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UN says North Korea needs food aid, not politics
Boston Globe ^ | October 21, 2011 | unattributed

Posted on 10/23/2011 8:53:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Wealthier countries need to put aside politics to help millions of North Koreans going hungry from food shortages, the U.N.'s top relief official said, renewing an appeal for assistance that has largely gone unmet.

Speaking at the end of a five-day visit to North Korea, Valerie Amos, a U.N. undersecretary-general, said Friday that 6 million North Koreans, particularly children, mothers and pregnant women, need help. The figures, she said, are borne out by UN data and by what she learned from visits to farms, hospitals and orphanages, as well as from officials.

People's diets, she said, consist of rice, corn, cabbage, little else and no protein or nutrient rich foods.

While she acknowledged concerns about whether the authoritarian government diverts food aid or underfunds agriculture, Amos urged donor countries to put the needs of North Koreans ahead of other considerations.

"This is about helping the people who are most in need. It's not about saying that this country has made a choice about spending its resources in one way rather than another. We don't make those judgments in other countries, on humanitarian grounds. There's no reason to begin to do it in" North Korea, Amos told The Associated Press before leaving Pyongyang.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: korea; nkorea; northkorea; pyongyang

1 posted on 10/23/2011 8:53:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Guess again. :’)


2 posted on 10/23/2011 8:54:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

At the extremes, food is politics. Except in rare cases of natural disaster, famines are political, and even including natural disasters, famines are usually political. South Korea has almost the same weather as North Korea ... but no famine. So North Korea’s famine isn’t naturally-caused; it’s 100% political.


3 posted on 10/23/2011 8:58:01 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Their leaders are beyond evil and the situation is deplorable. However, I’m not interested in feeding a bunch of people who have been brainwashed to kill me just because I’m an American.


4 posted on 10/23/2011 8:59:54 PM PDT by edpc (Former Normalcy Bias Victim)
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To: SunkenCiv

North Korea need the chia pets dead post haste.


5 posted on 10/23/2011 9:01:33 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: SunkenCiv
While she acknowledged concerns about whether the authoritarian government diverts food aid or underfunds agriculture, Amos urged donor countries to put the needs of North Koreans ahead of other considerations.

If you acknowledge the government is divrrting food aid, how will sending food to he NK givernment help with the needs of North Koreans? That is a non-sequitur.

When they allow Christian missionaries into the country to distribute food then we'll know they're serious. Untul then, we should not be sendi g aid to the NK Army.

6 posted on 10/23/2011 9:04:07 PM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: SunkenCiv
One boatload of rice for one nuclear bomb. Three boatloads for a decommissioned nuclear reactor. A hundred boatloads of rice for the heads of Chia Head and his whole family.

If they are really that hungry those prices are a bargain.

7 posted on 10/23/2011 9:15:00 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Compare "Delay is preferable to error" - Thomas Jefferson // "Pass this bill now!" - Barack Obama)
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To: SunkenCiv

I feel for the folks suffering under the NK regime, I really do. But any aid sent will A) probably be diverted to their military and the regime’s favored cronies and/or B) throw a lifeline to one of the most oppressive governments left on this earth. In other words, it will probably just make things worse, long-term, for the average Korean living north of the DMZ.


8 posted on 10/23/2011 9:37:34 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Asteroid To Hit North Korea Tomorrow. Children, Mothers, and Pregnant Women Hardest Hit”


9 posted on 10/23/2011 9:37:59 PM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: SunkenCiv

Their government is killing them and it’s all your fault.

I hope you’re happy.

/sarc(?)


10 posted on 10/23/2011 9:45:34 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Seems that young men can enter the North Korean military at 16. The recruits are so severely undernorished that it is necessary to “fatten them up” for 6-8 weeks so they may withstand the rigors of basic training.


11 posted on 10/23/2011 9:50:18 PM PDT by JayVee (Joseph)
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To: SunkenCiv

So we ship over a few thousand tons of food, the military takes it, and the people still starve.

Exactly what good does that do?


12 posted on 10/23/2011 9:52:01 PM PDT by lurk
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To: SunkenCiv
Send Hans Brix, at least the sharks will eat


13 posted on 10/23/2011 9:55:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv

Give us back the USS Pueblo and maybe we’ll talk.


