Nobody likes to starve, regardless of their race, religion, political orientation, or whether you live in Jordan, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt or America. But curiously what has, in large part, been driving the sudden revolutions has been the spiking prices of food in the Mid-East and Europe, leading to empty bellies. And behind it, as Ed Schultz reported at MSNBC, [see video below] has been the rampant speculation of Wall Street in food commodities, driven by no less than Goldman Sachs.
The recent Revolution in Egypt is not complete. The Army still has control of the country and it is yet to be seen if they will give in to the demands of the people that fomented the revolution. This will take time and we will see sooner than later if the people of Egypt can be patient. Change comes in increments. We can only hold our collective breath and hope that change does come to these brave citizens of Egypt.
It’s Valentines Day, and many of us scurry about choosing gifts to show our love. Greeting cards, flowers, chocolates and other sweet tooth succulents are wrapped and delivered to those we hold in deep affection… a time for giving. Yet, behind all the Christmases and Easters and Valentines Days we find so many Americans in deep trouble financially. A friend the other day told me ‘My wife needs a root canal and a crown. She’s in terrible pain. How in the hell can we afford the $1800 the dentist quoted her? She’s gonna have to have it pulled out… only will cost $300. ‘The same guy then focused his attention on the contract for his favorite player on the St Louis Cardinals, and debated whether the guy should take the mega millions offered or move on through free agency. I looked at him and said ‘who in the hell cares!!? ‘
Samir Amin is a Franco-Egyptian economist, a member of the International Council of the World Social Forum and chairman of the World Forum for Alternatives. Samir Amin analyzes the political and economic crisis in Egypt.
This interview was conducted for the World Social Forum in Dakar by Rosa Moussaoui, special journalist/correspondent for ‘L’Humanité‘.
Question – Are the events that shook Tunisia and Egypt merely “popular uprisings” or are they a sign of the entry of these countries into the revolutionary process? Continue reading
North Africa and the Global Political Awakening, Part 3
It has been a month since President and dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia, sparking the civil disobedience and protests that have since resulted in the fall of one of the Arab world’s strongest and most long-lasting dictators, Hosni Mubarak. Yet, where does Tunisia stand today, and where is it headed in the future?
Chevron petroleum Corporation is attempting to slither out of an $8 billion judgment rendered yesterday by a trial court in Ecuador for cancer deaths, illnesses and destruction caused by its Texaco unit.
I’ve been there, in Ecuador.
I met the victims. They didn’t lose their shrimp boats; they lost their kids. Emergildo Criollo, Chief of the Cofan Natives of the Amazon, told me about his three-year-old. “He went swimming, then began vomiting blood.” Then he died.