Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gastroconflicts

As I try to digest yet another incredible meal of Kurdish cuisine, consisting of succulent beef kebabs- the ground beef variety cooked around skewers, onions covered in sumac, shredded cucumber, tomatoes and cabbage salad covered in lemon and olive oil, curried pickles and fluffy pita naan, I am reminded by two stories that the history of the world is a history of hungry people, and food can drive politics:

-The Iranian civil disobedience protests over rising food prices that have led to mass boycotts of milk and bread.  The sage Bob Marley once sang, a hungry man is an angry mob.

-The geopolitics of fish in the South China Seas, and the possibility of conflict between China, the Philippines and Viet Nam over such maritime rights.


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