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April 27, 2008

Dear peacemongers,
Cognitive dissonance seems to be the norm these days.  Food Not Bombs, a group that distributes food (that otherwise would go to waste) to hungry people was ordered by the local city council to cease and desist.  France wants to outlaw inciting extreme thinness.  Food riots have broken out around the world.  And what I put in my composter this afternoon would probably be a welcome meal for someone in any one of those countries. 

May all who hunger be fed and may we who are well-fed stay hungry for justice.

Calls to Action   

World Hunger Year provides suggestions for how to take action on poverty and hunger. 

Avaaz.org is petitioning the governments of Africa and world leaders not to sell arms to Zimbabwe. See especially the statement by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

InterPares wants to take back Mother’s Day and make it Mother’s Day for Peace. 

June 1 – 7 is Canadian Environment Week. 

A new action to Stand Up for Tibet is posted on the first Sunday of every month. 
News /information

Heads of UN agencies will hold a top-level meeting in Switzerland on April 27-28 to discuss food costs, high on the UN agenda after food riots in several countries.

A good source of background information on world hunger

Residents of Yankton Sioux reservation are resisting construction of an industrial hog farm on tribal land. 

A public interest think tank in the US calls a widely used civics text a “textbook case of misinformation and bias.”

A new political party in Chile will seek self-government for the Mapuche people. 

Maoist former insurgents won the largest number of seats in Nepal’s constituent assembly, but not an outright majority. 

Jenn Watt reviews Out of Poverty:  What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail 

If you’re contemplating life without plastic
While 100 million tons of food will be diverted this year to feed cars, 760 million tons will be snatched from the mouths of humans to feed animals. This could cover the global food deficit 14 times. If you care about hunger, eat less meat.
- George Monbiot

Paul Krugman on the world food crisis. 

Frédéric Lemaître on the revenge of agriculture. 

Pat Mooney on biofuels and the food crisis. 

Joe Costello on the need for a new political and economic culture in the US. 

Alternet has compiled a sort of environmental readers’ digest – a selection of essays on eight critical issues facing the planet. 

George Hunsinger on torture – “History will not absolve us.” 
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