It is a proven fact that what became known as ‘Arab Spring’ was as much to do with a cry for help from the starving millions in the Middle East as it was to do with an Islamic takeover of Government.

In Egypt for example, with a 50% unemployment rate and wages set at the equivalent of a few dollars a day, a head of households major responsibility was to be able to purchase enough wheat each day so that the family could eat an evening meal.

Since the U.S. government ordered that a percentage of ethanol, made from grain, is to be added to each gallon of gasoline, grain prices abroad began increasing at the rate of 50 to 60% each year in these poor countries! And because of the Egyptian governments unwillingness to subsidize the purchase of these basic necessities the starving in the population took to the streets of Cairo.

I visited the Middle East and India in the early 60’s. Since then an entire generation has been born and has suffered premature death, with life expectancy at only 37 years on the Indian continent! Go to Water.org and United Against Malaria.org to help with some of these most urgent basic needs.

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