MB Chairman: Food crisis stems from corruption not overpopulation
|Friday, June 13,2008 07:55|
Mohamed Mahdi Akef, chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, has emphasized that the MB believes that the current food crisis is due the corruption of the great countries that persecute and exploit the poor countries, to the extent that they utilize wheat and corn in manufacturing fuel regardless of the people’s need for them. “We think that misplanning is another reason for food crisis; they exploit the people instead of supporting them,” Akef added.
In an interview with Tokyo newspaper, Akef cited Sudan and Egypt as examples. The Sudan can produce food that will be sufficient to cover the whole Arab region; unfortunately they deprive the people from such prosperity due to bad conflicts leading to disastrous conditions experienced by the people.
“The MB sees that the world food crisis has originated from the lack of justice, freedom, and equality. Indeed, the MB has its own strategy to face these problems, but we are not given a chance,” he added.
He stated that rich countries have orchestrated this crisis. For example America and its allies have spent huge funds in Afghanistan, Palestine, Sudan, and Somalia; such billions should have been used for the world’s prosperity.
He said that statistics reported by the International Institute for Peace Researches at Stockholm asserted that the U.S. has spent 546.8 billion U.S. dollars in the military field during 2007; such a number represents 45% of the total military budget in the world for that year. The institute reported that the military expenditures for 2007 mounted 1339 billion dollars, 9% more than 2006.
Such a number represents 2.5% of the world GDP and 202 dollars per capita in the world.
Akef said that the crisis will have impacts on the poor countries, the majority of the Arab countries and Latin America, East Asia.