestock, hits incomes
The severe drought ravaging parts of
the Horn of Africa is threatening the livelihoods of pastoral communities,
with massive livestock deaths recorded amid an increase in deadly conflict
By IRIN humanitarian news and analysis
a community seed supply system: Community seed bank complexes in Africa
Genetic diversity is important
to ensure crop sustainability in the face of changing climate conditions.
Community seed bank complexes are also urgently needed for the maintenance
of genetic resources.
By Melaku Worede
There is growing awareness of the importance
of crops that are resistant to drought and pests as a means to overcome
By Chee Yoke Heong
traditional technologies may be the answer
Appropriate technologies - specifically
the ancient water-lifting technologies traditionally used in other parts
of the Third World – are important
in averting disasters such as famine.
'warned of Horn of Africa drought'
The international community was given
ample notice of the drought in the Horn of Africa.
By Mico Tatalovic
your warplanes, save the Horn of Africa
If the rich countries would just ground
their warplanes for a few days, it could save the entire Horn of Africa
By Ramzy Baroud
HEALTH & SAFETY
Problems of US health
care are rooted in the private sector
One attempt to discredit President Obama's
health care programme has been the insidious claim that high US health care costs are the result
of government involvement in the sector.
By Mark Weisbrot
to remain at the mercy of oligarchs
The following analysis of the Philippines’
economy makes uncomfortable reading.
By Nick Legaspi
revolution may outlast Hugo Chavez
The health problems facing President
Chavez have raised questions as to the future of his project to transform
By Benjamin Dangl
student movement leads uprising for transformation of the country
Chilean students’ agitation for 'free
education for all' is part of a broader movement to liberate the country
from the vestiges of the political, economic and social order imposed
by the Pinochet dictatorship.
limits of transparency
The World Bank is sticking with its
Managing Director as allegations of financial malpractice against him
By Emad Mekay
and human rights
Is the Obama administration really concerned
about human rights in Bahrain?
Despite all the breast beating over
the incestuous relationship between politicians at the highest level
and media barons, it appears that it is going to be business and politics
By Jeremy Seabrook
return to the usual: An analysis of recent Turkish elections
The recent pattern of Turkish electoral
returns really marks a return to the picture of electoral behaviour
in the 1950s and 1960s before it was disrupted by coups and party closures.
By Ali T Akarca
corporate Supreme Court
The US Supreme Court has exhibited a
shocking corporate bias in some of its recent decisions.
By Ralph Nader
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