Wednesday, December 31 2008 - Other Important News
The Right To Food
"Well, ahem," muses the UN Third Committee Member from the US, "of course, if we support the 'right to food,' we can't very well support Israel's 'right' to starve the citizens of Gaza to the point of eating grass or any of a number of similar 'unfortunate situations' ... and we don't want to appear hypocritical ... rather a delicate situation we have here ... ahem ... Let's just state we're not signing it based on a technicality in the wording based on lack of 'enforcement' power. Yes, yes, that's it. Of course, the other 180 nations don't have any issue with that technicality, but at least we'll have something to say we objected to so we won't have to just admit we don't really believe that all people have a right to food. Yes, I think that will work..."
Wednesday Dec 24, 2008
The Bush administration, speaking for the U.S.A., therefore must consider it tolerable that 6 million children die every day - children who could be fed if we weren't wasting billions on stealth fighters, littoral combat boondoggles and non-effective defense against non-existant ballistic missiles from Iran.
Just so you get that, here it is again:
Merry Christmas to the World from Dubya and his chums - who are currently geeing up the notion that an increase in defense spending (say, to 4% of GDP) would be a great economic stimulus package! Actually, it wouldn't - defense spending "drains resources from the productive economy" and costs more jobs in other sectors than it creates.
Source URL: http://crooksandliars.com/cernig/right-food
Sixty-third General Assembly
THIRD COMMITTEE DRAFT TEXT ENDORSES RECOMMENDATIONS, FUTURE WORKPLAN...
OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL'S WORKING GROUP ON RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT
Approves 8 Resolutions for General Assembly Adoption;
Right to Food, Mercenaries, Combating Religious Defamation Among Issues
By a vote of 180 in favour to 1 against (United States) and no abstentions, the Committee also approved a resolution on the right to food, by which the Assembly would "consider it intolerable" that more than 6 million children still died every year from hunger-related illness before their fifth birthday, and that the number of undernourished people had grown to about 923 million worldwide, at the same time that the planet could produce enough food to feed 12 billion people, or twice the world's present population. (See Annex III.)
By the terms of the text, the Assembly would express concern that, in many countries, girls were twice as likely as boys to die from malnutrition and childhood diseases and that twice as many women as men were estimated to suffer from malnutrition. Accordingly, it would have the Assembly encourage all States to take action to address gender inequality and discrimination against women, including through measures to ensure that women had equal access to resources, including income, land and water, so as to enable them to feed themselves and their families. By further terms of the draft, the Assembly would urge Member States to promote and protect the rights of indigenous people, who have expressed in different forums their deep concerns over the obstacles and challenges faced in the full enjoyment of the right to food.
After the vote, the representative of the United States said he was unable to support the text because he believed the attainment of the right to adequate food was a goal that should be realized progressively. In his view, the draft contained inaccurate textual descriptions of underlying rights.
Note: Keep reading for the US' stance on mercenaries, right to development, etc. ...
Source of Report: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/gashc3941.doc.htm
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