Archive for June 11th, 2012

11/06/2012

Demand for Life’s Essentials: 50% More Food, 40% More Energy and… 35% More Water

Human Wrongs Watch 

The demand for life’s essentials will rise significantly in the next 20 years… About 50% more food will be needed, 40% more energy and 35% more water, according to a new UN report.
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**Image source: UNCCD

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How will these demands to be met and with what resources? Past trends show that land, the foundation of these goods and services, is not only getting destroyed, but is outside the radar screen of policy-makers because there is no political will to get something done? How serious is the problem?
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By 1992, estimates showed that only 3% of the Earth was fertile land But every year, 75 billion tons of fertile soil is getting lost for good, slowly eating away at the six-inches or so of topsoil that stands between humanity and extinction. Every year, 12 million hectares of productive land that could produce 20 million tons of grain is lost to land degradation and drought alone.

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11/06/2012

Israel and the War of Lies

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery, TRANSCEND*Thirty years ago this week [8 Jun 2012], the Israeli army crossed into Lebanon and started the most stupid war in Israel’s history. It lasted for 18 years. About 1500 Israeli soldiers and untold numbers of Lebanese and Palestinians were killed.

**Israeli troops in South Lebanon, June 6, 1982. Original uploader was P.mielen at nl.wikipedia | Wikimedia Commons.

Almost all wars are based on lies. Lies are considered legitimate instruments of war. Lebanon War I (as it was later called) was a glorious example.

From beginning to end (if it has ended yet) it was a war of deceit and deception, falsehoods and fabrications.

The lies started with the official name: “Operation Peace in Galilee”.

If one asks Israelis now, 99.99% of them will say with all sincerity: “We had no choice. They launched katyushas at the Galilee from Lebanon every day. We had to stop them.” TV anchormen and anchorwomen, as well as former cabinet ministers have been repeating this throughout the week. Quite sincerely. Even people who were already adults at the time.

The simple fact is that for 11 months before the war, not a single shot was fired across the Israeli-Lebanese border. A cease-fire was in force and the Palestinians on the other side of the border kept it scrupulously. To everybody’s surprise, Yasser Arafat succeeded in imposing it on all the radical Palestinian factions, too.

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