Wednesday, October 18, 2006


“It's really very simple, Governor. When people are hungry they die. So spare me your politics and tell me what you need and how you're going to get it to these people.”
~ Bob Geldof.

Oh, guess what? It's World Hunger Day, and guess where they're celebrating? In Amed (Diyarbakir). From TDN:

World Food Day, a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and action to alleviate hunger, was celebrated at the Diyarbakır Commercial Exchange on Monday with the participation of Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Mehdi Eker.

Isn't that just brilliant? All the fat, rich people go to Amed to celebrate world hunger. They want to become aware of hunger. They want to understand it. Dudes, get a clue: Stop eating for a few months. You'll become aware and you'll understand. But what really disgusts me about the pigs who go to World Food Day celebrations in Amed is that they neglected to mention a single, goddamned thing about the tens of thousands of hungry Kurds right under their little pink noses.

The pig who passes for the Turkish Minister of Agricultural and Rural Affairs, Mehdi Eker, pathetically lectures everyone about the causes of world hunger:

Every five seconds somewhere in the world a child dies, with many of these deaths linked to malnutrition, said Eker. Allowing this inequality to persist, some developed countries artificially inflate the price of food and prevent it from reaching the needy. The secondary reason [for world hunger] is the financial and organizational hardships some countries, especially some African countries, are enduring, he suggested.

He forgot the third reason, the reason the Turkish state uses against the Kurdish people, and that is that if you don't feed Kurds, they die. So hunger, in Turkey, is enforced by the Turkish state as part of its systematic genocide of Kurds. The Ankara regime forcibly removed Kurds from their villages and fields, destroyed both, along with most of the livestock, in order to cut off all the traditional forms of food production the Kurdish people engaged in for thousands of years . . . and this pig comes to Amed to give us every reason for world hunger but the one reason that hunger exists in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan.

But this is what the Ankara regime did when it genocided Armenians, isn't it? Ever see any of the photos of Armenians in the throes of starvation? Those would be the photos that Turkey insists are photoshopped. Genocide is an old habit with the glorious TC, in which every Turk is worth the entire world, but the only good Kurd is a dead Kurd. Ditto for Armenians.

Pig Eker continues with his lecture to say that Turkey no longer accepts aid from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, but that Turkey is a provider country these days. That's because it fits with Turkey's genocide program to not accept food for hungry Kurds, and not to provide food for hungry Kurds, whose very hunger is the result of the actions of the regime.

But Pig Eker informs us that there is no hunger in Turkey and, by implication, no hunger in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan. There are simply people who can't afford to buy foods from certain food groups. In the meantime, the occupation governor of Amed, Pig Efkan Ala, who admits he needs to go on a diet because he suffers from obesity, handed out awards to ten Turkish firms for their success in cooperating with the Turkish government's official program of genocide through starvation.

From an HRW report in 2002 on overcrowding and poverty in Kurdish cities:

Giyasettin G. and his children watched gendarmes burn their four-room house and livestock at village K, near Lice, in 1993. Formerly a farmer with fifty head of cattle and sheep as well as fifty acres under wheat and lentils, he now lives in rented accommodation in Diyarbakır: "Here I work as a hamal (street porter). I get about 100 or 150 million [U.S.$90-130] per month if there is work. I pay 60 million a month for three rooms that I rent from a relative, so it is comparatively cheap. I have to buy every grain of food. I buy four bags of flour a month at 13 million each. I have not bought a kilo of meat this year." Another villager, the sole provider for a family of eight, described similar economies: "I work as a janitor at an office in Diyarbakır where I earn 120 million a month. I get flour and beans and with difficulty, fruit. I cannot buy meat-the money just does not go that far. I have never received any assistance from the municipality or foundations. I can only send two of my children to school." Some spoke of real hunger. Ayşe A's village near Lice in Diyarbakır province was burned in 1992. During the operation her husband was detained; she says that when he was released a month later, he had been so badly tortured that his mental stability was permanently affected. She also has a twenty-year-old son who is disabled after having meningitis as a young child. They and their children now share a basement room with another family:

We are in such a difficult financial state that we cannot buy sugar and flour in the same month. One son works in a restaurant and my husband works on construction when he can find work. We pay electricity and water and there is not much for anything else. Several times I have had no flour in the house for three days at a time, but then the neighbors noticed and helped.

A villager from the Çınar district of Diyarbakır said:

If I had life security I would dance my way back to the village. I have difficulty getting by now on a wage that is below the minimum wage. With my former income, I could have fed five families. I could have fed earthquake victims in my previous circumstance. Now I cannot properly feed my own children. I had six children at school, but I have had to take three of them out of school. Food and clothing is very difficult. I have a family of twelve. If it were not for me they would be in disastrous circumstances. What will happen if I get sick?

From the 2005 report of the fact-finding mission on large dams in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan by Maggie Ronayne:

Lack of food security has been and still is widespread in the Kurdish region and was reported to the delegation throughout the trip. Municipal authorities in all four cities visited stated that a majority of the population lives under the UN hunger threshold, with a smaller proportion in each case suffering severe malnutrition and starvation. Three generations of women displaced to Diyarbakır explained how it was the women who had to go begging door to door in their neighbourhood when they first fled from their villages in the 1990s. ‘What else could we do?’ they asked, ‘our children had to eat.’ They and many others said that this still happens today. This situation directly contradicts the claim, in a review of the Resettlement Action Plan for Ilısu, that food security in the region will not be a problem in relation to the Ilısu dam.

[ . . . ]

In sum, the cities of the region cannot cope with the impacts of the Ilısu dam and especially the arrival of yet more displaced people. In particular, what can be construed as an attempt to hide the levels of hunger and malnutrition already in those cities is indicative not only of the State’s failures with regard to its internally displaced population but of the lack of care among the dam builders for the life threatening human impacts of this project.

[ . . . ]

The average annual income in Hakkari the Mayor quoted as $500 whereas in Istanbul it is seven or eight thousand dollars.472 About 60% of people in the city have an annual income of approximately $200 per year.473 The only regular employment is with public bodies and institutions, in other words, for professionals. This places the vast majority of people under the UN hunger threshold. According to the Mayor, ‘It is a fact that people don’t have enough to eat, they live on plants from the mountains and we have no funds to give them food.’

As is stated in this report, Turkey purposely hides it's genocide-by-hunger program against the Kurdish people.

The celebration of World Food Day in one of the Kurdish cities most severely impacted by hunger that was imposed on the people by the force of the Ankara regime is completely disgusting . . . just as disgusting as Turkey's celebration of World Refugee Day with no acknowledgement whatsoever of the millions in internally-displaced Kurdish refugees in Turkey and Turkish-occupied Kurdistan.

So HAPPY FREAKIN' WORLD FOOD DAY! Celebrate with a Happy Meal®.

By the way, I hate to say, "I told you so," but I told you so. For your homework, boys and girls, I want you to check the names of the defense contractors listed there, and see how many of them are ATC members. For extra credit, list what type of ATC membership each holds.

Check out Hevallo's pages at StumbleUpon for a great collection of information on all the Deep Staters involved with the Ralston appointement and the Lockheed Martin connection.


Vladimir said...
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Anonymous said...

"Turkish-occupied Kurdistan."?

last time I checked there was no Kurdistan and there never was the kurds want to create on but it simply won't work so get your facts stright.