Saturday, March 11, 2017

hunger and starvation

The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid "a catastrophe".
UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.
Unicef has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year.
Mr O'Brien said $4.4bn (£3.6bn) was needed by July to avert disaster.

Donald Trump is president of the United States.

and perhaps as a PS....
In the lobby of the James R Browning courthouse in San Francisco, there was a digital sign listing that day’s cases. At 9.30am on Monday 12 December last year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit would hear.....and at 11.30 they would hear Sundus Saleh v George Bush et al, the only case yet filed in the US that questions the legality of the war in Iraq....
The accused (from left): Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, George W Bush and Dick Cheney. Photographs: AP, Getty, Reuters
“They have the power to look at international law and recognise aggression as a jus cogens norm.” In other words, the Ninth Circuit could have recognised illegal war-making as the “supreme” crime, as the judges had at Nuremberg, subject to a different level of scrutiny. “But they didn’t. They said, ‘We could do that, but we’re not going to today.’ According to this ruling, the White House and Congress can commit genocide in the name of national security, and be protected.”
With the case at an end, Comar plans to catch up on sleep and work...."We need to have a conversation about why we’re always at war. And why we’re always doing it unilaterally.”

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