UN: 6M Afghans At Risk Of Famine

Photo: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • On Mon., the UN warned that poverty in Afghanistan is worsening, with 6M people on the brink of famine, and called on donors to resume development funding.

  • In preparation for the upcoming winter months, UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths called for $770M in immediate aid for Afghanistan, which he said is facing a humanitarian, economic, climatic, famine, and financial crisis.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

It's not surprising that Afghanistan, under Taliban leadership, is facing an economic and humanitarian catastrophe as they have no understanding of financial markets or how to run an economy. Incompetence and draconian policies mean that foreign aid and investment won't actually solve Afghan's economic problems.

Establishment-critical narrative

The 20-year imperialist, US-led NATO war against Afghanistan didn't end last year - it's being continued by other means. Not only with special forces, but also through sanctions, and the associated theft of Afghan central bank assets. Afghanistan's humanitarian and economic disaster is a direct result of a US policy that seeks to maintain control.

Establishment split



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