Food Riots Erupt Worldwide

Anuradha Mittal writes for AlterNet, "Over the last few decades, the United States, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have used their leverage to impose devastating policies on developing countries. By requiring countries to open up their agriculture market to giant multinational companies, by insisting that countries dismantle their marketing boards and by persuading them to specialize in exportable cash crops such as coffee, cocoa, cotton and even flowers, they have driven the poorest countries into a downward spiral."

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Somali food riots enter second day
Belleville News-Democrat

05/07/08

Hundreds of youths hurled stones and blocked roads with blazing tires Tuesday in a second day of protests over soaring food prices that has frustrated residents already living in one of the world’s most dangerous war zones. Meanwhile, an international rights group accused Ethiopian troops of torturing and killing civilians in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Ethiopia, whose troops are supporting Somalia’s shaky U.N.-backed government, denied the allegations...

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