Majority World: June 2011 Archives

Good news.  Following my post on ethanol subsidies, the Senate voted to end them by a vote of 73-27. Most surprising to me is the anti-migrant vote that Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN) took on this one. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whom I mentioned in my post, thankfully took the right stance on this one. It's difficult to say whether or not ethanol subsidies will actually end, but I'll be watching closely and I encourage you to, as well.

The media has also been doing a little bit of of a better job covering how this affects rising food prices. Megan Woolhouse at the Boston Globe has a decent article on how ethanol subsidies affect the cost of ice cream. It almost seems like a joke, though, that people are talking about ice cream prices then about how this is starving the majority world. Such is the systemic violence of the world we live in.

Without Corn There Is No Country
Peasant Produced Food For Mexico
Hunger Doesn't Wait!

I've got to admit that these stories snuck up on me. Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), are pushing to end ethanol subsides and House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), are trying to hold the Obama administration accountable for getting involved in yet another war. Is this opposite day or just a continuation of the Republican strategy of opposite Obama? Add all of this to Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich's rebuke of LeBron James, and for some reason I feel like I woke up this morning in an alternate reality where I'm a Republican.

Normally, I wouldn't find time to write about all of this, especially as I'm trying to hold Mass. State Rep. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) accountable for stating undocumented rape victims "should be afraid" to the police. However, I can't help but try to bring some perspective to what has up until this point been muddled and, in effect if not in intent, violent media coverage of a globally important issue.

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