14 posted on 10/23/2011 9:56:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv

Let China do it.


15 posted on 10/23/2011 9:57:39 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I am certain that many times over the course of KIJ’s life, soldiers guarding him had the opportunity to kill him, if only they had been willing to sacrifice their own life for the sake of their repeatedly starving countrymen. No one did, either because of fear, or because of agreement with his rule. Either way, N.Koreans allowed his kind to come to power and stay in power, and they reap their rewards as a people.

And then the ingratitude the S. Koreans have shown our country after all we have sacrificed to keep their butts alive for over half a century pretty much rounds out the picture of this peninsula and its people for me. No food for the North, and bring our troops and treasure home from the South.


16 posted on 10/23/2011 10:17:05 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Buy this magazine or we’ll shoot this dog.


17 posted on 10/23/2011 10:54:33 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew
I forgot this was the internet ...


18 posted on 10/23/2011 11:00:43 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh please.

The food goes almost exclusively to the military and socialist leadership.

The North should spend less on WMDs and spend more on agriculture.


19 posted on 10/23/2011 11:00:58 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: FormerACLUmember

My Give A Damn’s busted.


20 posted on 10/23/2011 11:02:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv
Food is a weapon that controls more people than any N bomb ever could... if you give food to a militaristic totalitarian government then you are feeding their army.
21 posted on 10/23/2011 11:14:34 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Been through this kabuki dance too many times, frigg’em and feed’em fish heads


22 posted on 10/23/2011 11:36:31 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: SunkenCiv

In that case, NK can get as much food as it wants as long as it leaves its current politics.


23 posted on 10/23/2011 11:42:12 PM PDT by Moose Burger
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To: SunkenCiv

Sorry but last time i checked we were $14,000,000,000,000 in debt.


24 posted on 10/24/2011 12:40:19 AM PDT by utax
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To: SunkenCiv

Valerie must not know that to tyrants like the Chia dynasty, food is politics

I presume she didn’t miss a meal while visiting North Korea


25 posted on 10/24/2011 2:04:40 AM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Rather than their usual whining for more money the UN needs to show North Korea how to make their swords into plows.
26 posted on 10/24/2011 5:45:45 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: SunkenCiv

Use food as a weapon against N. Korea, the middle east China,
Venezuela etc.


27 posted on 10/24/2011 5:50:10 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (FUBO ( Real conservative or go fish))
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To: SunkenCiv; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; ...
RE :”While she acknowledged concerns about whether the authoritarian government diverts food aid or underfunds agriculture, Amos urged donor countries to put the needs of North Koreans ahead of other considerations.
“This is about helping the people who are most in need. It's not about saying that this country has made a choice about spending its resources in one way rather than another. We don't make those judgments in other countries, on humanitarian grounds. There's no reason to begin to do it in” North Korea, Amos told The Associated Press before leaving Pyongyang.

UN idiocy ping!

Ever see that A+E show intervention where the parents give their kids money for crack cocaine and crystal meth and cry about how they hate drugs on camera? That is the UN except they are passing a basket so please give,

China has money, they are buddies. They have a common border, we got Mexico to worry about.

28 posted on 10/24/2011 6:11:09 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Cain :"My parents didn't raise me to beg the government for other peoples money")
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To: lurk

If all aid to NK was curtailed, the government wouldn’t last 16 months.


29 posted on 10/24/2011 6:53:34 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SunkenCiv

What N Korea needs is a new govt. For whatever reason it suits the Chinese purposes to keep this evil regime in power. Kim Jong Il and company would have been toppled long ago if it was not for the Chinese. Let them feed N Korea.


30 posted on 10/24/2011 7:57:08 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: sickoflibs
"This is about helping the people who are most in need."
Tell that to the growing numbers of all Americans that had jobs and have permanently lost them.
31 posted on 10/24/2011 1:40:18 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Tzimisce
Their government is killing them and it’s all your fault. I hope you’re happy

Well we tried to do something about it, back in 1950.

32 posted on 10/24/2011 1:42:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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