For the past several months, the banana groves on four Philippine
plantations have been uncharacteristically silent. In place of the
normal cacophony of harvesters cutting huge banana bunches, men and
women sit quietly all day in dusty tents beside the plantation roads.
On December 4, 1997, almost 2,000 farm workers stopped cutting bananas
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Why so much hunger?
What can we do about it?
To answer these questions we must unlearn much of what we have been taught.
Only by freeing ourselves from the grip of widely held myths can we grasp the roots of hunger and see what we can do to end it.
Not Enough Food to Go Around
I will make you a bet of
ten to one that, in a matter of months, relations are healed and the American
Ambassador returns. You forget-Papa Doc is a bulwark against Communism.
There will be no Cuba and no Bay of Pigs here. Of course there are other
reasons. Papa Doc's lobbyist in Washington is the lobbyist for certain
Today the Clinton administration touts as a major foreign policy success
the U.S. role in returning former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and
ousting the coup leaders Raoul Cedras and company. But as the "price"
for his return the Clinton administration in conjunction with the World
Bank and the International Monetary Fund demanded then President Aristide